NCDP Clips 6/26

General Assembly News

N Carolina legislature picks up pace, aims for adjournment
WRAL // June 26, 2017

Summary: "Debate and votes will be plentiful all week at the North Carolina General Assembly as Republican legislators aim to adjourn their annual work session before the July 4 holiday."

Bad idea lurks in N.C. House
Charlotte Observer // Editorial // June 23, 2017

Summary: "N.C. lawmakers have passed the state budget and hope to adjourn by the end of next week. That might be a reason to celebrate, but it could also be a reason to get nervous.Bad things can happen in the closing days of a session, with a flurry of bills coming up for votes with little debate. Sometimes proposals that were long forgotten and thought dead reemerge like the monster in a horror flick."

Our view: Budget as usual: Good, bag, and ugly
Rocky Mount Telegram // Editorial // June 25, 2017

Summary: "Partisan disagreements over the state budget have existed practically since state budgets began being crafted — no matter which party controlled the legislature or the governor’s mansion. But a constant feature of every state budget, as we have routinely pointed out throughout the years, is that they always contain the usual amount of the good, the bad and the just plain ugly."

  • " Lawmakers squirreled away $363.9 million into state reserves while making unnecessary cuts to the governor’s office, Department of Public Instruction and central offices in the state’s local school districts. Another round of tax cuts technically are truly across-the-board, but cuts backloaded into the second year of the two-year plan disproportionately favor the wealthy and big businesses, setting up a potential shortfall in the 2018-19 fiscal year. Perhaps that accounts for the large amount of funds being held in state reserves."
  • "Speaking of cuts, House and Senate negotiators snuck in a last-minute proposal to slash $10 million from the Justice Department, a provision contained in neither the House or the Senate’s original budget proposals. The cuts are specifically directed toward N.C. Attorney General Josh Stein’s legal and administrative staff"

Budget-writers find funds for office furniture
N&O // Lauren Horsch // June 23, 2017

Summary: " A small provision in the state budget passed this week would mean new furniture at the legislative complex, primarily in committee rooms.The budget allocates $593,912 for the purchase of new furniture."

  • "Sen. Jeff Tarte, a Republican from Mecklenburg County who is a co-chair of the Senate appropriations general government committee, said the hope is to start by replacing the furniture in the committee rooms in both the Legislative Building and the Legislative Office Building. Then furniture for staff members — but not lawmakers — and common areas would be replaced."
  • "Tarte said the state will purchase the furniture from a North Carolina company, noting that the first preference would be for the furniture to come from Correction Enterprises, which employs prison inmates, “because they’d be infinitely cheaper and they’re high quality.”"

Budget would give UNC board permission to hire its own staff
N&O // Jane Stancill // June 23, 2017

Summary: "The state budget approved by the House and Senate includes a provision allowing the UNC Board of Governors to hire its own staff, independent from UNC President Margaret Spellings’ General Administration staff."

NC vets’ official ‘crestfallen’ over lack of cemetery funds
N&O // Craig Jarvis // June 23, 2017
Summary: "The state’s top military affairs official says the General Assembly’s budget doesn’t include enough money to keep open a new veterans cemetery in Goldsboro, which could force the state to repay the federal government for the $5 million it spent to open the facility."

  • Rep. George Cleveland, a Republican from Jacksonville who was on the budget committee that reviewed Hall’s funding requests, said the department has more than $1 million it could use for that purpose.“There are ample funds in the account to take care of any problems,” Cleveland said.
  • "Rep. Nelson Dollar, a Cary Republican who is the chief budget writer in the House, said Friday that legislative staff would look into the issue."

State retiree health coverage to end for future NC employees
N&O // Lynn Bonner // June 23, 2017

Summary: "People who go to work for the state beginning January 2021 will no longer qualify for state health insurance when they retire, a provision in the budget that caught critics by surprise."

Legislative leaders get state trooper protection in budget
N&O // Colin Campbell // June 23, 2017
Summary: "Senate leader Phil Berger and House Speaker Tim Moore could get a Highway Patrol security detail when they travel, a provision in the budget says.Unlike the permanent security detail that guards Gov. Roy Cooper whenever he leaves home, Berger and Moore would be able to request security “while traveling within the state on state business,” according to the provision.

