NCDP Clips 7/27

General Assembly News

Fresh produce for rural marts funded through grants
N&O // Lauren Horsch // July 26, 2017

Summary: "In the past two state budgets, lawmakers have given $250,000 to the department to reimburse small food retailers in areas considered food deserts for refrigeration equipment, display shelving and other equipment to ensure they can sell fresh fruits, vegetables and other healthy foods…In "fiscal year 2016-17, the state allocated the first $250,000, and then another $250,000 for the 2017-18 fiscal year.

Political remap could shift NC battle’s outcome
Citizen-Times // Gary Robertson // July 26, 2017

Summary: "North Carolina’s Republican-dominated legislature has been repeatedly walloping Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper since before he took office, and the bitter conflict shows no sign of abating. But an upcoming adjustment to some political boundaries could sway its outcome. "

  • "A court-mandated redistricting threatens the Republicans’ power to override Cooper’s vetoes and make unfettered changes to state government. This possibility has GOP leaders planning to return to Raleigh multiple times this year to consider even more conservative-leaning legislation and Democrats quickly raising money in case judges order snap elections under the new boundaries."
  • "Cooper said this week he’s already raised more than $1 million for an initiative with the state Democratic Party to win more legislative seats, with the goal of winning back by 2020 the majorities in the House and Senate. Republicans hadn’t controlled the legislature in 140 years until 2011."
  • "Republican Rep. David Lewis, chairman of the House Rules Committee, said lawmakers “will meet and do those duties needed to create jobs and provide tax relief to the middle class. The governor can work with us or continue to play to and listen to the far-left wing of his party.”"
  • "As for Cooper, he told reporters recently the legislature should simply consider vetoes, complete redistricting and “go home.”"

GOP mapmakers behind NC’s 2011 maps returns to drawing table
N&O // Anne Blythe // July 26, 2017

Summary: "Republican leaders have tapped a familiar consultant to help with the drawing of new districts for electing General Assembly members after maps he drew six years ago were found by the federal courts to include illegal racial gerrymanders. "

  • "Rep. David Lewis, a Harnett County Republican and House redistricting leader, informed a group of legislators on Wednesday of Hofeller’s return to a process that could determine how the state is divided into political districts for the rest of the decade."

NC Legislature starts, slowly on map redraws
WRAL // Travis Fain // July 26, 2017

Summary: "Republican map makers will use the same nationally known GOP consultant to redraw North Carolina’s legislative maps that they used in the 2011 drawing that produced maps later found unconstitutional, leadership confirmed Wednesday. "

  • "Although Rep. David Lewis, R-Harnett, the House’s point man for this process, said he sincerely hopes the Democrats will participate in this court-ordered redraw, the minority party won’t have access to consultant Tom Hofeller’s work as maps are designed."

Burr: If I’d told judges, they would have fought redistricting
WRAL // Travis Fain // July 26, 2017

Summary: "Rep. Justin Burr, R-Stanly, said Wednesday that his push to redraw North Carolina judicial districts is "still in the works."

  • "Democrats pushed back hard against Burr’s proposal during session, saying he was attempting to rig the judiciary by drawing lines that would help elect Republican judges. The legislature, controlled by a GOP majority, recently voted to make judicial elections partisan affairs."

North Carolina redistricting arguments to be heard by judges
News & Record // Jonathan Drew // July 27, 2017

Summary: "Judges deciding when North Carolina must redraw its state legislative districts will hear Thursday from voting rights activists calling for special elections and Republican lawmakers urging a slower pace. "

Federal Court to hear NC racial gerrymandering case
WUNC // Jeff Tiberii // July 27, 2017

Summary: "An advocacy group is expected to ask federal judges to stop the North Carolina General Assembly from conducting legislative matters until redistricting takes place. At a federal courthouse in Greensboro today, the Southern Coalition for Social Justice will argue that since more than half of the legislature’s districts need to be redrawn, it should be banned from meeting in the meantime. "

Redistricting hearing starts today in Triad
The Chronicle // Cash Michaels // July 27, 2017

Summary: "Today in a U.S. Middle District courtroom before a special three-judge federal District Court panel, arguments began to determine when legislative districts that were originally racially gerrymandered in the 2011 redistricting by the Republican-led N.C. General Assembly will be redrawn, and if special elections can be held before the 2018 mid-term elections. "

Today in N.C. Gerrymandering: Redistricting panel convenes, GOP leaders confirm they will use notorious consultant
INDY Week // Erica Hellerstein // July 26, 2017

Summary: "Unless you’re a political junkie, the expression "joint committee meeting on redistricting" probably doesn’t get your blood pumping. But if you care about votings rights, gerrymandering, and the makeup of the General Assembly, pay attention, because the outcome of that committee could have major implications for more than two dozen legislative districts in North Carolina – and even has the potential to undo the GOP’s veto-proof supermajority."

