NCDP CLIPS FOR August 14, 2014

NCDP Clips

August 14, 2014

Senate

N.C. Sen. Hagan Attacks Challenger Tillis on Education Cuts: U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan on Tuesday accused her Republican challenger, Thom Tillis, of slashing funding for public education in North Carolina and argued that he’d hurt education further if he wins her Senate seat in Washington. Read more here.

North Carolina

McCrory misstated Duke Energy holdings, sold stock after coal-ash spill: Gov. Pat McCrory failed to disclose his ownership of Duke Energy stock this year in two state ethics filings and sold the stock after a torrent of bad publicity about the company’s coal-ash spill, the governor’s office acknowledged Wednesday. Read more here.

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The 18-month legacy of the state’s deputy budget director: Shortly before resigning as state deputy budget director, Art Pope disclosed that his family-owned company, Variety Wholesalers, plans to open a grocery store in what used to be a Kroger on Martin Luther King Boulevard in Southeast Raleigh. Pope, the Republican financier and the man most responsible for turning state government into a right-wing demolition derby, told The News & Observer that the store, half-Roses, half-grocery, will be a new model for his discount chain. "It is a way to serve our community," Pope said. Read more here.

Surprise! North Carolina Cuts to Jobless Benefits Did Not Help Workers: Republican leaders argued that rolling back unemployment benefits would increase employment in the Tar Heel State. Nice try. Read more here.

NC tells Duke Energy to submit ash removal plans: North Carolina’s environmental agency asked Duke Energy on Wednesday to submit plans for removing coal ash from four high-priority power plants. Read more here.

National

4th Circuit Denies Request For Stay – Virginia Same-Sex Marriages To Start Next Week: Late last month the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a February federal court ruling that struck down Virginia’s ban on same-sex marriage. The Court today denied a request for a stay on that ruling. Barring intervention by the U.S. Supreme Court, marriages for same-sex couples in Virginia will be able to start next week. Read more here.

How The Koch Brothers Are Organizing Against Your Local Zoo, Transit And School Board: A report released Thursday by the left-leaning Center for American Progress Action Fund compiles example after example of how Americans for Prosperity is mobilizing supporters to campaign against local tax increases and mass transit systems and for like-minded candidates running for school and county boards. Americans for Prosperity is a key player in the Koch-affiliated universe, with chapters in 35 states. Read more here.

Working Anything but 9 to 5: Scheduling Technology Leaves Low-Income Parents With Hours of Chaos: Like increasing numbers of low-income mothers and fathers, Ms. Navarro is at the center of a new collision that pits sophisticated workplace technology against some fundamental requirements of parenting, with particularly harsh consequences for poor single mothers. Read more here.

Community

Women’s rights and their money: a timeline from Cleopatra to Lilly Ledbetter: When did women get the right to inherit property and open bank accounts? How long did it take until women won the legal right to be served in UK pubs? Our timeline traces women’s financial rights from ancient societies to the present day. See the timeline here.

Together 48 years, couple fights NC marriage ban: Gerber and Berlin are the lead plaintiffs in a lawsuit challenging the state’s voter-approved constitutional amendment banning legal recognition of same-sex relationships. Read more here.