June 10, 2014
Planned Parenthood plans major effort to help Sen. Kay Hagan: To help draw women to U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan’s campaign, Planned Parenthood’s national political arm is preparing to spend $3 million to launch its biggest voter mobilization effort ever in North Carolina. Women are expected to play a key role in the Senate race between Hagan and House Speaker Thom Tillis – and the Washington-based women’s rights organization is hoping to help sway them. It is just one of many outside groups expected to play a role in the state’s high-profile race. Read more here.
Hagan touts work on local issues in first ads: Sen. Kay Hagan (D-N.C.) is out with her first ads of the general election, spots that tout her work on local issues and seek to paint her in a nonpartisan light. Read more here.
Berger talks education with ‘Moral Monday’ protesters: Educators who came to the legislature to protest with the "Moral Monday" movement asked for a meeting with Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger Monday night – and got one. In the end, Berger and the protesters didn’t see eye-to-eye on much, but the Senate leader did commit to trying to arrange a follow-up meeting regarding education issues. Read more here.
NC Senate OKs Commerce, film incentive changes: New ways to manage North Carolina’s business recruiting and to reward movie productions that film in the state have cleared the state Senate. The chamber voted 38-7 Monday for its final approval to a measure that would transfer several Commerce Department functions to a private nonprofit corporation. Tacked onto the bill is a new program giving cash grants to film, TV and video projects in North Carolina — replacing tax credits set to expire at year’s end. Read more here.
House leaders unveil budget that bets on lottery: State House leaders on Tuesday unveiled their $21 billion budget plan for next year. It includes an average 5 percent pay raise for teachers, with starting salaries getting a bigger boost. State workers would get a $1,000 raise, plus benefits. Retirees would receive a 1.44 percent cost-of-living increase. Read more here.
Just 1 of your 6 friends cares a lot about the November elections: The November elections are just under five months away, but only a small share of Americans say they’re intently reading about their local congressional campaigns. Just 16 percent of Americans — about one in six people — are tracking news about their district or state congressional campaigns “very closely,” according to a new survey conducted by the Public Religion Research Institute and the Brookings Institution. Read more here.
Dem lawmaker Charlie Rangel pulls out iPad during live debate: New York Democratic lawmaker Charlie Rangel pulled out his iPad to do research during the middle of a live congressional debate this weekend, prompting an annoyed moderator to ask the congressman to put the computer away out of fairness to the other candidates. Rangel appeared on a local ABC 7 debate, which took place Friday evening but was aired Sunday morning in the New York City area. Read more here.
Fayetteville City Council OKs property tax hike in new budget: Fayetteville property tax bills are going up this year. The City Council voted 6-4 on Monday night to raise the city’s levy by nearly 6.6 percent to hire scores of new police officers and pay for other initiatives. With the vote, the city’s levy rises by 3 cents – to 48.6 cents per $100 in valuation – for fiscal 2015 that starts July 1. Read more here.