NCDP Clips for Thursday, March 31st, 2016
NC GOP CHAIR SAYS DIVIDE COULD AFFECT STATE’S PRESIDENTIAL DELEGATES (Raleigh News & Observer) — A bitter feud between N.C. Republican Party Chairman Hasan Harnett and other party leaders could impact the state’s selection of delegates for what could be a contested national GOP convention.
COOPER SPEAKS AT RALLY TO KEEP MILLERCOORS BREWERY IN EDEN OPEN (WGHP-TV) – Dozens of workers rallied Wednesday to fight for his job at the MillerCoors brewery in Eden.Tte brewery is set to close in September, cutting more than 500 jobs. Attorney General Roy Cooper, who is running for governor, spoke at the rally. Cooper said he’s trying to find a way to keep the plant open or to get MillerCoors to sell to another company to keep the jobs from being cut.
CAN MCCRORY REPAIR HIS RELATIONSHIP WITH CHARLOTTE? (Charlotte Agenda) — McCrory served as the mayor of Charlotte for 14 years, a record 7 terms. But since becoming governor he’s made some moves that don’t sit too well with his hometown, including controversies surrounding control of the airport, I-77 tolls and the more recent passing of House Bill 2.
#MCCRORY’S POTTY POLITICS
MCCRORY WRONG WHEN SAYS HB2 DOESN’T TAKE AWAY EXISTING RIGHTS (Politifact) — A major talking point has been that, even despite the new law, nothing has actually changed. Gov. Pat McCrory has said as much in person as well as in written statements. Other GOP leaders who supported the bill have done the same. cCrory said that with the passage of HB2, "we have not taken away any rights that have currently existed in any city in North Carolina." That is not true. We rate this claim False.
BUSINESS LEADERS SPEAK OUT AGAINST N.C.’S TRANSGENDER LAW (Wall Street Journal) — U.S. business leaders are speaking out against a new North Carolina law that gets rid of antidiscrimination protections for lesbian, gay and transgender people, as a growing number of city councils, including in Boston and Portland, Ore., ban official travel to the state in protest of the law. So far, more than 90 chief executives and business leaders signed a letter to North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory describing its new law as “discriminatory legislation.”
MCCRORY CONTINUES EFFORTS TO FEND OFF CRITICISM OVER HB2 (WRAL-TV) — Gov. Pat McCrory blamed reporters Wednesday for creating controversy around House Bill 2, the measure passed last week to overturn Charlotte’s transgender nondiscrimination ordinance. Meanwhile, business groups continued to weigh in against the bill Wednesday.
NO WORD OF HB2 AT NC CHAMBER’S ANNUAL MEETING (Greensboro News & Record) — The group, which met Wednesday in Greensboro, is still formulating its response to the law criticized by some high-profile business leaders.
SENATE BOSS BERGER BRINGS BIG BUCKS TO MCCRORY’S DEFENSE (AP) — North Carolina’s top state senator is coming to the defense of Gov. Pat McCrory for signing legislation that limits how far local governments can go in mandating protections for gays and lesbians and transgender people in their communities.
N.C. BATHROOM LAW COULD BE DECIDED IN VIRGINIA (AP) — The fate of North Carolina’s new law aimed at restricting restroom use by transgender people could be determined in Virginia, where a school board has ordered a teenager to stay out of the boys’ room. The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond could rule any day now in the case of Gavin Grimm, who was born female but identifies as male. Grimm says he has to take a ‘‘walk of shame’’ to use a restroom at Gloucester High School.
LGBT LAW PROPONENTS USE ONLINE POLLS, PETITIONS TO RALLY SUPPORT (Raleigh News & Observer) — Facing a barrage of opposition from more than 80 major companies, backers of North Carolina’s new LGBT law sought Wednesday to highlight support for the measure
ACC, NBA, NHL TO MONITOR, ASSESS N.C.’S CONTROVERSIAL HB2 (Charlotte Observer) — The NBA says House Bill 2, could affect the playing of the 2017 NBA All-Star Game in Charlotte. The Carolina Panthers would like to one day host a Super Bowl. House Bill 2, which bans local governments from expanding on local anti-discrimination ordinances and says that transgender residents use the public restrooms of their biological sex, could have an impact on whether those events are played in the state.
