NCDP Clips 6/23

General Assembly News

New NC budget – poor management, failed responsibilities, missed opportunities
WRAL // Editorial // June 23, 2017

Summary: "They can try all they want. They can spin gullible reporters, political partisans and unsuspecting citizens all they can. They can desperately try to portray a distorted picture of the slap-dash, ideologically slanted North Carolina budget as a masterpiece.In the end, the budget the leaders of the General Assembly have dictated is a monument to bad management.

  • "It falls damagingly short of serving even the most basic of the state’s priorities. "
  • "To spin the notion of bipartisan support for their budget, legislative leaders dumped pork barrel spending into the districts of nine of the 61 Democratic legislators in the effort to buy their backing."
  • "Cooper’s budget office should examine the business operation and education credentials of each and every school receiving vouchers to be sure they meet the appropriate legal standards BEFORE they receive funding. We have little doubt, unfortunately, the result will be the exposure of waste, fraud and abuse – and a trail of irresponsibility that leads to the top leaders of the General Assembly."
  • “The minority party had to find something to criticize about the budget. I think they picked out certain special projects,” Rep. David Lewis (R-Harnett) said.
  • "Then there’s nearly $600,000 being spent on replacement furniture. “I couldn’t believe the price tag was that high but you get to look at how many committee rooms and how many chairs that would be,” Lewis said."

How much pork is in the NC state budget?
CBS // Amy Cutler // June 22, 2017

Summary: "Pork, or earmarks, are always in the state budget. They’re used to fund nonprofit groups, revitalization efforts and other initiatives. But they only go to certain communities. That usually means the communities represented by a member of the party in power. Democrats are arguing the $23 billion budget just approved by the Republican-controlled legislature goes too far." No food stamp cuts for 133,000 in final budget bill
N&O // Colin Campbell // June 22, 2017

Summary: "A controversial change in eligibility requirements that likely would have taken 133,000 people off food stamps wasn’t included in the legislature’s final budget."

Across-the-board tax cuts in N.C. budget compromise
Triangle Business Journal // Danielle Chemtob // June 22, 2017

Summary: "The budget compromise bill on its way to the governor’s desk continues a trend of individual and corporate tax reductions under the state’s Republican leadership."

8,000 jobs? NC ‘on the cusp’ of landing major project, House speaker says
N&O // Colin Campbell // June 22, 2017

Summary: "More than 8,000 new jobs could be lured to North Carolina under a new corporate incentive program included in the state budget, House Speaker Tim Moore said Thursday. Moore explained a budget provision that would allow larger incentive packages for companies that invest more than $4 billion in the state and create at least 5,000 jobs. Those companies wouldn’t be subject to the state’s current cap on incentive packages."

  • "But Rep. Bill Brawley, R-Mecklenburg, said beer and alcohol have become so ingrained in weekend culture, from football games to fishing trips, that the state cannot continue to fight the tide."
  • "If people are abusing alcohol and causing accidents, I would say that’s more of a case that we’re just not doing our mission of teaching these people restraint and good behavior," Brawley said. "What we really need to do is to get them into church where we don’t serve alcohol."

Last-ditch move for impartial redistricting knocked down
N&O // Craig Jarvis // June 22, 2017

Summary: "A Raleigh senator’s attempt to force a vote on creating an independent redistricting commission was thwarted in a series of legislative maneuvers and counter-manuevers on Thursday."

  • "Senate rules allow members to file discharge petitions to dislodge bills that have been stuck in committees without action. The petition must be signed by at least two-thirds of the chamber. "

Our Opinion: One positive action
News & Record // Editorial // June 22, 2017

Summary: "The new state budget transfers responsibility for most 16- and 17-year-old offenders from the adult correctional system to juvenile jurisdiction.That’s a progressive step approved by a conservative legislature." NC Senator blasts ‘jihad media’ on Twitter in response to budget article
N&O // Colin Campbell // June 22, 2017

Summary: "N.C. Sen. Dan Bishop took to Twitter Wednesday night to criticize what he calls “jihad media” reporting on the state budget bill.Bishop, a Charlotte Republican and former state House member, is best known as the lead sponsor of last year’s House Bill 2. His critique came in response to a News & Observer reporter’s tweet about budget cuts to the office of Attorney General Josh Stein, a Democrat, and a link to an article about the budget."

  • “Petty, jihad media, carrying water as always,” Bishop wrote. “Torqued up over 3 hundredths of one percent of the general fund budget. Because, their boy.”
  • "“How can I ‘disagree’ with a ‘news’ story?” Bishop wrote. “Isn’t it supposed to be facts? Or is it a jihad: ‘any vigorous, emotional crusade’?”"
  • "On Twitter, Bishop suggested the cuts were directed at an “AWOL AG” who hasn’t been doing his job. He did not elaborate further."