Change in credit property insurance would exploit NC borrowers
N&O // Editorial // July 26, 2017

Summary: "The consumer finance industry enjoys ample returns on high-interest loans that are often stuffed with expensive fees. But now lenders in North Carolina are trying to squeeze more out of borrowers who are already struggling to make ends meet. "

  • "If legislators won’t protect consumers from lenders, Gov. Roy Cooper should. He should veto this effort to further squeeze borrowers that slid through the legislature with the help of well-targeted contributions."

Gov. Cooper News

Bills on bus safety, Sunday hunting, drones, more signed into law
N&O // Colin Campbell // July 26, 2017

Summary: "Gov. Roy Cooper signed 12 bills Tuesday — on topics ranging from school bus safety to Sunday hunting to drones — leaving just 12 more bills still awaiting action by the end of the month."

Vacant, reduced elections board reroute challenges
N&O // Colin Campbell // July 26, 2017

Summary: "Several legal challenges involving this year’s municipal election filing process will likely go directly to the N.C. Court of Appeals because the state’s election board is vacant, and a number of county election boards don’t have enough members to take action."

  • The unusual situation stems from Gov. Roy Cooper’s lawsuit challenging a Republican-sponsored law that merges the state’s election and ethics boards and creates a new board with an even number of Republicans and Democrats — instead of the Democratic majority Cooper could have appointed under the old system.

County election board in ‘limbo’
Star News // Tim Buckland // July 26, 2017

Summary: "County boards of elections are in “limbo” until legal machinations over changes to how boards are seated work their way through lawsuits. In a December special session after the election of Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper, the N.C. General Assembly, which is dominated by a veto-proof majority of Republicans, passed a series of measures limiting the governor’s power."

Cooper inks bill OK’ing COA facility in Currituck
Daily Advance // Reggie Ponder // July 27, 2017

Summary: "Gov. Roy Cooper has signed legislation allowing College of The Albemarle to use NC Connect bond proceeds for construction of a Public Safety Center in Currituck County. "

  • "The bill, sponsored by state Rep. Bob Steinburg, R-Chowan, originally included a provision for a Dare County facility also, but that part of the bill was abandoned because of opposition from state Rep. Beverly Boswell, R-Dare."

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

Cooper inks bill OK’ing COA facility in Currituck
Daily Advance // Reggie Ponder // July 27, 2017

Summary: "Gov. Roy Cooper has signed legislation allowing College of The Albemarle to use NC Connect bond proceeds for construction of a Public Safety Center in Currituck County. "

  • "The bill, sponsored by state Rep. Bob Steinburg, R-Chowan, originally included a provision for a Dare County facility also, but that part of the bill was abandoned because of opposition from state Rep. Beverly Boswell, R-Dare."

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

Cooper inks bill OK’ing COA facility in Currituck
Daily Advance // Reggie Ponder // July 27, 2017

Summary: "Gov. Roy Cooper has signed legislation allowing College of The Albemarle to use NC Connect bond proceeds for construction of a Public Safety Center in Currituck County. "

  • "The bill, sponsored by state Rep. Bob Steinburg, R-Chowan, originally included a provision for a Dare County facility also, but that part of the bill was abandoned because of opposition from state Rep. Beverly Boswell, R-Dare."

Linda Johnson

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David Lewis

Political remap could shift NC battle’s outcome
Citizen-Times // Gary Robertson // July 26, 2017

Summary: "North Carolina’s Republican-dominated legislature has been repeatedly walloping Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper since before he took office, and the bitter conflict shows no sign of abating. But an upcoming adjustment to some political boundaries could sway its outcome. "

  • "A court-mandated redistricting threatens the Republicans’ power to override Cooper’s vetoes and make unfettered changes to state government. This possibility has GOP leaders planning to return to Raleigh multiple times this year to consider even more conservative-leaning legislation and Democrats quickly raising money in case judges order snap elections under the new boundaries."
  • "Cooper said this week he’s already raised more than $1 million for an initiative with the state Democratic Partyto win more legislative seats, with the goal of winning back by 2020 the majorities in the House and Senate. Republicans hadn’t controlled the legislature in 140 years until 2011."
  • "Republican Rep. David Lewis, chairman of the House Rules Committee, said lawmakers “will meet and do those duties needed to create jobs and provide tax relief to the middle class. The governor can work with us or continue to play to and listen to the far-left wing of his party.”"
  • "As for Cooper, he told reporters recently the legislature should simply consider vetoes, complete redistricting and “go home.”"

