January 21, 2014
Obama sets a course for recovery of the nation
President Barack Obama worked to frame his final years in office Tuesday as a time of national recovery from unpopular wars and deep recession, striving now to help a middle class left behind by an otherwise growing economy. “It has been, and still is, a hard time for many,” he said in his second-to-last State of the Union address. “But tonight, we turn the page.” Read more here.
Hours After State Of The Union, Senate Targets National Parks
Just hours after President Obama’s State of the Union address highlighted the effort to protect more public lands and waters than any other administration, the U.S. Senate is poised to vote on a controversial and unpopular proposal that aims to block the protection of new parks, monuments, and historic sites around the country. Read more here.
Is it finally morning in Obama’s America?
It took six grueling years. But finally, Barack Obama took the chance to look the American people in the eye and declare job done. In his State of the Union address Tuesday night — more a lofty campaign style rallying call than a traditional plodding policy lecture — Obama declared he had delivered on what voters first elected him to do: conquering a "vicious" economic crisis and ending ground wars in the Middle East. Read more here.
Republican Response To Obama SOTU Dodges Nearly Every Major Issue
In her official Republican response to the State of the Union, Sen. Joni Ernst (R-IA) said she would talk about voters’ priorities “rather than respond to a speech.” Her short response included details about her childhood in Iowa and the importance of honoring veterans, but ignored most of the concrete policies Obama announced in his address. Read more here.
Hearing begins Wednesday on NC public school quality
Superior Court Judge Howard Manning Jr. begins his periodic review of public school student achievement and school performance Wednesday. Read more here.
An anniversary to be mourned and used as a call to action
North Carolina has been anything but insulated from these toxic trends. Over the last few years big, dark money has flooded the state’s elections. Read more here.
Hopefuls for N.C. Democratic chair to meet in Charlotte
Charlotte-area Democratic leaders will host a forum Saturday for candidates for state party chair. The candidates, Marshall Adame, Janice Covington, Patsy Keever, Constance Johnson and Ron Sanyal will answer questions Saturday from noon to 2 p.m. at Ramses Temple, 4919 Beatties Ford Rd. Read more here.
A conversation with Mayor Dan Clodfelter
In the Q&A below, Clodfelter talked about his upcoming decision, his leadership style, his priorities for the city and what he described as a career-long commitment to address issues important to the city’s African American community. Read more here.
Everyday heroes in fight against racism, Angela Davis says
When Angela Davis visited North Carolina in the 1970s, Wilmington was embroiled in a racial conflict that would reverberate for decades. Read more here.