NCDP Clips 7/25

General Assembly News

Republican challengers ask court to speed up maps
WRAL // Laura Leslie // July 24, 2017

Summary: "Plaintiffs who successfully challenged the legality of North Carolina’s legislative districts are asking federal judges to require lawmakers to draw new maps by Aug. 11 and to hold new elections in March, before the next regularly scheduled session of the General Assembly."

  • "Those arguments are part of the latest filing in the Covington v. North Carolina case, scheduled for a hearing Thursday in a federal courtroom in Greensboro. The three-judge panel that declared the maps unconstitutional last year and ordered lawmakers to draw new ones will now hear arguments about how quickly the process should happen."

Gov. Cooper News

Cooper says state will deny Chemours’ permit request
Wilmington Business Journal // Christina Haley O’Neal // July 24, 2017

Summary: "Gov. Roy Cooper announced Monday that he has instructed the N.C. Department of Environmental Quality to deny the discharge of GenX by The Chemours Company."

  • "“I want to make it clear today that the Department of Environmental Quality is going to deny Chemours’ request and to deny their permit to release GenX into the Cape Fear River. Chemours has shown that it can capture and incinerate GenX without discharging into the water,” Cooper said."

Cooper says he’s acting on chemical in Cape Fear River
WNCT // Emery Dalesio // July 24, 2017

Summary: "North Carolina’s governor says he’s directing state criminal investigators to see if a chemical plant violated any permits by discharging a lightly studied chemical into a river hundreds of thousands of people use for drinking water. "

Cooper: NC taking steps to deal with toxic GenX
Fayetteville Observer // Tim Buckland // July 24, 2017

Summary: "The N.C. Department of Environmental Quality will deny Chemours’ permission to discharge any GenX into the Cape Fear River while state officials ask the N.C. General Assembly to restore some of the funding and staffing cuts previously made to state environmental programs, Gov. Roy Cooper said Monday morning. "

  • "“I asked Governor Cooper to get me a list and estimated cost of what is needed as far as additional personnel to address the water quality issue in our state,” said N.C. Rep. Ted Davis, R-New Hanover. Davis said he would bring those requests to House Speaker Tim Moore and other House leaders to “support the necessary emergency legislative appropriation to get the state what it needs to protect our citizens with safe drinking water.”"
  • "“I told the governor I would support a plan to increase positions to make sure our water is safe,” said N.C. Sen. Michael Lee, R-New Hanover."
  • "N.C. Rep. Holly Grange, R-New Hanover, said she wants to make sure that the requests from DEQ and other state agencies would be effective.“I think it’s realistic,” she said. “But I think he needs to realize we’re not going to just throw money at the problem."

Emotions run high at Gov. Cooper’s GenX press conference
WECT // Chelsea Donovan // July 24, 2017

Summary: "Many local grassroots organizations showed up Monday to hear Governor Roy Cooper speak about GenX, an unregulated chemical found in the Cape Fear River. …Cooper announced at a news conference following a closed-door meeting with local and state leaders that the NC Department of Environmental Quality will deny Chemours’ pending permit to release GenX into the Cape Fear River. "

Cooper seeks SBI probe of chemical in Cape Fear River
WRAL // July 24, 2017

Summary: "Gov. Roy Cooper on Monday directed the State Bureau of Investigation to see if a chemical plant violated any permits by discharging a lightly studied chemical into the Cape Fear River, which hundreds of thousands of people use for drinking water. "

Cooper lays out plan for GenX
WUNC // Dave Dewitt // July 24, 2017

Summary: "Governor Roy Cooper has directed the State Bureau of Investigation to look into possible criminal charges against Chemours, the chemical company behind the release of GenX into the Cape Fear River. "

Stein scrambles to fill GOP-induced gaps
N&O // Editorial // July 24, 2017

Summary: "House Speaker Tim Moore and Phil Berger, president pro-tem of the state Senate, are acting as Republican leaders with monumental vindictiveness and immaturity. "

  • "For no reason other than partisanship, Moore and Berger slashed $10 million from Attorney General Josh Stein’s budget, which could force him to lay off 123 full-time employees, including attorneys and technology support and human resources people. These are not partisan operatives."
  • "But Republicans Moore and Berger apparently couldn’t care less, and their childish partisanship and endless desire to engage in “payback” for what they view as years of Democrat rule in which Republicans got the short end of every straw is going to hurt the people of North Carolina."

