NCDP Clips 7/24

General Assembly News

Budget cuts legal aid for poor, but no explanation given
WRAL // Travis Fain // July 23, 2017
Summary: "Legislators took a bite this past session out of taxpayer funding for poor people caught up in the courts system, and it’s unclear why. The heads of the three agencies that used this money – and a much larger pot of threatened federal funding – to handle thousands of child custody cases, landlord/tenant disputes and other civil matters said they received no notice for the cut and that they’ve gotten no explanation in the ensuing month."

In Texas, not learning from NC’s HB2 mistake
N&O // Editorial // July 23, 2017

Summary: "Most states, even those of the deepest red, learned from the monumental mistake of North Carolina’s Republicans, who passed the now-infamous House Bill 2 transgender bathroom bill, which flew by many descriptions. ..but in Texas, pardners, the HB2 lesson has gone unlearned "

A toast to common-sense Brunch Bill
Star News // Editorial // July 23, 2017

Summary: "For those who remember the protracted battle royale that led to New Hanover County’s adoption of “liquor by the drink” on Jan. 12, 1979, the speedy progress of the “Brunch Bill” has to be cause for amazement…Despite opposition from the Christian Action League, the bill slid through the state House 74-39 and through the Senate by 37-9. In a rare spasm of good sense, the Honorables left early hours up to local municipalities."

Gov. Cooper News

Cooper’s stance on offshore drilling right
N&O // Editorial // July 21, 2017

Summary: "Supplies of oil and natural gas are such that the push for offshore drilling seems to have ebbed, so to speak. But Gov. Roy Cooper is right to take a stand, and a strong one, against opening the waters of the Atlantic Ocean to offshore oil-and-gas drilling."

Democrats should focus on ballots, not protests
Star News // Editorial // July 22, 2017

Summary: "Gov. Roy Cooper is trying to help Democrats regain at least a share of the political power in North Carolina. We believe the state functions better when there are at least two viable parties debating ideas on a level playing field and — in an ideal world — occasionally compromising with one another."

  • "Cooper has already raised more than $1 million and the state’s Democrats hope to raise millions more. They’ll need it"
  • "State Democratic Party Chairman Wayne Goodwin said the “Break the Majority” effort will spend money on recruiting candidates and crafting a winning message."

Our Opinion: It’s time to enact fair redistricting
News & Record // Editorial // July 23, 2017

Summary: "Gov. Roy Cooper promised last weekend that Democrats, if returned to power in 2020, will implement independent, nonpartisan redistricting. Was that a serious commitment to good government or a campaign pitch? Time will tell, but voters should press Democrats and Republicans to enact this important reform."

  • "Cooper’s promise, after all, isn’t his to keep. Governors have nothing to do with redistricting; legislatures have that job. If they regain power in the House and Senate, Democrats could yield to the temptation to resume gerrymandering to solidify their advantage."
  • "Nonpartisan redistricting leads to more competitive districts, more accountable representation and better government. So Cooper’s promise deserves support, and that shouldn’t depend on which party has the power to get it done."

Human trafficking bill among nearly 300 Cooper signs into law
WUNC // AP // July 21, 2017

Summary: "Increased efforts to discourage human trafficking in North Carolina are among one of nearly 30 additional bills that Gov. Roy Cooper has signed into law. The list of additional bills Cooper has enacted — released Thursday night — means fewer than 50 remain on his desk from the end of the most recent General Assembly session. He must sign or veto bills by July 30, or what’s left over becomes law without his signature."

Gov. Cooper in Wilmington to discuss GenX
WUNC // Vince Winkel // July 23, 2017

Summary: "Governor Cooper will meet at 9 a.m. today with local and state officials, county managers, and water system leaders, at the New Hanover County Government Center. "

Lawsuit says North Carolina bathroom law still harmful
Reuters // Colleen Jenkins // July 21, 2017

Summary: " Transgender people still face discrimination and threats to their safety in North Carolina despite lawmakers replacing a measure that restricted their access to many public bathrooms, advocacy groups said in a new federal court action on Friday. "

Transgender people are taking legal action over North Carolina’s new bathroom law
Buzzfeed // Dominic Holden // July 21, 2017

Summary: "Several transgender people in North Carolina took action in federal court against the governor and other state officials on Friday over a new law they say restricts access to bathrooms, arguing the policy violates their constitutional and civil rights. "

ACLU challenges the "bathroom bill" reform
N&O // July 21, 2017

Summary: "ACLU attorney Chris Brook addresses the lawsuit ACLU and Lambda Legal filed against House Bill 142, the repealed version of House Bill 2. Madeline Goss, a plaintiff in the case, talks about some of the things she has dealt with during her transition and fear this legislation created. " 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

This NC community is getting state money for its downtown. But where is downtown?
N&O // Autumn Linford // July 24, 2017

Summary: "An unincorporated community in western Johnston County will receive state money for downtown revitalization this year, although residents aren’t sure where their “downtown” is located."

