NCDP Clips 8/7

General Assembly News

These NC politicians switched parties, too
N&O // Matthew Adams // August 4, 2017

Summary: “Justice’s defection – leaving just 15 of 50 states with Democratic governors – may have surprised some, but North Carolina is familiar with party switchers. Many Democrats became Republicans as the parties’ platforms shifted in the second half of the 20th century, including Jesse Helms in 1970, two years before he was elected to the U.S. Senate. Other Tar Heel politicians who switched parties include:”

At gun-rights demonstration, NC General Assembly police unmask a rhinoceros
N&O // Colin Campbell // August 4, 2017

Summary: “A group of gun rights activists – some of them dressed in rhinoceros costumes – held a rally outside the legislature Thursday calling on N.C. Senate Republicans to pass legislation loosening gun permit requirements. They vowed to fight Republicans who don’t support the bill in the 2018 election.”

Public outcry on plan for new voting maps: Drop the political partisanship
WRAL // Travis Fain // August 4, 2017

Summary: “Lawmakers drawing new election maps under a federal court order heard a steady drumbeat from the public Friday on the process that will guide these new lines: Drop the partisanship and deliver maps untethered from political goals.”

  • “After the hearing, Redistricting Chairman David Lewis said he heard a lot of frustration, and some confusion, about how maps have been drawn in the past. He did not deny a partisan push. Lewis, R-Harnett, was bald-faced about this last year, when Republicans baked into the criteria for new congressional maps that they’d need to elect 10 Republicans out of 13 seats.”

Speakers want less politics in redrawn N Carolina districts 
Greensboro // Gary Robertson // August 4, 2017

Summary: “Critics of Republican maps of North Carolina legislative districts struck down by federal courts are pleading with GOP lawmakers to leave out partisan considerations when they draw new boundaries and approve them this month. ”

  • “Nearly all of the 30 speakers at a General Assembly redistricting committee meeting Friday lamented the current maps approved in 2011. They asked GOP committee leaders to ignore past election results and where incumbents live when new boundaries are created so more legislative elections are competitive.”

NC lawmaker responds to ‘rumor that red maps have been drawn already’ to correct gerrymanders
N&O // Anne Blythe // August 4, 2017

Summary: “Throughout a legislative redistricting committee meeting on Friday, people pleading for legislators to take the partisanship out of map drawing questioned whether new district lines had been drawn to meet a court order but not yet revealed to the public. ”

  • “I can assure you that no maps have been drawn at my direction,” Lewis said, adding that he had not drawn any maps. “Nor am I aware of any other entity operating in conjunction with the leadership that has drawn maps.”

NC Republican leaders slams Democrats for ‘murdering blacks in Wilmington’ 
N&O // Abbie Bennet // August 6, 2017

Summary: “A North Carolina Republican leader on Sunday slammed Democrats for “murdering blacks” when he referenced the 1898 Wilmington Race Riot in several tweets. NCGOP executive director Dallas Woodhouse was responding to a tweet from the N.C. Democratic Party about the anniversary of the Voting Rights Act.”

‘We are done with your pettiness’
N&O // Video // August 4, 2017

Summary: “James Wood, a 19-year-old Raleigh resident, shook his finger at legislators on Friday Aug. 4, 2017, during a joint committee of the N.C. state House and Senate select redistricting committee. He urged the lawmakers to draw fair maps to correct 28 districts found by the federal court to be unconstitutional racial gerrymanders. ”

Rep. Lewis answers questions about new legislative district maps 
N&O // Video // August 4, 2017

Summary: “David Lewis, chairman of the state House Select Committee on Redistricting, responds to questions about whether Republicans have maps drawn that have not been shared with the public. ”

Dallas Woodhouse speaks at public forum on redrawing districts 
N&O // Anne Blythe – Video // August 4, 2017

Summary: “Dallas Woodhouse, NC Republican Party executive director, offers guidance to lawmakers at a redistricting hearing on criteria for drawing new legislative districts to fix unconstitutional gerrymanders.”

Six months, six things: A look at NC campaign fundraising 
WRAL // Travis Fain // August 6, 2017

Summary: “Campaign finance disclosures for North Carolina politicians were due to the state early last week, and there are lots of them. A query of the State Board of Elections and Ethics Enforcement’s online repository turns up more than $16.5 million that was either donated or changed hands between political campaigns between Jan. 1 and June 30. On the off chance you have not had time to review these records, we breezed through a few of them for you.”

