January 14, 2014
Grueling fight on Keystone pipeline to hit new Senate: Senators are bracing for a debate over legislation on the Keystone XL pipeline that could take weeks to conclude, setting up an early test of GOP leader Mitch McConnell’s pledge to allow “regular order” in the upper chamber. Read more here.
John Boehner Says GOP Will Move Forward With Plan That Could Risk DHS Shutdown: After gunmen attacked a satirical French newspaper on Wednesday, House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said Republicans won’t back away from a fight over immigration that risks halting funding for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Read more here.
Republican Rep. Tim Moore elected NC House Speaker: The N.C. General Assembly’s session had a delayed start Wednesday morning because of icy roads, but the House wasted no time, unanimously electing Republican Rep. Tim Moore of Kings Mountain as its new speaker by 10 a.m. Read more here.
New NCGA building rules released for second floor rotunda: With state lawmakers back in Raleigh for the commencement of the new legislative session, new rules on the use of the second floor rotunda of the legislative building are in place. See the memo here.
NCDOT charges $468 – with half due up front – in request to see public records: The state Department of Transportation has begun charging fees in some cases when citizens ask to see public records under North Carolina’s open government laws. Read more here.
Senator voices concerns about Dorothea Dix deal: “I don’t know that the state is in a better position or not, the way this agreement reads,” said Pate, who represents parts of Lenoir, Pitt and Wayne counties. “I think we need to sit back and take a long look at it before we put our stamp on it.” Read more here.
Teacher raises tops wish list for NC school leaders: Dozens of North Carolina school superintendents gathered Tuesday in Raleigh, on the eve of the 2015 legislative session, to put forward their priority list to lawmakers. Read more here.
N.C. cities look at ways to strengthen revenue base: As the Republican-led General Assembly has moved to simplify and lower the state’s tax structure in recent years, local governments have often found themselves on the back foot – politically and financially. Read more here.
Backstory: Triangle Tires tire company and auto repair shop thrive on ‘girl power’: A white board mounted on a wall in the Chapel Hill garage bears the handwritten message: “Gurl Power, Girl Power, Grrrl Power.” Read more here.
Durham Public Schools to restore custodians’ lost pay: The Durham Public Schools will compensate about 140 custodial workers for 22 days they did not get paid for last fall when a subcontractor went broke. Read more here.
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Our courts also feel meddling by aggressive legislature: As this legislature continues to increase its own power, its adversaries are turning to the courts for protection. Those include teachers, women’s groups and the NAACP, but also government. Read more here.