NCDP Clips 8/3

General Assembly News

Vouchers to allow low-income families to attend private schools, but cost is still a challenge
N&O // T. Keung Hui // August 2, 2017

Summary: "North Carolina families using taxpayer money to attend private schools are enjoying the educational opportunity but struggle to cover all the new financial costs, according to new studies by N.C. State University."

  • "“For some families at the lower end of the spectrum, it really was too much when they had to take into account the food and transportation costs,” said Anna Egalite, an N.C. State assistant professor of education and lead author of both studies."
  • "State lawmakers created the Opportunity Scholarship program in 2013 to give families more options to meet their children’s educational needs. Critics called the vouchers an attack on public education and sued to block the program, but in 2015 the N.C. Supreme Court ruled the program constitutional."
  • "State lawmakers included $44.8 million for the program in this year’s budget, with funding set to increase to $144.8 million a year by 2027.

Veto session likely to omit override votes until September
News & Record // AP // August 3, 2017

Summary: "North Carolina lawmakers are returning to Raleigh for a "veto override" session, but it doesn’t sound like they’re going to give Gov. Roy Cooper’s objections much attention now. ..A key House lawmaker says so many legislators are expected to be absent that action on the vetoed bills will wait until a session in September. The Republican-controlled legislature could take up some other pieces of legislation Thursday. "

Opponents expect new N.C. voter suppression bill
Winston-Salem Chronicle // Cash Michaels // August 3, 2017

Summary: "With the Republican-led legislature reconvening today, Aug. 3, for the first of two special sessions, there are concerns that part of the agenda beyond overriding Gov. Cooper’s vetoes, redrawing legislative voting maps and tinkering with judicial districts will be to pass another law designed to restrict voter access to the polls. "

  • "Though GOP legislative leaders haven’t laid out exactly what they’ll be introducing, they’ve been sending strong signals ever since the U.S. Supreme Court last May refused to take up the unconstitutionality of the 2013 voter ID law, thus leaving a 2016 U.S. Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals ruling that the measure targeted African-American voters for suppression with “almost surgical precision” in place."

Our Opinion: Pass charity game night bill, let Cooper’s 3 other vetoes stand
Wilson-Times // Editorial // August 2, 2017

Summary: "Extra legislative sessions are unpredictable. Since agendas can change on the fly, we’re taking this opportunity to weigh in on four bills that earned Cooper’s veto stamp in case they come to a vote. " Gov. Cooper News

DEQ slow to define funding needs for GenX
WRAL // Laura Leslie // August 2, 2017

Summary: "State lawmakers are back in Raleigh Thursday for a special one-day session to consider possible veto overrides, pending legislation and other issues. But extra funding for the state’s investigation into GenX contamination in the Cape Fear River will not be one of those issues."

  • "Cooper has called on state lawmakers to help the Department of Environmental Quality investigate GenX contamination, saying money from the state reserve fund could be used to pay for more scientists to study GenX…Yet, six weeks after the crisis started, his administration hasn’t provided details as to how much extra money is needed or how it would be spent."
  • ""I’m not opposed to further funding for DEQ. I do think it’s necessary in this situation because people have a right to know what’s in the water they drink," said Rep.
    Holly Grange, R-New Hanover. "I think that we just want to wait and see what it’s going to be used for, and we need to see specifics. There needs to be an action plan that DEQ has in how they intend to utilize any funding that we provide. This could potentially be a statewide issue, not just Wilmington, not just the Cape Fear.""

Our Opinion: Ready for the Wind
News & Record // Editorial // August 2, 2017

Summary: "Smart politicians can tell which way the wind is blowing, which may be how Gov. Roy Cooper worked out of a political dilemma last week. Cooper signed House Bill 589 but immediately issued an executive order to mitigate an unwise, anti-industry provision added by the Senate."

  • "This moratorium was an expression of opposition to wind energy in general. It tells developers to go somewhere else.Cooper sent a different message.
  • "North Carolina doesn’t have coal. It has relatively modest deposits of natural gas, yet to be tapped. There could be oil or gas offshore, where drilling is risky and expensive.It has plenty of wind and sun. As technologies improve for capturing these renewable resources, it makes more and more commercial sense to move in that direction. That’s which way the wind is blowing."

After Pat McCrory lost, the NCGOP falsely accused hundreds of voter fraud. Shouldn’t that be harder?
INDY Week // Erica Hellerstein // August 2, 2017

Summary: "The allegation—and hundreds like it—came after Governor Roy Cooper eked out a victory over then-governor Pat McCrory; in response, Republicans filed voter protests in nearly forty counties, alleging ballots were cast by felons, dead voters, and people who voted in more than one state. According to a recent report by the nonpartisan voting rights group Democracy North Carolina, more than 95 percent of the six hundred protests that were filed were false. "

  • "Now Democracy NC is eyeing a potential remedy—or at least, proposed changes that would make filing election protests more complex. On Monday, attorneys for the State Board of Elections and Ethics Enforcement held a hearing on amendments to the state’s election rules."

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

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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

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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

DEQ slow to define funding needs for GenX
WRAL // Laura Leslie // August 2, 2017

Summary: "State lawmakers are back in Raleigh Thursday for a special one-day session to consider possible veto overrides, pending legislation and other issues. But extra funding for the state’s investigation into GenX contamination in the Cape Fear River will not be one of those issues."

  • "Cooper has called on state lawmakers to help the Department of Environmental Quality investigate GenX contamination, saying money from the state reserve fund could be used to pay for more scientists to study GenX…Yet, six weeks after the crisis started, his administration hasn’t provided details as to how much extra money is needed or how it would be spent."
  • ""I’m not opposed to further funding for DEQ. I do think it’s necessary in this situation because people have a right to know what’s in the water they drink," said Rep.
    Holly Grange, R-New Hanover. "I think that we just want to wait and see what it’s going to be used for, and we need to see specifics. There needs to be an action plan that DEQ has in how they intend to utilize any funding that we provide. This could potentially be a statewide issue, not just Wilmington, not just the Cape Fear.""

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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