  • “Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger‘s disclosure offers examples. His campaign raised about $357,600 during session, presumably not from lobbyists or lobbyist principals. “

Weekly Wrap: New maps yet again, overrides that didn’t happen
WRAL // Laura Leslie and Travis Fain // August 4, 2017

Summary: “Little happened as expected this week at the North Carolina General Assembly. The special session was supposed to be the veto override session, but with so many legislators out of town, the legislature didn’t have the necessary votes needed for the overrides. Those votes will likely happen when they return in two weeks.”

Gerrymandering hearings are important 
N&O // Editorial // August 6, 2017

Summary: “even though Republicans likely have their new maps in a drawer already, it doesn’t appear leaders are eager to invite public discussion in hearings. They’ve yet to announce any hearings, even though the court deadline for new maps is Sept. 1 and GOP leaders say they’ll vote on Aug. 24 or 25. ”

  • “The long and winding road in the courts of the GOP-drawn maps – clearly geared with the main objective being to give the party an advantage in future elections by packing African-American voters into a few districts and thus diminishing their power in others – has been bumpy and embarrassing.”
  • “They have earned feedback, plenty of it.”

NC citizens will be hurt by cuts to AG
N&O // Editorial // August 5, 2017

Summary: “The last-minute nature of a $10 million cut to the state attorney general’s office was one clue that this was a petty, purely partisan maneuver on the part of Republican leaders of the General Assembly. So was the round figure, bespeaking an arbitrary number that GOP lawmakers wanted to impose just because they could.  ”

  • “This cut is serious, and it will have serious consequences for every resident of North Carolina. Yes, make no mistake: In their zeal to hurt Stein, Republicans laid waste to the AG’s office in a way that will hurt the prosecution of criminals, the enforcement of regulations protecting the environment and important to average residents, will weaken the consumer protections the AG enforces.”
  • “the GOP has shaken one of the cornerstones of good government and good law in North Carolina.”

The hidden cost of vouchers
N&O // Editorial // August 4, 2017

Summary: “When they passed the ill-conceived program to hand taxpayers’ money to lower-income people to pay for private schools for their children, Republican lawmakers didn’t bother to point out the fine print – that the $4,200 maximum might not cover expenses such as food and transportation. And it also doesn’t cover the full tuition of private schools, many of which are church-affiliated. ”

  • “There’s a cynical side to this entire program as well. Yes, the $4,200 can cover a lot of expense at small church schools, for example, but wealthy Republicans aren’t going to see any of the Opportunity Scholarship recipients in the state’s most exclusive private schools, the ones that cater to wealthy families. Tuition in those schools is often $20,000 and above.”
  • “Parents with kids in public schools where arts and physical education programs are threatened, where the best teachers are leaving the profession to earn a better living, might point directly to Republicans in the General Assembly as the culprits.”
  • “This voucher program was little more than a slap at public schools, which Republicans have targeted since taking control of the General Assembly in 2011.”

Our Viewpoint: NCGA’s pitiful stall tactics only delay justice
Asheville Citizen-Times // Editorial // August 7, 2017

Summary: “North Carolina voters got less than half a loaf from three federal judges last week. The decision was just one more step in tweaking an election system that is hopelessly broken. ”

  • “Quite simply, the effect of the most recent court ruling is to leave half of North Carolina’s people effectively without a voice in state government until 2019. We understand the cost and confusion that would result from multiple elections next year, but the price is little enough to pay for fair representation.”

Judges: Let voters have a say in all our District Court races 
Charlotte Observer // Special to the Observer Editorial board // August 5, 2017

Summary: “House Bill 717 proposes to end this decades-long practice of countywide elections, fundamentally altering how judges are elected to the district court bench. Sponsored by Rep. Justin Burr and co-sponsored by Rep. Scott Stone, HB717 divides Mecklenburg County into two judicial districts, 25A and 25B. ”

  • “One of our primary concerns about the impact of HB717 is that voters who live in 25B will be unable to cast ballots for a majority of district court judges elected to the bench.”
  • “Added to this redistricting proposal is the fact that partisanship will return to district court judicial races. It took years to reach consensus that party affiliation has nothing to do with how a district court judge rules in domestic violence, juvenile, criminal cases and family law cases. But recent legislation has paved the way for party labels to make their way back into district court judicial races beginning in the 2018 electoral cycle.”
  • “Our bench has developed unity and cohesion over time, providing justice in a fair and impartial forum that is reflective of the members of the community that we serve.”

