If it seems like an election year when you watch TV these days, don’t worry, you’re not hallucinating.
A recent analysis of spending on political advertising about the federal health care law finds more money is being spent in Charlotte than anywhere else in the nation. The total spent on anti-Affordable Care Act ads is estimated at $710,000, Kantar Media reported.
Raleigh ranks No. 4 at nearly $600,000. The only cities in between the two North Carolina metro areas: Cleveland and Washington.
***Republican Mark Harris takes a veiled shot at rival Thom Tillis and the discussion about Gov. Pat McCrory’s troubles continues below in the Dome Morning Memo.***
At the legislative office building, the Joint Legislative Workforce Development System Reform Oversight Commit (room 544) and the Joint Legislative Oversight Committee on Unemployment Insurance (room 643) will meet at 10 a.m.
"I see something else in the description. Those tugs at Batten’s sleeve are really a longing to get back to the more nonpartisan, pragmatic ground where local governments and their elected officials traditionally operate.
"State government isn’t like that, though. Decisions about tax policy, school vouchers and abortion cleave along party lines. Media oversight and criticism is filtered though the lens of assessing partisan agendas.
"Like it or not, admit it or not, McCrory has become a key cog in pursuit of an agenda with which many Democrats and some independents have deep disagreements." Read more here.
“Kay Hagan is vulnerable,” Harris said. “I don’t think anyone questions that. But we must have a strong Republican nominee that is going to provide a contrast with Kay Hagan, someone that is solutions oriented, someone that has a conservative record, someone who is really not your professional politician. The last thing we need is Kay Hagan-lite against Kay Hagan.” Listen to the full 23-minute interview here.
The meeting comes as The Guardian newspaper publishes internal ALEC documents showing its recent troubles that specifically mention Tillis’ role as a fundraiser for the organization: “An influential US lobbying network of Republican politicians and big businesses is seeking to avert a looming funding crisis by appealing to major donors that have abandoned it over the past two years following criticism of its policy on gun laws.
“The Guardian has learned that the American Legislative Exchange Council (Alec), which shapes and promotes legislation at state level across the US, has identified more than 40 lapsed corporate members it wants to attract back into the fold under a scheme referred to in its documents as the "Prodigal Son Project.” Read the full story here.
A Thursday fundraiser in Raleigh includes these sponsors: Heather and Bruce Thompson, Caroline and Richard Sullivan, Charles Meeker, Betty Kenan and other state senators. The top donation is $2,600 and the minimum contribution is $75.
But which office will he seek? The public will have to wait until the 2 p.m. press conference at the Old County Courthouse, 301 W. Market Street. "All I'm saying right now is it'll be a big announcement," Alston said Tuesday.
Alston lives in the N.C. House district currently represented by fellow Democrat Marcus Brandon and in the N.C. Senate district represented by fellow Democrat Gladys Robinson. Read more here.
In a ruling issued Tuesday, a three-judge appeals court panel rejected arguments by N.C. Learns, a nonprofit organization backed by K12 Inc., a for-profit company and one of the biggest players in the online education business. In early 2012, N.C. Learns used an unusual process in its quest to open the state’s first virtual charter school. Read more here.
Weaver testified that he ordered the arrests because he thought demonstrators had broken N.C. Legislative Building rules by standing in front of Senate chamber doors, holding up signs and disrupting business of the General Assembly. But defense attorneys Scott Holmes and Irving Joyner questioned their interpretation of the rules and have argued previously that they are so vague and broad that they are not constitutional.
The trial for Rev. William Barber continues Wednesday. Read more here.
The N.C. 12 bridge over Oregon Inlet will be closed for emergency repairs that could take as long as 90 days, the state Department of Transportation said. DOT launched emergency ferry service late Tuesday between Stumpy Point on the Dare County mainland and Rodanthe on Hatteras Island. Read more here.
What goes unmentioned is the immigrant labor force that makes those live Christmas trees possible. The Latino Post website takes a look. Read it here.
... This is not a short-term inconvenience. This corner of the busy Beltline will be reduced to two lanes each way, 24 hours a day, for the next year. Read more here.
New Hanover asked for eight school resource officers and Brunswick requested funds for four. Both requests are expected to be approved, state officials said Tuesday. Read more here.