MAY 21, 2014


Senate Dems aim at House on immigration: Senate Democrats huddled with immigration advocates at the Capitol on Tuesday to rally them around a unified message: Train all your fire on House Republicans from now until August. Until now, reform backers have waged a war on two fronts: Urging lawmakers to pass a comprehensive immigration overhaul, and pressuring President Barack Obama to use administrative action to ease deportations and alter his enforcement policies. That dual strategy has, at times, competed with one another. Now, key Senate Democrats — still sensing a window of opportunity for immigration reform this year — want that focus to be all on the GOP-led House for the next 10 weeks. Read more here.

Southern Democrats Competitive Despite Rough Midterm Climate: Democratic candidates are holding their own in three key Senate races despite a daunting political environment for their party in the upcoming midterm elections, according to new NBC News-Marist polls of Arkansas, Georgia and Kentucky. And in one race in particular, Democrats are more than just competitive. Read more here.


Representative Larry Hall On MSNBC Discussing New Laws that Could Crush Moral Monday Protests. Watch here.

Fast-track ‘fracking’ bill moves quickly: A bill that would clear the way for natural gas drilling in North Carolina garnered quick approval from two key Senate committees Tuesday, moving swiftly through a process that would normally take two days or more. But environmental watchdogs worry that fracking could foul the state’s drinking water and bring with it other environmental hazards, from stress on the state’s roads to hazards associated with the cleanup of industrial accidents. Read more here.


2014 primary election results: Establishment, self-funders win big in primaries: After a year of threats from conservative outside groups, no GOP incumbents lost Tuesday. Republican leaders have maneuvered to nominate candidates who they hope can avoid the kinds of foot-in-mouth mistakes that cost them winnable races last cycle in red states like Missouri and Indiana. Democrats are especially hopeful about the possibilities of the governor’s race in Pennsylvania, where Corbett, the GOP incumbent, is highly unpopular. Read more here.

Judge Strikes Down Pennsylvania’s Gay-Marriage Ban: Continuing a rush of rulings that have struck down marriage limits across the country, a federal judge in Pennsylvania on Tuesday declared the state’s ban on same-sex marriage to be unconstitutional. Pennsylvania is the last of the Northeast states with a ban on same-sex marriage, and if Tuesday’s ruling is not successfully challenged, it will become the 19th state to permit gay and lesbian couples to marry. Read more here.


VA recognizes Raeford same-sex war widow’s marriage: A local war widow has had her marriage officially recognized by the VA, two years after her wife was killed by a suicide bomber in Afghanistan. Tracy Dice Johnson married Staff Sgt. Donna Johnson in the nation’s capital months after the September 2011 repeal of "Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell." Both were part of the North Carolina National Guard. Johnson is believed to be the nation’s first same-sex war widow. Read more here.

Local legislators seek to repeal film incentive sunset dates: Three local lawmakers- two Republicans and a Democrat- on Tuesday filed a bill to repeal the sunset dates of the state’s film incentives and historic preservation tax credits, though a contentious fight over the fate of both is expected in the coming weeks. Read more here.

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