NCDP Clips 7/13

General Assembly News

Ban keeping Rev. Barber and other protesters from Legislative Building may be tossed
N&O // Matthew Adams // July 12, 2017

Summary: "A Wake County judge said at a hearing Wednesday that an order banning protesters from the North Carolina Legislative Building is “entirely too broad.”"

Judge says protesters shouldn’t be banned from Legislative Building
WRAL // Laura Leslie // July 12, 2017

Summary: "A Wake County judge plans to draft new pre-trial release conditions for people arrested during a protest at the Legislative Building, saying Wednesday that banning them from the building goes too far.

Caucus: Senate gutted funding
Winston-Salem Chronicle // Cash Michaels // July 13, 2017

Summary: "In the aftermath of reports that the Republican-led General Assembly did not appropriate $200,000 proposed by Gov. Roy Cooper for the long-planned Freedom Monument Project to honor black contributions to North Carolina history, comes word that the state Senate actually cut funding to the N.C. African American Heritage Commission, a part of the N.C. Dept. of Resources, in effect attempting to cripple the commission going forward. "

  • “This was negotiated after the full [committee] chairs finished all the budget work that was asked of us,” said Rep. Donny Lambeth (R-Forsyth), one of the budget committee members.

Our View: Rape law needs clarification
Fayetteville Observer // Editorial // July 12, 2017

Summary: "Lawyers, police, prosecutors and legal scholars are still all over the map about whether state law protects people who initially consent to have sex and then change their minds."

  • " It’s a longstanding oversight that needs to be fixed before more women become rape victims, because in North Carolina, “no” doesn’t really mean “no.”"

I’m Republican, but N.C. Legislature went too far
The Charlotte Observer // Robert Orr / Editorial // July 12, 2017

Summary: "The N.C. General Assembly has adjourned – at least for a short while – bringing a collective sigh of relief to most North Carolinians. The old saying, probably incorrectly attributed to Mark Twain, that “no man’s life, liberty or property is safe while the legislature is in session” was never more true in the eyes of many of our citizens than this year. "

  • "That said, the punitive nature of some of the provisions and the lack of fundamental good government process tarnished the result of this year’s session. The draconian stripping of Democrat Attorney General Josh Stein’s budget with no debate or discussion is simply unacceptable."
  • " We need good government and good people willing to do what is right, not just what is politically expedient. My fellow Republicans in the General Assembly can do better.

N.C. NAACP joins plaintiff’s argument for special elections
Winston-Salem Chronicle // Cash Michaels // July 13, 2017

Summary: "In an amicus brief filed in U.S. Middle District Court in Winston-Salem on Tuesday, attorneys for the N.C. NAACP joined plaintiffs versus the State of North Carolina in petitioning for voting districts to be redrawn and special legislative elections be conducted immediately. "

  • "“Today, we have asked the court to take the redistricting process out of the hands of the people who illegally used race to create a legislature that does not represent the state of North Carolina equally or fairly,” said Irv Joyner, legal redress chairman for the N.C. NAACP, referring to the Republican-led N.C. legislature."

Hogwashed: A Powerful Special Interest. Shameless Politicians. Failed Regulations. An In-Depth Look at Big Pork in North Carolina
INDY Week // Erica Hellerstein // July 12, 2017

Summary: "On Wednesday, the INDY published the third and final installment of our investigative series into North Carolina’s hog-farming industry…This final piece discusses ways to make the multi-billion-dollar hog industry more sustainable, both for the environment and the state’s rural population, and the political and financial reasons those steps have not been taken. "

  • "Cumulatively, House Republicans who supported HB 467, also known as the “hog-farm-protection-bill,” have received more than $272,000 in campaign contributions from the industry throughout their careers. The bill’s sponsor, Republican Representative Jimmy Dixon of Duplin, has received $115,000, including $36,250 from individuals associated with Murphy-Brown LLC and $9,500 from the N.C. Pork Council. House Speaker Tim Moore has garnered $44,650. Senator Brent Jackson, who sponsored the Senate companion bill to HB 467, has received more than $130,000 from industry associates."

Consumer loan industry is a big winner at the NC legislature – and a big donor
N&O // David Ranii // July 12, 2017

Summary: "The consumer finance industry, which recently succeeded in persuading the Republican-led state legislature to pass a bill that it wanted, has been a major contributor to GOP lawmakers in recent years. "

  • "A bill pushed by the industry, HB 140, recently was passed by the legislature and is now sitting on Gov. Roy Cooper’s desk. A spokesman for the governor said this week that he’s reviewing the bill."

