Where to begin? A lot has happened since the last Hit List. Let’s dive in.
RAD rakes in funds
It’s been a big week for the River Arts District, and it might get even bigger. Before considering a resolution to adopt a development plan for Riverside Drive on Tuesday, Mayor Esther Manheimer announced the city would be the recipient of $14.6 million in federal funds for implementing the River Arts District Transportation Improvement Plan (RADTIP). There’s more. U.S. Sec. of Transportation Anthony Foxx will visit the RAD Friday, where he is expected to “make a transportation funding announcement,” according to this Citizen-Times report. Is there more big news in store for the RAD today? We’ll see.
County incentives to Wicked Weed
The latest incentives package from Buncombe County will go toward Wicked Weed Brewing, which will reap nearly $75,000 from an agreement spurred by recent plans to move into space in Candler. According to this Citizen-Times report, Wicked Weed is guaranteeing an investment of $6.5 million and 75-full-time jobs in exchange for the grant. Money from the county’s $1.3 million sale of the spec building to Wicked Weed will be put toward a new sports complex in Enka. The brewery currently employees 130 full-time workers.
Moffitt called out on sourcing
News broke last week that a company owned by state Rep. Tim Moffitt provided content to state legislators for use on their own websites without giving credit to to the source. A study conducted by the group Progress North Carolina uncovered at least 75 instances of what they called plagiarism. Commenting to the Citizen-Times, Moffitt and a staffer for his company, InTouchNC (the same group which published the controversial Raleigh Digest insert) acknowledged the issue, and added that Moffitt’s involvement with the company was limited. Meanwhile, Moffitt’s Democratic challenger Brian Turner, refrained from commenting.
Fracking forum today
Gov. Pat McCrory will be in the same area as opponents of his positions fracking, as he attends a meeting today of the UNC Board of Governors at Western Carolina University. The governor will be long gone by the time the state Mining and Energy Commission holds a public hearing on the state’s new policy, also at Western. By the way, no fracking is planned for Western North Carolina, the Sylva Herald reports.
Ready for Cooper?
We’re not even to November’s mid-term, and pundits are keeping an eye on the 2016 governor’s race. Last week, the Raleigh News & Observer reported Gov. Pat McCrory and state Attorney General Roy Cooper are essentially tied in campaign cash (Cooper has yet to formally announce a bid). Fast forward to this week, where in remarks to a group of Charlotte Democrats, Cooper took a shot at the policies of McCrory and Republican lawmakers across the state. After describing state Republicans as “extremists,” Cooper stopped shy of declaring a candidacy. But really, it’s only a matter of time before that happens.
Did you see the debate? You probably heard about it. Last Wednesday, U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan and state Speaker of the House Thom Tillis met for the first time on stage, and largely traded barbs picked from the attack ads you’ve been bombarded with for months on end. In fact, the most notable coverage from the debate focused on Tillis’ “mansplaining” Hagan—referring to her as “Kay” while the senator addressed Tillis by his title of “Speaker.” Meanwhile, the tide in the race may have changed this week. An analysis of polls by Nate Silver’s new FiveThirtyEight website shows Hagan’s lead over Tillis has grown in recent weeks, pushing her to the position of favorite in the race. Of course, anything can happen between now and election day, so we’ll see if the surveys hold. And if you’re still interested in reading about the candidates, a comparison of the pair’s votes and stances on issues during their one session spent together in the North Carolina General Assembly in 2007-2008 is worth taking a look at.
See ya next week.