NCDP Clips 6/27

General Assembly News

NC Republicans seek to redraw judicial maps
WRAL // Travis Fain // June 26, 2017

Summary: "Republicans released a redraw of the state’s judicial and prosecutorial districts Sunday evening, setting up a committee hearing Monday afternoon on a potential overhaul of the state’s third branch of government."

  • "Sen. Jeff Tarte, a Cornelius Republican, earlier this year filed a bill that would redraw court districts in Mecklenburg County – splitting a 21-judge District Court district into three with seven judges each. At the time, Tarte acknowledged the intention was to try to make some of those districts more competitive for Republicans."

GOP wants new election maps for NC judges and prosecutors
N&O // Craig Jarvis & Anne Blythe // June 26, 2017

Summary: "A House judiciary committee is scheduled to consider the maps for Superior Court and District Court judges and district attorneys at 4 p.m. Monday. The maps were posted on Twitter on Sunday night by Rep. Grier Martin, a Raleigh Democrat, who also tweeted: “Cramming judicial redistrict bill through #ncga this week would demonstrate a complete disregard for good government.”"

GOP judicial maps redraw rolling in Raleigh
WRAL // Travis Fain // June 26, 2017

Summary: "A statewide redraw of North Carolina’s judicial districts, which emerged in what may be the last week of this legislative session, is headed to the House floor after tense debate, accusations of a gerrymander, calls for delay and a party-line committee vote."

Sweeping changes proposed for North Carolina judicial, prosecutor elections
Fayetteville Observer // Paul Woolverton // June 26, 2017

Summary: "Legislation to dramatically reshape how judges and prosecutors are elected in North Carolina was unveiled Sunday and Monday and is the House is expected to vote on it today."

  • "The legislation, which was initially proposed as a bill to reshape judicial boundaries in Pitt and three other counties, underwent a dramatic, last-minute change that had the state Democratic Party and voter advocacy groups calling it a “partisan ploy” to rig the judicial branch to support Republican candidates."

Judicial, DA boundary line changes approved by House panel
Times-News // Gary Robertson // June 27, 2017

Summary: "North Carolina House Republicans pressed ahead Monday with legislation redrawing electoral boundaries for trial court judges and district attorneys that its author said was months in the making but surfaced with the days left in this year’s session quickly dwindling." Judicial changes spark caution in Pitt County
Daily Reflect // Ginger Livingston // June 27, 2017
Summary: "A state House judiciary committee, in a 7-5 party line vote, favorably voted for legislation that would redraw the state’s judicial boundaries, including dividing Pitt County into two voting districts for both district and superior court judges."

NC political maps are among the most skewed toward GOP, according to this analysis
N&O // Jonathan Drew // June 26, 2017
Summary: "North Carolina’s congressional and state House districts are among the most Republican-skewed in the country despite voter preferences that are relatively evenly split, according to an Associated Press analysis."

  • "In North Carolina, about 2.4 million votes overall were cast for Republicans in the state’s 2016 congressional races, compared to about 2.1 million Democratic votes. Yet the congressional delegation has a much more lopsided 10-3 split in favor of Republicans. The study calculated that the GOP won at least two more seats than what would be expected based on its share of the statewide vote."

Republicans could gain in Buncombe under proposed judicial district lines
Asheville Citizen-Times // Mark Barrett // June 26, 2017

Summary: "A proposal to change the way judges are elected in Buncombe County has popped up in the state House and could result in more Republicans sitting on the bench in the county. The bill passed by a House committee Monday would divide Buncombe County into two districts for the purpose of electing its seven District Court and two Superior Court judges."

State budget has no funds for Goldsboro veteran’s cemetary
WRAL // June 26, 2017

Summary: "In planning the $23 billion state budget, lawmakers left out money for maintenance and jobs at the new Eastern Carolina State Veterans Cemetery in Goldsboro, an omission that could force the state’s newest resting place for veterans to close."

Untangle Goldsboro veterans cemetery from partisan politics
N&O // Editorial // June 26, 2017

Summary: "an oversight – intentional or otherwise – by Republicans in the General Assembly has left the state Department of Military and Veterans Affairs without adequate money to care for and maintain a new veterans cemetery in Goldsboro. The cemetery was made possible by a federal grant, and all veterans and their spouses are eligible. If the state can’t maintain it, it risks having to return the $5.4 million grant given by the feds to build the cemetery."

