- 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.
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
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.)