NC lawmakers tweets about ‘jihad media’
WRAL // Laura Leslie // June 22, 2017

Summary: "A North Carolina state senator posted a series of tweets Wednesday referring to various news outlets as "jihad media" in response to stories with which he disagrees.Sen. Dan Bishop, R-Mecklenburg, is in his first Senate term after serving one term in the state House. He’s best known for his support for House Bill 2, the now-repealed law that brought the state international attention by restricting transgender access to public bathrooms and excluding the LGBT community from discrimination protections."

You could buy alcohol in stores on Sunday mornings under latest ‘brunch bill’ revision
N&O // Colin Campbell // June 22, 2017

Summary: "The option to pick up a six-pack of beer at the grocery store on Sunday mornings was briefly removed – then added back to – the “brunch bill” moving forward in the N.C. House."

‘Brunch bill’ now part of cocktail of changes to NC liquor laws
WRAL // Matthew Burns // June 22, 2017

Summary: "Senate Bill 155, dubbed the "brunch bill" by observers, initially called for allowing cities and counties to decide whether to allow local restaurants and bars to serve alcohol beginning at 10 a.m. on Sundays. The House Alcoholic Beverage Control Committee expanded that Thursday to allow supermarkets and other locations to sell beer and wine earlier on Sundays as well."

‘Brunch Bill’ passes N.C. House alcohol committee
Fayetteville Observer // Paul Woolverton // June 22, 2017

Summary: "Legislation to allow alcohol sales on Sunday mornings in North Carolina and to loosen sales restrictions on craft distilleries cleared the state House Alcoholic Beverage Control Committee on Thursday. Senate Bill 155, officially called “ABC Omnibus Legislation” but often called the “Brunch Bill” for the Sunday morning alcohol sales portion, next moves to the state House Finance Committee on Monday and could be heard by the full House on Monday evening. It previously passed the Senate."

Tesla dealership bill pulled, for now
WRAL // Travis Fain // June 22, 2017

Summary: "Legislation that would have opened the door to a half-dozen Tesla dealerships in North Carolina has been put on hold less than 24 hours after it emerged in a Senate committee."

NC Senate passes bill that identifies deaf drivers on license
Winston-Salem Journal // Richard Craver // June 22, 2017

Summary: "The state Senate approved Thursday a bipartisan House bill that is designed to help provide better communication and interaction between deaf and hard-of-hearing motorists and law enforcement officials."

Relatives of eugenics victims opt not to appeal to N.C. Supreme Court
Winston-Salem Journal // Richard Craver // June 22, 2017

Summary: "Relatives of eugenics victims have opted not to appeal to the N.C. Supreme Court a ruling that denies some of them the ability to inherit payment as heirs." Gov. Cooper News

Republicans send state budget to Cooper; with ultimatum
North State Journal // Mollie Young // June 23, 2017

Summary: "State lawmakers took their final steps to send a $23 billion spending plan to the governor’s desk on Thursday, but not before sending a strong message to Gov. Roy Cooper, who has been publicly critical of the Republican-led budget."

North Carolina passes #23 billion budget
ABC11 // Jon Camp // June 22, 2017

Summary: "North Carolina Republican legislative leaders challenged Gov. Roy Cooper on Thursday to sign the state budget soon heading to his desk – a very unlikely result, given the repeated criticisms of both Cooper and other Democrats."

Republican leaders dare Cooper to sign North Carolina budget
News & Record // Gary Robertson // June 22, 2017

Summary: "North Carolina Republican legislative leaders dared Gov. Roy Cooper on Thursday to sign the state budget soon heading to his desk — a very unlikely result, given the repeated criticisms of both Cooper and other Democrats."

Budget given final OK, heading to Cooper
News & Record // AP // JUne 22, 2017

Summary: "The North Carolina General Assembly has finished voting on its two-year state government spending plan. The measure’s next stop is Gov. Roy Cooper’s desk, where he’ll be hard pressed not to veto it."

  • "Sen. Jeff Tarte, R-Mecklenburg, said if Cooper vetoes the budget, it will risk many provisions, including no longer automatically charging 16- and 17-year-olds as adults for all crimes."
  • "Rep. Scott Stone, R-Mecklenburg, said the budget sets the state up for a good financial standing — including setting aside enough money for the state’s rainy day fund."

