Five things to have on your radar this week

  • Senator Kay Hagan and Speaker Thom Tillis square off – On Wednesday, the North Carolina Association of Broadcasters Educational Foundation hosts the first debate in North Carolina’s U.S.

    The first debate in the U.S. Senate race is Wednesday at 7:00 p.m.

    Senate race featuring incumbent Senator Kay Hagan (D) and Speaker of the NC House Thom Tillis (R). The 7:00 p.m. debate will be aired live, statewide and be moderated by Norah O’Donnell, co-anchor of CBS This Morning.

  • Education results to be released – The State Board of Education kicks off their September board meeting on Wednesday. We’ll be watching Thursday when they discuss the cohort graduation rate for the 2013-14 school year. They will also  release data on end-of-grade tests for the ’13-’14 school year.
  • Health Care enrollment is the talk of the town – On Thursday, the NC Health Care Access Coalition along with Senator Angela Bryant, Representative Nathan Baskerville, and former Congresswoman Eva Clayton will discuss the benefits of the Affordable Care Act, how Medicaid expansion would help the community, and implementation of the online marketplace, including
    State Budget Director Art Pope will step down next month, and be succeeded by Lee Roberts.

    State Budget Director Art Pope leaves office Friday, and be succeeded by Lee Roberts.

    Special Enrollment Period opportunities. The event will be held on Thursday from 6:00-7:30 p.m. at the Shiloh Baptist Church, 635 S. College Street in Henderson.

  • Art Pope exits – Art Pope departs the McCrory’s administration at the end of this week, stepping down from the post of state budget director effective September 5th. Succeeding Pope will be Lee Roberts, a Raleigh banking executive who the governor appointed to the North Carolina Banking Commission last year.
  • Focus on fracking – ***UPDATE:  This week’s Mining and Energy Commission meeting originally scheduled for Friday has been cancelled. ****  (Note: The final public hearing on the state’s draft fracking rules will be held in Cullowhee/Western NC on September 12.)


  1. terica luxton

    September 2, 2014 at 6:44 pm

    I just received this from Walt Haven today …
    No MEC Meetings for 04-05 Sep 2014
    During the Mining and Energy Commission (MEC) meeting on 08 Aug 2014, commissioners voted to cancel the 04-05 Sep 2014 meeting cycle. Thus, a meeting will not be held during this week. We have not yet updated our website to reflect this change. However, we will do so soon.
    Just thought I’d let you know .

  2. Clayton Henkel

    September 2, 2014 at 7:24 pm

    Thanks, Terica. Looks like the site was updated this afternoon and the MEC meeting is cancelled for this week. Appreciate the update! Here’s the page, for folks who want to keep up with the next meeting:

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