NCDP Clips for Tuesday, March 8th, 2016
DOZENS EJECTED FROM TRUMP SPEECH IN CONCORD (Greensboro News & Record) — Trump staffers at the event claimed the Secret Service was identifying those who should be thrown out, a claim several agents denied.
TRUMP IN CONCORD: TAUNTS, TALKS TRADE, TORTURE (Charlotte Observer) — Republican Donald Trump rallied supporters in the heart of NASCAR country Monday, taunting rivals, mocking protesters and advocating waterboarding – or “worse” – for America’s enemies.
LT. GOV. FOREST TWANTS ‘CAMPUS FREE EXPRESSION ACT’ TO MAKE FREE EXPRESSION A CRIME (TWCN-TV) — Republican Lt. Gov. Dan Forest plans to propose the Campus Free Expression Act to the General Assembly next month. Part of the act would bar any UNC students, employees or faculty members from disrupting public meetings or events with protests. The act would give the UNC Board of Governors authority to come up with disciplinary actions. The act would apply to the entire UNC system.
BRAGG TROOPS MUST OBEY DOD RULES FOR POLITICAL ACTIVITY (AP) — Donald Trump is bringing his presidential campaign to Fayetteville on Wednesday, and officials at Fort Bragg are reminding active duty troops of the rules concerning political activity for members of the military.
BRAGG TROOPS WARNED NOT TO WEAR UNIFORMS TO TRUMP RALLY (WRAL-TV) — Donald Trump is bringing his presidential campaign to Fayetteville on Wednesday, and officials at Fort Bragg are reminding active duty troops of the rules concerning political activity for members of the military.
OPINIONS VARY ON REPUBLICAN PRESIDENTIAL FRONT-RUNNER TRUMP (Fayetteville Observer) — Responses vary widely when people are asked to boil down their thoughts on larger-than-life Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump into one word. In that regard, it’s no different than the array of opinions expressed on the 69-year-old business mogul with the lightning bolt belligerent streak, outspoken manner and infamous head of hair.
NC LAWMAKERS CONTEND CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICTS NOT GERRYMANDERS (Raleigh News & Observer) — State lawmakers defended their new congressional districts in a response submitted Monday evening to a three-judge federal court panel.
DEFENDANTS IN N.C. BOUNDARIES CASE WANT MORE PAGES TO RESPOND TO OBJECTION (Greensboro News & Record) — Attorneys for state leaders are requesting a judge allow a 40-page response to objections filed in the congressional boundaries lawsuit
BILL CLINTON HAS TOUGH WORDS FOR BERNIE SANDERS IN N.C. (New York Times) — – As Hillary Clinton focused on Bernie Sanders in Michigan on Monday, the day before the primary there, her husband, former President Bill Clinton, had some tough words for Mr. Sanders in Greensboro, where early voting is underway for the March 15 nominating contest.
BILL CLINTON DEFENDS HILLARY CLINTON, NOT HIMSELF, IN N.C. (New York Times) — If Bill Clinton felt raked over the coals during the Democratic debate on Sunday night, he didn’t seem sore about it on his three-city swing through North Carolina on Monday. Mr. Clinton was disciplined in Charlotte as he stuck to his notes on his lecterns — a list of Hillary Clinton’s policy ideas and several examples of her as a “change-maker” — rather than defend the 1994 crime bill, the 1996 welfare reform law, the North American Free Trade Agreement, financial deregulation and other hallmarks of his tenure that were challenged and criticized at the debate.
BILL CLINTON STUMPS FOR WIFE HILLARY AT JOHNSON C. SMITH UNIVERSITY (Charlotte Post) – -Bill Clinton, president from 1992-2001, addressed Charlotteans outside Johnson C. Smith University’s Biddle Hall today in support of his wife Hillary’s Democratic campaign for equal opportunity. Bill Clinton’s visit comes eight days before North Carolina’s presidential primary. He is the first ex-president to visit JCSU. William Howard Taft is the only incumbent president to visit, in 1909.
BILL CLINTON TOUTS HILLARY, BRIGHT FUTURE AT CHARLOTTE RALLY (Charlotte Business Journal) — Former President Bill Clinton capped a wild day of politics in the region Monday with an appearance at Johnson C. Smith University to tout the candidacy of his wife, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, calling her an agent of change who will help all Americans improve their fortunes. His remarks outside Biddle Hall on the historically black college’s campus near uptown were part of a swing through the state in advance of the March 15 primary in North Carolina.
BILL CLINTON COMES TO GREENSBORO, URGES SUPPORT FOR HILLARY (Greensboro News & Record) — The former president visited Elon University School of Law and delivered this message: "We cannot afford to give the other party … the Congress, the White House or the Supreme Court."
