MAY 28, 2014


Hagan blasts Tillis on environment: “Unlike my opponent who flatly denied the existence of climate change, I know the EPA’s ability to responsibly regulate greenhouse gas emissions is key to protecting our environment for future generations,” Hagan told more than 200 people gathered in Raleigh for a N.C. League of Conservation Voters awards dinner. Read more here.

Burr hits back at veterans groups: U.S. Sen. Richard Burr, R-NC, is not backing down. In fact, he fired another salvo Tuesday in his criticism of certain veterans groups he thinks are not doing enough about the growing scandal involving excessive waiting lists at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Read more here.

Senate to consider major sportsmen’s legislation again: Major sportsmen’s legislation has been readied for Senate consideration. The latest version of comprehensive legislation to enhance recreational hunting, fishing and shooting has been placed on the Senate legislative calendar for debate and a vote after the Memorial Day recess. The Bipartisan Sportsmen’s Act of 2014 (S. 2363) became available on the congressional website on Friday, May 23. Sen Kay Hagan (D-NC) introduced the bill and picked up 36 cosponsors. Read more here.

Moral Monday Returns To North Carolina Amid Speaker Thom Tillis’ Senate Race: Protesters affiliated with the Moral Monday movement rallied in Raleigh, North Carolina, and staged a sit-in at the office of state House Speaker Thom Tillis (R), as the U.S. Senate candidate tries to hurry along this year’s legislative session. Read more here.


Senate rolls out its budget after protesters arrested in Tillis’ office: Senate budget writers said Tuesday they expected to publish their full spending plan online Wednesday night and debate it in Appropriations Committee as early as Thursday. Protesters who were attempting to occupy House Speaker Thom Tillis’ office all night were arrested at around 1:30 a.m. Of 15 protesters with the Moral Monday movement who spent hours in Tillis’ office, 14 were arrested while one voluntarily left. Read more here.

NC House, Senate agree to delay lifting fracking moratorium: House and Senate lawmakers agreed Tuesday to delay lifting the moratorium on fracking until after the final rules are approved, rather than set a hard date of July 1, 2015. Read more here.

McCrory’s budget eases teacher pay provision: Gov. Pat McCrory’s budget would allow school districts to opt out of a controversial teacher pay plan imposed by lawmakers last year. The measure requires school districts to offer raises to 25 percent of their top performing teachers. In exchange, those teachers would surrender their tenure rights. Two Superior Court judges have already ruled that the provision is likely unconstitutional. Read more here.


Poll: Conservative edge shrinking: According to a Gallup poll on Wednesday, more Americans still identify as conservative than as liberal in those two areas, but the gaps between conservatives and liberals are the smallest they have been since the polling firm began tracking the question 14 years ago. The closing gaps in both areas largely come from registered Democrats increasingly identifying themselves as liberal on social and economic issues. Read more here.

Obama to answer foreign policy critics in Military Academy speech: President Barack Obama will seek to counter unrelenting criticism of his foreign policy on Wednesday in a speech that may open the door to a slightly deeper U.S. involvement in Syria. In the commencement address to graduates at the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, N.Y., Obama will lay out a broad vision for America’s role, one that is reliant on international diplomacy and avoids over-reaching or unilateral action. Read more here.

John Kerry: U.S To Start $5 Billion Anti-Terrorist Fund: Secretary of State John Kerry said Wednesday the United States is setting up a $5 billion "terrorism partnership fund" to help other countries push back against radical extremists. Appearing on a host of network morning-show interviews, Kerry staunchly defended President Barack Obama’s decision to terminate the U.S. combat role in Afghanistan by the end of the year. Read more here.


Maya Angelou dead at age 86: Famed poet, actress and activist Maya Angelou has died at age 86. Angelou’s tale of struggle, survival and triumph resonated with readers. In all of her work, she emphasized the commonality of human experience. Read more here.

Fayetteville Residents debate merits of budget increase for more police: Residents of Fayetteville weighed in Tuesday night on paying higher taxes for more police officers. The police want a bigger chunk of the budget so they can provide better protection… Council members said they have heard from a lot of constituents telling them they want no tax hike at all. Read more here.

Americans for Prosperity Holds rally in Raleigh, says policies are working: Americans for Prosperity was specifically touting the state’s tax reform. Berger praised the General Assembly’s overhaul saying it slashes rates for everyone, and has already reduced the state’s unemployment rate. Within only one year of the reforms passing, Republicans claim the state has the fourth best climate for businesses in the country — citing CEO magazine. Read more here.

TriPol: PAC wants to turn Wake Board of Commissioners for Democrats: Wake Citizens For Good Government says its attention is focused on “reclaiming a progressive majority on the Board.” The political action committee says its “goal is to ensure the election of candidates who support public education and understand the need to pay teachers a competitive salary.” …“We cannot continue to lead the nation in growth unless we can attract and maintain quality teachers and expand critical infrastructure, including schools and transit.” Read more here.

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