Today’s daily clips from the NCDP

  GENERAL ASSEMBLY NEWS  

Republicans move GenX bill forward, over Democrats’ objections
N&O // Will Doran // February 7, 2018
Summary: “A new version of a bill to address North Carolina’s GenX pollution issue passed a Senate committee Wednesday night, clearing the way for a vote soon. The bill already passed the N.C. House of Representatives – unanimously – but Senate leader Phil Berger wouldn’t let it come up for a vote in the Senate last month. And this new version of the bill makes several changes to the House version. Sen. Michael Lee, a Wilmington Republican, led Wednesday’s heated discussion. Eventually the committee approved it along party lines, with Republicans in support and Democrats opposed.”

Democrats cry politics, obstruction over Senate GenX plan
WRAL // Travis Fain // February 7, 2018

Summary: “Democrats blasted a Senate Republican water plan Wednesday, accusing chamber leaders of pulling the rug out from under Gov. Roy Cooper’s Department of Environmental Quality even as they voted to give that department an extra $2.4 million. Given the paperwork requirements and other restraints on the money, a trio of senators said it’s no real answer to the state’s ongoing concerns over GenX and other unregulated and poorly understood chemicals in the Cape Fear River, private wells and potentially in the air near a major chemical manufacturer in Bladen County.”

Replacement GenX bill approved by Senate committee
Fayetteville Observer // Adam Wagner // February 8, 2018

Summary: “A Senate replacement bill addressing GenX and other emerging contaminants took its first steps late Wednesday after being approved at a sometimes-contentious committee hearing. Sen. Michael Lee, R-New Hanover, appeared before the Senate Committee on Agriculture, the Environment and Natural Resources. Lee presented a substitute for House Bill 189, the short-term emerging contaminant measure sponsored by Rep. Ted Davis, R-New Hanover, that passed the House unanimously last month before the Senate publicly announced it would not vote on it.”

North Carolina lawmakers slowly return, unveil new GenX bill
WBT // February 8, 2018

Summary: “The North Carolina General Assembly signaled action later this week on environment, education and possibly elections administration legislation, ending a nearly monthlong hiatus as lawmakers returned to Raleigh.”

After Supreme Court ruling, NC gerrymander challengers turn to state for relief
N&O // Anne Blythe // February 7, 2018

Summary: “Democrats and voters who filed the first lawsuit this decade challenging North Carolina lawmakers’ redistricting plans went back to state court on Wednesday, seven years after challenging the 2011 election maps, seeking relief from districts they contend still weaken the overall influence of black voters.”

Dems, allies ask N.C. judges to change maps
Daily Courier // Gary Robertson, AP // February 8, 2018

Summary: “North Carolina Democratic voters and their allies aren’t giving up on getting more General Assembly districts changed for this year’s elections, even after a U.S. Supreme Court ruling. Plaintiffs in a longstanding legislative redistricting case in state court Wednesday asked three judges to rule the Republican-controlled legislature violated the state constitution by redrawing five House districts last summer.”

Lawyer: Swapping who runs NC schools would have wide impact
Citizen-Times // Emery Dalesio // February 8, 2018

Summary: “A fight over who will control North Carolina public schools that educate 1.5 million students landed Wednesday before the state’s highest court, which must decide whether legislators can mix and match powers seemingly spelled out in the state constitution. ”

Building a ‘pink wave’ of political participation in NC midterm cycle
Charlotte Post // Whitney Taylor // February 7, 2018

Summary: “African-American women can be game-changers in North Carolina’s midterm elections. After historical wins at the municipal, state and federal levels, including the election of Mayor Vi Lyles, America has seen a rise in black women candidates running for office. In addition, with the election of Doug Jones in Alabama, Ralph Northam in Virginia and various elections around the country, political professionals saw the power of the black woman vote and its potential.”

A safe place for Silent Sam? Orange County lawmakers hope the General Assembly agrees
Herald Sun // Tammy Grubb // February 8, 2018

Summary: “Orange County’s legislators could ask the General Assembly this spring to set a deadline for UNC to move the Confederate statue Silent Sam to a safe place. State Rep. Verla Insko plans to sponsor the bill in this year’s short legislative session, which begins in May. State Rep. Graig Meyer and State Sen. Valerie Foushee are working with her, and they’ve asked the Chapel Hill Town Council for its support.”

