Two North Carolina lawmakers are getting different kinds of attention from the list-producers at BuzzFeed.
The Republican’s online biography no longer includes references to an AR-15 being stolen from her home nor her statement during the government shutdown that she would keep her paycheck – a stance she later reversed.
At the same time, another BuzzFeed writer is detailing why he thinks Greensboro U.S. Rep. Howard Coble is “7 million times more bada$$ than your congressman.” It starts: “Meet Rep. Howard Coble. Oh, you have never heard of him? Get your learning hat on.”
The juxtaposition of a hip, youthful website showering love on the 82-year-old congressman begs the question: Does Howard Coble even know what BuzzFeed is?
***It’s not everyday the subject of a protest nearly walks into his own protest. Read about the Art Pope and William Barber encounter below in the Dome Morning Memo.***
The legislative office building will fill with lawmakers for three committee meeting. At 10 a.m., the Joint Legislative Education Oversight Committee meets in room 643 and the Joint Legislative Administrative Procedure Oversight Committee meet in room 544. At 1:30 p.m., the Joint Legislative Commission on Energy Policy meets in room 544.
After Council of State, Gov. Pat McCrory will attend the opening of a cancer center at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center at 1 p.m. and later tour the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine in Winston-Salem. At 7 p.m. he attends the Sandhills Community College 50th Birthday Celebration in Pinehurst.
The Rev. William Barber of the state NAACP and budget director Art Pope debated briefly outside the government office building in Raleigh where Pope works and as Barber wrapped up a news conference singling out Pope for his activities. ...
The civil rights group and allied organizations also announced a plan during the holidays to picket outside Roses, Maxway and other discount stores operated by Variety Wholesalers Inc., of which Pope is CEO and board chairman.
Pope didn't flinch from a brief debate with Barber as TV cameras recorded the event. "Do you want to close down my stores so that we don't provide services in the community so that I've got to lay off my employees?" Pope asked Barber outside the Administration Building. Privately held Variety Wholesalers operates about 70 stores in North Carolina. Barber stopped short of calling for a store boycott, saying people should make up their own minds about where to shop.
"We'd love for you to use your wealth and pay your employees more," Barber responded, but said later "the policies that you're supporting, sir, are hurting the very people who spend (money) there." Read more here.
“That’s nonsense, says Hagan spokeswoman Sadie Weiner. Hagan “has said she’d certainly have him campaign” for her, Weiner said. But the campaign’s main point, she said, is to contrast Hagan’s “record of getting bipartisan results for the state and her opponents who are more interested in fringe, anti-middle class policies.”
“Hagan attended a recent fundraiser held by Vice President Joe Biden in the college town of Chapel Hill.” Read more here.
The court's decision is expected to accelerate the move by states to try to collect taxes due on online purchases made by their residents. The court's refusal to take up the issue also increases pressure on Congress to settle the long-standing dispute between online and conventional retailers, and to enact legislation standardizing online sales-tax collection.
The pioneering New York statute has become a model for efforts by California and other states to collect tax revenue. Thirty-four states by law or administrative process require at least major online retailers to collect sales taxes. Read more here.
The ban on weapons that can elude detectors at security checkpoints expires Dec. 9, as the Senate returns from a recess and is set to take up the measure. The National Rifle Association, the largest U.S. gun lobby, has been silent on the plastic-gun ban.
House leaders agreed to consider the bill, sponsored by North Carolina Republican Howard Coble, under suspension of the rules that requires two-thirds majority for passage. Such treatment is used for measures expected to pass by wide margins. Read more here.
The number of workplace illnesses and injuries in North Carolina dropped in 2012 to 2.9 incidents for every 100 full-time workers. The rate had been 3.1 the three previous years, and it has declined from 5.7 per 100 workers in 1999.
North Carolina has kept pace with a national decline of workplace injuries and illnesses since 1999, when the national rate was 6.3. The state has remained safer than average; it is one of eight states to see a decline in workplace injury and illness last year, and one of 15 with a lower rate than the national average of 3.4. Read more here.
The planned refinery, which is scheduled to begin producing biofuel in 2016, culminates an intensive effort to make ethanol from plants other than corn. The Italian developer, Biochemtex, operates a similar biorefinery in Italy and is planning to license other such facilities in the United States and around the world. Read more here.
Starting next year, 73,000 TriEx drivers with delinquent toll bills will find collections agencies hounding them to pay up. And they will be blocked from renewing their automobile registrations with the state Division of Motor Vehicles.
The state Department of Transportation said it is taking these new steps to collect delinquent tolls from drivers who are at least three months late in paying for their TriEx trips. The delinquent bills include tolls worth more than $815,000 – plus $3.4 million in late fees and civil penalties. Read more here.