NCDP Clips for Wednesday, July 8th, 2015


NCDP Clips for Wednesday, July 8th, 2015

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LEGISLATURE 2015

Wade says tax district provision empowers N.C. residents (Greensboro News & Record) – State Sen. Trudy Wade is roiling the political scene anew with a tax district provision that has city officials statewide concerned about the fate of their downtown revival efforts.

Greensboro Council to discuss challenging HB 263 (Greensboro News & Record) — The City Council will consider a legal challenge to a recent controversial redistricting at a special meeting tonight.

Battle over Ballots (Outer Banks Sentinel) — N.C. voting law trial begins next week

POLICY & POLITICS

2% of NC magistrates use recusal law focusing on gay marriage (AP) — About 2 percent of North Carolina’s magistrates – 14 — have officially recused themselves from performing marriages since the legislature passed a law last month responding to gay marriages becoming legal in the state last October.

NC Appeals Court allows priest sex abuse lawsuit to proceed (AP) — A lawsuit against the Catholic Diocese of Raleigh over an allegation of child sexual abuse against a priest can move toward a trial, a three-judge panel ruled Tuesday.

Another local Confederate monument vandalized (WRAL-TV) — For the third time in less than a week, a Confederate monument in the Triangle has been vandalized.

Laura Edwards: The Dual Heritage of the Confederate Flag (Duke U. News) — Historian Laura F. Edwards reflects on the dual heritage of the Confederate Battle Flag – first flying with the Confederate Army during the Civil War, and once again at State Capitols in opposition to federal civil rights legislation in the 1950s and 60s.

‘Complicated’ Support for Confederate Flag in White South (New York Times) — In white, working-class Haralson County, the Confederate banner remains a revered symbol, not only of the Confederate dead, but of a unique regional identity.

New State Law to Allow Patients Access to Unapproved Drugs (TWCN-TV) – -North Carolina recently became the 22nd state to allow terminally ill patients the "right to try". A new state law says if you have a disease that is considered life ending, and you want to try a drug not yet approved by the FDA, under proper protocol you will be allowed to.

SCHOOLS & UNIVERSITIES

Lucky EdNC) — Years before Robin Williams took to his desk in Dead Poets Society to urge his students to “look at the world in a different way,” LaVerna Davis took a step from her chair to the top of an old wooden desk at Randleman Middle School.

EDITORIALS

McCrory ousts press—from press conference (Independent Weekly) — Ii what’s become something of a regular exercise, Gov. Pat McCrory abused his power last week when his henchmen directed PNC Arena henchmen to toss Lindsay Wagner, a reporter for the nonprofit N.C. Policy Watch, from the N.C. Business Committee for Education annual shindig.

NC GOP lawmaker rebukes Gov. McCrory, showing party’s divide (Raleigh News & Observer) — Republican leaders have basically ignored the governor, overriding his few vetoes and making it clear they don’t care for his input on even the most minor legislation.

Using Confederate flags as a cover for and expression of racism (Raleigh News & Observer column) — Lucinda H. MacKethan: There can be no question that the Confederate flag was for Dylann Roof a shield and a rallying cry for racism so repulsive that it is hard to see how anyone can look at this degraded symbol now without shame.

‘Little noticed’ budget items add up to big outrage for NC (Raleigh News & Observer) — The problem isn’t the merits of each idea, though most of them are clearly not in North Carolina’s best interests, but that any significant policy change deserves a full debate and an up or down vote that is impossible when they are part of a larger budget document that legislators in the majority are pressured by their leaders to support.

Time for independent redistricting panel (Wilmington Star-News) — The latest redrawing of North Carolina’s congressional districts has brought several lawsuits.