NCDP Clips 7/19

General Assembly News

Judge won’t dismiss lawsuit accusing NC lieutenant governor and legislators of holding illegal session
N&O // Anne Blythe // July 18, 2017

Summary: "A Superior Court judge rejected Tuesday a request from North Carolina’s lieutenant governor and legislative leaders to dismiss a lawsuit accusing them of violating the state Constitution when they hastily called a special session in December to consider laws that transform state government."

  • "The special session resulted in two laws that shifted long-held appointment powers from the governor’s office to legislators, shifted some oversight of the state schools from the state board of education to the elected superintendent and overhauled the makeup of the state board of elections, ethics commission, and county elections boards."

AG calls Republican budget cuts ‘political spite’
WRAL // Laura Leslie // July 18, 2017

Summary: "More than 100 lawyers who work for the state may soon be out of work because Republican lawmakers made deep cuts to the personnel budget of the Attorney General’s Office.The $10 million cut will affect about half of the attorneys in the office, who handle appeals in criminal cases and pursue Medicaid fraud, scammers and polluters."

  • "I don’t know why they did it," Democratic Attorney General Josh Stein said Tuesday. "It is irresponsible. It’s going to hurt the people of North Carolina. There is no good policy justification for it, so I think – the only thing I can come up with is it’s some political spite."

Court: State illegally took money from schools
Robesonian // Emery Dalesio // July 19, 2017

Summary: "North Carolina legislators violated the state constitution by diverting traffic fine revenues to pay for jails instead of schools, but a state appeals court ruled Tuesday judges can’t make officials cough up the money that should have helped educate students. "

  • “The state violated the North Carolina Constitution when it moved money otherwise destined for the Richmond County schools to a separate State fund,” Judge Richard Dietz wrote for the three-judge panel. But “when the courts enter a judgment against the state, and no funds already are available to satisfy that judgment, the judicial branch has no power to order state officials to draw money from the state treasury to satisfy it.”

Lawmakers drawing General Assembly lines gather next week
WLOS // AP // July 18, 2017

Summary: "General Assembly members tasked with soon drawing North Carolina’s legislative districts after courts found some boundaries were drawn with unlawful racial bias will hold their first meeting next week. A notice released Tuesday says the House and Senate redistricting committees will convene together July 26." Gov. Cooper News

Cooper leading charge to break GOP grip on Legislature
WRAL // Cullen Browder // July 18, 2017

Summary: "Republicans changed the political landscape in North Carolina when they took control of the state legislature in 2010. Now, Gov. Roy Cooper and the state Democratic Party are plotting to chip away at that GOP stranglehold."

  • "Cooper and Democratic Party Chairman Wayne Goodwin on Tuesday announced their "Break the Majority" effort that combines recruiting Democratic candidates for state House and state Senate seats in the 2018 elections and raising money to pump into their campaigns."

Democrats mobilize around campaign to retake N.C. legislature
Fayetteville Observer // Gary Robertson // July 18, 2017

Summary: "North Carolina Democrats are organizing quickly around their goal of retaking the Republican-controlled legislature thanks to the person who’d benefit the most — Gov. Roy Cooper. Cooper and the state Democratic Party announced an initiative Tuesday to win majorities in the House and Senate by the close of the 2020 elections, right before the next full round of redistricting."

  • "Goodwin said the party has hired the largest research and communications team he can recall. Workers will help with candidate recruitment, fundraising and creating a unified message Democrats believe will result in more seats."

Governor Cooper heading to ENC
ABC12 // Anna Bulszewicz // July 19, 2017

Summary: "Governor Roy Cooper was scheduled to head east Wednesday, kicking off a multi-purpose tour in Eastern North Carolina. "

Our View: Don’t let moratorium poison energy bill
Fayetteville Observer // Editorial // July 18, 2017

Summary: "Sometimes a decision boils down to something pretty unpleasant, a choice where you have to pick the least-damaging option, but you feel lousy about it because you’re inflicting needless damage. So it is with the renewable energy legislation that’s on Gov. Roy Cooper’s desk. No matter what he does — sign it, veto it or let it become law without his signature — there will be serious setbacks. His task is to select the least-awful option. "

  • "The solar-energy part of the legislation is an excellent piece of work. The legislation originated in the House, where lawmakers — led by Rep. John Szoka of Fayetteville — did an extraordinary amount of homework. They spent months crafting the legislation, consulting with utilities, retailers, the renewable-energy industry and its supporters."

