NCDP Clips 8/11

General Assembly News

NC GOP leader laughing about skirting campaign finance laws? He says it was a joke
N&O // Abbie Bennett // August 10, 2017

Summary: “A North Carolina Republican leader was accused of bragging about skirting campaign finance laws and laundering money through the party’s treasurer, but he said his comments were taken out of context and were clearly a joke. The N.C. Democratic Party sent an email to the media with an alleged audio recording of N.C. GOP Executive Director Dallas Woodhouse at the Red, White & BBQ event hosted by the Eastern Wake Republican Club in Knightdale.”

  • “When we need to take illegal cash under the table and when we need – I see none of the politicians are laughing – when we need to take the big liberal Hollywood elites’ money, nobody can help us hide it better than David (Cozart),” Woodhouse said. “Thank you; it was so hidden that even I was unable to find it or spend it.”
  • “Apparently, Dallas and North Carolina Republicans think our election laws are a laughing matter,” Kimberly Reynolds, the party’s executive director, said in a statement Thursday. “These comments could have been funny, except that he and his party have shown time and time again that they’ll break the rules when they don’t like them. These comments serve as yet another reminder of the NC GOP’s hypocrisy and disrespect for voters and state law.”

NC legislators OK redistricting rules. Democrats aren’t happy. 
N&O // Will Doran // August 10, 2017

Summary: “North Carolina’s legislative leaders adopted rules Thursday that they will use when drawing new election district lines, after 28 districts were ruled unconstitutional last year. The current lines were drawn in a way to unfairly disenfranchise black voters, federal courts found.”

  • “While the new rules allow map makers to consider past political results and the addresses of incumbents, one thing legislators prohibited themselves from considering was race.”

Redistricting criteria call for partisan redistricting, no consideration of race
WRAL // Travis Fain // August 10, 2017

Summary: “Map makers could use election data to achieve partisan goals, but would be forbidden from considering voters’ race, under redistricting criteria circulating this morning at a hearing on North Carolina’s court-mandated redraw of General Assembly districts.The potential criteria also prioritize protecting incumbents, saying map makers may make “reasonable efforts” to avoid drawing sitting legislators into the same district.”

N.C. remapping rules include election results but not race
News & Record // AP // August 10, 2017

Summary: “Past election results can be considered in drawing North Carolina’s new General Assembly districts later this month but not racial information about voters, according to ground rules Republicans pushed through redistricting committees Thursday. ”

Editorial: N.C. lawmakers draw voting districts again
Virginian Pilot // Editorial // August 11, 2017

Summary: “Most North Carolinians would rather be spending this month enjoying the ocean breezes along the Outer Banks or soaking in the sunshine atop a mountain outside Asheville. Unfortunately, their attention must instead be on the committee rooms at the General Assembly building in Raleigh, where lawmakers are quietly advancing a process that will determine representation for a significant portion of the Old North State.”

  • “Republican lawmakers were clear that the new maps will be drawn to maximize partisan advantage, using past elections data as a guide. That’s not illegal — at least not yet. The U.S. Supreme Court agreed in June to hear a Wisconsin case on that very subject, with arguments expected in October.”
  • Rep. David Lewis, a Harnett County Republican who chairs the House redistricting committee, famously said that he wanted the maps “to give a partisan advantage to 10 Republicans and three Democrats because I do not believe it’s possible to draw a map with 11 Republicans and two Democrats.””
  • “North Carolinians shouldn’t stand for it. The General Assembly is already expected to vote on the new districts in two weeks, and the public must make its voice heard between now and then. It’s a crooked process all but certain to produce crooked results. And while it may help the state GOP keep its hold on power, it promises to exact a considerable toll on the public’s trust in its government.”

As officials move to act, GenX turns political
Star News // Tim Buckland // August 10, 2017

Summary: “To almost nobody’s surprise, GenX has gotten political. ”

  • ” during his first visit, Cooper and Michael Regan, the N.C. Secretary of the Department of Environmental Quality, each said that the DEQ had been through “massive” cuts over the last several years, under which Republicans have controlled the House and Senate.”
  • “I was extremely disappointed when we went into that press conference and there was finger-pointing at the legislature over the cuts to the DEQ budget,” said N.C. Rep. Holly Grange, R-New Hanover. “I do think there’s a good chance that politics will come into play. And I think that’s unfortunate because this was a good opportunity for us to work together as a community.”