IN RALEIGH, BILL CLINTON SLAMS REPUBLICANS, SANDERS (Raleigh News & Observer) — Former President Bill Clinton held a rally in Raleigh Monday morning and urged voters to support his wife Hillary in next week’s primary. Bill Clinton addressed a wide range of policy issues in a 45-minute speech at downtown’s City Market. He criticized Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders’ policy proposals, including his plan for free college tuition, and he compared the Republican presidential debates to a “grade-school playground fight.”
CAMPAIGN TRAIL STARTS WINDING THROUGH NC (WRAL-TV) — With Super Tuesday in the rearview mirror, presidential candidates begin turning their attention to North Carolina this week in advance of the March 15 primary.
OPPONENTS SPEAK OUT AGAINST $2 BILLION NC BOND PLAN (WNCN) — For all the attention the presidential primary is getting, voters in North Carolina have another big decision next week that could impact the state for decades. State leaders on both sides of the aisle want voters to approve the Connect NC bond. “It’s not free money,” said Nicole Revels, who is going on a mission across the state. She started NC Against the Bond, questioning the need for the state to take on the additional debt. “There’s little accountability and little scrutiny.”
MCCRORY CAMPAIGNS FOR BONDS IN EASTERN N.C. (WITN-TV) — Gov. Pat McCrory was in Eastern Carolina Monday for a panel discussion with other state and university leaders about the multi-billion dollar bond package, and why voters should vote for it this month.
BURR, ROSS KEEP LEAD IN US SENATE FUNDRAISING CHASE (AP) — Republican incumbent Richard Burr and Democrat Deborah Ross raised the most money for the U.S. Senate before the final weeks of campaigning for their respective March 15 primary elections. Greg Brannon, Burr’s chief GOP challenger, also showed his ability to generate contributions, particularly in small denominations.
MONEY CHASE RAMPS UP AS PRIMARY NEARS (Raleigh News & Observer) — Attorney General Roy Cooper has continued to raise money at an aggressive clip in his campaign for governor of North Carolina. U.S. Sen. Richard Burr and Deborah Ross, who is seeking the Democratic nomination to challenge him, have raised the most money in that race.
EARLY VOTING: 165,000 N.C. BALLOTS CAST IN FIRST FOUR DAYS (Raleigh News & Observer) — After four days of early voting, more than 165,000 North Carolinians have cast a ballot in the state’s first of two primaries.
NEGATIVE ADS CONTINUE IN NC REP. DOLLAR’S GOP RACE (Raleigh News & Observer) – -N.C. Rep. Nelson Dollar released a new TV ad Monday that highlights his work in the state legislature and fires back at his primary challenger, who has been targeting him in radio and TV ads.
NC BOARD TO DISCUSS NEW PROCESS FOR NC SUPREME COURT ELECTIONS (Raleigh News & Observer) — A three-judge panel has signed an order blocking a 2015 law that would have changed how sitting state Supreme Court judges are elected.
POLICY & POLITICS
NCDOT SECRETARY REFUSES QUESTIONS AFTER I-77 TEXAS TRIP (Charlotte Observer) – N.C. Transportation Secretary Nick Tennyon had little to say about his trip to Austin Monday following his meeting with leaders at the Texas Department of Transportation. Tennyson made the trip at the request of Governor Pat McCrory after a Texas subsidiary of the company contracted to build the I-77 toll lanes, Cintra, declared bankruptcy last week.
NC STARTS NEW ANIMAL CRUELTY HOTLINE (Ohmidog) — If you live in North Carolina, and you care about dogs and other animals, here’s a number to program into your cell phone: 1.855.290.6915. It’s the state’s new Animal Welfare Hotline and it’s now in service, fielding calls from citizens who have seen animals being mistreated. “As a pet owner, I understand how important it is that our animal companions get the care they need,” Attorney General Roy Cooper said in announcing the new hotline. “I encourage North Carolinians to use this new tool if they have information to report about animals being harmed.”
POLICE DEPARTMENTS STRUGGLE TO REFLECT RACE OF COMMUNITIES THEY SERVE (WRAL-TV) — The image of white police officers standing along a line of crime tape with a predominately African-American crowd on the other side threw into relief the challenge of police department diversity.
SPEAKER’S COMMUNICATIONS CHIEF LEAVES FOR DEQ (AP) — The communications director for House Speaker Tim Moore’s office is leaving her job to join North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory’s environmental agency. Mollie Young announced Monday her move over the coming week to the Department of Environmental Quality, where she will serve as director of legislative affairs.
THOUGH ZIKA UNLIKELY A RISK IN N.C., LOCAL EFFORTS ARE SCALING UP (N.C. Health News) — It’s cold in North Carolina right now. So people aren’t sitting on their porches swatting at mosquitoes. But even when the weather warms up and the local bloodsucking bugs start flying, the question for many people is: Is it possible to get the Zika virus in North Carolina? The answer, according to researchers from UNC-Chapel Hill, is, essentially, “No.”
