NCDP 6/28

General Assembly News

House committee to consider impeachment proceedings against NC secretary of state
Charlotte Observer // June 28, 2017

Summary: "A committee in the North Carolina House of Representatives will consider legislation that would begin impeachment proceedings against North Carolina Secretary of State Elaine Marshall on Wednesday."

  • "Representative Chris Millis (R-Pender) introduced the PCS. The move comes months after he called attention to the fact that Marshall was commissioning notaries public who are not legal residents of the United States."

Victims of ‘modern day slavery’ get no help in NC budget
Charlotte Observer // Jim Morrill // June 27, 2017

Summary: "It was with a lot of fanfare that North Carolina lawmakers unveiled a bill last month to allocate up to $50 million to help the victims of human trafficking…The General Assembly’s final $23 billion budget calls for posting public awareness signs at hospitals and other public sites, but no money to provide services for trafficking victims."

  • "House Bill 910 was sponsored by Republican representatives including Bill Brawley of Matthews and Nelson Dollar of Cary. Brawley chairs the Finance Committee; Dollar leads the House budget committee."

House, Senate tying up loose ends
WRAL // Matthew Burns and Laura Leslie // June 27, 2017

Summary: "As state lawmakers prepare to adjourn for the year, the House and the Senate are trying to move as much legislation through the pipeline as possible this week.Following are some of the bills that the General Assembly either sent to Gov. Roy Cooper on Tuesday or moved within one vote of passage"

Wind project moratorium roils renewable energy bill
N&O // Craig Jarvis // June 27, 2017

Summary: "A comprehensive revision of North Carolina’s energy laws, crafted over nearly a year of discussions with various interests and overwhelmingly approved in the House, has picked up a controversial provision in the Senate to ban wind energy projects for four years."

Solar bill clouded by Senate changes
WRAL // Laura Leslie // June 27, 2017

Summary: "House Bill 589 is the end result of nine months of stakeholder negotiations between utilities, clean energy groups and other advocates. It passed the House in early June, 108-11, with the strong support of House Speaker Tim Moore, who convened the workgroup that crafted it.However, Senate leaders changed several provisions and added others, leading major stakeholders to withdraw their support for the proposal."

  • "Rep. John Szoka, R-Cumberland, the House sponsor of the bill, called it "a very good, balanced bill" before asking the committee to approve it so the House and Senate can "take it to conference.""

With wind farm moratorium, renewable energy deal in doubt
News & Record // Gary Robertson // June 27, 2017

Summary: "Legislation agreed upon by North Carolina renewable energy interests and Duke Energy to extend the utility’s requirements to use more alternative power appears to be in jeopardy as a key senator repeats his attempts to delay wind energy permits through 2020."

Fate of solar compromise bill likely to rest in legislative conference
Charlotte Business Journal // John Downey // June 27, 2017

Summary: "With N.C. Senate Republicans poised to overwhelmingly approve a solar reform bill now opposed by its original supporters, the best hope for salvaging the hard-won compromise appears to lie in a House-Senate conference."

  • "Rep. John Szoka (R-Cumberland), one of the principal sponsors of the bill, says he and colleagues in the House and Senate are already working to prepare for an agreement that restores the long-negotiated balance of the initial bill."
  • My goal is to restore the provisions of the original House bill,” he says. “All the stakeholders who worked on this for months hold that position, and that is my position.”

N.C. Senate amendments to solar bill raise objections from Duke Energy , sustainability advocates alike
Charlotte Business Journal // John Downey // June 27, 2017

Summary: "Amendments adopted Monday night to the solar reform bill before the General Assembly would reduce the Carolinas’ commitment to new solar construction and impose a three-year moratorium on N.C. wind projects."

  • “We support what came out of the stakeholder process,” says Duke spokesman Randy Wheeless. He was referring to the months of sometimes difficult negotiations on the bill that finally bore fruit in early June, after principal sponsors — Rep. John Szoka (R-Cumberland) and Rep. Dean Arp (R-Union) — took a direct hand in the them.

Llama, Jim DeMint lobby NC House to call for a constitutional convention
N&O // Colin Campbell // June 27, 2017
Summary: "Former U.S. Sen. Jim DeMint and a llama visited the legislature Tuesday to push for a convention of the states to propose constitutional amendments."

  • "Republican Reps. Bert Jones of Reidsville and Dennis Riddell of Alamance County are sponsoring the effort in the House."
  • “We are very much hoping that we can have a vote and pass this resolution before we leave here to make North Carolina the 13th state,” Jones said. “We might have to make the call to pull the trigger on a vote here in the next few days, and the vote might be very close.”

