MARCH 28, 2014
ROCKY MOUNT TELEGRAM: Tillis takes heat from two GOP rivals in Senate race
GREENSBORO — 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. Read more here.
NEWS & OBSERVER: Federal judge rules voter ID correspondence, emails are public record
RALEIGH — The North Carolina legislative leaders who led the crafting of the state’s new voter ID law will have to turn over some of their correspondence and email messages to voters and organizations challenging the wide-ranging amendments, according to a federal court ruling. Read more here.
CHARLOTTE OBSERVER: Investors ask Duke’s board to probe ash spill
Nineteen of Duke Energy’s institutional investors, including three state treasurers, want Duke’s board to investigate the Feb. 2 coal ash spill into the Dan River. “Deeply troubled” investors organized by the Nathan Cummings Foundation, a New York social-justice group that often raises shareholder proposals, made the demand in a letter Thursday to Duke’s board. Read more here.
THE INSTITUTE FOR SOUTHERN STUDIES: Smoking Gun: Tobacco giant reveals funding of NC dark money group backing McCrory
As a so-called "dark money" group, the Renew North Carolina Foundation — a political nonprofit launched in 2012 to support the agenda of Republican Gov. Pat McCrory — doesn’t have to disclose its donors.However, because a corporate backer of Renew NC is one of a growing number of companies that have agreed to be more transparent about their political spending, at least one donor to the pro-McCrory outfit has been brought to light: tobacco giant Reynolds American, Inc. Read more here.
NEWS & OBSERVER: Some ask why FBI took so long on Cannon investigation
As the corruption investigation of former Charlotte Mayor Patrick Cannon went back underground Thursday, a nagging question hung over his embarrassed city:Couldn’t this have been known before he was elected mayor in November? Read more here:
Q NOTES: LGBT Democrats choose first officers for Mecklenburg caucus
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — About two dozen supporters and members of the newly-formed LGBT Democrats of Mecklenburg County gathered Wednesday evening to elect their first slate of officers. Organizer Janice Covington had worked over the past few weeks to bring the new group into formation. It is affiliated with the statewide LGBT Democrats of North Carolina, an official state party caucus. The new local caucus will have a voice in affairs at the Mecklenburg County Democratic Party, as well. Read more here.
NYTIMES: Seeking to ban online betting, GOP donor tests influence
A push by the billionaire casino magnate Sheldon G. Adelson to outlaw online gambling has ignited a bitter civil war in the gambling industry, dividing one of Washington’s most powerful interest groups and posing a major test of the Republican donor’s political clout.Mr. Adelson’s effort officially kicked off on Wednesday, when lawmakers, including a senator, Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, who has accepted tens of thousands of dollars in donations from the businessman and his family,introduced legislation originally drafted with Mr. Adelson’s lobbyist. Read more here.
TRIANGLE TRIBUNE: Students, teachers grapple with Read to Achieve law
It’s Friday, and Carla Tavares, a third-grade teacher at Millbrook Elementary School, is tired of testing her students. And Tavares’ students are tired of taking tests. “Which test is this?” a sullen third-grader asked Tavares, holding a packet in his hand that contained a four-page reading passage and several questions to answer. Read more here.
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