Ill breeze blows in wind farm ban
WRAL // Editorial // July 19, 2017

Summary: "Think of it. A business that wants to invest billions in parts of North Carolina often neglected and overlooked by new and expanding businesses. There are no waste lagoons or wafting annoying stench tied to the projects.Shouldn’t it be expected that the General Assembly and its self-styled pro-business leadership would be bending over backwards with incentives and tax cuts?"

  • "Brown’s insistence on an 18-month ban on the development of wind farms – injected into a hard-worked compromise to promote renewable energy development – has both jeopardized the legislation awaiting action by Gov. Roy Cooper as well as the fate of two planned wind farms in eastern North Carolina."
  • "With a veto of House Bill 589 – as difficult as it might be – the governor will be standing for the best interest of his neighbors."

Governor’s leadership needed on GenX response
Star News // Editorial // July 19, 2017

Summary: "Gov. Roy Cooper has been noticeably absent as area leaders grapple with the GenX crisis. And, yes, it is a crisis. When people are no longer confident their drinking water is safe, and the main water provider opens a special station for people to get water, that is a crisis. ..And while we don’t expect Gov. Cooper to answer that question, we do expect him to use the power of his office to help get the answers and to keep this issue a priority for the agencies involved. "

Cooper vetoes bill that newspaper industry calls a job killer
Bladen Journal // Will Rierson // July 19, 2017

Summary: "Gov. Roy Cooper has vetoed a bill that would change the way local governments issue public notices and referred to the measure as an attack on newspapers. It was Cooper’s eighth veto this year. "

  • "The Guilford County exception was introduced as an amendment by Sen. Trudy Wade, a Republican from the county."

Gov. Cooper continues battle against opioid epidemic
WSOC TV // Tina Terry // July 18, 2017

Summary: "The dangers of fentanyl and opioid overdoses are making headlines from the Carolinas to the nation’s Capital, and North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper was in Charlotte discussing steps to crack down on the epidemic. "

Public authority taking over Bald Head Island ferry
Star News // MakenzieHollad // July 18, 2017

Summary: "Gov. Roy Cooper has signed the Ferry Transportation Act into law, creating a public body to oversee Bald Head Island ferry operations."

Hurricane aid, zip line, insurance bills signed by Cooper
WUNC // AP // July 18, 2017

Summary: "Gov. Roy Cooper has signed legislation directing how $100 million in additional Hurricane Matthew relief funds must be spent and requiring zip line and aerial ropes course owners to get minimum levels of liability insurance. "​ 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

General Assembly appoints two to UNC Charlotte Board of Trustees
Independent Tribune // Staff // July 17, 2017

Summary: "The North Carolina General Assembly recently appointed Teross Young of Iredell County and Dennis N. Bunker, III of Mecklenburg County to the UNC Charlotte Board of Trustees. Each was appointed to a four-year term that began July 1, 2017."

  • "“Teross Young and Dennis Bunker have been actively engaged with UNC Charlotte since they were students and have always looked for ways to give back to their alma mater. I am excited to work with them in their new roles as Trustees,” said Chancellor Philip L. Dubois. “UNC Charlotte appreciates the support of Senator Dan Bishop and Representatives Jason Saine ‘95 and Bill Brawley ’78 in sponsoring these key appointments by President Pro Tempore of the N.C. Senate Phil Berger and Speaker of the N.C. House of Representatives Tim Moore.”"

