NCDP Clips for Wednesday, January 20th, 2016
ROSS, COOPER, COLEMAN GET N.C. AFL-CIO ENDORSEMENT (AP) — The North Carolina State AFL-CIO has endorsed Roy Cooper, Linda Coleman and Deborah Ross in 2016 as the three enter some high-profile Democratic races in the March primary.
DEMOCRAT KEN SPAULDING CRITICIZES ROY COOPER FOR KING DAY EMAIL (Winston-Salem Journal) — Ken Spaulding of Durham, a Democrat running for governor, criticized Attorney General Roy Cooper for distributing an email Monday outlining his support for voting rights and quoting the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Cooper’s office will be fighting a voting-rights lawsuit in federal court next week in Winston-Salem, Spaulding said.
VOTING IN THE 2016 PRIMARY (WRAL-TV) — Voters will encounter new photo identification rules for the first time in 2016. However, there are multiple ways to vote in the March 15 primary over the next several weeks, some of which don’t require a photo ID.
SENATE DEMOCRATS, 2018 MATH IS NOT YOUR FRIEND (Roll Call) — If Democrats don’t retake the U.S. Senate majority this year, they face the prospect of a long winter in the minority, because the 2018 map puts them at a severe disadvantage that could leave them even further from the majority and any pick-up opportunities for the foreseeable future.
POLICY & POLITICS
ADVOCATES PUSH TO EXPAND MEDICAID IN N.C. (Greensboro News & Record) — Three speakers said North Carolina is hurting itself in a variety of ways by refusing more than $20 billion in federal funding.
REPORT: N.C. PENSION FUND FACES A SHORTFALL (Triangle Business Journal) — The 900,000 state employees in the North Carolina pension fund might face a bleaker picture than they realize. According to a research report published by the Mercatus Center at George Mason University, the state’s main pension system faces a $34.5 billion shortfall, many times higher than what the state estimates through the Treasurer’s office.
REP. BISHOP RIPS CHARLOTTE’S ‘RADICAL TRANSGENDER PROPOSAL’ (Charlotte Observer) — Lawmaker criticizes city leaders for resurrecting the controversial bathroom ordinance
NEW WORK REQUIREMENTS PUT FOOD STAMPS AT RISK (Route 50) — More than 500,000 people could lose food stamps in 22 states reinstating work requirements. Few states have employment programs ready to help them get back on their feet.
SCHOOLS & UNIVERSITIES
DUKE UNIVERSITY UNDER INVESTIGATION BY FEDERAL AGENCY (Raleigh News & Observer) — Duke University is under investigation by the federal government related to its handling of sexual misconduct, the university has confirmed.
PUBLIC SCHOOL FORUM TACKLES TOUGH ISSUES (EdNC) — The Public School Forum of North Carolina staked out its position yesterday on a host of hot button education issues, including race, charters, and school performance grades. The annual Eggs & Issues event held by the Forum serves as its public declaration of what it thinks will and should dominate the education debate in 2016.
USDA GIVES NCSU $150,000 GRANT TO EDUCATE ABOUT CLIMATE CHANGE (Washington Free Beacon) — The U.S. Department of Agriculture is spending $150,000 in an effort to change farmers who have a “skeptical” view of human-caused global warming. The agency issued a grant to N.C. State University to conduct an educational campaign for high school teachers to add more climate change material to their curriculums.
ENERGY & ENVIRONMENT
SURGICAL CENTER CUTS INTO ENERGY BILL WITH SOLAR PROJECT (Southern Pines Pilot) — Monthly energy bills can easily top $19,000 at Pinehurst Surgical, so with an eye toward innovation on the eve of its 70th anniversary, the medical clinic recently installed a massive solar panel array that should throw some shade on that enormous cost.
KURE BEACH COUNCIL PASSES ANTI-DRILLING RESOLUTION (Wilmington Star-News) — The town officially took a stance against drilling, unanimously voting for a resolution that also opposes seismic testing to find oil and gas. Oceana says Kure Beach is the 100th municipality to oppose drilling and seismic testing, 2016http://www.starnewsonline.com/article/20160119/NEWS/160119640/0/search
TURNING HOG WASTE INTO POWER IN N.C. (Raleigh News & Observer column) — Could that be the sweet smell of success coming, of all things, from hog manure? It could.
ENVIRONMENTALIST GOP DONORS ARE LOSING HOPE (National Journal) — Even though the party on the whole hasn’t embraced any climate-change action, there are a handful of donors trying to get the GOP on board. North Carolina businessman Jay Faion, for example, got plenty of press over the summer for announcing a $10 million political action group and a $165 million foundation called ClearPath to back Republican candidates who want to work on clean energy. So far in the presidential race, that money hasn’t made much of a dent—and now donors are left figuring out what’s next.
AS ELECTION LOOMS, ID BATTLE NEEDS PRAGMATISM (Fayetteville Observer) — All the talk will turn to action soon. Iowa voters will caucus in less than two weeks. New Hampshire voters cast their primary ballots eight days later.
IN N.C., A COLLECTIVE RESPONSIBILITY TO IMPROVE SCHOOLS (Raleigh News & Observer column) — Citizens and elected officials share responsibilities to improve the quality of our communities. If we fail to provide positive economic opportunities, access to good schools, respect and care for the poor and justice under the law, we must each share the blame for not working together to improve the most vulnerable communities within our state.
THE PRICE OF REPUBLICAN ORTHODOXY (New York Times column) — There is a conservative orthodoxy that dominates Republican politics. In some way, this orthodoxy is analogous to the liberal orthodoxy known as political correctness. … Not only are gun rights sacrosanct, there are conservative prohibitions against the acknowledgment of climate change; opposition to abortion is mandatory; immigration reform is rejected; and top priority goes to tax cuts. In North Carolina, where communities along the Atlantic are threatened, the Legislature voted in 2012 to bar the state Coastal Resources Commission from defining “rates of sea-level change for regulatory purposes” before July 1, 2016. The real estate industry was a major backer of the legislation. ,,, There are adverse consequences for the nation in adherence to doctrinal conservatism.