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General Assembly News

Legislative leaders urge court to avoid NC special election
News & Record // AP // July 6, 2017

Summary: "North Carolina Republican legislative leaders are re-affirming opposition to a special election this fall or winter for General Assembly seats, but say they’re prepared to redraw districts for the scheduled November 2018 election."

  • "The state takes no position on whether a special election is warranted or on a preferred schedule for map drawing, Special Deputy Attorney General Alexander Peters wrote, but a prompt decision would best serve the public interest."
  • "The plaintiffs for voters who sued successfully over the maps last month urged the court to again order a special election later this year, saying it’s feasible."

Editorial: Legislature – Stingy with teachers and state workers, generous with fat cats
WRAL // Editorial // July 7, 2017

Summary: "North Carolina public school teachers at the top of the pay scale — those with the most experience — are getting miniscule pay raises if anything at all. Local school administrators and board members around the state are alarmed and complain that experienced teachers are leaving classrooms at increasing rates."

  • "Stingy raises and shrinking benefits in the new state budget amount to an assault on state workers that threatens the delivery of basic public services and the ability of school children to learn. If not significantly addressed soon, the quality of life in North Carolina will suffer."
  • "The General Assembly excessively bulked up a “rainy day” fund and lavished tax breaks on corporations and the wealthy. Those same legislators then feign that a scarcity of resources prevents them from providing deserved and realistic pay increases and reasonable benefits for teachers, school administrators and state workers."
  • "If our legislative leaders looked to really run North Carolina like a successful business they’d be investing in the state’s employees, teachers and school administrators; providing a workplace that offers opportunities to succeed; and truly believing in the institution they run."

Enhanced Outdoor Heritage Act loosen Sunday hunting restrictions
Star News Online // Mike Marsh // July 6, 2017

Summary: "On June 29, the North Carolina legislature approved many parts of the original Outdoor Heritage Enhanced Act (OHE), debated as House Bill 559 and Senate Bill 624. The Senate adopted the OHE with a vote of 31-11 after making some changes to the House version. The House adopted the final version of the compromise bill with a vote of 80-25. The legislature sent the bill to Governor Roy Cooper for his consideration and signature."

  • "Two N.C. Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus Co-Chairs, Representative John Bell and Senator John Alexander, along with Caucus members Representative Chris Millis and senators Tom McInnis and Danny Earl Britt, sponsored the legislation."

Our View: Domestic abuse bill sends a message
Rock Mount Telegram // Editorial // July 7, 2017

Summary: "State lawmakers, law enforcement officials and advocates for domestic violence victims are backing a bill that would allow prosecutors to charge suspects of domestic abuse homicides with first-degree murder. The bill is on Gov. Roy Cooper’s desk after clearing the N.C. General Assembly, and we hope he signs it."

Now serving Sunday morning mimosas?
Mt. Airy News // Andy Winemiller // July 6, 2017

Summary: "Senate Bill 155 was signed into law by Gov. Roy Cooper. It will allow alcohol to be served on Sunday mornings in North Carolina beginning at 10 a.m. Prior to its passage, the state’s “Blue Laws” made it illegal to sell or serve alcohol on Sundays before noon. However, the Brunch Bill doesn’t offer an absolute right to sell alcohol on Sunday mornings to businesses."

Our View: Leave ‘garbage juice’ bill dead
Fayetteville Observer // Editorial // July 6, 2017

Summary: "We have to wonder: Were our lawmakers celebrating the passage of the Brunch Bill a little early when they also passed the Garbage Juice bill? They certainly couldn’t have been thinking clearly."

  • "there were no signs of common sense in the legislative approval of a measure that would allow landfill operators to “aerosolize” the contaminated liquids that leak from under landfills."
  • "Gov. Roy Cooper vetoed the Garbage Juice bill, as he should have. If lawmakers try to override that veto, their drinking privileges, with brunch or otherwise, should be permanently revoked.

Gov. Cooper News

With elections board vacant, Cooper wants NC Supreme Court to block board designed by GOP
N&O // Colin Campbell // July 6, 2017

Summary: "North Carolina’s election oversight board has been vacant for more than a month, but the N.C. Supreme Court is poised to decide if Gov. Roy Cooper must make appointments to the new board designed by Republicans."

Infosys plans 2,000 new tech jobs in North Carolina by 2021
Fayetteville Observe // Gary Robertson // July 6, 2017

Summary: "Infosys executives were joined by North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper at a news conference in which they said the hub will be developed in the state’s Research Triangle region. The company expects to hire the first 500 North Carolina workers within two years as part of an overall strategy leading to eventual creation of 10,000 job overall across the four sites."

Tech firm Infosys bringing 2,000 jobs to Wake County
WRAL // July 6, 2017

Summary: "A technology firm based in India plans to bring 2,000 jobs to Wake County with an average starting salary above $72,000, state officials announced Thursday morning, in a deal that includes some $25 million in state grants and other supports."

Infosys deal is the fruit of cooperation
N&O // Editorial // July 6, 2017

Summary: "That Infosys chose Wake County for a new technology hub isn’t a simple stroke of luck. It’s the result of North Carolina following its economic development playbook to perfection. And it should show that cooperation within the state will bring far more benefits than the divisive tactics and tax slashing favored by the Republican-led General Assembly."

  • "Infosys, a global business consulting and information technology company based in India, chose Wake County for a new technology hub because of a coordinated effort by Gov. Roy Cooper, his economic development team, the General Assembly, Wake County, Raleigh, Wake Technical Community College, N.C. State University and others."

