U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan is distancing herself from the White House and its signature health law – but will it work? The Democrat will hold a conference call Tuesday to push for a inquiry into the problems with healthcare.gov. It's a way to help inoculate her campaign from the program's troubles as Republicans in North Carolina see the issue as a main tenant of the 2014 campaign. The call is scheduled for 10:15 a.m.
The move that shows how much the new federal health insurance program may affect her re-election bid, a point Republicans are pressing hard. The question is whether Hagan’s new tough talk about the healthcare law will work with voters, many of which are not enamored with the new law.
Republicans already are calling it a "phony probe." "The voters of North Carolina will see right through Kay’s Hagan’s desperate political stunt to distance herself from Obamacare," said Daniel Keylin, a spokesman for the N.C. Republican Party. "No matter how desperate Kay Hagan gets in attempting to run away from the Obamacare disaster, North Carolinians know she owns it.”
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The Revenue Laws Committee will meet at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday in room 544 of the legislative office building to look at more questions about the new tax law and other issues. Agenda here.
Southern Baptist Convention president the Rev. Fred Luter Jr. was slated for Tuesday night's keynote sermon. He's the convention's first black president. Harris is completing his second one-year term as state president. The senior pastor at First Baptist Church in Charlotte announced in September he would seek the Republican nomination for Senate. The state convention has about 4,300 churches, although representatives of a small fraction were expected to attend.
Hayden: “I don’t think Snowden was an innocent who went into government service and was suddenly offended by something he discovered,” Hayden said. “To use the metaphor, he was not a gatherer, he was a hunter. And he hunted NSA systems for the better part of a year trying to find things that he felt would be useful to be made public for a preconceived notion, not being offended by the discovery of something that was presented to him. I would have loved for him to be an actual whistle-blower.”
Gellman: He said a whistle-blower’s personal motivations shouldn’t come into play when deciding what information to be released to the public. “My goal as a reporter is to maximize the information available to the people for the purposes of self-governing,” Gellman said. Read more here.
Curran, 50, is a Lexington, N.C., native and a 1986 graduate of the university with a degree in journalism. He begins the job Dec. 2 at an annual salary of $300,000. The appointment was approved by the Board of Trustees and announced by Chancellor Carol Folt after a national search. Read more here.
Council also has on its agenda a protest resolution to express its disapproval over the matter with the General Assembly. Read more here.