NCDP Clips 8/1

General Assembly News

No special NC elections this year; judges order quick drawing of maps to correct unconstitutional gerrymanders
N&O // Anne Blythe // August 1, 2017

Summary: "North Carolina will not have special elections in 2017 in new state legislative districts, but three federal judges ordered lawmakers to draw boundaries to correct what they have ruled to be unconstitutional racial gerrymanders by Sept. 1."

  • "Once the maps are drawn, plaintiffs in the case can submit their own plans for the court to review. The court has the power to reject the maps and could end up drawing its own."

Judges: No special elections, 1 month to redraw maps
WRAL // Travis Fain // July 31, 2017

Summary: "The General Assembly has until Sept. 1 to redraw unconstitutional legislative districts, though the federal court overseeing the redraw will extend that deadline two weeks if the legislature shows good progress, a three-judge panel ruled Monday."

Judges: No special elections for redrawn N.C. districts
Fayetteville Observer // Gary Robertson, AP // July 31, 2017

Summary: "Federal judges on Monday rejected a request by North Carolina voters who sued over General Assembly district boundaries to hold special elections next March in new districts once lines are redrawn to eliminate illegal racial gerrymandering. The unanimous order by the three-judge panel means the next legislative elections won’t occur until November 2018. But the judges did tell Republican lawmakers that they’ll have to approve new House and Senate boundaries by this September — at least two months earlier than GOP leaders sought. "

Federal judges order new North Carolina district lines
The Hill // Reid Wilson // July 31, 2017

Summary: "Three federal judges on Monday ordered North Carolina’s state legislature to draw new legislative district boundaries within a month, the latest ruling against boundaries drawn by Republicans that judges have found improper."

Gov. Cooper News

How much proof is needed for a voter fraud allegation? NC board considers stiffer standards
N&O // Lynn Bonner // July 31, 2017

Summary: "People who challenge election results would be asked to support their allegations with facts and witnesses under new rules the state elections board is considering. Protesters would have to have “substantial evidence” of election law violations or misconduct, or that vote counts are wrong. The State Board of Elections is holding a hearing on new rules today at noon."

  • "The revised protest rule is being considered after the outcome of last year’s race for governor was held in limbo for more than a month while the Republican Party protested results in Durham County."

GOP push back as state works up new rules to challenge votes
WRAL // Travis Fain // July 31, 2017

Summary: "Proposed changes to the way votes can be challenged, and other edits to North Carolina election rules, generated more than 1,000 public comments after the controversy that followed last year’s tight gubernatorial election."

  • "Last year’s election produced hundreds of these challenges from GOP supporters pushing back against Gov. Roy Cooper’s narrow win. Most were derailed by lack of evidence, and a subsequent report from Democracy North Carolina, a left-leaning good-government group, highlighted individuals who believed they were unfairly targeted by baseless challenges when they were fully qualified to vote."

Protest form changes get interest after NC governor’s race
Asheville Citizen-Times // Gary Robertson, AP // August 1, 2017

Summary: "Updates to otherwise mundane North Carolina rules on filing and evaluating election protests are drawing attention after last fall’s tight gubernatorial race. State elections board attorneys took public comment Monday on tentative rules taking shape in the months after Republicans filed dozens of protests soon after Election Day challenging votes cast by several hundred people."

Cooper turns attention towards water quality statewide
WNCT // Connor DelPrete // July 31, 2017

Summary: "A week after Governor Roy Cooper visited Wilmington to discuss the state’s investigation into GenX, the governor returned to the Cape Fear area to tour the Pender County Water Treatment Plant and reiterate steps the state is taking to limit exposure to the unregulated chemical.While touring the plant, Cooper said his focus expands beyond the Cape Fear area."

  • ""Now that we know we aren’t going to allow GenX in the water I think our attention is turning to protecting water across the state and to analyze these other compounds that may be in the water," Cooper said."

Gov. Cooper assures that the state, power company working hard to fix OBX outages
TWC News // Spectrum Staff // July 31, 2017

Summary: "Gov. Roy Cooper held a conference from the Outer Banks on Monday, an area that’s dealing with major power outages. This comes after two cables were damaged Thursday, when construction workers accidentally drove a steel casing into an underground transmission cable at the Bonner Bridge. The outage left at least 7,000 people without power. Gov. Cooper visited the bridge to assess the damage caused by the power outages and to hold a news conference."

Lawsuit filed against company accused of causing Outer Banks power outage
WRAL // July 31, 2017

Summary: "A class action lawsuit has been filed against the company whose contractors accidentally severed transmission lines, causing an extended power outage to the southern half of the Outer Banks."

N. Carolina Dems ‘fired up’ as party reports campaign haul
WRAL // July 31, 2017

Summary: "The North Carolina Democratic Party has an early fundraising advantage over the state Republican Party thanks to intensive efforts by Gov. Roy Cooper and others to try to take General Assembly control away from the GOP."

