NCDP Clips 7/28

General Assembly News

Judges question GOP majority over redistricting delay
WRAL // Travis Fain // July 27, 2017

Summary: "Two of three judges on the federal panel overseeing a redraw of North Carolina’s legislative maps upbraided the General Assembly’s GOP majority Thursday, suggesting in a hearing that they were tired of the majority’s foot dragging."

  • "Any timetable problems are the result of legislative delay, Eagles said. Wynn said the body has had "plenty of time." The court could appoint an expert, called a special master, to redraw the maps without waiting on the assembly to act."
  • "More time for the court means less time for public hearings, Strach said. "Well, that’s your own fault," Eagles said."
  • "The legislators elected in those surrounding districts benefited from that, Wynn added.“And they’re the ones who will be drawing the maps,” Wynn said."

‘You don’t seem serious,’ federal judge tells NC legislative leaders about redistricting efforts
N&O // Anne Blythe // July 27, 2017

Summary: "Federal judges had pointed questions and comments Thursday for the lawyer representing North Carolina lawmakers who have not yet complied with the panel’s order to draw new districts for electing General Assembly members. "

  • "The judges ended the hearing by early afternoon and told all gathered they would take the matter under advisement without offering their timeline for issuing an order."

The Latest: Judge questions N. Carolina redistricting pace
News & Record // AP // July 27, 2017

Summary: "The Latest on a federal court hearing on when North Carolina must redraw legislative districts …"

  • "A federal judge says North Carolina’s GOP lawmakers have not taken their duty to redraw illegally race-based districts seriously enough."

New redistricting effort aims to repeat old mistakes
WRAL // Editorial // July 28, 2017

Summary: "The iron-fisted leadership of the North Carolina General Assembly quickly snapped the last frayed thread of hope that there might be a sincere effort to develop fair and legal legislative districts.At Wednesday’s joint meeting of the legislature’s redistricting committees, among the first revelations is that taxpayers will be paying the architect of the state’s current illegal redistricting maps to create the new ones."

  • "When asked if Democrats in the legislature will have access to Hofeller’s expertise and work – after all we’re all paying for it – House redistricting boss Rep. David Lewis, R-Harnett, was precise. “The short answer is no.”"
  • "So much for fairness, transparency and accountability."

NC legislative session produced results for region
Tim Buckland // Star News // July 27, 2017

Summary: "The 2017 legislative session in Raleigh featured some wins — and losses — for the region.Film, education, transportation, the heroin epidemic and mental health were all issues the region’s seven-member delegation to the N.C. General Assembly tried to address. Here is a roundup of how some measures affecting the region fared."

Our view: Our legislators at work
Winston-Salem Journal // Editorial // July 28, 2017

Summary: "Kudos to our local legislators whose bills were recently signed into law by Gov. Roy Cooper. Cooper approved three bills last week that were sponsored by Forsyth County Republican legislators, the Journal’s Richard Craver reported Sunday. "

  • "Of particular interest was HB 283, with Rep. Donny Lambeth as primary sponsor, which requires the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services to recommend a telemedicine standards policy by Oct. 1. "
  • "Also signed into law was HB 149, with Rep. Debra Conrad as primary sponsor, which requires the State Board of Education and local education boards to develop tools for ensuring that policies and procedures are developed for students with learning disabilities, such as dyslexia and dyscalculia."

Gov. Cooper News

Dems pump resources into North Carolina as state gets more red
N&O // Brian Murphy // July 27, 2017

Summary: "Sixteen months from the 2018 general election, Democrats are banking on turning that enthusiasm into votes that break Republican super-majorities in the state legislature and flip Congressional seats to help Democrats retake the U.S. House."

