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Daily dose: Dash for the cash edition

LEGISLATURE 2015

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.

http://www.wral.com/fundraisers-return-to-raleigh-along-with-legislative-session/14335351/

Daily dose: "Show me the money!" edition

LEGISLATURE 2015

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.

http://www.followncmoney.org/news/nc-lawmaker-leaves-democratic-party-after-winning-re-election-help...

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."

http://www.wncn.com/story/27795748/nc-lawmakers-to-ask-us-supreme-court-to-take-up-marriage-amendment

Daily dose: Governor who?

POLICIES & POLITICS

Despite Mercedes loss, GOP legislators slow to heed McCrory’s call on incentives (WRAL-TV) -- A day before Mercedes-Benz USA passed on North Carolina sites and opted to move its headquarters to Atlanta, Gov. Pat McCrory urged legislators to act quickly when they return to Raleigh in the coming weeks to shore up the state's job incentive programs. But state lawmakers don't appear to be in a hurry.

http://www.wral.com/lost-mercedes-deal-unlikely-to-speed-action-on-incentives/14333252/

Daily dose: Continue to have success edition?

Gov. McCrory on Economic Development:

"I need you to help me work with the General Assembly to get a new strategic program in place, and this has to be done in literally a matter of weeks if we're going to continue to have success. This has to be the No. 1 priority in the first two weeks of this legislative session. -- Jan. 5, 2015: Speech to Economic Forecast Forum

“This legislation allow us to put a new economic development approach in place that helps to create jobs by putting greater emphasis on customer service, all while saving taxpayer money. With this new approach, our business recruiters will be able to respond to companies faster. We’ll be able to help existing companies grow and recruit new companies that are considering locating in North Carolina.” -- June 24, 2014: On signing HB1031- Act To Facilitate Economic Development

POLICIES & POLITICS

N.C. big pitch rejected, Mercedes moving headquarters from N.J. to Atlanta (AP) -- German luxury automobile maker Mercedes-Benz said Tuesday that it's moving its U.S. headquarters, with 1,000 jobs, from New Jersey to Atlanta, in part to be closer to its manufacturing facility in Alabama.

http://www.news-record.com/news/north_carolina_ap/mercedes-moving-headquarters-from-new-jersey-to-at...

Daily dose: No sea level rise allowed here

NC should move with nature on coast (Raleigh News & Observer) -- The sea invading North Topsail Island illustrates the need for planning and rules that allow for rising seas and more powerful storms.

http://www.newsobserver.com/2015/01/04/4447652/nc-should-move-with-nature-on.html

Daily dose: Burrcare? No thank you.

GOP searches for elusive Obamacare fix (Politico) -- Republicans cite a sense that articulating their own alternatives to Obama Care may send a message to the Supreme Court that it doesn’t have to fear health care chaos if it rules against the White House. To that end, GOP Sens. Richard Burr of North Carolina and Orrin Hatch of Utah are tweaking their Obamacare replacement draft, which is probably the most comprehensive in the Senate. They’ve brought into the discussion two other key committee chairmen — Fred Upton (R-Mich.) of the House Energy and Commerce Committee and Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), incoming chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee. “The onus is on us to present a logical solution prior to that case ever being heard,” Burr said. “Maybe the court will feel more confident making a decision if in fact there is a legislation solution [to the subsidy problem] that is realistic.”

http://www.politico.com/story/2015/01/gop-obamacare-new-plan-113776.html

Daily dose: Might as well rename it the "Long Con" award

Goolsby’s Long Leaf Pine award sparks more controversy for McCrory (Raleigh News & Observer) -- Some groups criticized Gov. Pat McCrory on social media this week for honoring former state Sen. Thom Goolsby, R-New Hanover, with the Long Leaf Pine award. “Gov. McCrory is bestowing one of NC’s highest honors on a former legislator who defrauded investors,” Progress NC Action tweeted. That’s a reference to the Secretary of State’s May order that Goolsby and a business partner stop offering investment advice after an investigation of the firm’s practices. In December, the governor gave the award to the Alamance County sheriff who’s currently fighting a federal lawsuit that accuses his department of racial profiling.

http://www.newsobserver.com/2015/01/02/4445268/former-sen-thom-goolsby-receives.html

Daily Dose: Hiccups and graft edition

Troubles at DHHS are out of the news lately, mostly because there's so much misery happening on every other front. Never fear. SNAFU is still the order of the day the in the magical land of Queen Aldona.

Meanwhile, incoming Speaker Tim Moore says he thinks honest bipartisanship is the best policy. Oh really?
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Doctor still waiting for NC Tracks payment (Wilmington Star-News) -- Software hiccups blamed incorrect reimbursements
http://www.starnewsonline.com/article/20150101/ARTICLES/150109993/1004/ARTICLES?Title=Doctor-still-w...

Likely NC speaker talks honesty, bipartisanship (AP) — Tim Moore has spent almost all his life in Kings Mountain, an old textile town more than 150 miles southwest of Raleigh with perhaps more in common with South Carolina than North Carolina. Its name originates from the Revolutionary War battle just south of the state line.
http://www.news-record.com/news/north_carolina_ap/likely-nc-speaker-talks-honesty-bipartisanship/art...

Daily dose: Gonna be a long year

There could be a worse way to start the year than having American for Prosperity singing the praises of global warming on the pages of the News and Observer, but then again, maybe not.

Why NC lawmakers should fight EPA rules (Raleigh News & Observer/Americans for Prosperity column) -- The Environmental Protection Agency, at the White House’s direction, will soon announce the final version of its “Clean Power Plan.” The initial version of this regulation would have forced North Carolina to cut its greenhouse gas emissions by 40 percent over the next 15 years.

http://www.newsobserver.com/2014/12/31/4441741/why-nc-lawmakers-should-fight.html

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