Cooper criticizes budget, but won’t say he’ll veto it
The Courier-Tribune // Carolina Metzler // June 22, 2017

Summary: "Gov. Roy Cooper criticized the state budget, being approved by legislators this week, during a visit to Charlotte on Wednesday but didn’t say whether he would veto it. Cooper, speaking at Central Piedmont Community College, cited tax cuts that he said would benefit the wealthy and the size of teacher pay raises as among his concerns.

With controversial cuts and a Nickleback reference NC budget lands on Governor’s desk
WFAE // Tom Bullock & Marshall Terry // June 23, 2017

Summary: "The General Assembly’s new state budget just landed on Governor Cooper’s desk, with a resounding thud.The plan received final approval Thursday.Now, the Governor has 10 days to sign the budget, veto it, or do nothing and have it take affect when that time runs out."

  • "What is not normal, however, are the number of provisions in the final budget which came out of the blue."

Senate leader defends deep cuts to AG’s office
WRAL // Laura Leslie // June 22, 2017

Summary: "Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger on Thursday defended a deep cut to the legal staff in the office of state Attorney General Josh Stein. But Stein says he doesn’t believe lawmakers understand the repercussions of the move."

  • "Those are special prosecutors who help local district attorneys prosecute some of the most complex and serious crimes in the state. They are the lawyers who specialize in criminal appeals to keep murderers and rapists behind bars," Stein said. "If I am forced to lay off half of my criminal lawyers because of this draconian cut, the state will be less safe."
  • "However, Berger said he doesn’t believe the cuts will be as deep or as damaging as Stein says. Asked for the reasoning behind the cut, he said Republican leaders don’t agree with how Stein, a Democrat, is doing his job."

Domestic violence homicide measure heads to Cooper
WRAL // Adam Owens // June 22, 2017

Summary: "To convict someone of first-degree murder in North Carolina, prosecutors usually must prove premeditation, meaning the person thought about what he or she was doing before carrying out the crime. The only time that isn’t the case is under the felony murder rule, where someone kills another person during the commission of a crime, such as an armed robbery or a rape. Senate Bill 600 would add domestic violence homicides to that list in cases where the defendant has a history of domestic violence.

Governor joins the chorus praising Megan Faircloth, a true NC inspiration
N&O // Aaron Moody // June 22, 2017

Summary: "Scores of people have reached out to Megan Faircloth over the past few weeks, since she shared her story of overcoming homelessness on the way to graduating at the top of her high school class and earning a scholarship to Stanford University. Gov. Roy Cooper joined the list Thursday. Faircloth and her family were invited to the Executive Mansion in Raleigh, where she was presented with the Governor’s Student Excellence Award."

East Wake High student receives academic honor from Gov. Roy Cooper
WNCN // Beairshelle Edme // June 22, 2017
Summary: "A student from East Wake High School is continuing to add on to her academic honors.Thursday, Gov. Roy Cooper presented Megan Faircloth with the “Governor’s Student Excellence Award.”

Key Targets News – House

Brenden Jones

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Larry Yarborough

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Mike Clampitt

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John Bradford

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Bill Brawley

8,000 jobs? NC ‘on the cusp’ of landing major project, House speaker says
N&O // Colin Campbell // June 22, 2017

Summary: "More than 8,000 new jobs could be lured to North Carolina under a new corporate incentive program included in the state budget, House Speaker Tim Moore said Thursday. Moore explained a budget provision that would allow larger incentive packages for companies that invest more than $4 billion in the state and create at least 5,000 jobs. Those companies wouldn’t be subject to the state’s current cap on incentive packages."

  • "But Rep. Bill Brawley, R-Mecklenburg, said beer and alcohol have become so ingrained in weekend culture, from football games to fishing trips, that the state cannot continue to fight the tide."
  • "If people are abusing alcohol and causing accidents, I would say that’s more of a case that we’re just not doing our mission of teaching these people restraint and good behavior," Brawley said. "What we really need to do is to get them into church where we don’t serve alcohol."

Nelson Dollar

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Chris Malone

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Susan Martin

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Gregory Murphy

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John Szoka

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Stephen Ross

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Andy Dulin

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John Blust

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Jonathan Jordan

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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

Budget given final OK, heading to Cooper
News & Record // AP // JUne 22, 2017

Summary: "The North Carolina General Assembly has finished voting on its two-year state government spending plan. The measure’s next stop is Gov. Roy Cooper’s desk, where he’ll be hard pressed not to veto it."

  • "Sen. Jeff Tarte, R-Mecklenburg, said if Cooper vetoes the budget, it will risk many provisions, including no longer automatically charging 16- and 17-year-olds as adults for all crimes."
  • "Rep. Scott Stone, R-Mecklenburg, said the budget sets the state up for a good financial standing — including setting aside enough money for the state’s rainy day fund."

