NCDP Clips 7/20

General Assembly News

Fewer of us will be paying NC income taxes in 2019
N&O // Colin Campbell // July 19, 2017

Summary: "Income-tax cuts and changes approved since 2013 by Republicans in the N.C. General Assembly will mean an estimated 230,000 fewer people will be paying North Carolina income taxes in 2019, according to a legislative fiscal analysis memo released Tuesday…Democrats have opposed the cuts, saying they will benefit the wealthy and will make it harder for the state to fund key services."

Freedom project in legislative, money limbo
Winston-Salem Chronicle // Cash Michaels // July 20, 2017

Summary: "Unless the $200,000 Gov. Cooper appropriated the state Freedom Monument project in his proposed, but rejected budget is replaced, the tribute to African-American contributions to North Carolina history may not see the light of day as long as Republicans don’t see it as necessary."

  • "GOP leadership won’t answer questions about why they decided not to fund the further planning and design of the monument which was originally supported by Republican Gov. Pat McCrory, and had multiple public hearings across the state last year."

Have questions for your legislators? Attend town hall
Wilson Times // Brie Handgraaf // July 19, 2017
Summary: "State lawmakers are optimistic a Sunday town hall meeting will not only raise awareness about local issues, but also increase voter education. "

  • "[Angela] Bryant, along with Rep. Jean Farmer-Butterfield, D-Wilson, Sen. Erica Smith-Ingram, D-Northampton, Rep. Shelly Willingham, D-Edgecombe, and Sen. Don Davis, D-Greene, will take turns giving overviews of education, health care, jobs, economic development and other issues affecting locals."

Orange County Representative Gives Synopsis of State Legislative Session
WCHL // Bruce Rosenbloom // July 19, 2017
Summary: "The North Carolina General Assembly stopped in its tracks last month, but Rep. Graig Meyer (D, NC-50) is claiming that state policymakers have much more ground to cover. Meyer and his colleagues agreed to hold two special legislative sessions later this year after a six-month stint of lawmaking that concluded on June 30. Although many topics were discussed during that session, Meyer offered his thoughts on important subjects that were not broached by either of the primary political parties." Gov. Cooper News

Poll measures approval ratings for all 50 governors. Here’s where Cooper ranks
N&O // Colin Campbell // July 19, 2017

Summary: "Gov. Roy Cooper’s approval rating has increased to 53 percent in an opinion poll released Tuesday by Morning Consult, a Washington-based media company that ranked governors’ popularity after polling 195,000 registered voters across the country.Cooper’s approval rating has him ranked 24th among American governors, tied with the governors of Indiana, Minnesota and Oregon."

Cooper: New DEQ coal ash regulations not ‘final solution’
WBTV // Nick Ochsner // July 19, 2017

Summary: "North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper says the new rules regulating coal ash contaminants in the water supply handed down less than two weeks ago are not his administration’s final decision in the matter."

Timeline: years later, well owners near coal ash still grapple with safety concerns
WRAL // Tyler Dukes // July 19, 2017

Summary: "Amid the slow-burning saga of coal ash in North Carolina, hundreds of homeowners within eyeshot of the waste pits have received conflicting and often confusing information over the past several years from state officials about the safety of their well water. Here’s a look at how the state has handled the issue, which has now played out under the oversight two different governors and the state agencies they oversee."

Josh Stein: Cuts to AG’s staff threaten law and order
WRAL // Josh Stein // July 19, 2017

Summary: "This is about the North Carolina General Assembly’s last minute slashing of the North Carolina Department of Justice’s budget – a $10 million cut requiring the termination of dozens of public servants who keep us safe and protect taxpayers.The legislature made this drastic cut at the last minute, with no open debate. The cut was not in the House budget. It was not in the Senate budget. It was inserted into the budget Conference Report at the last minute, published just before midnight, and voted on the next day."

  • "Here is what a $10 million cut to DOJ means to the people of our state in real life terms…"

Gov. Cooper to visit Seymour Johnson Airforce Base, Kinston
WNCT // Ryan Clancey // July 19, 2017

Summary: "Cooper, along with North Carolina Department of Military and Veteran’s Affairs Secretary Larry Hall visited Seymour Johnson Airforce Base Wednesday morning to tour facilities and visit with airmen. "

Many fights, few wins in Gov Cooper’s first legislative session
Bladen Journal // Lindsay Marchello // July 19, 2017

Summary: "When Roy Cooper was elected governor of North Carolina, he faced an uphill battle to fulfill any of his campaign promises. Republicans held a supermajority in the General Assembly, essentially taking away Cooper’s veto power — his main form of leverage. Then in a special session before Cooper was inaugurated, legislators passed several measures further limiting Cooper’s power. They removed the governor’s ability to appoint a majority to the State Board of Elections. They made future elections of state Supreme Court justices and Court of Appeals judges partisan. And they required Senate approval of any Cabinet appointees."

