June 19, 2014
Senate to Joe Biden: We Want Hillary Clinton: Interviews with influential senators, Democratic leaders and senior aides show Clinton is the runaway choice of the 55-member Senate Democratic Caucus for 2016. Even the two Delaware senators hedged when asked whether they wanted Biden to run. Read more here.
Hagan slams Tillis for ‘offensive’ remarks: Republican challenger Thom Tillis and Democratic incumbent U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan are trading blows over Hagan’s support of President Obama and Tillis’ penchant for insensitive comments. Tillis in a TV interview separated minorities from the state’s "traditional" population. Read more here.
Poll shows US Sen. Kay Hagan with slight edge over NC House Speaker Thom Tillis: U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan and House Speaker Thom Tillis are still neck and neck in the U.S. Senate race, but a new poll by the Democratic-leaning Public Policy Polling released Tuesday shows Hagan leading by 5 points, her biggest advantage since September. Hagan had 39 percent while Tillis had 34 percent and Libertarian Sean Haugh had 11 percent. The margin of error was plus or minus 3 percentage points. Read more here.
Bill aims to protect personal information of public officials: House lawmakers are debating a bill that would protect the personal information of prosecutors, judges, magistrates and police from appearing on online tax records. The bill was proposed in the wake of a bizarre kidnapping involving a Wake Forest man whose daughter prosecuted a high-ranking member of the Bloods street gang. Read more here.
House Medicaid proposal embraces governor’s plan: House leaders plan to roll out a Medicaid reform proposal Thursday afternoon that largely embraces the approach taken by Gov. Pat McCrory for reforming the state’s health insurance system for the poor and disabled. Read more here.
NC lawmakers change groundwater litigation limits: The bill could help tainted water litigation continue for Asheville homeowners and former Camp Lejeune residents. Read more here.
Environmental rule reform gets reboot in House: Despite a contentious vote over wetland protections, a House committee on Wednesday approved a suite of environmental rule changes that will compete with a more controversial Senate version. Environmental groups say the House measure is a big improvement over the Senate version, which passed that chamber in late May. Read more here.
DNC Memo: A Cattle Call, ‘New’ Leadership & The Definition of Insanity: With this afternoon’s House GOP leadership elections, as well as the kick-off of the GOP’s latest 2016 cattle call at the circus known as the Faith and Freedom coalition meeting, it seems like a good a time as any to take stock of today’s Republican Party. Read more here.
Michelle Obama Challenges Republicans over child nutrition law: First lady Michelle Obama is continuing to question Republicans who want to roll back some of the key provisions of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act, telling a group of medical journalists on Wednesday "We’re not even thinking about the possibility of rolling back because we just can’t afford for that to happen."The first lady said school nutrition has improved for the first time in 30 years and that 90% of schools are currently in compliance. Read more here.
Obama Administration Calls For Better College Stats On Dating Violence: The Obama administration wants colleges and universities to compile more thorough statistics on stalking, dating violence and domestic violence. The Education Department announced Thursday it is proposing a rule change to provide a better picture of these problems on campuses. Read more here.
White House recognizes Raleigh and Mayor McFarlane for manufacturing innovation: Months after coming here to announce a North Carolina State University-based manufacturing initiative, he calls out Raleigh and its mayor, Nancy McFarlane, for “inspiring the next generation manufacturing workforce.” Specifically, a White House call to action – which challenges mayors nationwide to expand access to innovative manufacturing technologies – uses Raleigh as one of three communities supporting expanding access and education around technology in its press announcement. Read more here.
Advance Auto Parts to create 600 jobs in Raleigh: Positions based in the company’s Raleigh Support Center will include merchandising, marketing, supply chain and commercial sales. Compensation for the new positions will vary by job, but the average pay will be about $110,000 a year, plus benefits. Read more here.
Legal fight over Charlotte Douglas airport to continue after new bill passed: A year ago, Charlotte lawyers asked a judge for an injunction within minutes of the General Assembly passing a bill that transferred control of Charlotte Douglas International Airport from City Council to a new commission.When legislators passed another airport bill Tuesday, the city did not race to the courthouse to stop it. The city apparently believes that the injunction it received in July still prohibits the commission from getting the keys to the airport. It’s unclear whether the city plans additional legal challenges to the law. Read more here.