NCDP Clips 7/17

General Assembly News

NC lawmakers should not be entrusted with drawing maps to fix gerrymanders, NAACP tells judges
N&O // Anne Blythe // July 14, 2017

Summary: "The state NAACP has asked the federal judges tasked with deciding whether to order special legislative elections this year to give the civil-rights organization a voice in the matter, too. And if the request is granted, the organization wants the judges to consider appointing a special master to draw new maps to correct the illegal racial gerrymanders that have been used for the last six years to elect General Assembly members."

With more sessions to come, does NC still have a part-time legislature
N&O // Lauren Horsch // July 14, 2017

Summary: "The legislature is spending more time lawmaking, which makes it harder for lawmakers to have a job that supplements their income. In 2015, the session lasted until late September. In 2016, lawmakers came back for five special sessions. And while this year’s session was the second-quickest “long session” since 1973, lawmakers are scheduled to come back in August and September, and could add additional sessions before a self-imposed Nov. 15 redistricting deadline. "

  • "Rep. Nelson Dollar, a Wake County Republican, this year introduced a constitutional amendment that would limit the length of the session to end on or before June 30, and would require lawmakers to stay adjourned until at least Jan. 1 of the following year.

Politics podcast: Are lawmakers spending too much time in Raleigh?
N&O // July 14, 2017

Summary: "Despite only being a part-time legislature, lawmakers are still sticking around the General Assembly with special sessions coming up in August and September. Is it time to start calling it a full-time legislature? The panel also discussed a community newspaper’s request for Gov. Roy Cooper to veto a bill that could put the paper out of business; Rev. William J. Barber II challenging a ban that keeps him from the Legislative Building; and what is happening between health care protesters and U.S. Sen. Thom Tillis. " Judges side with NC education chief and legislature over control of department
N&O // Lynn Bonner // July 14, 2017

Summary: "State Superintendent Mark Johnson should have more control over public education operations as allowed under a new law, a three-judge panel ruled Friday. ..In its lawsuit, the board said the legislature was trying to take away responsibilities conferred by the state constitution and give them to the superintendent. "

After N.C.’s tax-cut frenzy, deficits loom
N&O // Editorial // July 15, 2017

Summary: "For the Republican-led General Assembly, the con is finally up. For years Republican state leaders told North Carolinians that it’s possible to cut taxes sharply and still meet the state’s needs and even – presto – generate a budget surplus. The idea defied economics and mathematics."

  • "just days after the legislature approved a new $23 billion budget full of spending austerity and more tax cuts and lawmakers went home, the legislature’s nonpartisan Fiscal Research Division delivered the truth. It said state expenses will grow faster than revenue starting in 2019 that could produce budget shortfalls of $1.2 billion to $1.4 billion in years 2019-2020 to 2021-2022."

Gov. Cooper News

A small newspaper says it’ll go out of business if Cooper doesn’t veto this bill
N&O // Colin Campbell // July 14, 2017

Summary: "The Jamestown News used its front page this week to fight a bill that could move legal notices out of newspapers and onto government websites."

  • "“Trudy Wade’s bill will close Jamestown News,” the headline says, calling on readers to lobby the governor. “Governor’s veto is our last hope.”"
  • "Rep. David Lewis, a Harnett County Republican, worked on the compromise version of the bill with Wade. He said he’s skeptical of Womack’s claims that the change would drive newspapers out of business because most have other revenue sources."
  • "Asked if the change will allow the North State Journal to run more legal ads, Robbins said in an email that “we will take any advertising that comes our way.”"

Gov. Cooper promises to end gerrymandering if Dems regain power
WITN // AP // July 16, 2017

Summary: "Gov. Roy Cooper promised Democrats would give up the right to draw political districts that would give their candidates an advantage over Republicans if they regain legislative power. Cooper made the promise to end gerrymandering Saturday in Raleigh at the Democratic Party’s annual gathering, the Associated Press reports."

Farm bill with anti-union language signed by Cooper
Citizen-Times // AP // July 14, 2017

Summary: "Unions in sparsely organized North Carolina are unhappy with Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper for signing a wide-ranging farm bill because it contained a last-minute provision that seeks to ensure growers don’t have to collect dues for organized workers. " Key Targets News – House

Brenden Jones

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Larry Yarborough

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Mike Clampitt

WNC lawmakers differ on guns, HB2, spending, billboards
Asheville Citizen-Times // Mark Barrett // July 15, 2017

Summary: "Here’s a look at how Western North Carolina legislators voted on some of the issues that sparked the most disagreement"

John Bradford

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Bill Brawley

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Nelson Dollar

With more sessions to come, does NC still have a part-time legislature
N&O // Lauren Horsch // July 14, 2017

Summary: "The legislature is spending more time lawmaking, which makes it harder for lawmakers to have a job that supplements their income. In 2015, the session lasted until late September. In 2016, lawmakers came back for five special sessions. And while this year’s session was the second-quickest “long session” since 1973, lawmakers are scheduled to come back in August and September, and could add additional sessions before a self-imposed Nov. 15 redistricting deadline. "

  • "Rep. Nelson Dollar, a Wake County Republican, this year introduced a constitutional amendment that would limit the length of the session to end on or before June 30, and would require lawmakers to stay adjourned until at least Jan. 1 of the following year."

Chris Malone

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Susan Martin

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Gregory Murphy

Report: Hickory 5th worst city for opioid abuse in United States
Hickory Record // Emily Willis // July 17, 2017

Summary: "The worst city in the U.S. for opioid abuse, according to the report, was Wilmington. Hickory was the fifth, followed by Jacksonville at 12th and Fayetteville at 18th."

