NCDP Clips for Wednesday. June 24, 2015


NCDP Clips for Monday, June 24, 2015

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LEGISLATURE 2015

Lawmakers Prepare for Lengthy Budget Negotiation (TWCN-TV) — Before it starts, the House Finance Committee is digging into the expansive proposal they were sent by the Senate. There are a lot of questions, and a lot of concern.

450,000 North Carolinians could lose health care subsidies (Independent Weekly) — King vs. Burwell could cripple the Affordable Care Act

NC House Democrats say marriage bill override is ‘null and void’ (Raleigh News & Observer) — N.C. House Democrats filed a formal complaint Tuesday arguing that the veto override of a bill exempting magistrates from marriage duties should be “null and void.”

House Democrats protest SB 2 veto override tactics (AP) — More than 40 Democrats in the N.C. House have signed a formal protest complaining how Republicans got legislation passed that exempts some court officials from performing gay marriage duties based on religious objections.

N.C. lawmakers finalize medical treatment, foster care bills (AP) — Two pieces of legislation designed to provide hope to children in foster care and for people diagnosed with life-ending illnesses are heading to North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory’s desk.

AARP seeks medical deduction return (WRAL-TV) — As the House voted Tuesday to formally reject the Senate’s budget proposal, advocates for senior citizens urged Senate leaders toward the House position on the restoration of the state tax deduction for medical expenses.

Rate of uninsured falls in N.C., but is still higher than many other states (Triangle Business Journal) — Fewer North Carolinians went without health insurance in 2014 than at any point since the implementation of Obamacare, according to figures released Tuesday by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

NCGA Budgets Make Cuts in Biotech Funding (N.C. Health News) — Cuts in both the House and Senate budgets have members of the biotechnology industry concerned.

North Carolina Legislature could gut lake, river protections (Weekly Inddpendent) — Bill would allow developers clear land right up to the shoreline

POLICY & POLITICS

Kay Hagan Won’t Challenge Richard Burr in 2016 (Roll Call) — Former North Carolina Sen. Kay Hagan will not be mounting a challenge to her former GOP colleague, Sen. Richard M. Burr.

Governors Seek to Curb Confederate Flag License Plates (Wall Street Journal) — Governors in four states on Tuesday said they want images of the Confederate flag removed from motor-vehicle license plates, following last week’s South Carolina church shootings and a Supreme Court ruling giving states control of what auto tags say. One by one, the governors of Virginia, North Carolina, Maryland and Tennessee said they favored taking the emblem off state specialty license plates.

NC NAACP president to lead Bible study on love, justice (AP) — The president of the state chapter of the NAACP is holding a Bible study about love and justice to commemorate the deaths of nine people shot to death at a church in Charleston, South Carolina.

Confederate monument marked with ‘Black Lives Matter’ (AP) — Asheville police are investigating the defacing of a monument commemorating the life of Zebulon Vance, a former North Carolina governor and senator following the Civil War.

NASCAR backs moves on Confederate flag (AP) — NASCAR issued a statementTuesday backing South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley’s call to remove the Confederate flag from the Statehouse grounds in the wake of the Charleston church massacre.

Confederate flag quietly flies atop NC Capitol two days a year (Raleigh News & Observer) — While the Confederate battle flag continues to roil passions in South Carolina and around the country, another Confederate flag has quietly flown atop North Carolina’s Capitol twice a year for decades.

Turning the Tide on a Symbol of the South (Wall Street Journal) — The South’s fraught relationship with the Confederate battle flag is changing rapidly following the apparent embrace of the symbol by the South Carolina church shooting suspect.

Confederate Symbols in Retreat (Inside Higher Ed) — Citadel seeks to move its flag; 3 statues vandalized amid debate at UT Austin; U of Mississippi chancellor calls for state flag to change.

#CharlestonSyllabus: A Reading List to Contextualize the Massacre (New York Times) — Times resources to add to #CharlestonSyllabus, a crowdsourced collection that contextualizes the history of racial violence in the United States and race relations in South Carolina and the country in general

Shelby police dashcam video shows Charleston shooting suspect’s arrest (Charlotte Observer) — Shelby police on Monday released the dashcam video of the arrest of Dylann Storm Roof, the 21-year-old white man accused of fatally shooting nine people at a Bible study at the historically black Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston.

Congressional Democrats to introduce new Voting Rights Act fix (Washington Post) — The measure would initially affect 13 states.

NC treasurer highlights new buyers for Homeownership Month (AP) — North Carolina’s state treasurer is highlighting resources available for people who hope to purchase their own homes as part of her recognition of June as Homeownership Month.