Future of mental health service management stuck in legislative conference
Bladen Journal // Dan Way // July 12, 2017

Summary: "House and Senate Republicans are stuck in a debate about oversight of the state’s largest mental health provider and who will control mental health services for hundreds of thousands of North Carolinians. "

  • "“We would like to resolve this, but only if the Senate abandons their attempts to renegotiate the previously agreed-to Medicaid reform plan. The House is not interested in changing that plan,” said Rep. Donny Lambeth, R-Forsyth. Lambeth, former president of N.C. Baptist Hospital is one of the three House conferees."
  • "State Rep. Nelson Dollar, R-Wake, an architect of the LME/MCO system, said nothing in the Senate plan would improve behavioral health care. Both DHHS and medical providers oppose it, and the Senate shakeup could reverse gains in mental health care delivery."

NC Lawmakers consider another voter ID bill
WUNC // Jeff Tiberii // July 13, 2017

Summary: "In July 2013, North Carolina lawmakers passed the Voter Information Verification Act – known more commonly as voter ID. It’s a controversial law that was ultimately struck down in federal court for being unconstitutional. Nearly four years later, state legislators are now working on another voter ID bill that would be taken to voters as a constitutional amendment, according to sources."

  • "“We are a hundred percent committed to the idea of voter ID and we are still working out the logistics of what we believe to be the most sure-fire way to get voter ID implemented that will withstand the inevitable challenges that will come from the left,” said David Lewis (R-Harnett), the Rules Chairman of the North Carolina House. "
  • "“We believe the public support for voter ID is sufficient, that clarifying it in the North Carolina Constitution as a requirement is something the people would support,” Lewis said. “So I think that to mute future court challenges, you could certainly see that.”"

Gov. Cooper News

Cooper vetoes casino night bill, signs traffic stop legislation
WRAL // Travis Fain // July 13, 2017

Summary: "Gov. Roy Cooper on Wednesday vetoed legislation meant to legalize charitable casino nights, saying he fears the bill would open another door for a video poker industry the state has worked to stamp out for years."

Cooper vetoes casino night bill amid worries over illegal video poker
News & Record // Gary Robertson // July12, 2017

Summary: "Gov. Roy Cooper vetoed legislation Wednesday that would make casino nights and some raffles already run by nonprofits officially legitimate, citing worries it could cause "unintended problems" by giving a foothold to otherwise illegal video poker."

Downtown Greensboro development to move forward thanks to SB 8
WFMY News Digital // July 12, 2017

Summary: "Governor Roy Cooper signed SB 8 which benefits the City of Greensboro to expand new developments. Greensboro City officials can now move forward with plans for a downtown hotel, the Westin Hotel, and a parking garage that will span February One Place at Davie Street. The project will bring millions of dollars in investments and returns."

Governor Cooper: ‘Everybody in North Carolina will benefit’ from Prescient move from Colorado
ABC11 // Anthony Wilson // July 12, 2017

Summary: "While much of Alamance County bakes in the summer head, business boosters are celebrating a very cool development: Prescient, a construction technology company, says it considers Central North Carolina key to its plans for national growth. The company’s expansion strategy calls for moving beyond its original facility in the Denver area to a second manufacturing plant in Mebane…But the regional benefits don’t end there. Governor Roy Cooper praised the company for choosing Durham as the site for its headquarters. "

  • "With the relocation to Durham, everybody in North Carolina will benefit because we have the infrastructure to help their company grow," said Cooper. "It’s an exciting day for our state. It’s gonna create many more good paying jobs, and it’s gonna help our economy."

Gov. Cooper welcome tech company Prescient to the Triad
WFMY News 2 // Kandace Redd // July 12, 2017

Summary: "Governor Roy Cooper welcomed a tech company to the state of North Carolina. Prescient is a growing manufacturing company with an environmentally friendly edge. Workers use recycled-content steel instead of wood when making buildings." Our View: Make this the year for full Lumbee recognition
Fayetteville Observer // Editorial // July 12, 2017

Summary: "Pittenger and Burr filed the latest Lumbee Recognition Act in May. Gov. Roy Cooper has sent letters to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Speaker Paul Ryan, urging them to help move the recognition bill forward. House leaders are expected to discuss the bill this week, Pittenger says."

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

Future of mental health service management stuck in legislative conference
Bladen Journal // Dan Way // July 12, 2017

Summary: "House and Senate Republicans are stuck in a debate about oversight of the state’s largest mental health provider and who will control mental health services for hundreds of thousands of North Carolinians. "

  • "“We would like to resolve this, but only if the Senate abandons their attempts to renegotiate the previously agreed-to Medicaid reform plan. The House is not interested in changing that plan,” said Rep. Donny Lambeth, R-Forsyth. Lambeth, former president of N.C. Baptist Hospital is one of the three House conferees."
  • "State Rep. Nelson Dollar, R-Wake, an architect of the LME/MCO system, said nothing in the Senate plan would improve behavioral health care. Both DHHS and medical providers oppose it, and the Senate shakeup could reverse gains in mental health care delivery."