  • "Provisions of the STOP Act include penalties for improper reporting of controlled substances prescriptions, limits on the initial quantity of opioid prescriptions for acute pain and stricter supervision of prescribers."
  • "I believe this bill represents what is best about our form of government,” Rep. Greg Murphy said via the release. “We’ve had bipartisan support, and stakeholders from many constituencies came together to express support and concerns.

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

A small newspaper says it’ll go out of business if Cooper doesn’t veto this bill
N&O // Colin Campbell // July 14, 2017

Summary: "The Jamestown News used its front page this week to fight a bill that could move legal notices out of newspapers and onto government websites."

  • "“Trudy Wade’s bill will close Jamestown News,” the headline says, calling on readers to lobby the governor. “Governor’s veto is our last hope.”"
  • "Rep. David Lewis, a Harnett County Republican, worked on the compromise version of the bill with Wade. He said he’s skeptical of Womack’s claims that the change would drive newspapers out of business because most have other revenue sources."
  • "Asked if the change will allow the North State Journal to run more legal ads, Robbins said in an email that “we will take any advertising that comes our way.”"

Voting rights roundup: New Hampshire GOP passes new law to suppress votes following close 2016 races
Daily Kos // Stephen Wolf // July 14, 2017

Summary: "In 2016, a federal court struck down North Carolina Republicans’ sweeping 2013 voter suppression law for “target[ing] African Americans with almost surgical precision,” and the Supreme Court refused to reinstate that law earlier this year. However, GOP legislators are already plotting to pass a new voter ID measure that they hope will survive judicial review, even if their motivation for doing so to suppress Democratic-leaning black voters remains. "

  • "State Rep. David Lewis, who chairs the powerful House Rules Committee, recently stated that Republicans are “a hundred percent committed to the idea of voter ID.” Lewis has openly acknowledged his party’s efforts to seek naked partisan advantage with some of its past voting-law changes, and this time is no different. Lewis has even suggested that Republicans could use their supermajorities, which they hold thanks to district lines that were ruled unconstitutional and will soon have to be redrawn, to refer a state constitutional amendment to the ballot that would require voter ID."

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

A small newspaper says it’ll go out of business if Cooper doesn’t veto this bill
N&O // Colin Campbell // July 14, 2017

Summary: "The Jamestown News used its front page this week to fight a bill that could move legal notices out of newspapers and onto government websites."

  • "“Trudy Wade’s bill will close Jamestown News,” the headline says, calling on readers to lobby the governor. “Governor’s veto is our last hope.”"
  • "Rep. David Lewis, a Harnett County Republican, worked on the compromise version of the bill with Wade. He said he’s skeptical of Womack’s claims that the change would drive newspapers out of business because most have other revenue sources."
  • "Asked if the change will allow the North State Journal to run more legal ads, Robbins said in an email that “we will take any advertising that comes our way.”"

Editorial: The public will lose
Cateret County News-Times // Editorial // July 15, 2017

Summary: "HB-205, removes public notices from newspapers and allows them to be hidden on seldom visited government websites. Right now it only applies to newspapers in Guilford County, represented by Republican Sen. Trudy Wade of Jamestown, who hates newspaper coverage and who introduced this bill, and others similar to it in the past, to hurt newspapers financially. "

  • "Jamestown News publisher Charles Womack said when HB-205 takes effect his newspaper will close. It’s a loss that can’t be measured in dollars alone. The real loss will be the loss of coverage, jobs and transparency — and the loss of Jamestown residents’ voice, Sen. Wade’s hometown."

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

Q&A: Eric Holder on gerrymandering, race, mortgage crisis
WRAL // Travis Fain // July 15, 2017

Summary: "Former U.S. attorney general Eric Holder was in town Saturday for the North Carolina Democratic Party’s annual fundraising dinner. He’s heading up a national effort to win state house races ahead of the 2020 U.S. census, which precedes the once-a-decade redrawing of legislative and congressional maps. With the rise of software that can target voters by their partisan tendencies, this process is a big key to political power in the United States."

Holder, Democrats rally over hopes to take back redistricting
WRAL // July 15, 2017

Summary: "North Carolina is "ground zero" for a new national Democratic Party push to win state legislative seats around the country between now and the 2020 census, former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder and Gov. Roy Cooper said Saturday."

Gov. Cooper promises to end gerrymandering if Dems regain power
WITN // AP // July 16, 2017

Summary: "Gov. Roy Cooper promised Democrats would give up the right to draw political districts that would give their candidates an advantage over Republicans if they regain legislative power. Cooper made the promise to end gerrymandering Saturday in Raleigh at the Democratic Party’s annual gathering, the Associated Press reports."

Eric Holder speaking at North Carolina Democrats Dinner
U.S. News & Report // AP // July 15, 2017

Summary: "Former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder is the keynote speaker at an annual North Carolina Democratic dinner where his new work making party inroads through redistricting will get attention given current state litigation."

Eric Holder came to town – Dems ready to do Obama’s bidding
American Lens // July 17, 2017

Summary: "Eric Holder came to Raleigh this weekend to pump-up Democrats and join Roy Cooper to raise money for the 2018-2020 elections at the annual Unity Dinner .Unity? Nope, more like divide and conquer. It is fitting Governor Cooper was there to greet him. After all, they were involved in the previous redistricting debacle that got us where we are now."

  • "Staff Note: We did receive an invitation to attend the event signed by Roy Cooper, but our organization was denied entry after our request."

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