June 24, 2014
Hagan promises immediate steps in visit to Fayetteville VA: Senator Kay Hagan promised immediate action Monday for veterans during a visit to the Fayetteville VA Medical Center. Hagan, a Democrat, has family ties to the military and has made military issues a key component of her constituent service. Read more here.
Mavericks Could Fracture a G.O.P. Senate Majority: Fear of losing a seat to a Democrat because of a Tea Party upset is one reason congressional Republicans are warily watching Tuesday’s Mississippi Senate runoff and other primary challenges to incumbents. Read more here.
A Conversation With NC Democratic Party Executive Director: Midterm election season is in full swing. In North Carolina education reform and a pay raise for teachers is being hotly debated. Renewal of a large film incentive package is on the table, calls for infrastructure spending is rising and there are extremely tight races in districts all over the state. Several scandals have emerged, challenging both parties’ images. Money is pouring in from outside of North Carolina with plenty of national interest on some local races. Against that backdrop we will talk to officials in the state Democratic and Republican parties in successive weeks. First up, the Democrats. Listen here.
McCrory directs budget cuts: As the June 30 budget deadline looms with no legislative deal in the works, Gov. Pat McCrory is instructing state agencies to prepare for what, for many, would be the worst-case scenario. According to a budget guidance memo sent out Monday from the Office of State Budget and Management, agencies should plan to budget for July as if the lesser amount of funding in either the House or the Senate plans has been put in place. Read more here.
Wake County school board calls Common Core elimination “a political overreach”: Wake County school board members on Monday accused state legislators of injecting politics into education by trying to remove the Common Core standards. In a largely Republican-backed push, both the state House and state Senate have passed different bills that would remove Common Core education standards in math and language arts from North Carolina’s public schools. Read more here.
Mississippi Tea Party Ready To Bully Black Voters: Fifty years after the Freedom Summer, black voters in Mississippi are expected to face challenges once again when they go to vote in the Republican Senate runoff between six-term incumbent Thad Cochran and Tea Party challenger Chris McDaniel. In a state with perhaps the most complex and ugliest history of racism in the union, one that has become a symbol of all that is wrong and backwards with the United States, African Americans still have to worry when they show up to vote Tuesday, but it’s much more complicated this time. Read more here.
Egyptian Court Hands Down Stiff Sentences for Al-Jazeera Journalists: A Egyptian court handed down harsh sentences to Al Jazeera journalists Peter Greste, Mohamed Fahmy and Baher Mohammad today on charges related to their post-coup reporting last year. The three, who already have spent 177 days in jail, will now have to spend a total of seven years in prison. Read more here.
Breadwinning Mothers, Then and Now: The movement of women out of the home and into the paid labor force has changed the way families live and work today. In this report, we update Boushey’s analysis using the most recent data available on the status of working mothers as breadwinners or co-breadwinners. We offer new insights into the demographics of mothers whose earnings help keep their families afloat. Read more here.
New questions raised for costs on I-77 toll project: Some local leaders are calling on the Governor to delay the I-77 toll project, after learning tolls could be in the double-digits. Wideni77.org recently obtained an NCDOT study through a FOIA request. The study projects toll rates during peak hours from Charlotte to Mooresville could fall anywhere from $9 to $11 each way. Read more here.
State tax credit for preserving historic buildings set to expire Jan. 1: A state tax credit for preserving historic buildings has spurred more than $24 million in building renovations in downtown Fayetteville. But that credit is set to expire Jan. 1, and members of the Fayetteville City Council are urging lawmakers to save it. Read more here.
Advance Auto’s 600 ‘new jobs’ in Raleigh includes some existing General Parts workers: When Advance Auto Parts was awarded a state incentives package worth more than $17.4 million last week, the McCrory administration touted the company’s plan to “create 600 new jobs” in Raleigh as part of its investment. What wasn’t mentioned was that a good chunk of those 600 jobs could be workers who are already employed by General Parts International, which Advance Auto acquired for $2.04 billion earlier this year. Read more here.