August 25, 2014
Thom Tillis to constituents: It’s my way or no highway: N.C. House Speaker Thom Tillis, R-Mecklenburg, wants fewer taxes and more user fees in North Carolina. If Tarheels wind up paying more out of pocket in fees than taxes, well, freedom. Read more here.
5 Easy Things That Members of Congress Could Be Doing for Our Military and Veterans, But Aren’t: Washington has become an embarrassment. It seems as if politicians can find a way to make every issue partisan and polarizing. Protecting and serving our military and veterans shouldn’t be. Read more here.
House in disorder: In other words, if you want to pass the bill you like, you also have to pass the bill we like but you don’t. The words “blackmail” and “extortion” were used during floor debate in the House. Read more here.
Legislature neglects the health of rural NC: The 2.2 million North Carolinians who live in the state’s 60 rural counties face a greater risk of illness and a shorter lifespan than people in the state’s urban areas. The task force was led by the N.C. Institute of Medicine and the state government’s Office of Rural Health and Community Care and funded by the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust. Read more here.
School workers miffed by ‘insult’ of a raise: Non-certified school workers are some of the lowest-paid public-sector workers in North Carolina. They haven’t had a real raise since 2008, and Bridges said $500 barely qualifies as one now. Read more here.
Hearing on fracking set for tonight in Rockingham: The N.C. Mining and Energy Commission will host a public comment session at Rockingham County High School from 5 to 9 p.m. Read more here.
Justice Ginsburg: America Has A ‘Real Racial Problem’: The Supreme Court was “once a leader in the world” in combating racial discrimination, according to Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. “What’s amazing,” she added, “is how things have changed.” Read more here.
The ‘new girls’ club’: Girls’ summit wants women’s issues on the G20 agenda: Sularz is taking that goal to Sydney, Australia for the 2014 G(irls)20 Summit beginning Aug. 25. At G(irls)20, young women representing different countries gather to compile a list of crucial women’s issues for G20 leaders to address — this year, the girls are turning a keen eye to how to actually solve those problems. Read more here.
Hollywood pumps cash to save Senate majority for Democrats: Hollywood is pouring money into the midterm elections, with A-listers such as Leonardo DiCaprio, Gwyneth Paltrow, Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Barbra Streisand all coughing up blockbuster bucks. The donations are largely aimed at keeping the Senate in Democratic hands. Republicans, who have the political winds at their backs, need to pick up six seats to win control of the upper chamber. Read more here.
Fjeld brings no-nonsense approach to 6th District race: “I really don’t believe there are 434 people who I couldn’t work with on some level,” Fjeld said, referring to the U.S. House of Representatives. “It’s urgent to get to this work. I would start by building relationships with people, some of whom may never see eye-to-eye.” Read more here.
Brunswick schools chief Edward Pruden pursues charter openness: “The concerns are not mine alone,” he said. “Several of our board members, a growing number of folks in the community and the media and state leaders are honoring the questions we have asked about transparency for public dollars. Read more here.
Announcing the Moral Week of Action: August 22-28!: See the calendar of events here.