GOP says North Carolina redistricting case must be delayed
News & Record // AP // June 27, 2017

Summary: "Republican lawmakers who drew North Carolina’s congressional districts say a case challenging the electoral map must be delayed until the U.S. Supreme Court decides a similar lawsuit from Wisconsin."

Judicial maps won’t be redrawn this session
N&O // Craig Jarvis // June 27, 2017

Summary: "The bill to redraw judicial districts in North Carolina will not advance this session, the legislation’s sponsor said Tuesday.Rep. Justin Burr, a Republican from Albemarle, told The News & Observer that House Bill 717 will be taken up when the General Assembly returns in a few months. That is when a special redistricting session could occur."

Judicial district rewrite idled for rest of session
Times-News // AP // June 28, 2017

Summary: "A Republican effort to redraw North Carolina’s electoral districts for local judges and prosecutors is being idled, at least for the rest of this year’s General Assembly work session."

Judicial redistricting bill pulled…for now
WRAL // Travis Fain // June 27, 2017

Summary: " A massive judicial redistricting bill that emerged over the weekend has been put on hold, though it’s expected back before the General Assembly later this year, potentially in tandem with a court-ordered redraw of legislative maps."

  • "Burr tweeted a screenshot Tuesday that appeared to show an email from a Superior Court judge attempting to organize a mass protest at the legislature, suggesting judges cancel court and show up in their black robes. Burr tweeted that, if the judge "wants to participate in the legislative process, she needs to take off her robe and run for the legislature.""

Retired military veterans wouldn’t pay NC income tax under Senate bill
N&O // Colin Campbell // June 27, 2017

Summary: "The original version of Senate Bill 153 would have created an income tax exemption for both retirees and active military personnel who are currently serving outside the state. But an amendment proposed by Sen. Tommy Tucker, a Union County Republican, removed the exemption for current military members, limiting the tax break to retirees."

Senate weighs income tax exemption for veterans
WRAL // Laura Leslie // June 27, 2017

Summary: "The state Senate is expected to vote Wednesday on a proposal to exempt retired members of the military and their survivors from state income tax on their retirement or survivor benefits."

Bill makes sure: Goldsboro veterans cemetary will not close
WRAL // Travis Fain // June 27, 2017

Summary: "Whatever snafu temporarily threatened the Eastern Carolina State Veterans Cemetery in Goldsboro, a legislative amendment makes it clear the cemetery will remain open."

Senate vows to keep veterans cemetery open
N&O // Craig Jarvis // June 27, 2017

Summary: "State senators were adamant Tuesday that they never intended to short-change a new veterans cemetery by not budgeting maintenance costs required to keep it open. They ordered the state’s budget office to come up with the money immediately."

Happy hour in House: ‘Brunch bill’ nears passage
WRAL // Matthew Burns // June 27, 2017

Summary: "A measure to allow alcohol sales before noon on Sundays cleared the House on Tuesday and is one vote away from heading to Gov. Roy Cooper."

  • "Rep. John Bradford, R-Mecklenburg, noted that the distillers already ship out of state, but because they have to go through wholesalers, North Carolina is losing some sales and excise tax revenue. Also, he said, vineyards in the state have been allowed to ship directly to consumers in five other states and the District of Columbia for more than a decade."

N.C. House approves Sunday morning alcohol sales
Fayetteville Observer // Paul Woolverton // June 27, 2017

Summary: "The state House voted 73-40 for the “Brunch Bill,” legislation that would allow Sunday morning alcohol sales in North Carolina and loosen other alcohol laws."

$400K awarded to expand programs for those with Down syndrome
WRAL // June 27, 2017

Summary: "People in the Down syndrome community are celebrating a piece of the state budget…GiGi’s Playhouse in Raleigh learned Tuesday it will receive $400,000 in state funding to expand programs that help infants and adults with Down syndrome."

  • "Rep. John Bradford noticed no money was allocated to helping Down syndrome families or organizations, so he pushed to change that."

How older juvenile age will affect local system
Courier-Tribune // Larry Penkava // June 27, 2017

Summary: "Both chambers of the N.C. Legislature have given bipartisan support to a bill that raises the age of juveniles to 18, thus looking at 16- and 17-year-olds as minors in most misdemeanor and low-level felony cases…It also has an amendment proposed by N.C. District 78 Rep. Allen McNeill, who represents portions of Randolph and Moore counties. His amendment concerns gang members."

