NCDP Clips for Tuesday September 8th
N.C. lawmakers work through holiday on budget (WTVD-TV) –Lawmakers have been working this Labor Day weekend to hammer out a state budget that’s already two months overdue and two weeks away from their September 18 extended deadline. "I think by the end of the week we ought to have a budget for us to take action on next week," said Speaker of the House Tim Moore.
Lawmakers Working Labor Day? We Went to Find Out (WFMY-TV) — Many of us had off Monday for the Labor Day holiday. This year, that didn’t include many state lawmakers. A lack of state budget kept many lawmakers in Raleigh through the holiday weekend. On Labor Day, many Representatives spent the afternoon in committee meeting discussing elements of the budget. Meantime, a skeleton session on the House floor ended just minutes after it started.
Legislators hope for budget this week (Raleigh News & Observer) — Key legislators worked over the Labor Day weekend to finish writing a state budget, anticipating that the spending plan that is more than two months overdue may be ready for publication later this week.
Driver’s ed was improving until state funds were cut off (Raleigh News & Observer) — Senator calls driver’s ed “unsupervised, uneffective” and blames Department of Public Instruction
Belhaven mayor walking to Raleigh in support of hospital (WCTI-TV) — Belhaven mayor Adam O’Neal will be joined by two individuals when he makes his latest walk in support of the town’s closed hospital. O’Neal, Beaufort County Commissioner Hood Richardson and Civil Rights legend Bob Zellner will begin their walk to Raleigh on Tuesday starting at 1 p.m. to demand support from House Republicans and Gov. Pat McCrory to reopen the hospital, which closed on July 1, 2014.
McCrory: Ride-share law ‘encourages competition, innovation’ (Charlotte Business Journal) — Gov. Pat McCrory signed a bill into law to regulate ride-share services, such as Uber and Lyft, in North Carolina.
POLICY & POLITICS
Can Incumbents Like Burr Replicate Trump’s Outsider Success? (Roll Call) — As the GOP establishment, the media and just about everyone else tries to wrap their minds around the success and seemingly invincibility of Donald Trump, Sen. Richard M. Burr is paying close attention. “When you look at what they’ve tapped into, they’ve tapped into a frustration of the American people at the lack of solutions that come out of Washington — that government’s not working on their behalf,” the North Carolina senator said. “It’s been done quite effectively on the part of Trump.”
Meet the Donald Trump of the House of Representatives (Washington Post) — Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC) is the face of the anti-establishment tide that could force another government shutdown.
Report puts focus on quality, not quantity, of new jobs (Winston-Salem Journal) Authors of The State of Working North Carolina said too many jobs — particularly in leisure, hospitality, retail and other trades — lack a living wage, paid sick leave, access to affordable employer-sponsored insurance, union representation and career mobility.
Army babies show stress: Fort Bragg study links deployments, preterm deliveries (Fayetteville Observer) — Doctors at Womack Army Medical Center have found the constant cycle of sending service members overseas has a deeper effect on growing families than was previously known.
Clinton foreign policy adviser speaks at Pinehurst lecture series (Raleigh News & Observer) – Jake Sullivan, a close adviser to Hillary Clinton who has been in the news lately for testifying before a congressional committee about the Benghazi, Libya attacks in 2012 and Clinton’s personal email account, will appear in a lecture series in Pinehurst on Thursday.
Military selects rarely used charge for Bergdahl case (AP) — Military prosecutors have reached into a section of military law seldom used since World War II in the politically fraught case against Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, the soldier held prisoner for years by the Taliban after leaving his post in Afghanistan.
Dowd YMCA plans to remove monument with Confederate battle flag carving (Charlotte Observer) — On the cusp of a $20 million renovation to its flagship location in uptown, the YMCA of Greater Charlotte plans to remove a stone monument that’s stood on its property for 21 years – a move that’s drawn criticism from local historians who want the marker and its associated history to remain untouched.
Hillsborough to remove ‘Confederate Memorial’ from museum (AP) — Hillsborough’s Historic District Commission has voted to allow removing the words "Confederate Memorial" from the Orange County Historical Museum.
Tillis: Eugenics compensation shouldn’t affect benefits (WRAL-TV) — Republican U.S. Sens. Thom Tillis and Richard Burr are co-sponsoring legislation in Congress to exempt compensation North Carolina is providing to victims of the state’s forced sterilization program from calculations the government uses to determine eligibility for Medicaid and other federal benefits.
