NCDP Clips for Tuesday August 11, 2015

NCDP Clips for Tuesday August 11


2nd spending extension almost certain in NC budget impasse (AP) — North Carolina House and Senate Republican leaders continued talks Monday on creating a state budget, but the reality has sunk in — they’ll have to pass another temporary spending measure to keep government operating.

D-O-A? $2.85 billion bond plan sent to Senate’s ‘graveyard’ committee (Raleigh News & Observer) — The $2.85 billion bond proposal pushed by Gov. Pat McCrory is facing bleak prospects in the Senate. After the House voted 76-29 last week to put a bond referendum on the ballot in next year’s presidential primary, the Senate on Monday referred House Bill 943 to its Ways and Means Committee – widely known as the “graveyard” of the Senate because it hasn’t met in years.

Rep. Jason Saine defends $19,000 clothing buy (Charlotte Observer) — N.C. Rep. Jason Saine on Monday defended spending more than $19,000 in campaign money on clothes, including some from a custom tailor in Charlotte. “When you’re short and fat like me, you can’t buy off-the-rack without paying many, many dollars in alterations,” he said.

The Thing that Won’t Go Home (NC HOUSE 117.COM) — We decided to make a cool chart so we could compare graphically how many days before or after the end of the fiscal year state budgets got enacted since 1961.

Senate gets testy as session drags on (WRAL-TV) — Facing down a necessary second continuing resolution, Senators snipped at each other as they worked through a Medicaid reform compromise and an economic development package that would change how sales tax is distributed.

Senate gives tentative approval to Medicaid revamp (WRAL-TV) — Debate over remaking the state’s health insurance program for the poor and disabled turned into a sparring match over expanding the program to cover more people.

Senate advances bill that would remake Medicaid in N.C. (Raleigh News & Observer) — The state Senate on Monday night tentatively approved its latest version of privatizing Medicaid, by a 38-10 vote. redistribution scheme gets first Senate OK (WRAL-TV) — An economic development package that would change how sales tax is distributed won tentative approval in the Senate Monday night, but not without fireworks as rural senators accused their urban counterparts of greed.

NC Senate backs jobs incentives, sales tax distribution change (Raleigh News & Observer) — The Senate voted 36-12 Monday night to approve an economic development bill that features new money for jobs incentives and a controversial plan that changes how sales taxes are distributed.

NC Senate to vote today on spending, tax limits in constitution (Raleigh News & Observer) — The state Senate on Monday tweaked a proposed constitutional amendment to limit state spending increases and cap personal income taxes, but Republican leaders postponed a vote until Tuesday.

Senate wants spending and tax controls in NC Constitution (AP) — North Carolina lawmakers could be obligated to set aside hundreds of millions of dollars annually for emergencies should constitutional amendments get approved by voters statewide early next year.

Constitutional amendments delayed after change (WRAL-TV) — Senate leaders decided to postpone a vote on budget-related constitutional amendments after making a major change Monday night.

Brunswick Co. officials concerned over sales tax redistribution (WECT-TV) — State lawmakers have tentatively approved a bill that would redistribute sales tax money in North Carolina. On Monday night, state Senators gave first approval to the bill which still needs to be approved by the state House.

ENC communities divided over possible sales tax distribution (WITN-TV) — Several towns are speaking out against a bill that’s making its way through the Senate right now. It would change how sales tax money is distributed across the state.

Cooper calls on McCrory to expand Medicaid (Raleigh News & Observer) — NC Attorney General Roy Cooper on Monday called on Gov. Pat McCrory to expand Medicaid health insurance for the poor, elderly and disabled. NC GOP Executive Director Todd Poole responded that Cooper was playing politics.

‘Caveman Instincts’ May Favor Baritone Politicians (Duke U. News) — A new study by researchers at Duke University and the University of Miami shows that voters naturally seem to prefer candidates with deeper voices, which they associate with strength and competence more than age.

Poole steps down as North Carolina GOP’s executive director (AP) — The man leading day-to-day operations at North Carolina Republican Party for the past two years is stepping down from the job later this month.

NC GOP director resigns – regretfully but, he claims, voluntarily (Raleigh News & Observer) — Todd Poole, who has been executive director of the state’s Republican Party for 2 1/2 years, announced Monday he is leaving — regretfully but, he says, voluntarily.