Budget language targets court fee waivers for poor defendants
WRAL // Travis Fain // June 25, 2017

Summary: "A new paragraph in the General Assembly’s just-approved budget would make it harder for judges to waive court fees for indigent defendants, requiring a new hearing that could involve more than 15 government agencies."

Anti-abortion groups get big boost in state budget
N&O // Craig Jarvis // June 24, 2017
Summary: "Counseling clinics that discourage women from getting abortions would receive a big boost in state financial support in the budget the General Assembly approved this week."

A boost for film industry, but we should do better
Star News // Editorial // June 25, 2017

Summary: "We are pleased that the N.C. General Assembly’s proposed budget provides more than $30 million in film incentives for the fiscal year that starts July 1. Even better: It’s a recurring item, meaning production companies can count on it in future years…But it wasn’t all we might have wished for. Our area would have benefited from a more generous program and a return to the old tax-credit structure."

Britt, Jones claim credit for budget perks
Robesonian // Bob Shiles // June 24, 2017

Summary: "Robeson County’s two freshmen Republican members of the General Assembly are taking full credit for all that is good for the county in a state budget that is nearing approval."

  • “Let me be clear,” said Sen. Danny Britt Jr., who has been a member of the Senate for only six months. “Not one Democrat had anything to do with a single budget item we received in Robeson County.”
  • “This is an awesome budget. It’s a fantastic budget. It’s one of the most comprehensive budgets the state has ever had.” [Brenden] Jones said. “There’s more money coming into Robeson County than there has been in years.”
  • “This is what can happen when you have guys sitting at the table working hard for their district,” Jones said.

State lawmakers bring home the bacon
Fayetteville Observer // Paul Woolverton // June 24, 2017

Summary: "On Twitter, Democratic lawmakers this past week used the hashtag #SOOEE and called out what they contended were egregious examples of Republicans bringing home the bacon at the expense of other things that they said were more important, such as Hurricane Matthew relief and education."

  • "One lawmaker’s example of unconscionable pork-barrel spending is another lawmaker’s good use of government to meet the needs of his community, according to state Rep. John Szoka of Cumberland County and state Sen. Wesley Meredith of Fayetteville."
  • “We are one state, and you have to take an overall look at what benefits everybody,” Szoka said. Some projects, such as the Civil War History Center, will serve all of North Carolina, not just Fayetteville, he said.

Reasonable state budget could do more
Daily Reflector // Editorial // June 25, 2017

Summary: " Lawmakers sent the $23 billion biannual budget to Gov. Roy Cooper for his signature on Thursday. Pitt County’s Rep. Greg Murphy said it’s not a perfect budget, but it’s a reasonable plan that invests in teachers and state employees — a plentiful commodity in Pitt — and cuts income taxes to put more money back in our pockets."

  • "But let’s be real. While the budget delivers billions to education, public works, public safety, human services and other state obligations — including important allocations to the Brody School of Medicine — it is beyond conservative. Per pupil funding for public schools still lags, funding for community colleges and universities has been criticized as lackluster, the state’s mental health crisis continues unabated, health care for low to moderate income residents is second class at best, state roads everywhere are crumbling, and the list goes on."

NC NAACP’s Rev. William Barber delays stepping down until new president is elected
N&O // Charles Duncan // June 25, 2017

Summary: "The president of the North Carolina chapter of the NAACP, the Rev. William Barber, plans to stay at the helm of the organization until new leadership can be elected in October, he announced Sunday."

Our View: Let eye surgery bill die
Fayetteville Observer // Editorial // June 24, 2017

Summary: "In late April, a bill that would allow optometrists to perform some simple eye surgeries won easy approval by the North Carolina House of Representatives. The bill was sent over to the Senate, where it passed its first reading and then was referred to the Senate’s Rules Committee. As of last week, that’s where it sat. It’s where it should die." Sunday morning option for N Carolina alcohol sales advancing
AP // Gary Robertson // June 24, 2017

Summary: "North Carolina’s changing demographics and surging specialty beverage industry are helping ease long-held reservations about expanding access to alcohol, including sales while many Christians are in the pews."

