NCDP Clips 12/1

  GENERAL ASSEMBLY NEWS  

Should NC lawmakers be able to intervene in HB2 protesters’ criminal cases?
N&O // Anne Blythe // November 30, 2017
Summary: “On Jan. 23, District Court Judge Joyce Hamilton found Anderson and Herman guilty of trespass charges, but dismissed allegations that they violated Legislative Building rules after finding those rules unconstitutional on several fronts. Both rulings have been appealed to Wake County Superior Court for further proceedings that have resulted in an unusual request. Paul Coble, head of the Legislative Services Commission, has asked to be allowed to intervene in the criminal cases. The commission is 10 lawmakers with Senate leader Phil Berger and House Speaker Tim Moore acting as chairmen.”

NC Republican shares words of support for Alabama’s Roy Moore
N&O // Paul Specht // November 30, 2017

Summary: “A Republican N.C. House member has shared a Facebook post supportive of Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore, who’s accused of sexual misconduct by several women. State Rep. Michael Speciale represents an Eastern North Carolina district. His Facebook page on Wednesday reposted a resolution in support of Moore passed by the God and Country Christian Alliance in New Bern, where he lives. The resolution was first published online by Jerry Schill, the group’s leader, and Speciale “liked” the post.”

  • “The accusations have divided not only Republican politicians but also leaders in the Christian faith community. Many Republicans in the N.C. General Assembly have stayed quiet about Moore. Both of North Carolina’s U.S. senators – Richard Burr and Thom Tillis – have said Moore should immediately withdraw from the race.”

Critics slam judicial restructuring
News & Record // Taft Wireback // November 30, 2017

Summary: “About 175 people turned out Thursday evening for a town hall meeting aimed at preserving a fair and independent court system led by nonpartisan judges. The much larger crowd than expected heard claims that Republican leaders in Raleigh were tearing at the fabric of judicial independence with new laws already on the books and other bills pending in the state capital.”

North Carolina expands revenge porn law
Spectrum // Lorette Boniti // November 30, 2017

Summary: “A loophole in a law aimed at stopping revenge porn should be closed with a new law that goes into effect on Friday.  That means more pictures and images will now be illegal to disseminate or post. Representative Chris Malone of Wake County led the charge in the legislature to fix the state’s revenge porn law. He says domestic violence advocates and district attorneys told him the original law as it was approved had an unforeseen hole was left open.”

Wilmington lawmakers say quick action needed on GenX
WRAL // Laura Leslie and Travis Fain // November 30, 2017

Summary: “A top House Republican from the area affected by GenX contamination said Thursday that state lawmakers will take up “short-term solutions” during their short session Jan. 10. However, Rep. Ted Davis, R-New Hanover, wouldn’t say yet what those proposals might include.”

  • Rep. Jimmy Dixon, R-Duplin, a longstanding critic of environmental regulation, said the complex problem of regulating emerging contaminants has made him question his long-held regulatory philosophy. “This idea of dilution to solve pollution has reached its day, has reached its time where it’s no longer going to work,” Dixon said. “Maybe we need a paradigm change. … Why aren’t we more intense on our efforts to find out this bad stuff and not let it be discharged – any of it?”
  GOV. COOPER NEWS  

Cooper joins in celebrations for Durham Bulls, UNC hoops
ABC 12 // November 30, 2017

Summary: “North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper spent part of his work day in the midst of champions. Cooper made remarks on Wednesday at the celebration marking the Durham Bulls’ 2017 Triple-A national minor league baseball championship. The celebration was held at Durham Bulls Athletic Park.”

  KEY TARGETS NEWS – HOUSE  

 

 

Michael Speciale

NC Republican shares words of support for Alabama’s Roy Moore
N&O // Paul Specht // November 30, 2017

Summary: “A Republican N.C. House member has shared a Facebook post supportive of Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore, who’s accused of sexual misconduct by several women. State Rep. Michael Speciale represents an Eastern North Carolina district. His Facebook page on Wednesday reposted a resolution in support of Moore passed by the God and Country Christian Alliance in New Bern, where he lives. The resolution was first published online by Jerry Schill, the group’s leader, and Speciale “liked” the post.”

