NCDP Clips 8/2

General Assembly News

Lawmakers head back to Raleigh for August legislative session
North State Journal // Donna King // August 2, 2017

Summary: "On Thursday the N.C. General Assembly returns to the state capital for an August legislative session scheduled in the June 30 adjournment resolution. Since then, Gov. Roy Cooper has signed 105 bills into law and vetoed four. Four additional bills became law without his signature on July 31because his time to act on them expired​."

NC Legislature voting on leftovers, leaving veto overrides for later
N&O // Lynn Bonner // August 1, 2017

Summary: "Legislators are returning to work on Thursday facing a court order demanding they draw new legislative districts and a plate full of Gov. Roy Cooper’s vetoes to consider overriding. But the session this week may be limited to voting on bills left in limbo when the legislature adjourned in June, said Rep. David Lewis, a Harnett County Republican and House Rules chairman."

  • "Lewis said Tuesday afternoon that he did not expect legislators to talk about redistricting Thursday."

North Carolina legal aid gets cut again, it’s unclear why
N&O // Gary Robertson // August 1, 2017

Summary: "Poor people who need help fighting a landlord or keeping government benefits can get an attorney for free through North Carolina legal aid programs, but new state budget cuts mean fewer may have that option. "

  • "Legal aid funds already had been cut by more than half since 2008 to $2.7 million during the last fiscal year. This year the reduction looks deeper and permanent, and the reasons for the cuts remain unclear."
  • "Moore’s office "would have the details on those provisions," senior budget chairman Rep. Nelson Dollar of Wake County said when asked about the origin of the cuts."

Our View: Our enduring, but not endearing, Gerrymander Follies
Fayetteville Observer // Editorial // August 1, 2017

Summary: "For some members of the General Assembly, August is going to be busier than they expected. A panel of three federal judges just handed lawmakers a Sept. 1 deadline to redraw 28 of the state’s House and Senate districts, although they left the door open for a two-week extension if the mapmaking is showing good progress. "

  • "The judges also said they would review the new districts and might redraw the maps themselves if they aren’t satisfied with the Republican product. We wouldn’t be surprised to see that happen, given that Republican leaders brought back the same consultant who drew the maps that the courts found racially biased. The first aim of a majority party’s redistricting effort will always be to maintain power — that’s the first fundamental rule of gerrymandering that goes back centuries in this country. "
  • "State Rep. David Lewis, a Harnett Republican who leads House redistricting efforts, said last week that, “I sincerely hope that the Democrats will engage. Help us select the criteria, help us draw these maps.” When a reporter asked him why, then, the proposed maps will be kept secret from the Democrats, he just said, well, that’s what the legislative rules allow. So much for bipartisanship."

Editorial: Legislature short-changes opioid epidemic fight
WRAL // Editorial // August 2, 2017

Summary: "The opioid epidemic is not someplace else. It is not someone else’s problem. It is not going away on its own. The response to this crisis in North Carolina needs to be more than half-funded measures and token efforts."

  • "The General Assembly made a significant move toward addressing North Carolina’s opioid epidemic with the passage of the bipartisan Strengthen Opioid Misuse Prevention (STOP) Act.…While legislators passed the STOP act without a dissenting vote, they inexplicably failed to fully fund the community-based program for addiction treatment and recovery in the budget – shorting it by half."
  • "Why the failure to fully-fund this important program? More anti-Stein legislation? An ideology that blames the addict that in order to avoid needed community investment? There’s clearly unanimous agreement that we are dealing with a statewide opioid addiction crisis and bipartisan support for a plan to address it. Another disappointing outcome from Jones Street."
  • "The legislature should make it a top priority, when it goes into session Thursday, to authorize the remaining $10 million to fully-fund the important STOP opioid treatment initiative. Contact your legislator now."

Gov. Cooper News

Gov. Cooper demands backup to Outer Banks cable repairs
N&O // Craig Jarvis // August 1, 2017

Summary: "Five days into the tourist catastrophe caused by a power blackout at Hatteras and Ocracoke, Gov. Roy Cooper has make the requisite on-camera appearances expected in man-made as well as natural disasters. He has also been working out of the spotlight to focus state resources on helping construction crews repair accidentally severed underground transmission cables as soon as possible."

Our Opinion: A question of access
News & Record // Editorial // August 1, 2017

Summary: "We want to thank Gov. Roy Cooper for protecting the First Amendment rights of Guilford County newspapers — and by extension, the county’s citizens — by vetoing House Bill 205."

  • "As Gov. Cooper said in announcing his veto, “time and again, this legislature has used the levers of big government to attack important institutions in our state who may disagree with them from time to time. Unfortunately, this legislation is another example of that misguided philosophy meant to specifically threaten and harm the media. "
  • "The pilot program targeting public notices and legal advertising was originally part of Senate Bill 343, sponsored by Sen. Trudy Wade (R-Guilford). "
    • "She ignores the reality that a digital divide still exists. Many in our communities still lack internet access — some because they are uncomfortable with the technology, others because they can’t afford it"
  • "As a group, we ask Guilford Republicans Jon Hardister, John Faircloth and John Blust to reconsider their support for a bill that would hurt their constituents."

