NCDP Clips 7/21

General Assembly News

School board member files lawsuit after being barred from seeking re-election
WBTV // Nick Oschner // July 18, 2017

Summary: "The Cleveland County School Board member who was left unable to run for re-election to her seat by a bill passed in the final hours of this year’s legislative session has filed a lawsuit seeking to stop the law…Late last month, the North Carolina General Assembly approved a bill in the final hours of this year’s session that required unaffiliated candidates to collect signatures from four percent of registered voters in their county by a certain date in order to be eligible to run for office."

Editorial: 10 items N.C. legislators need to repeal, repair, or replace
WRAL // Editorial // July 21, 2017

Summary: "The secretive and careless manner in which legislative leaders slapped together the state budget quickly became clear in the omissions, mistakes and poorly thought-out elements of the $23 billion spending plan. Public education was neglected, the needs of the less fortunate were ignored, and opportunities to better serve the state’s citizens, protect its environment and expand economic opportunity were overlooked."

  • "Here are 10 items they can address that will leave North Carolina better off – and actually enhance their reputations. Imagine that!"

Getting on a ballot may soon be easier for third parties in NC
WUNC // Rusty Jacbos // July 21, 2017

Summary: "A bill to make it easier for third-party candidates to participate in elections in North Carolina is poised to pass possibly as soon as next week when lawmakers have scheduled a special session.​"

Fewer kids in NC are attending traditional public schools. What does that mean?
N&O // T. Keung Hui // July 20, 2017

Summary: "North Carolina has welcomed more than 116,000 new students so far this decade, but most of these newcomers aren’t going to traditional public schools.​"

  • "Keith Poston, president and executive director of the Public School Forum of North Carolina, says the expanded choice is part of a concerted political strategy to paint the public schools as failing."
  • "The education landscape has changed considerably since Republicans gained control of the state legislature after the 2010 elections. Lawmakers have made a number of education-related changes including…"
  • "“There’s been a lot that the Republican General Assembly has done to make it easier for parents to pursue these alternative educational environments,” said Terry Stoops, director of education research studies for the John Locke Foundation."

New law would help in fight against North Carolina’s thriving illicit massage business
WRAL // July 20, 2017

Summary: "An advocacy group says there may be hundreds of illicit massage parlors in North Carolina. Chances are you drive by one all the time or even shop near one and don’t realize what’s going on.​..The legislature just passed a human trafficking law which will give the massage board more power to regulate parlors and hold owners accountable for illegal activity…Gov. Roy Cooper signed the human trafficking bill on Thursday." Gov. Cooper News

North Carolina court: new elections board can stay vacant
Greensboro News & Record // AP // July 20, 2017

Summary: "North Carolina’s highest court says a revamped state elections board that also oversees ethics and lobbying controversies can stay in limbo for now, a holding pattern that could last months. The state Supreme Court on Thursday said Gov. Roy Cooper isn’t required to appoint members of the new state elections and ethics enforcement board created by Republican legislators. "

NC elections and ethics oversight is frozen between old and new, with local votes approaching
N&O // Anne Blythe // July 20, 2017

Summary: "The state’s highest court agreed this week to take up a case filed by Gov. Roy Cooper, challenging a law adopted by the General Assembly this spring calling for the merger of the state Board of Elections and the state Ethics Commission."

State elections/ethics board stays put, for now
Bladen Journal // Lindsey Marchello // July 21, 2017

Summary: "A legal battle between Gov. Roy Cooper and Republican leaders in the General Assembly over the creation of the Bipartisan State Board of Elections and Ethics Enforcement is bypassing the Court of Appeals. The next stop is the North Carolina Supreme Court.​"

Legislative leaders end lawsuit over Cooper’s Medicaid hopes
News & Record // AP // July 20, 2017

Summary: "North Carolina Republican legislative leaders are stopping their lawsuit to block efforts by new Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper to expand Medicaid before President Barack Obama left office. House Speaker Tim Moore and Senate leader Phil Berger filed their dismissal notice Thursday in U.S. District Court. They said in a news release the lawsuit is now unnecessary because Cooper never submitted formal paperwork for expansion through the federal health care overhaul law. "

