NEWS & OBSERVER: House Speaker Thom Tillis forced to correct college credentials

House Speaker Thom Tillis is facing questions in his U.S. Senate bid about whether he has exaggerated his college credentials. The Republican gave a radio interview in 2012 in which he said he graduated from the “University of Maryland.” A resume posted in 2011 to his campaign website listed the same thing. Read more here.

NEWS & OBSERVER: Harris campaign blasts Tillis in survey, prepares to question his ‘character”

Republican Mark Harris is setting his sights on rival Thom Tillis in the primary for U.S. Senate, shifting his strategy as he seeks to boost his numbers. The Charlotte pastor is preparing to go negative for the first time in the campaign and more aggressively highlight what he sees as Tillis’ character flaws – specifically a sex scandal in the House speaker’s office, his ties to a gay rights supporter and appointments of campaign donors to powerful posts. Read more here.


WINSTON-SALEM JOURNAL: Feds knew of threat to Dan River in 2009

As federal officials convene a grand jury this week to investigate the Dan River coal ash spill, they might want to look in an unlikely spot before pointing fingers of blame. The mirror. Read more here.


Senate leader Phil Berger announced changes to the leadership in several Senate committees. On the appropriations and budget committee, Sens. Kathy Harrington, R-Gaston, and Brent Jackson, R-Sampson, were appointed as co-chairmen. They are joining retiring Sen. Neal Hunt, R-Wake, and Sen. Harry Brown, R-Onslow. The four chairs will work together to craft the state budget, working together with the appropriations subcommittee chairs on specific budget areas, according to a spokesperson for Berger’s office. Read more here.

NEWS & OBSERVER: WASHINGTON: Minimum wage issue is on the radar in 2014 election

WASHINGTON — Ashley Echevarria, a 24-year-old mother of two, has been working as a cashier at a McDonald’s restaurant in Durham for two years at the federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour – not enough, she says, to support her family. “I can’t pay on time, or buy clothes for my kids,” she said earlier this week after taking part in a protest for higher pay. “I’m struggling to do that right now.” Read more here.

NEWS & OBSERVER: NC legislators listen to debate over Common Core standards

RALEIGH — Critics of the Common Core State Standards charged Thursday that the education guidelines are doing everything from promoting abortion and globalism to causing children to hate to go to school. Opponents of the Common Core made up the majority of the speakers Thursday at a public hearing of a state legislative research committee that is considering whether to recommend dumping or overhauling the standards used in North Carolina’s public schools. Read more here.


NYTIMES: Democrats Plan Big Ad Campaign in Challenge to Koch Brothers

WASHINGTON — Senate Majority PAC, an outside group that supports Senate Democrats, is preparing a $3 million ad campaign against Charles G. Koch and David H. Koch, the libertarian-minded billionaire brothers who support conservative causes and have already poured millions of dollars into the 2014 midterm elections. The Senate Majority PAC effort will last for roughly two weeks and span five states — Arkansas, Colorado, Louisiana, Michigan, and North Carolina. In an attempt to combat the Koch brothers, the $3 million buy will be nearly double what Senate Majority PAC has spent on all television ads so far this cycle, around $3.6 million. Read more here.


LA CONEXION: A presionar por los permisos de manejo

RALEIGH- El estudio que analizó el impacto en las carreteras, la seguridad, economía e inmigración de Carolina del Norte del proyecto de ley HB786: “Razonable y Comprensiva Legislación para Resolver los Asuntos de Inmigración en Carolina del Norte (RECLAIM NC ACT)” que, entre otras cosas, busca restablecer los permiso de conducir estatales para los indocumentados, fue entregado por el Departamento de Seguridad Pública de Carolina del Norte (DPD) hace dos semanas y ahora le corresponde examinarlo al Comité de Supervisión Legislativa Conjunta de Justicia y Seguridad Pública de la Asamblea. Read more here.


Chelsea Clinton to Jimmy Fallon: People always ask me when I’ll run

Former First Daughter Chelsea Clinton is tired of people asking when she’ll run for office.

“Very few days go by when people don’t ask me that question,” she said during an appearance on ”Late Night with Jimmy Fallon,” when host Jimmy Fallon posed it. But she didn’t actually answer the apparently Burning Question during her brief guest stint show on the late-night hawking this week’s Clinton Global Initiative University at Arizona University. See video here.

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