NCDP Clips for Monday, July 27th, 2015

NCDP Clips for Monday, July 27th, 2015

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LEGISLATURE 2015

Executions, firearms, revenge porn on Senate calendar (WRAL-TV) — The state Senate has a busy calendar Monday night that includes bills aimed at restarting the death penalty and making "revenge porn" a felony.

NC retiree insurance, pension cutbacks brought to budget debate (AP) — North Carolina lawmakers are looking at changes they say will shore up important benefits for hundreds of thousands of state employees and teachers when approaching retirement.

POLICY & POLITICS

Jay Faison hopes latest start-up can change the world (Charlotte Observer) — Charlotte entrepreneur launches a $175 million campaign to convert Republicans on climate change

State health insurance markets struggle with cost challenges (Raleigh News & Observer) — State-run health insurance markets that offer coverage under President Barack Obama’s health law are struggling with high costs and disappointing enrollment. These challenges could lead more of them to turn over operations to the federal government or join forces with other states.

Trouble Brewing? Cracking Down on State’s Beer Culture (Public News Service) — With the addition of three national breweries and dozens more craft beer start-ups popping up every year North Carolina’s beer industry is hopping and hot on their trail is the North Carolina Alcohol Law Enforcement Agency.

Report shows child poverty persists (Wilson Times) — North Carolina ties with Texas and Kentucky having the 11th highest child poverty in the country, according to a new report.

EDITORIALS

‘Openness for thee, not me’ (Charlotte Observer) — Want to read Charlotte Mayor Dan Clodfelter’s emails? Go ahead. City Manager Ron Carlee’s? County Commissioners Chairman Trevor Fuller’s? Just ask. But Sen. Bob Rucho’s? Sen. Phil Berger’s? House Speaker Tim Moore’s? They can tell you to get lost. The law doesn’t apply to them, legislative lawyers say.

Another legislative adventure, another judicial slap (Fayetteville Observer) — At some point, we’d hope the message would be heard in the General Assembly: Stop stomping on local government

Taxing times for McCrory, GOP (Wilmington Star-News) — Gov. Pat McCrory gets it. State Sen. Harry Brown doesn’t. That is the most visible takeaway we have of the bitter dispute between the Republican governor and Republican Senate majority leader

Tax talk (Greenville Daily Reflector) — Things must not be going too well for Sen. Harry Brown in private negotiations over what to do with North Carolina’s sales tax — which is good news for Mecklenburg County residents and millions of others.