  • "North Carolina legislators this summer earmarked $30,000 for Cleveland, a fast-growing crossroads community of shopping centers and subdivisions that does not govern itself and does not have a traditional downtown. The money surprised Johnston County leaders and residents. They hadn’t applied for the money, and so far no one has received direction on what it is meant for or any regulations for its use."
  • "Rep. Nelson Dollar, senior chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, said legislators asked for specific amounts for certain communities. An accountability system will be in place to ensure the money is used properly, he said."

Chris Malone

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Susan Martin

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Gregory Murphy

Fight continues against opioid crisis
Daily Reflector // Beth Velliquette // July 22, 2017

Summary: "Although police, rescue crews and legislators are fighting the opioid crisis on several fronts, a recent rash of overdoses in Greenville indicates addicts are still finding ways to get the drugs."

  • "N.C. Rep. Greg Murphy, R-Pitt, is a doctor who was one of the primary sponsors of the Strengthen Opioid Misuse Prevention (STOP) Act, which was signed into law by Gov. Roy Cooper on June 29. It is designed to improve opioid prescribing practices and set rules for a reporting system for prescription drugs that are controlled substances. "

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

Governor signs into law three bills sponsored by Forsyth legislators
Winston-Salem Journal // Richard Craver // July 22, 2017

Summary: "Gov. Roy Cooper has signed into law three bills sponsored by Forsyth County Republican legislators that focus on airport stormwater utility fees, a study on statewide telemedicine usage and dyslexia accommodations required of schools."

  • "House Bill 275, with Rep. Debra Conrad as primary sponsor, exempts airports from paying city and county government stormwater utility fees specifically on their runway and taxiway properties."
  • "House Bill 283, with Rep. Donny Lambeth as primary sponsor, requires the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services to recommend a telemedicine standards policy by Oct. 1."
  • "“I believe the study will help bring back a plan and address some of the concerns I heard from the legislators that will make it easier for an ultimate passage,” Lambeth said."

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

Governor signs into law three bills sponsored by Forsyth legislators
Winston-Salem Journal // Richard Craver // July 22, 2017

Summary: "Gov. Roy Cooper has signed into law three bills sponsored by Forsyth County Republican legislators that focus on airport stormwater utility fees, a study on statewide telemedicine usage and dyslexia accommodations required of schools."

  • "House Bill 275, with Rep. Debra Conrad as primary sponsor, exempts airports from paying city and county government stormwater utility fees specifically on their runway and taxiway properties."
  • "House Bill 283, with Rep. Donny Lambeth as primary sponsor, requires the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services to recommend a telemedicine standards policy by Oct. 1."
  • "“I believe the study will help bring back a plan and address some of the concerns I heard from the legislators that will make it easier for an ultimate passage,” Lambeth said."

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

Governor signs into law legislation that would clarify that communication between UNC universities, athletic conferences are public records
Winston-Salem Journal // Richard Craver // July 21, 2017

Summary: "Gov. Roy Cooper signed into law Friday a Republican-sponsored bill that makes any communications and documents between schools in the UNC system and their athletic-conference affiliations public records."

  • "SB323’s sponsor, state Sen. Michael Lee, R-New Hanover, said during Senate floor debate that the bill was designed to eliminate any confusion that materials held by public colleges about these affiliations were accessible."

Jeff Tarte

Wow, that’s what makes a Big Day at the Lake
Charlotte Observer // Marty Price // July 23, 2017

Summary: "Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Carolinas matches adult volunteers with at-risk children for the one-on-one mentoring relationship that provides friendship, guidance and educational tutoring."

  • "N.C. Senator Jeff Tarte, former mayor of Cornelius, garnered more support securing $200,000 in discretionary money for Charlotte-based Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Carolinas. The funding was announced at a Big Day At The Lake reception on June 23. It takes about $1,500 a year to support a big-litle match."

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 should focus on ballots, not protests
Star News // Editorial // July 22, 2017

Summary: "Gov. Roy Cooper is trying to help Democrats regain at least a share of the political power in North Carolina. We believe the state functions better when there are at least two viable parties debating ideas on a level playing field and — in an ideal world — occasionally compromising with one another."

  • "Cooper has already raised more than $1 million and the state’s Democrats hope to raise millions more. They’ll need it"
  • "State Democratic Party Chairman Wayne Goodwin said the “Break the Majority” effort will spend money on recruiting candidates and crafting a winning message."

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