NCDP Clips 7/31

General Assembly News

Weekly wrap: Are you serious?
WRAL // July 28, 2017

Summary: "Redrawing the voting maps for North Carolina legislative districts got serious this week, with lawmakers putting the process in motion."

NC’s redistricting fiasco needs a rapid redrawing of districts
N&O // Editorial // July 29, 2017

Summary: "The worst-kept secret on Jones Street is that Republicans probably have maps for new legislative districts in a locked drawer somewhere. This, while they’re pretending, in court hearings, to be worried about having enough time to draw and approve new districts – as directed by courts who found 28 of their existing districts to be racially gerrymandered. But if a new map got out, Republican leaders might alienate some of their own members who might come out with a disadvantage in their re-election bids."

  • "To just insult Democrats a little bit more, they’ve brought in Thomas Hofeller, a veteranGOP consultant who helped draw the 2011 maps that included those legislative and congressional districts found by no less than federal courts to be racially gerrymandered, to draw the maps again."
  • "Republicans are playing the stall game as long as they can, hoping somehow to preserve the current, gerrymandered districts through the next election. At least, that’s what they appear to be doing. And their delaying tactics are hurting potential Democratic candidates, as they well know – and as they intend."
  • "With their delays, Republicans are embarrassing themselves and acting against the interest of fair elections, which means their delaying tactics are acting against the interest of North Carolina, that interest being competent, fair representation.

Editorial: Judge GenX response by testable results, not money spent
Star News // Editorial // July 29, 2017

Summary: "The conversation surrounding all things GenX understandably is heated. Many things need to be fixed, and if harm has been done, those responsible must be held accountable. It is essential, however, that the response stays focused on testable outcomes"

  • "To ensure Chemours follows the rules, we need effective and efficient state regulatory agencies. They must be adequately funded. But Rep. Grange is right to say “we’re not going to just throw money at the problem.” More funding doesn’t magically make us safer."
  • "We have no doubt that the state needs to improve water-quality efforts. And we suspect increased funding will significantly help. Both Rep. Grange and Rep. Ted Davis seem on board with helping make that happen. But allocating extra funding likely will be the easy part. The big challenge will be ensuring that the funds produce results.

Guest columnist: Tax cuts, budget surpluses hurt NC families
Citizen-Times // Terry Van Duyn // July 31, 2017

Summary: "A report from the General Assembly’s fiscal research staff concluded that the most recent round of income and corporate tax breaks would result in a $1 billion deficit by 2020. This is shocking but not surprising news. It is a broken record contention that never-ending tax breaks yield budget surpluses. But state surpluses, in the face of massive tax breaks, are born on the backs of our local governments and our public institutions, which struggle year after year to cope with deep spending cuts being made at the state level."

  • "Creating surpluses while cutting revenue is not magic. Those surpluses don’t appear out of thin air. They come from somewhere – namely our schools, our infrastructure, and our wallets."

Does the campus free speech bill protect First Amendment rights – or restrict them?
N&O // Sam Killenberg // July 28, 2017

Summary: "Gov. Roy Cooper has until Sunday to take action on a controversial bill addressing free speech on college campuses. Some say the bill, which passed the N.C. General Assembly with universal Republican support and just a handful of Democratic votes, will protect students’ First Amendment rights. Others say it will do the opposite." Gov. Cooper News

Cooper signs law making it easier for some to clear criminal slates
N&O // Annie Blythe // July 28, 2017

Summary: "Some people who have been convicted of non-violent crimes, done their time and showed that they can stay out of trouble with the law could soon have an easier and shorter path to getting their record cleared from public view."

  • "Gov. Roy Cooper signed a law on Friday that standardizes the process for some people to have their criminal records “expunged.”"
  • "Cooper also took the opportunity on Friday to issue a proclamation recognizing a provision in the state budget that raises the age for which North Carolina teens are considered adults in the court system."

New NC law makes clean slates easier for some criminals
WRAL // Brian Shrader and Travis Fain // July 28, 2017

Summary: "Some people convicted of crimes in North Carolina will soon find it easier to clear their records. Gov. Roy Cooper on Friday signed into a law a measure that changes the process by which criminal records are expunged."

Drones are flying contraband into NC prisons. Now their pilots can wind up there too.
Charlotte Observer // Ames Alexander // July 29, 2017

Summary: "Flying drones near prisons and jails in North Carolina is now a crime.Across the nation, contraband smugglers have increasingly turned to drones as a tool for sneaking drugs, cell phones and weapons to inmates.The new N.C. law, signed by Gov. Roy Cooper on Tuesday, prohibits anyone but law enforcement officials from flying drones within 250 feet above or 500 feet around prisons and jails."

