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Daily dose: The great tax shift in retrospect

Are NC tax cuts a race to the bottom? (Hendersonville Times-News) -- The 2013 N.C. tax reform Gov. Pat McCrory praised when he signed it into law provided the overwhelming benefits to higher-income taxpayers and increased sales taxes on consumers. A family with a taxable income of $50,000, which is above the median income, received a tax cut of $388. A family with a taxable income of $200,000 received a tax cut of $2,938. While families with higher taxable incomes benefited significantly, the vast majority of taxpayers who have much lower taxable incomes received a very small cut in their income taxes. Who ends up paying most of the sales taxes? Those with taxable incomes below $50,000. Did this tax reform really put more money in most families’ budgets?

THE WHOLE STORY http://www.blueridgenow.com/article/20150201/ARTICLES/502011009

Daily dose: The bizarro world of Thom Tillis

Thom Tillis calls himself voting rights hero (Greensboro News & Record) – Republican Sen. Thom Tillis used Loretta Lynch’s confirmation hearing Wednesday to defend North Carolina’s voting laws and paint himself as a voting rights hero. “I made sure we made heroic efforts to preserve everyone’s right to vote,” the freshman Republican asserted. He asked Lynch whether it made sense, given the department’s limited resources, to proceed with the suit. Lynch, the Greensboro native nominated to succeed Eric Holder as attorney general, didn’t back down.

Daily dose: Women's rights, health once again under attack

Glazier says increased abortion restrictions need to be blocked (Fayetteville Observer) -- New efforts to restrict abortion access are on the horizon in North Carolina, state House Rep. Rick Glazier said at a news conference Thursday morning, and he wants them blocked. Glazier, a Fayetteville Democrat and abortion rights supporter, led a group of legislators and abortion rights activists who said abortion regulations should not be further expanded.

http://www.fayobserver.com/news/local/glazier-says-increased-abortion-restrictions-need-to-be-blocke...

Daily dose: Don't touch the door edition

LEGISLATURE 2015

NAACP-led protests resume at North Carolina Legislature (AP) — North Carolina's NAACP leader challenged new rules concerning public assembly in the State Legislative Building as part of protests on Wednesday targeting legislative policies by GOP leaders who control both chambers.

http://www.news-record.com/news/north_carolina_ap/naacp-led-protests-resume-at-north-carolina-legisl...

Daily dose: I can haz Google Fiber?

Google Fiber Is Coming To North Carolina (WUNC-FM) -- Google Fiber 'Triangle' van parked in downtown Raleigh (WUNC-FM) -- The next cities to benefit from ultra-high-speed internet service will be in the southern United States. Google Fiber announced yesterday it is bringing its super-fast access to Atlanta, Nashville, Charlotte and to the Raleigh-Durham area in the Triangle. There have been rumors for weeks Google was about to make a big announcement. Michael Slinger, Director of Business Operations for Google Fiber made it official.

THE WHOLE STORY http://wunc.org/post/no-more-rumors-google-fiber-coming-north-carolina

Daily dose: Little Lord Fauntleroy falls into deep, dark hole

Former Powerful GOP State Rep. LaRoque Confesses to Theft From Non-Profit (FBI News Release) – Former Republican state Rep. Stephen A. LaRoque of Kinston, pleaded guilty to the theft of $150,000 from a federally-funded nonprofit organization in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 666, U.S. Attorney Thomas G. Walker announced today Monday. LaRoque also agreed to pay $300,000.00 in full restitution to East Carolina Development Company, which is a nonprofit organization based in Kinston. The non-profit was originally created to provide loans to small rural businesses using federal funds provided to East Carolina Development by the U.S. Department of Agriculture under the Rural Development Division’s Intermediary Relending Program.

THE WHOLE STORY http://twitter.us7.list-manage.com/track/click?u=adaa6913dd17b7097368c9ba6&id=93820e6d63&e=ec3b99815a

Daily dose: The definition of "normal" up for debate

LEGISLATURE 2015

NC Republicans could have "more normal" legislative agenda (AP) — After four years of turning North Carolina politics upside down, Republicans at the General Assembly could be prepping for a more subdued two-year legislative session.

THE WHOLE STORY http://twitter.us7.list-manage.com/track/click?u=adaa6913dd17b7097368c9ba6&id=183a2008a2&e=ec3b99815a

Daily dose: Groveling Grover edition

GOP Govs. Buck Party Line on Raising Taxes (New York Times) -- Republican governors across the nation are proposing tax increases — and backing off pledges to cut taxes — as they strike a decidedly un-Republican pose in the face of budget shortfalls and pent-up demands from constituents after years of budget cuts. … Grover Norquist, the president of Americans for Tax Reform and a driving force in pressing Republicans to sign no-tax pledges, said he was annoyed by some governors who were calling for tax increases, like Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval, whom Mr. Norquist described as “really bad on taxes.” But these Republicans are the exception, he said. “You can’t just look at governors these days,” Mr. Norquist said. “You’ve got to look at the legislatures. The legislature in North Carolina is much more pro-growth and anti-tax than the governor.”

THE WHOLE STORY http://www.nytimes.com/2015/01/25/us/politics/republican-governors-buck-party-line-on-raising-taxes....

Daily dose: The clock is ticking for McCrory

McCrory ‘vulnerable’ as Democrats Have More Seats to Defend (Governing) -- The upcoming gubernatorial election cycle won't be any easier for the Democratic Party than 2014. Despite holding far fewer seats overall, the Democrats have more governorships to defend in 2015 and 2016 than the Republicans do. The Democrats hold eight of the 14 seats being contested. … Here's a summary of the state of play in each of the 14 states. Vulnerable North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory (R) Although he has not officially announced that he will seek another term, McCrory is expected to run. The Tar Heel state ranks as the Democrats' only hope over the next two years in winning back a Republican-held governorship. Since taking control of both the governorship and legislature in 2012, Republicans have pursued a staunchly conservative agenda, which has prompted a long-running series of protests at the state Capitol and raised questions about McCrory's ability to win a second term in a presidential year. McCrory is banking on voters to give him and his party a measure of credit for the state's improving economy.

http://www.governing.com/topics/politics/gov-democrats-seats-defend-2015-2016-governors-races.html

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