GOP mapmakers behind NC’s 2011 maps returns to drawing table
N&O // Anne Blythe // July 26, 2017

Summary: "Republican leaders have tapped a familiar consultant to help with the drawing of new districts for electing General Assembly members after maps he drew six years ago were found by the federal courts to include illegal racial gerrymanders. "

  • "Rep. David Lewis, a Harnett County Republican and House redistricting leader, informed a group of legislators on Wednesday of Hofeller’s return to a process that could determine how the state is divided into political districts for the rest of the decade."

NC legislature starts, slowly on map redraws
WRAL // Travis Fain // July 26, 2017

Summary: "Republican map makers will use the same nationally known GOP consultant to redraw North Carolina’s legislative maps that they used in the 2011 drawing that produced maps later found unconstitutional, leadership confirmed Wednesday. "

  • "Although Rep. David Lewis, R-Harnett, the House’s point man for this process, said he sincerely hopes the Democrats will participate in this court-ordered redraw, the minority party won’t have access to consultant Tom Hofeller’s work as maps are designed."

George Cleveland

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Debra Conrad

New law partially settles stormwater fee tiff
The Chronicle // Todd Luck // July 27, 2017

Summary: "A new law will exempt runways and taxiways at public and military airports from stormwater utilities fees statewide, partially settling an issue that’s been a source of contention between local city and county governments."

  • "Even with the agreement, the county has been asking its legislative delegation for legislation to exempt government entities from stormwater fees. During a meeting in January between state lawmakers and commissioners, County Commissioner Ted Kaplan suggested that they could start small with legislation just exempting airports and taxiways, and N.C. Rep. Debra Conrad agreed."
  • "Conrad’s bill passed both houses of the General Assembly with nearly unanimous bipartisan support. It was signed into law by Gov. Roy Cooper on April 20 and will go into effect on January 1, 2018.

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

Political remap could shift NC battle’s outcome
Citizen-Times // Gary Robertson // July 26, 2017

Summary: "North Carolina’s Republican-dominated legislature has been repeatedly walloping Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper since before he took office, and the bitter conflict shows no sign of abating. But an upcoming adjustment to some political boundaries could sway its outcome. "

  • "A court-mandated redistricting threatens the Republicans’ power to override Cooper’s vetoes and make unfettered changes to state government. This possibility has GOP leaders planning to return to Raleigh multiple times this year to consider even more conservative-leaning legislation and Democrats quickly raising money in case judges order snap elections under the new boundaries."
  • "Cooper said this week he’s already raised more than $1 million for an initiative with the state Democratic Party to win more legislative seats, with the goal of winning back by 2020 the majorities in the House and Senate. Republicans hadn’t controlled the legislature in 140 years until 2011."
  • "Republican Rep. David Lewis, chairman of the House Rules Committee, said lawmakers “will meet and do those duties needed to create jobs and provide tax relief to the middle class. The governor can work with us or continue to play to and listen to the far-left wing of his party.”"
  • "As for Cooper, he told reporters recently the legislature should simply consider vetoes, complete redistricting and “go home.”"

Burr, Tillis explain votes to consider ACA rewrite
Asheville Citizen-Times // Mark Barrett // July 26, 2017

Summary: "North Carolina’s two U.S. senators say they voted to begin floor debate on legislation to repeal or rewrite the Affordable Care Act because of deep dissatisfaction with the law commonly called Obamacare. "

  • "Wayne Goodwin, chairman of the state Democratic Party, criticized Burr and Tillis, saying Monday that the two are "hurtling towards the most irresponsible and dangerous vote of their lives.”"
  • ""“No matter which bill moves forward, millions of North Carolinians will lose health insurance," Goodwin said. "Thousands will die because of it. Medicaid will be gutted, and those suffering from opioid addiction will be left to fight on their own. Our nation’s doctors, patient advocates, business leaders, health insurers, and the American people have all rejected these cruel bills."

Richard Burr and Thom Tillis

Burr, Tillis fail to lead on health care
N&O // Editorial // July 26, 2017

Summary: "Richard Burr and Thom Tillis – we understand they’re the U.S. senators from North Carolina – have had little or nothing to offer their constituents in leadership on the pathetic debate over health care reform in the Senate."

  • "They mouth the predictable doomsday lines about how bad “Obamacare” is and how Republicans have to save the American people from it. They make no bow to the fact that it’s helped more than 20 million people get health insurance, protected those with pre-existing conditions, kept young people on their parents’ insurance and, by the way, has not blown up the federal deficit as Republicans predicted it would."
  • "If the senators continue to perform primarily as members of the Trump chorus, they may find themselves uncomfortable when they come back to see constituents."

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