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Daily dose: Surplus shenanigans edition

Let's not get giddy about that $400 million surplus (Fayetteville Observer) -- It wasn't that long ago that state budget analysts were warning that the tax-revenue flow was running behind estimates

That $400 million surplus? Your tax refund built that (Charlotte Observer column) --Democratic leaders in the N.C. General Assembly say higher taxes produced the state’s $400 million surplus.

Daily dose: Moms need votes, too edition


The status of women in North Carolina Poltiics (Meredith College news release) -- A new report examines the Status of Women in North Carolina Politics. Among the findings: · Women make up over 54% of registered voters in North Carolina but hold less than 25% of all appointed and elected offices; Women hold less than 20% of elected positions with taxing and spending authority in North Carolina; In the 28 most competitive 2014 political races, women raised nearly 30% more funds than men; In 44 North Carolina counties, no women serve as county commissioners; In 2014, 25% of the candidates in North Carolina elections were women – and 63% won their races. When women run, women win.

Daily dose: The GOP's anti-jobs legislation version


Pro-business or anti-environment? (Charlotte Observer) -- North Carolina’s solar industry took a double hit this week when the House passed a regulatory reform bill. Among other things, HB 760 would freeze the amount of energy that has to be produced from renewables such as solar at 6 percent. It’s now scheduled to rise to 12.5 percent by 2021. It also would reduce the incentive to build large solar farms by changing how clean-energy producers are paid by utilities such as Duke Energy. “We think the bill would have a negative impact on the clean energy economy in North Carolina, which will result in lost jobs and investment,” said Betsy McCorkle of the N.C. Sustainable Energy Association.

Daily dose: The irregular Governor edition


N.C. Board of Elections data reveal voter registration irregularities under McCrory (Daily Kos) -- A data-mining analysis of information publicly available from the North Carolina State Board of Elections has uncovered apparently systematic irregularities in voter registration efforts which are required of the state by the National Voter Registration Act of 1993 ('Motor Voter Act'). These irregularities, potentially disenfranchising tens of thousands of poverty-level North Carolina citizens, have all occurred during the Republican administration of Gov. Pat McCrory.

Daily dose: Bitter pill for renewable energy edition


NC House OKs freezing renewable energy demands on utilities (AP) — A renewed effort to freeze the percentage of North Carolina's retail electricity sales required to come from renewable sources or efficient efforts passed the state House on Wednesday

Renewable-energy advocates take beating in N.C. House vote; opponents say bill will save customers money (Charlotte Business Journal) -- N.C. House advocates of renewable energy on Wednesday lost industry protections they thought a compromise last week had protected.

Daily dose: Moms step up edition

Protesters target NC bill on gun permits (Raleigh News & Observer) -- Nearly three-dozen moms flooded the General Assembly Tuesday protesting a proposal they said would eliminate background checks on nearly half of all handgun buyers in North Carolina.

Gun bill on hold amid growing opposition (WRAL-TV) -- http://www.wral.com/gun-bill-on-hold-amid-growing-opposition/14625423/A controversial proposal to loosen North Carolina's gun laws has been temporarily put on hold as criticism of the bill grows louder.

Daily dose: McCrory's GEAR slips edition


NC GEAR doesn’t engage at legislative reception (WRAL-TV) -- A key legislative committee gave a chilly reception Monday to the final report from NC GEAR, Gov. Pat McCrory's signature initiative to reform state government. The two-year, $4 million project, headed by McCrory budget director Lee Roberts and deputy director Joe Coletti, made 22 recommendations for reforms, from changing school system purchasing to privatizing the state motor pool.

Daily dose: Houston, you have a problem edition


McCrory headlines Houston’s huge Offshore Tech Conference (Houston Chronicle) -- The annual Offshore Technology Conference in Houston could be the biggest ever despite the lowest oil prices in years. Drilling beneath the world's oceans has yet to feel the full brunt of cheap oil and the thousands of OTC attendees will browse exhibits from 2,600 companies - up from last year's record-setting 2,568 companies. One highlight is a panel of elected officials who will discuss the future of drilling and assess federal and state regulations. The panel includes Republican N.C. Gov. Pat McCrory and House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Rob Bishop , R-Utah.

Daily dose: Guns everywhere edition


After the Mayhem, Politics as Usual (New York Times) -- In North Carolina, lawmakers want to weaken penalties on gun owners who violate a ban on carrying guns in restaurants, and to punish doctors who ask patients about guns as a safety issue. … The idea that this improves public safety is firmly rebutted by the latest figures from the Violence Policy Center , a gun safety research and advocacy organization, which found that at least 743 non-self-defense deaths since 2007 were attributable to individuals with permits to carry concealed weapons. These included 222 suicides.

Daily dose: "He thought they said Koch" edition


Coca-Cola, with McCrory’s help, Tries To Position Itself As Health Food (Media Post) -- How many million marketing dollars will Coca Cola have to spend to make us believe it’s in the business of promoting good health, instead of pushing a constant craving for its sugar- and chemical-laden drinks? … The primary target market is North Carolina, and the Challenge — a partnership between Coca-Cola, CVS and Morris Media Network's Carolina Parent, Piedmont Parent and Charlotte Parent magazines — has the enthusiastic endorsement of Gov. Pat McCrory. “I encourage families within North Carolina to register for this fantastic program and get out and get moving,” he said.


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