NCDP Clips for Friday, April 15th, 2016
DATA-MINING YOUR PSYCHE: POLITICAL PITCHES TARGET BASED ON PERSONALITY (MIT Technology Review) — When Thom Tillis ran for U.S. Senate in 2014, some of his advertisements tried something new. One, which showed Tillis smiling broadly with a soft-focus background of green foliage, promised he’d “restore common sense in Washington.” Another, featuring a man wearing a hard hat while poring over blueprints with his team, asserted that Tillis had “the experience to get the economy working.” A third showed the camouflage-smeared face of a soldier and contained this promise from Tillis: “Your safety is his top priority.” Which version went to whom depended on how the Tillis campaign assessed the recipient’s personality. The grinning picture? That went to people who tended to be “agreeable.” Hard hat? That one was aimed at people deemed “conscientious.” Soldier? That one was reserved for people thought “neurotic.” The Tillis campaign made the ads with help from Cambridge Analytica—an offshoot of a British firm called SCL Group, which has long been involved in campaigns (commercial, political, military).
NEW GILDED AGE: ALMOST HALF OF SUPER PAC MONEY FROM 50 DONORS (Washington Post) — Four out of 10 dollars comes from a small group of super-rich individuals and their relatives.
STUDENTS TO DEM.SENATE CANDIDATE ROSS: MAKE COLLEGE AFFORDABLE (Winston-Salem Journal) — High college prices kill choices, a group of students attending college, community college and high school told Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Deborah Ross on Thursday at Wake Forest University.
FACTCHECKING THE NINTH DEMOCRATIC DEBATE (FactCheck.Org) — Clinton and Sanders sparred over the minimum wage, campaign contributions, guns and more.
TRANSCRIPT: DEMOCRATIC PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE IN BROOKLYN (New York Times) — A transcript of the Democratic debate, as transcribed by the Federal News Service.
#MCCRORY’S POTTY POLITICS
CHARLOTTE MAYOR: CITY SHOULDN’T BE PUNISHED FOR ORDINANCE (AP) — Charlotte shouldn’t be punished for an ordinance that was ultimately overturned by legislation preventing local and state governments from mandating protections for LGBT people, Mayor Jennifer Roberts said Thursday at a town hall meeting designed to rally support for the repeal of the controversial measure.
MCCRORY DUCKS QUESTIONS ABOUT HB2 (WNCN-TV) – A newly renovated youth facility center set to open April 25 in Rocky Mount hosted an open house ceremony Thursday with officials including Gov. Pat McCrory. However, McCrory declined to answer questions about his executive order on House Bill 2 when questioned by a CBS North Carolina reporter. McCrory announced the order on Tuesday in a statement and video. On Wednesday, he introduced his nominee for SBI director but did not take reporters’ questions. On Thursday, McCrory twice declined to discuss House Bill 2.
MCCRORY: THE VIDEO GOVERNOR? (Greensboro News & Record column) — The governor initially brushed off most HB 2 questions, saying he wanted to talk about something else. Now he has shifted into video mode, announcing an executive order that slightly altered HB 2 on a video. Before that, in another video, he challenged Attorney General Roy Cooper, his election opponent, to defend the law. But the videos come across as pseudo campaign ads. And a video does not take questions from reporters.
LT. GOV. DAN FOREST’S HB 2 VIDEO MISREPRESENTS YWCA (Charlotte Observer column) — Lt. Gov. Dan Forest’s video about House Bill 2 misrepresents how we operate at the YWCA.
BEHIND HB2, AND OTHERS, DEMOCRATS SEE GOP BIG GOVERNMENT AT WORK (Washington Post) — There’s no legal question about the power of North Carolina, or any state, to override local laws, just as Congress has the power under the Constitution to preempt state laws. Municipalities are the creations of state legislatures and are subject to their will. The question that arose during the special session in March of the North Carolina legislature was should the state be using that authority in the way it has. On that topic, the justification provided by Republican defenders of the override was revealing. Republicans in North Carolina argue with the proposition that they have created a “Big Government” that throws around its weight in a manner comparable to the federal government. They see themselves as more judicious in their use of state power, picking and choosing in the interest of ensuring uniformity in commercial activity in some areas but deferring on others.
WOODSON: NCSU LOSING BUSINESS BECAUSE OF HB2 (WRAL-TV) — North Carolina State University has lost out on some potential business relocations to its Centennial Campus because of a new law that sets discrimination policy statewide, Chancellor Randy Woodson said Thursday.
ORIGIN OF HB2 ‘CIVIL ACTION’ UNCLEAR (Asheville Citizen-Times) — A portion of House Bill 2 that has been widely condemned as hobbling the legal options of workers who have suffered workplace discrimination is being kicked back to state lawmakers for reconsideration, but how the measure came to be in the first place has been unclear. Rep. Paul Stam, of Wake County, said he knew “a lot of the source of the bill, but not the source of that one sentence.”
POSSIBLE HB2 WILL BE REPEALED, N.C. REP. BELL SAYS (NPR) — Renee Montagne talks with N.C. House Democrat Larry Bell about a call from a constituent that’s made Bell rethink his "yes" vote in support of the state’s controversial transgender bathroom measure.
170 NC ENTREPRENEURS SIGN PETITION OPPOSING HB2 (Raleigh News & Observer) — About 170 entrepreneurs – representing small firms that employ a total of 2,461 people – have signed a petition calling for the repeal of House Bill 2.
OPEN RECORDS REQUEST SENT TO GOV. MCCRORY SEEKING INFO ON HB2 (TWCN-TV) — The Human Rights Campaign along with Equality NC have sent an open records request to Governor Pat McCrory and Legislative leaders seeking information about House Bill 2. They’re demanding transparency in the communication leading up to the passing of House Bill 2.
