MAY 27, 2014
Veterans groups lash out at Burr: An “open letter” from Sen. Richard Burr, R-N.C., to the nation’s veterans in which he castigates the leadership of veterans organizations has prompted a brutal war of words over the Memorial Day weekend, including a promise from the Veterans of Foreign Wars that its “hat in hand” approach to Congress will turn more combative. Read more here.
Reid hits the gas on nominees: The federal judiciary has swung to the left as Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) has confirmed President Obama’s judicial nominees at a torrid pace in recent weeks. Reid has put his foot on the gas to ensure that Obama will leave his imprint on the courts even if Democrats lose control of Senate in November, which some political handicappers say is probable. Read more here.
Moral Monday protesters carry on despite attempts to curb their activities: The GOP leadership loaded a little-used group called the Legislative Services Commission to establish rules that would curb the protests inside the building that in the last legislative session resulted in over 900 arrests of peaceful citizens. Read more here.
NC developer, filmmaker uses dual roles in seeking film incentives on rehab of old mill: The state’s film incentive is set to be debated in the General Assembly session that began this month. Some legislators want to keep the program as a way to support an industry they say is high-tech and offers good jobs. Others say the incentive money – more than $60 million in the most recent fiscal year – is too costly to support an industry whose jobs come and go. Read more here.
States with higher black turnout are more likely to restrict voting: What we found was that restrictions on voting derived from both race and class. The more that minorities and lower-income individuals in a state voted, the more likely such restrictions were to be proposed. Where minorities turned out at the polls at higher rates the legislation was more likely enacted. Read more here.
MEDIAN CEO PAY CROSSES $10 MILLION IN 2013: Propelled by a soaring stock market, the median pay package for a CEO rose above eight figures for the first time last year. The head of a typical large public company earned a record $10.5 million, an increase of 8.8 percent from $9.6 million in 2012, according to an Associated Press/Equilar pay study. The Bureau of Labor Statistics said average weekly wages for U.S. workers rose 1.3 percent in 2013. At that rate an employee would have to work 257 years to make what a typical S&P 500 CEO makes in a year. Read more here.
Charlotte Chamber to help city immigrant effort: A city initiative to improve relations with the community’s fast-growing immigrant population is having its first high-profile event Thursday, with the staging of a “listening session” co-hosted by the Charlotte Chamber at its uptown headquarters. The session aims to collect feedback from a broad segment of immigrants about what Charlotte is doing right and wrong in its dealings with residents from other nations. It also hopes to gather suggestions of how the city can better support immigrant entrepreneurs. Read more here.
General Assembly flexing muscles over cities: Local governments suffered a double blow in Raleigh this week, as state lawmakers passed bills that limit their power to raise money and control land use.The proposed cap, which still must be approved by the Senate and Gov. Pat McCrory, would save businesses a lot of money, but it could cost cities and counties as much as $45 million. Read more here.
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