August 18, 2014
Speaker Tillis’ Ad Smacks of Hypocrisy: “Speaker Tillis is desperately hoping that North Carolinians will forget about his devastating, anti-middle class record in Raleigh,” said Hagan spokesman Chris Hayden. Read more here.
Whoever wins the Senate, we probably won’t know who picked up the tab: The battle for the Senate is heating up, with most favoring Republicans to win the upper chamber, but Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) saying Democrats would hold the Senate, as of today. One thing we do know: Whoever wins the Senate come November (or December), it’s quite possible we won’t know where most of the ad money that won it came from. Read more here.
NC jobless rate inches upward to 6.5 percent: North Carolina’s unemployment rate continues to lag behind the national rate, which rose one-tenth of a percent to 6.2 percent in July. The Triangle’s unemployment rate in June, after being seasonally adjusted by Wells Fargo, was 5 percent. Read more here.
Study: Not expanding Medicaid to cost N.C. billions: A new report suggests the decision by Gov. Pat McCrory and Republican lawmakers not to expand Medicaid coverage through the Affordable Care Act will cost North Carolina $51 billion in lost federal payments over the next decade. Read more here.
Moral Monday returns to Raleigh for week of rallies: The North Carolina NAACP is organizing a week of rallies at the state Capitol from Aug. 22-28. Each rally will focus on a different policy area, ending with a mass voting rights rally on the 51st anniversary of the March on Washington. Read more here.
Judge to hear arguments on school voucher program Tuesday: Taxpayer and teachers groups, as well as many of the state’s 115 school boards, are challenging whether the state can spend public money on K-12 tuition at private or religious schools. Read more here.
Incentives bill continues to spark protest, but moves to floor: It quieted, for the moment, a revolt from some House GOP leaders against a measure pushed by Speaker Thom Tillis and Gov. Pat McCrory to create a new program that would offer up-front cash incentives to companies who relocate to North Carolina. Critics consider it corporate welfare. Read more here.
Judge Lewis fires back after Martin named next Chief Justice: A battle between two Republicans in the non-partisan race for North Carolina Supreme Court Chief Justice took an interesting turn today, when Gov. Pat McCrory said he will appoint one of the candidates to the post. Read more here.
USDA: Cost to raise child up slightly to $245,340: A child born in 2013 will cost a middle-income American family an average of $245,340 until he or she reaches the age of 18, with families living in the Northeast taking on a greater burden, according to a report out Monday. And that doesn’t include college — or expenses if a child lives at home after age 17. Read more here.
Amid Debate Over Who Overstepped, Perry Calls Indictment a ‘Farce’: The two felony counts against Mr. Perry stem from his effort to pressure the district attorney here, a Democrat, to step down by threatening to veto state funding for her office. In his first appearance after the verdict, Mr. Perry said: “I wholeheartedly and unequivocally stand behind my veto. We don’t settle political differences with indictments in this country.” Read more here.
CHCCS School Board Cuts Custodial, Gifted Specialist and TA Positions: Members of the Chapel Hill-Carrboro Board of Education expressed anger toward the Republican leadership of the North Carolina General Assembly Thursday night, before voting five-to-zero to approve a budget that cuts 22 teacher assistant positions. Read more here.
Wake Tech enrollment tops a record 22,000: That’s more than 500 more students than enrolled the first day last fall. Thirty percent of Wake County school system graduates will be attending Wake Tech this year, up .7 percent from last year. Read more here.
Republican House hopeful Mark Walker: ‘If I was given a chance to impeach Obama … yes, I would’: Walker is the kind of crazy-uncle candidate that the John Boehners of the world are desperate to keep locked in the attic. But tea party anger has burst into flames in more corners of the country than the GOP’s beleaguered fire department can possibly contain. Read more here.