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

Caucus: Senate gutted funding
Winston-Salem Chronicle // Cash Michaels // July 13, 2017

Summary: "In the aftermath of reports that the Republican-led General Assembly did not appropriate $200,000 proposed by Gov. Roy Cooper for the long-planned Freedom Monument project to honor black contributions to North Carolina history, comes word that the state Senate actually cut funding to the N.C. African American Heritage Commission, a part of the N.C. Dept. of Resources, in effect attempting to cripple the commission going forward. "

  • “This was negotiated after the full [committee] chairs finished all the budget work that was asked of us,” said Rep. Donny Lambeth (R-Forsyth), one of the budget committee members.

Future of mental health service management stuck in legislative conference
Bladen Journal // Dan Way // July 12, 2017

Summary: "House and Senate Republicans are stuck in a debate about oversight of the state’s largest mental health provider and who will control mental health services for hundreds of thousands of North Carolinians. "

  • "“We would like to resolve this, but only if the Senate abandons their attempts to renegotiate the previously agreed-to Medicaid reform plan. The House is not interested in changing that plan,” said Rep. Donny Lambeth, R-Forsyth. Lambeth, former president of N.C. Baptist Hospital is one of the three House conferees."
  • "State Rep. Nelson Dollar, R-Wake, an architect of the LME/MCO system, said nothing in the Senate plan would improve behavioral health care. Both DHHS and medical providers oppose it, and the Senate shakeup could reverse gains in mental health care delivery."

WSSU supporters criticize Raymond’s appointment to university board of trustees
Winston-Salem Journal // Richard Craver // July 12, 2017

Summary: "The appointment of Ken Raymond to the Winston-Salem State University board of trustees has drawn criticism from some alumni who question his ability to put students’ interests over what they call his political agenda."

  • "Berger’s office said Raymond was appointed at the recommendation of Sen. Joyce Krawiec, R-Forsyth, while Sides was recommended by Reps.Debra Conradand Donny Lambeth, both local Republicans."

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

NC Lawmakers consider another voter ID bill
WUNC // Jeff Tiberii // July 13, 2017

Summary: "In July 2013, North Carolina lawmakers passed the Voter Information Verification Act – known more commonly as voter ID. It’s a controversial law that was ultimately struck down in federal court for being unconstitutional. Nearly four years later, state legislators are now working on another voter ID bill that would be taken to voters as a constitutional amendment, according to sources."

  • "“We are a hundred percent committed to the idea of voter ID and we are still working out the logistics of what we believe to be the most sure-fired way to get voter ID implemented that will withstand the inevitable challenges that will come from the left,” said David Lewis (R-Harnett), the Rules Chairman of the North Carolina House. "
  • "“We believe the public support for voter ID is sufficient, that clarifying it in the North Carolina Constitution as a requirement is something the people would support,” Lewis said. “So I think that to mute future court challenges, you could certainly see that.”"

George Cleveland

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Debra Conrad

WSSU supporters criticize Raymond’s appointment to university board of trustees
Winston-Salem Journal // Richard Craver // July 12, 2017

Summary: "The appointment of Ken Raymond to the Winston-Salem State University board of trustees has drawn criticism from some alumni who question his ability to put students’ interests over what they call his political agenda."

  • "Berger’s office said Raymond was appointed at the recommendation of Sen. Joyce Krawiec, R-Forsyth, while Sides was recommended by Reps. Debra Conrad and Donny Lambeth, both local Republicans."

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

Lawmaker sponsors bill that would’ve benefited Horry County school building, gets contracts for project
WBTW // Ryan Webb // July 12, 2017

Summary: "Records show a North Carolina state senator tried as recently as this spring to change the law and his company received nearly $800,000 worth of work on First Floor’s projects in Horry County. The legislation ultimately failed; Ferris and the general contractor point to that and the timing of the contracts as proof there’s no connection between the legislation and the work."

  • "Mark Wolfe, the district’s executive director of facilities, wanted to know why Cardinal Landscaping was allowed to bid for all of the schools’ landscaping when other companies weren’t allowed to, an email shows. Cardinal Landscaping, a company in Fayetteville, North Carolina, is owned by North Carolina Senator Wesley Meredith."
  • "Senator Wesley Meredith attracted the attention of North Carolina’s then-state treasurer as his bill moved through the Senate in 2016, around the same time Robbie Ferris was trying to sell his $1.4 billion plan to Robeson County. "
  • "Meredith’s company hadn’t yet won any bids on Horry County’s new schools, but the paper was already questioning his motive to sponsor the bill. It claimed he had previously won work as a Metcon subcontractor. “Meredith said he isn’t pushing the bill to benefit his company,” the paper wrote."

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

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