LONG DISPUTE OVER ASHEVILLE WATER HINGES ON HIGH COURT (Carolina Public Press) – -A look at the history and possible outcomes of the water system dispute between Asheville and the state as the N.C. Supreme Court prepares to hear the case.
SCHOOLS & UNIVERSITIES
Staff squeeze coming for UNC system HQ (Durham Herald-Sun) – -A pending reorganization of the UNC system’s central office will likely end with “fewer people” working there, its new president, Margaret Spellings, has told the system board.
WAKE FOREST LAW SCHOOL LAUNCHES NEW DEGREE PROGRAM (AP) — The school of law at Wake Forest University has launched a fully online, part-time Master of Studies in Law degree program for working professionals who want a better understanding of the law.
TEACHER BACKGROUND CHECKS AND SCHOOL DROPOUTS (EdNC) — The State Board of Education heard a presentation on criminal screening procedures during the second day of its meeting last week. This follows on a USA Today story that talked about problems with the procedures of screening teachers for criminal activity in the state.
PHIL KIRK: LET’S GIVE SPELLINGS A CHANCE (Raleigh News & Observer column) — Much has been made of UNC system President Margaret Spellings being “political.” Four out of the five past presidents of the system have been political. The difference, Spellings is a Republican and the previous four – all strong, effective leaders – were Democrats. Most of those who love the university want Spellings to succeed and will support her as she works with her team, the Board of Governors, Gov. Pat McCrory, the General Assembly and campus leaders to make a very good university into a great university.
LOUISBURG HIGH TEACHER EMBRACES DIGITAL LEARNING, STICKS IT TO WINTER WEATHER (EdNC) — At Louisburg High School, Advanced Placement (AP) World History teacher Erin Hull is using technology to bridge the gap between home and school. She’s not only creating a digital classroom, she’s sticking it to winter weather and school closures.
DISTRICTS STEP UP EFFORTS TO RECRUIT NEW TEACHERS (Asheville Citizen-Times) — With stops in Atlanta, Philadelphia and Virginia, the human resources coordinator for Asheville City Schools has been busy making his pitch to future teachers. Although the systems don’t know for sure how many openings they will have, Asheville and Buncombe school officials have already started the recruitment process for the next school year.
ENERGY & ENVIRONMENT
SOLAR FARM SITE APPROVED IN ROBESON COUNTY (Fayetteville Ob server) – The Robeson County Board of Commissioners approved a permit request Monday night for a 35-acre solar farm off of Centerville Church Road in Fairmont.
N.C. COMPANY LEASES SPACE IN OZARK FOR SOLAR PROJECT WORK (Dothan Eagle) – Strata Solar, a North Carolina-based company tasked with installing the first utility-scale solar projects for Alabama Power on Fort Rucker, has leased space in Ozark to assist with the project, according to officials.
INSTITUTE LOCATED AT DUKE TO PROTECT NATIONAL PARKS (Duke U. News) — A new independent institute located at Duke University will work to preserve America’s national parks and protected areas through research, education and public outreach.
3 NEW SOLAR FARMS COMING TO LEXINGTON COUNTY IN S.C. (Columbia S.C. Daily) — Three 10-megawatt “solar farms” that could produce enough clean energy to power up to 6,000 homes annually are slated to be constructed in Lexington County. The solar farms, which are large areas of land that house multiple solar panels, will be built by Cypress Creek Renewables, a company based in Santa Monica, CA. The Lexington County project represents a $30 million investment by the company and is expected to create 40 to 60 local construction jobs.
WE NEED ALL THE ANTI-BULLYING EFFORTS WE CAN GET (Winston-Salem Journal) — We’re advanced enough now to know that bullying is not inevitable or just a part of growing up. It’s a serious social problem with potentially tragic consequences. Fortunately, our school system has taken some good, solid steps to fight it. But this job is never done.
LAWMAKERS CAN FIX OUR TEACHER SHORTAGE (Wilson Times) — North Carolina’s system of public higher education can’t flourish unless it also helps prepare our K-12 students for university work.
WHY WE SUPPORT THE STATEWIDE BOND ISSUE (Wilmington Star-News) — Several years ago, the StarNews editorial board stopped endorsing candidates for public office. Some folks cheered; others have told us they miss the endorsements, even when they disagreed with them.
PUBLIC OPPOSES NC SCHOOL CUTS (Raleigh News & Observer) — Republican leaders in the General Assembly say they’re doing the will of the people, but when it comes to public schools they clearly are not.
PROTECT OUR VALUES (Greensboro News & Record) — Sen. Ted Cruz stands out from a couple of other Republican presidential candidates on a key issue: He opposes torture.
CHOICES FOR ATTY. GENERAL, LT. GOVERNOR (Charlotte Observer) — Jim O’Neill, Josh Stein win our endorsement in attorney general’s races; Linda Coleman gets the nod for lieutenant governor