Jul 14, 2014

NC Politics in the News - July 14, 2014


NC Policy Watch 

WASHINGTON TIMES: 5 things NC lawmakers to complete before leaving

The North Carolina Senate and House are holding low-key floor meetings this week with few or no recorded votes to give time to negotiators on the state budget and a handful of other bills to work out their differences before the session adjourns.

WRAL: Tillis, House leaders outline budget differences with Senate

After cancelling a planned Friday budget conference, House leaders spoke to reporters about differences between their plan and proposals by the Senate. Like Gov. Pat McCrory, they say the Senate cuts too much from other areas of government to pay for teacher raises.

ABC11:  Governor Pat McCrory threatens budget veto

Governor Pat McCrory said Thursday he will veto the latest Senate budget plan or “any plan that resembles it.”

STARNEWSONLINE: NC House makes concession on lottery advertising

More trouble in North Carolina budget negotiations after senators left the room when the House brought in local school leaders to speak to bolster its position to preserve funds for teacher assistants.

NEWS&OBSERVER: Common Core compromise sticks in NC Senate

The Senate on Thursday approved legislation repealing and replacing the state’s Common Core education standards.

CHARLOTTE OBSERVER: Federal job training bill has make-in-NC elements

Federal legislation to streamline job training and make it more relevant to employers’ needs – a bill with some “made in North Carolina” elements – is headed to President Barack Obama’s desk.

Elections & Appointments

WINSTON-SALEM JOURNAL: Tillis departure means new NC speaker in 2015

This year’s General Assembly session has coincided with the ramped up U.S Senate campaign of House Speaker Thom Tillis.

NEWS&OBSERVER: In NC campaign for US Senate, candidates defend their records in General Assembly

North Carolina’s spending – past, present and future – is taking a central role in the campaign for the state’s U.S. Senate seat.

WRAL: McCrory named to NGA executive committee

Governor Pat McCrory on Sunday was named to the executive committee of the National Governors Association (NGA) for the 2014-15 year, his office announced.