NCDP Clips for Tuesday, September 29th
Progressive leaders speak out against immigration bill (AP) — A bill that would prohibit communities from becoming so-called sanctuaries for people in the country illegally and that would limit the types of acceptable personal identification will cause distrust between police and the communities they serve, progressive and immigrant groups said Monday.
N.C. lawmakers pushing to end session this week (AP) — North Carolina lawmakers went back to work Monday, trying to hammer out enough differences between themselves and even with Gov. Pat McCrory so they can end this year’s legislative session sometime this week.
N.C. lawmakers work long hours near session’s end (AP) — General Assembly members are expecting another long day as they try to clean out pending legislation they want passed or have agreed to send to North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory.
$2B bond package passes first House vote (WRAL-TV) — Late Monday night, the N.C. House gave tentative approval to the $2 B bond package House and Senate leaders agreed on last week. But some critics argued it’s too much debt.
NC House backs $2 billion bond referendum (Raleigh News & Observer) — The state House voted 86-23 Monday night to schedule a $2 billion bond referendum for higher education, parks and other infrastructure next March.
House lawmakers reject teaching ‘gold standard’ (WRAL-TV) — The state House Rules Committee voted Monday to remove a proposed requirement that high school students be taught about the gold standard.
NC House panel rejects ‘gold standard’ curriculum for high schoolers (Raleigh News & Observer) — Rep. Paul Stam wanted high schools to teach about ‘money with intrinsic value’
Senate passes bill to limit ID accepted by government officials (WRAL-TV) — The state Senate debated the Protect North Carolina Workers Act Monday night, but most of the talk was about illegal immigration identification.
Senate OKs change to charter school funding (WRAL-TV) — The state Senate voted 25-19 Monday night to force traditional public schools to share more of their revenue with charter schools.
NC Senate votes to shift funds from traditional public schools to charters (Raleigh News & Observer) — ‘There’s been a large inequity in the amount of funds that go to charter schools’
Senate Votes To Divert More Funds To Charter Schools (WUNC-FM) — Lawmakers pushed a bill through the Senate that would divert more money from school districts to charter schools. Under current law, school districts have pots of funding they don’t have to share with charter schools. These pots include supplemental property tax revenues, as well as federal funding for providing school lunches and transportation, which most charters don’t provide.
House passes long-stalled autism insurance bill (WRAL-TV) — A bill that would require certain health insurance plans to cover behavioral treatment for autism passed the House Monday night. The measure had been stalled for three months over a disagreement over wording.
Quick-moving fetal tissue bill goes to N. Carolina governor (AP) — North Carolina legislators plan to make it illegal law to sell the remains of aborted fetuses in the state.
NC fetal tissue sale ban heads to McCrory (WRAL-TV) — After an emotional and contentious debate, House members voted 79-29 to approve a bill that would block the sale of fetal tissue in North Carolina.
Bill opens search for new UNC president to public (WRAL-TV) — The UNC Board of Governors would have to vet three finalists for the University of North Carolina president job in an open meeting under a bill the state House gave tentative approval to on Monday night.
Finalists for UNC president could be made public (Raleigh News & Observer) — Legislature wants to change process for UNC president search
Hemp farming gets support from NC House panel (Charlotte Observer) — Industrial hemp production could become legal under a bill that cleared the N.C. House Rules Committee on Monday.
Tax bill would revive state funding for Durham-Orange light rail (WRAL-TV) — The recently passed budget would have capped spending on the Durham-Orange light rail line at $500,000. Senate Bill 605 lifts that cap.
NC House votes to restore funding for Durham-Chapel Hill light rail (Raleigh News & Observer) — Budget bill had capped state funding for light rail at $500,000
POLICY & POLITICS
Governor denies violating records law, retains law firm (WRAL-TV) — In response to a media coalition lawsuit over public records, the Governor’s Office denies it has violated state law by delaying access to documents and is hiring outside counsel to defend the administration in court.
McCrory’s lawyers respond to media lawsuit (WNCN) – The news media requests for public records are broad and waste government time, said Gov. Pat McCrory’s administration response to a lawsuit about access to documents under the Public Records Law.
