August 1, 2014
This GOP Candidate Says He’s Cracking Down on Coal Pollution—but Green Groups Say That’s BS: North Carolina Senate candidate Thom Tillis is making an unusual argument—for a Republican. Read more here.
Rep. Tom Cole concedes House GOP is being contradictory: GOP congressman says the logic of suing Obama for taking executive actions, and then demanding he take executive actions, is contradictory. Watch here.
NC lawmaker wins top ALEC award: The American Legislative Exchange Council has named state Rep. Jason Saine its Lawmaker of the Year for 2014. It’s the second time in four years a North Carolina lawmaker has won the group’s highest honor. Outgoing House Speaker Thom Tillis was ALEC’s Lawmaker of the Year in 2011. Read more here.
How Much Would Your Family Have Saved If The Sales Tax Holiday Was Still In Effect?: Last year as part of the Republican’s massive tax giveaway to the wealthy, they got rid of the Sales Tax Holiday, which was a lifeline for working families across our state as they shopped for back to school supplies for their children. Calculate your lost savings here.
Another red state experiment: The GOP doesn’t talk about the revenue shortfall we’ve already faced or the bigger one we will face next year. Instead, the Republicans are still believing the free-market magical thinking that tax cuts will somehow increase revenue, or at least cover the loss. It has never happened. It never will. Read more here.
NC budget pays for teacher raises from reserves, lottery, cuts to programs:The driving force behind the Republican-written $21.25 billion budget the Senate approved around 12:30 a.m. Friday was to substantially increase teacher pay by moving money around in whatever creative ways were necessary to make that happen. Read more here.
Ginsburg: Who would you ‘rather see on the court than me?’: Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg challenged liberals to name a judge they would want on the Supreme Court over her. Ginsburg, 81, told Reuters that President Obama would have been forced to choose a compromised nominee if she retired this year because of the partisan breakdown of the Senate. Read more here.
Dems criticize ‘lawless’ Texas militias: “These lawless militias could worsen an already difficult situation by promoting violence against minors who are seeking refuge and fleeing violent situations in their home countries,” the Democrats wrote Wednesday. “Furthermore, the actions of these militia groups perpetuate the stigma that the border is a war zone, which is certainly not the case, and only continues to hurt the economic potential of an important area of our state.” Read more here.
IRS chief: Republicans ‘don’t want this to end’: “There are some people who don’t want a straight story,” John Koskinen, the commissioner, told Tax Analysts in a new interview. “They don’t want this to end.” Koskinen also warned Republicans, who are increasingly pushing Attorney General Eric Holder to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate the IRS, to be careful what they wish for. Read more here.
Obamacare Subsidy Case Could Be Reviewed By Supreme Court: The U.S. Supreme Court has been asked to review a case about whether the federal government can subsidize health insurance for millions of Americans, a party involved in the lawsuit said on Thursday. Read more here.
NC Senate approves county sales tax changes: North Carolina’s Senate has agreed to a new omnibus tax bill allowing some urban counties to levy sales tax. A new version of the tax bill surfaced on the Senate floor Thursday just before midnight and was voted on early Friday.Under the bill, the tax could only be considered in the upcoming November elections. Read more here.
Fast-food workers, activists to rally at McDonald’s in Raleigh: Fast-food workers and community activists are holding a rally in Raleigh to support a minimum wage of $15 an hour and the right to join a union.The rally will be held today at the McDonald’s on South Street, days after the National Labor Relations Board said McDonald’s could be named as a joint employer in several complaints regarding worker rights at franchise-owned restaurants. Read more here.
A Road Repair Shortcut Could Be A Budget Perk For The Governor: Derb Carter is with the Southern Environmental Law Center in North Carolina, a group currently litigating parts of NC Highway 12 with the state. He criticizes the move. "This fits right into their whole approach of providing transportation on the Outer Banks is, wait for the next emergency and figure out what you’re going to do in response to it," says Carter. Read more here.
Elections bill could curtail Wake sales tax votes: Senators voted 32-11 early Friday to send Senate Bill 403 to Gov. Pat McCrory. In general, the measure has rules sought by those trying to make elections more transparent, such as requiring any candidate for state office who raises or spends more than $10,000 to file campaign reports electronically. However, one part of the measure rewrites rules for when counties may hold special elections on imposing new sales taxes, issuing bonds and similar measures. Read more here.