July 10, 2014
NC Sen. Hagan reports $3.6M raised in 2nd quarter: Hagan’s campaign said Thursday she raised more than $3.6 million during the second quarter. The campaign said it will report to federal officials that it had more than $8.7 million in cash June 30. Read more here.
Senators Walk Out of Budget Meeting: Wednesday, state House and Senate members made clear just how far apart they are on teacher pay raises and the state budget. In an open meeting intended to shore up their differences, Republicans on both sides dug in their heels. So much so, the Senate walked out at one point. Read more here.
State senator says voting bill ballooned from 16 to 57 pages: State Sen. Dan Blue, D-Wake, testified this afternoon in U.S. District Court that the first time he learned of a new proposal to reform the state’s election law was on the day it came before the Senate Rules Committee. Read more here.
Tillis and Berger: A tale of two leaders: Humility and modesty may be a politician’s strongest attributes. Unfortunately, not many of them possess much of either. More often, we see strutting and self-aggrandizement that may carry political capital within the bubble of the political establishment but has the effect of turning off the people they are elected to represent. Watching the General Assembly is a case in point. Read more here.
Geologist: Test drilling in Davie shale basin ‘a joke’: Sen. Andrew Brock, R-Davie, wants his county included in the discussion, pushing through an amendment to the Senate’s proposed budget that would widen state-financed test drilling to include the Davie basin. Thayer, who worked as an exploration geologist for oil companies and now works as a consultant, said his research did not indicate the presence of black shale, an indicator of the potential for natural gas within a shale basin. Read more here.
The problems with NC vouchers and sending public money to private schools: The 2013 decision by the General Assembly to provide public tax dollars in the form of vouchers to private, selective academies violates the N.C. Constitution as well as the U.S. Constitution; the former says plainly enough that public school money is exclusively for public schools. Read more here.
Courtroom Drama: Voting Rights Paid for in Blood Under Siege in North Carolina: At the U.S. District Court in Winston-Salem, Rick Glazier, a Democratic state legislator, took the witness stand on Tuesday, the second morning of a hearing on North Carolina’s restrictive new voting law, the enforcement of which the U.S. Department of Justice, the NAACP, and the League of Women Voters are seeking to halt. Read more here.
House Democrats seek vote to extend eugenics deadline: House Minority Leader Larry Hall filed a discharge petition Wednesday to force a vote on a eugenics compensation bill that has been buried in a committee. Hall, a Democrat from Durham, along with several other House Democrats filed House Bill 1241 in May seeking to extend the deadline for submitting eugenics claims by three months. Read more here.
How the Republican Hold on the South Could Collapse: To understand why the Republican Party has come to dominate the South—and why that strength may now be waning—you have to go back to the Civil War. Immediately after the Civil Rights Act, Southern states began to vote Republican in presidential elections. Read more here.
Senate Confirms First-Ever Native American Woman As Federal Judge: The Senate quietly made history on Wednesday night when it confirmed Diane Humetewa as a federal judge — the first Native American woman to ever hold such a post. Read more here.
Meet The First Poor Person Allowed To Testify At Any Of Paul Ryan’s Poverty Hearings: On Wednesday morning at 10 a.m., Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) will hold a fifth hearing on poverty and the social safety net. For the first time, a person actually living in poverty will be allowed to testify. Read more here.
Elizabeth Warren’s Question Of Trust Stumps Wall Street Exec: It seems like a simple question. With only 15 percent of Americans trusting the stock market and a declining percentage who invest in it, what can market bosses do to restore the people’s faith? That’s what Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) wanted to know in a Senate Banking Committee hearing on Tuesday. Read more here.
$2.1 million upgrade aims to make Oberlin Road more like a Main Street: Oberlin Road around Cameron Village could soon be getting $2.1 million in new crosswalks, buried power lines and wider, tree-lined sidewalks to give the busy road more of a Main Street feel. Read more here.
Triangle business leaders call for immigration reform: Several Triangle business leaders participated in the National Day of Action on Wednesday, as groups nationwide called on Congress to push forward on stalled immigration reform measures. Read more here.