1. Lawmakers inch toward adjournment – This afternoon at 4:30 p.m. the House Rules committee will take up House Bill 1224, legislation that ties together a sales tax and economic development measure to a budget fix that would fund teaching assistant positions for the 2014-15 school year. Incentives and the TA budget fix are the remaining issues to be resolved before the House adjourns. Adjournment resolutions will be considered again this evening when the House meets at 5:00pm.
2. Wake County hits one million residents – Wake County’s population is expected to reach one million residents this week. Wake County commissioners will discuss the milestone and population growth at their Monday meeting. The county has put together a great infographic to mark the occassion.
3. Public hearings begin on draft fracking rules – Environmental regulators will hold a series of four hearings over the next few weeks to collect public input on proposed rules for regulating oil and gas development in North Carolina.
This week, the state Mining and Energy Commission’s hearings are scheduled for:
• 10 a.m.–2 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 20 at the McKimmon Center,1101 Gorman St., Raleigh
• 5-9 p.m. Friday, Aug. 22 at the Wicker Center,1801 Nash St., Sanford
Written comments may also be submitted electronically through September 30th on the state Division of Energy, Mineral and Land Resources’ website.
4. The state of the U.S. Supreme Court – Few recent rulings of the U.S. Supreme Court have done more to anger caring and thinking Americans and awaken them to the importance of monitoring the federal courts and the judges who serve on them than the now infamous Hobby Lobby v. Burwell decision of this past June.
Ian Millhiser, Senior Constitutional Policy Analyst for the Center for American Progress, will be in Raleigh this Thursday to discuss Hobby Lobby and other momentous decisions by the High Court over the past year. Want to learn more? Click here to register for Thursday’s Crucial Conversation with Millhiser.
5. Back to school education webinar – If you are still a bit confused about how this legislative session has impacted education, you’ll want to carve out time for Thursday night’s education webinar.
Join Public Schools First NC and guests Mark Jewell, Vice President of the NC Association of Educators and Chris Hill, Director of the NC Justice Center Education and Law Project for an online discussion about the effects of recent legislation on North Carolina’s public schools. The webinar will cover:
• Public school funding
• Teacher pay .
• Charter schools
• Common Core and more
The Public Schools First NC’s webinar will be Thursday, August 21, 7:00 p.m – 8:00p.m. Register for the event here.
6. Moral Week of Action begins Friday – The NC NAACP and the Forward Together movement will stage seven consecutive days of action and a “Jericho March” at the North Carolina State Capitol to highlight and challenge what they say are destructive laws coming out of Raleigh.
Every day for one week, they will gather and demand that Gov. Pat McCrory, House Speaker Thom Tillis and Senate Leader Phil Berger repent and repeal their public policy attacks on North Carolinians’ civil and human rights.
Each day they will emphasize several urgent issues and on the final day, Thursday, August 28, the 51st Anniversary of the March on Washington, they will hold a mass rally on Bicentennial Mall for voting rights and voter mobilization – the Vote Your Dreams, Not Your Fears Rally – at 5:30 pm. Events this week include:
• Friday, Aug. 22 – Labor Rights, Fair and Living Wages, and Economic Justice
• Saturday, Aug. 23 – Education and Criminal Justice
• Sunday, Aug. 24 – Equal Protection under the Law: Call for Respect in the Law and in the Community regardless of race, creed, class, gender, sexual orientation and immigration status