MAY 8, 2014


Senate race in N.C. sets the stage for 2016 presidential competition: North Carolina’s Senate race will be costly, competitive and, in the end, consequential. The balance of power in the Senate could hinge on its outcome. Few races this year will offer a more compelling look at the politics of our time. Read more here.


Performance-based pay plan for NC teachers unveiled: North Carolina public school teachers would be able to earn thousands of dollars more a year if they succeed in the classroom, mentor their colleagues and work in high-demand subjects or hard-to-staff schools under a plan rolled out Wednesday by Gov. Pat McCrory. Read more here.

Forest proposes endowment fund to raise teacher salaries: Drivers, those entitled to a tax refund and private businesses would be invited to contribute to a new education trust fund Lt. Gov. Dan Forest has asked the General Assembly to create. Forest pitched the N.C. Education Endowment Fund to the General Assembly’s education oversight committee Wednesday, touting it as a way to provide money to reward high-performing teachers. Read more here.

There Are No Mainstream Republicans Left in North Carolina: In yesterday’s voting, state House Speaker Thom Tillis won the right to face Senator Kay Hagan, a Democrat, in November. He beat a series of fringe candidates like Greg Brannon, who believes food stamps are a form of slavery and wants to save the poor by abolishing the Department of Agriculture. But in fact Mr. Tillis is a far more dangerous candidate than Mr. Brannon and the other Tea Partiers. While he generally refrains from nutty soundbites (though not always), he has been quite effective as the point man in the state party’s anti-government project. Read more here.


Lawmakers not driving away vehicle allowances: Last week, members of Congress voted against giving themselves a bump in pay. It would have been terrible optics. But they couldn’t quite part with that monthly allowance covering the lease on their cars, a cost of nearly half a million dollars a year. The Senate jettisoned this perk years ago. Read more here.


NC candidate to sign same-sex marriage licenses: The apparent winner of a register of deeds seat in North Carolina says he’ll sign same-sex marriage licenses despite a state ban against gay unions. Former Carrboro Mayor Mark Chilton narrowly won a Democratic primary Tuesday for the Orange County register of deeds and it appears that he will have no opposition in the general election in November. Read more here.

Supporters, opponents of same-sex marriage to hold rallies Thursday: Supporters and opponents of the amendment which banned same-sex marriage in North Carolina will hold rallies in downtown Raleigh on Thursday to mark the second anniversary of its passage. Read more here.

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