There will be a rare political sighting in Raleigh today: Democratic U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan and Republican U.S. Rep. Renee Ellmers, two politicians who agree on little, are both attending a luncheon in downtown Raleigh. The event is to talk about global leadership and North Carolina’s economy and security. The two men responsible for the coup: former state Govs. Jim Hunt, a Democrat, and Jim Martin, a Republican.
Former NATO Supreme Allied Commander for Europe Admiral James Stavridis also will be on hand to give his perspective and possibly keep the peace. The event is at noon at the Marriott in downtown Raleigh.
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The two have known each other since Harris was a pastor in Forsyth County. In making the endorsement, Brunstetter said: “I’ve known Mark for years, and I’ve always found him to be a man of integrity. He’s exactly the kind of individual we need to fix the disaster that is Washington politics. In the coming weeks, I’ll encourage my colleagues in the General Assembly to join the campaign.”
Dome imagines Brunsetter’s colleague in the other state chamber, Speaker Thom Tillis, who faces Harris in the GOP primary, is less than pleased by that last statement. Though Dome also notes that Tillis has his fair share of legislative endorsements, including: Sens. Harry Brown, Jim Davis, Fletcher Hartsell and Bob Rucho.
Business for Education Success and Transformation North Carolina, or BEST NC, so far it counts 54 business executives as its members, and that number is expected to grow to 75. Board members include Ann Goodnight of SAS; Jim Goodmon, CEO of Capitol Broadcasting; Venessa Harrison, president of AT&T North Carolina; Robert Niblock, CEO of Lowe’s; and Brad Wilson, CEO of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina. The group plans to meet with Gov. Pat McCrory next month. Read more here.
About 200 people attended the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee meeting, which is headed by Obama administration critic U.S. Rep Darrell Issa, R-Calif.
“I brought Congress to North Carolina to understand the real impact of Obamacare on real Americans,” said North Carolina Rep. Patrick McHenry, a committee member. ... The Rev. Carolyn Reed-Smith, who came from Spartanburg, S.C., to protest, called it a “staged performance that's advantageous to the Republican view.” Read more here.
The change meant that “a loyalty to the governor or other elected department head in their respective offices is reasonably necessary” for the position, a requirement that could turn off scientists, Lowman said. She was contesting the change in her job classification. Read more here.