NEWS & OBSERVER: Tillis faces philosophical, practical dilemmas in Senate bid

Thom Tillis, now a candidate for the U.S. Senate, had a quick rise in the state House. The Republican from the Charlotte area was first elected to the House in 2006. By 2010, he was speaker in the aftermath of a GOP victory that put both houses of the General Assembly, and the governor’s office, in Republican hands for the first time in over 100 years. The business consultant clearly has enjoyed being king of the House hill, but in the Senate campaign he’ll face a formidable foe in incumbent Democratic U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan. That’s if he wins his primary. Read more here

NEWS & OBSERVER: Morning Memo: Tillis camp responds to Brannon’s attacks in Senate race

For months, Greg Brannon has sniped at House Speaker Thom Tillis in the Republican primary for U.S. Senate. The potshots came in fundraising letters designed to stir the base detailing Tillis’ ties to political insiders, sex scandals in his legislative office and more recently his financial ties to legislation approved at the statehouse. It makes sense: Brannon is the little-known tea party challenger seeking to break his natural ceiling of support and Tillis is the perceived frontrunner, leading the money race and backed by the bigwigs in Washington. Read more here

North Carolina

STAR NEWS ONLINE: GOP lawmakers tweaked law to protect Duke’s coal ash pits

Duke Energy was in a bind. North Carolina regulators had for years allowed the nation’s largest power company to pollute the ground near its plants without penalty. But in early 2013, a coalition of environmental groups sued to force Duke to clean up nearly three dozen leaky coal ash dumps spread across the state. So last summer, Duke Energy turned to North Carolina lawmakers for help. Read more here


HUFFINGTON POST: White House Unveils Climate Data Website To ‘Empower America’s Communities To Prepare’

WASHINGTON — The White House is set to unveil a new Climate Data Initiative on Wednesday to make government-held data more available to researchers and businesses, and improve climate change preparedness across the country. President Barack Obama had already mentioned the data initiative in a list of new programs announced in his big climate speech at Georgetown University last June. Wednesday is its official unveiling. Read more here

NEW YORK TIMES: Budding Liberal Protest Movements Begin to Take Root in South

ATLANTA — There was a son of a sharecropper and an advocate for the homeless, a college student and a great-grandmother, a retired store manager and the senior pastor of Ebenezer Baptist Church. By the end of the day, they were among the 39 people who were arrested Tuesday during choreographed waves of civil disobedience here at the state Capitol in protest of the state’s refusal to expand Medicaid as part of the Affordable Care Act. Read more here

WASHINGTON POST: Why do Asian Americans mostly vote for Democrats?

Political scientists Alexander Kuo, Neil Malhotra and Cecilia Hyunjung Mo write: In the 2012 presidential election, Barack Obama won 73 percent of the Asian American vote, exceeding his support among Hispanics (71 percent) and women (55 percent). This striking statistic has caused a great deal of consternation among Republicans, who seem generally mystified as to what they might be doing wrong. . . . The GOP’s confusion comes not only because, in 1992, Bill Clinton captured just 36 percent of the Asian American vote. Read more here.


AFRO-AMERICAN: Jesse Jackson to take on tech’s lack of diversity

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Rev. Jesse Jackson plans to lead a delegation to the Hewlett Packard annual shareholder meeting on Wednesday to bring attention to Silicon Valley’s poor record of including Blacks and Latinos in hiring, board appointments and startup funding. Jackson’s strategy borrows from the traditional civil rights era playbook of shaming companies to prod them into transformation. Now he is bringing it to the age of social media and a booming tech industry known for its disruptive innovation. Read more here.

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