It’s House vs. Senate in N.C. budget showdown, Moral Mondays go national, NYT dings Racial Justice Act repeal, Mayor Foxx on track for confirmation
N.C. HOUSE BUDGET
ABC11: North Carolina House unveils rest of 2-year budget plan
The House GOP plan, which would spend $20.6 billion next year – or $12 million less than the Senate plan – also wouldn’t give pay raises this coming year to state employees and teachers. The Senate didn’t provide pay raises, either. McCrory wants 1 percent pay raises. The House would give five extra paid days of leave to workers and set aside $160 million for potential pay raises in the 2014-15 fiscal year.
WRAL: First blush review of the House Budget
The North Carolina House of Representatives released its version of the state budget Sunday night – a $20.57 billion proposal that appears close to the Senate plan in terms of overall spending but deeply divided on issues of policy and priorities.
NEWS & OBSERVER: NC House-Senate budgets: Numbers close, priorities aren’t
The budget, released late Sunday night, is slightly less than the Senate’s proposal but the two chambers are divided on how to spend the money. Those differences were evident when budget details were presented in House committees on Friday.
MSNBC: North Carolina’s ‘Moral Monday’ protests are only the beginning
[Last] Monday, 151 people were arrested as part of the latest “Moral Monday”–an ongoing grassroots movement against a radical right-wing agenda in the North Carolina’s Republican-led General Assembly. These courageous individuals are practicing non-violent civil disobedience, but one North Carolina man is not moved by their efforts
ASHEVILLE CITIZEN-TIMES: Locals join ‘Moral Monday’ protests
A burgeoning group of protesters — including some from Western North Carolina — will descend on Raleigh today for the seventh consecutive week, staging protests not seen in decades in the state’s capital.
THE DAILY ADVANCE: Congressman Butterfield to join protests
Congressman G. K. Butterfield, D-N.C., said he will join local chapters of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), clergy members, and thousands of supporters today during the “Moral Monday” protest at the North Carolina General Assembly in Raleigh.
DOME: McCrory blames Moral Monday on outsiders, State Sen. Goolsby calls it ‘Moron Monday’
The governor’s comments were muted compared to Sen. Thom Goolsby, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee. In a recently published column he called the event “Moron Monday.
RACIAL JUSTICE ACT
NYT: North Carolina Repeals Law Allowing Racial Bias Claim in Death Penalty Challenges
The law, the only one of its kind in the country, allowed inmates to use state and county statistics and other material to claim that race played a role in their sentencing. Since the law took effect in 2009, nearly everyone facing execution — not all of them black — has used it in hopes of reducing sentences to life in prison.
WRAL: Foxx nears vote for US transportation secretary
Foxx’s nomination is scheduled for a hearing Monday by the U.S. Senate’s Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee. He received praise from both Democrats and Republicans during a Senate confirmation hearing last month.
WILMINGTON STAR NEWS: James Weldon: Why I quit teaching in N.C. schools
After 22 years of teaching middle school – 18 at Myrtle Grove Middle School – I am quitting the North Carolina public schools. More accurately, the public schools quit me. So great has my disillusionment and disaffection grown that, surprisingly, there have been no second thoughts. While I speak for no one else, the attrition rate among educators speaks for itself.
Micah Beasley, Press Secretary
North Carolina Democratic Party