  • “When I think of a red state, I think of Kansas or where they have no Democrats elected statewide,” said Wayne Goodwin, the chairman of the North Carolina Democratic Party, who lost his state insurance commissioner re-election bid last fall.“By the measures, we are a purple state. Results are dependent upon the candidates and issues of a given election — and a fair district.”
  • "Gov. Roy Cooper launched his “Break the Majority” campaign earlier this month, announcing that he’s raised more than $1 million for the effort to win enough state legislative seats to uphold his vetoes. "
  • "Goodwin said hundreds of potential candidates have contacted the party about running themselves for the state legislature or promoting another person to run."
  • "Goodwin said hundreds of potential candidates have contacted the party about running themselves for the state legislature or promoting another person to run."
  • "Said Goodwin: “For both parties, it is vital that parties become more adept at reaching unaffiliated voters. It will make us a stronger party and more focused as we strive for hearts, souls, minds and votes of unaffiliated voters. Unaffiliated voters will swing a race statewide. In years to come, unaffiliated voters will decide races.”"

North Carolina to get $32 million more in Hurricane Matthew relief funds
N&O // Brian Murphy // July 27, 2017

Summary: "North Carolina will receive an additional $32 million in Hurricane Matthew relief from the Department of Housing and Urban Development. The money is in addition to the $6 million HUD awarded the state in May. Gov. Roy Cooper requested $929 million for Hurricane Matthew relief at the time — and expressed his “shock and disappointment” with the administration for the small amount."

  • “North Carolina needs this critical help to rebuild. It’s gratifying that bipartisan work with our congressional delegation helped HUD realize our state’s additional need. More work remains to rebuild communities so we must continue,” Cooper said.

Cooper signs solar energy bill despite controversial wind project moratorium
N&O // Craig Jarvis // July 27, 2017

Summary: "Gov. Roy Cooper signed into law on Thursday legislation promoting solar energy in the state and issued an executive order encouraging wind-power development despite an 18-month moratorium on wind projects included in the bill. Cooper said his executive order clarifies that wind projects can proceed through the initial permit stages – and that the state should do all it can to help them along – regardless of the temporary ban."

Wind farm delay doesn’t stop Cooper from signing solar bill
WRAL // Tyler Dukes and Matthew Burns // July 27, 2017

Summary: "Gov. Roy Cooper on Thursday signed into law a measure that overhauls the state’s solar energy policy, despite an 18-month moratorium on new wind farm projects that lawmakers tacked onto the plan. "

Cooper vetoes credit insurance measure, signs other bills
WRAL // Matthew Burns // July 27, 2017

Summary: "Gov. Roy Cooper issued his ninth veto of the year on Thursday, sending a proposal on credit insurance back to lawmakers. House Bill 140 initially dealt with disclosure of fees and policies on dental insurance plans, but provisions on credit property insurance were tacked on in the closing days of the legislative session. The provisions, which consumer advocates lobbied against, allow lenders to tack insurance onto loans in case borrowers cannot repay. "

Our View: Ancient trees stand to get a state park of their own
Fayetteville Observer // Editorial // July 17, 2017

Summary: "The most remarkable thing about the proposed Black River State Park is that it’s not already a state park. Or even a national park or monument. After all, a river basin that’s home to the oldest trees east of the Rockies shouldn’t be hidden away, as it is now. ..So we welcome Gov. Roy Cooper’s authorization this week of a feasibility study for creating a state park surrounding the old cypress trees’ home. "

  • "We’re pleased to see it, and pleased to see at least one North Carolina tradition that isn’t tied to political partisanship. While our elected leaders have often been too complacent about addressing environmental threats, they have been diligent over the years in protecting many of the state’s unique natural areas. "

Offshore drilling risks outweigh benefits, necessity
Star News // Editorial // July 28, 2017

Summary: "Folks along the Lower Cape Fear have understandably been focused on GenX, but there are other environmental issues out there. Gov. Roy Cooper has made a smart choice on one of them.In a speech last week at Fort Macon State Park, Cooper announced that North Carolina will oppose oil and gas drilling off our coast."

  • "Things might change in the future, and we might need that oil eventually — but not now. When it comes to the Tar Heel coast, Cooper is right: Let’s leave well enough alone.

Gov. Cooper to sign criminal record expungement, ‘raise the age’ bills Friday
WNCN // Beairshelle Edme // July 28, 2017

Summary: "Advocates will celebrate what they’re calling a victory for justice, Friday. Gov. Roy Cooper will sign a bipartisan bill into law that deals with criminal record expungement on Friday morning. " 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

Ross bill pulls state out of companies that boycott Israel
Times-News // Staff // July 27, 2017

Summary: "North Carolina will divest from companies that boycott Israel after Gov. Roy Cooper signed into law a bill sponsored by Rep. Stephen Ross, R-Burlington."

