July 8, 2014
Tillis flips and flops, but fools no one on women’s health: Late last week, in the shadow of #MotorcycleAbortion’s one year anniversary, the Tillis campaign not only acknowledged that his record will be front and center this November, but also attempted to paper over his record of limiting access to preventive care for North Carolina women. Read more here.
The 7 states where Libertarians could swing control of the Senate: The Libertarian Party candidates running for U.S. Senate seats this year don’t fit the typical profile of a politician. One is a pizza delivery guy with a taste for microbrews. One is a former Republican legislator from another state. Another is an arctic biology field station camp manager. And a fourth has a criminal record. But taken together, the candidates who have achieved ballot access in 11 states with competitive Senate contests have the potential to sway control of the chamber at large. Read more here.
Court Room Packed for Voter Suppression Hearing – Hundreds Turned Away: On Monday morning hundreds of people cued up to get into the Winston-Salem courtroom of U.S. District Judge Thomas D. Schroeder. With only 100 seats available, those who had come out early had to be turned away for Monday‘s hearing. Read more here.
Court fight over N.C. election law begins: This morning, a long line of people, many of them voting rights activists, stood outside U.S. District Court, waiting to get inside for the start of a closely watched hearing on North Carolina’s controversial election law. Read more here.
Key priorities linger as end of session approaches: North Carolina Lawmakers are winding down their legislative "short" session this month, but while they generally agree on their agendas state Senate and state House leaders differ on how to execute some of their top priority items. Read more here.
Weak coal ash bill an affront to North Carolinians: Environmental advocates who collectively speak for a large number of N.C. residents are outraged by the weakness of the proposed bill to address the state’s coal ash mess, its failure to protect residents and the mockery it is making of the Clean Water Act. Read more here.
Millennials get cut off at the polls: First they came for blacks, and we said nothing. Then they came for Latinos, poor people and married women, and we again ignored the warning signs. Now, after our years of apathy, they’re coming for us: the nation’s millennials. Read more here.
Women Senators Propose Bill To Boost Child Care Tax Credits: Democratic women senators introduced a bill on Tuesday that aims to make child care less expensive for working parents by expanding the Child and Dependent Care Tax Credit (CDCTC). Read more here.
The Senate Races With the Biggest Ideological Stakes: The political media (including FiveThirtyEight) tend to focus on the horse race. But who’s ahead right now matters, because someone will eventually take office and vote on legislation — nudging the overall ideology of the U.S. Senate this way or that. Read more here.
In Op-Ed, John Boehner Reveals He Has No Actual Legal Justification For Suing President Obama: Speaker of the House John Boehner announced over the weekend — in a ghostwritten CNN op-ed — that he has pretty much zero legal or logical justification for suing Barack Obama, but he’s going to try to do it anyway. Read more here.
Thank goodness we’re not in Kansas…yet: Before North Carolina’s current state leadership launched its efforts to repeal so many of the progressive policies of the 20th Century in the last couple of years, however, Kansas was already blazing a similar path. Led by one of the nation’s best-known arch-conservatives (Governor and former U.S. Senator Sam Brownback), Kansas has been slashing taxes and spending and pushing ultra-conservative social policies for several years now. Read more here.
Moral Monday: Fiery speeches mark rally at Corpening Plaza: Nearly 600 people attended a rally Monday during which the Rev. William Barber, president of the N.C. NAACP, and other speakers delivery fiery messages, calling for the repeal of the state’s voter ID law and urging people to register to vote. Read more here.
Mistrust in North Carolina Over Plan to Reduce Precinct: When a Republican member of the local elections board here, explains a new proposal to consolidate five voting precincts into two, it sounds procedural and well-meaning.Those precincts, however, are rich with black voters who generally vote Democratic. And when the Rev. Dante Murphy, the president of the Cleveland County N.A.A.C.P. chapter, discusses the plan, he talks of “disenfranchisement” and “conspiracy.” Read more here.