  • Rep. Bill Brawley, a Mecklenburg County Republican, was skeptical that allowing alcohol sales during church hours will increase alcohol abuse.
  • "I would say that’s more of a case of we’re just not doing our mission in teaching these people restraint, good behavior," Brawley said.

Legislators move forward on controversial bills affecting groups overseeing behavioral health providers
Winston-Salem Journal // Richard Craver // June 25, 2017

Summary: "State legislators appear content to push forward competing — and co-opted — bills that would tighten oversight of behavioral health managed-care organizations."

  • "The full House voted Thursday 112-0 to approve Senate Bill 350, which has been gutted of language clarifying opioid trafficking offenses and replaced with language from House Bill 403."
  • “Both bills cannot or will not be law,” said Rep. Donny Lambeth, R-Forsyth, and co-sponsor of the original HB403. “The chambers will need to decide which, if either one, we need to support and vote out.”
  • "There has been vocal opposition of the HB403 rewrite from legislators, health care agencies and the public.For example, Rep. Nelson Dollar, R-Wake, said Thursday the original HB403 has been “waylaid” by the Senate."

Gov. Cooper News

GOP calls on Cooper to sign budget that includes support for Gold Star Children
North State Journal // Donna King // June 26, 2017

Summary: "On Monday, a group of N.C. veterans and Republican county leaders called on N.C. Gov. Roy Cooper to support expanded aid for the children of war veterans killed in action. Scholarships for Gold Star Children is in the state budget passed by the N.C. General Assembly last week, but Cooper is reportedly considering vetoing it. The General Assembly would likely overrule the veto."

Governor Roy Cooper still considering budget agreement
ABC11 // June 26, 2017

Summary: "Governor Roy Cooper is still considering the Republican-controlled General Assembly’s plan for our tax dollars.Today, the governor is expected to hold a press conference about the two-year $23 billion budget deal that gives raises to teachers, state employees and retirees next year, but puts off income tax breaks until 2019."

Berger blasts Cooper ‘double-speak’ in budget action
N&O // Colin Campbell // June 23, 2017

Summary: "Gov. Roy Cooper hasn’t yet taken action on the budget bill, and Senate leader Phil Berger sent out a news release critical of the governor Friday afternoon, noting that “it has been nearly 24 hours.” "

  • "Berger’s release accused Cooper of “double speak,” because when asked Tuesday if he’d veto the budget he called “irresponsible,” he said “I’ll let you know as soon as it hits my desk.” "
  • "Cooper’s spokesman indicated Thursday that the governor could take longer, noting that his staff is “reviewing” earmarks for specific legislators’ districts and “hidden policy changes” included in the budget."

Cuts aimed at punishing Stein will hurt the interests of all of NC
N&O // Editorial // June 25, 2017

Summary: "The latest target of the Republican leadership in the North Carolina General Assembly is a former colleague whose only sin is that he won the office of state Attorney General over a Republican opponent."

Guest columnist: AG budget cuts will cost constituents
Asheville Citizen-Times // Terry Van Duyn // June 24, 2017

Summary: "North Carolina Attorney General Josh Stein heads up the Department of Justice. He and the attorneys that he employs work for us, the people of North Carolina. They are our last line of defense against bad actors who would cheat consumers, pollute our clean air or water, and defraud state government of hard-earned taxpayer dollars."

Should NC continue to elect judges?
N&O // Anne Blythe // June 24, 2017

Summary: "Mark Martin, chief justice of the N.C. Supreme Court, wants to give voters an opportunity to decide whether the state should continue electing judges or move to an appointment process."

North Carolina’s chief justice is worried. You should be too.
Charlotte Observer // Taylor Batten // June 24, 2017

Summary: "With North Carolina’s Republican legislature constantly assaulting the judiciary’s independence, it’s one thing for editorial writers to call for taking some politics out of the courtroom by fundamentally changing how judges are selected. It’s quite another for the chief justice of the N.C. Supreme Court – and a Republican, no less – to do so."