Gov. Cooper News

NC governor orders flags lowered, online campaigns raise thousands for families of fallen paratroopers
Fayetteville Observer // Drew Brooks // August 4, 2017

Summary: “Gov. Roy Cooper has ordered flags at state facilities lowered to half-staff in tribute to two Fort Bragg soldiers who were killed in Afghanistan this week.”

Reinforcements for NC’s beleaguered environmental regulators
Star News // Kevin Maurer and Adam Wagner // August 5, 2017

Summary: “In the wake of GenX Gov. Cooper wants to bulk up NC’s environmental agency, but the General Assembly might not agree”

  • “We don’t need an environmental disaster to get the General Assembly to provide the resources that the department needs,” Cooper told the StarNews. “We should be in prevention mode, and that means making sure that we’ve got the people to do the job.”

Busy legislative schedule sidelines GenX-related water talks
Star News // Adam Wagner // August 4, 2017

Summary: “A hectic Thursday kept local legislators and state officials from holding a scheduled meeting in Raleigh to discuss the specifics of Gov. Roy Cooper’s planned funding request to address water quality concerns raised by Wilmington’s GenX dilemma. ”

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

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John Sauls

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Donny Lambeth

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Linda Hunt Williams

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Scott Stone

Judges: Let voters have a say in all our District Court races 
Charlotte Observer // Special to the Observer Editorial board // August 5, 2017

Summary: “House Bill 717 proposes to end this decades-long practice of countywide elections, fundamentally altering how judges are elected to the district court bench. Sponsored by Rep. Justin Burr and co-sponsored by Rep. Scott Stone, HB717 divides Mecklenburg County into two judicial districts, 25A and 25B. ”

  • “One of our primary concerns about the impact of HB717 is that voters who live in 25B will be unable to cast ballots for a majority of district court judges elected to the bench.”
  • “Added to this redistricting proposal is the fact that partisanship will return to district court judicial races. It took years to reach consensus that party affiliation has nothing to do with how a district court judge rules in domestic violence, juvenile, criminal cases and family law cases. But recent legislation has paved the way for party labels to make their way back into district court judicial races beginning in the 2018 electoral cycle.”
  • “Our bench has developed unity and cohesion over time, providing justice in a fair and impartial forum that is reflective of the members of the community that we serve.”

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

Rep. Lewis answers questions about new legislative district maps 
N&O // Video // August 4, 2017

Summary: “David Lewis, chairman of the state House Select Committee on Redistricting, responds to questions about whether Republicans have maps drawn that have not been shared with the public.”

NC lawmaker responds to ‘rumor that red maps have been drawn already’ to correct gerrymanders
N&O // Anne Blythe // August 4, 2017

Summary: “Throughout a legislative redistricting committee meeting on Friday, people pleading for legislators to take the partisanship out of map drawing questioned whether new district lines had been drawn to meet a court order but not yet revealed to the public. ”

  • “I can assure you that no maps have been drawn at my direction,” Lewis said, adding that he had not drawn any maps. “Nor am I aware of any other entity operating in conjunction with the leadership that has drawn maps.”

Redistricting committee gets (mostly) unfriendly reception at hearing 
Bladen Journal // Dan Way // August 7, 2017

Summary: “All but one of the 29 speakers at Friday’s public hearing of a joint legislative redistricting committee encouraged and admonished Republican lawmakers to dramatically alter the way North Carolina’s electoral districts are drawn. They used quotes from the Bible, state constitution, and Pledge of Allegiance to get their points across. Some even called for redistricting committee chairman Rep. David Lewis, R-Harnett, and Sen. Ralph Hise, R-Mitchell, to recuse themselves from committee work.

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

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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

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Michael Lee

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Jeff Tarte

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Danny Britt

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Bill Cook

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Dan Bishop

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Jim Davis

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NCDP News / Mentions

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