NCDP Clips 11/8

Today’s daily clips from the NCDP


Senate panel on judiciary’s future considering proposed maps
WRAL // November 8, 2017

Summary: “A proposal by North Carolina House Republicans to redo election districts for trial court judges and local prosecutors is getting a first formal look from the Senate. A Senate committee created to consider the redrawn lines and other potential judicial election changes meets for the first time Wednesday.”

Don’t price national parks out of reach
Star News // Editorial // November 8, 2017

Summary: “Those sky-high admission fees for U.S. national parks you might have heard about won’t affect any of the parks around here. The National Park Service’s Oct. 24 proposal included no federal parks in North Carolina…These new fees represent an irritating trend in governance. In place of honest taxation for the common welfare, citizens are nickel-and-dimed. The N.C. General Assembly, for example, is slapping sales taxes on everything from movie tickets to auto repairs. Entry to our state parks is generally free. Let’s hope the Honorables don’t notice what the feds are up to.”

Goodwin to run for House 1 seat
Daily Advance // Reggie Ponder // November 7, 2017

Summary: “Eddy Goodwin, a former state ferry director and former Chowan commissioner, says he plans to run for state representative in the newly configured 1st House District next year. Goodwin, 65, is planning to run in the new House district that includes Chowan, Perquimans, Tyrrell, Bertie, Washington and Camden counties. He’s seeking the seat because current House 1 state Rep. Bob Steinburg, R-Chowan, isn’t seeking re-election to the House but plans to run for the state Senate instead.”

Pender County’s new representative Bob Muller wants to address opioids, GenX, and more
Port City Daily // Michael Praats // November 8, 2017

Summary: “Bob Muller, the man replacing former State Representative Chris Millis in the North Carolina House of Representatives for Pender and Onslow County, met with Pender County leaders and residents Monday evening. The Pender County Board of Commissioners welcomed Muller to introduce himself and share his goals as representative.”

  • “Muller said his agenda while he is in Raleigh is, “To keep the economy and things going in North Carolina as they have been going. As you know two years ago we were $2 billion in debt to the federal government … and now in our latest budget we’ve put in a $2 billion rainy day fund, so that is about a $4 billion swing.””

NC Senate gets to sign off on who Cooper’s 10 Cabinet members are, judges say
N&O // Anne Blythe // November 7, 2017

Summary: “The state Senate gets a say in who Gov. Roy Cooper appoints to his Cabinet, according to a state Court of Appeals ruling issued on Tuesday. A three judge panel upheld a ruling earlier this year by three Superior Court judges who have presided over a series of legal questions posed by Cooper and the state lawmakers engaged in a power struggle since the November elections a year”ago.

Cooper loses another round in separation of powers fight
WRAL // Travis Fain // November 7, 2017

Summary: “The state Court of Appeals sided with Republican General Assembly leaders Tuesday, agreeing that a 2016 law requiring legislative approval of the governor’s top appointments is constitutional. The matter, one of several separation of powers issues over which Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper has sparred with the GOP majority since before he even took office, will head to the state Supreme Court for further argument. Cooper promised as much Tuesday morning, saying he was unsurprised by the ruling from a three-judge panel at the Court of Appeals.”

NC appeals court: Lawmakers can OK Gov. Roy Cooper’s top aides
Winston-Salem Journal // AP // November 7, 2017

Summary: “A North Carolina appeals court agrees that state lawmakers can have the last word on confirming Gov. Roy Cooper’s top aides.  The state Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday that a three-judge panel correctly rejected Cooper’s challenge to a new law passed weeks after his election last year. The state Senate unanimously confirmed all eight of Cooper’s secretaries this year. ”

Our View: Opioid strategy useless without funding
Fayetteville Observer // Editorial // November 7, 2017

Summary: “Cooper is a member of President Trump’s bipartisan commission on the opioid crisis, which issued dozens of recommendations last week. The measures included more rigid opioid prescription guidelines, prevention and treatment programs, law enforcement tactics and other new strategies. The president also recently declared the opioid epidemic a national health emergency. All of those measures have merit, but they’re missing a critical element: Money. Nobody is talking about how the nation will fund all these efforts. When the president declared the public-health emergency in late October, the federal Public Health Emergency Fund had a $57,000 balance — not enough to get one addict through rehab. And we’re talking about millions of people who need help.”

  • “With the opioid crisis commission’s report, we have new strategies and new approaches to deal with addiction. But they will be useless until we also have funding to put them in place. It’s time for the president and Congress to find the money. One hundred seventy-five Americans are dying every day we delay.”



Brenden Jones

Commissioners ask state for help in school system merger talks
WECT // Kailey Tracy // November 7, 2017

Summary: “The Columbus County Board of Commissioners voted Monday night to repeal the vote at the last meeting in which it voted against merging the county and Whiteville city school systems…State legislators said it’s not that they don’t want to help with the merger. It’s that the law doesn’t give them the power to decide whether or not to merge the school systems.”

