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Clips 8/27/14

NCDP Clips

August 27, 2014

 

Senate

A Tale of Two Records on Veterans and Military Families: As the Senator from the most military friendly state in the country and a member of a proud military family, helping our veterans and military families has been a personal priority during Kay’s career in public service. She has worked to make sure veterans and military families get the benefits they need and can transition into civilian life seamlessly. Speaker Tillis has routinely fought for the wrong priorities that have hurt the bottom line for North Carolina’s veterans and military families.  Read more here.

Karl Rove, Thom Tillis and social security: Karl Rove’s latest ad attacking Kay Hagan gets an R rating–for ridiculous. Rove is accusing Hagan of trying to cut social security and Medicare benefits while simultaneously increasing the debt. The message is muddled and the accusations aren’t believable.  Protecting social security and Medicare have been key parts of the Democratic agenda for decades.  Read more here.

 

 

North Carolina

McCrory asked not to defend NC gay marriage ban: Same-sex couples and their families who want Gov. Pat McCrory to keep out of pending litigation challenging North Carolina's gay marriage ban are bringing names of their allies to his offices.  Read more here.

DHHS Medicaid planner leaves highly paid job: A woman state health officials hired a year ago to work on Medicaid alternatives – a new position that paid $95,000 annually despite her thin resume – is resigning.  Read more here.

North Carolina film industry hoping for ‘last-minute Hail Mary rescue’ of tax incentives: North Carolina’s tax incentives for film and television production were not renewed last week when the state legislature adjourned, leading some who work in the film industry there either hope for a last-minute extension of the program or look into moving.  Read more here.

National

At Koch Retreat, Top GOP Senate Candidates Credited Koch Network For Their Rise: Three top Republican Senate candidates heaped praise on the political network built by the conservative billionaires Charles and David Koch during a secretive conference held by the brothers this past summer, according to audio of the event.  Read more here.

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Republicans Think They Can Win the Uber Vote. This Data Suggests Otherwise: If Republicans think championing Uber will win over young voters, they may want to check the surveys a little more carefully. There’s a reason young people tend to vote Democratic. It’s that they are the most liberal age group in America. They are the most likely to support universal health care, at 54 percent based on a 2014 Pew survey. They are also the most likely to support same-sex marriage—68 percent of millennials support same-sex marriage, compared to 55 percent of the generation above them, according to Pew.  Read more here.

McConnell Promises Billionaire Donors He Won’t Waste Time On ‘Gosh Darn’ Minimum Wage Increases: At a Koch Brothers-hosted secret strategy conference of right-wing millionaire and billionaire political activists in June, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) promised that if his party wins control of the United States Senate this November, the Senate will not waste time on things like increasing the minimum wage for people making only about $15,000 annually. Instead, audio of his remarks obtained by The Nation reveals, his Senate will focus on repealing Wall Street reforms, environmental protections, and affordable healthcare.  Read more here.

Community

Former Marine, Durham business owner recognized by White House: "I've tried to integrate the aspects of my military experience in ways that civilians can see and appreciate that don't resemble a VFW hall," Victoriano told WNCN in May.  Read more here.

UNC provides app turning smartphones into safety devices: The Rave Guardian Campus Safety App, an initiative between the school's student affairs and public safety departments, allows users to create an online safety network where they can check in with family, friends and UNC police officers.  Read more here.