  • "Chief Justice Mark Martin on Saturday called on legislators to put a constitutional amendment on the ballot to have judges appointed rather than have them parade before voters in partisan elections. He said that approach would best create an independent and well-qualified judiciary."

Key Targets News – House

Brenden Jones

Britt, Jones claim credit for budget perks
Robesonian // Bob Shiles // June 24, 2017

Summary: "Robeson County’s two freshmen Republican members of the General Assembly are taking full credit for all that is good for the county in a state budget that is nearing approval."

  • “Let me be clear,” said Sen. Danny Britt Jr., who has been a member of the Senate for only six months. “Not one Democrat had anything to do with a single budget item we received in Robeson County.”
  • “This is an awesome budget. It’s a fantastic budget. It’s one of the most comprehensive budgets the state has ever had.” [Brenden] Jones said. “There’s more money coming into Robeson County than there has been in years.”
  • “This is what can happen when you have guys sitting at the table working hard for their district,” Jones said.

Larry Yarborough

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Mike Clampitt

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John Bradford

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Bill Brawley

Sunday morning option for N Carolina alcohol sales advancing
AP // Gary Robertson // June 24, 2017

Summary: "North Carolina’s changing demographics and surging specialty beverage industry are helping ease long-held reservations about expanding access to alcohol, including sales while many Christians are in the pews."

  • Rep. Bill Brawley, a Mecklenburg County Republican, was skeptical that allowing alcohol sales during church hours will increase alcohol abuse.
  • "I would say that’s more of a case of we’re just not doing our mission in teaching these people restraint, good behavior," Brawley said.

Nelson Dollar

NC vets’ official ‘crestfallen’ over lack of cemetery funds
N&O // Craig Jarvis // June 23, 2017
Summary: "The state’s top military affairs official says the General Assembly’s budget doesn’t include enough money to keep open a new veterans cemetery in Goldsboro, which could force the state to repay the federal government for the $5 million it spent to open the facility."

  • Rep. George Cleveland, a Republican from Jacksonville who was on the budget committee that reviewed Hall’s funding requests, said the department has more than $1 million it could use for that purpose.“There are ample funds in the account to take care of any problems,” Cleveland said.
  • "Rep. Nelson Dollar, a Cary Republican who is the chief budget writer in the House, said Friday that legislative staff would look into the issue."

Legislators move forward on controversial bills affecting groups overseeing behavioral health providers
Winston-Salem Journal // Richard Craver // June 25, 2017

Summary: "State legislators appear content to push forward competing — and co-opted — bills that would tighten oversight of behavioral health managed-care organizations."

  • "The full House voted Thursday 112-0 to approve Senate Bill 350, which has been gutted of language clarifying opioid trafficking offenses and replaced with language from House Bill 403."
  • "There has been vocal opposition of the HB403 rewrite from legislators, health care agencies and the public.For example, Rep. Nelson Dollar, R-Wake, said Thursday the original HB403 has been “waylaid” by the Senate."

Chris Malone

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Susan Martin

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Gregory Murphy

Reasonable state budget could do more
Daily Reflector // Editorial // June 25, 2017

Summary: " Lawmakers sent the $23 billion biannual budget to Gov. Roy Cooper for his signature on Thursday. Pitt County’s Rep. Greg Murphy said it’s not a perfect budget, but it’s a reasonable plan that invests in teachers and state employees — a plentiful commodity in Pitt — and cuts income taxes to put more money back in our pockets."

  • "But let’s be real. While the budget delivers billions to education, public works, public safety, human services and other state obligations — including important allocations to the Brody School of Medicine — it is beyond conservative. Per pupil funding for public schools still lags, funding for community colleges and universities has been criticized as lackluster, the state’s mental health crisis continues unabated, health care for low to moderate income residents is second class at best, state roads everywhere are crumbling, and the list goes on."

