@NCCapitol: Poll: Senate race pretty much a dead heat

RALEIGH, N.C. — House Speaker Thom Tillis has lost his early lead among Republican U.S. Senate candidates, and Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan is statistically even with all eight GOP challengers, according to a poll released Tuesday. Read more here.

NEWS & OBSERVER: 2 governors, lawmakers say goodbye to Martin Nesbitt

ARDEN, N.C. — Two North Carolina governors and dozens of legislators from both parties joined several hundred mourners Tuesday to pay their last respects to veteran General Assembly member Martin Nesbitt. Gov. Pat McCrory and former Gov. Beverly Perdue also attended the funeral at a Buncombe County church. Former Lt. Gov. Dennis Wicker and current Senate Minority Leader Dan Blue delivered eulogies. Read more here.

N&O: CHRISTENSEN: Nesbitt stayed true to a history of populism

State Senate leader Martin Nesbitt of Asheville, who was buried Tuesday, represented a particular strain of Tar Heel politics – a strongly independent brand of mountain populism. While North Carolina’s Piedmont area has seen most of the state’s growth – industrializing with textile mills, and later with banks, utilities, insurance companies and high tech companies – the mountains have always lagged behind. Read more here.

CHARLOTTE OBSERVER: Utilities Commission subpoenaed in ash probe

Records from the N.C. Utilities Commission have been subpoenaed as part of a federal grand jury investigation prompted by the Duke Energy ash spill on the Dan River. The subpoena, issued last month, asks for records related to ash-pond dam inspections formerly reported to the Utilities Commission. It also seeks documents on illicit seeps and discharges from those dikes. Read more here.

THE HILL: Senate candidate Brannon wants to be Rand Paul of NC

North Carolina Senate candidate Greg Brannon (R) is hoping to follow in the steps of Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) — and wants to make sure everyone knows. Brannon, who’s challenging North Carolina House Speaker Thom Tillis (R) and others for the GOP nomination to face Sen. Kay Hagan (D-N.C.), was in Washington last Friday for an afternoon fundraiser with Paul at the Conservative Political Action Conference. The libertarian-leaning hopeful repeatedly touted Paul’s backing and detailed why he’s the heir to the senator’s libertarian mantle. Read more here.


NY TIMES: Obama Will Seek Broad Expansion of Overtime Pay

WASHINGTON — President Obama this week will seek to force American businesses to pay more overtime to millions of workers, the latest move by his administration to confront corporations that have had soaring profits even as wages have stagnated. On Thursday, the president will direct the Labor Department to revamp its regulations to require overtime pay for several million additional fast-food managers, loan officers, computer technicians and others whom many businesses currently classify as “executive or professional” employees to avoid paying them overtime, according to White House officials briefed on the announcement. Read more here.


TRIANGLE TRIBUNE: New NCDP director speaks on party’s future

RALEIGH – After weeks of controversy, the N.C. Democratic Party has a permanent executive director. Casey Mann met the media Tuesday to discuss the party’s future. Mann admitted the NCDP is not where it needs to be. Read more here.


In his State of the Union address, President Obama called on Congress to raise the federal minimum wage from $7.25 to $10.10 an hour, and announced he would issue an Executive Order to raise the minimum wage to $10.10 for the individuals working on new federal service contracts. Raising the minimum wage nationwide will increase earnings for millions of workers, and boost the bottom lines of businesses across the country. See more here.

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