NCDP Clips for Tuesday, April 21st, 2015

NCDP Clips for Tuesday, April 21st, 2015

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LEGISLATURE 2015

Supreme Court orders review of N.C. redistricting (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday threw out a North Carolina court ruling that upheld Republican-drawn electoral districts for state and congressional lawmakers.

Supreme Court orders review of N.C. redistricting (Greensboro News & Record) — The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday threw out a state court ruling on the 2011 redistricting that led to new election lines for state and federal lawmakers and was instrumental in creating a GOP supermajority in the N.C. General Assembly.

WE’LL SHOW YOU THE MONEY: Tracking who gives what to NC lawmakers(WRAL-TV) — Starting Monday, you’ll see something slightly different when you read stories from WRAL-TV’s state government reporting team. Hover over the name of any sitting state lawmaker mentioned in our coverage, and you’ll instantly see the top donors for his or her most recent campaign for office. You can also see how much they collected from contributors during the campaign overall.

NC House considers ‘tinkering’ with presidential primary date (AP) — North Carolina Republicans could lose convention delegates and clout determining their party’s presidential nominee unless the date of next year’s primary is pushed back. Some House GOP legislators are trying to do just that.

New, old ways to elect NC appellate judges advance in House (AP) — Legislators on Monday supported both old and new ways for North Carolina appellate court judges to earn eight-year terms on the bench.

House OKs partisan judicial vote (Raleigh News & Observer) — The state House passed a bill Monday that would put party labels on appellate court candidates. House Bill 8 would reverse a law that has made state Supreme Court and Appeals Court elections nonpartisan since 2004. It passed the House, 69-48 and now goes to the Senate for consideration.

Lawmakers consider bills changing presidential primary date, curbing undercover animal stings (WRAL-TV) — House lawmakers will consider legislation aimed at curbing the production of undercover videos at farming operations. A bill moving North Carolina’s presidential primary date back from February to March is also on the agenda.

EPA rule plan splits House GOP (WRAL-TV) — The state House Monday night approved a proposal to begin planning for new federal rules governing carbon dioxide emissions but not without a minor revolt by more ideological Republicans who said the bill is a capitulation to "tyranny." House Bill 571 spells out what the state will do in the event that the Rule 111-d, currently in draft form, is enacted by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Bill raises penalties related to NC group-home abuse (AP) — A bill designed to better protect group-home residents from abuse and report violence against clients has won unanimous approval in the state Senate.

Bipartisan bills would provide insurance for those with autism (Winston-Salem Journal) — Providing health insurance coverage to individuals with autism and their parents is the goal of bipartisan bills filed in the House and Senate. Advocates say the bills differ notably in how much coverage they would provide, as well as how they address the intervention learning strategy known as adaptive behavioral analysis. However, advocates stress the overarching sentiment is getting coverage established this session, and then convincing legislators to make tweaks in the future.

POLICIES & POLITICS

McCRORY LOSES ANOTHER BIG FISH: Volvo won’t locate factory in N.C.(Greensboro News & Record) — Volvo is looking for a place to build a $500 million factory, and recent reports say it has narrowed the hunt to two states. North Carolina isn’t on that list but South Carolina and Georgia are, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

McCrory dodges promise to veto discrimination bill (Policy Watch) – While Republican Gov. Pat McCrory again questioned the need for the misnamed Religious Freedom Restoration Act Monday, he once again refused to promise to veto the bill that would allow businesses to discriminate against people based on sexual orientation.

McCrory continues push for road, infrastructure bond vote this fall (Carolina Public Press) — The governor is stepping up his effort to get the North Carolina legislature to put the Connect NC program — aimed at boosting road and infrastructure investments — before voters this fall. Inside: a list of Western North Carolina road and infrastructure improvements included in the plan.

ENERGY & ENVIRONMENT

NC regulators told by House to prep for federal carbon rules (AP) — North Carolina House members agree the state should prepare for a proposed federal rule reducing carbon dioxide pollution even though it’s being challenged in court and its final form may be altered.

History Could Repeat Itself: Concerns Over Drilling Along N.C. Coast (Public News Service) — As the country observes the fifth anniversary of the BP Deepwater Horizon explosion and oil spill, which continues to impact the Gulf Coast, there are growing concerns over whether the same thing could happen off the coast of North Carolina. A new federal proposal would allow offshore oil drilling from Virginia to Georgia. Dave Rogers, director of Environment North Carolina, says if drilling is allowed, history could repeat itself with severe consequences.

EDITORIALS

Unfair redistricting (Greensboro News & Record) — N.C. Republicans thought they’d come up with the perfect plan to increase their power. The Supreme Court disagrees.

A hopeful Supreme Court sign on NC redistricting extremes (Raleigh News & Observer) — For the past few weeks, Republican legislative leaders who savored their power by drawing legislative and congressional districts designed to keep them in control have said a U.S. Supreme Court ruling in an Alabama redistricting case had no bearing on their actions. On Monday, the nation’s highest court signaled that the Republicans’ confidence might well have been misplaced.

Gerrymandering has a Supreme Court setback (Fayetteville Observer) — Did this state’s legislative redistricting after the last census rely too heavily on race?

Offshore drilling: Handle with care (Burlington Times-News) — Yes, we’ve come a long way in terms of protecting our water, but have some distance left to go. That’s why it was so disappointing last week to read transcripts of Gov. Pat McCrory’s statements before a congressional subcommittee regarding offshore drilling for oil and natural gas off the North Carolina coast.

No excuse not to approve nonpartisan redistricting panel for NC (Raleigh News & Observer column) — Whatever happened to N.C. House Bill 92 – you know, the one that would set up a nonpartisan redistricting process to produce fairer congressional and legislative districts in our state? It has the bipartisan support of 63 cosponsors, so it would easily pass the 120-seat House. It is identical to the bill introduced last year with 61 bipartisan cosponsors. And it is identical to the bill that actually passed the House in 2011 with a bipartisan vote of 88 to 27, led by then-Speaker Thom Tillis. Regrettably, the Senate never considered the bill.

State should leave local business fees alone (Rocky Mount Telegram) — The N.C. General Assembly’s ongoing effort to play city council is hitting municipalities across North Carolina once again – this time through the elimination of local business license fees.

President Obama: How I can help Dianna (Charlotte Observer column) — President Obama, in an op-ed for the Observer, reiterates the message he delivered while in Charlotte.