Lunch Links: Moral Mondays, Sandy remembered, talk of a special session and a little m-o-n-e-y

SIGNHope the work week is off to a good start for everyone. Here are a few of the things we’re watching this week at Policy Watch:

Moral Monday protests resume this evening at the Burlington Historic Depot Amphitheater.  This evening’s gathering will feature: NC NAACP First Vice President, Carolyn Q. Coleman; NC Voter ID Project founder and retired NC Sen. Ellie Kinnaird; NCAE President, Rodney Ellis; Working America State Director, Carolyn Smith; and Planned Parenthood Director of Public Affair, Alison Kaiser.

Tuesday marks the one-year anniversary of Superstorm Sandy.  For a look back at just how damaging that storm was, visit The Big Picture feature over at Boston.com. Locally, NC Interfaith Power & Light is holding several events Down East this week to commemorate the storm and discuss climate change.chooselife

On Wednesday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit in Richmond will hear arguments from the ACLU-NCLF and the state of North Carolina in a case challenging the constitutionality of the 2011 North Carolina law that would have allowed the production of a specialty “Choose Life” license plate but not an alternative plate with a message supporting reproductive freedom.

You may recall that U.S. District Judge James C. Fox ruled last December that North Carolina’s one-sided license plate was unconstitutional in the absence of a pro-choice. The state is appealing that ruling.

sen. woodardOn the subject of healthcare, Democratic state legislators and medical professionals are appealing once again to Governor McCrory to call a special legislative session to expand Medicaid. Rob Schofield attended this morning’s press conference and will post his take on the Progressive Pulse after lunch.

The Health Access Coalition has written extensively on this issue, and supporters note that Medicaid expansion would indeed provide coverage to 500,000 uninsured North Carolinians while pumping billions of dollars into North Carolina’s struggling economy.

On the subject of money, House Speaker Thom Tillis holds the fundraising lead among GOP candidates in the 2014 U.S. Senate race, but is still far behind Senator Kay Hagan. The Charlotte Observer has that story here.

William Peace University political science professor David McLennan also handicapped next year’s Senate race over the weekend on News and Views with Chris Fitzsimon. You can hear an excerpt below.

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Finally while you’re thinking about the high cost of running a political campaign, we’ll leave you with Lyle Lovett’s classic, M-o-n-e-y. Lovett was actually in Chapel Hill last night, performing with John Hiatt at Memorial Hall.
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Enjoy what’s left of your lunch break!

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