A new hurricane season is here. Why NC is still waiting for money to clean up from the last one
N&O // Brian Murphy // July 19, 2017

Summary: "North Carolina residents and communities still reeling from the devastation of Hurricane Matthew could soon have access to hundreds of millions more federal dollars – even as state officials demand much more money and brace for the next storm. "

  • "Members of the state’s congressional delegation are confident that the 2018 budget will bring even more relief. Plus, state lawmakers approved $100 million in disaster relief duringthis year’slegislative session, on top of $200 million provided in December. Gov. Roy Cooper on Tuesday signed a measure directing how to spend the latest state money."
  • "Cooper requested $929 million in aid from the federal government’s latest funding bill in April. Congress approved $8.2 billion for emergency and disaster relief as part of the $1 trillion spending deal, but HUD awarded North Carolina only $6.1 million – less than 1 percent of Cooper’s request – setting off a minor partisan squabble in what has been a largely bipartisan effort to deliver dollars for North Carolina."

Cooper’s stand for transparency
Daily Reflector // Editorial // July 20, 2017

Summary: "The doomsday prediction wasn’t scrawled on a cardboard sign, but printed in bold black ink at the top of the newspaper page. “Trudy Wade’s Bill Will Close Jamestown News,” it warns, adding in all-capital letters, “Governor’s Veto is Our Last Hope"

  • "The weekly newspaper in Jamestown, a 3,600-population hamlet in Guilford County, was fighting for its life. It found an ally in Gov. Roy Cooper, who vetoed House Bill 205 on Monday afternoon."
  • "Wade’s bill placed small newspapers and the community journalism they produce in jeopardy. If the Jamestown News folds, the town government will lose its independent watchdog and heartwarming human-interest stories will go untold. We applaud Cooper for standing up for open government. Lawmakers who supported Wade’s unconscionable attack on the press should see the error of their ways and sustain the governor’s veto if the bill resurfaces."

North Carolina court to rule on law on Gov.’s elections role
WUNC // AP // July 20, 2017

Summary: "North Carolina’s highest court is speeding up a final decision on whether Republican legislators could strip down the election oversight powers of the state’s new Democratic governor. "

  • "The state Supreme Court said Wednesday it will take up Gov. Roy Cooper’s lawsuit against state legislative leaders. The decision bypasses an intermediate appeals court and schedules a Supreme Court hearing on Aug. 28."

Farmworkers blast Governor Cooper for signing bill they say hurts their ability to unionize
INDY Week // Sammy Hanf // July 19, 2017

Summary: "Farmworkers were joined by other activists outside Raleigh’s Capitol building Tuesday to denounce a bill that they say threatens their ability to organize. Senate Bill 615, signed by Governor Cooper last Wednesday, makes it illegal for farmers to deduct voluntary union dues from their workers’ paychecks and also prohibits workers from reaching a legal settlement as part of a union agreement."

  • "The complaints were filed against Senator Brent Jackson and Representative David Lewis, both of whom are farmers with employees represented by the FLOC. Jackson sponsored the bill and Lewis oversaw a committee where amendments affecting the the FLOC’s collective bargaining deal were added."

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

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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

Farmworkers blast Governor Cooper for signing bill they say hurts their ability to unionize
INDY Week // Sammy Hanf // July 19, 2017

Summary: "Farmworkers were joined by other activists outside Raleigh’s Capitol building Tuesday to denounce a bill that they say threatens their ability to organize. Senate Bill 615, signed by Governor Cooper last Wednesday, makes it illegal for farmers to deduct voluntary union dues from their workers’ paychecks and also prohibits workers from reaching a legal settlement as part of a union agreement."

  • "The complaints were filed against Senator Brent Jackson and Representative David Lewis, both of whom are farmers with employees represented by the FLOC. Jackson sponsored the bill and Lewis oversaw a committee where amendments affecting the the FLOC’s collective bargaining deal were added."

George Cleveland

Lawmaker supports opening of Hammocks Beach maintenance ramp
Tideland News // Jimmy Williams // July 19, 2017

Summary: "In commenting on the budget maneuver that opens the maintenance area boat ramp at Hammocks Beach State Park to the public, state Rep. Phil Shepard of Jacksonville said he supports it. He supports it, he said, because he wants to make sure the voice of the majority is not drowned out by a “select few.”"

  • “I was not informed of the provision to open up the boat ramp at Hammocks Beach State Park,” Cleveland said in a July 3 telephone interview. Brown has not returned phone calls seeking a comment.

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

Wayne Goodwin on Capital Tonight, Pt. 1
Spectrum News // July 20, 2017

Summary: NCDP Chairman Wayne Goodwin and NC Republican Party Executive Director Dallas Woodhouse discuss Break the Majority.

Wayne Goodwin on Capital Tonight, Pt. 2
Spectrum News // July 20, 2017

Summary: NCDP Chairman Wayne Goodwin and NC Republican Party Executive Director discuss Break the Majority and health care.

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