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More from the N&O on Aldona Vos and GOP cronyism

I am trying to figure out the Raleigh News and Observer stories in the Sunday edition. The first one I read was by Rob Christensen as he compares two members of Gov. McCrory's cabinet: Tony Tata of Transportation and Aldona Wos of Health and Human Services.

The second was a front page and very long story titled "Wos stirs things up at DHHS." If you find the headline confusing, just try reading the story by Lynn Bonner and Craig Jarvis.

This is the take on their N&O story from Progress NC as shared by Bob Geary:

Wondering about a government shutdown?

Is the government making preparations to close on Oct. 1?

Yes. The Obama administration told agencies this week to begin planning for a partial shutdown. A memo issued to agencies said that “prudent management requires that agencies be prepared for the possibility of a lapse.”

Federal managers must review which of their employees would be essential and required to come to work, and which would be nonessential and sent home during a shutdown.

NCGA DHHS Legislative Oversight Committee

Raleigh N&O Under the Dome:

Legislators may get their questions about state Department of Health and Human Services salaries, buggy computer systems, and Medicaid spending answered at a meeting scheduled for Oct. 8.

The Joint Legislative Oversight Committee on Health and Human Services has scheduled an all-day meeting to talk about department goings on. The agenda's not out yet, but there's no shortage of topics to cover. The morning session will be a joint meeting with the Information Technology oversight committee. Health oversight members will have DHHS administrators to themselves in the afternoon.

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September 19, 2013

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The Hill: 'Weak state parties in the South risk hurting Democrats'

Under the Dome post by Rob Christensen:

The Hill

is reporting that "weak state parties in the South risk hurting Democrats’ chances of holding — or gaining — critical Senate seats in 2014.'

The article by the Cameron Joseph says that struggles in Louisiana, Georgia, and North Carolina "could force national Democrats, and the candidates themselves, to step in with big-dollar investments to build get-out-the-vote programs that are often left to the party’s state-level operations.''

“There’s a lot of drama in all of those places,” said one national Democratic strategist. “That means a lot more responsibility for coordinated campaigns in those states and really elevates the importance of field programs, things that are traditionally done by those state parties.”

Early voting opens Thursday across NC

Early voting opens Thursday across NC

One-stop early voting opens across North Carolina on Thursday for the counties and municipalities holding a primary or general election on Oct. 8.

Anyone who missed the voter registration deadline can register to vote and then cast an absentee ballot at their county board of elections office during the early voting period, which ends on Saturday, Oct. 5.

GOP calls move to private exchanges #brokenpromises

The Energy and Commerce Committee of the US House of Representatives sends out frequent press releases. Committee Member Rep. Renee Ellmers (R-NC2) often shares info from the Committee, as she did on the local evening news in Raleigh tonight.

Today the Committee issued a release that implied that the move by Walgreens to change how it provides health benefits to its employees was in response to "Obamacare" implementation. The hashtag #BrokenPromises was included in the release.

US House to vote to defund Affordable Care Act

House to vote on budget bill defunding health law

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker John Boehner (BAY'-nur) says House Republicans will pass a budget bill this week that withholds funding for President Barack Obama's health care law.

The effort stands little chance in the Democratic-controlled Senate, setting up a showdown that could push the government toward a partial shutdown at the end of the month. Funding to operate the federal government runs out at the end of September.

Affordable Care Act

Daily Kos:

More bad news for House Speaker John Boehner, who thinks that the premium rate shock people are going to experience in the first few weeks of Obamacare enrollment will strengthen his hand in holding the debt ceiling hike hostage for a delay in Obamcare. Here's his problem: For more than six million people there won't be any rate shock, according to a new report that the Department of Health and Human Services released Tuesday, obtained by USA Today.

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