NC struggles with gerrymandering
Daily Tar Heel // Rachel Jones and Rebecca Ayers // June 27, 2017

Summary: "The makeup of the NC General Assembly is a bit odd on the surface given North Carolina is considered by many to be a swing state. But from a historical lens, the difference between North Carolina’s local representatives and its national stances are nothing new."

Our Opinion: Kill the gerrymander
News & Record // Editorial // June 27, 2017

Summary: "It’s time to send the gerrymander into extinction. The Supreme Court can administer a mercy killing with the right decision in a Wisconsin redistricting case. North Carolina voters will be watching."

  • "While the court should do away with the gerrymander once and for all, that’s not the only way. In North Carolina, bills to create an independent, nonpartisan redistricting commission are introduced during every legislative session with strong bipartisan support. It’s only the leaders who refuse to let it pass. It’s time to relent. The people deserve fair, competitive elections."

House tentatively approves Asheville council district bill
Citizen-Times // Mark Barrett // June 27, 2017

Summary: "A bill to require that most of Asheville City Council be elected from six single-member districts passed the House 67-49 on the first of two required votes Tuesday."

  • "The House adopted 101-12 an amendment by Rep. Brian Turner, D-Buncombe, to give the job of drawing district lines to a commission of Asheville residents to be appointed by City Council. No more than three of its seven members could be from the same political party."
  • "Rep. Scott Stone, R-Mecklenburg, said electing all council members citywide means all are likely to be Democrats and may hold similar viewpoints."

Gov. Cooper News

Cooper vetoes budget – and hints at another lawsuit
N&O // Colin Campbell // June 27, 2017

Summary: "Gov. Roy Cooper formally vetoed the budget Tuesday morning, a day after he announced his plan to veto – a delay that prompted criticism from legislative leaders…Cooper’s veto message also sets the stage for a possible legal challenge to the budget’s changes to the governor’s powers."

Senate quickly overrides Cooper’s budget veto
WRAL // Travis Fain // June 27, 2017

Summary: "With little debate, the state Senate voted Tuesday to override Gov. Roy Cooper’s budget veto.The vote was 34-14, with three of four Democrats who initially voted for the Republican majority’s budget backing their governor’s veto."

Senate easily overrides Cooper’s budget veto
Robesonian // Gary Robertson // June 28, 2017

Summary: "North Carolina Republicans on Tuesday started canceling Gov. Roy Cooper’s veto of the state budget, with the Senate overriding the Democratic governor’s formal complaints that the two-year spending plan gives too many tax cuts and not enough to public education."

Republicans follow through on promise to "quickly override" Cooper’s budget veto
North State Journal // Mollie Young // June 27, 2017

Summary: "On Tuesday, Gov. Roy Cooper officially vetoed the state budget plan passed by the General Assembly last week, doubling down on his belief that it shortchanges education, teacher pay and only generates tax cuts for the rich. Republicans quickly responded with the Senate voting to override the governor’s veto later in the day. The House is expected to vote Wednesday morning."

Vetoed N Carolina budget poised to become law with override
News & Record // June 27, 2017

Summary: "It looks like the North Carolina state budget approved by the legislature is about to become the law despite complaints and calls for compromise by Gov. Roy Cooper."

Cooper officially vetoes state budget, override likely
ABC11 // AP // June 27, 2017

Summary: "North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper has officially vetoed the state budget bill approved by legislative Republicans."

A bad NC budget earns a veto
N&O // Editorial // June 27, 2017

Summary: "The Republicans in the General Assembly who’ve run that body like schoolyard bullies since 2011 will run over Gov. Roy Cooper’s right-minded veto of their budget. But the governor was right to do what he did."

Our View: A state budget built by a hammer
Fayetteville Observer // Editorial // June 27, 2017

Summary: "We’re watching a choreographed performance in Raleigh, with a certain outcome. We’re watching a General Assembly whose leaders wield power like a hammer, driving intensely political nails. (In this regard, they’re not altogether different from the Democrats who ruled the Legislative Building not so long ago. The GOP lawmakers learned their lessons well.)This week, Gov. Roy Cooper will be the nail. He’ll survive it, but good governance may not.

Cooper lets fee increase take effect without signature
News & Record // AP // June 27, 2017

Summary: "Lawmakers passed the budget that was entirely conceived and delivered by a handful of Republican legislators, and they sent it to the governor. The governor vetoed it. When he sent it back to the General Assembly, the veto was overridden swiftly. And if we’re lucky, the General Assembly will then adjourn. We’ve seen more than enough hyper-partisan warfare for one year, thank you."