Local and state leader hold bipartisan public forum Pitt county
WNCT // Tamara Scott // June 25, 2017

Summary: "Three state lawmakers representing eastern North Carolina were in Greenville Sunday for a public forum.On the agenda, the state of the district, the state budget and more." John Szoka

State lawmakers bring home the bacon
Fayetteville Observer // Paul Woolverton // June 24, 2017

Summary: "On Twitter, Democratic lawmakers this past week used the hashtag #SOOEE and called out what they contended were egregious examples of Republicans bringing home the bacon at the expense of other things that they said were more important, such as Hurricane Matthew relief and education."

  • "One lawmaker’s example of unconscionable pork-barrel spending is another lawmaker’s good use of government to meet the needs of his community, according to state Rep. John Szoka of Cumberland County and state Sen. Wesley Meredith of Fayetteville."
  • “We are one state, and you have to take an overall look at what benefits everybody,” Szoka said. Some projects, such as the Civil War History Center, will serve all of North Carolina, not just Fayetteville, he said.

Stephen Ross

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Andy Dulin

Some resident along I-77 anxious for new noise barrier
WSOCTV // Joe Bruno // June 24, 2017

Summary: "Residents along parts of Interstate 77 are frustrated because only a chain link fence separates their homes from the traffic and construction, and the completion date is more than one year away."

  • "The North Carolina Department of Transportation first wanted to tear down the wall in 2013 but City Council members objected, saying they liked how it looked."You’re killing me on this tearing down a brick wall," former Councilman Andy Dulin said."

John Blust

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Jonathan Jordan

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Michele Presnell

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Beverly Boswell

COA still hoping for bill’s approval
Daily Advance // Reggie Ponder // June 25, 2017

Summary: "College of The Albemarle officials are holding onto the hope that state legislators will approve a bill allowing them to use N.C. Connect Bond proceeds for facilities in Currituck and Dare counties. At the same time, however, they’re also bracing for the possibility the bill won’t pass."

  • "The bill, sponsored by Rep. Bob Steinburg, R-Chowan, is a so-called local bill that would allow COA to use bond proceeds from the NC Connect Bond that voters approved in November for county-owned facilities in Dare and Currituck. A long-term lease for the community college "would be required to ensure the educational purpose of the bonds would be maintained.
  • "The bill has been opposed by state Rep. Beverly Boswell, R-Dare. In addition, state Sen. Bill Cook, R-Beaufort, reportedly is not supporting the bill in the Senate."

John Sauls

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Donny Lambeth

Legislators move forward on controversial bills affecting groups overseeing behavioral health providers
Winston-Salem Journal // Richard Craver // June 25, 2017

Summary: "State legislators appear content to push forward competing — and co-opted — bills that would tighten oversight of behavioral health managed-care organizations."

  • "The full House voted Thursday 112-0 to approve Senate Bill 350, which has been gutted of language clarifying opioid trafficking offenses and replaced with language from House Bill 403."
  • “Both bills cannot or will not be law,” said Rep. Donny Lambeth, R-Forsyth, and co-sponsor of the original HB403. “The chambers will need to decide which, if either one, we need to support and vote out.”
  • "There has been vocal opposition of the HB403 rewrite from legislators, health care agencies and the public.For example, Rep. Nelson Dollar, R-Wake, said Thursday the original HB403 has been “waylaid” by the Senate."

Annexing the ‘donut holes’ proves tricky for Walkerton
Winston-Salem Journal // Wesley Young // June 24, 2017

Summary: "The Town of Walkertown came close to annexing over 500 acres with over a hundred dwellings until a state lawmaker discovered last week that town leaders hadn’t told the residents that they were about to be annexed."

  • "State Rep. Debra Conrad said Friday she will introduce an amendment on Monday stripping the Walkertown annexation from a bill that would have brought it about. The bill is scheduled for a Monday vote."
  • “They better tell them,” Conrad said. “The people have a right to know.”
  • "Conrad said she didn’t think the bill was “any kind of a big deal” until a reporter told her that the town had not contacted its potential new residents. On learning that, Conrad immediately said she would stop the bill in its tracks."
  • "Conrad, Krawiec and state Rep. Donny Lambeth, R-Forsyth, conferred and agreed the Walkertown annexation should be stopped."

