January 30, 2014
President Obama: Mitt Romney cares about poverty? ‘That’s great … Let’s do something about it.’: President Barack Obama broadly took swipes at Republicans on Thursday night for “starting to sound pretty Democratic” in their messaging about poverty and the middle class — and he took a thinly veiled swipe at his former GOP sparring partner from the 2012 presidential campaign. Read more here.
Senate Democrats Pressure Obama On Overtime Reforms: "Too many Americans are working longer and harder without anything to show for their efforts in their paychecks," the lawmakers wrote. "These long hours are straining middle class workers and their families." Read more here.
GOP attacks Obama, Holder at confirmation hearing for Loretta Lynch: “You’re not Eric Holder, are you?” Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, asked Loretta Lynch, the nominee to replace Holder as attorney general. “No sir, I’m not,” she answered. Read more here.
Congressman Tim Ryan Changes Position On Abortion After Talking To Women: Rep. Tim Ryan (D-Ohio), a longtime opponent of abortion, announced in an op-ed on Tuesday that he now supports abortion rights after having talked to women in difficult circumstances throughout his home state. Read more here.
Sarah Palin speech inadvertently raises $50,000 for Hillary Clinton: The group told supporters on Tuesday that Palin’s speech had brought in more than $25,000 in contributions. “The response we got was overwhelming – hundreds of supporters stepped up,” a spokesman said in an email, joking that the total meant Palin qualified as a co-chair of the group’s national finance council. Read more here.
Here Are The States That Spend The Most On Public School Students: NCES, an arm of the Department of Education, looked at each state’s revenues and expenditures per pupil in public elementary and secondary schools during the 2011-2012 school year. The agency also presented data on school spending and revenues at the level of individual school districts. See the graphics here.
Ten True Facts Guaranteed to Short-Circuit Republican Brains: As a public service to those who find themselves inextricably cornered by aggressively ill-informed Republicans at work, on the train or at family gatherings, presented here are ten indisputably true facts that will seriously challenge a Republican’s worldview and probably blow a brain cell or two. At the very least, any one of these GOP-busters should stun and confuse them long enough for you to slip quietly away from a pointless debate and allow you to get on about your business. See the list here.
NC House won’t take votes until McCrory’s State of the State speech: Don’t expect much action at the N.C. General Assembly until Gov. Pat McCrory arrives Wednesday for his State of the State address. Read more here.
Proposed bill would hold charter schools more accountable for spending state funds: State Rep. Larry Hall said his legislation would be aimed at ending the "reckless mismanagement" of taxpayer dollars by some charters – especially those that suddenly shut their doors, leaving students, parents and local school districts in the lurch. Read more here.
First in Flight from the EITC – Sheila’s Story: Listen to Sheila talk about how the credit fights poverty. Last year NCGA let the EITC expire, but this year they can bring it back! Watch her story here.
Lowe tapped to replace Parmon in 32nd Senate District: Lowe beat former Winston-Salem Council Member Joycelyn Johnson by a margin of two to one among the 100 or so members of the party’s executive committee taking part in a vote at Kennedy High School, a Democratic Party official said, although the exact vote totals were not made public. Read more here.
School board told 80 teaching jobs may be lost in Cumberland County schools: The Cumberland County school system has faced a series of painful budget cuts in recent years. This year will be no different, central office administrators told school board members Thursday. Read more here.
Rockingham County $7 million in hole: Rockingham County officials need $7 million they don’t have. The Rockingham County Board of Commissioners and Board of Education met Wednesday to discuss the next fiscal year’s anticipated financial shortfalls. Read more here.
More call for fewer tests: Superintendents and education advocacy groups join effort to test less: Parents have been complaining at least since the 1990s about the proliferation of school testing, which they say limits classroom creativity and puts too much pressure on children. Now superintendents and education advocacy groups are formally joining the effort. Read more here.
Wake County group hopes to collect 100,000 children’s books: On Saturday, WAKE Up and Read is kicking off a monthlong effort to collect 100,000 new and gently used books for kids 12 and younger. This comes after last year’s inaugural drive netted 67,000 children’s books – far more than the original goal of 40,000. Read more here.