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

Our view: Our legislators at work
Winston-Salem Journal // Editorial // July 28, 2017

Summary: "Kudos to our local legislators whose bills were recently signed into law by Gov. Roy Cooper. Cooper approved three bills last week that were sponsored by Forsyth County Republican legislators, the Journal’s Richard Craver reported Sunday. "

  • "Of particular interest was HB 283, with Rep. Donny Lambeth as primary sponsor, which requires the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services to recommend a telemedicine standards policy by Oct. 1. "
  • "Also signed into law was HB 149, withRep. Debra Conrad as primary sponsor, which requires the State Board of Education and local education boards to develop tools for ensuring that policies and procedures are developed for students with learning disabilities, such as dyslexia and dyscalculia."

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

$160K to aid Gibsonville downtown
Times-News // Bill Cresenzo // July 26, 2017

Summary: "Gibsonville will receive a $160,000 downtown revitalization grant from the state, Mayor Lenny Williams said. The money was part of the state budget recently signed by Gov. Roy Cooper.Williams said that when Sen. Trudy Wadeattended the groundbreaking for the town’s community center, he told her that the town needed money to improve its library and downtown. He credits Wade and Rep. Jon Hardister for securing the money."

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

Our view: Our legislators at work
Winston-Salem Journal // Editorial // July 28, 2017

Summary: "Kudos to our local legislators whose bills were recently signed into law by Gov. Roy Cooper. Cooper approved three bills last week that were sponsored by Forsyth County Republican legislators, the Journal’s Richard Craver reported Sunday. "

  • "Of particular interest was HB 283, with Rep. Donny Lambeth as primary sponsor, which requires the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services to recommend a telemedicine standards policy by Oct. 1. "
  • "Also signed into law was HB 149, withRep. Debra Conrad as primary sponsor, which requires the State Board of Education and local education boards to develop tools for ensuring that policies and procedures are developed for students with learning disabilities, such as dyslexia and dyscalculia."

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

$160K to aid Gibsonville downtown
Times-News // Bill Cresenzo // July 26, 2017

Summary: "Gibsonville will receive a $160,000 downtown revitalization grant from the state, Mayor Lenny Williams said. The money was part of the state budget recently signed by Gov. Roy Cooper.Williams said that when Sen. Trudy Wade attended the groundbreaking for the town’s community center, he told her that the town needed money to improve its library and downtown. He credits Wade and Rep. Jon Hardisterfor securing the money."

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

NC Democrats are banking on enthusiasm in 2018. But will it turn into votes?
N&O // Brian Murphy // July 27, 2017

Summary: "Sixteen months from the 2018 general election, Democrats are banking on turning that enthusiasm into votes that break Republican super-majorities in the state legislature and flip Congressional seats to help Democrats retake the U.S. House."

  • “When I think of a red state, I think of Kansas or where they have no Democrats elected statewide,” said Wayne Goodwin, the chairman of the North Carolina Democratic Party, who lost his state insurance commissioner re-election bid last fall.“By the measures, we are a purple state. Results are dependent upon the candidates and issues of a given election — and a fair district.”
  • "Gov. Roy Cooper launched his “Break the Majority” campaign earlier this month, announcing that he’s raised more than $1 million for the effort to win enough state legislative seats to uphold his vetoes. "
  • "Goodwin said hundreds of potential candidates have contacted the party about running themselves for the state legislature or promoting another person to run."
  • "Goodwin said hundreds of potential candidates have contacted the party about running themselves for the state legislature or promoting another person to run."
  • "Said Goodwin: “For both parties, it is vital that parties become more adept at reaching unaffiliated voters. It will make us a stronger party and more focused as we strive for hearts, souls, minds and votes of unaffiliated voters. Unaffiliated voters will swing a race statewide. In years to come, unaffiliated voters will decide races.”"

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