NC’s wind energy moratorium just political hot air
N&O // Editorial // July 30, 2017

Summary: "Gov. Roy Cooper signed into law this week a measure that promotes solar energy in the state, and with it, he issued an executive order encouraging the development of wind power. Cooper felt obliged to do that because Republicans put in the solar energy law an 18-month moratorium on wind projects. It’s an utterly ridiculous maneuver that’s a bow to right-wing ideologues who wanted to beat back wind energy projects because Democrats wanted them and they’re a good, clean form of energy production. "

Our View: Sun finally shines on renewable energy bill
Fayetteville Observer // Editorial // July 29, 2017

Summary: "Sometimes there really is a way to win when you find yourself stuck in a no-win dilemma. Gov. Roy Cooper found one of those little-but-significant victories last week in legislation that’s meant to speed the growth of renewable energy in North Carolina. "

  • "It will be years, maybe decades, before renewables supplant conventional energy sources, but solar is already cost-competitive with fossil-fuel energy and its costs continue to decline. Encouraging development of electric generation whose fuel is free should be a no-brainer. We’re happy that this legislation survived."

Gov. Cooper to visit site of Outer Banks utility damage
WCNC // AP // July 31, 2017

Summary: "Gov. Roy Cooper plans to visit the Outer Banks bridge where three transmission cables were damaged, causing the evacuation of tourists from two North Carolina islands. "

Gov. Cooper signs drone bills: Here’s what changes
Charlotte Business Journal // Lauren K. Ohnesorge // July 28, 2017

Summary: "Governor Roy Cooper signed two bills this week that regulate the use of unmanned aircraft – also known as drones. House Bill 337 revises existing state drone laws, changing the language so that the regulations apply to model aircraft."

‘A man-made disaster.’ 10,000 tourists forced to evacuate North Carolina’s Outer Banks
TIME // Tom Foreman // July 28, 2017

Summary: "A dreamy summer vacation turned into a messy, sweaty nightmare for 10,000 tourists on the Outer Banks when the power went off and air conditioners stopped humming, and officials ordered visitors to leave Friday because the outage could last days or perhaps weeks. "

  • "North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper declared a state of emergency as generators were sent to the islands. Officials urged people to use them only for fans and refrigerators so that they would not overload them."

Key Targets News – House

Brenden Jones

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Larry Yarborough

Yarborough: Working to create better districts with redistricting plan
Daily Dispatch // Larry Yarborough // July 28, 2017

Summary: "The redistricting committee held its first meeting earlier this week. As a result of changes in the orders from the federal courts, North Carolina’s legislative districts will be redrawn before the next election.This is a good thing. It indicates that we have grown as a state and a nation. The court has determined that the most controlling aspects of the Voting Rights Act are no longer needed in North Carolina. The court has determined that African-American voters will vote for non-African-American candidates and that African-American candidates can compete without special “majority-minority” districts. As a result of the Voting Rights Act, North Carolina was required to gerrymander the districts to create majority-minority districts."

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

Editorial: Judge GenX response by testable results, not money spent
Star News // Editorial // July 29, 2017

Summary: "The conversation surrounding all things GenX understandably is heated. Many things need to be fixed, and if harm has been done, those responsible must be held accountable. It is essential, however, that the response stays focused on testable outcomes"

  • "To ensure Chemours follows the rules, we need effective and efficient state regulatory agencies. They must be adequately funded. But Rep. Grange is right to say “we’re not going to just throw money at the problem.” More funding doesn’t magically make us safer."
  • "We have no doubt that the state needs to improve water-quality efforts. And we suspect increased funding will significantly help. Both Rep. Grange and Rep. Ted Davis seem on board with helping make that happen. But allocating extra funding likely will be the easy part. The big challenge will be ensuring that the funds produce results.

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

Editorial: Judge GenX response by testable results, not money spent
Star News // Editorial // July 29, 2017

Summary: "The conversation surrounding all things GenX understandably is heated. Many things need to be fixed, and if harm has been done, those responsible must be held accountable. It is essential, however, that the response stays focused on testable outcomes"

  • "To ensure Chemours follows the rules, we need effective and efficient state regulatory agencies. They must be adequately funded. But Rep. Grange is right to say “we’re not going to just throw money at the problem.” More funding doesn’t magically make us safer."
  • "We have no doubt that the state needs to improve water-quality efforts. And we suspect increased funding will significantly help. Both Rep. Grange and Rep. Ted Davis seem on board with helping make that happen. But allocating extra funding likely will be the easy part. The big challenge will be ensuring that the funds produce results.

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

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