MAY 12, 2014


Koch Brothers’ American for Prosperity plans $125 Million Spending Spree: The group already has spent more than $35 million on ads attacking vulnerable Democrats in key Senate and House races, according to sources, including Sens. Kay Hagan of North Carolina, Mary Landrieu of Louisiana and Mark Pryor of Arkansas. The $125 million projection comes from a memo obtained by POLITICO, labeled as a “Confidential Investor Update” provided to major donors in March, but a source familiar with AFP called the figure a “very conservative estimate. We’re on track for more than that.” Read more here.

Obama Pushed to Take Side on Gas Sales: Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) and 19 other Democratic senators have urged President Obama to oppose expanded natural gas exports, intensifying an intraparty fight that has stalled action in the Senate on an energy efficiency bill.Read more here.


State legislators likely to take up variety of issues: Financial, environmental and educational issues will be at the top of the agenda when the General Assembly reconvenes Wednesday in Raleigh. The so-called short session traditionally is reserved for tweaking the state budget. This year legislators also will use the session to deal with timely issues from coal ash to education policy. Read more here.

William Barber’s name, and fame, spread through the NC ‘Moral Monday’ movement: “This is not about this party or that,” Barber says. “This is about morality. Last year, you saw those laws only on paper. This year you can see how they’re hurting people. As a preacher, you can’t stand back and watch this. You have to act.” Read more here.


Political Chatte: All Eyes on Putin, Clinton, and Shinseki: Washington influencers also discussed hot topics such as the Nigerian kidnappings, a reignited Benghazi debate on Capitol Hill, Monica Lewinsky’s new essay after 10 years of silence, and the bureaucratic backlog scandal that has many calling for the Veterans Affairs secretary to resign. Read more here.

DNC Chairwoman: GOP Using Benghazi to ‘gin up their base’ ahead of midterms: "The bottom line here is that the Republicans have clearly lost the ability because we’ve had such a precipitous drop among Republicans even in their fervor for repealing the Affordable Care Act," said Schultz, D-Florida. "They are clearly doing this to drive their turnout and gin up their base." Read more here.


Airport compromise appears unlikely in short session: In July, the General Assembly created a 13-member commission to run the airport instead of the City Council. Charlotte promptly sued. Though the commission meets monthly, it is blocked by a judge from actually running Charlotte Douglas until a city lawsuit against the group is resolved. Lawmakers told the Observer they haven’t heard any rumors of a compromise in the works. Read more here.

Dempsey says Fort Bragg should expect layoffs: The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff says Fort Bragg will need to make adjustments as the military prepares for downsizing. Read more here.

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