  • "There’s a good deal that could be cut here between our Republican legislative leaders and our Democratic governor. It would serve all the people of this state. But it appears Senate leader Phil Berger and House Speaker Tim Moore would rather be hammers. And their short-sighted adventure in brute-force politics is turning most North Carolina residents into their nails."

Martin gives State of the Judiciary speech
North State Journal // Cory Lavalette // June 28, 2017

Summary: "North Carolina Supreme Court Chief Justice Mark Martin delivered his State of the Judiciary address Saturday in Asheville to the North Carolina Bar Association (NCBA), highlighting recommendations made by the N.C. Commission on the Administration of Law and Justice’s final report that seek to improve the state judicial system in a modern world."

  • "The recommendations — some of which can be made by the judicial branch, others requiring legislative action — included “raise the age” efforts that would not require 16- and 17-year-olds to be tried automatically as adults for nonviolent offenses, which was part of the compromise budget sent to Gov. Roy Cooper for his signature last week. Cooper, a Democrat, vetoed the budget Tuesday, but the Republican-led General Assembly has the votes to override his veto and said they plan to do so."

State leaders taking steps to battle opioid epidemic
ABC 11 // Gloria Rodriguez // June 27, 2017

Summary: "Governor Roy Cooper announced Tuesday that "North Carolina’s Opioid Action Plan," to combat the opioid epidemic.The announcement was made at the Opioid Misuse and Overdose Prevention Summit at the McKimmon Center at NC State.The goal of the plan is to reduce opioid deaths by 20 percent by 2021."

Cooper announces plan to fight opioid overdose
WECT // Tess Bargebuhr // June 27, 2017

Summary: "Gov. Roy Cooper announced the Opioid Action Plan Tuesday as a way to fight a public health crisis in North Carolina.The goal of the plan is to reduce overdose deaths by 20 percent by the year 2021."

Cooper to check out Matthew recovery efforts in Fair Bluff
WECT // Staff // June 27, 2017

Summary: "Governor Roy Cooper will be in Columbus and Robeson counties on Wednesday to check on Hurricane Matthew recovery efforts."

Key Targets News – House

Brenden Jones

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Larry Yarborough

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Mike Clampitt

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John Bradford

Happy hour in House: ‘Brunch bill’ nears passage
WRAL // Matthew Burns // June 27, 2017

Summary: "A measure to allow alcohol sales before noon on Sundays cleared the House on Tuesday and is one vote away from heading to Gov. Roy Cooper."

  • "Rep. John Bradford, R-Mecklenburg, noted that the distillers already ship out of state, but because they have to go through wholesalers, North Carolina is losing some sales and excise tax revenue. Also, he said, vineyards in the state have been allowed to ship directly to consumers in five other states and the District of Columbia for more than a decade."

Alcohol deregulation bill may be enacted by weekend
Bladen Journal // John Trump // June 28, 2017

Summary: "In a vote of 73-40, the N.C. House on Tuesday evening approved Senate Bill 155, clearing the way for N.C. craft distillers to sell five bottles to customers each year, instead of the current one, and — with local approval — allows restaurants and retail outlets to begin selling alcohol Sunday at 10 a.m., as opposed to noon."

  • "Rep. John Bradford, R-Mecklenburg, countered. “My faith hasn’t wavered because I can buy beer at 10:01 at Harris Teeter in Charlotte,” he said."
  • "Rep. Jon Hardister, R-Guilford, added that the 10 a.m. sales provision would not be automatic. The governing body of the city or town involved would have to authorize Sunday morning sales before they could take place."

$400K awarded to expand programs for those with Down syndrome
WRAL // June 27, 2017

Summary: "People in the Down syndrome community are celebrating a piece of the state budget…GiGi’s Playhouse in Raleigh learned Tuesday it will receive $400,000 in state funding to expand programs that help infants and adults with Down syndrome."

  • "Rep. John Bradford noticed no money was allocated to helping Down syndrome families or organizations, so he pushed to change that."

New North Carolina state budget gives money to Down syndrome programs
ABC 11 // Heather Waliga // June 27, 2017

Summary: "Bradford has secured $500,000 in one-time funding to help people like Megan. It’s the first time ever money in the state budget will go to programs specifically for Down syndrome."

  • "Sometimes government can’t do what the private sector can do," he said. "Rather than having NC DHHS try to recreate the wheel so to speak, we tried to find programs that were already existing, already up and running, making positive impacts on individual lives."

