NCDP Clips for Wednesday, March 9th, 2016
ANGRY WHITE MALES PROPEL TRUMP—AND SANDERS (Wall Steet Journal) — Tuesday’s primary elections underscored an emerging, central reality of the 2016 campaign: This is the year of the angry white male, writes Gerald F. Seib. Donald Trump, and also Bernie Sanders, have benefited.
HILLARY CLINTON TO VISIT TWO TRIANGLE SCHOOLS (WRAL-TV) — Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton plans to make campaign stops at two Triangle high schools on Thursday.
TRADE, JOBS, KEY TO VICTORY FOR SANDERS, NOW TO N.C. (New York Times) – Hillary Clinton is competing hard in Illinois, Missouri and Ohio, as well as in Florida and North Carolina, which also vote Tuesday. Her aides are confident that even if she loses the three Midwestern states to Mr. Sanders, she could still come away with more delegates that night, because her victories in Florida and North Carolina would most likely be bigger than his in the other states.
MCCRORY’S 2-MONTH CAMPAIGN MONEY HAUL LESS THAN COOPER’S (AP) — Republican Gov. Pat McCrory has been outraised by likely general election rival Roy Cooper for the third consecutive reporting period set by the State Board of Elections.
GOVERNOR CANDIDATES Q&A, MCCRORY DOESN’T REPLY (Greenville Daily Reflector) – Gov. Pat McCrory didn’t respond when the Daily Reflector asked candidates in the March 15 primary to answer a survey outlining their qualifications. There are responses from the four Republican and Democratic candidates running for governor. Republicans McCrory and Charles Kenneth Moss did not respond.
MCCRORY WARNS WAKE GOP OF BATTLE AHEAD (Raleigh News & Observer) — Gov. Pat McCrory found an enthusiastic audience at the State Fairgrounds on Tuesday evening, as he rallied the Wake County GOP at its annual convention. McCrory wrapped up the speech by bringing up the controversy over transgender people using the restroom of their choice, spurred by the Charlotte City Council’s recent anti-discrimination ordinance. He said it was the kind of ordinance “we never would have dreamed about in the state of North Carolina — California-type regulations,” which would change the basic standards of decency and privacy.”
$165 MILLION IN SEARCH OF A GOP CLEAN-ENERGY CANDIDATE (Bloomberg News) – Charlotte’s Jay Faison would like to put his $165 million where his mouth is on clean energy policy. There’s only one problem for the technology entrepreneur trying to rally support for free-market, clean-energy policies: None of the GOP presidential candidates speak his language. Ted Cruz says the Earth hasn’t warmed in 18 years; Donald Trump dismisses the risks, saying scientists once warned of global cooling; and Marco Rubio is certain human activity isn’t the cause of climate change.
IS TED CRUZ TRENDING? COMPLETE RESULTS OF WRAL NEWS POLL (WRAL-TV) — Ted Cruz may be closing in on Donald Trump in North Carolina, in the Republican primary for President of the United States, according to the latest poll commissioned by WRAL-TV in Raleigh. During the first half of interviewing for this survey, before the results of the 03/05/16 Kansas, Maine, Kentucky, and Louisiana Republican contests were known, Cruz polled at 23%. After news of Cruz’s strong Saturday showing had been digested, Cruz polled at 33%. During the same period, Trump’s support softened ever-so-slightly, from 42% to 39%. Rubio’s support declined from 16% to 11% and John Kasich’s support crept 3 points higher.
OTHER WRAL POLL STORIES:
- Trump, Clinton poised to win NC
- Voters favor McCrory, Cooper tilt for governor
- Many still undecided in US Senate contests
PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE TED CRUZ MAKES STOP IN RALEIGH (TWCN-TV) — Presidential candidate Ted Cruz appeared at Calvary Baptist Church in Raleigh Tuesday. It was part of a sit-down interview event with Fox News.
CRUZ PACKS RALEIGH CHURCH, BLASTS TRUMP (Raleigh News & Observer) — Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz had strong words for front-runner Donald Trump as he taped a Fox News interview with Megyn Kelly in front of an enthusiastic Wake County crowd Tuesday afternoon.
N.C. STATE ATTORNEYS DEFEND NEW CONGRESS MAP (AP) — North Carolina’s updated congressional map complies with a trial court ruling that race played too large a role in previous lines and should be used for upcoming elections, according to state attorneys defending the new boundaries.
COOPER UNVEILS EDUCATION PLAN AP) — Attorney General Roy Cooper rolled out a public education agenda for his governor’s race Tuesday, vowing if elected to seek to raise teacher salaries to at least the national average, boost pre-kindergarten funding and help ease student loan debt burdens.
COOPER CALLS FOR MAKING COMMUNITY COLLEGES TUITION FREE (WNCN-TV) — North Carolina should work toward making community colleges tuition free, says Attorney General Roy Cooper, who is running for the Democratic nomination for governor.
STATE OFFICIALS TALK BONDS AND JOBS AT GREENSBORO EVENT (Greensboro News & Record) — The Connect NC bond could create 4,200 construction and related jobs in the Triad.
#MCCRORY’S POTTY POLITICS
BERGER NAMES GROUP TO ADDRESS CHARLOTTE LGBT ORDINANCE (WFAE-FM) — Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger on Tuesday named a group of 10 senators as well as Lt. Gov. Dan Forest to work with House lawmakers to explore legislative ways to overturn the ordinance.
