January 29, 2014
Loretta Lynch knows her name — and it’s not Holder: Memories of Eric Holder loomed over Loretta Lynch’s confirmation hearing as Republicans reminded the nominee for attorney general over and over that one of her most appealing qualities is that she’s not him. Read more here.
Final Keystone vote expected Thursday: President Obama has threatened to veto legislation authorizing the $8 billion pipeline’s construction. The legislation must first be approved by the House, which has already passed its own bill authorizing the pipeline. Read more here.
The History of the Pocket Constitution: Susan Herman, president of the ACLU, said the first instance she knows of when prominent politicians used pocket Constitutions for effect was during the Watergate Hearings. Sen. Sam Ervin, a North Carolina Democrat, chaired the Senate Select Committee to Investigate Campaign Practices—also known as the Watergate Committee (or even the Ervin Committee)—and the hearings were televised. Ervin used to pull out his pocket copy of the Constitution during the hearings, and it made a powerful visual impact. Read more here.
Oklahoma worries over swarm of earthquakes and connection to oil industry: The earthquakes come nearly every day now, cracking drywall, popping floor tiles and rattling kitchen cabinets. On Monday, three quakes hit this historic land-rush town in 24 hours, booming and rumbling like the end of the world. Read more here.
As NC legislature begins, gay marriage takes center stage: Sen. Phil Berger, R-Rockingham, filed a bill to allow magistrates to refuse to preside at same-sex weddings and assistant and deputy registers of deeds to not issue licenses based on "sincerely held religious objection." But any such recusal must last at least six months, and the officials couldn’t be involved in traditional marriages either. Read more here.
Pro-business Democrat caucus forms: A group of 12 Democrats in the General Assembly have formed a pro-business alliance, hoping to give the minority party a bigger voice in jobs, education and community investment legislation. Read more here.
NAACP-led protests resume at North Carolina Legislature: North Carolina’s NAACP leader challenged new rules concerning public assembly in the State Legislative Building as part of protests on Wednesday targeting legislative policies by GOP leaders who control both chambers. Read more here.
Senator proposes bill to de-fund State Employees Association after it opposes him in primary: The sponsor is Senator Ralph Hise (pictured at left). That would be the same Ralph Hise who was opposed by the State Employees Association of North Carolina (SEANC) in last year’s GOP primary. Read more here.
Dana’s Story – NC Left Me Out: Dana Wilson is just one of nearly 500,000 North Carolinians who are being denied access to affordable health care because the state has refused to expand Medicaid. Watch here.
Labor occupies Wendy’s after firing: After a woman is fired for organizing at a local Wendy’s, workers and their allies stage an innovative sit-in action at the chain’s West Market Street location in Greensboro. Read more here.
State Audit: NC Charter School Mismanaged Taxpayer Dollars: Kinston Charter Academy received more than $600,000 of state money two months before it closed, even though it had received several citations for fiscal mismanagement over the years. Read more here.
Coalition wants schools powered by sun: A coalition of education, health, labor and environmental organizations has launched a “Repower Our Schools” campaign to convince Charlotte and Durham school districts to pass resolutions in support of transforming their power operations to 100 percent renewable, solar energy. Read more here.