Grier Martin returns to N.C. House, replacing Rep. Ross, N.C. Senate Budget full of poison pills, many Republican Governors vulnerable in 2014
NEWS & OBSERVER: Grier Martin replacing Deborah Ross in NC House
Grier Martin is returning to the NC House. The Wake County Democrats announced via a tweet Tuesday night that the Raleigh Democrat had been elected to replace Deborah Ross in District 34.http://projects.newsobserver.com/under_the_dome/grier_martin_replacing_deborah_ross_in_nc_house
HUFFINGTON POST: The Washington Post Soft Pedals GOP Extremism in North Carolina
“Among the adverse consequences of this failure is that political media aid and abet Republican extremism by softening its razor sharp edges and by bending over backwards to lend it respectability and legitimacy even when doing so requires distorting basic facts, apparently driven by the conviction that providing context and independent analysis might smack of liberal bias.”
NC SENATE BUDGET
NEWS & OBSERVER: Senate budget cuts mental health spending
Advocates for the mentally ill are now looking to House lawmakers, who will take up the budget next week, to shore up mental health funding. They have a rally planned for Wednesday to convince House budget writers to help pay for residents to stay in group homes. Existing funding ends June 30, and the Senate budget offered no broad solution to the money problem.
CHARLOTTE OBSERVER: N.C. Senate budget would end intern program
A budget provision eliminates an office within the Department of Administration that operates the State Government Internship Program and other youth leadership initiatives such as the annual Youth Legislative Assembly – all of which have birthed state officials and others who aspire to leadership.
WRAL: Voucher bill clears committee
Opponents of the bill said the pilot would open the door to more public funding of private schools while demanding little accountability from private institutions. Parent Amy Womble worries the measure, known as the Opportunity Scholarship Act, is mislabeled. "I think the Opportunity Scholarship Act is really an opportunity for private companies to come in and take public tax dollars from our public schools already struggling with funding," Womble said.
THE NEW YORK TIMES: Which Governors Are Most Vulnerable in 2014?
A lot can change before Election Day next year, when 36 states will vote for governor. But at this early stage — when decisions on whether to run or retire are considered and made — 10 of the 32 governors who are eligible to run for re-election have net negative approval ratings in their states.
POLITICO: Michele Bachmann not running again
Rep. Michele Bachmann — the tea-party firebrand and former presidential candidate, facing investigations and a daunting reelection race — announced in a video on her website Wednesday morning that she will not seek reelection to a fifth term.
Micah Beasley, Press Secretary
North Carolina Democratic Party