NCDP Clips 7/14

General Assembly News

Barber remains blocked from Legislative Building; some protesters can return if invited
N&O // Anne Blythe // July 13, 2017

Summary: "The state NAACP president and other protesters arrested May 30 will continue to be blocked from the building where state laws are made while their court cases remain unresolved."

NAACP leader, others remain banned from Legislative Building
WRAL // Matthew Burns // July 13, 2017

Summary: "State NAACP President Rev. William Barber and four other people cannot go to the state legislature until their trespassing cases from a recent protest there are resolved, a Wake County judge ordered Thursday."

Hearing on NC redistricting set for later this month
North State Journal // Mollie Young // July 13, 2017

Summary: "On Thursday, the U.S. District Court in Greensboro set a hearing date for July 27 at 10 a.m. at the same courthouse that saw a three-judge panel conclude that Republican-drawn legislative districts were racially gerrymandered."

Pre-K efforts are working in NC
N&O // Editorial //July 13, 2017

Summary: "…a report from the much-respected Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute – appropriately named for the late, revered president of the University of North Carolina – gives virtually straight A’s to NC Pre-K, which began as More at Four."

  • ""So here, then, is something the Republicans and Democrats can wholeheartedly support – and should. At the next opportunity, let’s see legislative leaders from both parties take the vow to fully fund NC Pre-K for all eligible students, from now on. It works. We’ve got the proof."

Rural hospital in bankruptcy court; legislators still won’t expand Medicaid
WRAL // Editorial // July 14, 2017

Summary: "Morehead Memorial, a 108-bed community hospital in Eden, N.C. – Senate leader Phil Berger’s hometown hospital – is on life-support. Earlier this week the 93-year-old facility, which traces its legacy to a $7,500 gift from Marshall Field and Company (more currently known as Fieldcrest Mills), filed for Chapter 11 federal bankruptcy protection."

  • "There are plenty of reasons why Morehead, like many rural hospitals across the state and nation, have fallen on hard financial times. But in North Carolina – and Rockingham County in particular – it is neither inaccurate nor unfair to point one finger squarely at the state’s most powerful legislator."
  • "Meanwhile back in North Carolina, Berger and his cohorts in the legislature are doing all they can to block efforts to expand health coverage. What kind of responsible elected representatives would work so hard to deny access to health care for the North Carolinians who need it most? How many people have to die and declare personal bankruptcy before Berger cares?"

Gov. Cooper News

Governor Cooper signs 6 bills into law, one could affect your vehicle
WWAY News // July 13, 2017

Summary: "Governor Roy Cooper just signed six bills into law that include agriculture, vehicle lights, and unsafe structure demolition."

McCrory says Cooper administration’s safety standard tied to coal ash vindicates his actions
N&O // Craig Jarvis // July 13, 2017

Summary: "North Carolina still has conflicting safety standards for drinking water from private wells located near leaky coal ash ponds, but the state is turning to scientific experts to try to resolve the differences."

  • "Cooper, a Democrat, campaigned on McCrory’s clean-up of coal ash from 14 power plants around the state, following a massive spill of the material into the Dan River. “One of the things I’m going to do is listen to the scientists who are providing the advice, unlike Governor McCrory,” Cooper said during a debate."

Currituck, Hyde awarded state grants for flood control
Outer Banks Voice // July 13, 2017

Summary: "Seven coastal North Carolina communities will get grants totaling $100,000 to help them prepare for hurricanes, storms and growth."

  • "“These grants will help coastal North Carolina alleviate flooding after hurricanes and big storms, plan for future growth and improve water quality,” Gov. Roy Cooper said in a news release."

Governors lament pace of battling opioid epidemic
Providence Journal // Lynn Arditi // July 14, 2017

Summary: "Governors from Alaska to Virginia who spoke Thursday during the National Governors Association’s forum on the opioid epidemic expressed frustration that the problem has outpaced their efforts to solve it."

  • ""“I’ve talked to way too many moms and dads who’ve lost people in overdose,″ North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper, a Democrat, said. “Four people a day in my state of North Carolina [die of drug overdoses]. It has to stop.”"

Cuts to Medicaid will harm poor Americans seeking help for opioid addiction
Business Day // Scott Malone // July 14, 2017

Summary: "Proposals by US senate Republicans to phase out the expansion of the Medicaid health insurance programme for low-income Americans, could hurt state efforts to fight the country’s opioid addiction crisis, governors warned on Thursday."

  • ""We’re kidding ourselves if we don’t think what’s happening with healthcare in Congress right now is affecting this issue," North Carolina governor Roy Cooper, a Democrat, told his counterparts at a meeting of the National Governors Association in Providence."

LGBT groups, critical of NC Gov. Cooper, press him to adopt further protections
Charlotte Observer // Jim Morrill // July 13, 2017

Summary: "Gay rights groups continued to voice their frustration with North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper in a letter to the governor that asks him to take administrative steps to ensure protections for the LGBT community." Key Targets News – House

Brenden Jones

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Larry Yarborough

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Mike Clampitt

Pinnacle park gets security cameras after trails spiked last winter
WLOS // Rex Hodge // July 13, 2017

Summary: "Sylva leaders are putting security measures in place at a popular hiking trail that was laced with spikes last winter."

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

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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

Democrats split with Jefferson and Jackson
N&O // Rob Christensen // July 14, 2017

Summary: "Call it political correctness. Call it being respectful of everyone’s point of view. Call it whatever you want. But the North Carolina Democrats have given former Presidents Thomas Jefferson and Andrew Jackson their walking papers. When the Democrats gather for their 87th annual Jefferson-Jackson Day Dinner in Raleigh on Saturday it will be without Tom and Andy."

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