Moore blames overzealous lawyers for legal aid money cuts 
News & Record // Gary Robertson, AP // August 11, 2017

Summary: “Not only did North Carolina’s nonprofit legal aid groups see the General Assembly cut much of their state funding used to help poor clients with civil legal troubles, they were at a loss as to why it happened. Now a top legislator has disclosed some reasons. ”

  • “House Speaker Tim Moore, who acknowledges pushing for the reduction in the final state government budget approved in June, blamed, in part, reports he received of overzealous legal aid attorneys in housing cases for the provision. Legal aid groups are defending their work.”

More questions, more answers needed on worth of private school vouchers
WRAL // Editorial // August 11, 2017

Summary: “Anyone who might be looking for an assessment of or justification for North Carolina’s private school voucher program won’t find them in two new studies from N.C. State University…Again and again, the legislature has failed to provide even the most bare-boned requirements for accountability and transparency on the schools that receive taxpayer funds. At the same time, more and more money is being flooded into the unproven program — $44.8 million this year with growth to $144.8 million in 10 years. ”

  • “While the legislature won’t hold the schools that receive voucher funds accountable, we urge Gov. Roy Cooper to follow the example of former Gov. Jim Martin, who in 1985 ordered his budget director to review every pork barrel spending item in the state budget. Cooper should have his budget office assess whether the private schools getting state funds are proper businesses, appropriately accredited and using the funds as intended.”

Gov. Cooper News

‘I can’t accept the alternative’: Stein hopes lawmakers reconsider budget cut
News & Record // Kate Elizabeth Queram // August 10, 2017

Summary: “North Carolina Attorney General Josh Stein said Thursday he’s hopeful that state legislators will reconsider the last third of a $10 million budget cut to the N.C. Department of Justice. “I’m completely committed to finding a solution to this because I just can’t accept the alternative,” Stein said in an hourlong interview with News & Record editors and reporters. “And neither should the people.””

Our View: Don’t play politics with GenX mess
Fayetteville Observer // Editorial // August 10, 2017

Summary: “For longtime residents of the region, the concerns are especially troubling. The chemical is used in the manufacture of Teflon and has apparently flowed into the the Cape Fear from the plant, formerly DuPont, since somewhere around 1980. That’s going on 40 years. Chemours only recently agreed to prevent GenX from entering the river. What are the implications of such long-term ingestion? Is it safe to eat fish coming from the river? What about swimming? …Unfortunately, those aren’t the kind of questions that a group of seven Republican state senators asked Gov. Roy Cooper about the GenX situation in a letter they released Wednesday. Instead, they wanted to know whether federal subpoenas have been served on the governor’s office, as they were on the Department of Environmental Quality.”

  • “We’re having a hard time seeing this confrontational approach as anything but an attempt by the senators to turn the GenX pollution story into a political football. We certainly saw no such grilling of Gov. Pat McCrory when a coal-ash impoundment burst at a Duke Energy plant in Eden and turned the bed of the Dan River a slimy gray. “
  • “We hope this ad hoc Senate delegation uses some common sense here and initiates an effective, bipartisan effort to give the people some answers — and some clean water. Those found playing politics with what may be a life-and-death threat may pay dearly for it at the polls next year. And they should.”

Key Targets News – House

Brenden Jones

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Larry Yarborough

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Mike Clampitt

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John Bradford

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Bill Brawley

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Nelson Dollar

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Chris Malone

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Susan Martin

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Gregory Murphy

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John Szoka

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Stephen Ross

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Andy Dulin

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John Blust

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Jonathan Jordan

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Michele Presnell

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Beverly Boswell

Residents tell state again: ‘No drilling off our coast!’
Outer Banks Voice // Russ Lay // August 11, 2017

Summary: “The North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality its third and final public hearing to Manteo Thursday on a proposed federal oil and gas leasing program along the Atlantic coast. And the crowd of 124 people, including 34 who spoke publicly, delivered a strong message to the hearing’s panel members — drilling and seismic testing off the North Carolina coast is not wanted.”

  • “One other theme mentioned by several speakers was their inability to contact or hear back from federal and state elected representatives. None of the area’s representatives, which include U.S. Walter Jones, state Sen. Bill Cook and state Rep. Beverly Boswell were in attendance, nor were any of their staff members.”

