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Daily dose: The heroes are back edition

20 arrested at NC Legislature protesting GOP's policies (AP) — Twenty people are facing trespassing and other charges after members of the "Moral Monday" movement disrupted the North Carolina Senate and House on Wednesday to protest Republican policy priorities.

Protests, arrests resume at legislature (WRAL-TV) -- Demonstrators on Wednesday kicked off their third year of protests - and arrests - at the General Assembly.

Daily dose: Tata fails his troops edition


McCrory’s DOT eliminating 81 positions to comply with budget law (AP) — The N.C. Department of Transportation is eliminating 81 positions to comply with last year's state budget law that required it outsource more work to the private sector.

McCrory’s Transportation Secretary lays off 70 NCDOT workers (Raleigh News & Observer) -- Days after he persuaded a state senator to withdraw legislation ordering him to lay off 81 workers at the state Department of Transportation on June 1, Transportation Secretary Tony Tata announced Tuesday that he will lay off 70 workers and eliminate 11 recently vacated jobs.

Daily dose: Compare and contrast edition

Religious conservatives lobby for "religious freedom" law (AP) — Religious conservatives are lobbying North Carolina lawmakers to pass legislation that supporters say protects expressions of faith but that opponents contend would legalize discrimination against gays and lesbians.

Democrats call on GOP to focus on economy, not social issues (Raleigh News & Observer) - NC Senate Democrats on Monday called on GOP leadership in the General Assembly to move some of their bills that they say would do a better job of improving North Carolina’s economy than the Republicans’ agenda.

Daily dose: Big government GOP edition


Kure Beach Council Opposes Sales Tax Bill (Island Gazette) -- A bill submitted by NC Senate Majority Leader Harry Brown (Republican - District 6, Jones and Onslow counties) along with other senators in March (SB 369) could have drastic impacts on sales tax revenues collected by counties and municipalities. The Kure Beach Town Council voted to adopt a resolution that opposes legislation currently proposed that would lead to a reduction in sales tax revenues for many counties and municipalities.

Daily dose: The NC GOP and Leandro don't mix version


Manning orders July 21 hearing on Leandro (EdNC) -- Superior Court Judge Howard Manning issued a notice of hearing and order in the Leandro case. A hearing will be held from Tuesday, July 21 at 10am through Thursday, July 23 in Courtroom 10-A of the Wake County Courthouse. “The purpose of this hearing is for the Court to review a definite plan of action from the State of North Carolina as to how the State of North Carolina intends to correct the educational deficiencies in the student population,” Manning said in his order. The State Board of Education has been directed to develop a plan by June 30.

Daily dose: The Lt. Gov. of extremism edition


Open letter sent in support of 'religious freedom' bill (AP) — North Carolina Lt. Gov. Dan Forest, disregarding sentiments expressed by fellow Republican Gov. Pat McCrory, joined several faith leaders in writing an open letter to elected officials in support of a so-called "religious freedom" bill.

Daily dose: "Well, duh, that's the whole point!" edition


Commercial Exposing Animal Cruelty at NC Farms Deemed "Too Graphic" (Public News Service) -- The Humane Society of the United States recently submitted a commercial to select TV stations across the state, highlighting why it opposes so-called ag-gag legislation (SB 433/HB 405) to punish whistleblowers on factory farms. "Animal cruelty at Butterball and Pilgrim factory farms in North Carolina, exposed by these undercover, whistle-blower videos,” the commercial reads. “Animals buried alive, kicked and beaten." At least two Charlotte TV stations rejected the ad, which includes images of poultry treatment on North Carolina farms. The stations called the ad too graphic.


Daily dose: Anti-abortion crusade continues edition


Bill Requires Longer Waiting Period For Abortion In N.C. (WUNC-FM) -- A pregnant woman seeking an abortion would be required to speak to a medical provider and wait for three days before she can have the procedure under a plan approved by a North Carolina legislative committee on Wednesday. The proposed law, which got its first nod in a House of Representatives committee, would increase abortion wait time from one day and would require physicians to report information about the abortion to state health officials.

Daily dose: Not so Secret Service edition

A Pulitzer for Secret Service reporting (Washington Post) -- For Washington Post reporter Carol Leonnig, (who once was covered N.C. government and politics for the Charlotte Observer) patience, timing and some extraordinary effort paid handsome returns. Leonnig spent months gaining the trust of normally reticent Secret Service agents to produce a series of bombshell stories last year about lapses in presidential security. In the wake of her reporting, which shook the faith in what was commonly viewed as an elite and selfless agency, President Obama replaced more than half of the service’s senior leadership, including its director. On Monday, Leonnig, 49, was awarded journalism’s highest honor, the Pulitzer Prize, for her revelations about the Secret Service.

Daily dose: McCrory's tripping edition


McCrory discloses financing for trips he said he didn’t need to reveal (Raleigh News & Observer) -- NC Gov. Pat McCrory has filed, again, another new ethics disclosure report, which includes eight trips he took last year. McCrory initially didn’t think he needed to report trips like these.


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