House Bill 2-inspired disclosure rule for UNC leaders’ votes in NCAA, ACC actions get voted down
N&O // Colin Campbell // June 26, 2017

Summary: "The N.C. House on Monday rejected changes to a UNC public records bill that would have forced university leaders to disclose any votes they take as members of a NCAA or ACC committee."

Music therapy isn’t regulated in NC. Should it require a license?
N&O // Colin Campbell // June 26, 2017

Summary: "House Bill 192 would put an existing licensing board for recreational therapy in charge of issuing music therapy licenses. Ten other states have licensing regulations, but the industry isn’t regulated in North Carolina."

Cap on light rail funding remains in final NC budget
N&O // Colin Campbell // June 26, 2017

Summary: "For the second year in a row, the N.C. House has been unsuccessful in its efforts to remove a state funding cap that significantly reduces funding for the Durham-Chapel Hill light rail project."

House takes down billboard rules changes
WRAL // Matthew Burns // June 26, 2017

Summary: "In a sudden defeat for a leading House member, the chamber on Monday defeated a proposal to loosen restrictions on billboards."

  • "Rep. David Lewis, R-Harnett, chairman of the powerful Rules Committee, had worked for months to craft a proposal he said would benefit the outdoor advertising industry while allaying concerns of local governments and environmentalists. But the House trashed House Bill 581 by a 49-66 vote"
  • "Rep. Ted Davis, R-New Hanover, objected to allowing digital signs to replace older billboards, saying it would create "clutter" that could diminish the appeal of some communities."

Alcohol deregulation bill moves closer to House vote
Daily Reflector // John Trump // June 27, 2017

Summary: "The House Alcoholic Beverage Control Committee on Thursday overwhelmingly approved a Proposed Committee Substitute, which combines the Senate Bill with an earlier measure from the House specific to breweries and wineries." Gov. Cooper News

Gov. Roy Cooper to veto state budget bill; override expected
N&O // Colin Campbell // June 26, 2017

Summary: "Gov. Roy Cooper announced Monday that he plans to veto the budget bill passed by the Republican-led legislature, citing tax cuts and teacher raises that he says are inadequate."

Cooper to veto ‘small minded’ state budget
WRAL // Matthew Burns / June 26, 2017

Summary: "Gov. Roy Cooper said Monday that he plans to veto the $23 billion state budget that lawmakers passed last week, calling it "short sighted and small minded." "

NC Gov. Cooper to vote $23 billion budget
WUNC // Rusty Jacobs // June 26, 2017

Summary: "Governor Roy Cooper says he will veto the $23 billion budget passed by the Republican-led legislature last week"

Cooper vetos ‘irresponsible’ budget
Courier-Tribune // Dan Way // June 26, 2017

Summary: "At a Monday news conference, Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper announced he would veto the state budget."

Cooper vetoes ‘small-minded’ budget, Republicans plan for override this week
North State Journal // Mollie Young // June 26, 2017

Summary: "On Monday, Gov. Roy Cooper officially announced that he will veto the state budget plan passed by the Republican-led legislature last week, doubling down on his belief that it shortchanges education, teacher pay and only generates tax cuts for the rich."

Pitt delegates waiting for governor to make his case following his veto pledge
Daily Reflector // Ginger Livingston // June 27, 2017

Summary: "Pitt County’s two Democratic legislative delegates say they are waiting for Gov. Roy Cooper to make his case for vetoing the state’s pending fiscal budget before announcing if they join or oppose a likely override vote."

  • "Rep. Greg Murphy, R-Pitt, said he’s disappointed by Cooper’s action but believes the House and the Senate have the votes to override the veto because some Democrats voted for the budget."

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

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Nelson Dollar

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Chris Malone

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Susan Martin

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Gregory Murphy

Pitt delegates waiting for governor to make his case following his veto pledge
Daily Reflector // Ginger Livingston // June 27, 2017

Summary: "Pitt County’s two Democratic legislative delegates say they are waiting for Gov. Roy Cooper to make his case for vetoing the state’s pending fiscal budget before announcing if they join or oppose a likely override vote."

