September 23, 2014
Stewart Blows Up on GOP Over Climate Change: ‘Pushing a Million Pounds of Idiot Up a Mountain’: Jon Stewart on Monday slammed a U.S House hearing regarding climate change, comparing the Republican-led session to “pushing a million pounds of idiot up a mountain.” Watch here.
GOP’s stunning condescension: New ad shows why they’ll lose women again: A spot showing a female voter whining about her "boyfriend" Barack Obama is revealing and just plain awful. Read more here.
North Carolina, in Political Flux, Battles for Its Identity: In Raleigh, conservative Republicans may be running North Carolina like they own it, but go almost anyplace in the state, even to this former textile town that looks like a movie-set re-creation of an older, more traditional South, and the political picture quickly blurs. Read more here.
Wage boost not likely in NC: Seven states have passed legislation to raise the minimum wage above $10 an hour, but North Carolina is not one of them.
And it is unlikely the General Assembly or Congress will raise the current wage of $7.25 an hour anytime soon, some analysts say. Read more here.
Democrats say turnout of black voters key to North Carolina’s US Senate contest: Members of the Congressional Black Caucus said Friday that they’ll travel by bus to North Carolina and other states as part of a new drive to get African-Americans out to vote in the Nov. 4 election. Read more here.
Tillis donors could make millions from toll lanes: Toll lanes on I-77 – the DOT says they’re coming – but many voters don’t like them. Read more here.
Why education matters in the North Carolina senate race: Thom Tillis is up with another ad defending his record on education. National pundits are asking why education has so dominated the North Carolina Senate contest. It’s a subject usually confined to state politics, while federal races are more often about issues like social security and Medicare or debt and taxes. Read more here.
Google chairman on ALEC: ‘They’re just literally lying’: Google Chairman Eric Schmidt said Monday that the company’s participation in, and funding of, the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) was a "mistake," and that the organization’s fight against climate legislation and in promoting denial of global warming is "making the world a much worse place." Read more here.
The Heirs Of Oil Baron John D. Rockefeller Are Dumping Fossil Fuel Investments: On Monday, the family whose patriarch made his fortune from Standard Oil will divest from fossil fuels. Read more here.
Poverty remains high across all racial groups, highest among communities of color: Yesterday, the US Census Bureau reported that in 2013 more than 1.7 million North Carolinians lived in poverty, meaning they found it difficult to afford the basics, such as decent housing, nutritious food, and reliable child care. Read more here.
Armed Militia Group To Confront Black Democrats At Wisconsin Polling Places: The group shared a photo on their Facebook page of the kind of people they’ll be targeting. Their Facebook page has been taken down, either by them or (more likely) Facebook. How fortuitous that our friends at Liberaland captured a screenshot. Read more here.
City Makes It Illegal To Sleep In Public In Effort To Crack Down On The Homeless: A city in Florida already notorious for its treatment of the homeless is going a step further. Read more here.
Charlotte charter school shuts down, 20 days into school year: The sudden closure of Concrete Roses STEM Academy leaves families for the school’s 126 students scrambling to find new schools, while taxpayers may have lost the $285,170 in funding sent to the school that went belly-up this week Read more here.