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Phil BergerWRAL has video of all 36 minutes of Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger’s surprisingly far-ranging press conference today and today’s edition of the Fitzsimon File will have a thorough analysis shortly.

For those looking for some preliminary quick takeaways, however, here were a few of the highlights/low-lights:

Berger has decided to go all in with the far right agenda and appears to see it as his pathway to seeking the GOP nomination to take on Kay Hagan in 2014. Moreover, his legislative “agenda” was/is an utterly predictable recitation of Locke Foundation/Civitas/Art Pope priorities: Read More

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Updated at 2:45 pm — see below…

The debate in Washington over the extension of critical unemployment insurance benefits appears to have taken a  troubling (if sadly predictable) turn. According to folks “in the know” in DC, the business lobby is pushing members of the Senate, including North Carolina’s Kay Hagan, to endorse a proposal that would make it possible for states like North Carolina to slash worker benefits.

Here’s the skinny:  Read More

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As Chris noted the other day, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office has examined several potential job-creation proposals to see what would do the most. Yesterday, the Center for Budget and Policy Priorities noted that the proposal that comes in last is Senator Hagan’s ill-conceived giveaway to corporations with foreign income.  

Sounds like it might be time for North Carolina’s junior senator to send that one to the circular file.

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Watch this seven minute video for an easy-to-undertand explantion (courtesy of Jared Bernstein and Chuck Marr at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities) of Senator Kay Hagan’s awful proposal to give a “tax holiday” to corporations that have been sheltering profits overseas. The two experts explain that the last time the U.S. tried this it was an “embarrassing” failure.

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