POLICY & POLITICS
NC’S JOBLESS RATE LINGERS ABOVE US AVERAGE; MARCH REPORT DUE (AP) — North Carolina gets a new look at the direction of the state’s unemployment rate, which has been improving toward the national average.
GOVERNOR OFFICIALLY APPOINTS SGRO TO N.C. HOUSE (AP) — The leader of gay-rights group Equality North Carolina is now a North Carolina House member days before the General Assembly reconvenes with a new law addressing LGBT anti-discrimination ordinances a likely topic.
BODY-WORN CAMERA FOOTAGE TO BE ISSUE IN SHORT SESSION (Greensboro News & Record) — A proposal heading to the Legislature says police chiefs or sheriffs can release footage for one of many reasons upon request. Their decision to withhold footage can be appealed in court.
MEDICAID REFORM RAISES CONCERN AT HEARING (Greenville Daily Reflector) — 150 people attended a Thursday public hearing on the state Department of Health and Human Services plan to reform how the state administers Medicaid, the federal program that pays health care costs for about 1.9 million poor people in North Carolina. More than 30 people spoke during the two-hour event at the Greenville Convention Center.
TILLIS SAYS AIR FORCE NOT SUFFICIENTLY SUPPORTING PARATROOPER TRAINING (Fayetteville Observer) — Sen. Thom Tillis says the Air Force is failing Fort Bragg. And he’s not surprised.
SCHOOLS & UNIVERSITIES
HOW N.C. TURNED AROUND LOW-PERFORMNING SCHOOLS (Ed NC) — Pat Ashley, former director of the District and School Transformation Division of N.C. Dept. of Public Instruction, presented to the Forum’s Study Group on Low–Performing Schools on how the state intervened in schools and districts when the federal program Race to the Top was helping fund state efforts from 2011 until recently, and also what the department did prior to that.
BEV PERDUE FEATURED ON KEY EDUCATION CONFERENCE PANEL (ED SURGE) — The gathering once dubbed as “Davos in the Desert” will make its way next week to the sleepy shores of San Diego, Calif. The annual ASU+GSV Summit draws C-level executives and the who’s who of the education industry – more than 3,500 have already registered. Former Gov. Bev Perdue will be featured on a panel, “Top of Mind: Why Is Education Not More Central to the American Political Discourse?” with Ben Wallerstein of Whiteboard Advisors; Adrian Fenty, former mayor of Washington D.C.; and Lanhee Chen of the Hoover Institution.
NCSU AND UNC LOOK AT 100-YEAR DEBT OPTION (Raleigh News & Observer) — N.C. State University and UNC-Chapel Hill want new authority to borrow up to $500 million each for a period of 100 years, significantly longer than the state’s current 30-year limit for debt.
EDUCATION ISSUES SHAPE 2016 N.C. ELECTIONS (EdNC) — In preparation for a project on North Carolina’s priorities, the nonpartisan N.C. Center for Public Policy Research requested that the Elon University Poll ask North Carolinians, “What is the most important issue facing the state of North Carolina?”
ENERGY & ENVIRONMENT
LINKING INNOVATION TO INVESTMENT KEY TO CLEAN ENERGY INDUSTRY (Charlotte Business Journal) — E4 Carolinas kicked off a conference series on clean energy innovation and investment in Charlotte Thursday with presentations that went deep into current research, promoted regional clean-tech entrepreneurs and outlined the goals of some the Carolinas’ major industry players.
DEMAND FOR SERVICES WILL LEAD TO POWERFUL CHANGES FOR UTILITIES, SAYS SIEMENS EXEC (Charlotte Business Journal) — Power customers are no longer passive consumers, says Siemens exec Kevin Yates. That factor is pushing utilities like Duke Energy to meet changing demands.
PASSOVER SEDER WILL HIGHLIGHT SENIOR HUNGER (Charlotte Observer column) — Every day, thousands of Charlotte area residents receive their meals from food pantries, soup kitchens, homeless shelters, residential care facilities and senior programs. As a mini pantry for Loaves & Fishes, the Jewish Family Services food pantry is one place people turn to for help in meeting their basic needs, but providing food is no longer enough.
MCCRORY’S BUDGET SHOULD AIM HIGHER (Raleigh News & Observer) — Governor has good intent; But needs remain urgent; “If only” on Medicaid expansion
DONALD VAN DER VAART: PROJECT CREATES GREEN SPACE, BOOSTS ASHEVILLE’S ECONOMY (Asheville Citizen-Times column) — t was my pleasure to visit Asheville recently and see the impact the state, local communities, and the private sector can have when they partner on environmental protection projects. Thanks to a collaborative effort, a former landfill site will be transformed into a public sports complex that brings great opportunities for the Asheville area.
JOHN DEMPSEY’S PRINCIPLED STAND (Southern Pines Pilot) — Our colleges and universities have long been incubators of broadminded thinking and inclusiveness, places where free expression is taught, encouraged, fought for. They were never intended to foster bigotry and exclusion.
TRUE DANGER OF HB2 MEANS MY SON CAN’T COME HOME (Raleigh News & Observer column) — House Bill 2 puts every transgender child at risk; My son and the sons and daughters of others just want to be safe
IS BOYCOTTING N.C. HYPOCRITICAL? (Charlotte Observer) — More people are deciding they don’t want to perform or expand business in our state; Are they showing selective outrage?
LEGISLATURE SHOULD START OVER ON HB2-RELATED ISSUES (Wilmington Star-News) – Gov. Pat McCrory’s executive order on the controversial N.C. House Bill 2 was a baby step in the right direction.