NCDP Clips for Monday, March 16th, 2015

NCDP Clips for Monday, March 16th, 2015

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REALLY IMPORTANT STUFF

WHAT TO WATCH, WHEN:

  • Thursday, March 19: 12:15 p.m. (CBS) – Notre Dame v. Northeastern
  • Thursday, March 19: 7:20 p.m. (TBS) — UNC v. Harvard
  • Thursday, March 19: 9:20 p.m. (TBS) – NCSU v. LSU
  • Friday, March 20: 3:10 p.m. (TruTV) – U. Va. v Belmont
  • Friday, March 20: 7:10 p.m. (CBS) – Duke v. North Fla. or Robert Morris

Win your pool: Tips on how to fill your bracket (AP) — President Barack Obama fills one out, so does just about everyone you know.

LEGISLATURE 2015

NC papers fight govts wanting to post legal ads themselves (AP) — North Carolina newspapers have been for generations the go-to source for the public to comb official local government notices about zoning and annexation proposals, openings for vendor contracts and public hearing dates for the upcoming budget.

Letting sunshine in as lawmakers return to work (WRAL-TV) — The House and the Senate both meet at 7 p.m. Monday. The governor will be in Mebane pushing a historic tax credit program. A legislative committee may not be smiling about a federal ruling on teeth whitening.

NC Senate plan would shift sales tax money to rural areas (Raleigh News & Observer) — Senate Majority Leader Harry Brown says he wants to address the state’s growing gap between urban and rural counties by changing how sales tax revenues are distributed. The shift could give more money to 80 poorer counties while leaving multimillion-dollar budget holes in some urban and coastal counties.

Full NAACP chapter overturns committee’s SB 36 decision (Greensboro News & Record) — Local NAACP members unanimously voted to overturn a decision by the branch’s executive committee to support state Sen. Trudy Wade’s bill to change the Greensboro City Council. The executive committee came under fire last week from both the state organization and local members for supporting the bill, which will dramatically alter the makeup of the City Council and how council members are elected.

POLICIES & POLITICS

Raleigh Group Helps People Apply for Federal Health Insurance (TWCN-TV) – A group called Get Covered America is encouraging North Carolina residents to sign up before April 30.

North Carolina invests millions into big data research (WRAL-TV) — This multi-million dollar investment by North Carolina and the UNC system will change the way businesses, government agencies and universities think about data and use data to solve problems in North Carolina.

Budget battle in GOP is test of governance (New York Times) — The congressional push this week to secure the first Republican budget plan in nearly a decade is revealing a chasm between fiscal hawks determined to maintain strict spending caps and defense hawks who are threatening to derail any budget that does not ensure an increase for the military. … Caught in the middle are a new crop of freshmen Republican senators who emphasized national security in their campaigns but are facing heavy pressure from their leaders to fall in line. “It’s a disaster,” Senator Thom Tillis, Republican of North Carolina, one of those freshmen, said of the sequestration cap. “Thematically, we all agree sequestration must go.” The budget debate is coming as falling deficits have eased fiscal pressures.

Supreme Court case on NC dental board could affect oversight (AP) — North Carolina legislators want to learn about a new U.S. Supreme Court ruling involving the state’s dental licensing board and what it may mean for regulators monitoring professional fields of work.

Study has troubling findings about state of child health in N.C. (New Bern Sun Journal) — A new report card for North Carolina has been issued and some of its grades are extremely troublesome.

Medicaid backlog of 34,000 continues to plague Guilford officials (Greensboro News & Record) — About 34,000 cases need to be processed

SCHOOLS & UNIVERSITIES

June Atkinson On The State Of Education (EdNC) – N.C. Superintendent of Public Instruction June Atkinson doesn’t necessarily think anyone is out to dismantle public education in the state. But if they were, she says there are certain things they would do. And some of them are happening right now. “I do believe that most of the people in the General Assembly believe in public education,” she said. “However, I find it troubling some of the trends that I see happening.”

Higher Education Slipping, U.S. At Risk UNC Chief Says (Philanthropy in N.C.) — America is shortchanging and devaluing public colleges and universities, putting the nation at risk in the global economy, the head of the University of North Carolina system says. Americans increasingly see colleges and universities as “nothing more than factories that must demonstrate an immediate return on investment for consumers,” Tom Ross, president of the 17-campus UNC system, said in a speech to the National Public Affairs Forum of the City Club Raleigh.

EDITORIALS
For McCrory, getting it right the first time would help (Burlington Times-News) — Here’s another one for Sunshine Week. We got it from the Charlotte Observer, which asked this questions recently. And it’s a good one. What is going on in Gov. Pat McCrory’s office? Why do he and his lawyers keep having such a hard time filling out ethics forms correctly?