NCDP Clips for Tuesday September 1
McCrory Ducks Questions About State Budget (WFMY-TV) — Gov. Pat McCrory used a kitchen enterance to duck questions Monday about the state budget while making a stop in Charlotte. The Governor was at the Uptown Hilton for an appearance at the Global Leadership Coalition luncheon where reporters were waiting to question him about the state budge impasse. McCrory entered through the kitchen, avoiding reporters who were waiting at a side door. A staff member said McCrory would not be stopping to take any questions– as he usually does– because the governor was short on time.
N.C. Senate offers deal to fund teacher assistants, driver’s ed (Raleigh News & Observer) — Budget negotiators in the state Senate say they’re willing to pay for teacher assistants and driver’s education – if the House makes a few concessions in the ongoing budget talks.
With Medicaid Overhaul Deal Close, Some Question If It’s Needed (WUNC-FM) — About 1.8 million people in North Carolina receive healthcare through Medicaid. The program provides for those who are low income and is funded by federal and state dollars. A recent state audit found that the organization overseeing most Medicaid patients has saved taxpayers more than a billion dollars since 2002. Still, state lawmakers have been poised for years to overhaul the system, and it appears now that a deal is close.
North Carolina justices ponder 2011 redistricting again (AP) — As North Carolina’s highest court considers for a second time whether the state’s legislative and congressional boundaries were lawfully drawn on the basis of race, the justices also must consider seemingly competing rulings from the U.S. Supreme Court.
Voting maps back before NC Supreme Court (WRAL-TV) — Eight months after the North Carolina Supreme Court ruled in favor of congressional and legislative voting maps drawn by the Republican-led General Assembly in 2011, the maps were back before the court on Monday.
NAACP branches deliver letters supporting Voting Rights Act (AP) — North Carolina NAACP branches are holding 17 simultaneous news conferences and delivering letters stating their support of a proposal to restore and strengthen the 1965 Voting Rights Act.
State leadership to improve driver’s ed in NC? Not likely (Raleigh News & Observer) — NHTSA critique calls for a strong state role to improve North Carolina driver’s education
POLICY & POLITICS
McCrory suddenly distances self from religious event he’d agreed to be key speaker (Charlotte Observer) — Gov. Pat McCrory Monday distanced himself from language in a full-page ad in the Observer about a religious rally next month at the Charlotte Convention Center. The full page ad on Monday touted The Response, an event scheduled for Sept. 26. “Come Join Me in a time of worship, prayer, fasting and repentance,” the ad says over McCrory’s name and beside a picture of the governor.
N.C. Prayer Rally: McCrory To Keynote (International Business Times) — Gov. Pat McCrory will attend a prayer rally in September that will serve as “a call to prayer for a nation in crisis.” The Republican governor was featured in a full-page ad in the Charlotte Observer on Monday inviting people to a Christian prayer rally called “The Response: A Call To Prayer For A Nation In Crisis” Saturday, Sept. 26, at the Charlotte Convention Center.
Locals brace for cuts to unemployment benefits (Sanford Herald) — Despite having the fifth-highest unemployment rate in the country as of December, North Carolina will now offer its citizens far less in unemployment benefits — a move that was met with mixed emotions in Lee County.
Supremacist with N.C. ties, convicted of killing 3 at Kansas Jewish sites (AP) — The man who admitted killing three people at two suburban Kansas City Jewish sites gave jurors a Nazi salute Monday after they convicted him of murder and other charges for the shootings, which he said would allow him to "die a martyr."
Supreme Court decides first gay marriage skirmish (Washington Post) — In its first ruling involving its landmark decision, the court rejected a Kentucky county clerk’s request to be excused from issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.
State, FBI join forces to find long-term prison escapees (AP) — The N.C. Department of Public Safety and the FBI have joined forced to resolve 43 cases involving long-term escapees from the state’s prisons, the state agency announced Monday.
NC Sen. Joel Ford joins the field considering run against U.S. Sen. Richard Burr (Raleigh News & Observer) — Ford is going to Washington to talk to Senate recruiters
Public meeting to be held on passenger-only ferry service (AP) — The N.C. Department of Transportation is holding the second of two public meetings about the possibility of passenger-only ferry service between Hatteras and Ocracoke.
GKN Driveline announces $18 million in investments (Sanford Herald) — Auto parts manufacturer GKN Driveline plans to open a service center in Lee County and expand manufacturing at its Alamance facility, investing a reported $18 million in the project and creating an estimated 105 jobs locally.
Tillis calls for continued U.S. engagement (Charlotte Observer) — U.S. senator speaks to the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition in Charlotte
Tillis on taxes, Trump and more (Charlotte Business Journal) — Thom Tillis likes the free-for-all race among Republicans in the presidential race. Is he endorsing Donald Trump? No, but he’s not endorsing anyone on the GOP side. At least not yet.
NC authorities find 43 prison escapees, still searching for 12 (WRAL-TV) — The North Carolina Department of Public Safety is seeking help in locating 12 long-term escapees from the North Carolina prison system.
NC lottery introduces BBQ-scented lottery tickets (Raleigh News & Observer) – -Tickets to be unveiled Tuesday at Clyde Cooper’s in Raleigh, Queen City Q in Charlotte
Clover store near NC state line sells $1 million lottery ticket (Charlotte Observer) — Local Market 2 in Clover sells winning ticket
Secret Service investigating Charlotte investment adviser (Charlotte Observer) — Letter says agency is looking into ‘possible investment fraud’
Budget ordeal drags on in legislature (Rocky Mount Telegram) — State lawmakers last week announced they had made major progress in forging agreement over a compromise budget for the fiscal year that began July 1.
Fishy business on NC fishery rules (Raleigh News & Observer) — Flounder don’t vote, but lawmakers are still supposed to represent their best interests. For in a coastal state like North Carolina, a thriving fishery resource is good for the entire state. But that’s not what’s happening in the case of a type of flounder, the southern flounder, that is a mainstay of recreational and commercial fishing in the sounds and estuaries of North Carolina.
How 2016 Presidential Race Looks Like 1968 (Wall Street Journal column) — In both Democratic and Republican presidential polls, anti-establishment voices — such as Donald Trump, Bernie Sanders and Ben Carson — are putting in strong showings. Will voters stick with them? Jerry Seib explains.
Poverty takes a lifelong toll on learning (Raleigh News & Observer) — A new study finds that some children who grow up in poverty lack full development in brain areas important for learning.
Act would ensure abortion access not dependent on insurance, money (Raleigh News & Observer column) — Elizabeth Deans: Legislation introduced in Congress in July would fix our policies when it comes to abortion coverage: Cosponsored by over 70 members of Congress, including Reps. Alma Adams and David Price, the EACH Woman Act would ensure that a woman’s ability to have an abortion does not depend on her insurance status or how much money she earns.
Richardson was best choice to replace Rep. Glazier (Raleigh News & Observer) — There was little doubt that local Democrats would pick Billy Richardson to serve the rest of Rep. Rich Glazier’s term.
$750 bonus is an insult to teachers (Charlotte Observer column) — If legislators think this token will make teachers cheer, they should think again