Gov. Pat McCrory took office a year ago Sunday amid high hopes, columnist Rob Christensen writes. “Now he is hoping for a reset.”
“Few governors took office with greater promise than McCrory. ... But fed a layup, McCrory has managed to bobble the ball out of bounds,” Christensen wrote in his Sunday column.
As for the coming months and years ahead: “Expect McCrory to reposition himself more in the middle. He is already talking about pushing for a teacher pay raise in the 2014 budget. He also has three years to rebuild his image – a lifetime in politics.”
Get a recap on McCrory’s year in politics in Christensen’s column here.
*** It’s a busy day in North Carolina politics -- one of many to come. Get the rundown below in the Dome Morning Memo.***
At the legislative building, the Perinatal Health Committee meets at 10 a.m. in room 1027.
On the coast, Republican state Sen. Bill Cook will officially announce his re-election bid. Two Democrats are vying to replace him, including former office-holder Stan White. And Democrat Keith Crisco will formally announce his campaign to challenge Republican U.S. Rep. Renee Ellmers in the 2nd Congressional District, focusing on “the work he did to bring jobs to N.C. as state commerce secretary,” according to an announcement.
The North Carolina Democrat, who faces a tough re-election fight this year, has convinced the Senate Democratic leadership to insert a provision into the jobless bill that would restore North Carolina’s eligibility for long-term federal unemployment benefits. The state lost the federal funds last summer when the legislature reduced state benefits.
Hagan says she’s taking action to fix a problem caused by Republicans in the North Carolina legislature. State Republicans counter that she’s stepping in at the last minute to rescue her flagging reelection campaign. And in the end, Congress might decide to do nothing. Read more here.
By writing exacting, specific budget language, legislators seemingly guaranteed that the $1.4 million “pilot project,” which will attempt to improve water quality by stirring the lake, will go to Medora Corp. Email records show the North Dakota company worked with Senate leader Phil Berger’s office and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources to secure the contract months ahead of the public bidding process. Read more here.
State Department of Health and Human Services spokesman Ricky Diaz told The Associated Press on Friday the agency first learned about the massive privacy breach the prior day. On Saturday, the agency issued a new statement saying some state employees had actually been aware of the issue days earlier. Read more here.
“Since leaving office, she founded DigiLEARN: Digital Learning Institute, a non-profit funded by two nationally renowned foundations to accelerate digital learning at all ages. "I am working with technology now, because I think technology can change the learning platform for every kid in our state," she said.” Read more here.
Next week, the state Office of Charter Schools will recommend which of the 71 charter schools that have applied to open in 2015 should go forward for further review. Those applicants includes eight in Wake County, eight in Durham and 31 in Charlotte and surrounding areas. Read more here.
A deep dive: Inside the Koch brother’s political network. Read more here.
Goolsby: ‘First-degree murders deserve death penalty.’ Read more here.
Survey: How is the new tax law affecting you? Read more here.
Political maneuvering to replace Pete Brunstetter. Read more here.