Graham Shirley is new Wake Superior Court judge (Raleigh News & Observer) — Shirley is praised as a skilled civil trial lawyer
Mooresville commissioner Mac Herring committed suicide, autopsy report shows (Charlotte Observer) — Mooresville commissioner Mac Herring committed suicide by overdosing on the pain killer oxycodone, according to an autopsy report by the N.C. Office of the Chief Medical Examiner.
N.C. flower program for highways has its roots in tourism (Greensboro News & Record) — Traveling the various interstates and highways throughout North Carolina, we are fortunate to have an abundance of colorful annuals, perennials, blooming trees and native wildflowers. The N.C. Department of Transportation does a fine job of making sure travelers have a plethora of seasonal plantings to enjoy.
Ex-NC GOP director is new Rep. Hudson chief of staff (Raleigh News & Observer) — Todd Poole, who last month resigned as executive director of the N.C. Republican Party, is the new chief of staff for U.S. Rep. Richard Hudson, it was announced Tuesday.
A new ferry option for 2017: Ditch the car, and take the quick boat to Ocracoke (Norfolk Virginian-Pilot) — Fifteen dollars will eventually buy you a round trip to Ocracoke on a fast-moving ferry with soft seats and refreshments – but you’ll have to leave your car behind.
Changes at Cherry Point to impact region’s economy (New Bern Sun Journal) — Billions of dollars are at stake as Cherry Point Marine Air Station loses planes and personnel while the transition to the new F-35B Joint Strike Fighter takes place, a process that will take more than a decade. Cherry Point’s most recent economic impact summary showed a $2.04 billion footprint on the region’s economy, with everything from salaries to construction contracts affecting the area. Craven County ranks third in the state for military contracts with $194.9 million. Onslow County, home to Camp Lejeune and New River Marine Corps Air Station, ranked second at $590.5 million.
McCrory’s takes on “issues” (Greenville Daily Reflector column) — The most entertaining interview I’ve heard with Gov. Pat McCrory had nothing to do with state politics — or very little at least. It was on 99.9.FM The Fan, mainly about barbecue and football. And it was bizarre, but rather funny at times. He came off as a guy with a goofy personality, not the one who gave a boring, 80-minute “State of the State” speech early this year.
Pandora’s primary (Greensboro News & Record) — Legislators opened a Pandora’s box of problems when they decided two years ago to tinker with North Carolina’s presidential primary date.
NCSU and Duke Energy team to help new graduates (Raleigh News & Observer) — This is good, practical stuff. Give NCSU and Duke Energy credit for seeing a real need and speaking to it with money and effort and raising the horizons of young people.
TILLIS: Why I’ll vote against the nuclear deal with Iran (Charlotte Observer column) — During his 1988 State of the Union address, President Reagan succinctly shared his modus operandi of diplomacy, stating: “Our approach is not to seek agreement for agreement’s sake but to settle only for agreements that truly enhance our national security and that of our allies.” President Obama and his administration neglected to heed those words of wisdom when negotiating the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action on Iran’s nuclear weapon program.
Now, make driver’s ed better (Raleigh News & Observer) — NC driver’s ed now has state funding, but it needs improvements statewide.
Something fishy on Jones Street (Raleigh News & Observer column) — Robin Hayes and Eddie Smith: Last month, N.C. witnessed political shenanigans at their worst. The state’s Marine Fisheries Commission was preparing to make necessary adjustments to the fisheries management plan for southern flounder. At the last minute, raw political pressure was injected into the process.
Poor job prospects for new college students (Raleigh News & Observer column) –James Boyle: The good news for America’s new crop of college students is that their eventual employment prospects likely will be better than what their older brothers and sisters experienced during the Great Recession. The bad news is that many of those students and their parents will still struggle mightily to repay the tens of thousands in debt they accumulated to earn their degrees.
Congress should renew water fund (Charlotte Observer) — As autumn approaches, North Carolinians have a lot to look forward to, including fall foliage in the Blue Ridge Mountains, quiet paddle trips on the Nantahala, fishing in the French Broad and the commencement of the hunting season. However, many of these experiences core to living in this great state could be diminished if Congress does not renew the Land and Water Conservation Fund, which expires Sept. 30.
Red light cameras (Greenville Daily Reflector) — As Greenville’s many traffic signals are being brought up to modern safety standards, the city should reconsider equipping those at heavily traveled intersections with red light cameras.