MARCH 26, 2014


NEWS & OBSERVER: Morning Memo: Another day, another big TV ad blitz in Senate race

Expect to see a new onslaught of outside political advertising in North Carolina next month focused on the Senate race…Hagan’s campaign is marking Crossroads entry into North Carolina with fanfare – saying it “passes the unprecedented mark of $10 million” spent on the Senate race by “outside, special interest money.” Read more here


NC POLICY WATCH: To seem rather than to be

The disconnect between words and deeds when it comes to lifting up communities of color Gov. Pat McCrory is far from the first politician to contradict North Carolina’s state motto (“esse quam videri” — “to be rather than to seem”) when it comes to questions of race and government’s badly flawed efforts down through the years to heal the wounds stemming from the state’s original sins of slavery and racism. Many a public official has loudly professed his or her deep commitment to equality and equal opportunity for all citizens and then quietly gone back to advancing policies that act to prevent such progress. Read more here

WRAL: Advocates say politics motivates moving polling places off campus

RALEIGH, N.C. — Rulings by the State Board of Elections on Monday to close early voting sites at Appalachian State University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in favor of off-campus locations have some voting rights watchdogs crying foul. Read more here

WNCN: Tillis takes heat from 2 GOP rivals in Senate race

GREENSBORO, N.C. – Two candidates seeking to chase down House Speaker Thom Tillis in North Carolina’s Republican U.S. Senate primary have become bolder in their attacks on his decisions and conservative credentials. A fundraising letter signed by Cary obstetrician Greg Brannon accused Tillis of a "record of a culture of corruption" that renders him "unelectable" should he advance to challenge Democratic incumbent Kay Hagan in November. Brannon also labeled Tillis a "moderate" and part of the "political establishment" – two phrases that are anathemas to many conservative activists. Read more here


THE NEW YORK TIMES: U.S. to Extend Sign-Up Period For Insurance

WASHINGTON — With less than a week left for people to sign up for health insurance, the Obama administration said Tuesday that it would allow more time for those who had tried to apply but were blocked by technical problems with the federal exchange. Read more here

THE WHITE HOUSE: Raise the Wage

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. Read more here


LA Conexion: Gobierno se vuelca en promover seguros médicos en últimos días de inscripción

EFEUSA- El Gobierno de Barack Obama se volcará esta semana en la tarea de animar a los ciudadanos, y en particular a los hispanos, a contratar los nuevos seguros médicos de la reforma sanitaria, puesto que el plazo de inscripción concluye en siete días. Aunque está fuera del país en una gira por Europa y Arabia Saudí, el propio Obama volvió a insistir, en una entrevista emitida hoy en el programa "El Bueno, la Mala y el Feo" de Univisión Radio, en la importancia de que quienes no tienen cobertura sanitaria compren un seguro antes del 31 de marzo para no quedar expuestos a multas. Read more here.

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