January 13, 2014
Top Democrats In Congress To Release Unapologetically Progressive Tax Plan: In a sharp departure from party leaders’ proposals over the last few years, Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) today announced an action plan to create, in his words, “the kind of economy where the pie is growing and everyone is getting a better slice.” Read more here.
Dems’ next big issue: Democrats are seizing on the fight for mandatory paid leave in the United States as their next big pocketbook issue. Read more here.
Democrats plan tough votes for GOP on Keystone pipeline bill: Democrats are poised to make Republicans cast a series of tough votes on legislation approving the Keystone XL oil pipeline, which the GOP hopes to send to President Obama’s desk soon. Read more here.
Supreme Court Rejects New Challenge To Obamacare Law: The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to take up another broad challenge to President Barack Obama’s signature healthcare law. Read more here.
Earth Tilts On Axis: More Americans Opting To Self-Label As "Liberals": A hearty good morning to my fellow self identifying Liberals! The day seems to be coming when we can emerge from our caves into the sunlight and be welcomed back into society and perhaps even start to throw our weight around! Read more here.
Even an Ivy League Grad Can’t Pass the New G.E.D.: A corporation privatized the GED, made it four times more expensive, and made it almost impossible to pass. Trust me. Read more here.
House Majority Leader resigning from N.C. House: State Rep. Edgar Starnes, a Caldwell County Republican serving the 87th District, is resigning his office, according to a news release sent to the Hickory Daily Record. Read more here.
Senator Josh Stein: In this interview with NC Policy Watch, he discusses education spending, Medicaid expansion and business incentives as we preview the 2015 legislative session. Listen here.
NC School Board Questions Online Charter Applicants: Two online charter schools could serve up to 3,000 students in North Carolina next year. They would be the first schools of their kind in the state. The state school board asked those groups some tough questions this week. Read more here.
Audience laughs as McCrory calls Charlotte ‘state capitol’: Gov. Pat McCrory drew an astonished response, followed by laughter, when he referred to Raleigh as Charlotte at a ceremony Monday to agree to a deal on the Dorothea Dix property. Read more here.
Boy, 12, writes letter to all 32 NFL team owners; only one wrote back: Cade Pope, a 12-year-old in Yukon, Okla., wrote all 32 NFL teams asking them why he should root for their team. Last week he got his first and only response back – a handwritten note from Panthers owner/founder Jerry Richardson. Read more here.
Former Wake County Commissioner Paul Coble starts lobbying firm: Three months after he lost his reelection bid as a Wake County Commissioner, Paul Coble is launching a lobbying firm. Read more here.
NC charter school operator sues former superintendent for defamation: Charter school operator Baker Mitchell Jr. filed a defamation lawsuit last week against the former Brunswick County superintendent, claiming Mitchell’s reputation was tarnished by statements critical of his business interests in charter schools and public charter schools in general. Read more here.
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Fact Check: Are other states following NC’s lead on unemployment?: Gov. Pat McCrory was doing what governors do when they speak to groups such as the North Carolina Chamber and the North Carolina Bankers Association on Jan. 5. Namely, he was extolling his administration’s work on business issues and asking for corporate leaders to back his agenda. Read more here.