More than 35,000 people are coming to Charlotte for September’s Democratic National Convention. But the buzz Wednesday was on 14 who aren’t. That’s the number of Democratic congressional candidates who’ve said they plan to stay home and campaign rather than attend their party’s convention. And they’re doing it with the blessing of the man trying to get them elected.
U.S. Rep. Steve Israel, chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, said this week he would advise any candidate to stay home. “If they want to win an election, they need to be in their districts,” he told Reuters. “A trip to Charlotte may be interesting, but why leave your districts?” Read the full story here.
More political headlines:
--Gov. Bev Perdue is being asked by media organizations to veto a bill that would restrict public access to information about businesses that put their employees at financial risk by not purchasing legally required workers’ compensation insurance. An investigation by The News & Observer in April revealed that tens of thousands of North Carolina employers do not have the insurance.
--The Senate moved to adopt a bare bones, alternative state budget in case the governor vetoes the $20.2 billion plan the legislature sent her last week. At the same time, the House started the legislature’s typical end-of-session practice of modifying its budget that includes repealing a paragraph that some school districts said would limit their ability to hire teachers, and providing money to keep the state office that helps eugenics victims open another year.
--AP: Rielle Hunter says she's sorry for any pain that her relationship with former presidential candidate John Edwards caused his late wife Elizabeth and others.
Hunter told CNN's Piers Morgan on Wednesday, "I am sorry, I am absolutely sorry for my part in the relationship - having an affair, any pain it caused anyone including Elizabeth."
--After Republican senators grilled two state Department of Transportation employees and a member of Gov. Bev Perdue’s staff at a committee hearing Wednesday, Democrats protested that the DOT workers were being hounded unfairly for their involvement in a mistake. Vicki Stanley, a DOT office manager, and Susan Coward, a DOT deputy secretary, were questioned for a combined 40 minutes about their actions on June 14, when they agreed to issue letters to two legislators over the signature of their boss, Jim Trogdon, the DOT’s chief operating officer.
--The city of Charlotte received only 24 applications for time at a designated “speaker’s platform” at the Democratic National Convention, out of a total of 60 slots. Permit requests to march or protest in the street drew more interest. The city received 15 march requests, and said it will have 18 marches available during the three-day convention, Sept. 4-6.
--From AP: Hoping to avert the kind of headlines politicians dread, congressional leaders are aiming for final passage by week's end of legislation reshaping federal transportation programs and preventing a doubling of interest rates for millions of new student loans.