Daily dose: Jeb Bush? Really?

Jeb Bush Returns to Fray and Finds Going Rough -- (New York Times) -- In one of his first public appearances of the 2014 campaign, former Gov. Jeb Bush of Florida had a vivid preview Wednesday of the challenges he would face with his party’s conservative base should he seek the Republican nomination for president in 2016. Standing alongside Thom Tillis, the North Carolina House speaker and Republican Senate candidate, Mr. Bush outlined his views on two of the issues he cares most passionately about: immigration policy and education standards. But as Mr. Bush made the case for an immigration overhaul and the Common Core standards, Mr. Tillis gently put distance between himself and his guest of honor, who had flown here from Florida on a dreary day to offer his endorsement in a race that could decide which party controls the Senate. “You have to make it clear that amnesty shouldn’t be on the table,” Mr. Tillis said, referring to how to address those immigrants currently in the country illegally. “That doesn’t negate any opportunity to provide some with legal status and other things, but you only do that after you seal the borders and you make the problem no longer grow.” Mr. Bush supports a pathway to citizenship for unauthorized immigrants and complained that not addressing the immigration system had “done us harm economically.” Speaking to a group of business owners in a lighting company’s warehouse, he said, “Fixing a system that doesn’t work is a big thing that I think will restore and sustain economic growth for this country.” http://www.nytimes.com/2014/09/25/us/politics/jeb-bush-returns-to-fray-and-finds-going-rough.html

Help is on the way: Progressive Kick joins judicial races

When you're fighting Art Pope's plans to take over our courts, you need all the help you can get.
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National Independent Expenditure Group, Progressive Kick, First
to Enter the Fray to Support Democratic Judges in North
Carolina’s 2014 Judicial Elections

In its second week on the ground, Progressive Kick IE NC has already
secured thousands of dollars in pledges.

Raleigh, NC – One of the nation’s most respected and hardest hitting super PACs,
Progressive Kick, has pledged its resources to the citizens of North Carolina in the
state’s most important judicial elections in a generation. The country has watched the
GOP-controlled legislature pass laws signed by a complaisant governor that have
effectively returned North Carolina back to the politics of Jesse Helms. In just two short
years, these laws have sparked at least seven constitutional challenges by North
Carolina citizens with many more expected to come. With so much at stake, Progressive
Kick realized its duty to stand up and fight the millions in special interest money from
Art Pope, the Koch Brothers, and the like in their attempt to buy NC’s Judiciary. The
citizens of North Carolina have lauded Progressive Kick IE NC’s entry into these
elections with citizens pledging thousands of dollars in its first two weeks of fundraising.

Growing up in the shade of Hofmann Forest

Some things can't be found on a business plan:

When the sale was announced many months ago, there was a brief mention of it in the local paper but most people in the area didn’t think it would ever happen. Now as we are approaching the final sale, many people are just now realizing that the sale is really going to happen. Personally I cannot imagine my life without Hofmann forest, it will be devastating for me to visit the area and see that the forest has been destroyed.

Daily Dose: Duke Energy edition

DUKE PROGRESS MOVE ILLUMINATES RECOVERY ACT EFFECTIVENESS IN N.C.: Duke Energy Progress will be spending a little to save a lot. And it can thank the federal Recovery Act for financing the demonstration projects that showed the company the way. This week the state’s major investor-owned power company announced it was launching an initiative to modernize outdoor lighting across its service area.

A North Carolina Bridgegate?

As corporate-carpetbagger friendly as the NCGOP has made North Carolina since taking control of the legislature in 2010, they keep surprising. This latest revelation Monday from North Carolina echoes the billion-dollar, Hudson Lights real estate deal thought connected to Gov. Chris Christie's Bridgegate scandal. WCNC-Charlotte has video here.

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