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Lunch links: Awaiting Wos, Election Day 101, fast cars, and a cello to chill to

lunchCongratulations! You’ve made it to Monday’s lunch break on what’s going to be a busy week on the political front.  Here are just a few things we’re watching:

This time tomorrow DHHS Secretary Aldona Wos will be answering a barrage of questions about high-profile departures from the department, generous salaries for the governor’s political supporters, and faulty computer programs impacting Medicaid payments and food stamp disbursement. Today’s Monday numbers column offers a preview.

Tuesday is also Election Day for many North Carolina cities.

If all the recent attention about the need for photo ID and other election changes, has left you confused, here’s the bottom line: All the rules for voting in 2013 are the same as in 2012. Most of the changes happen in 2014, with the ID requirement taking effect in 2016.

Still have questions? Democracy North Carolina has created a useful website that answers all the questions a voter might have about registering and voting.

Wake County voters will decide Tuesday whether to fund a $810 million school construction bond. Stella Shelton with the Wake County Public School System made a strong case for the bond proposal over the weekend when she appeared on News & Views with Chris Fitzsimon:

Grassroots organizations representing a wide spectrum of issues will be out in full force in Washington, D.C. this week protesting efforts by the super-rich to further undermine the integrity of our democracy. The case in question is  McCutcheon v FEC, and Sharon McCloskey has a primer here.

On Thursday, the North Carolina NAACP’s 70th Annual State Convention kicks off in Rocky Mount.

This Saturday, students, faculty, staff, and alumni will be on hand for the formal installation of Carol Folt as the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s 11th chancellor. Folt, an internationally-recognized environmental scientist, is the first woman to lead Carolina.

The highly-anticipated Porsche by Design exhibit opens Saturday at the North Carolina Museum of Art, featuring cars owned by Ralph Lauren, Steve McQueen, and Janis Joplin.

And if that’s not enough to put a smile on your face, we leave you with this great collaboration between Yo Yo Ma and native son James Taylor.  Mr. Ma, who is celebrating his 58th birthday today, has performed for eight American presidents and will be in Raleigh on December 8th:

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