  • “It’s not so much that we don’t want to get involved as it is that we have certain statutes in our state that grant authority to do certain things, and some of those things grant the authority to the county to do certain things, and some grant the authority to the state to do certain things,” Representative Brenden Jones of District 46, Bladen, Columbus and Robeson counties said.

Larry Pittman

Virtual charters seek contract renewal from lawmakers
Bladen Journal // Lindsay Marchello // November 8, 2017

Summary: “Representatives from the N.C. Connections Academy and the North Carolina Virtual Academy gave presentations Tuesday to the Joint Legislative Education Oversight Committee documenting the progress they have made since the pilot program began in 2015. The schools are in their third year of a four-year program, giving them just one more year to prove themselves to the legislature or possibly close.”

  • “I personally would like to see you have an opportunity to extend this,” Rep. Larry Pittman, R-Cabarrus said. “I don’t know if we’ll make it permanent. I don’t know whether we have the votes to do that, but I think we ought to give you some kind of extension.”

Democrat Vi Lyles makes history in Charlotte mayoral win
News & Observer // Jim Morrill, Katherine Peralta, and Ely Portillo // November 7, 2017
Summary: “Casting herself as a unifier after two years of tumult, Democrat Vi Lyles easily defeated Republican Kenny Smith on Tuesday to become Charlotte’s first African-American female mayor. Lyles took about 58 percent to Smith’s 42 percent in unofficial returns. She carried precincts throughout the city, including a handful in south Charlotte. Despite being heavily outspent, she won on a night Democrats flexed their muscles not only in Charlotte but in Virginia and New Jersey, where they swept state races.”

Lyles elected as Charlotte mayor; McFarlane wins Raleigh bid
WRAL // November 7, 2017

Summary: “A nearly 30-year veteran of local government was the definitive choice of voters on Tuesday and she will become the first African-American woman to run North Carolina’s largest city. Vi Lyles, Charlotte’s mayor pro tem, sent out a Twitter post saying “We are victorious!” With most of the city’s 168 precincts reporting unofficial returns, Lyles had 58 percent of the vote, compared to 41 percent for City Councilman Kenny Smith.”

Lyles delivers final dagger to GOP’s hopes
Charlotte Observer // Editorial // November 7, 2017

Summary: “For better or worse – and we think there are elements of both – Tuesday’s election results snuff out Republicans’ last ember of hope that Charlotte is something other than a solidly Democratic town. Democrats rolled yet again, with Vi Lyles winning the mayor’s race and Democrats sweeping the four at-large City Council seats to maintain their 9-2 stranglehold. On the school board, which is officially nonpartisan, seven of nine members will lean more left than right.”

Mayor: ‘Mitch, Mitch, Mitch!’ they chanted 
Fayetteville Observer // Monica Venditouli // November 7, 2017

Summary: “The Crown Coliseum Complex ballroom began chanting “Mitch, Mitch, Mitch!” around 9:15 p.m. Tuesday when it became apparent Mitch Colvin would be Fayetteville’s next mayor. Dozens of people rushed over to embrace him after 90 percent of the precincts had been returned.”

Fayetteville mayor loses re-election bid
WRAL // November 7, 2017

Summary: “Mayor Nat Robertson fell short Tuesday in his bid for a third two-year term leading Fayetteville, losing to Mayor Pro Tem Mitch Colvin. With 97 percent of precincts reporting, Colvin was leading Robertson 59 to 41 percent, according to unofficial results.”

Nancy McFarlane wins another term as Raleigh mayor
N&O // Henry Gargan and Paul Specht // November 7, 2017

Summary: “After a contentious campaign season that led to a runoff, Raleigh voters decided to stick with Nancy McFarlane and elected her on Tuesday to a fourth term as the city’s mayor. McFarlane won 57.79 percent of the vote with all precincts reporting results. Raleigh lawyer Charles Francis won 42.21 percent of the vote.”

Wilmington Mayor Bill Saffo wins re-election
Summary: “Mayor Bill Saffo overwhelmingly won re-election Tuesday night over challenger Todd Zola, with the result officially making him the city’s longest-serving mayor. “It’s an honor,” Saffo said. “It’s unbelievable to have been here as long as I’ve been here. It’s humbling to be the longest-serving mayor in the community’s history.””

Democrats keep 9-2 majority. But City Council is being upended by newcomers
Charlotte Observer // Steve Harrison // November 7, 2017

Summary: “Democrats won all four Charlotte City Council at-large seats Tuesday, continuing their 9-2 stranglehold on the governing body. But while the political makeup of City Council remains the same, it is undergoing massive change, with five newcomers joining. All of them are under 40, bringing youth into a governing body that’s been dominated by retirees and late-career professionals.”


Report: Burr, Tillis among Congress’ top beneficiaries of NRA money
WRAL // November 7, 2017

Summary: “North Carolina’s two Republican U.S. senators, Richard Burr and Thom Tillis, are among the top three members of Congress to benefit from National Rifle Association spending, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.”

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