CityBeat: Casey Mann takes one for the state Democratic Party

A glimpse inside the direction of the North Carolina Democratic Party in a time of austerity and diminished power from its new executive director. The North Carolina Democratic Party recently appointed Greensboro resident Casey Mann as its executive director It’s a position others in the party might shy away from, given the Republicans’ firm grasp on the state legislature and recent favorable redistricting. But Mann is approaching the position with pragmatic zeal. Read more here.

Listen: The Future of The North Carolina Democratic Party

The North Carolina Democratic Party recently appointed Casey Mann as its new executive director. She inherits some financial difficulties stemming from the cessation of tax checkoffs for political parties while the party struggles with internal divisions. She also talks about how the Citizens United case has introduced nationally-funded messages in state races. Read more here.


Jacksonville Daily News: Hagan Urges Resolution that Preserves Emergency Health Services in Belhaven

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Kay Hagan sent a letter to U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius expressing concern over the imminent closure of Vidant Pungo Hospital in Belhaven on April 1st. The hospital is the only facility that currently provides emergency care services for the 25,000 people living in Beaufort and Hyde counties, and the area has been designated by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) as a Primary Health Care Professional Shortage Area, Dental Health Care Professional Shortage Area, and Medically Underserved Area. In the letter, Hagan urged Secretary Sebelius and the Department’s Office of Civil Rights to convene community leaders and hospital administrators to arrive at a voluntary resolution that would preserve access to emergency health services for the area’s citizens. Read more here.


Washington Post: Pelosi on Obamacare: ‘I believe that it’s a winner’

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) sought to defend the Affordable Care Act yet again Thursday just days before the fourth anniversary of its enactment, declaring "I believe that it’s a winner" that Democrats will run on during campaigns this year. Holding a rare recess-week news conference in between fundraising stops, Pelosi sought to remind reporters that the law remains popular and to castigate Republicans for continuing to raise doubts about its implementation. Read more here.

SFGate: Senate Dems raise more than GOP in February

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate Democratic Campaign Committee raised more money than its Republican counterpart in February and has about $5 million more in the bank. The DSCC says Thursday it raised $6.8 million last month and has about $18 million in the bank. The National Republican Senatorial Committee raised almost $5.5 million, the party reports, and has almost $12.8 million in cash on hand. Read more here.

From the White House: Fact Sheet: The Economic Case for Increasing the Minimum Wage: State by State Impact

The minimum wage is a critical tool for ensuring that hard work is rewarded with fair pay, but its real value has been allowed to erode substantially despite decades of economic growth. The president believes raising the minimum wage will help ensure opportunity for all Americans, and that’s why he has led by example signing an Executive Order to raise the minimum wage to $10.10 for new federal contract workers. Now Congress should act to raise the minimum wage for all workers and pass the Harkin/Miller bill which would raise incomes for millions of Americans in every state and reduce poverty. Read more here.


Washington Times: Environmental coalition names 3 NC senators in ad

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – Several groups are banding together to fight what they view as threats to North Carolina’s environment, starting by calling out three state Republican senators for their votes on fracking in a television commercial. The groups announced Thursday the formation of the North Carolina Environmental Partnership. It includes the Southern Environmental Law Center, the Natural Resources Defense Council and local environmental and citizens group in North Carolina. The new partnership’s campaign will initially focus on fracking, the process of injecting chemicals and water into the ground to extract oil and gas. Read more here.

Moyers & Company: Were North Carolina Regulators Helping Duke Energy Avoid Big Fines?

News broke last week that Duke Energy and its North Carolina regulator had worked together to minimize penalties the utility would have to pay for leeching chemicals into the drinking water. And this was before a coal ash spill last month dumped thousands of tons of poisonous coal slurry into the Dan River. But these emails are just the latest evidence of a problematic coziness between the politically influential utility and the North Carolina Department of Natural Resources (DENR). Read more here.

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