December 18, 2014
Obama’s Had a Helluva Good Month Since the Midterms: So how have things been going for our bored, exhausted, and disengaged president? He’s been acting pretty enthusiastic, energized, and absorbed with his job, I’d say. Read more here.
Senate Democrats Tell The SEC To Get Moving On CEO Pay Rule: Fifteen Senate Democrats including Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) called Tuesday for the Securities and Exchange Commission to implement a rule on CEO pay that the agency has suppressed for more than a year. Read more here.
Poll: Democrats start 2016 with advantage among Latinos: Republican leaders have spent two years since the 2012 election warning that the party needs to improve its standing with Latino voters. But things aren’t looking any better heading into 2016 presidential election, according to the latest NBC/WSJ/Telemundo poll. Read more here.
Alan Gross: Cuba Releases American After Five Years in Prison: American contractor Alan Gross has landed in the U.S. after being released earlier today from a Cuban prison where he had been held for five years. Watch here.
Timeline of NC Gov McCrory’s payouts from Tree.com: See it here.
Analysts question McCrory’s payout disclosure: Political analysts from both parties said they had concerns Wednesday about whether North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory had been forthcoming about payments of more than $185,000 in cash and stock that he accepted from a Charlotte mortgage broker after he took office last year. Read more here.
Corruption, hypocrisy and stupidity: Well, I think Pat McCrory is in trouble. The AP reported yesterday that he received almost $200,000 from Tree.com, a mortgage brokerage, after he was sworn in as governor. McCrory insists he did nothing illegal and blasted the report as “partisan drive-by journalism.” Maybe he didn’t break the law, but he’s certainly broken the public trust. Read more here.
Terry Van Duyn chosen as Senate minority whip: Senate Democrats chose Sen. Terry Van Duyn of Biltmore Forest Wednesday as minority whip for the next two years and voted to keep Sen. Dan Blue, D-Wake, as minority leader. Read more here.
Senate confirms Biggs as federal judge in NC: Just before midnight, the U.S. Senate confirmed by voice vote a slew of pending Obama judicial candidates, including Loretta Copeland Biggs, who will serve in the state’s Middle District. Read more here.
Is the long reach of Art Pope driving the UNC Board of Governors’ review?: A woman? Young? Poor? African-American? Native American? A UNC Board of Governors working group is scrutinizing centers that focus on you. Read more here.
A legal maneuver could absolve Duke Energy of its responsibility for coal ash dumps: Since the Dan River spill, Duke Energy has claimed it will accept responsibility for the mammoth disposal of roughly 100 million tons of coal ash over the next 15 years. However, if state regulators approve the utility’s plans to dump 3 million tons of ash in Chatham and Lee counties, it might be absolved of legal liability for any harm it causes to human health or the environment, an INDY investigation has found. Read more here.
NC Rules Review Commission approves fracking standards: North Carolina’s proposed fracking safety standards sailed through a rules review Wednesday despite a staff attorney’s warning that several rules failed to meet state standards and should be put out for public hearing. Read more here.
Chatham commissioners oppose coal ash disposal plan: The Chatham County Board of Commissioners unanimously adopted on Monday a resolution opposing Duke Energy’s plan to dispose of millions of tons of coal ash in former clay mines in Moncure and Sanford. Read more here.
Fayetteville VA adds temporary space for mental health services: The Fayetteville VA is one step closer to doubling its available space for mental health. Local Veterans Affairs officials and two congressmen cut the ribbon on a 10,000-square-foot temporary space Wednesday. Read more here.
Two virtual charter schools on track for North Carolina: Two virtual charter schools, including a school that has run into trouble in other states, are closer to enrolling North Carolina students. Read more here.