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

Our View: Don’t let moratorium poison energy bill
Fayetteville Observer // Editorial // July 18, 2017

Summary: "Sometimes a decision boils down to something pretty unpleasant, a choice where you have to pick the least-damaging option, but you feel lousy about it because you’re inflicting needless damage. So it is with the renewable energy legislation that’s on Gov. Roy Cooper’s desk. No matter what he does — sign it, veto it or let it become law without his signature — there will be serious setbacks. His task is to select the least-awful option. "

  • "The solar-energy part of the legislation is an excellent piece of work. The legislation originated in the House, where lawmakers — led by Rep. John Szoka of Fayetteville — did an extraordinary amount of homework. They spent months crafting the legislation, consulting with utilities, retailers, the renewable-energy industry and its supporters."

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

Cooper vetoes bill that newspaper industry calls a job killer
Bladen Journal // Will Rierson // July 19, 2017

Summary: "Gov. Roy Cooper has vetoed a bill that would change the way local governments issue public notices and referred to the measure as an attack on newspapers. It was Cooper’s eighth veto this year. "

  • "The Guilford County exception was introduced as an amendment by Sen. Trudy Wade, a Republican from the county."

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 leading charge to break GOP grip on Legislature
WRAL // Cullen Browder // July 18, 2017

Summary: "Republicans changed the political landscape in North Carolina when they took control of the state legislature in 2010. Now, Gov. Roy Cooper and the state Democratic Party are plotting to chip away at that GOP stranglehold."

  • "Cooper and Democratic Party Chairman Wayne Goodwin on Tuesday announced their "Break the Majority" effort that combines recruiting Democratic candidates for state House and state Senate seats in the 2018 elections and raising money to pump into their campaigns."

Democrats mobilize around campaign to retake N.C. Legislature
Fayetteville Observer // Gary Robertson // July 18, 2017

Summary: "North Carolina Democrats are organizing quickly around their goal of retaking the Republican-controlled legislature thanks to the person who’d benefit the most — Gov. Roy Cooper. Cooper and the state Democratic Party announced an initiative Tuesday to win majorities in the House and Senate by the close of the 2020 elections, right before the next full round of redistricting. "

  • "Goodwin said the party has hired the largest research and communications team he can recall. Workers will help with candidate recruitment, fundraising and creating a unified message Democrats believe will result in more seats."

NC Democrats seek ‘Unity’ at annual dinner
North State Journal // Jeff Moore // July 19, 2017

Summary: "Former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder was the keynote speaker at the N.C. Democratic Party’s annual Unity Dinner on Saturday night. Labeled for years as the Jefferson-Jackson dinner, this year’s change in theme reflects a new focus by Democrats in the Old North State to come together in an effort to chip away at Republican legislative supermajorities."

  • "Brad Crone, president of Campaign Connections, a Raleigh-based political consulting firm, thinks the Unity Dinner is a step in the right direction and may provide some positive energy for the party. However, Crone said unity is a minimum requirement to address political realities on the ground."

NC Democratic Party holds unity dinner in Talley
NC State Technician // Sam Messick // July 17, 2017

Summary: "Six months after the inauguration of North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper, 500 members of the North Carolina Democratic Party convened in Talley Student Union Saturday evening for a party fundraising dinner. The “Unity Dinner,” as it was called, was arranged for its attendees to “recommit to” their “democratic values” and celebrate the progress made by North Carolina Democratic politicians in the past six months toward party platform goals."

NC Politics Roundup: Lawmakers consider new Voter ID Bill and Eric Holder visits Raleigh
WUNC // Charlie Shelton & Frank Stasio // July 18, 2017

Summary: "State lawmakers are considering another voter ID bill that would be brought to voters as a constitutional amendment. In 2013 lawmakers passed a voter ID measure that was deemed unconstitutional last year by the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. Meanwhile, former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder spoke at the North Carolina Democratic Party’s annual fundraiser Saturday and criticized the impact of gerrymandering in the state. Host Frank Stasio talks with WUNC Capitol Bureau Chief Jeff Tiberii about the latest in state politics. "

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