Republicans fight death penalty (Rocky Mount Telegram) — Local Republicans have joined the fight to abolish the death penalty in North Carolina.“Even though we see this as a long-term project, those of us in North Carolina Conservatives Concerned About the Death Penalty believe that it is time to begin asking committed conservative citizens to evaluate the death penalty in light of their conservative ideals,” said Mark Edwards, chairman of the Nash County GOP and founding member of N.C. Conservatives Concerned About the Death Penalty.
Cooper at McDowell Democratic dinner (McDowell News) — State Attorney General Roy Cooper said if elected governor, he wants to restore North Carolina and in particular it’s public education system to its role as a “shining beacon” for other states in the South and the nation. “I’m tired of North Carolina being on the late night comedy shows,” said Cooper. “We need to get back on track.”
NC Chief Justice launches review of state courts (Charlotte Observer) — There are at least 100 county courthouses in North Carolina, and the social tapestry of the state’s diverse and disparate communities are on display inside them.
You Don’t Have to Smile To Be Liked (and Other Lessons From Carly Fiorina (U.S. News & World Report) — In recent gubernatorial campaigns, several women candidates used male validators to shore up support. "Nothing could be finer than to be in North Carolina," having a Mayberry TV sheriff on your side: Then-Lt. Governor Bev Perdue strategically timed Andy Griffith’s endorsement to remind voters in that campaign’s closing days that she was supported by the sheriff association.
Wos successor: DHHS will cooperate with federal prosecutors (AP) — North Carolina’s new state health secretary says his agency is cooperating with federal prosecutors looking for possible criminal wrongdoing.
Many Conservative Republicans Believe Climate Change Is Real Threat (New York Times) — A majority of Republicans — including 54 percent of self-described conservative Republicans — believe the world’s climate is changing and that mankind plays some role in the change, according to a new survey commissioned by Charlotte’s Jay Faison and conducted by three prominent Republican pollsters.
Republican megadonor urges talk on climate change solutions (AP) — Republican businessman Jay Faison of Charlotte says his party should stop fighting science and start talking solutions to climate change.
Clinton heading to Charlotte for fundraiser for her campaign (AP) — Hillary Rodham Clinton is heading back to North Carolina to raise money for her presidential campaign.
SCHOOLS & UNIVERSITIES
N.C. again gets dismal ranking on best, worst states for teachers (Charlotte Business Journal) — Once again, North Carolina is bringing up the rear when it comes to states that offer the best opportunities for teachers, at least according to WalletHub.
NC ranks 50th on list of worst states for teachers (Asheville Citizen-Times)— North Carolina moved up one place in the WalletHub ranking of the best and worst states for teachers, but it remained near the bottom. North Carolina ranked 50th on the list, which includes all 50 states and the District of Columbia. West Virginia was last at 51st. The best state for teachers was Massachusetts, according to the ranking.
How bad did the debate over Planned Parenthood just get? This bad, in Raleigh (Charlotte Observer) — Cabarrus rep suggests that organization gives faulty birth control so it can perform more abortions
Federal probe may right DHHS troubles (Raleigh News & Observer) — Aldona Wos’ tenure as secretary of the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services had a turbulent start and an oddly quiet finish. The secretary whom it seemed no uproar or embarrassment could dislodge abruptly said last month that she was leaving her job to spend more time with her family in Greensboro. Now it appears that the quiet at DHHS and the secretary’s sentimental farewell were not what they seemed.
State bond referendum: It should include road money (Winston-Salem Journal) — We can’t help but think “business as usual” as the state Senate skimps on the bond proposal planned to go before voters next year, dashing the hopes of those who would like to see a long overdue highway project completed.
How will we rise to the challenge? (Wilson Times) — Horse. Smack. Dragon. Snowball. White Lady. H. Whatever name one gives to the illegal drug heroin, it really doesn’t matter. For far too many people it spells overdose and death.
Historic building tax credit returns in time to help (Fayetteville Observer) — In all the pushing and pulling, fussing and feuding over the state budget this year, some good things happened that we weren’t expecting.