U.S. SOCCER TO RECONSIDER MATCHES IN N.C. (Washington Post) — The U.S. Soccer Federation will reconsider staging matches or conducting other events in North Carolina in the wake of state legislation that critics have called discriminatory against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people, federation President Sunil Gulati told the Insider on Wednesday.
HANESBRANDS DOES NOT SUPPORT HB2 (Winston-Salem Journal) — Hanesbrands Inc. confirmed Wednesday that it does not support a statewide advocacy group’s stance on the state’s new anti-discrimination law. An employee, Keith Zimmerman, was listed as a Hanesbrands business leader supporting House Bill 2 by the N.C. Values and KeepNCSafe coalitions.
CHICAGO MAYOR SAYS HE PLANS TO POACH N.C. BUSINESSES (AP) — Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel says he will try to poach businesses and conventions from North Carolina because of a law eliminating anti-discrimination protections for lesbians, gays and bisexuals.
CONNECTICUT GOV. TELLS NC BUSINESSES MOVE NORTH, ESCAPE LGBT LAW (Raleigh News & Observer) — The governor of Connecticut has invited North Carolina businesses concerned about the impact of a new LGBT law to head north to his “welcoming and inclusive” state.
OREGON JOINS BACKLASH AGAINST N.C. LGBT LAW (AP) — Oregon has joined the national backlash against a North Carolina law that prevents local governments from protecting people on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity when they use public accommodations.
BANK OF AMERICA JOINS CEOS, SIGN LETTER TO REPEAL HB 2 (WSOC-TV) — Bank of America tweeted last night "we are joining the Human Rights Campaign, Equality NC and more than 80 other companies calling for the repeal of house bill 2." A spokesperson for Duke Energy told Channel Nine, “Duke Energy’s position on diversity and inclusion is unambiguous. We are firmly committed to supporting diversity and equality in our workplace and the communities we serve. Our wonderfully diverse employee body, which includes LGBT employees, has made us a better company. We will continue to actively support diversity and inclusion in our workplace.”
MCCRORY: TWEAKS POSSIBLE TO NEW LAW (Winston-Salem Journal) – -Gov. Pat McCrory and a key state senator are suggesting that some tweaks are possible down the road for the new state law restricting local government action on LGBT protections that has received calls for repeal from gay-rights groups and corporations nationwide.
BERGER: COOPER SHOULD RESIGN SINCE HE WON’T DEFEND LAW (N.C. Political News) — RALEIGH, N.C. – Senate Leader Phil Berger (R-Rockingham) responded Tuesday to Attorney General Roy Cooper’s announcement that he will not defend a state law passed with bipartisan support stopping men from entering public bathrooms and locker rooms with young girls and women
POLICY & POLITICS
AFTER LOSING ABORTION, ULTRASOUND CASE, NC DIP INTO SAVINGS TO PAY LAWYERS $1 MILLION (Raleigh News & Observer) — UPDATED North Carolina will have to dip into its emergency fund to pay $1 million in attorneys’ fees for losing a federal lawsuit that overturned the 2011 requirement that women seeking abortions be shown narrated ultrasound images before the procedure.
CALLS FOR MEDICAID EXPANSION, LIMITS ON PAPERWORK, IN HEALTH INSURANCE OVERHAUL (Raleigh News & Observer) — Speakers at the first formal public hearing on the state’s planned Medicaid overhaul said they wanted the government insurance expanded to cover more people, worried that increased paperwork would drive away doctors, and asked why the state was changing a system at all.
MDS AND RNS DEBATE NURSING ROLE AT THE LEGISLATURE (EdNC) — Lawmakers say they’re ready to give the rules around nursing practice a vote. Is the health care community ready?
STATE ECONOMISTS PREDICT $237M MORE REVENUES THAN EXPECTED (AP) – -State government economists further upgraded North Carolina’s revenue picture Wednesday, affirming Gov. Pat McCrory and the legislature should have a slight surplus this fiscal year and a little more to work with adjusting the two-year budget later this spring.
SOCIAL-CONSERVATIVE BILLS DRAWS SHARP PARTY LINE IN STATE LEGISLATURES (New York Times) — New state laws on gun rights, abortion and discrimination are a bright spot for Republicans. But the perceived rewards for the party come with risks.
EASTERN N.C., MEET YOUR NEXT INTERSTATE: I-70 (Triangle Business Journal) — Today, it’s sprinkled with stoplights – slowing your drive to the beach. But some day soon it will be called U.S. Interstate 70.
