NCDP Clips for Wednesday, May 27th, 2015

NCDP Clips for Wednesday, May 27th, 2015

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LEGISLATURE 2015

Full plate on big issues before NC legislature Wednesday (AP) — Some of the most contested and impassioned issues of this year’s North Carolina General Assembly are coming up for debate.

‘Moral Monday’ protests plan for return to NC legislature (AP) — Medicaid expansion and environmental justice issues will be on the minds of demonstrators coming to the Legislative Building once again to protest policies originating from Republicans in charge of North Carolina government.

Marriage exemption for magistrates to get NC House vote (Raleigh News & Observer) — A controversial bill to exempt magistrates from performing wedding duties will make its first appearance in an N.C. House committee Wednesday afternoon.

House bill extending NC abortion wait period heard in Senate (AP) — A House proposal to add rules on abortion in North Carolina is getting more debate in the Senate.

McCrory Signs Burt’s Law (Jacksonville Daily News) — Gov. Pat McCrory signed Senate Bill 445, also known as Burt’s Law, into law today. The governor signed the bill at a ceremony with Burt Powell, his parents, Laurie and Tom Powell, bill sponsors and Lt. Gov. Dan Forest. “It is our responsibility to protect those who cannot defend themselves,” McCrory said. “What happened to Burt is heartbreaking, but because of his bravery, Burt’s Law will work to ensure the safety of group home residents in the future.”

Group Home Money Allegedly Hidden in House Budget (N.C. Health News) — Group home providers are being told there’s money to support their residents with mental health disabilities, but the fix hasn’t been spelled out.

Former lawmaker John Kerr dies (Raleigh News & Observer) — Former longtime NC legislator John Hosea Kerr III died Sunday following a period of declining health.

SC legislators send Tar Heels packing, 66-63 (Raleigh News & Observer) — While the Tar Heel legislators held their own until the end, the South Carolina General Assembly team took the coveted basketball trophy. The Palmetto State won 66-63 Tuesday night on their home court in Columbia.

POLICY & POLITICS

Protestors to call on McCrory to veto ‘Ag-Gag (WTVD-TV) –A group of about 50 protestors plans to gather outside Gov. Pat McCrory’s office Wednesday to urge him to veto North Carolina House Bill 405 – also known as the "Ag-Gag" bill.

Gov. Pat McCrory: Sad, irrelevant (Weekly Independent) — The governor has no record on creating growth or jobs

Hot new trend: Running for your old seat in a better cycle (Washington Post) — If voting trends continue the way they have been, this might increasingly be what Congress looks like: Democrats getting elected in presidential years, Republicans replacing them two years later — and then the cycle starting over again. Consider: The rumor of the day is that former North Carolina senator Kay Hagan (D) is considering a comeback in 2016. Hagan, you might recall, was unseated by Republican Thom Tillis in one of the closest Senate races last year — during the election that brought Guinta back to the House and that swept Republicans to power in the Senate.

Feds: NC food stamp approval among slowest in nation (WRAL-TV) — The federal government is again threatening to withdraw operational funding for North Carolina’s food stamp program – this time over the speed at which the state health agency is approving applications.

21 Former Legislators Join Board of Advisors for NC Main Street Democrats (N.C. Political News) — The NC Main Street Democrats announced today that 21 former Democrat state senators and state representatives have agreed to serve

EDITORIALS

You swore an oath; uphold it (Charlotte Observer) — N.C. magistrates can’t choose which members of the public they’d like to serve.

Legislators go to bat for call center (Rocky Mount Telegram) — Lawmakers from both parties stepped up last week for the good of the Twin Counties.

NC ag-gag bill would mean shooting the messenger (Raleigh News & Observer column) — Supporters say it protects businesses from activist groups that could have an undercover employee reveal damaging information. This bill targets those who reveal illegal activity that could harm workers or the public. We should be encouraging such revelations.