Furniture company adding 72 jobs in western NC
Robesonian // AP // July 7, 2017

Summary: "A furniture company is expanding operations in western North Carolina, adding 72 new jobs.Gov. Roy Cooper announced Wednesday that Sutter Street Manufacturing plans to spend nearly $2 million over the next three years while adding the jobs in Claremont in Catawba County."

NC among states suing after Betsy DeVos delays student loan protections
N&O // Anne Blythe // July 6, 2017
Summary: "N.C. Attorney General Josh Stein says a lawsuit he joined Thursday could help students who attended fraudulent, for-profit colleges ease their federal student-loan debt"

With a decision still pending, Cooper gets advice to veto campus free-speech bill
Herald Sun // Ray Gronberg // July 6, 2017
Summary: "Gov. Roy Cooper has to decide what to do with the N.C. General Assembly’s campus free-speech bill. Two groups, including one that opposes censorship, have now asked him to veto it."
Key Targets News – House

Brenden Jones

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Larry Yarborough

Anglers accuse NC of bait-and-switch with fishing license revenue
WRAL // Staff // July 6, 2017

Summary: "Every time a coastal fishing license is sold in North Carolina, a portion of the money is supposed to help improve fishing on the coast, but some recreational anglers say the state is reeling in some of that revenue for other purposes."

  • "Rep. Larry Yarborough, R-Person, has called on the State Auditor’s Office to look into how the license money is spent."
  • "The more I’m finding out, there are all kinds of problems with the way our marine fisheries are being managed," said Yarborough, an avid angler who usually goes out of state because of his reservations about North Carolina coastal fishing."

Mike Clampitt

Local school board elections to become partisan in 2018
Jacksonville Daily News // Jannette Pippin // July 6, 2017

Summary: "Beginning in 2018, school board elections in Onslow County and several other area counties will be switching from nonpartisan to partisan elections. Senate Bill 253 was approved by the General Assembly and ratified into law June 29, changing the method of election for the Board of Education in Onslow County as well as Carteret, Pender, Beaufort and five other counties across the state."

  • "There was no referendum and the legislation was introduced without any input from the school board, which approved the resolution of opposition after learning about the initial local bill filed, HB293. Primary sponsors of the bill include George Cleveland and Phil Shepard, both Republicans representing Onslow County; Chris Millis, a Republican whose district includes portions of Onslow and Pender counties; and Mike Clampitt, R-Bryson City."
  • “Our legislators didn’t extend the courtesy to ask our feedback as an elected body and I find that disturbing,” Taylor said.

John Bradford

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Bill Brawley

Toll of human trafficking gains notice of lawmakers, law enforcement,
Bladen Journal // Kari Travis // July 6, 2017

Summary: "While trafficking is on the rise in North Carolina, most residents don’t know about the problem, Rep. Bill Brawley, R-Mecklenburg, told Carolina Journal. Brawley introduced legislation this year that would have provided human trafficking awareness courses to public school students and law enforcers. House Bill 910, Human Trafficking: Resistance and Rescue, also would have funded victim care and rehabilitation centers.

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

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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

Local school board elections to become partisan in 2018
Jacksonville Daily News // Jannette Pippin // July 6, 2017

Summary: "Beginning in 2018, school board elections in Onslow County and several other area counties will be switching from nonpartisan to partisan elections. Senate Bill 253 was approved by the General Assembly and ratified into law June 29, changing the method of election for the Board of Education in Onslow County as well as Carteret, Pender, Beaufort and five other counties across the state."

  • "There was no referendum and the legislation was introduced without any input from the school board, which approved the resolution of opposition after learning about the initial local bill filed, HB293. Primary sponsors of the bill include George Cleveland and Phil Shepard, both Republicans representing Onslow County; Chris Millis, a Republican whose district includes portions of Onslow and Pender counties; and Mike Clampitt, R-Bryson City."
  • “Our legislators didn’t extend the courtesy to ask our feedback as an elected body and I find that disturbing,” Taylor said.

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

Enhanced Outdoor Heritage Act loosen Sunday hunting restrictions
Star News Online // Mike Marsh // July 6, 2017

Summary: "On June 29, the North Carolina legislature approved many parts of the original Outdoor Heritage Enhanced Act (OHE), debated as House Bill 559 and Senate Bill 624. The Senate adopted the OHE with a vote of 31-11 after making some changes to the House version. The House adopted the final version of the compromise bill with a vote of 80-25. The legislature sent the bill to Governor Roy Cooper for his consideration and signature."

  • "Two N.C. Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus Co-Chairs, Representative John Bell and Senator John Alexander, along with Caucus members Representative Chris Millis and senators Tom McInnis and Danny Earl Britt, sponsored the legislation."

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

Enhanced Outdoor Heritage Act loosen Sunday hunting restrictions
Star News Online // Mike Marsh // July 6, 2017

Summary: "On June 29, the North Carolina legislature approved many parts of the original Outdoor Heritage Enhanced Act (OHE), debated as House Bill 559 and Senate Bill 624. The Senate adopted the OHE with a vote of 31-11 after making some changes to the House version. The House adopted the final version of the compromise bill with a vote of 80-25. The legislature sent the bill to Governor Roy Cooper for his consideration and signature."

  • "Two N.C. Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus Co-Chairs, Representative John Bell and Senator John Alexander, along with Caucus members Representative Chris Millis and senators Tom McInnis and Danny Earl Britt, sponsored the legislation."

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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