  • “The accusations have divided not only Republican politicians but also leaders in the Christian faith community. Many Republicans in the N.C. General Assembly have stayed quiet about Moore. Both of North Carolina’s U.S. senators – Richard Burr and Thom Tillis – have said Moore should immediately withdraw from the race.”

Chris Malone

North Carolina expands revenge porn law
Spectrum // Lorette Boniti // November 30, 2017

Summary: “A loophole in a law aimed at stopping revenge porn should be closed with a new law that goes into effect on Friday.  That means more pictures and images will now be illegal to disseminate or post. Representative Chris Malone of Wake County led the charge in the legislature to fix the state’s revenge porn law. He says domestic violence advocates and district attorneys told him the original law as it was approved had an unforeseen hole was left open.”

  KEY TARGET NEWS – SENATE  

Jeff Tarte

Capital Tonight Nov. 30
Spectrum news // November 30, 2017

Summary: “On Capital Tonight: North Carolina fails to make the cut for the Major League Soccer expansion — why and what’s next? We talk with Steve Malik, owner of the North Carolina Football Club and Erik Spanberg of Charlotte Business Journal. Two state lawmakers debate tax reform plans and how they could affect North Carolina. Rep. Grier Martin and Sen. Jeff Tarte join Tim Boyum.”

 OTHER 

Fact check: Is Tillis right about tax plan helping low-income Americans?
N&O // Paul Specht // November 30, 2017

Summary: ““A reporter came up to me and said ‘Senator, how do you respond to the fact that people making $30,000, $50,000, $70,000 are going to be paying more in taxes?’ I said that’s patently untrue on the whole,” Tillis told the crowd of reporters. So why did PolitiFact rate Tillis’ claim as Half True? Read the full fact check at PolitiFact.com.”

Stop using taxpayer money for sexual harassment ‘hush fund,’ two NC Republicans say
N&O // Will Doran // November 30, 2017

Summary: “American taxpayers are on the hook whenever members of Congress pay accusers to settle claims of sexual harassment. But now, at least two North Carolina representatives want that to stop. Republicans Walter Jones and Robert Pittenger have signed onto a bill with about two dozen other lawmakers that would put an end to what the bill derisively calls a “hush fund” for elected officials who want to keep the allegations against them secret.”

You’re going to be hearing a lot more from ex-Gov Pat McCrory
N&O // Rick Rothacker // November 30, 2017

Summary: “If it seems like you’ve been hearing former Gov. Pat McCrory on the radio more and more lately, you’re not imagining things. The Republican who also long served as Charlotte’s mayor has landed a regular spot on talk radio station WBT-AM (1110) weekdays from 9 to 10 a.m., according to general manager Matt Hanlon. McCrory shares the time slot with station veteran Bo Thompson, who also hosts WBT’s “Morning News” from 5 to 9 a.m.”

GOP bows obediently to the NRA, again
N&O // Editorial // November 30, 2017

Summary: “After horrendous shooting episodes in Las Vegas and Texas that killed more than 80 people, the Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives have done the sadly predictable: They want to ease laws regarding concealed carry permits. A measure approved by the U.S. House Judiciary Committee would allow gun owners who carry concealed-weapons permits from their states to take handguns into any state that allows concealed weapons. Some of the arguments supporting the measure sound like a fuss at the O.K. Corral, not the halls of Congress.”

A tax credit we need to preserve 
Star News // Editorial // December 1, 2017

Summary: “The Republican plan to rewrite the U.S. tax code is a massive document with dozens of complex provisions. Folks in Wilmington and Southeastern North Carolina, however, ought to pay attention to one point in particular: the federal historic preservation tax credits. As it is, when you repair and renovate a qualifying building, you get a 20 percent tax credit over a five-year period. That’s a hefty incentive to preserve a historic structure — a practice that’s pretty important here. The House version of the tax bill eliminates the credit entirely. The Senate version keeps the tax credit, but adds some limitations.”

Big tax breaks — reality for GOP donors, fantasy for the rest of us
WRAL // Editorial // December 1, 2017

Summary: “It is simply NOT TRUE that tax cuts lead to economic growth. Putting more cash in the hands of the general consuming public (through things like increasing the minimum wage and pay increases) stimulates MORE SPENDING. Increasing purchasing power is how the nation climbed out of the Depression in the 1930s. We’d be climbing out of the Great Recession at a far faster pace if there was more consumer spending now.”

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