Editorial: Cuts to Stein’s budget – partisan, foolish, spiteful
WRAL // Editorial // July 25, 2017

Summary: "There’s no need to go far to find examples where legislative leaders like Phil Berger might have applied Rotary’s test and ended up serving the state better. No starker example exists than the bitter, partisan, spiteful and foolish $10 million cut to the State Justice Department budget."

  • "Get with the program and get off your partisan podium Sen. Berger. When the General Assembly comes back into session on Aug. 3, one of the top priorities needs to be fully restoring the Department of Justice budget."

Our view: ‘Not off our coast’
Winston-Salem Journal // Editorial // July 24, 2017

Summary: "Gov. Roy Cooper rightly said loud and clear Thursday that he’ll fight oil and gas drilling off our state’s beautiful, money-making coast. We hope he and all the other opponents in our state prevail against the Trump administration’s wrongheaded plan to open our coast to an industry that could devastate existing business. "

  • "Cooper said: “There is a threat looming over this coastline that we love and the prosperity it brings, and that’s the threat of offshore drilling. I can sum [my stance] up in four words: Not off our coast.” We agree."

Cooper signs bill to help firefighters struggling with finances
Rocky Mount // Philip Sayblack // July 25, 2017

Summary: "There is good news for North Carolina firefighters struggling with their finances. Gov. Roy Cooper recently signed House Bill 190 into law. Known as the Local Firefighter Relief Fund Eligibility Bill, the new law lessens the amount of time that a financially struggling firefighter must serve with a certified fire department in order to be eligible to receive financial aid from a local firefighters fund."

Cooper to sign bill to mount cameras on school buses
WRAL // July 25, 2017

Summary: "Gov. Roy Cooper on Tuesday will sign a bill into law to help cut down on drivers who illegally pass stopped school buses. The law will mount cameras on school buses to take photos of drivers who ignore stop sign arms when buses are letting students off."

To win the legislature, look to rural communities
Daily Reflector // Colin Campbell – Op-Ed // July 25, 2017

Summary: "When Gov. Roy Cooper recently rolled out his new initiative to “Break The Majority” in the Republican-controlled legislature, his first interview wasn’t with a North Carolina news outlet. It was with Politico…While Washington cash will come in handy, I can’t help wondering if Cooper shouldn’t have launched the “Break the Majority” campaign in a small-town newspaper instead. To win back the legislature, Democrats will have to convince voters in rural counties that their party has the best plan to fix economically struggling communities far from Raleigh and Charlotte. "

  • "The “Break the Majority” project is a feasible goal for Democrats, but it won’t be an easy one as N.C. Republicans remain strong, and they’re still in charge of drawing districts. The fact that the effort’s top two leaders, Cooper and state party chairman Wayne Goodwin, both grew up in small towns can be a big help — provided they spend a lot of time there between now and the next election."

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

Cooper: NC taking steps to deal with toxic GenX
Fayetteville Observer // Tim Buckland // July 24, 2017

Summary: "The N.C. Department of Environmental Quality will deny Chemours’ permission to discharge any GenX into the Cape Fear River while state officials ask the N.C. General Assembly to restore some of the funding and staffing cuts previously made to state environmental programs, Gov. Roy Cooper said Monday morning. "

  • "“I asked Governor Cooper to get me a list and estimated cost of what is needed as far as additional personnel to address the water quality issue in our state,” said N.C. Rep. Ted Davis, R-New Hanover. Davis said he would bring those requests to House Speaker Tim Moore and other House leaders to “support the necessary emergency legislative appropriation to get the state what it needs to protect our citizens with safe drinking water.”"
  • "“I told the governor I would support a plan to increase positions to make sure our water is safe,” said N.C. Sen. Michael Lee, R-New Hanover."
  • "N.C. Rep. Holly Grange, R-New Hanover, said she wants to make sure that the requests from DEQ and other state agencies would be effective.“I think it’s realistic,” she said. “But I think he needs to realize we’re not going to just throw money at the problem."

