September 24, 2014
Rand Paul heading to the Carolinas: Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) is heading down to the Carolinas for a two-day campaign swing that includes a stop to boost North Carolina House Speaker Thom Tillis (R), whose Senate primary opponent received Paul’s endorsement. Read more here.
Who is Best for North Carolina?: Which candidate is best for working families? See graphic here.
Ellmers, Aiken agree to 2nd District debate: Republican 2nd District Congresswoman Renee Ellmers and her Democratic challenger, pop singer Clay Aiken, have agreed to debate next month. Read more here.
Online cartoon ads target Tillis, Koch brothers: American Bridge, the Democratic super PAC, is out on Tuesday with a pair of digital-only cartoon political ads that will run nationally and in targeted swing states. Watch video here.
Christensen: Conservatives rewriting NC history: Conservatives have been trying to roll back decades of Democratic programs, since they took control of state government. Now they are trying to rewrite Tar Heel political history. Read more here.
Seven under-recognized bad decisions by the General Assembly: In fact, the current leadership in Raleigh has been on a spree of abolishing effective and in many cases award-winning programs and initiatives, after in some cases failing to explain their decisions or even admitting that the programs they eliminated were working. Here is a list of seven. See them here.
Eric Levinson & Robin Hudson | NC Supreme Court Associate Justice | UNC-TV: Kelly McCullen sits down with NC Supreme Court Associate Justice candidates Mark Levinson and Robin Hudson to discuss why they are seeking election. Watch here.
Healthy Eating Is a Privilege Reserved for the Rich: North Carolina’s low income workers are now balancing household budgets that have to go farther with less. With the minimum wage set below poverty levels and food stamp benefits barely covering the essentials, a large percent of North Carolinans just can’t afford to eat well. Read more here.
McCrory’s $1B in proposed road bonds could advance low-priority projects: Charlotte Mayor Dan Clodfelter, a Democrat who was a state senator when McCrory’s Strategic Transportation Investments ranking system was passed last year, said the new $1 billion borrowing plan “doesn’t seem to be fully consistent with STI (the Strategic Transportation Investments ranking system).” Read more here.
Why I Think You Should Vote: A Public Service Announcement From George Takei: Actor, advocate, and social media icon George Takei recorded a special message to encourage you to register to vote in this year’s election. As George says, "the future is in your hands." You can’t vote if you’re not registered, so click here to register now. It only takes 2 minutes. Watch video here.
The Kochs Sent Rachel Maddow A Script To Read On Air. Her Response Was Epic: When Maddow covers the Koch brothers, she hears from the Koch brothers’ lawyers. This time? The Koch brothers sent her a script with instructions to read it on the air. The script contained verbiage that would have denounced her reporting of their affiliation with groups that control Republicans and legislation at the local, state, and federal level. Read more here.
Denver Area Students Walk Out Of School In Protest: Hundreds of students walked out of classrooms around suburban Denver on Tuesday in protest over a conservative-led school board proposal to focus history education on topics that promote citizenship, patriotism and respect for authority, in a show of civil disobedience that the new standards would aim to downplay. Read more here.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Facing Funding Gap: More than 2,500 additional students enrolled in CMS within the first 20 days of this school year—more than double the increase the district expected. Now the district has a budget gap of $14 million for that increase of students. Read more here.