John Sauls

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Donny Lambeth

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Linda Hunt Williams

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Scott Stone

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Larry Pittman

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John Faircloth

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Dennis Riddell

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Ted Davis

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John Hardister

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Dana Bumgardner

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Bob Steinburg

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Linda Johnson

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David Lewis

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George Cleveland

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Debra Conrad

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Mark Brody

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Michael Speciale

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Donna White

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Holly Grange

As officials move to act, GenX turns political
Star News // Tim Buckland // August 10, 2017

Summary: “To almost nobody’s surprise, GenX has gotten political. ”

  • ” during his first visit, Cooper and Michael Regan, the N.C. Secretary of the Department of Environmental Quality, each said that the DEQ had been through “massive” cuts over the last several years, under which Republicans have controlled the House and Senate.”
  • “I was extremely disappointed when we went into that press conference and there was finger-pointing at the legislature over the cuts to the DEQ budget,” said N.C. Rep. Holly Grange, R-New Hanover. “I do think there’s a good chance that politics will come into play. And I think that’s unfortunate because this was a good opportunity for us to work together as a community.”

Bert Jones

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Key Target News – Senate

Tamara Barringer

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John Alexander

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Chad Barefoot

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Wesley Meredith

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Trudy Wade

Republicans question Cooper on GenX
Coastal Review Online // Staff // August 10, 2017

Summary: “Republican senators in the North Carolina General Assembly, including several from coastal counties, are questioning Gov. Roy Cooper’s recent request for $2.6 million for water quality monitoring and health studies related to the presence of the little-understood GenX compound in the Cape Fear River and the Wilmington area’s drinking water supply. The senators suggest that Cooper’s actions on GenX are simply moves to improve public relations.”

  • “Seven senators signed the letter released late Wednesday, including coastal legislators Sen. Bill Cook, R-Beaufort; Sen. Mike Lee, R-New Hanover; Sen. Bill Rabon, R-Brunswick; Sen. Norm Sanderson, R-Pamlico; and the co-chairs of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, Natural, and Economic Resources, Sen. Rick Gunn, R-Alamance and Sen. Trudy Wade, R-Guilford.”

Michael Lee

Republicans question Cooper on GenX
Coastal Review Online // Staff // August 10, 2017

Summary: “Republican senators in the North Carolina General Assembly, including several from coastal counties, are questioning Gov. Roy Cooper’s recent request for $2.6 million for water quality monitoring and health studies related to the presence of the little-understood GenX compound in the Cape Fear River and the Wilmington area’s drinking water supply. The senators suggest that Cooper’s actions on GenX are simply moves to improve public relations.”

  • “Seven senators signed the letter released late Wednesday, including coastal legislators Sen. Bill Cook, R-Beaufort; Sen. Mike Lee, R-New Hanover; Sen. Bill Rabon, R-Brunswick; Sen. Norm Sanderson, R-Pamlico; and the co-chairs of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, Natural, and Economic Resources, Sen. Rick Gunn, R-Alamance and Sen. Trudy Wade, R-Guilford.”

Jeff Tarte

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Danny Britt

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Bill Cook

Residents tell state again: ‘No drilling off our coast!’
Outer Banks Voice // Russ Lay // August 11, 2017

Summary: “The North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality its third and final public hearing to Manteo Thursday on a proposed federal oil and gas leasing program along the Atlantic coast. And the crowd of 124 people, including 34 who spoke publicly, delivered a strong message to the hearing’s panel members — drilling and seismic testing off the North Carolina coast is not wanted.”

  • “One other theme mentioned by several speakers was their inability to contact or hear back from federal and state elected representatives. None of the area’s representatives, which include U.S. Walter Jones, state Sen. Bill Cook and state Rep. Beverly Boswell were in attendance, nor were any of their staff members.”

Republicans question Cooper on GenX
Coastal Review Online // Staff // August 10, 2017

Summary: “Republican senators in the North Carolina General Assembly, including several from coastal counties, are questioning Gov. Roy Cooper’s recent request for $2.6 million for water quality monitoring and health studies related to the presence of the little-understood GenX compound in the Cape Fear River and the Wilmington area’s drinking water supply. The senators suggest that Cooper’s actions on GenX are simply moves to improve public relations.”

  • “Seven senators signed the letter released late Wednesday, including coastal legislators Sen. Bill Cook, R-Beaufort; Sen. Mike Lee, R-New Hanover; Sen. Bill Rabon, R-Brunswick; Sen. Norm Sanderson, R-Pamlico; and the co-chairs of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, Natural, and Economic Resources, Sen. Rick Gunn, R-Alamance and Sen. Trudy Wade, R-Guilford.”

Dan Bishop

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Jim Davis

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