January 12, 2014
Dems suit up for tax reform battle: More and more congressional Democrats are insisting that they cannot sign on to a tax overhaul that only helps businesses despite the potential to give a legacy achievement to President Obama. Read more here.
New Rules to Limit Tactics on Hospitals’ Fee Collections: The Obama administration has adopted sweeping new rules to discourage nonprofit hospitals from using aggressive tactics to collect payments from low-income patients. Read more here.
US Supreme Court poised to take up same-sex marriage (+video): Both sides in the same-sex marriage debate want the US Supreme Court to act definitively. Differences in federal appeals court rulings could prompt the high court’s consideration of gay marriage, now legal in 36 states and the District of Columbia. Read more here.
Juan Williams: Health reform a plus for Dems, at last: People with broken arms, patients recently recovered from emergency surgery — President Obama needs to put Americans benefiting from ObamaCare next to the First Lady when he makes his Jan. 20 State of the Union address. Read more here.
Our perilous economic divide between red and blue states: The new Congress is the latest reminder of America’s stark political divisions: The parties in Washington are more polarized than they have been in decades, the partisanship gap between rural Republicans and urban Democrats has grown, and the battle for suburban voters keeps intensifying. Much less is said, however, about the equally significant economic division between conservative “red states” and liberal “blue states.” Read more here.
Searching for answers after Texas quakes: As geologists scramble to find answers, some are pointing fingers at fracking for the cause of 12 earthquakes that rocked North Texas in two days. Watch here.
2 Tuskegee Airmen, both 91, die on same day: Two members of the Tuskegee Airmen – the famed all-black squadron that flew in World War II – died on the same day. The men, lifelong friends who enlisted together, were 91. Read more here.
Group to file ethics complaint against NC Gov. McCrory: Progress North Carolina Action executive director Gerrick Brenner says the group will file its complaint Monday with the North Carolina Ethics Commission. The complaint seeks a formal investigation into McCrory’s holdings of stock in his former employer Duke Energy and payouts he received from a Charlotte-based mortgage broker where he was a board member. Read more here.
Saunders: Movie takes them back to Selma: Pauline Latta and her friends came, just as others had 50 years ago, on foot, on canes, shuffling on walkers, their backs perhaps stooped, but their spirits ramrod-straight. Read more here.
Criticism of elections board chairman forwarded to state: Requests to remove both the New Hanover County elections director and the chairman of the New Hanover County Board of Elections arrived at the office of the North Carolina State Board of Elections this week. Read more here.
Raleigh to buy 307-acre Dorothea Dix property for $52 million: Raleigh will buy the entire 307-acre Dorothea Dix property from the state for $52 million, Mayor Nancy McFarlane and Governor Pat McCrory announced Monday. Read more here.
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North Carolina Earns a C-Minus on State Report Card, Ranks 34th in Nation: This year, North Carolina finishes 34th among the 50 states and District of Columbia, with an overall score of 70.8 out of 100 points and a grade of C-minus. The nation as a whole posts a grade of C. Read more here.