NCDP Clips for Wednesday, July 22nd, 2015
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Senator rips McCrory’s veto threat (WECT-TV) — Sen. Harry Brown (R-Onslow) called Republican Gov. Pat McCrory “tone-deaf” to the “overwhelming support” of local leaders and wants to double down “on a 2007 sales tax policy change that kicked rural North Carolina in the teeth.”
Expert: Lines at polls if NC voter law was in effect in 2012 (AP) — An Ohio State University professor says voters would have encountered drastically longer lines in 2012 had many of the provisions of North Carolina’s controversial election law been in effect.
NC House gives final nod to controversial monuments bill (AP) — The North Carolina House has passed controversial legislation that protects historical monuments and memorials, overcoming hours of debate launched by Democrats who condemned the bill for preserving Confederate symbols.
Amendment takes negotiating tool away from NC school districts (WRAL-TV) — An amendment added quietly on the Senate floor to House Bill 561 would block North Carolina school districts from suing their county commissioners over funding. The measure, if approved, would take away a key negotiating tool for school districts that cannot raise their own taxes.
House votes to slash emissions testing (WRAL-TV) — State House lawmakers voted Tuesday to repeal vehicle emissions testing in 29 of the 48 counties where it’s currently required.
POLICY & POLITICS
Media coalition sues McCrory administration over records (WRAL-TV) — A coalition of media and public policy groups filed a lawsuit against Gov. Pat McCrory’s administration Tuesday over access to public records.
NC GOP threatens Cooper on lack of records; Cooper says more than 14,000 produced and ready (Raleigh News & Observer) — The state Republican Party has issued a threat of legal action against Attorney General Roy Cooper, saying he needs to act on the party’s pending request for a broad range of records about his time in office.
BLOW TO McCRORY’S AGENDA: Wilmington Council says no to offshore drilling(WRAL-TV) — The Wilmington City Council unanimously passed a resolution Tuesday night to oppose seismic airgun blasting and offshore drilling off North Carolina’s coast. Wilmington, the state’s largest port city, said the federal government’s plan for offshore oil and gas exploration threatens coastal communities, economies and marine life.
HUNDREDS OF CALLS: Illegal racing difficult to quantify in N.C., but some evidence is clear (Wilson Times) — The number of illegal races on the streets of North Carolina remains difficult for law enforcement officials to quantify. But it’s clear racing on public streets has been and remains an issue for law enforcement. The N.C. Highway Patrol responded to 636 calls from Jan. 1 to July 14
Man sues immigration officers, says he was illegally imprisoned (Raleigh News & Observer) — Connecticut man detained on immigration charges in NC for two years, though he was US citizen
Governor, counsel owe public a full accounting (Wilson Times) — Last week, after calls from our editorial board and those of the Charlotte and Raleigh newspapers, Gov. Pat McCrory pushed for the ouster of Paul Foley from the state Board of Elections
Love should overcome hate in warm welcome for new temple (Winston-Salem Journal) — It’s fitting that Forsyth County’s first Hindu temple will be built on Lasater Road, already home to houses of worship that include Union Hill Baptist and Center Grove Baptist churches. Those churches probably include in their congregations descendants of Christians who came here for the religious freedom that is one of our nation’s strongest foundations.
N.C. future depends on reversing racial inequity (Charlotte Observer column) — North Carolina’s competitive advantage and future prosperity depends on our ability to harness the full potential of our human capital – and minorities will play an increasingly crucial role.