NCDP Clips 7/12

General Assembly News

NC NAACP’s Barber and other protesters challenge ban on entering the Legislative Building
N&O // Lynn Bonner // July 11, 2017

Summary: "State NAACP President William Barber and other protesters are challenging the orders banning them from entering the N.C. Legislative Building."

Charter takeover of struggling NC Schools is a risky step
N&O // Editorial // July 11, 2017

Summary: "Why, some might ask, was North Carolina’s Innovative School District – a plan whereby low-performing elementary schools will be run by charter school operators – so named after having originally been called the Achievement School District? Perhaps the change came about because a similar program in Tennessee, Achievement District Schools, didn’t improve academic results after some regular public schools were in effect made charters."

  • "But this type of “school district” was the creation of Republicans. Nothing wrong with that, by the way, except Republican leaders of the General Assembly have failed for years to adequately invest in the public schools to which most North Carolina families send their children."
  • "Perhaps fewer schools would be “low-performing” if fewer GOP leaders were low-performing."
  • "What lawmakers need to do, and soon, is re-examine their investment (or lack thereof) in public education and come up with appropriations and spending plans to address the shortcomings of public education to which legislators have contributed by shortchanging the schools."

Our View: A risky bet on big budget cuts
Fayetteville Observer // Editorial // July 11, 2017

Summary: "Raleigh, we have a problem. We may run out of fuel and crash-land.The fuel is money, and by 2020, North Carolina may be short. Like about $1 billion short, which by anyone’s definition is real money."

  • "Now, in response to the Research Division’s predictions, Republican leaders say we needn’t worry. They’re sure that whatever is left after the tax cuts will be plenty. “We are not projecting that kind of growth in government spending because we are not going to automatically spend every dime we get our hands on,” said Rep. Bill Brawley, a Mecklenburg Republican who is senior co-chair of the House Finance Committee."
  • "We’re worried about the translation of that statement. It means you’d better like the government you’ve got now, because it’s not going to get any better than this."
  • "Instead, we’re looking into the hungry mouth of a deficit, despite the magical thinking of budget writers like Brawley, who’s just sure the Tooth Fairy will continue to deliver budget surpluses in response to tax cuts — a phenomenon that has never worked out for any politician anywhere."
  • "We’re all for fiscal prudence, but we like it when it’s grounded in reality. "

Editorial: Legislators out of step, Infosys deal shows
WRAL // Editorial // July 12, 2017

Summary: "Sometimes it’s what ISN’T said that comes across the loudest.Such is the case with last week’s major job announcement by Infosys. We hope legislative leaders like Sen. Phil Berger, House Speaker Tim Moore, Senate Budget Chairman Harry Brown and House Budget Chairman Nelson Dollar, noticed."

  • "It’s by far the largest single jobs announcement since the earliest days of Gov. Pat McCrory’s administration in 2013."
  • "What Kumar didn’t mention were so-called development incentives that our legislative leadership brags about the most: low corporate taxes and low wages. Those factors didn’t seem to matter to Infosys, yet the General Assembly continues down that tax-cutting path. What’s worse are budget provisions that attack the very strengths that attract new and expanding companies to North Carolina."
  • "Legislative leaders need to move out of the General Assembly’s ideological echo chamber and start to listen to those like Ravi Kumar, who are driving growth and investing in North Carolina."

Gov. Cooper News

Domestic violence history is now grounds for first-degree murder charges
N&O // Craig Jarvis // July 11, 2017

Summary: "On Tuesday, Gov. Roy Cooper signed “Britny’s Law.” “One thing Britny has done is brought Republicans and Democrats together in North Carolina — 158 to 2 — on an issue that affects so many different people: domestic violence,” Stephen Puryear said at a bill-signing ceremony, referring to the General Assembly vote on Senate Bill 600.

Domestic violence prevention measures signed into law
WRAL // Laura Leslie // July 11, 2017

Summary: "Gov. Roy Cooper on Tuesday signed into law three pieces of legislation designed to crack down on domestic violence."

‘Revenge porn’ protections expanded
N&O // Craig Jarvis // July 11, 2017
Summary: "North Carolina has expanded protections against “revenge porn” in a law Gov. Roy Cooper signed on Tuesday."

First lady focusing on NC children
WRAL // Debra Morgan // July 11, 2017

Summary: "Six months after moving into the Executive Mansion with her husband, Gov. Roy Cooper, Kristin Cooper says she is working hard to make her own mark on North Carolina. She already has visited 20 of the state’s 100 counties and says she plans to visit the rest before the governor’s first is up in 2020."

Cooper orders flag to fly half-staff in tribute to Marine plane crash victims
ABC11 // July 11, 2017

Summary: "Gov. Roy Cooper on Tuesday ordered all United States and North Carolina flags at state facilities to be lowered to half-staff from sunrise to sunset on Wednesday, July 12 in tribute to the 16 service members who died Monday night in a Marine KC-130 transport aircraft crash in Mississippi."

  • "I am heartbroken about the 16 lives taken far too soon after the KC-130 plane crash," said NC Democratic Party Chairman Wayne Goodwin. "I am keeping the families of the deceased in my thoughts and prayers in addition to the Cherry Point community. I thank our Marine Corps for their service, especially given the dangers they face daily in their jobs."

Cooper will decide immediate fate of proposed wind farms
Bladen Journal // Will Rierson // July 11, 2017

Summary: "One of many bills on Gov. Roy Cooper’s desk, House Bill 589 places an 18-month moratorium on permits for new wind farms, and two companies may drop plans for facilities planned for eastern North Carolina."

  • "One of many bills on Gov. Roy Cooper’s desk, House Bill 589 places an 18-month moratorium on permits for new wind farms, and two companies may drop plans for facilities planned for eastern North Carolina."

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

Our View: A risky bet on big budget cuts
Fayetteville Observer // Editorial // July 11, 2017

Summary: "Raleigh, we have a problem. We may run out of fuel and crash-land.The fuel is money, and by 2020, North Carolina may be short. Like about $1 billion short, which by anyone’s definition is real money."

  • "Now, in response to the Research Division’s predictions, Republican leaders say we needn’t worry. They’re sure that whatever is left after the tax cuts will be plenty. “We are not projecting that kind of growth in government spending because we are not going to automatically spend every dime we get our hands on,” said Rep. Bill Brawley, a Mecklenburg Republican who is senior co-chair of the House Finance Committee."
  • "We’re worried about the translation of that statement. It means you’d better like the government you’ve got now, because it’s not going to get any better than this."
  • "Instead, we’re looking into the hungry mouth of a deficit, despite the magical thinking of budget writers like Brawley, who’s just sure the Tooth Fairy will continue to deliver budget surpluses in response to tax cuts — a phenomenon that has never worked out for any politician anywhere."
  • "We’re all for fiscal prudence, but we like it when it’s grounded in reality. "

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

Cooper orders flag to fly half-staff in tribute to Marine plane crash victims
ABC11 // July 11, 2017

Summary: "Gov. Roy Cooper on Tuesday ordered all United States and North Carolina flags at state facilities to be lowered to half-staff from sunrise to sunset on Wednesday, July 12 in tribute to the 16 service members who died Monday night in a Marine KC-130 transport aircraft crash in Mississippi."

  • "I am heartbroken about the 16 lives taken far too soon after the KC-130 plane crash," said NC Democratic Party Chairman Wayne Goodwin. "I am keeping the families of the deceased in my thoughts and prayers in addition to the Cherry Point community. I thank our Marine Corps for their service, especially given the dangers they face daily in their jobs."

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