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POLICIES & POLITICS

GOP ramps up damage control after Neo-Nazi missteps (Washington Post) -- While some Republicans praised House Speaker John Boehner for his decisive moves to push out a congressman guilty of tax fraud while backing Majority Whip Steve Scalise, others worried about the potential fallout from a racial controversy.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/house-republicans-struggle-to-contain-fallout-from-scalise-gr...

Daily dose: White supremacist + whip = pending resignation

David Duke: Scalise knew us (Washington Post) -- Former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke said late Monday that his longtime political adviser, Kenny Knight, was “friendly” with House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) in 2002, and cited that relationship as the reason Scalise accepted an invitation that year to speak at a gathering of white supremacists. “Scalise would communicate a lot with my campaign manager, Kenny Knight,” Duke said in a phone interview. “That is why he was invited and why he would come. Kenny knew Scalise, Scalise knew Kenny. They were friendly.”

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-politics/wp/2014/12/30/former-kkk-leader-says-his-political...

Daily Dose: Tillis just keeps on lyin' edition

Obama's Poll Bump Is a Message for Republicans (Real Clear Politics column) -- After a lame-duck period in which we’ve seen a Cuba thaw, a China climate deal, and an undocumented immigrant reprieve, President Obama was awarded with his highest approval ratings in many months. His popularity has ticked up since November, with young voters, women and—most notably—independents accounting for the boost. “How can this be?” Republicans must be wondering. They just seized the Senate with a campaign based on little else but attacking incumbent Democrats for voting with Obama.

Daily dose: Poor Mr. Pope edition

I had to chuckle at Art Pope's response to Indy Week below. The poor guy thinks that his teaspoon of "facts" is enough to offset his bulldozer's worth of damage in the minds of Indy readers. Sorry Art. The story of your life has already been told by your public actions. No amount of PR repair work is going to make a shred of difference.
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Pope responds (Weekly Independent column) -- If the INDY is going to pass off a college student's opinion piece as a news feature, ("Politics of Scrutiny" Dec. 17), one would think that getting basic facts correct would still be a requirement. Contrary to Mr. DeGrave's reporting, I have never been chairman of the Civitas Institute or directed its day-to-day operations—though I have previously served on its board of directors.
http://www.indyweek.com/indyweek/pope-responds/Content?oid=4307955

Daily dose: Lord, won't you buy me a Mercedes plant

If Mercedes is serious about N.C., state lawmakers may have to return to Raleigh (Triad Business Journal) -- North Carolina has not publicly disclosed whether it is putting together an incentive package to offer to the luxury automaker, but any kind of deal would likely need legislative approval via a special session of the North Carolina General Assembly.

http://www.bizjournals.com/triad/news/2014/12/26/mercedes-hq-north-carolina-legislators-session.html

Daily dose: Everybody's an expert edition

POLICY & POLITICS

Activists pressure state leaders to expand Medicaid (High Point Enterprise) -- Political activists pressuring state Republican leaders to expand Medicaid health care coverage are pointing to a report by researchers linked to the Triad. A report released earlier this month through the Cone Health Foundation and Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust shows that the state has lost out on $6 billion in federal funding during a two-year period by not expanding Medicaid. The report indicates that 478,000 state residents won’t have health coverage by 2017 if Medicaid isn’t expanded. Medicaid in North Carolina now covers approximately 1.8 million people. So far the GOP-controlled General Assembly has balked at expanding Medicaid to cover hundreds of thousands of impoverished North Carolinians.

http://www.hpe.com/news/x1476888532/Activists-pressure-state-leaders-to-expand-Medicaid

