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Daily dose: Keeping the dream alive


Barber: 'Moral Monday' movement similar to civil rights movement (WRAL-TV) -- North Carolina NAACP President William Barber used the pulpit at Duke University Chapel Sunday to equate Martin Luther King Jr.’s civil rights efforts with the “Moral Monday” movement, saying the push for social equality is still needed. "I believe we are possibly in the embryonic stages of a third reconstruction in America," said Barber, the keynote speaker at Duke’s MLK program. "And if we come together even the more, if we return to our fortresses as prisoners of hope, there's no telling what God is going to do."


Daily dose: Oh, brother...


Why I called Pat McCrory a partner at my firm (Charlotte Observer column) -- I was disappointed, but not surprised, that the Charlotte Observer continues its personal attack on my brother’s previous experience in the private sector (“McCrory vs. the truth – once again,” Jan. 16). It should also be noted that the Observer, nor its partner in crime, Progress North Carolina Action, ever attempted to reach out to me for clarification before writing their respective editorial or complaint. If they had, they might have learned the following:


Daily dose: Shocked and disappointed edition


Ross, appearing shocked and disappointed, out as UNC President (WUNC-FM) -- Tom Ross was an unlikely UNC President from the outset. He had a long career as a superior court judge, with shorter stints as president of Davidson College and head of the Z Smith Reynolds Foundation. This morning, when he faced reporters after it was announced that he would be leaving his job – or, as the Board of Governors’ statement put it, they would “begin the process of leadership transition” – Ross looked shocked and disappointed.


Daily dose: Fibber Pat version

McCrory vs. the truth - once again (Charlotte Observer) -- Was Pat McCrory fibbing then, or is he fibbing now? For years, McCrory was declared a partner in his brother’s firm. But on state ethics forms, the governor claimed he was merely a consultant, not a partner. There’s a big difference. McCrory & Company, led by Pat’s brother Phil, made clear on its website what Pat McCrory’s role was. “Pat McCrory is a Partner with McCrory & Company,” the website said. “His major focus is client development, strategic planning and leadership consulting.” When McCrory was elected governor in 2012, McCrory & Company issued a statement congratulating him. “We are proud to announce that McCrory & Company Partner, Pat McCrory has been elected Governor of the state of North Carolina and will begin his new responsibilities in early January, 2013.”

Daily dose: No Medicaid expansion, sez Bergermoore

State lawmakers have no plans to extend Medicaid (Fayetteville Observer) -- North Carolina won't extend government-paid health insurance to nearly 500,000 of its lower-income residents, the state legislature's leaders said on Wednesday, the first day of the 2015-16 session of the N.C. General Assembly. During a news conference to discuss their lawmaking plans, Berger and Moore said they would not expand Medicaid eligibility to nearly 500,000 lower-income residents who are in a gap in health care coverage that the legislature chose to create in 2013 after the U.S. Supreme Court partly overturned the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare.


Daily dose: A half-billion short edition

N.C. revenues short $468 million according to Dec. Financial Report (Office of State Controller News Release) -- For December 2014, when compared to the prior year through December 2013, North Carolina experienced a decrease in General Fund receipts which includes tax and non-tax receipts. Tax revenues decreased by $468 million, or 4.8 percent, and non-tax revenues decreased by $7.5 million, or 1.7 percent as compared to the previous year.


Daily dose: McCrory faces ethics complaint

McCrory hit with ethics complaint (AP) — Progress North Carolina says it will file an ethics complaint against Republican Gov. Pat McCrory over omissions on his state disclosure forms and potential conflicts of interest raised by his business dealings. Progress North Carolina Action executive director Gerrick Brenner says the group will file its complaint Monday with the North Carolina Ethics Commission. The complaint seeks a formal ethics investigation into McCrory's holdings of stock in his former employer Duke Energy and payouts he received from a Charlotte-based mortgage broker where he was a board member.


Daily dose: Dash for the cash edition


Top on the agenda with return to Raleigh, raising campaign cash (WRAL-TV) -- Amid the rush of office moves, angling for committee assignments and pomp that marks the beginning of the legislative session, another tradition shows top lawmakers have at least one eye on the next election before they even start governing in earnest. Invitations to campaign fundraisers are circling around Raleigh, including a joint event for Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger and House Speaker-designee Tim Moore on Jan. 13, the day before lawmakers are due to officially be sworn into office and officially organize themselves. "I actually have three fundraisers the day before," said Moore, R-Cleveland, ticking off a list that included an event coordinated by the House Republican Caucus and an evening gathering featuring barbecue.


Daily dose: "Show me the money!" edition


Donations From GOP-Leaning Groups payoff as legislator leaves Democratic Party (Follow N.C. Money) -- A North Carolina lawmaker recently elected as a Democrat has switched to unaffiliated and will caucus with the GOP. Given the outside money that's supported his campaign, the move is not entirely surprising.


Daily dose: Back to the bigotry edition

NC lawmakers to ask US Supreme Court to take up marriage amendment (WNCN-TV) -- North Carolina's legislative leaders say they plan to file a formal petition requesting the United States Supreme Court to take up the state's ban on same-sex marriages. On Thursday, Senate Leader Phil Berger (R-Rockingham) and House Speaker-Designee Tim Moore (R-Cleveland) said they plan to file a petition requesting that the U.S. Supreme Court hear legal arguments for the state's marriage amendment. "We've said all along North Carolina voters deserve to have their voices heard, and this important issue won't ever be settled until a final decision is made by the U.S. Supreme Court," Berger said. "Today's petition is the most efficient and cost-effective way to reach a final resolution."



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