Elections rule would make false voter fraud reports a felony
North State Journal // Jeff Moore // August 2, 2017

Summary: "The North Carolina State Board of Elections held a public comment hearing Monday, soliciting input on a proposed rule that will make falsely reporting voter fraud a felony. The new rule would also require protesters to describe facts, reveal if a lawyer helped them make their claims, and say whether they have any witnesses to the alleged voter fraud.​"

  • "Bob Hall, executive director of the left-leaning voting rights group Democracy North Carolina, contends that the vast majority of those alleged fraud complaints were wrong. Hall said at the Monday hearing that Republican actors were using fraud charges for personal political gain."

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

Our Opinion: A question of access
News & Record // Editorial // August 1, 2017

Summary: "We want to thank Gov. Roy Cooper for protecting the First Amendment rights of Guilford County newspapers — and by extension, the county’s citizens — by vetoing House Bill 205."

  • "As Gov. Cooper said in announcing his veto, “time and again, this legislature has used the levers of big government to attack important institutions in our state who may disagree with them from time to time. Unfortunately, this legislation is another example of that misguided philosophy meant to specifically threaten and harm the media. "
  • "The pilot program targeting public notices and legal advertising was originally part of Senate Bill 343, sponsored by Sen. Trudy Wade (R-Guilford). "
    • "She ignores the reality that a digital divide still exists. Many in our communities still lack internet access — some because they are uncomfortable with the technology, others because they can’t afford it"
  • "As a group, we ask Guilford Republicans Jon Hardister, John Faircloth and John Blust to reconsider their support for a bill that would hurt their constituents."

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

Our Opinion: A question of access
News & Record // Editorial // August 1, 2017

Summary: "We want to thank Gov. Roy Cooper for protecting the First Amendment rights of Guilford County newspapers — and by extension, the county’s citizens — by vetoing House Bill 205."

  • "As Gov. Cooper said in announcing his veto, “time and again, this legislature has used the levers of big government to attack important institutions in our state who may disagree with them from time to time. Unfortunately, this legislation is another example of that misguided philosophy meant to specifically threaten and harm the media. "
  • "The pilot program targeting public notices and legal advertising was originally part of Senate Bill 343, sponsored by Sen. Trudy Wade (R-Guilford). "
    • "She ignores the reality that a digital divide still exists. Many in our communities still lack internet access — some because they are uncomfortable with the technology, others because they can’t afford it"
  • "As a group, we ask Guilford Republicans Jon Hardister, John Faircloth and John Blust to reconsider their support for a bill that would hurt their constituents."

Dennis Riddell

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Ted Davis

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John Hardister

Our Opinion: A question of access
News & Record // Editorial // August 1, 2017

Summary: "We want to thank Gov. Roy Cooper for protecting the First Amendment rights of Guilford County newspapers — and by extension, the county’s citizens — by vetoing House Bill 205."

  • "As Gov. Cooper said in announcing his veto, “time and again, this legislature has used the levers of big government to attack important institutions in our state who may disagree with them from time to time. Unfortunately, this legislation is another example of that misguided philosophy meant to specifically threaten and harm the media. "
  • "The pilot program targeting public notices and legal advertising was originally part of Senate Bill 343, sponsored by Sen. Trudy Wade (R-Guilford). "
    • "She ignores the reality that a digital divide still exists. Many in our communities still lack internet access — some because they are uncomfortable with the technology, others because they can’t afford it"
  • "As a group, we ask Guilford Republicans Jon Hardister, John Faircloth and John Blust to reconsider their support for a bill that would hurt their constituents."

Dana Bumgardner

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Bob Steinburg

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Linda Johnson

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David Lewis

Our View: Our enduring, but not endearing, Gerrymander Follies
Fayetteville Observer // Editorial // August 1, 2017

Summary: "For some members of the General Assembly, August is going to be busier than they expected. A panel of three federal judges just handed lawmakers a Sept. 1 deadline to redraw 28 of the state’s House and Senate districts, although they left the door open for a two-week extension if the mapmaking is showing good progress. "

  • "The judges also said they would review the new districts and might redraw the maps themselves if they aren’t satisfied with the Republican product. We wouldn’t be surprised to see that happen, given that Republican leaders brought back the same consultant who drew the maps that the courts found racially biased. The first aim of a majority party’s redistricting effort will always be to maintain power — that’s the first fundamental rule of gerrymandering that goes back centuries in this country. "
  • "State Rep. David Lewis, a Harnett Republican who leads House redistricting efforts, said last week that, “I sincerely hope that the Democrats will engage. Help us select the criteria, help us draw these maps.” When a reporter asked him why, then, the proposed maps will be kept secret from the Democrats, he just said, well, that’s what the legislative rules allow. So much for bipartisanship."

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

Our Opinion: A question of access
News & Record // Editorial // August 1, 2017

Summary: "We want to thank Gov. Roy Cooper for protecting the First Amendment rights of Guilford County newspapers — and by extension, the county’s citizens — by vetoing House Bill 205."

  • "As Gov. Cooper said in announcing his veto, “time and again, this legislature has used the levers of big government to attack important institutions in our state who may disagree with them from time to time. Unfortunately, this legislation is another example of that misguided philosophy meant to specifically threaten and harm the media. "
  • "The pilot program targeting public notices and legal advertising was originally part of Senate Bill 343, sponsored by Sen. Trudy Wade (R-Guilford). "
    • "She ignores the reality that a digital divide still exists. Many in our communities still lack internet access — some because they are uncomfortable with the technology, others because they can’t afford it"
  • "As a group, we ask Guilford Republicans Jon Hardister, John Faircloth and John Blust to reconsider their support for a bill that would hurt their constituents."

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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