NCDP Clips for Friday, June 19th, 2015
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BIGOTRY HAS A FACE
White gunman caught in killing of 9 in historic black church (AP) — A white man who joined a prayer meeting inside a historic black church and then fatally shot nine people was captured in North Carolina near Shelby without resistance Thursday after an all-night manhunt.
Through tears, former state Sen. Graham remembers loving, ‘beautiful’ sister (Charlotte Observer) — The sister of former NC Sen. Malcolm Graham was killed Wednesday night
Florist’s Quick Action Led to Roof’s Arrest in Shelby (TWCN-TV) — Less than 24 hours after police say Dylann Roof shot and killed nine people in a Charleston church, he boarded a plane in Shelby in handcuffs. It all began in Kings Mountain when florist Debbie Dills spotted roof on her way to work.
Dylann Roof’s uncle: ‘He’ll get no sympathy from us’ (LA Times) — The man accused of gunning down nine people at a South Carolina church will get no sympathy from his family, the suspect’s uncle said Thursday evening. “He’s guilty as hell,” Carson Cowles, uncle of Dylann Roof, told the Los Angeles Times in a telephone interview.
Raleigh gathering mourns Charleston church shooting victims (Raleigh News & Obesrver) — Between prayer and boisterous songs, speakers from Triangle churches and universities called on a crowd of more than 150 people at St. Paul AME Church in Raleigh to take solace in God and to rededicate themselves to rooting out racial injustice following the shooting in Charleston, SC.
NC protesters free from jail despite plans to refuse bail (AP) — Advocates say protesters against a North Carolina voter identification law will not get their symbolic stay in jail after all.
Moore and Berger indicate a new state budget by July 1 is unlikely (Raleigh News & Observer) — House Speaker Tim Moore and Senate leader Phil Berger are indicating it is unlikely a new state budget will be in place in time for the start of the state’s next spending year, which begins July 1.
Negotiations set to begin as Senate finishes its budget (WRAL-TV) — After a six-hour debate on Wednesday, senators spent only 15 minutes dealing with their version of the state budget Thursday. Negotiations between the House and the Senate on a final bill will formally begin next week.
Senate proposal shift money to smaller counties, tax changes upset board (Winston-Salem Journal) — Forsyth County commissioners on Thursday criticized the state Senate’s latest proposal to shift the distribution of local sales tax revenues and asked staff to draft a letter outlining their concerns, which they plan to send to the county’s legislative delegation.
N.C. Senate’s $10M film grant proposal better than nothing, film official says (Charlotte Business Journal) — There’s good and bad news for Guy Gaster, the director of the N.C. Film Office, also known as the guy in charge of recruiting Hollywood producers to the state.
Senate Majority Leader to Biotech Center: ‘It can live on its own’ (WRAL-TV) — The budget from the North Carolina Senate zeroes-out funding for the North Carolina Biotechnology Center. And the Republican leader says it’s time for the hub of the state’s growing biotech and life science cluster to "live on its own." The Biotech Center CEO warns it can’t. Now it’s up to the House to save funding in final budget negotiations.
Some in-person votes without photo ID OK’d by NC lawmakers (AP) — Legislation dropped quickly on the General Assembly by Republican leaders and approved Thursday would allow some North Carolina residents to legally vote in person without photo identification as will be required in 2016.
House Medicaid bill heading to vote (Winston-Salem Journal) — The state House’s version of Medicaid reform is headed for a vote, after getting a recommendation Thursday from the second of two key committees. Bill 372 features a provider-led format for addressing the risk involved in the $14 billion state Medicaid program. One of the four co-sponsors is Rep. Donny Lambeth, R-Forsyth.
Sunday hunting measure tweaked again for church (WRAL-TV) — A measure that would expand the types of legal hunting on Sundays is one vote away from heading to the governor after lawmakers made more adjustments to it to placate churchgoers.
POLICY & POLITICS
Immigrants call on Gov. McCrory to change stance (Asheville Citizen-Times) — A small crowd gathered near Vance Monument Thursday evening with a bold bilingual message: "McCrory, stop being a bully." "McCrory, déjà de ser un bully." Around 20 people rallied downtown to call for immigration reform. Young and old, participants held signs with statements like "don’t deport my mom" and "no human is illegal." "The main point is to stand up and tell (Gov.) Pat McCrory that his actions in the past against the immigrant community is something we won’t tolerate, something we don’t appreciate," said Bruno Hinojosa with the Coalicion de Organizaciones Latino-Americanas, one of the groups that planned Asheville’s rally.
Hartsell ‘anxious’ to defend charges of campaign misspending (AP) — A North Carolina senator says he’s looking forward to defending himself after investigators say he spent campaign donations from political supporters on haircuts, credit card debt and antique cars.
Are staffing changes in the wind at the N.C. GOP? (Jones & Blount) – North Carolina Republican Party insiders are saying that they are worried that new state GOP Chairman Hasan Harnett will push out experienced staff with good track records, including Executive Director Todd Poole.
NC seeks more food-related business (WNCN-TV) — The state of North Carolina launched a food manufacturing task force on Thursday, with the goal of creating thousands of jobs in the rural counties and bringing in billions in revenue. Members of the new task force were sworn in Thursday. The goal for the group is to come up with ways to attract food-related business to this state. Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler said the key is for North Carolina to find ways to take, for example, beans do more than put the beans in a can.
Supreme Court Says Texas Can Reject Confederate Flag License Plates (New York Times) — The court ruled, 5 to 4, on Thursday that specialty license plates are the government’s speech and are thus immune from First Amendment attacks.
Feds in NC charge Colorado woman in $7M Ponzi scheme (AP) — Federal prosecutors say a Colorado woman is agreeing to plead guilty to wire fraud conspiracy in North Carolina after being charged with operating a $7 million Ponzi scheme that defrauded more than 10,000 victims.
With teacher-adverse NC policies, expect a shortage of educators, quality (Raleigh News & Observer column) — Kevin C. Bastian: Reinstating recruitment incentives in North Carolina and bolstering a teacher pay system that ensures a competitive level throughout a teacher’s career will make the profession more attractive to prospective and current educators.
House, Senate create deep budget divide (Fayetteville Observer) – -The N.C. House and Senate have completed work on their budget proposals and left themselves staring across a fiscal Grand Canyon
Byron Williams: The problem with Senate Bill 2 (Winston-Salem Journal column) — It was either a brazen act of defiance by the legislative branch of government or tomfoolery masquerading as the democratic process. But in overriding Gov. Pat McCrory’s veto of Senate Bill 2, legislators in North Carolina demonstrate their opposition to same-gender marriage is greater than their understanding of and adherence to the Constitution of the United States.
NC retention law simply a move to guarantee conservative court (Raleigh News & Observer column) — Republicans in the North Carolina legislature have come up with another creative way to try to rig the judicial system in their favor under the guise of reform. Gov. Pat McCrory just signed a bill to change the way state Supreme Court justices are elected by allowing incumbents to opt for a retention election rather than a contested race.
What should N.C. do? Look west (Charlotte Observer column) — California shows a better way to grow the economy.