NC legislators drop lawsuit challenging Cooper’s attempt to expand Medicaid under Obamacare
N&O // Anne Blythe // July 20, 2017

Summary: "North Carolina’s legislative leaders have dropped their lawsuit challenging Gov. Roy Cooper’s attempt to expand the state’s Medicaid program in the waning days of Barack Obama’s presidency. "

NC Gov. Cooper: No offshore oil drilling in the Atlantic Ocean
N&O // John Murawski // July 20, 2017

Summary: "North Carolina’s Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper said Thursday that his administration will oppose opening up Atlantic Ocean waters to offshore oil-and-gas drilling."

‘Not off our coast,’ Cooper tells feds about offshore drilling
WRAL // Laura Leslie // July 20, 2017

Summary: "Gov. Roy Cooper said Thursday that state officials will let the Trump administration know North Carolina is opposed to oil and gas drilling off the state coast.

NC Governor on Trump drilling plan: ‘Not off our coast’
News & Record // AP // July 20, 2017

Summary: "Under pressure from President Donald Trump, North Carolina’s governor announced his opposition on Thursday to drilling for natural gas and oil off the Atlantic coast, saying it poses too much of a threat to the state’s beaches and tourism economy."

Cooper: Offshore drilling is a ‘bad deal’
Sun Journal // Mike McHugh // July 20, 2017

Summary: "About 100 people arrived at Fort Macon Thursday morning to hear Governor Roy Cooper speak. Cooper told the crowd, including many environmental groups, that he is taking a stand against offshore drilling."

Cooper announces opposition to offshore drilling
North State Journal // Jeff Moore // July 20, 2017

Summary: "Gov. Roy Cooper (D) announced Thursday that his administration will submit documents to the U.S. Department of Interior on Friday arguing against the opening of waters off the North Carolina coast for seismic testing and drilling of oil and natural gas. Cooper gave the remarks in Atlantic Beach at Fort Macon State Park."

Gov. Roy Cooper says he’s against offshore drilling
WNCN // Staff // July 20, 2017

Summary: "Gov. Roy Cooper said he will oppose seismic testing and drilling off the North Carolina coast during a statement at Fort Macon State Park in Atlantic Beach Thursday. "

N.C.’s notary program among best in nation
WRAL // Elaine Marshall – Opinion // July 20, 2017

Summary: "You might not realize this, given some of the recent political bluster, but North Carolina has one of the best, if not the best, notary public programs in our nation.Our great reputation is thanks to the high standards that aspiring notaries must meet, and to the cutting-edge notary public innovations we have developed in North Carolina. These efforts have earned significant recognition with the National Notary Association’s highest national Achievement Award and earlier this month the National Association of Secretaries of State Medallion Award for "outstanding leadership in business services and electronic governance issues.”

  • "The Secretary of State’s Office does not act alone, much less in “secret” during the notary certification process. This is just another reason that the recent highly partisan political attack implying such falsehoods, is wrong and ill advised."
  • "It is beyond sad that our hard-earned and well-deserved reputation could be seriously harmed by a few reckless politicians just to score some political points."

Josh Stein looks for ways around mass layoffs at AG’s office
N&O // Anne Blythe // July 20, 2017

Summary: "North Carolina Attorney General Josh Stein has spent the past several weeks asking other state agencies to contribute money from their budgets to pay for the work of assistant attorneys general who might have to be laid off to comply with a surprise $10 million budget cut. " Key Targets News – House

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Key Target News – Senate

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Charlotte-area lawmakers warn state not to help Raleigh win MLS competition
N&O // Jim Morrill // July 20, 2017

Summary: "Could the state of North Carolina tilt the playing field to Raleigh over Charlotte in the fight for a major league soccer franchise? That’s what two Mecklenburg County lawmakers said Thursday."

  • “The state needs to butt out of the Raleigh bid,” said Republican Sen. Jeff Tarte of Cornelius. “If they’re doing that it’s wrong and they need to stop.”

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