Americans for Prosperity is organizing bus loads of conservative activists in North Carolina to travel to Virginia ahead of that state’s much-watched governor’s race in November. The North Carolina activists will focus on turning out voters aligned with the group, many of which are likely to side with Republican candidate Ken Cuccinelli.
The tea party-aligned advocacy organization -- which doesn’t directly support a candidate -- is taking three waves of volunteers for overnight trips to Virginia, starting Friday, to knock on doors and canvass neighborhoods in the Hampton Roads area not far across the state line. One team plans to stay through Oct. 30. The organization is paying for travel, accommodations and food, officials say. “It is our turn to fight shoulder-to-shoulder with people who believe that ‘freedom is never more than a generation away from extinction,’” an organizing email says, referencing a Ronald Reagan quote.
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In dozens of interviews, elected officials, strategists and donors from both wings of the party were unusually blunt in drawing the intraparty battle lines, suggesting that the time for an open feud over the Republican future had arrived.”
Cooper's recent words and actions leave little doubt about his gubernatorial aspirations for 2016, even with GOP Gov. Pat McCrory on the job for less than a year. Reticent in the past on issues unrelated to crime and law enforcement, Cooper is now taking a more vocal role challenging Republicans who control both the legislative and executive branches for the first time in 140 years. Read more here.
... Election expert Rick Hasen says the voting package amounts to “the largest and most restrictive” set of election laws put in place in the half-century since Congress approved the Voting Rights Act. “You see pieces of what North Carolina has done in other states,” says Hasen, a professor of law and political science at the University of California-Irvine. “But you can’t find a package like this anywhere else.” Read more here.
About 160,000 Blue Cross customers in North Carolina have been receiving such insurance notices in recent weeks, prompting widespread anxiety among insurance customers who fear they’ll be priced out of the insurance market. The letters went out to Blue Cross customers who purchased individual policies after the passage of the Affordable Care Act in 2010; the new law mandates more generous coverage that older policies didn’t include. Many of these Blue Cross customers will find financial relief with subsidies and cheaper policies, but some will not be able to avoid steep increases. Read more here.
Despite these numerous public acknowledgments of Taylor’s innocence and official wrongdoing, the SBI agents responsible for the case testified this year that they’ve done nothing wrong. Read more here.
..."West of Interstate 95, they don't understand or appreciate or respect or know much about our coastal communities," said Gorham, whose appointment to the commission was announced this week by Gov. Pat McCrory. "I think that's a shame, and one of my goals is to educate the rest of the state."
Gorham is an independent producer in oil and gas, with small interests in properties in Texas and Mexico. He moved to Wilmington permanently four years ago, letting his wife pick the family's landing spot after various professional interests moved them around the country for years. Read more here.
Commerce Secretary Sharon Decker said she supports tools to grow the film industry in North Carolina, but added that top state officials are "evaluating what our options are and looking freshly at it (the film incentive)." She was light on details, noting that her office is still in the research and planning phase. Read more here.