Gov. Pat McCrory will try to help boost Republican Ken Cuccinelli’s struggling campaign for Virginia governor Thursday. McCrory is scheduled to attend a get-out-the-vote rally at a campaign office in Roanoke.
McCrory is returning the favor after Virginia’s Republican Gov. Bob McDonnell came to North Carolina to help McCrory’s 2012 campaign. But McCrory will find little in common with Cuccinelli. For one, Cuccinelli is down 17 percentage points in the latest polls against Democrat Terry McAuliffe. At this point a year ago, McCrory was leading by double digits in North Carolina
On the issues, both support offshore drilling and cutting income taxes. But Cuccinelli is a tea partier and political lightning rod criticized by a number of prominent Republicans. Cuccinelli proposed a “personhood” bill in the state Senate and as attorney general told Virginia colleges they couldn’t ban discrimination based on sexual orientation.
“We’ve come to expect Gov. McCrory to coddle the extremist elements of his party, but this shows he will say and do anything to pander to the political fringe,” said Democratic Party Chairman Randy Voller in a statement.
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In a speech at the Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank in Washington, McCrory said the decision about whether to expand Medicaid is “one of the most difficult issues on the governors’ plates right now.”
McCrory was referring to a federal regulation under the health care overhaul that expands the ability of hospitals to presume that some uninsured patients are likely to qualify for Medicaid, the government health insurance program for the poor and disabled. Hospitals can then bill the state for the care of those patients for up to two months until a final determination is made. ...A spokeswoman for the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services disputed McCrory’s understanding of the regulation, which was published in July. Read more here.
But 3-1/2 years later, the case against the officers has crumbled. All but one of them have won court battles challenging their dismissals, as judges found there was insufficient evidence that the patrol captain was drunk, or that the Butner officers gave him special treatment or tried to cover it up. Read more here.
Given Meadows’ role as leader in the effort that led to the government shutdown, the quote aligns Forest with a select wing of the Republican Party. But it’s worth noting that Forest “agreed that defaulting on our debt as a nation would be catastrophic,” which puts him at odds with the tea partiers who support him. Read more here.
Email messages show that an investigator with the auditor’s office obtained records of the calls in September and October. Read more here.
Barb Goldstein, 66, and Ann Willoughby, 77, got married in Kingston, N.Y., in June 2012, about a month after the Durham County Register of Deeds rejected their application for a license. Their actions then and now were part of The Campaign for Southern Equality’s efforts on behalf of same-sex marriage rights. Recording their New York marriage license in Durham has no immediate practical impact in North Carolina, where the state constitution defines marriage as a union between a man and a woman. Read more here.
In a shared press conference to be staged Thursday near historic aviation landmarks at Dayton and Kitty Hawk, two legislators from the Buckeye and Tar Heel states will launch a hot-air assault on a new Connecticut law that gives credit for the first flight by a heavier-than-air craft to a Bavarian immigrant named Gustave Whitehead. “Sometimes people say things that aren’t true, and if they say them enough, people start to believe them,” N.C. Sen. Phil Cook of Chocowinity, whose district includes the Dare County Outer Banks, said in an interview Wednesday. “I really can’t believe what the folks in Connecticut did. That’s beyond the pale.” Read more here.