Larry Pittman

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John Faircloth

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Dennis Riddell

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Ted Davis

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John Hardister

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Dana Bumgardner

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Bob Steinburg

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Linda Johnson

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David Lewis

New NC budget – poor management, failed responsibilities, missed opportunities
WRAL // Editorial // June 23, 2017

Summary: "They can try all they want. They can spin gullible reporters, political partisans and unsuspecting citizens all they can. They can desperately try to portray a distorted picture of the slap-dash, ideologically slanted North Carolina budget as a masterpiece.In the end, the budget the leaders of the General Assembly have dictated is a monument to bad management.

  • "It falls damagingly short of serving even the most basic of the state’s priorities. "
  • "To spin the notion of bipartisan support for their budget, legislative leaders dumped pork barrel spending into the districts of nine of the 61 Democratic legislators in the effort to buy their backing."
  • "Cooper’s budget office should examine the business operation and education credentials of each and every school receiving vouchers to be sure they meet the appropriate legal standards BEFORE they receive funding. We have little doubt, unfortunately, the result will be the exposure of waste, fraud and abuse – and a trail of irresponsibility that leads to the top leaders of the General Assembly."
  • “The minority party had to find something to criticize about the budget. I think they picked out certain special projects,” Rep. David Lewis (R-Harnett) said.
  • "Then there’s nearly $600,000 being spent on replacement furniture. “I couldn’t believe the price tag was that high but you get to look at how many committee rooms and how many chairs that would be,” Lewis said."

George Cleveland

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Debra Conrad

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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

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Key Target News – Senate

Tamara Barringer

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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

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Jeff Tarte
Budget given final OK, heading to Cooper
News & Record // AP // JUne 22, 2017

Summary: "The North Carolina General Assembly has finished voting on its two-year state government spending plan. The measure’s next stop is Gov. Roy Cooper’s desk, where he’ll be hard pressed not to veto it."

  • "Sen. Jeff Tarte, R-Mecklenburg, said if Cooper vetoes the budget, it will risk many provisions, including no longer automatically charging 16- and 17-year-olds as adults for all crimes."
  • "Rep. Scott Stone, R-Mecklenburg, said the budget sets the state up for a good financial standing — including setting aside enough money for the state’s rainy day fund."

Danny Britt

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Bill Cook

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Dan Bishop

NC Senator blasts ‘jihad media’ on Twitter in response to budget article
N&O // Colin Campbell // June 22, 2017

Summary: "N.C. Sen. Dan Bishop took to Twitter Wednesday night to criticize what he calls “jihad media” reporting on the state budget bill.Bishop, a Charlotte Republican and former state House member, is best known as the lead sponsor of last year’s House Bill 2. His critique came in response to a News & Observer reporter’s tweet about budget cuts to the office of Attorney General Josh Stein, a Democrat, and a link to an article about the budget."

NC lawmakers tweets about ‘jihad media’
WRAL // Laura Leslie // June 22, 2017

Summary: "A North Carolina state senator posted a series of tweets Wednesday referring to various news outlets as "jihad media" in response to stories with which he disagrees.Sen. Dan Bishop, R-Mecklenburg, is in his first Senate term after serving one term in the state House. He’s best known for his support for House Bill 2, the now-repealed law that brought the state international attention by restricting transgender access to public bathrooms and excluding the LGBT community from discrimination protections."

  • “Petty, jihad media, carrying water as always,” Bishop wrote. “Torqued up over 3 hundredths of one percent of the general fund budget. Because, their boy.”
  • "“How can I ‘disagree’ with a ‘news’ story?” Bishop wrote. “Isn’t it supposed to be facts? Or is it a jihad: ‘any vigorous, emotional crusade’?”"
  • "On Twitter, Bishop suggested the cuts were directed at an “AWOL AG” who hasn’t been doing his job. He did not elaborate further."

Jim Davis

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NCDP News / Mentions

Burr praises Senate health care bill. Outside groups worry about Medicaid cuts
N&O // Brian Murphy // June 22, 2017

Summary: "Senate Republicans released their long-awaited health care proposal Thursday morning, igniting a scramble for the 50 votes needed to satisfy their promise to repeal and replace former President Barack Obama’s signature health care bill."

  • "Said Wayne Goodwin, the chairman of the North Carolina Democratic Party and a former state insurance commissioner, “This is a cruel bill that makes dangerous, life-threatening cuts to Medicaid, undermines protections for those with pre-existing conditions, and makes it harder for millions more to afford basic health insurance. If Senators Burr and Tillis vote for this dangerous bill, they will have to answer to the people of North Carolina."

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