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Daily dose: Anti-union bully edition


GOP presidential hopeful Walker brings regular-guy campaign to Rock Hill (Charlotte Observer) -- Republican Party, “blue-collar” Republican presidential candidate Scott Walker of Wisconsin brought a regular-guy preacher’s son campaign to a huge packed house Sunday afternoon in Rock Hill. In a week of Republican presidential campaigning that included the most-watched debate in primary history and constant verbal sparring between frontrunner Donald Trump and seemingly the rest of the Republican Party, blue-collar Republican presidential candidate Scott Walker of Wisconsin brought a regular-guy preacher’s son campaign to a huge packed house Sunday afternoon in Rock Hill.

Daily dose: Rep. Bryan's dirty little secret edition

Plan for charter takeover of worst public schools crafted in secret (Charlotte Observer) -- N.C. Rep. Rob Bryan, a Mecklenburg Republican with a leadership role in education, has been working for weeks on a bill he hopes will eventually transform public schools. It would start small, with a pilot Achievement District plan that would force five of North Carolina’s most persistently low-performing elementary schools to close or be taken over by charter operators. If you haven’t heard of this plan, it’s because the bill hasn’t been introduced or discussed in any public forum. There’s nothing about it in public records yet. Instead, Bryan has been crafting his proposal behind closed doors. … Bryan says his plan has been repeatedly revised: “I think we’re on version 26 now.” Lindsay Wagner, a reporter for N.C. Policy Watch, reported on Bryan’s plan last month in a political blog called The Progressive Pulse. Last week Bryan responded to the Observer’s calls for comment and provided a version he said is likely to be introduced soon.

Daily dose: Bad business decisions edition


Treasurer worries bill could threaten state's credit rating (AP) — State Treasurer Janet Cowell says she's worried a Senate bill going to the floor next week could risk the top scores bond-rating firms give North Carolina that help keep borrowing costs low.

Treasurer says tax amendments endanger NC’s bond ratings (Raleigh News & Observer) -- The state treasurer on Friday announced her opposition to a bill advancing in the Senate that would impose spending and income tax caps through a trio of constitutional amendments, if voters approved.

Daily dose: Anti-Federal government fervor edition


Senate Budget Bars Federal Energy Grants (Coastal Review) -- Senate leaders have added a state budget provision that would prohibit agencies from applying for federal clean energy, efficiency and technology grants.

Gaston County man said he wanted to shoot up the FBI, agents say (AP) -- Already suspicious of a military takeover of the U.S., Walter Litteral said he would drink a bottle of tequila and shoot up the FBI after being denied the ability to buy a semi-automatic rifle, according to testimony in a Thursday court hearing.

Daily dose: That pesky "Bicameral" thing again


NC Senate Offers To Drop Medicaid, Sales Tax Proposals (WFAE-FM) -- Hoping it will help jump start negotiations on North Carolina’s budget, state senators are offering major concessions to the House. But they want something in return. For weeks now senior budget writers from both the House and Senate have been talking in secret, just not about the numbers in their budgets. "We have had discussion on the economic development proposals and the Medicaid proposals," said Senate President Pro-Tem Phil Berger.

Daily dose: Wilmington 10 injustice continues edition

Court denies money for family of late Wilmington 10 members (AP) — A North Carolina court ruled Tuesday that the relatives of four of the 10 people wrongfully convicted in a notorious 1970s firebombing case aren't entitled to state compensation.

Appeals court: No compensation for families of Wilmington 10 (WRAL-TV) -- The North Carolina Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday that families of four people who were eventually pardoned for their roles in Wilmington race riots don't deserve money from the state.

Daily dose: Cause & effect version

NC residents could start paying for recycling TVs, computers (WRAL-TV) -- The state Senate recently passed a bill that puts the cost of recycling electronics on local governments, rather than manufacturers.

Berger leads NC legislators in fundraising (Raleigh News & Observer) -- Senate leader raised more money this year than House Speaker Tim Moore

Daily dose: Kentucky drinks our milkshake edition


Lights, camera, tax credit! Kentucky attracts moviemakers (Lexington [Ky.] Herald-Leader) – Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear signed House Bill 340 May 7 that increased Kentucky's existing film incentive program. As of May 7, the value of the tax credit increased to 30 percent, and 35 percent if local crews are hired or if the production is filmed in a designated (usually impoverished) region of the state. … North Carolina has had a bustling film community as a result of a generous film incentive. Former Gov. Bev Perdue increased the state's incentive program in 2009 from 15 percent to 25 percent, attracting productions such as Iron Man, Hunger Games, Homeland and Under the Dome Since then N.C. has cut the program. Eldridge, who is also the CEO of the North Carolina-based production company ReelWorks Studios, attributes the cuts to the lack of understanding of the film business by current governor Pat McCrory.

Daily dose: Governor McTravel headed to Cali Koch donor party


McCrory among 15 elected officials who scored invites to exclusive Koch brothers’ donor retreat (Washington Post) -- Seven sitting governors including North Carolina’s Gov. Pat McCrory, six incumbent senators and two House members — all Republicans — have flown to Dana Point, California this weekend for the Koch donor network conference. NOTE: The Washington Post is one of nine news organizations allowed in to cover the traditionally private confab, on the condition that the donors present not be named without their permission.

Daily dose: Take the money and run edition


Ex-head of McCrory’s economic development group got $30K bonus (Policy Watch) – Richard Lindenmuth, the former head of North Carolina’s public-private economic development group, cashed-in with a $30,000 “stay” bonus in January, an enticement that only kept him at the new endeavor for three months.


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