Linda Hunt Williams

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Scott Stone

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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

New Gastonia YMCA slated to receive $1 million in proposed state budget
Gaston Gazette // Michael Barrett

Summary: "N.C. House Rep. Dana Bumgardner said he wasn’t personally responsible for a new YMCA in his district getting a promise of $1 million in the proposed state budget.But the Gaston County Republican also said he doesn’t have an issue with such a substantial amount of taxpayer money going to such a nonprofit. "

  • “Tony has been to see me several times in Raleigh,” he said. “I’ve met with several people from the Y. I like the Y and have been a member in the past.“It was not on my list of things I wanted and I personally wasn’t involved in that, but I’m glad they got funding. I think it’s a good project and will benefit a lot of people.”

Bob Steinburg

All 4 reps, senators vote for budget
Daily Advance // Jon Hawley // June 25, 2017

Summary: "All four of the region’s state lawmakers — both Republicans and both Democrats — voted for the $23 billion budget bill now sitting on Gov. Roy Cooper’s desk despite acknowledging the compromise spending plan isn’t perfect."

  • "State Rep. Bob Steinburg, R-Chowan, said Friday he considered S257 an “excellent budget.” It provides raises for principals and assistant principals as well as teachers, he said, plus raises for state employees and a long-sought-after cost-of-living adjustment for retirees. He also noted the plan boosts funding in education and other areas while cutting taxes and still putting another $260 million in the state’s reserves. The “rainy day fund” is approaching $2 billion, he noted."
  • "Steinburg also praised the budget for funding several key projects in his district, including $2.89 million for the Perquimans Marine Industrial Park, $75,000 for the downtown farmers’ market in Edenton, and $125,000 for the 4-H program in Tyrrell County. All three will help the local economy, he said."

COA still hoping for bill’s approval
Daily Advance // Reggie Ponder // June 25, 2017

Summary: "College of The Albemarle officials are holding onto the hope that state legislators will approve a bill allowing them to use N.C. Connect Bond proceeds for facilities in Currituck and Dare counties. At the same time, however, they’re also bracing for the possibility the bill won’t pass."

  • "The bill, sponsored by Rep. Bob Steinburg, R-Chowan, is a so-called local bill that would allow COA to use bond proceeds from the NC Connect Bond that voters approved in November for county-owned facilities in Dare and Currituck. A long-term lease for the community college "would be required to ensure the educational purpose of the bonds would be maintained.
  • "The bill has been opposed by state Rep. Beverly Boswell, R-Dare. In addition, state Sen. Bill Cook, R-Beaufort, reportedly is not supporting the bill in the Senate."

Linda Johnson

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David Lewis

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George Cleveland

NC vets’ official ‘crestfallen’ over lack of cemetery funds
N&O // Craig Jarvis // June 23, 2017
Summary: "The state’s top military affairs official says the General Assembly’s budget doesn’t include enough money to keep open a new veterans cemetery in Goldsboro, which could force the state to repay the federal government for the $5 million it spent to open the facility."

  • Rep. George Cleveland, a Republican from Jacksonville who was on the budget committee that reviewed Hall’s funding requests, said the department has more than $1 million it could use for that purpose.“There are ample funds in the account to take care of any problems,” Cleveland said.
  • "Rep. Nelson Dollar, a Cary Republican who is the chief budget writer in the House, said Friday that legislative staff would look into the issue."

Debra Conrad

Annexing the ‘donut holes’ proves tricky for Walkerton
Winston-Salem Journal // Wesley Young // June 24, 2017

Summary: "The Town of Walkertown came close to annexing over 500 acres with over a hundred dwellings until a state lawmaker discovered last week that town leaders hadn’t told the residents that they were about to be annexed."

