NCDP Clips for Tuesday, January 26th, 2016
N.C.VOTER-ID CASE COULD HAVE RAMIFICATIONS ACROSS U.S. (Washington Post) — A trial began Monday over a law passed in North Carolina requiring voters to present a photo ID.
HOW NC OFFICIALS (AND VOTING ADVOCATES) ARE EDUCATING ON VOTER ID LAW (WUNC-FM) — A federal judge in Winston-Salem began hearing arguments Monday in a case challenging North Carolina’s new voting law. It is the second time U.S. District Judge Thomas Schroeder has presided over a trial involving the controversial legislation. This week’s arguments deal with whether it is constitutional to ask people to show photo identification in order to vote, along with how state officials are educating voters about the new law.
POLICY & POLITICS
FILLING COVERAGE GAP FOR WORKING POOR IS GOAL FOR MEDICAID EXPANSION (Winston-Salem Journal) — A group of health care experts acknowledged Monday that Medicaid expansion is at least a year away from serious consideration in General Assembly. However, they stressed at a forum at Wake Forest University Law School sponsored by N.C. Health News that expansion for an additional 500,000 North Carolinians doesn’t have to wait until the potential completion of Medicaid reform.
N.C. CHURCHES HELP REGISTER PEOPLE FOR HEALTH COVERAGE (Public News Service) — This is the last week of open enrollment for health care under the Affordable Care Act for coverage in 2016. With the Sunday deadline approaching, community groups are working to help those eligible get enrolled, including churches in the state’s Latino community.
DUKE TO HOST CONFERENCE ON ARAB REFUGEE CRISIS (Duke U. News) — Local and visiting scholars and students, activists, journalists, artists and local refugees will come together for a public conference at Duke University Jan. 28-29 to address the urgency of the Syrian, Iraqi and Sudanese refugee crises.
BLUE CROSS SAYS IT’S MAKING ‘GOOD STRIDES’ TO RESOLVE ENROLLMENT ERRORS (Raleigh News & Observer) — Hundreds of Blue Cross employees pitched in last weekend to help customers
SCHOOLS & UNIVERSITIES
COMMISSIONERS OK EARLY COLLEGE FUNDING (Greenville Daily Reflector) — Pitt County commissioners on Monday voted 8-1 to use $2.6 million in bond money to build an early college high school and repay the amount using sales tax revenue instead of property taxes.
QUALITY, AVAILABILITY ARE KEY ISSUES ON SCHOOL CHOICE (EdNC) — The president of a prominent school choice organization said Monday that advocates need to set their sights on quality and availability when it comes to giving parents educational options. “We must be just as vigilant about quality as we are about the growth of choice,” said Darrell Allison, president of Parents for Educational Freedom North Carolina.
ENERGY & ENVIRONMENT
REPORT SAYS N.C. RENEWAL ENERGY INDUSTRY GROWING (Fayetteville Observer) — The installation, design or development of renewable energy systems brought in $1.81 billion, an increase of about 15 percent over the previous year, the N.C. Clean Energy Industry Census survey found. The design or construction of new buildings brought in $1.55 billion, according to the census. Last year, companies dealing in renewable energy had the equivalent of more than 26,000 full-time jobs — more than 3,150 of those jobs were created last year.
HOG FARMS COUNTER ENVIRONMENTALISTS WITH TV ADVERTISING (Raleigh News & Observer) — North Carolina’s hog farmers are pushing back against a billboard campaign by environmentalists last year by launching a six-figure ad drive across the state.
TRANSMITTING WIND POWER TO POTENTIAL CUSTOMERS IS CHALLENGE (NPR) — Wind power is cheaper than ever to produce but there is a major problem: transmission. A lot of wind resources are hundreds of miles from potential customers. Projects to build high voltage lines to carry that power to where it’s needed are regularly stymied by the complex regulatory environment.
PROGRAM HELPS KEEP FAMILIES WARM THIS WINTER (Durham Herald-Sun) – With temperatures dropping in the Carolinas, Duke Energy is continuing its 30-year tradition this winter by partnering with employees and customers to lend a hand to those struggling to pay their winter energy bills. Through its Share the Warmth program, Duke Energy works with more than 80 local agencies in the Duke Energy Carolinas service territory, including the Durham area, to aid qualified senior citizens, families and other customers with financial assistance.
IN NC, A STRONG RESPONSE TO A BIG WINTER STORM (Raleigh News & Observer) — State and local officials, school systems and utilities joined in an effective response to a dangerous winter storm.
WHEN IT COMES TO OFFSHORE OIL DRILLING, NC CAN’T HAVE IT ALL (Raleigh News & Observer column) — Economic arguments will be central in the fight against offshore oil drilling along the Southeastern states. The politics in North Carolina, heavily weighted toward corporate interests, favor energy development.
DON’T DISMISS A PROMISING SCHOOLS IDEA (Charlotte Observer) — Two truths about education we should know by now:
LAWSUITS SPIN CHAOS IN ELECTION RULES FOR PRIMARY (Fayetteville Observer) — It’s enough to make a voter’s head spin. It probably will, along with causing serious confusion at the polls in the upcoming primary, which is only seven weeks away. Early voting begins in 5 1/2 weeks, on March 5.