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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.


Daily dose: "It's only rape if you report it" edition

Republican Ellmers is ‘Public enemy No 1’ to conservative activists (Washington Post) -- Rep. Renee Ellmers (N.C.) was perhaps best known outside her district as the Republican who beat American Idol sensation Clay Aiken. Less than three weeks into the 114th Congress, she has a new claim to fame, as Public Enemy No. 1 for conservative activists.


Daily dose: Muni broadband revolution edition

Wilson echoes Obama's call for greater broadband access (WRAL-TV) -- The city of Wilson, which has operated its own high-speed Internet service for six years, plans to ask the Federal Communications Commission next month to overturn state laws that limit public broadband services.


Daily dose: The party of "No!" version


Republicans Have One Word For President’s Proposals, Veto Threats: ‘No!’ (New York Times) -- “No” seems to be all anyone wants to say in this town anymore. In his State of the Union address on Tuesday, President Obama enumerated policies that he opposed, from rolling back Wall Street regulations to exempting more businesses from their obligation to provide health insurance under the Affordable Care Act. … For their part, Republicans immediately rejected most of the proposals that were central to Mr. Obama’s address, saying he was obviously not serious about working with them to pass consequential bipartisan legislation. … “I think this was a tremendous missed opportunity for this administration,” Senator Richard M. Burr, R-N.C., said. “When you start out with multiple veto threats and you show no willingness to even meet somewhere in the middle on issues that have been percolating for some time, it gives you very little hope that there’s going to be a breakthrough.”


Daily dose: State of dis-Union edition

Just another Obama speech (Politico) -- When President Barack Obama appears before Congress for Tuesday’s State of the Union, he’ll be facing the largest group of Republican lawmakers in more than 80 years, going back to the days when Herbert Hoover ran the country. For Obama, the address is an opportunity to lay out his agenda as he prepares to do battle with a Congress the GOP now fully controls. For Republicans, it’s just another presidential speech. … “I expect a laundry list that extends further than he’s ever done in a speech that lasts longer than the last,” said Sen. Richard Burr, a North Carolina Republican who faces reelection in 2016. “I’m not sure the State of the Union address is in any way, shape or form sufficient to ease the fears that the American people have.” Asked if he thought Obama would shift to the political center during his most important speech of the year, Burr deadpanned: “No. No hope. No hope.”


Editor's note: the only thing more idiotic than Burr's answer is the question itself.

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.”


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