The big story is a new state elections report showing potential cases of double voting and dead voters casting ballots in recent elections.
It’s a politically charged topic with Democrats and Republicans expressing concern about the numbers.
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A joint legislative committee on economic development meets at 10 a.m. in room 643 LOB to look at draft legislation to privatize some state commerce department functions in a public-private partnership.
At 1 p.m. the House panel studying judicial efficiency will meet in room 544 LOB. And the joint oversight committee on information technology continues its field trips around the state, visiting UNC Charlotte and later the Microsoft campus in Charlotte.
And the most recent General Social Survey, conducted by NORC at the University of Chicago, found that the vast proportion of Americans who call themselves middle or working class, though still high at 88 percent, is the lowest in the survey's 40-year history. It's fallen 4 percentage points since the recession began in 2007.
The trend reflects a widening gap between the richest Americans and everyone else, one that's emerged gradually over decades and accelerated with the Great Recession. The difference between the income earned by the wealthiest 5 percent of Americans and by a median-income household has risen 24 percent in 30 years, according to the Census Bureau. Read more here.
“For four years as NC House Speaker, Tillis has lead dozens of successful legislative battles for conservative solutions to problems. Republicans will honor his accomplishments on May 6.
“Two opponents seen early on as a threat, Greg Brannon, R-Wake, and Mark Harris, R-Mecklenburg, have fizzled out. Both are having trouble raising money, and Brannon has tripped himself up with legal problems. Tillis will win the primary handily, and is favored to win this fall.”
That’s because limits on how much money an individual can donate to a candidate remain unchanged. In addition, there were already other avenues available before Wednesday’s ruling for those wanting to spend a lot of money on elections to do so without facing limits, professors of political science said. Read more here.
Edwards and his daughter watched with the rest of the overflow crowd on a big screen in the adjacent parish house.
After a moving eulogy by actor Frank Langella, and a poignant rendition of “The Rose” by Bette Midler, the thick-skinned Edwards — seemingly oblivious to the family’s wishes — followed the funeral procession to the cemetery. Read more here.
For North Carolina’s eligibility to be restored, N.C. Commerce officials would have to enter into a new federal extended UI benefits agreement with the U.S. Labor Department. In this instance, it would be a decision made by Gov. Pat McCrory rather than legislators. ...
Sen. Bob Rucho, R-Mecklenburg, and Rep. Julia Howard, R-Davie, said they would not support North Carolina trying to become eligible for the retroactive benefits. Read more here.
The committee is expected to vote on Thursday to declassify the report’s findings, conclusions and executive summary. Read more here.
The proposed sale price is in line with the city’s recent appraisal of the land, which came in at $37.45 million. Raleigh wants the land for a “destination park” that’s been a major goal of Mayor Nancy McFarlane. ...
Gov. Pat McCrory’s administration could seek a higher price. Appraisers working for the state pegged the property value at $66 million this year, though that was considerably less than the 2011 state appraisal of $84 million that Republicans legislators cited last year as the land’s fair market value. Read more here.
Good did not stray far Wednesday from Duke’s previous public statements. She sidestepped questions that probed the differences between those statements and Duke’s legal positions. Read more here.
Clay Aiken doesn’t want to talk about ‘that show’. Read more here.
S.C. Court: No casino allowed on Catawba’s land. Read more here.
Former SBI agent to challenge firing. Read more here.
Brian Turner denies political motive in filing Moffitt complaint. Read more here.
Danny McComas resigns from Ports board. Read more here.