Daily Dose: The Governor's Delusion edition

Only from Carolina Country, a second-rate propaganda channel from the industry, would you find an ode to McCrory's "vision" for the future of energy. And for the Guvnor, of course, it's first and always about money.
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The Governor’s Vision (Carolina Country magazine) -- I admire the goals of the Obama administration for reducing carbon emissions, but I think the administration has overstepped its authority. The [recent] EPA regulations do not take into consideration what we in North Carolina have already done in wind, solar and other means of producing electricity. They also don't seem to recognize the impact that higher energy costs will have on jobs here. One of the first things industry looks for, including agriculture, is the cost of electricity and other utilities. For many people and businesses, their electric bill is one of the largest expenses they have. The EPA regulations do not take into consideration the affordability of energy, especially for the middle class. We need an economic model that is affordable for both the consumer and the investor. The administration's new requirements will not only cost the industry, but will actually cost the consumer as well. I am going to work with the Congress on trying to reverse what I consider executive overreach by the Obama administration. I support a diverse portfolio of energy—from coal to hydro to nuclear to wind to solar. I believe in an "all-of-the-above" policy. Giving subsidies to some industries ends up costing everyone.
http://www.carolinacountry.com/index.php/carolina-stories/the-governor-s-vision

Christmas dose: What's so funny 'bout peace love and understanding?

Santa with a badge: In Bethlehem, Alexander County Sheriff’s deputies deliver presents (Hickory Record) -- Sheriff Chris Bowman circled around to the side of the small, one-family home. Backed up by Capt. Michael Harrison and Deputy Larry Ingle, the three Alexander County Sheriff’s officers brought considerable hardware to the home just outside Bethlehem. But the hardware was covered in wrapping paper, not bulletproof armor or camouflage. They brought smiles—not curses, joy—not fear and toys instead of handcuffs. Bowman, Harrison and Ingle were there not to enforce the law but as ambassadors of good cheer. As part of the Santa Cops program, since 2009, Harrison has led the charge to bring toys to children whose parents are locked up in the Alexander County jail on Christmas.
http://www.hickoryrecord.com/news/santa-with-a-badge-alexander-county-sheriff-s-deputies-deliver/art...

Daily Dose: Corporate takeover edition

It's okay for corporations to crush people's lives and take their property for profit, as is currently happening in Virginia. But it's a horror-of-horrors if the government wants to do something for the common good. The irony is killing me.
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Dominion sues landowners in Va. to survey land for pipeline (AP) -- Dominion Resources is suing more than 40 landowners in Virginia who won't allow the company to survey their properties for a proposed natural gas pipeline
http://www.newsobserver.com/2014/12/24/4427207/dominion-sues-landowners-in-va.html

POLICY & POLITICS
NC now 9th largest state; SC has growth spurt (AP) — The Carolinas continue to rank among the nation's fastest-growing states, newly released U.S. Census population estimates show. North Carolina has overtaken Michigan to become the nation's ninth-largest state, adding more than 95,000 new residents between July 2013 and July 2014. That pushed the state's total estimated population to just shy of 10 million.
http://www.reflector.com/ap/staten/nc-now-9th-largest-state-sc-has-growth-spurt-2742899

N.C. leapfrogs Michigan to be 9th most populous (Triangle Business Journal) -- North Carolina just inched past Michigan to become the nation's ninth most populous state. According to new numbers by the U.S. Census Bureau, North Carolina grew by 95,047 people over the past year. For perspective: 2014: North Carolina's population is 9,943,964; 2013: was 9,848,060; 2010: was 9,535,483; 2000: was 8,049,313; 1990: was 6,632,448.
http://www.bizjournals.com/triangle/news/2014/12/23/north-carolina-leapfrogs-michigan-to-be-9th-most...

Daily Dose: Motorcycle vagina edition

POLICY & POLITICS
U.S. Appeals court strikes down NC abortion law (AP) — A North Carolina law requiring abortion providers to show and describe an ultrasound to the pregnant woman is "ideological in intent" and violates doctors' free-speech rights, a federal appeals court ruled Monday.
http://www.reflector.com/ap/staten/appeals-court-strikes-down-nc-abortion-law-2741587

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