  • ""Democrats across the state are unified, fired up and determined to help move our state forward and break the Republican supermajority," state Democratic Party Chair Wayne Goodwin said in a release. "Under Governor Cooper’s leadership, our party is the strongest it’s been in decades."

N.C. passes ban on companies boycotting Israel
Courier-Tribune // Will Rierson // July 31, 2017

Summary: "Gov. Roy Cooper signed a bill Thursday banning the state from investing in companies that boycott Israel. Sponsored by Republicans, House Bill 161 passed the General Assembly with large majorities."

Four bills become law without Cooper’s signature
WRAL // Matthew Burns // July 31, 2017

Summary: "Gov. Roy Cooper didn’t take any action on four pieces of legislation by Sunday night, meaning all four became laws Monday without his signature. "

New law to increase penalty for crimes by gang members
WSOCTV // July 31, 2017

Summary: "North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper signed a law that could help Charlotte and other major cities tackle gang violence. The new law acts as more of a deterrent by increasing the penalties. If a gang member commits a misdemeanor or felony, the charges automatically go up by one class, and up two classes for a gang leader."

Campus speech, smaller school district bills become law
N&O // Craig Jarvis // July 31, 2017

Summary: "Free speech on public college campuses — including expressions that offend liberal students — would be protected under legislation that became law Monday without the governor’s signature. "

White House panel recommends declaring national emergency on opioids
New York Times // Abby Goodnough // July 31, 2017

Summary: "President Trump’s commission on the opioid crisis asked him Monday to declare a national emergency to deal with the epidemic.The members of the bipartisan panel called the request their “first and most urgent recommendation.”"

  • "In addition to Mr. Christie, the members of the commission are Gov. Charlie Baker of Massachusetts (a Republican), Gov. Roy Cooper of North Carolina (a Democrat), Patrick Kennedy, a former congressman from Rhode Island (a Democrat), and Bertha K. Madras, a Harvard Medical School professor who specializes in addiction biology."
  • "Mr. Cooper said in a statement that he considered the report “incomplete when it comes to making sure all Americans have access to affordable health care, which includes mental health and substance abuse treatment.” He added, “I urge the commission to make a stronger stand on the accessibility and affordability of health care.”"

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

Panther Creek residents say bridge work an inconvenience; lawmakers suggest DOT changes
WLOS // Rex Hodge // July 31, 2017

Summary: "Residents of one Haywood County community said they’re inconvenienced waiting for a bridge to be built. The Panther Creek community said construction on the bridge began in April, impacting everything from school buses to mail delivery. With the bridge out, they’ve had to use detours to reach their destinations, and they’ve worried about emergency vehicles getting in and out."

  • "Rep. Michele Presnell (R-NC 118th District) thinks changes to DOT contracting could lead to improved efficiency. She said she’d also suggest to fellow lawmakers that keeping DOT input closer to home would help."
  • "Don’t put 11 bridges on one contract," Presnell said. "That’s your first mistake, right there. And then after that, why don’t we do design-build out of the ones here right in Asheville?"

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

Republicans help Jennifer Roberts’ challengers – including a Democrat
Charlotte Observer // Jim Morrill and Steve Harrison // July 31, 2017

Summary: "Charlotte Mayor Jennifer Roberts, an outspoken proponent of Charlotte’s anti-discrimination ordinance, got donations from LGBT advocates…And Democratic state Sen. Joel Ford got help from fellow lawmakers – mainly Republicans."

  • "Ford got a total of $8,400 from seven GOP lawmakers including Senate Majority Leader Harry Brown, Senate Rules Chairman Bill Rabon and House Rules Chair David Lewis. By contrast, he got $1,700 from four Democratic lawmakers."

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

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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

Judges reject new NC elections, but set Sept. 1 deadline for redrawing districts
ABC 11 // Jonah Kaplan // July 31, 2017

Summary: "A panel of three federal judges has ruled that North Carolina Republicans have until September 1 to redraw district lines deemed unconstitutional."

  • "We are encouraged by today’s court ruling and hope that this decision allows North Carolina citizens to finally get the fair representation from their state government they deserve," said Wayne Goodwin, NC Democratic Party chairman. "As the ruling outlined, this unconstitutionally elected Republican caucus has dragged their feet for far too long on drawing democratic maps. It’s high time the people of North Carolina pick their representatives, not the other way around."

N. Carolina Dems ‘fired up’ as party reports campaign haul
WRAL // July 31, 2017

Summary: "The North Carolina Democratic Party has an early fundraising advantage over the state Republican Party thanks to intensive efforts by Gov. Roy Cooper and others to try to take General Assembly control away from the GOP."

  • "Democrats across the state are unified, fired up and determined to help move our state forward and break the Republican supermajority," state Democratic Party Chair Wayne Goodwin said in a release. "Under Governor Cooper’s leadership, our party is the strongest it’s been in decades."

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