June 5, 2014
Common Core repeal moves education to front of Senate race: North Carolina on Wednesday moved closer to becoming the second state to abandon national teaching standards, a move that thrust education to the front of the U.S. Senate race. Democratic U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan supports Common Core. Although House Speaker Thom Tillis of Huntersville did not vote on the House bill, a spokesman said he supports repeal. Read more here.
The Senate 7: Democrats Defend Against GOP Assault: Republicans are winning their U.S. Senate primary battles by nominating their best candidates, but can they achieve victory in the general election war? Five months from Election Day, the GOP hasn’t yet taken a measurable lead in a battleground Senate race. The party is heavily favored for pickups in South Dakota, West Virginia and Montana, but Democrats have stubbornly defended against gains in the most competitive states that hold the key to majority control. Read more here.
Film industry fights for tax break: Hundreds of film industry workers, suppliers and local officials flooded the legislature Wednesday, asking lawmakers to extend the state’s film tax credit. North Carolina’s film tax incentive gives a tax credit per production of 25 percent of all allowed in-state spending, up to $20 million. Read more here.
House, Senate take bites from Common Core apple: The House voted Wednesday to repeal and replace the Common Core academic standards in North Carolina schools, and a Senate committee advanced its own legislation advocating repeal. Read more here.
Senate poised to confirm Burwell as new secretary of HHS: The Senate is poised Thursday to confirm Sylvia Mathews Burwell, the White House’s budget director for the past year, as secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services. Read more here.
House Dems back fight on voter rules: Expanding the ability for voters to register without tougher proof-of-citizenship requirements has become an election-year focus for Democrats since the Supreme Court struck down key passages in the Voting Rights Act last year. Read more here.
First Lady Unveils new Effort to end Veteran Homelessness: Mrs. Obama joined Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan in his call for local collaboration. She said the new initiative will be successful as the city and county officials involved “are best equipped because they know their communities inside out.” Read more here.
Newly formed caucus encourages votes, increased engagement: North Carolina Democratic Party efforts to organize African American Caucuses in all 100 counties brought the state party chairman and caucus president to New Bern this week with tough words to inspire change. Read more here.
Cities’ group seeks dialogue with lawmakers: Goldsboro Mayor Al King says North Carolina city officials are "very much concerned" by lawmakers’ decisions to limit their power. King, the president of the North Carolina League of Municipalities, was one of hundreds of local officials in Raleigh for Town Hall Day, the league’s annual advocacy day. Read more here.
How To Pay For Teacher Raises A Concern For Craven County Schools: Another local school district is expressing concern about how the state could pay for teacher raises in his state budget. Craven County Schools calls the $2.25 million dollar reduction in pay for teacher’s assistants proposed by the Senate a "huge loss." In a statement, the district said it would lose eight teaching positions and more than $200,000 for transportation services. Read more here.
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