Bill Brawley

Victims of ‘modern day slavery’ get no help in NC budget
Charlotte Observer // Jim Morrill // June 27, 2017

Summary: "It was with a lot of fanfare that North Carolina lawmakers unveiled a bill last month to allocate up to $50 million to help the victims of human trafficking…The General Assembly’s final $23 billion budget calls for posting public awareness signs at hospitals and other public sites, but no money to provide services for trafficking victims."

  • "House Bill 910 was sponsored by Republican representatives including Bill Brawley of Matthews and Nelson Dollar of Cary. Brawley chairs the Finance Committee; Dollar leads the House budget committee."

Nelson Dollar

Victims of ‘modern day slavery’ get no help in NC budget
Charlotte Observer // Jim Morrill // June 27, 2017

Summary: "It was with a lot of fanfare that North Carolina lawmakers unveiled a bill last month to allocate up to $50 million to help the victims of human trafficking…The General Assembly’s final $23 billion budget calls for posting public awareness signs at hospitals and other public sites, but no money to provide services for trafficking victims."

  • "House Bill 910 was sponsored by Republican representatives including Bill Brawleyof Matthews and Nelson Dollar of Cary. Brawley chairs the Finance Committee; Dollar leads the House budget committee."

Chris Malone

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Susan Martin

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Gregory Murphy

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John Szoka

Solar bill clouded by Senate changes
WRAL // Laura Leslie // June 27, 2017

Summary: "House Bill 589 is the end result of nine months of stakeholder negotiations between utilities, clean energy groups and other advocates. It passed the House in early June, 108-11, with the strong support of House Speaker Tim Moore, who convened the workgroup that crafted it.However, Senate leaders changed several provisions and added others, leading major stakeholders to withdraw their support for the proposal."

  • "Rep. John Szoka, R-Cumberland, the House sponsor of the bill, called it "a very good, balanced bill" before asking the committee to approve it so the House and Senate can "take it to conference.""

Fate of solar compromise bill likely to rest in legislative conference
Charlotte Business Journal // John Downey // June 27, 2017

Summary: "With N.C. Senate Republicans poised to overwhelmingly approve a solar reform bill now opposed by its original supporters, the best hope for salvaging the hard-won compromise appears to lie in a House-Senate conference."

  • "Rep. John Szoka (R-Cumberland), one of the principal sponsors of the bill, says he and colleagues in the House and Senate are already working to prepare for an agreement that restores the long-negotiated balance of the initial bill."
  • My goal is to restore the provisions of the original House bill,” he says. “All the stakeholders who worked on this for months hold that position, and that is my position.”

N.C. Senate amendments to solar bill raise objections from Duke Energy , sustainability advocates alike
Charlotte Business Journal // John Downey // June 27, 2017

Summary: "Amendments adopted Monday night to the solar reform bill before the General Assembly would reduce the Carolinas’ commitment to new solar construction and impose a three-year moratorium on N.C. wind projects."

  • “We support what came out of the stakeholder process,” says Duke spokesman Randy Wheeless. He was referring to the months of sometimes difficult negotiations on the bill that finally bore fruit in early June, after principal sponsors — Rep. John Szoka (R-Cumberland) and Rep. Dean Arp (R-Union) — took a direct hand in the them.

Stephen Ross

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Andy Dulin

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John Blust

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Jonathan Jordan

Doughton Park Visitor Center celebrated; more is planned
Wilkes Journal-Patriot // Carolina Czerkawski // June 27, 2017

Summary: "The re-opening of the Doughton Park Visitor Center and Park Store was celebrated Friday with a ceremony and ribbon-cutting at the historic facility at Milepost 241.1 on the Blue Ridge Parkway."

  • Woods thanked Sen. Deanna Ballard, Rep. Jeffrey Elmore and Rep. Jonathan Jordan from the state legislature and Mike Fenley of U.S. Sen. Richard Burr’s office, as well as to Eastern National Regional Manager Karen Searle, for their efforts for re-opening facilities at Doughton Park.

Michele Presnell

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Beverly Boswell

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John Sauls

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Donny Lambeth

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Linda Hunt Williams

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Scott Stone

House tentatively approves Asheville council district bill
Citizen-Times // Mark Barrett // June 27, 2017

Summary: "A bill to require that most of Asheville City Council be elected from six single-member districts passed the House 67-49 on the first of two required votes Tuesday."