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

Cooper: NC taking steps to deal with toxic GenX
Fayetteville Observer // Tim Buckland // July 24, 2017

Summary: "The N.C. Department of Environmental Quality will deny Chemours’ permission to discharge any GenX into the Cape Fear River while state officials ask the N.C. General Assembly to restore some of the funding and staffing cuts previously made to state environmental programs, Gov. Roy Cooper said Monday morning. "

  • "“I asked Governor Cooper to get me a list and estimated cost of what is needed as far as additional personnel to address the water quality issue in our state,” saidN.C. Rep. Ted Davis, R-New Hanover. Davis said he would bring those requests to House Speaker Tim Moore and other House leaders to “support the necessary emergency legislative appropriation to get the state what it needs to protect our citizens with safe drinking water.”"
  • "“I told the governor I would support a plan to increase positions to make sure our water is safe,” said N.C. Sen. Michael Lee, R-New Hanover."
  • "N.C. Rep. Holly Grange, R-New Hanover, said she wants to make sure that the requests from DEQ and other state agencies would be effective.“I think it’s realistic,” she said. “But I think he needs to realize we’re not going to just throw money at the problem."

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

Cooper: NC taking steps to deal with toxic GenX
Fayetteville Observer // Tim Buckland // July 24, 2017

Summary: "The N.C. Department of Environmental Quality will deny Chemours’ permission to discharge any GenX into the Cape Fear River while state officials ask the N.C. General Assembly to restore some of the funding and staffing cuts previously made to state environmental programs, Gov. Roy Cooper said Monday morning. "

  • "“I asked Governor Cooper to get me a list and estimated cost of what is needed as far as additional personnel to address the water quality issue in our state,” saidN.C. Rep. Ted Davis, R-New Hanover. Davis said he would bring those requests to House Speaker Tim Moore and other House leaders to “support the necessary emergency legislative appropriation to get the state what it needs to protect our citizens with safe drinking water.”"
  • "“I told the governor I would support a plan to increase positions to make sure our water is safe,” said N.C. Sen. Michael Lee, R-New Hanover."
  • "N.C. Rep. Holly Grange, R-New Hanover, said she wants to make sure that the requests from DEQ and other state agencies would be effective.“I think it’s realistic,” she said. “But I think he needs to realize we’re not going to just throw money at the problem."

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

To win the legislature, look to rural communities
Daily Reflector // Colin Campbell – Op-Ed // July 25, 2017

Summary: "When Gov. Roy Cooper recently rolled out his new initiative to “Break The Majority” in the Republican-controlled legislature, his first interview wasn’t with a North Carolina news outlet. It was with Politico…While Washington cash will come in handy, I can’t help wondering if Cooper shouldn’t have launched the “Break the Majority” campaign in a small-town newspaper instead. To win back the legislature, Democrats will have to convince voters in rural counties that their party has the best plan to fix economically struggling communities far from Raleigh and Charlotte. "

  • "The “Break the Majority” project is a feasible goal for Democrats, but it won’t be an easy one as N.C. Republicans remain strong, and they’re still in charge of drawing districts. The fact that the effort’s top two leaders, Cooper and state party chairman Wayne Goodwin, both grew up in small towns can be a big help — provided they spend a lot of time there between now and the next election."

Unaffiliated NC voters may soon outnumber GOP, gaining on Dems
ABC 11 // Joel Brown // July 24, 2017

Summary: "Back in 2009, there were more than 2.8 million registered Democrats in North Carolina, slightly more than 2 million Republicans and 1.4 million unaffiliated voters. Eight years later, there are 2.6 million registered Democrats, 2,054,832 Republicans and 2,043,809 unaffiliated voters."

  • "State Democratic Party Chairman Wayne Goodwin said he thinks the shift is evidence of voters’ growing annoyance at the "hyper-partisanship" in modern politics, not a rebuke of the Democratic Party at-large."
  • ""It will make work harder for the hearts, minds, souls, and votes of those unaffiliated voters," Goodwin said. "And, to me, it will make us better. It’ll make us put together our message and operations even better. And, I think it’ll make us a better political party.""

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