August 15, 2014
Fact Check: Has Tillis’ position changed on federal shutdown?: There is something of a truism in political circles that candidates will play to their base voters – in other words, act more conservative or liberal than they really are – during primaries, but move to the political center during general election campaigns. Several readers flagged an interview Thom Tillis gave to the Washington Examiner as a potential example of this phenomenon. Tillis, the current state House speaker, is the Republican running for U.S. Senate against first-term Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan. Read more here.
Is this finally THE day?: You know…the day that North Carolinians can finally say adieu to the 170 members of the 2013-14 General Assembly? As has almost always been the case with the current crop of state lawmakers, the signals are mixed and confusing. Read more here.
Senate wants to tie teaching assistant money to economic development bill: Senate leaders are holding a technical fix to the state budget sought by Gov. Pat McCrory, House leaders and school district officials hostage to a package of economic development and sales tax measures passed by the Senate but thus far shunned by the House. Read more here.
N.C.’s African-American Dems stand with Ferguson: The African-American Caucus of the North Carolina Democratic Party is calling on politicians to stop racial profiling and repeal stand-your-ground laws in the wake of the killing of an unarmed teenager by police in Missouri. Read more here.
More homicides are reported in states where you can ‘Stand Your Ground,’ report finds: The nation’s widely adopted “Stand Your Ground” laws may be driving up homicide rates and fueling racial bias in law enforcement, a new preliminary report from the American Bar Association warns. Read more here.
Something’s Going On in Kansas; Senator Pat Roberts Finds Himself in a Tight Race: In a decent year for Republicans, like this one, a longtime Republican senator should be having a pretty easy time in a state that hasn’t voted for a Democratic presidential candidate since 1964, or voted in a Democratic senator since 1932. Read more here.
Social Security marks 79th birthday with declining service: Social Security has been around long enough to collect old age benefits. It marked “79 years of public service” Thursday. It’s good to celebrate a venerable program that reflects what government should do, making life better for the nation’s elderly, disabled and children since President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the Social Security Act in 1935. Read more here.
Minnesota GOP Gov. Candidate Says Minimum Wage Earners Should Aspire To A Career: Hennepin County Commissioner Jeff Johnson (R), the GOP nominee for governor of Minnesota, said Wednesday that increasing the minimum wage isn’t necessary, and workers should find higher-paying jobs instead. Read more here.
Capt. Ron Johnson marches with protesters in Ferguson as law enforcement scales back on day 5 of turmoil after Michael Brown shooting: The Missouri State Highway Patrol took a different approach Thursday in dealing with protests after the public criticized the heavy-handed tactic police took previously. Johnson, a Ferguson, Mo. native, marched along with those upset by the shooting of Michael Brown, an unarmed teen killed Saturday afternoon by a Ferguson cop. Read more here.
The GOP’s war on voters continues in Virginia: In what amounts to an unadvertised blitzkrieg aimed at young and minority voters, they enacted another law, effective this year, requiring voters to present photo IDs at the polls — and not just any photo IDs. Even if they have registered without a hitch, Virginians may now be blocked from casting regular ballots if their photo ID expired more than a year ago, if they moved to the state recently and have only an out-of-state driver’s license, if all they have is a photo ID from a private high school, if they attend college out of state and present a photo ID from that institution, or . . . .Read more here.
Grant program darkens chances for TV series, indie productions in NC: Johnny Griffin, director of Wilmington Regional Film Commission, said for a show like “Dome,” being already established in the region can’t compete with the bottom line. “I don’t care how much somebody likes you and loves you, they are not coming going to come here and spend 25 percent more than they can spend somewhere else,” Griffin said the commission’s board of director’s meeting last Friday. Read more here.
Film screening at Cameo Art House Theatre to feature civil rights leader: International civil rights leader and North Carolina native Ben Chavis will screen "Blood Done Sign My Name" for Smithfield and Mountaire workers at 10 a.m. Sunday at the Cameo Art House Theatre. Read more here.