July 3, 2014
To Hold Senate, Democrats Rely on Single Women: The decline of marriage over the last generation has helped create an emerging voting bloc of unmarried women that is profoundly reshaping the American electorate to the advantage, recent elections suggest, of the Democratic Party. What is far from clear is whether Democrats will benefit in the midterm contests this fall. Read more here.
Rove-backed Crossroads groups reserve $15 million more for fall spending barrage, bringing total to $20 million: The conservative super PAC American Crossroads and its nonprofit affiliate Crossroads GPS plan to reserve about $15 million worth of fall air time in five key Senate races, bringing its total investment for the post-Labor Day campaign to more than $20 million in six battleground contests. Read more here.
Let the negotiations begin: The Medicaid breakthrough combined with what is now Hurricane Arthur prompted lawmakers to change their schedules for this week and next. Read more here.
NC hospital closing could endanger thousands: A rural hospital in Belhaven, North Carolina shut down even after the town’s Republican mayor and the NAACP tried to intervene. Mayor Adam O’Neal and Rev. William Barber join. Watch video here.
House passes long-term Medicaid plan: House passes long-term Medicaid plan:The N.C. House vision for long-range Medicaid changes received unanimous approval Wednesday.The bill would have provider-led health care networks be responsible for most overruns in the Medicaid budget by 2020. The provider-networks would receive a set amount of money each year for medical services for the patients they treat, and the networks would have to eat the losses if they spend more. Read more here.
DMV, elections officials say ending NC’s voter preregistrations creates confusion: The General Assembly’s decision to do away with voter preregistration in 2013 has created confusion in state driver’s license offices, where 50,000 teenagers a year had been signed up in a program that automatically added their names to voter rolls when they turned 18. Read more here.
4 Charts Showing the Rift Between Business Republicans and the GOP: If you read last week’s 185-page Pew survey on political typology, which divides the public into seven groups, you’ll quickly realize that the two most conservative groups—“steadfast conservatives” and “business conservatives”—agree on nearly everything. Read more here.
New White House report: 5.7 million people losing out on health care because 24 states won’t expand Medicaid: Louisiana and 23 other states that have opted not to accept federal funding to expand Medicaid will deprive 5.7 million people of health coverage in 2016, according to a report being released Wednesday by the White House Council of Economic Advisers. Read more here.
The South Is Essentially A Solid, Grim Block Of Poverty: North Carolina and a handful of other Southern U.S. states saw the biggest increases in the number of people living in what are known as "poverty areas" between 2000 and 2010, according to a new Census Bureau report. Read more here.
GOP College Chairman Slams Tea Party, Resigns, And Joins The Democrats – Here’s To Our Youth!: The chairman of the MFCR (Mississippi Federation of College Republicans), Evan Alvarez, has opted not only to leave his position as College GOP Chairman this week, but he is joining the Republican party’s arch enemy – the Democrats. In a publicly released letter, Alvarez outlines the reasons behind his decision. Read more here.
Inaction on NC transparency bill hid $2 million in outside spending: With election spending reform stalled in Washington, states have emerged as important arenas for efforts to give the public a clearer picture of who is spending money in politics and how much money is flowing into races. Read more here.
Wake mayors, county commissioner suggest raising sales tax for teacher pay:Wake County officials looking for ways to increase teacher pay have landed on an idea moving along in other parts of the state: increasing sales tax and using the extra revenue for teachers’ salaries.According to an email sent to Wake County mayors from Knightdale Mayor Russell Killen, the group wants to see a referendum on the November ballot for a quarter-cent sales tax increase that would fund teacher pay. Read more here.
McCroy signs hemp oil bill into law: The measure passed by unanimous vote in the Senate last week and a 112-1 vote in the House. McCrory, along with lawmakers in both chambers, hailed the bill as a blessing for families with children suffering from intractable seizures that have no other effective treatment. Read more here.
Raleigh looks to restart business incubator: A year after city leaders pulled funding from the Raleigh Business and Technology Center following a scathing audit, the City Council moved ahead Tuesday with plans to relaunch the incubator. Raleigh leaders will seek proposals from nonprofits and other organizations interested in fostering startups at the center’s two-story building. Read more here.