Shuler vs Burr: Rare Matchup in 2016 N.C. Senate Race (Smart Politics) — The potential 2016 matchup would be the first among sitting or former ex-U.S. Representatives from North Carolina in 98 years, while Shuler would be the first such Democrat to run for a Senate seat since 1972. a Heath Shuler vs. Richard Burr general election matchup in 2016 would mark just the second time two sitting or former U.S. Representatives have met in a North Carolina U.S. Senate election in the direct election era – and the first in 98 years.

Womble Carlyle bolsters lobbying services with hire of Reynolds American advocate (Triangle Business Journal) — Womble Carlyle has launched a new government affairs and political law compliance practice with the hire of David Powers, a former Reynolds American lobbyist.

State by State, Democratic Party Is Erasing Ties to Jefferson and Jackson (New York Times) — Driven by a desire for racial and gender inclusion, activists are removing the names of Thomas Jefferson and Andrew Jackson from political dinners.

Teachers wanted: CMS still hiring as opening day looms (Charlotte Observer) — Almost 300 teacher jobs still posted Monday

UNC Associate Professor Asked to Remove Sign; Calls for Apology (TWNC-TV) — An associate professor at UNC Chapel Hill wants more than an apology after campus police asked her to take down a sign in her office window. Altha Cravey says three campus police officers showed up at her office in Carolina Hall (formerly Saunders Hall) on Friday and things got heated. Cravey put up a sign that says "Hurtson" in support of naming the building after Zora Neale Hurston, said to be one of the first black females at the university.

NC private school voucher program will hurt public schools (Raleigh News & Observer column) — School voucher program is like the Trojan horse

Board of Education eliminates 16 teaching assistant positions (Washington Daily News) — The Beaufort County Board of Education has eliminated 16 locally funded teaching assistant positions throughout the school system.


Politics in Raleigh are getting personal (Wilkes Journal column) — Raleigh’s political structure – the Republican governor along with the GOP-led state House and Senate — has become a triangle of tension, and it doesn’t appear to be settling down. The politicians can deny it all they want, but the proof is out there for all to see.

The conservative conscience of Beverly Lake and the NC death penalty (Raleigh News & Observer column) — Gretchen Engel: In the 11 months since the exonerations of Henry McCollum and Leon Brown,NC lawmakers have not proposed a single law that would help determine whether there are more innocent people on North Carolina’s death row.

Oughta be a law about state budget delays (Fayetteville Observer) — State lawmakers have a complex job description. But there are two fundamentals that underlie all of it: Set policy and appropriate the money

A charter school plan worth considering (Charlotte Observer) — It’s tempting to view a new Republican charter school initiative in the context of previous Republican education initiatives, which do little to help N.C. public schools or their students.

Have McCrory and the Observer broken up? (Charlotte Observer) — There seems to be a lot of chatter about our relationship

A dangerous NC tax amendment package (Raleigh News & Observer) — Proposals to cap taxes and spending have popular appeal, but would hurt the state’s ability to invest in improved services and respond to emergencies.

How NC farming, forestry sectors are adapting to changing climate (Raleigh News & Observer) — Chip Miller and R.C. Hunt: In preparation for shifts in temperature, precipitation, storms and seasons, North Carolina’s farmers and foresters have begun changing how we do business.

We need your help to tackle IT gender gap, writes Red Hat intern (WRAL-TV column) — Kristen DeMaria, a senior at Elon University and an intern at Red Hat, writes in a blog at that everyone in the IT industry needs to pitch in to help address the gender gap. How? By educating young women and girls about potential career possibilities.

As Congress dallies, pass McCrory’s bond (Charlotte Observer column) — Former U.S. transportation secretary backs McCrory’s bond proposal

New DHHS leader must put agency on right track (Wilson Times) — The resignation Wednesday of Aldona Wos, the embattled secretary of the state Department of Health and Human Services, was as overdue as it was unsurprising.—New-DHHS-leader-must-put-agency-on-right-track

Computer access does a world of good (Rocky Mount Telegram) — More and more classrooms across the country are doing away with chalkboards in favor of smartboards.