June 4, 2014
Gun-Control Organization To Back Kay Hagan In Congressional Race: A gun-control organization led by former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and her husband, former astronaut Mark Kelly, outlined plans Tuesday to support candidates in at least 11 congressional races this year who have backed efforts in Congress to enact stricter gun control laws. The group plans to advertise in some of the Democrats’ top Senate races, helping Sens. Mark Udall of Colorado, Mary Landrieu of Louisiana, Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire, Kay Hagan of North Carolina, Al Franken of Minnesota and Iowa Rep. Bruce Braley, who is seeking the state’s open Senate seat. Read more here.
Primary Recap: Results from Tuesday’s Other Big Races: The hotly contested Mississippi Senate primary remained too close to call early Wednesday, with just a few thousand votes separating incumbent Sen. Thad Cochran and the Tea Party-backed Chris McDaniel. A slew of other races were decided Tuesday that will set the stage for this year’s midterm elections. Read more here.
Reid, McConnell duel on campaign finance: Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Republican leader Mitch McConnell jousted over campaign finance reform during a rare joint appearance Tuesday at the Senate Judiciary Committee. Reid called for the adoption of a constitutional amendment to empower Congress to regulate campaign fundraising without impediment from the courts, a solution McConnell described as “shockingly bad.” Read more here.
Gov. McCrory signs Senate fracking bill into law: Gov. Pat McCrory signed a bill to allow fracking in North Carolina on Wednesday, saying “North Carolina has been sitting on the sidelines for this business for too long.” McCrory said fracking has been studied for five to 10 years and the process “has not been rushed.” Read more here.
McKissick’s Congressional testimony focuses on Art Pope: While the state Senate took a few days off earlier this week, Sen. Floyd McKissick, a Durham Democrat, took a trip to D.C. to testify before the Senate Judiciary. McKissick testified Tuesday in support of a constitutional amendment that would allow Congress to limit fundraising and spending on election campaigns. Read more here.
Medicaid overrun upsets lawmakers; work on Commerce overhaul begins double time: An unexpected Medicaid shortfall has blown a $60 million hole in the budget proposed by McCrory as well as the plan recently passed by the state Senate. proposal to roll back environmental rules long loathed by developers will remove protections for critical amphibian nurseries sprinkled across the state, environmental advocates say. Read more here.
McCrory expresses concern with Senate budget: Gov. Pat McCrory talks briefly with reporters about the Senate budget and issues from the Common Core standards for students to State Capitol protesters to natural gas drilling. Watch video here.
Democrats embrace Medicaid expansion on trail: Even some of the Democrats running for reelection in red states are embracing the Affordable Care Act’s optional Medicaid expansion and, along with their compatriots, pressuring Republican governors and legislatures to do the same. This growing support to expand Medicaid comes as Democrats feel increasingly comfortable touting the health care law, a slow change buoyed this spring by the positive news of Obamacare’s 8 million enrollees. Read more here.
Obama’s New Health Secretary Could Change How Washington Works: Sylvia Mathews Burwell is about to inherit one of the most difficult jobs in Washington. As President Barack Obama’s nominee to lead the Department of Health and Human Services, she could soon be responsible for overseeing a massive and complex bureaucracy still reeling from Obamacare’s botched implementation, with many challenges ahead. Read more here.
Teachers not allowed to speak at county commissioners’ meeting: Mecklenburg teachers packed the county commissioners’ chambers Tuesday to speak on education funding, but were told within minutes that they would not be heard. Read more here.
State budget proposals mean Cumberland schools could face dramatic cuts: The Cumberland County school system would face more spending cuts or more dips into its diminishing reserve fund – or both – under two state budget proposals that have been put forth for the fiscal year that starts July 1. Read more here.
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