January 9, 2014
Beasley takes oath for NC Supreme Court: Watch here.
Obama to unveil proposal for tuition-free community college: President Obama on Friday will propose making community college tuition-free for “responsible students,” launching what officials described as an ambitious plan for the federal and state governments to widen access to higher education. Read more here.
Momentum builds in Congress for raising the federal gas tax: Record-low gas prices across the U.S. have given rise to fresh talk in Washington of raising the federal gas tax for the first time in over 20 years, with leading Republicans now saying a hike must not be ruled out. Read more here.
The Anti-Science Climate Denier Caucus: 114th Congress Edition: This week Congress returns to the nation’s capital with 71 new members in its ranks. Those additions will bring little improvement in the views of congressional Republicans regarding the scientific reality of climate change, however. Read more here.
Barbara Boxer to retire in 2016: Boxer is 74 years old, and speculation that she would retire has been brewing for years, fueled recently by her stagnant fundraising. But she insisted that her age doesn’t play a role in her decision. Read more here.
California: The $1B Senate race?: Boxer is one of a number of California Democrats who have reigned over the state for decades, leading to a lot of pent-up political ambition for younger members of her party. With her gone, that energy is about to explode. Read more here.
The Pitchforks Are Coming… For Us Plutocrats: At the same time that people like you and me are thriving beyond the dreams of any plutocrats in history, the rest of the country—the 99.99 percent—is lagging far behind. The divide between the haves and have-nots is getting worse really, really fast. Read more here.
An early and disappointing signal about the legislative session: The 2015 session of the General Assembly doesn’t officially convene until next Wednesday but Republican legislative leaders have already set a troubling tone for the session with their decision to meet this week behind closed doors in Kannapolis to discuss education policy and listen to right-wing advocates opine on the subject. Read more here.
NC leaders ask US Supreme Court to hear gay marriage appeal: The U.S. Supreme Court sidestepped the gay marriage debate in October, but on Friday the justices will go behind closed doors to decide whether to take up a new set of cases that could plant them firmly in the middle of the politically divisive arguments. Read more here.
NC school board ends solo status for Koch history course: Teachers will be encouraged to design their courses on American history and institutions from nearly a dozen sources, not just a group backed by the politically influential conservative Koch family. Read more here.
Campaign urges lawmakers to restore tax break for rehabbing historic buildings: The American Tobacco Campus in Durham, the carousel at Pullen Park in Raleigh and projects at Saint Augustine’s University all benefited from the tax credit. Read more here.
Butterfield Applauds Pitt County on Receipt of $2 Million Grant, Creating 642 Jobs: Congressman G. K. Butterfield (NC-01) congratulated Pitt County, North Carolina on its receipt of a U.S. Department of Commerce Economic Development Administration (EDA) grant. The $2 million investment grant will be used to construct the new 75,000-square-foot Science and Technology Training Center on the Winterville Campus of Pitt Community College, which serves both Pitt and Beaufort counties. Read more here.
County mulls request to repeal school birth control ban: County Commissioners are mulling the idea of asking the N.C. General Assembly to repeal the state’s ban on making birth control available in the public schools. Read more here.
JC Penney closing 40 stores, including 4 in NC: J.C. Penney will close a store in Wilson at Parkwood Mall. Also closing will be stores in Asheboro, Elizabeth City and Statesville, according to the Huffington Post. Read more here.
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A Glimpse Into North Carolina’s Future: The Kansas Budget Crisis: Through just a few months of the fiscal year, North Carolina’s tax revenue is already down over $400 million. Without repealing the reckless tax giveaways, North Carolina will face the exact same situation that Kansas is in. Read more here.