MCCRORY TO MAKE ELECTION BATTLE OF THE BATHROOMS (Raleigh News & Observer) – Gov. Pat McCrory wrapped up the speech to the Wake County GOP by bringing up the controversy over transgender people using the restroom of their choice, spurred by the Charlotte City Council’s recent anti-discrimination ordinance. He said it was the kind of ordinance “we never would have dreamed about in the state of North Carolina — California-type regulations,” which would change the basic standards of decency and privacy.”
CITY OFFICIALS: ASHEVILLE DOESN’T NEED CHARLOTTE-STYLE LGBT ORDINANCE (Asheville Citizen-Times) — City Council members said Tuesday they don’t intend to pass a nondiscrimination ordinance such as Charlotte’s, which has focused national attention on that city for guaranteeing transgender people the right to the bathroom of their choice.
POLICY & POLITICS
NC APPEALS COURT HEARS CASE ON MCCRORY POLITICAL APPOINTEES (AP) — The state Court of Appeals is looking at a North Carolina law that expanded the number of state employees Gov. Pat McCrory could hire and fire at will without recourse to disputing whether the move was fair.
HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS STILL FALL INTO ‘MEDICAID GAP’ IN N.C. (Charlotte Observer) — There are hundreds of thousands of North Carolinians whose incomes are too low to qualify for a subsidy, and because they’re not disabled and don’t have small children, don’t qualify for coverage under the state’s Medicaid program for low-income and disabled residents.
DAY AT NC DMV: WAITING, WAITING, WAITING AND WAITING (Raleigh News & Observer column) — While sitting here (for better than an hour and a half), I read a news release from the NCDMV with Gov. Pat McCrory praising the customer service improvements and the reduced wait times. It’s dated May 1, 2014. Well, it’s almost two years later, and I’m not sure the plans for improved customer service have been realized.
BURR LEGISLATION TO MAKE IT EASIER FOR VETS TO GET CARE OUTSIDE V.A. (Fayetteville Observer) — North Carolina’s senior senator is hoping to improve veterans’ care with new legislation that would make it easier for them to get care outside the VA.
SCHOOLS & UNIVERSITIES
TEACHER SHORTAGE CONCERNS PENDER SCHOOL BOARD (Wilmington Star-News) — The board said as the teacher pool shrinks, they will need to be able to provide greater incentives in order to recruit high quality educators.
MELDING LONGFORM JOURNALISM, MULTIMEDIA TO TELL N.C. STORIES (UNC News) — Carolina alumni Sandra Davidson, Baxter Miller and Ryan Stancil have put so many miles on their Yukon SUV’s odometer that they’ve driven it “out of commission” on their travels across the Old North State. As they chronicle North Carolina stories for their digital publication, Bit & Grain, their car trips are filled with music, thoughtful conversation, two dogs and — more often than not — barbecue.
BRODY, VIDANT APPROACH FURTHER ALIGNMENT (Greenville Daily Reflector) — Vidant Health and East Carolina University’s Brody School of Medicine on Tuesday informed employees they intend to fully align all clinical operations at the two entities in what officials hope will become a national model for providing rural health care.
ENERGY & ENVIRONMENT
FAISON SEEKS PARTISAN PATH TO GOP SUPPORT FOR CLEAN ENERGY (Charlotte Business Journal) — Charlotte entrepreneur Jay Faison says he has raised $2 million for what he intends to make a $5 million SuperPAC to push Republicans to support clean energy issues in Congressional campaigns across the country. Faison says the political action committee, ClearPath Action, has made no contributions to any campaigns as yet. But he expects to announce contributions soon.
CHARLOTTE MOGUL DANGLES DOLLARS TO LURE GOP TO CLEAN-ENERGY AGENDA (McCLatchy Newspapers) — Charlotte, North Carolina, entrepreneur Jay Faison, who has plunged $165 million of his fortune into the fight against climate change, said Tuesday that his foundation is launching a $1 million Internet campaign to sway fellow Republicans to join in a conservative clean-energy agenda. Faison also moved to raise his profile.
CLEAN ENERGY EQUALS GOOD BUSINESS, SAY ENTREPRENEURS (Independent Weekly) In case our state’s self-proclaimed "pro-business" lawmakers doubt that clean energy is important to the state’s business leaders, the N.C. League of Conservation Voters decided to help them out. Last week, the NCLCV convened a panel of North Carolina entrepreneurs at N.C. State’s JC Raulston Arboretum to discuss the benefits of the federal Clean Power Plan to the state’s industries.
NC LEADERS TRY TO GET BEYOND THE BICKERING (Raleigh News & Observer column) – Leslie Winner, Fritz Mayer, associate dean of Duke’s Sanford School of Public Policy and John Hood began planning a way to bring a political cross-section of North Carolina leaders together in an informal setting to talk about the state’s problems. Invitations to join the group – called The North Carolina Leadership Forum – were sent out. And so about 30 people met last Thursday and Friday at the Durham campus. Among the listed participants were business leaders such as Brad Wilson of Blue Cross & Blue Shield and Ann Goodnight of SAS, and political leaders such as state Sen. Andy Wells, former state Sen. Pete Brunstetter and state Sen. Jeff Jackson.
PAY TEACHERS BETTER (Greensboro News & Record) — News & Record reporter Marquita Brown’s look inside a classroom at Northeast Guilford Middle School Monday introduced readers to a creative and committed math teacher who’s making a difference in the lives of her students.