February 9, 2014
Ruth Bader Ginsburg Declares How Many Women Should Sit On SCOTUS (VIDEO): "People ask me sometimes, ‘When do you think it will be enough? When will there be enough women on the court?’" Ginsburg said, according to a video published by "PBS NewsHour." "And my answer is when there are nine." Watch here.
GOP Freshmen in Congress Get To Cross Something Off Their Bucket List Today: Yes, today stands out because it’s the day the House GOP Freshmen get to experience a dream come true–the chance to vote to repeal Obamacare. Read more here.
GOP’s anti-school insanity: How Scott Walker & Bobby Jindal declared war on education: They want to be seen as tough-minded conservatives fighting big bureaucracy on behalf of real moms and dads. Is it now patriotic to put roadblocks in the way of building a superior system of public higher education? Read more here.
Consumer Protection Agency Seeks Limits on Payday Lenders: The rules are expected to address expensive credit backed by car titles and some installment loans that stretch longer than the traditional two-week payday loan, according to industry lawyers, consumer groups and government authorities briefed on the discussions who all spoke on the condition of anonymity because the deliberations are private. Certain installment loans, for example, with interest rates that exceed 36 percent, the people said, will most likely be covered by the rules. Read more here.
Kansas’ budget problems touching cherished highway system: Kansas voters who re-elected a Republican governor known for aggressive tax cutting are learning that the state won’t solve its serious budget problems without putting a normally sacrosanct asset in the crosshairs – its state-of-the-art highway system. Read more here.
Breaking: US Supreme Court Denies Alabama Request To Halt Same-Sex Marriages: Literally minutes before couples are to begin marrying, the Supreme Court has responded to Alabama’ request for a stay. Read more here.
Giving housing to the homeless is three times cheaper than leaving them on the streets: The most recent report along these lines was a May Central Florida Commission on Homelessness study indicating that the region spends $31,000 a year per homeless person on "the salaries of law-enforcement officers to arrest and transport homeless individuals — largely for nonviolent offenses such as trespassing, public intoxication or sleeping in parks — as well as the cost of jail stays, emergency-room visits and hospitalization for medical and psychiatric issues." Read more here.
Southern Poverty Law Center Adds Ben Carson To List As An Anti-LGBT Extremist: Noting that Carson, after criticizing President Obama at the 2013 National Prayer Breakfast, was embraced by "right-wing media and hate groups," the SPLC observes that he was soon "appearing as the keynoter at a rash of right-wing and hate group gatherings, linking gays with pedophiles, comparing the U.S. to Nazi Germany and endorsing biblical economic practices for 21st century America." Read more here.
Mississippi Republican Switches to Democratic Party Over GOP’s Stubbornness on Obamacare (Video): “Why join the Democratic Party and run for Lieutenant Governor? I’ll tell you. We are all Mississippians first. Elected officials should be in the business of helping all Mississippians. Not picking out who to hurt.” Watch here.
How were the school grades calculated and how will they be used?: School officials pointed to a correlation between school grades and the economic conditions of the children they teach. All the schools landing Fs and nearly all those drawing Ds had a majority of students receiving free or discounted lunch. Almost 90 percent of the schools collecting As had less than half of their students in poverty. Read more here.
McCrory’s agenda is short on ideas: Gov. Pat McCrory’s address Wednesday night met that low standard. He didn’t inspire much hope for helping the middle class in this state and included virtually no substantial new ideas. For a long 80-minute address, McCrory simply didn’t bring much to the table. Read more here.
Fact Check: Talking about Medicaid ‘On the Record’: WRAL News Capitol Bureau Chief Laura Leslie asked both men about Medicaid expansion, a topic McCrory talked around but didn’t tackle head-on. The federal Affordable Care Act, what some people call "Obamacare," gives states financial incentive to cover people currently uninsured by the program, including those in the "income gap" between being eligible for the current program and eligible to buy insurance through the online exchanges. Read more here.
Senators back ‘religious freedom’ bill: Government workers who issue marriage licenses and perform ceremonies have no recourse if they disagree with a couple tying the knot — at least if they want to remain employed. But Gaston County’s two GOP state senators want to create a loophole for magistrates and registers of deeds whose religious beliefs conflict with their job responsibilities. Read more here.
Buncombe has NC’s highest vaccine exemption rate: The measles continues to creep across the country as public health officials point a finger at declining vaccination rates, with five babies infected at a day care center outside Chicago being among the latest to contract the disease. Read more here.
Broadwell: Shameful surrender costs Fort Bragg: The federal budget squeeze has already taken a $1 billion-plus bite out of Fort Bragg’s annual economic impact for the region, according to a report at the "community listening session" Thursday about potential cuts across the Army. The drop in combat operations is likely one factor. But sequestration, an ugly term that we’ve come to know and bemoan, is the driver. Read more here.