  • "Rep. Greg Murphy, R-Pitt, said he’s disappointed by Cooper’s action but believes the House and the Senate have the votes to override the veto because some Democrats voted for the budget."

Public forum addresses STOP Act, state budget
The Daily Reflector // Sharieka Botex // June 27, 2017

Summary: "The state Senate last week gave a green light to the STOP Act, a bill aiming to curb opioid addiction, and several Pitt County residents at a Sunday forum questioned exactly how the legislation would work."

  • "Rep. Greg Murphy, a Greenville urologist and sponsor of the Strengthen Opioid Misuse Prevention Act, was on hand to answer questions during a public forum held Sunday at the Pitt-Greenville Airport.
  • "Murphy said there has been a lot of miscommunication and misunderstanding about the act, which looks to add restrictions on medical providers who prescribe opioids."

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

Fisheries reform bill backers hopeful, but time may run out
The Outer Banks Voice // Sam Walker // June 26, 2017

Summary: "With the General Assembly expected to wrap up the 2017 session by the end of the week, supporters of a bill they say would be a major step toward protecting the state’s coastal fisheries aren’t giving up their efforts."

  • "Members of the Coastal Conservation Association and their lobbyists were talking to key House members Wednesday morning asking to have the bill debated by the House Wildlife Resources Committee.But several members of the House, led by Rep. Beverly Boswell, R-Kill Devil Hills, were able to prevent it from being placed on the panel’s calendar at the last minute."

John Sauls

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Donny Lambeth

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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
House takes down billboard rules changes
WRAL // Matthew Burns // June 26, 2017

Summary: "In a sudden defeat for a leading House member, the chamber on Monday defeated a proposal to loosen restrictions on billboards."

  • "Rep. David Lewis, R-Harnett, chairman of the powerful Rules Committee, had worked for months to craft a proposal he said would benefit the outdoor advertising industry while allaying concerns of local governments and environmentalists. But the House trashed House Bill 581 by a 49-66 vote"
  • "Rep. Ted Davis, R-New Hanover, objected to allowing digital signs to replace older billboards, saying it would create "clutter" that could diminish the appeal of some communities."

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

House takes down billboard rules changes
WRAL // Matthew Burns // June 26, 2017

Summary: "In a sudden defeat for a leading House member, the chamber on Monday defeated a proposal to loosen restrictions on billboards."

  • "Rep. David Lewis, R-Harnett, chairman of the powerful Rules Committee, had worked for months to craft a proposal he said would benefit the outdoor advertising industry while allaying concerns of local governments and environmentalists. But the House trashed House Bill 581 by a 49-66 vote"
  • "Rep. Ted Davis,R-New Hanover, objected to allowing digital signs to replace older billboards, saying it would create "clutter" that could diminish the appeal of some communities."

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

NC Republicans seek to redraw judicial maps
WRAL // Travis Fain // June 26, 2017

Summary: "Republicans released a redraw of the state’s judicial and prosecutorial districts Sunday evening, setting up a committee hearing Monday afternoon on a potential overhaul of the state’s third branch of government."

  • "Sen. Jeff Tarte, a Cornelius Republican, earlier this year filed a bill that would redraw court districts in Mecklenburg County – splitting a 21-judge District Court district into three with seven judges each. At the time, Tarte acknowledged the intention was to try to make some of those districts more competitive for Republicans."

Danny Britt

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Bill Cook

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Dan Bishop

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Jim Davis

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NCDP News / Mentions

Sweeping changes proposed for North Carolina judicial, prosecutor elections
Fayetteville Observer // Paul Woolverton // June 26, 2017

Summary: "Legislation to dramatically reshape how judges and prosecutors are elected in North Carolina was unveiled Sunday and Monday and is the House is expected to vote on it today."

  • "The legislation, which was initially proposed as a bill to reshape judicial boundaries in Pitt and three other counties, underwent a dramatic, last-minute change that had the state Democratic Party and voter advocacy groups calling it a “partisan ploy” to rig the judicial branch to support Republican candidates."
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