North Carolina, Alabama, & Kentucky

North Carolina: Tillis cites eugenics compensation. State House speaker Thom Tillis, the GOP’s challenger to US Sen. Kay Hagan (D), is pointing to his work to provide up to $50,000 each for some 1,700 survivors of the state’s eugenics program. The program sterilized some 7,000 people during the 1920s through the 1970s, mostly because they were mentally ill. Former state Rep. Larry Womble, an African-American Democrat, is quoted in The Hill saying that while he has differences with Tillis on other issues, “I appreciate and am indebted to what Mr. Tillis has done on this particular bill.” Tillis is citing this example to show that he can work in a bipartisan manner.

 

Alabama: Retired state trooper says Bentley intervened in overtime case. Gov. Robert Bentley (R) said last week that he played no part in the payment of hundreds of thousands of dollars in overtime to Wendell Ray Lewis, the head of his security detail. But retired state trooper Marc McHenry, quoted in John Archibald’s column in AL.com, said that he wanted to require Lewis to take time off, since overtime was not being paid to state troopers at the time, but was told by a superior, “The governor said he’s the one who determines who gets paid. [Lewis] will be paid overtime.” Bentley faces former US Rep. Parker Griffith (D) in this fall’s election.

 

Kentucky: Beshear breaks ground on jobs center. Gov. Steve Beshear (D) yesterday broke ground on a new employment and education center in Murray, Ky. The center will be “attractive and functional to job seekers and businesses,” Beshear said. The facility, to be completed in February 2015, will served Western Kentucky residents and employers, reported surfky.com.