Young Democrats take #NCTaxHike fight straight to Berger, N.C. House Dems blast voucher plan, Cherie Berry passes on chance to challenge Hagan
NEWS & RECORD: NC Democrats hire new executive director
A former administrator at the Vermont Democratic Party is the new executive director of the North Carolina Democratic Party. Robert Dempsey has been hired to run the North Carolina party’s day-to-day operations. The state party’s executive committee voted Tuesday night to approve his hiring.
DOME: Young Democrats take leading role in opposing tax plan
North Carolina Young Democrats are mounting a concerted effort against the Republican tax plan in the Senate, a leading role for an often under-the-radar group. The group launched a web ad Wednesday and a new website nctaxhike.com to brand the Senate’s plan.
NEWS & OBSERVER:N.C. House Dems blast voucher plan
House Minority Leader Larry Hall of Durham called the bill "education malpractice."
"It in no way improves opportunities for low-income students to achieve," he said. House Democrats said it was wrong for the state to move to lock in recession-era budgets for K-12 schools, allow unlimited class sizes in kindergarten through third grades, cut funds to pay thousands of teacher assistants, and at the same time offer tax money to private schools that are not as accountable for student progress.
NEWS & RECORD: Rewrite of Dix property deal passes NC House
Outgoing Rep. Deborah Ross, D-Wake, said the deal is imperfect but offers the best chance at resolving the dilemmas amicably. However, Ross, who is resigning to serve as general counsel for the Triangle Transit regional bus service, urged House lawmakers not to bend to the Senate’s wishes. "I will vote (‘yes’), but if the Senate does not agree with this, please let the situation stay the way it is between the city and the state," she said. "What the Senate has offered up is bad, bad policy. It’s bad politics, and it does not reflect well on the state of North Carolina."
DOME: SBI doesn’t want to move, either
The Senate’s proposed budget would move more than 400 agents from under the control of Attorney General Roy Cooper, who is an elected official, to the department where all other state law enforcement agencies reside, under the supervision of a department head appointed by the governor.
RACIAL JUSTICE ACT
WINSTON-SALEM JOURNAL: Bill restarting executions advances in House
A state House panel endorsed a bill Wednesday that repeals a procedure for condemned inmates to challenge death sentences on racial grounds, sending the measure to the full House for final passage. The bill is intended to restart executions in the state by ending the Racial Justice Act, which was passed four years ago when Democrats controlled state government. The act allows a judge to reduce a death sentence to life in prison if race is found to be a significant factor in the case.
WWAY: Berry won’t run for US Senate against Hagan
Berry is one of several Republicans who’ve been considering whether to challenge Hagan, the Democratic incumbent. Berry has statewide name recognition in part because the inspection paperwork that every elevator must display includes her photo.
NYT: How to Get a Job
More employers are designing their own tests to measure applicants’ skills. And they increasingly don’t care how those skills were acquired: home schooling, an online university, a massive open online course, or Yale. They just want to know one thing: Can you add value?
Micah Beasley, Press Secretary
North Carolina Democratic Party