NCDP Clips for February 4, 2014

NCDP Clips

February 4, 2014

National

And Then Barack Obama Sang Uptown Funk…: That’s right, your Commander in Chief might be in the Middle East, but it doesn’t mean he can’t drop in on Funkytown. Turn it up, and watch it here!

Gay Soccer Player Singled Out For Praise By President Obama: The LA Galaxy was honored at the White House yesterday, where President Obama praised Robbie Rogers for "blazing a trail" by courageously coming out as gay. Read more here.

Freshman GOP Senator : I’m okay with not forcing restaurant workers to wash up: Sen. Thom Tillis (R-N.C.) said Monday that he’s okay with the idea of service industry workers returning to work without washing their hands after touching their unmentionables, as long as customers are made aware of the situation. Read more here.

Obama to meet with ‘Dreamers’ as White House ramps up Homeland Security fight with GOP: President Obama is set to meet with a group of young undocumented immigrants on Wednesday as the White House escalates its fight with Republicans over immigration reform and funding for the Department of Homeland Security. Read more here.

North Carolina

Why This State Of The State Speech Might Be Different: There’s another way this speech may differ Randy Voller expects a more centrist tone. "I hope to hear the governor has finally broken away from the tea party fever and is moving toward more moderate positions." Voller is the chairman of the North Carolina Democratic party. He thinks McCrory will use tonight’s address as a way to position himself for an expected 2016 re-election campaign. Read more here.

NC to receive $21.5 million as part of S&P mortgage settlement: Credit rating firm Standard & Poor’s will pay $21.5 million to North Carolina for controversial Wall Street practices that are blamed for contributing to a global financial meltdown in 2008. Read more here.

An effort to put elections back in voters’ hands: One of us is a Democrat in the state Senate, the other is a Republican in the state House. There’s plenty we disagree on. But something big is bringing us together: It’s time for North Carolina to move to an independent redistricting system. Read more here.

New Online Tool Can Help North Carolinians Save Thousands In Medical Costs: Are you about to have a medical procedure? Have you chosen a provider yet? Before you do, you might consider taking a look at what the procedure will cost. Blue Cross-Blue Shield of North Carolina now has an easy online tool to help you do just that. Read more here.

Local

NC school districts sweating release of performance grades: Grading North Carolina schools has been controversial since Senate leaders proposed it in 2012. Supporters argued performance grades would provide transparency, while critics said they would stigmatize schools with high enrollment of low-income students. The fight continued through this winter with school boards around the state passing resolutions calling for a repeal of the law or a delay in implementing it. Read more here.

Wake school board approves raises for teachers, certified staff: Lead teachers, media specialists and other Wake County Public School System certified staff will receive pre-tax raises ranging from $16.50 to $100 per month, depending on their years of service. Read more here.

Greensboro council approves ‘Massacre’ marker: The Greensboro City Council voted 7-2 Tuesday to approve the marker’s language, ending weeks of controversy over one of the darkest days in the city’s history and how it will be remembered. Read more here.

Moore hopes to score with industrial park: An industrial park shared by Moore and Montgomery counties is seeking to host companies that would supply an automobile factory if it comes to North Carolina, the head of Moore County’s economic development organization said Tuesday. Read more here.

Fuller urging Mecklenburg to add Veterans Day as a county holiday: Mecklenburg County Commissioners Chairman Trevor Fuller doesn’t think the county honors veterans enough and wants to add Veterans Day to the slate of yearly county holidays. Read more here.

Brunswick knows what it wants in new school leader: The superintendent should possess excellent leadership and communication skills; have experience as a teacher, principal and superintendent; have integrity; and be able to make tough decisions. The individual also should value the school system’s employees, be committed to the community, be a motivator and have knowledge of finances and budgeting. Read more here.