  • "State Rep. Debra Conrad said Friday she will introduce an amendment on Monday stripping the Walkertown annexation from a bill that would have brought it about. The bill is scheduled for a Monday vote."
  • “They better tell them,” Conrad said. “The people have a right to know.”
  • "Conrad said she didn’t think the bill was “any kind of a big deal” until a reporter told her that the town had not contacted its potential new residents. On learning that, Conrad immediately said she would stop the bill in its tracks."
  • "Conrad, Krawiec and state Rep. Donny Lambeth, R-Forsyth, conferred and agreed the Walkertown annexation should be stopped."

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

State lawmakers bring home the bacon
Fayetteville Observer // Paul Woolverton // June 24, 2017

Summary: "On Twitter, Democratic lawmakers this past week used the hashtag #SOOEE and called out what they contended were egregious examples of Republicans bringing home the bacon at the expense of other things that they said were more important, such as Hurricane Matthew relief and education."

  • "One lawmaker’s example of unconscionable pork-barrel spending is another lawmaker’s good use of government to meet the needs of his community, according to state Rep. John Szoka of Cumberland County and state Sen. Wesley Meredith of Fayetteville."
  • “We are one state, and you have to take an overall look at what benefits everybody,” Szoka said. Some projects, such as the Civil War History Center, will serve all of North Carolina, not just Fayetteville, he said.

Trudy Wade

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Michael Lee

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Jeff Tarte

Budget-writers find funds for office furniture
N&O // Lauren Horsch // June 23, 2017

Summary: " A small provision in the state budget passed this week would mean new furniture at the legislative complex, primarily in committee rooms.The budget allocates $593,912 for the purchase of new furniture."

  • "Sen. Jeff Tarte, a Republican from Mecklenburg County who is a co-chair of the Senate appropriations general government committee, said the hope is to start by replacing the furniture in the committee rooms in both the Legislative Building and the Legislative Office Building. Then furniture for staff members — but not lawmakers — and common areas would be replaced."
  • "Tarte said the state will purchase the furniture from a North Carolina company, noting that the first preference would be for the furniture to come from Correction Enterprises, which employs prison inmates, “because they’d be infinitely cheaper and they’re high quality.”"

Senator secures $200,000 for program that helps inner city Charlotte kids
Charlotte Observer // Joe Marusak // June 23, 2017
Summary: "N.C. Sen. Jeff Tarte, R-Cornelius, has secured $200,000 in discretionary money from the state’s general fund for Charlotte-based Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Carolinas."

Danny Britt

Britt, Jones claim credit for budget perks
Robesonian // Bob Shiles // June 24, 2017

Summary: "Robeson County’s two freshmen Republican members of the General Assembly are taking full credit for all that is good for the county in a state budget that is nearing approval."

  • “Let me be clear,” said Sen. Danny Britt Jr., who has been a member of the Senate for only six months. “Not one Democrat had anything to do with a single budget item we received in Robeson County.”
  • “This is an awesome budget. It’s a fantastic budget. It’s one of the most comprehensive budgets the state has ever had.” [Brenden] Jones said. “There’s more money coming into Robeson County than there has been in years.”
  • “This is what can happen when you have guys sitting at the table working hard for their district,” Jones said.

Bill Cook

COA still hoping for bill’s approval
Daily Advance // Reggie Ponder // June 25, 2017

Summary: "College of The Albemarle officials are holding onto the hope that state legislators will approve a bill allowing them to use N.C. Connect Bond proceeds for facilities in Currituck and Dare counties. At the same time, however, they’re also bracing for the possibility the bill won’t pass."

  • "The bill, sponsored by Rep. Bob Steinburg, R-Chowan, is a so-called local bill that would allow COA to use bond proceeds from the NC Connect Bond that voters approved in November for county-owned facilities in Dare and Currituck. A long-term lease for the community college "would be required to ensure the educational purpose of the bonds would be maintained.
  • "The bill has been opposed by state Rep. Beverly Boswell, R-Dare. In addition, state Sen. Bill Cook, R-Beaufort, reportedly is not supporting the bill in the Senate."

Dan Bishop

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Jim Davis

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NCDP News / Mentions

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