Former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin is at the Billy Graham library in Charlotte until noon today signing copies of her new book “Good Tidings and Great Joy: Protecting the Heart of Christmas.”
Gov. Pat McCrory will be in Charlotte today as well, but not in time to get autographed Palin books for friends and family. He won’t be there until this afternoon and then he’s headed to the Operation Christmas Child Community Celebration at Samaritan’s Purse, the charity headed by Franklin Graham. This morning he’s in Nag’s Head for a press conference about the Bonner Bridge.
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CONDOLENCES: We offer our condolences to DHHS Secretary Aldona Wos whose father Paul Zenon Wos died on Dec. 2. His obituary notes he was a combat veteran who fought the Nazi and Soviet invasions of Poland in September, 1939. It also says that he was awarded the Yad Vashem Medal, “Righteous Among Nations,” for helping rescue many Jewish families during the Holocaust. He was later captured by the Germans and held in a concentration camp until liberated by American soldiers. The retired engineer was living in Sarasota, Fla. His funeral will be Saturday in New York.
MEDICAID UNDER REVIEW: The government advisory group that will recommend changes to the state’s Medicaid program held its first meeting Thursday. Three more are planned but the thinking so far seems to be to divide the state into regions to be served by medical and insurance networks. That differs from a proposal floated earlier this year by Wos and the state’s former Medicaid director. The idea then was to have companies bid to offer government insurance coverage statewide. Read more here.
WHATEVER ALEC WANTS ... : The American Legislative Exchange Council, the business-backed, limited-government seeking group that counts state House Speaker Thom Tillis as a leader is growing in influence in North Carolina. It now counts 54 of the state’s 170 lawmakers as members and it is counting on Tillis and Rep. Tim Moffitt, an Asheville Republican, on delivering funds and more corporate members. Read more here.
CONSERVATIVE AGENDA: From the Guardian – “Conservative groups across the US are planning a co-ordinated assault against public sector rights and services in the key areas of education, healthcare, income tax, workers’ compensation and the environment, documents obtained by the Guardian reveal.” One plan for North Carolina that was highlighted: opposition to Medicaid. Read more here.
FARM BILL DANGLNG: Renee Schoof from McClatchy’s Washington Bureau reports on the closed-door negotiations over the farm bill and what’s at stake for North Carolina. Read more here.
CATAWBA CASINO: The Catawba Indian tribe says a 1993 settlement allows the federal government to designate land in North Carolina as a reservation, the first step toward building a new casino in Cleveland County that has spurred fierce opposition from Republican and Democratic leaders. Read more here.