July 22, 2014
Tillis, Hagan debates set in September, October: Two of the anticipated three debates between U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan and state House Speaker Thom Tillis have been nailed down: Sept. 3 and Oct. 7. Read more here.
Five reasons why adjournment (and a state budget) appear unlikely this week: Last week Cleveland County Rep. Tim Moore filed a July 25th sine die resolution setting the stage for lawmakers to wrap up the short session by Friday. Now it appears the chairman of the House Rules Committee may have been overly optimistic. Read more here.
NC to decide on new health insurance option for some state workers: A question still to be settled in state budget negotiations is how to provide health insurance to thousands of state employees who will be newly eligible for coverage starting in January under the Affordable Care Act. Read more here.
NCLCV Responds to Thom Tillis’ Spin About His Record on Coal Ash: Dan Crawford, director of governmental relations for North Carolina League of Conservation Voters, today responded to Thom Tillis’ spin about his record on coal ash. Read more here.
Maybe we’re in Kansas after all: NC lost thousands of jobs in June. In addition, the workforce is continuing to shrink. Pat McCrory and the Republicans have been claiming that the shrinking unemployment rate is due to massive hiring. But those claims have been debunked. In his column yesterday. Read more here.
Art Pope’s influence on North Carolina: Wealthy retail magnate Art Pope has helped reshape North Carolina politics by creating and financing a network of conservative groups that buttressed GOP efforts to take on the long-dominant Democratic establishment. Read more here.
Houston is on the hunt for NC teachers once again: On the heels of its Raleigh job fair in May, the Houston Independent School District (HISD) is once again looking to poach North Carolina’s school teachers to come work in Texas for much higher pay. The Texas school district will be holding job fairs this week in Greensboro, Raleigh and Charlotte. Read more here.
Rep. Keith Ellison Wants to Make Union Organizing a Civil Right: Minnesota Democratic Rep. Keith Ellison plans to unveil legislation that would make unionization into a legally protected civil right, the congressman said on Saturday. Read more here.
Obama Signs Executive Order On LGBT Job Discrimination: President Barack Obama on Monday signed an executive order banning workplace discrimination against millions of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender employees of federal contractors and the federal government. Read more here.
Koch Political Universe Vaster than Previously Known: Newly-obtained documents show that the billionaire Koch brothers’ political giving is much more expansive than has previously been known. Read more here.
Members Of Congress Take ‘Minimum Wage Challenge’ To Live Off Reduced Budget For A Week: Strickland will be joined by some current lawmakers this week, including Democratic Reps. Jan Schakowsky (IL), Tim Ryan (OH), and Keith Ellison (MN), to mark the fact that Thursday will represent five years since the last minimum wage increase, leaving it at $7.25 an hour. Read more here.
African American Women & the Wage Gap: African American women in the United States are paid, on average, just 64 cents for every dollar paid to white, non-Hispanic men. Read more here.
Sen. Elizabeth Warren says Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s success stories demonstrate need for agency on its 3-year anniversary: Since its inception, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has helped return more than $4 billion back to the public amid allegations of wrongdoing by companies and institutions both small and large. Read more here.
State Rep. Marcus Brandon will run for mayor in High Point: State Rep. Marcus Brandon announced Friday he will run for mayor in High Point. Brandon, a Democrat, has represented the 60th district since January 2011. Read more here.
Tax proposal would put local governments between a rock and a hard place: The bill not only places a hard cap on the local sales tax rate at 2.5 percent but also only allows counties to levy a sales tax increase for either education or transit—not both. This bill joins a slate of other bills that would restrict local control. Read more here.