  • "The House adopted 101-12 an amendment by Rep. Brian Turner, D-Buncombe, to give the job of drawing district lines to a commission of Asheville residents to be appointed by City Council. No more than three of its seven members could be from the same political party."
  • "Rep. Scott Stone, R-Mecklenburg, said electing all council members citywide means all are likely to be Democrats and may hold similar viewpoints."

Larry Pittman

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John Faircloth

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Dennis Riddell

Llama, Jim DeMint lobby NC House to call for a constitutional convention
N&O // Colin Campbell // June 27, 2017

Summary: "Former U.S. Sen. Jim DeMint and a llama visited the legislature Tuesday to push for a convention of the states to propose constitutional amendments."

  • "Republican Reps. Bert Jones of Reidsville and Dennis Riddell of Alamance County are sponsoring the effort in the House."

Ted Davis

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John Hardister

Alcohol deregulation bill may be enacted by weekend
Bladen Journal // John Trump // June 28, 2017

Summary: "In a vote of 73-40, the N.C. House on Tuesday evening approved Senate Bill 155, clearing the way for N.C. craft distillers to sell five bottles to customers each year, instead of the current one, and — with local approval — allows restaurants and retail outlets to begin selling alcohol Sunday at 10 a.m., as opposed to noon."

  • "Rep. John Bradford, R-Mecklenburg, countered. “My faith hasn’t wavered because I can buy beer at 10:01 at Harris Teeter in Charlotte,” he said."
  • "Rep. Jon Hardister, R-Guilford, added that the 10 a.m. sales provision would not be automatic. The governing body of the city or town involved would have to authorize Sunday morning sales before they could take place."

Dana Bumgardner

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Bob Steinburg

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Linda Johnson

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David Lewis

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George Cleveland

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Debra Conrad

House passes annexation bill sans Walkertown
Winston-Salem Journal // Wesley Young // June 27, 2017

Summary: "The N.C. House has given final passage to an annexation bill that formerly, but no longer, included the annexation of more than 500 acres into Walkertown."

  • "When state rep. Debra Conrad, R-Forsyth, discovered that the town had not notified the residents, she told town leaders she would remove Walkertown from the bill in the state House."

Mark Brody

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Michael Speciale

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Donna White

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Holly Grange

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Bert Jones

Llama, Jim DeMint lobby NC House to call for a constitutional convention
N&O // Colin Campbell // June 27, 2017

Summary: "Former U.S. Sen. Jim DeMint and a llama visited the legislature Tuesday to push for a convention of the states to propose constitutional amendments."

  • "Republican Reps. Bert Jones of Reidsville and Dennis Riddell of Alamance County are sponsoring the effort in the House."
  • We are very much hoping that we can have a vote and pass this resolution before we leave here to make North Carolina the 13th state,” Jones said. “We might have to make the call to pull the trigger on a vote here in the next few days, and the vote might be very close.”

Key Target News – Senate

Tamara Barringer

A focus on clinical research and drug development at the General Assembly
North State Journal // Tamara Barringer // June 28, 2017

Summary: "Data from clinicaltrials.gov shows that biopharmaceutical companies and local research institutions have conducted over 7,000 trials of potential new medicines for a wide range of diseases…Last year, I joined my colleagues in the N.C. General Assembly to ensure that this crucial sector of our state’s economy is represented on Jones Street, as a founding member of the North Carolina Life Science Caucus…We need to support legislation that fosters innovators and innovative companies who create jobs to support our families."

  • "With my fellow co-chairs, Sen. Angela Bryant from Rocky Mount, Rep. Ed Hanes from Winston-Salem, and Rep. Susan Martin from Greenville, we plan to lead, foster and support our education infrastructure, especially STEM education, to ensure our workforce is competitive."

John Alexander

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Chad Barefoot

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Wesley Meredith

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Trudy Wade

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Michael Lee

As GenX lingers, NC environmental regulators hobbled
Star News // Tim Buckland // June 27, 2017

Summary: "The state agency tasked with enforcing federal environmental rules in North Carolina and ensuring water quality has seen its staffing levels shrink by more than half since 2010, resulting in an ever-increasing backlog in permitting and enforcement."

  • "N.C. Sen. Michael Lee, R-New Hanover, said the 2017-19 budget doesn’t strip the DEQ of any necessary functions. He said the positions targeted for elimination include a lobbying position."
  • “The reductions will primarily affect duplicative or outdated outreach and administrative positions or positions that have been vacant for an extended period of time,” Lee said in a text message. “The budget also provides the DEQ secretary substantial flexibility to determine whe

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