GOVERNOR APPOINTS HEAD OF ADMINISTRATION (Raleigh News & Observer) — The governor on Wednesday announced he has appointed Kathryn Johnston as the new secretary for the Department of Administration.
OBAMA COMMUTES SENTENCES FOR 4 IN N.C., S.C. (AP) — President Barack Obama has commuted the sentence of three people serving sentences in North Carolina and a fourth in South Carolina on drug-related charges.
SCHOOLS & UNIVERSITIES
UNC PRESIDENT’S TOUR MET WITH PROTESTS AT ECU (Kinston Free Press) — Student reception of UNC system president Margaret Spellings doesn’t appear to be getting any warmer. Spellings spent her Wednesday visiting both the main and medical campuses of East Carolina University, touring labs, speaking with students and faculty, and — as is becoming the norm of her presidency — seeing student protestors.
CONTRARY RESEARCH ON ACHIEVEMENT SCHOOL DISTRICTS (EdNC) — The House Select Committee on Achievement School Districts heard yesterday from experts who presented a less-than rosy view of ASD success in Tennessee. Gary Henry of Vanderbilt University and Joshua Glazer of George Washington University both presented on the struggles of the ASD districts in Tennessee, while Malika Anderson, Tennessee Achievement School District superintendent, had more positive news for the lawmakers.
LAWMAKERS SEE PITFALLS AND PROMISE IN STATE SCHOOL TAKEOVER (Raleigh News & Observer) — State House members consider ways to improve low-performing schools, including a special district made up of schools run by charter operators.
MEN OF COLOR AT COMMUNITY COLLEGE: INCREASING COMLETION RATES (EdNC) — The vast majority of men of color persisting toward a postsecondary degree are doing so at community colleges. In “Aspirations to Achievement: Men of Color and Community Colleges,” the Center for Community College Student Engagement found that while men of color are underrepresented in higher education overall, those who enroll in college are more likely to attend a community college than a baccalaureate institution.
NO MORE MEN’S OR WOMEN’S ROOMS (Inside Higher Ed) — As North Carolina bars many transgender people from using facilities that reflect their identities, Cooper Union makes all bathrooms gender neutral.
ENERGY & ENVIRONMENT
CROSS-CONTINENTAL WIND ENERGY TRANSMISSION PROJECT COULD OFFER POWER TO NC (Public News Service) — The winds of change are blowing, with the U.S. Department of Energy’s approval of the Plains and Eastern Clean Line transmission project. The cross-continental project would deliver energy generated by large wind turbines in Western Oklahoma to the Southeast.
JOHN CHAFFEE: ATLANTIC PIPELINE BEST FOR N.C. FUTURE (Fayetteville Observer column) — Every day, I think about the success of Eastern North Carolina. It’s the first thing that crosses my mind in the morning, and my last thought at night. Sure, it’s my job as I lead the NCEast Alliance, a regional economic development agency
GIVE US A POTTY BREAK, GOV. PAT MCCRORY (Greenwood, S.C. Index-Journal) — North Carolina might have better roads than its sister state to the south, but at least we don’t have Gov. Pat McCrory. More important, we don’t have a law that requires people to use public restrooms that are gender-specific based on the user’s birth certificate.
BELOW-AVERAGE STATE Greensboro News & Record) — North Carolina is a state where most of its parts are below average. A couple of recent reports dramatically illustrate our uneven circumstances.
BURR, TILLIS SNUB NOMINEE AND LAW (Raleigh News & Observer) — Now it is simply embarrassing. Are North Carolina’s Sens. Richard Burr and Thom Tillis so fearful — and so rude — that they are afraid to be in the same room with Supreme Court nominee Judge Merrick Garland? No, they’re just going along with the GOP leadership in saying they don’t want Garland to have a hearing and a vote on his nomination.
MONTEL WILLIAMS SAYS OF HB2: ‘DISCRIMINATION, PURE AND SIMPLE’ (Raleigh News & Observer column) — Clearly, the bill’s proponents were in a hurry to get it passed, perhaps because they knew they were on shaky ground. The consequences of HB2 could be nothing short of frightening. By removing state law remedies to discrimination, HB2 threatens to send North Carolina back 50 years, to a dark period in the state’s history, one in which businesses refused service to people of color.