July 16, 2014
House and Senate Campaigns with Strong Education Angles: Hagan is in one of the most hotly-contested battles in the Senate, one of just a handful that will decide which party controls the Senate come 2015. Read more here.
Democrats Are in a Perilous Position in 2014 Senate Races: If Democrats win all the states in which the polls now favor them, the party would lose four seats (AK, LA, MT and WV) and pick up GA. But notice that, according to the polls, there are a lot of tight races. Read more here.
Export-Import Bank creates political divisions in NC: Renewing the bank’s charter by its Sept. 30 deadline has divided Republican lawmakers nationwide and it’s become an issue in North Carolina’s U.S. Senate race. Republican Thom Tillis opposes it. Incumbent Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan supports it. Read more here.
Legislative leaders Choose Litigation over Choose Life plate: Tillis and Berger may still be battling over budgets, but they’ve found plenty of common ground when it comes to protecting controversial laws they’ve shepherded through their chambers these past few years. Read more here.
DENR opens public comment period on fracking rules: NC’s environmental protection agency said Tuesday it is now accepting written public comments on the state’s proposed fracking rules through Sept. 15. Read more here.
North Carolina House Votes to Replace Common Core, Gov. Pat McCrory Will Sign: The Common Core curriculum standards that dictate what’s taught in grade school classrooms across much of the United States are on their way out in North Carolina. The North Carolina House approved a compromise bill, by a vote of 71 to 34 Wednesday, to rewrite the statewide curriculum to better tailor it for Tar Heel students. Gov. Pat McCrory said he will sign it. Read more here.
How did Mark Walker blindside Phil Berger Jr.?: The prognosticators were caught off guard Tuesday night when former Baptist minister Mark Walker clobbered Phil Berger Jr. in winning the Republican nomination in the 6th Congressional District. Read more here.
Time to Call a Spade a Spade: The deep revenue losses resulting from the 2013 tax plan is creating a reality in which there are too few dollars available to meet the needs of children, families, and communities. Read more here.
Protections for Pregnant Workers Expand Before Key Supreme Court Case: Refusing to accommodate new mothers’ lactation after a pregnancy, refusing bathroom breaks during a pregnancy, or punishing workers for planning a future pregnancy are now all forms of illegal discrimination under federal rules. Read more here.
‘No one cares’ about your book, but are you running?: Hillary Rodham Clinton gave Jon Stewart no hints about whether she will run for president, but acknowledged during Tuesday’s taping of "The Daily Show" that the speculation surrounding her possible candidacy has become "a cottage industry." Read more here.
GOP Ex-Lawmakers Endorse Dem Candidate Over Kansas Gov. Brownback: Several Republican former Kansas officials have endorsed Democratic gubernatorial candidate Paul Davis over GOP incumbent Gov. Sam Brownback. Republicans for Kansas Values, a group of more than 100 former lawmakers and GOP officials, including two former lieutenant governors and a former congresswoman, announced their support for Davis on Tuesday. Read more here.
How The Koch Brothers Are Buying Their Way Into The Minds Of Public School Students: The official mission of Youth Entrepreneurs is to provide kids with "business and entrepreneurial education and experiences that help them prosper and become contributing members of society." The underlying goal of the program, however, is to impart Koch’s radical free-market ideology to teenagers. In the last school year, the class reached more than 1,000 students across Kansas and Missouri. Read more here.
Fed Chair Yellen: ‘Too Many Americans Remain Unemployed’: Federal Reserve Board Chair Janet Yellen thinks the economy is not too hot, not too cold, but it’s not just right either. In prepared remarks ahead of semi-annual testimony to Congress, Yellen said the economy is improving, but the recovery still has a ways to go. Read more here.
The Coming Democratic Schism: …even though younger Democrats are less committed to the central tenets of traditional economic liberalism, there is a strong body of evidence suggesting that the partisan commitment these voters made to the Democratic Party when they first came of political age will endure. Read more here.
Senate seeks to curb local tax use: A new Senate proposal would give counties more leeway to raise sales taxes – but would ban them from using that revenue to meet education and transportation needs at the same time. House Bill 1224 is scheduled for a floor vote in the Senate on Thursday. Read more here.