NCDP Clips 7/6

General Assembly News

GOP won’t answer why monument cut from budget
The Chronicle // Cash Michaels // July 6, 2017

Summary: "Before the N.C. General Assembly adjourned its long session last Friday, Republican legislative leaders House Speaker Tim Moore and Senate Pro-tem Phil Berger were asked in writing why they cut a proposed $200,000 from the compromise $23 billion budget for the African-American “Freedom Monument” project slated for the state Capitol grounds, and instead earmarked $5 million – 25 times as much – to a new $65 million N.C. Civil War Museum in Fayetteville, scheduled to open in 2020. Neither Moore or Berger responded to the written requests for comment sent to their offices one day before both houses of the legislature adjourned."

  • “This was negotiated after the full [committee] chairs finished all the budget work that was asked of us. I can see if I can get you a statement from the Speaker,” Lambeth emailed back to The Chronicle, but no statement from Speaker Moore was forthcoming."

Two proposed wind farms threatening to pull out of NC if moratorium becomes law
N&O // John Murawski // July 5, 2017

Summary: "Two proposed wind farms will pull out of eastern North Carolina if an 18-month moratorium on wind farm permits becomes state law, company officials say. Both projects had been expected to apply for state permits as early as this year and potentially could have been generating electricity by 2019."

  • "Rep. John Szoka, the sponsor of House Bill 589, said the benefits of his legislation for promoting solar energy and reducing energy costs outweigh any problems caused by the moratorium.“Every bill has good things and not so good things in it,” Szoka said. “I certainly hope the Governor doesn’t veto it.” "

Stopped bus bill has no teeth
Daily Reflector // Editorial // July 6, 2017

Summary: "The good news: A bill awaiting Gov. Roy Cooper’s signature found the solution to the most legally dubious aspect of using automated camera systems to enforce traffic laws.The bad news: Weak language makes it a mere suggestion, not the ironclad requirement it should be."

Mental health agency says it can’t open crisis center in Raleigh due to funding cut
N&O //Paul A. Specht // July 5, 2017

Summary: "Leaders of a regional mental health agency say the state’s new spending plan leaves them without enough money to open a crisis center in Raleigh.Alliance Behavioral Healthcare will get $19 million from the state this year, said spokesman Doug Fuller. That’s $4.9 million less than it received last year."

  • "Alliance must now use Medicaid savings to make up for the shortfall in funds available for patients who are uninsured or under-insured, Fuller said."

Transportation museum sees increased allocation in state budget
Salisbury Post // Josh Bergeron // July 6, 2017

Summary: "The N.C. Transportation Museum will have more money this year because of the state budget recently passed by the N.C. General Assembly.The state budget, passed last week, includes money for a number of local matters, but it also increased the museum’s budget by $100,000. " Gov. Cooper News

Political wins and losses for Gov. Roy Cooper in the new North Carolina budget
N&O // Will Doran // July 5, 2017

Summary: "The News & Observer’s fact-checking partner, PolitiFact North Carolina, has been tracking three dozen promises Gov. Roy Cooper made on the campaign trail. Now that the state has its first new budget under Cooper, some of his promises appear to be stalled. But others are moving ahead…"

  • "Are school bus cameras really about protecting children, or is their true purpose — like their red-light camera cousins — to cast a wide dragnet and rake in revenue?"

CBJ Morning Buzz: Furtniture manufacturer adding jobs; Trampoline park planned in region; New brewery for Plaza Midwood
Charlotte Business Journal // Jen Wilson // July 6, 2017

Summary: "Sutter Street Manufacturing plans to invest $1.9 million to expand in Catawba County, creating 72 new jobs over the next three years, according to an announcement from Gov. Roy Cooper‘s office yesterday."

DA met with governor’s staff about Sharpe
Daily Reflector // Beth Velliquette // July 6, 2017

Summary: "The office of Gov. Roy Cooper met with members of the Pitt County District Attorney’s office to discuss the Dontae Sharpe case, but no decision had been made about the case as of Wednesday."

Grants to fund storm repairs
Rocky Mount Telegram // Lindell John Kay // July 6, 2017

Summary: "Gov. Roy Cooper has awarded grants to help nonprofit organizations rebuilding Hurricane Matthew-damaged homes in Eastern North Carolina, including the Twin Counties." 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

Passage of new bill paves the way toward Hatteras Village multi-use pathways
Island Free Press // Joy Crist // July 3, 2017

Summary: "A press conference was held on Monday, July 3, by Senator Bill Cook and Representative Beverly Boswell to announce the passage of House Bill 415, which addresses the proposed formation of multi-use pathways in Hatteras village."

John Sauls

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Donny Lambeth

GOP won’t answer why monument cut from budget
The Chronicle // Cash Michaels // July 6, 2017

Summary: "Before the N.C. General Assembly adjourned its long session last Friday, Republican legislative leaders House Speaker Tim Moore and Senate Pro-tem Phil Berger were asked in writing why they cut a proposed $200,000 from the compromise $23 billion budget for the African-American “Freedom Monument” project slated for the state Capitol grounds, and instead earmarked $5 million – 25 times as much – to a new $65 million N.C. Civil War Museum in Fayetteville, scheduled to open in 2020. Neither Moore or Berger responded to the written requests for comment sent to their offices one day before both houses of the legislature adjourned."

  • “This was negotiated after the full [committee] chairs finished all the budget work that was asked of us. I can see if I can get you a statement from the Speaker,” Lambeth emailed back to The Chronicle, but no statement from Speaker Moore was forthcoming."

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

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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

Trudy Wade delivers a body-slam on local newspapers
Triad City Beat // Editorial // July 6, 2017

Summary: "As a news outlet, we must recognize the open hostility and disdain shown by state Sen. Trudy Wade (R-Guilford) in her strike against our industry, as embodied in her bill, SB 343, which languishes in the finance committee, having passed the Senate and its first reading in the House, awaiting ratification and the governor’s signature to become law."

  • "Lost revenues at the dailies certainly means fewer notebooks and cameras out on the streets. And for that, everyone — everyone in Guilford County anyway — will suffer."

Michael Lee

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Jeff Tarte

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Danny Britt

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Bill Cook

Passage of new bill paves the way toward Hatteras Village multi-use pathways
Island Free Press // Joy Crist // July 3, 2017

Summary: "A press conference was held on Monday, July 3, by Senator Bill Cook and Representative Beverly Boswell to announce the passage of House Bill 415, which addresses the proposed formation of multi-use pathways in Hatteras village."

  • “This legislation will continue to revitalize and enhance Hatteras Island,” said Sen. Cook at the press conference. “…Walkways, pathways, and bikeways can add a lot to a community, and especially to a tourist community.”

Dan Bishop

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Jim Davis

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NCDP News / Mentions

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