With candidate filing Monday, court decisions loom large
Winston-Salem Chronicle // Cash Michaels // February 8, 2018

Summary: “Monday, Feb. 12, is the beginning of the filing period for candidates for public office in North Carolina. Technically, that’s when Democrats and Republicans, hoping to compete in their respective party primaries for a chance to be ultimately selected to run in the fall 2018 midterm elections, commit themselves for either statewide or congressional office. But thanks to an unceasing plethora of court cases involving legislative, congressional and judicial redistricting, confusion has been the buzzword as to whether even the filing period would be allowed to commence.”

Council announces run for N.C. House district 8
Daily Reflector // Ginger Livingston // February 8, 2018

Summary: “The chairwoman of the Pitt County Board of Education announced Wednesday she is running for the General Assembly. Mildred Atkinson Council was joined by more than a dozen supporters, including two Pitt County commissioners, during her announcement from the steps of the Pitt County Courthouse that she is running for House District 8.”

The fiery rhetoric and contradiction of a top NCGA Republican
WFAE // Tom Bullock // Febuary 7, 2018

Summary: “Two years ago David Lewis bragged about his own partisan efforts to elect fellow Republicans.  Now the state representative from Harnett County is angry and says Democrats are doing the same thing. But in a fiery speech Wednesday to make that point, Lewis fell into an age-old trap of contradictions. ”

The Republican corruption in Washington has rolled down to the states
Slate // Jamelle Bouie // February 7, 2018

Summary: “Much of the history of the modern Republican Party in Washington, from the “Gingrich Revolution” to President Trump, consists of repeated, successful attacks on the norms of American governance. That ethos has trickled down to Republicans across the country, who have taken the always fraught and divisive world of politics and made it a war by other means.”

  • “As Republicans in Pennsylvania contemplate an assault on the judiciary, Republicans in North Carolina are in the midst of one. In the last year, courts have overturned more than a dozen laws passed by the state’s Republican-led legislature, from harsh and restrictive voter ID laws aimed mostly at black voters to redistricting maps for House and state legislative elections that one federal judge called “among the largest racial gerrymanders ever encountered by a federal court.” Rather than live with these court decisions and end their attacks on fair elections, North Carolina Republicans have opted to change the courts themselves, instituting partisan judicial elections to hinder liberal jurists running in rural areas, eliminating judicial primaries to insulate incumbent conservatives who can rely on name recognition to win, and redrawing boundaries for judicial districts in a way that may reduce the number of black judges and increase GOP representation on the bench. “
  GOV. COOPER NEWS  

Cooper taps oil lobbyist as legislative director
WRAL // Tyler Dukes // February 7, 2018

Summary: “Gov. Roy Cooper’s new legislative director is a former lobbyist for the oil and gas industry whose clients included a major stakeholder in the recently approved Atlantic Coast Pipeline project. The Governor’s Office announced Wednesday afternoon that Lee Lilley, formerly of McGuireWoods Consulting in Washington, D.C., would join the administration as director of legislative affairs. Lilley was one of several McGuireWoods employees registered to lobby Congress on behalf of the American Petroleum Institute and Dominion Resources, among others.”

Gov. Cooper hires petroleum industry lobbyist as legislative affairs director
N&O // John Murawski // February 7, 2018

Summary: “Less than two weeks after his administration issued a key permit for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline, Gov. Roy Cooper announced Wednesday that he hired a legislative affairs director who once lobbied Congress on the natural gas pipeline. Lee Lilley will be paid $128,000 a year in his new role, replacing Brad Adcock, who returned to retirement, according to a statement from Cooper’s office. Adcock had been a lobbyist for Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina.”

  KEY TARGETS NEWS – HOUSE  

David Lewis

The fiery rhetoric and contradiction of a top NCGA Republican
WFAE // Tom Bullock // Febuary 7, 2018

Summary: “Two years ago David Lewis bragged about his own partisan efforts to elect fellow Republicans.  Now the state representative from Harnett County is angry and says Democrats are doing the same thing. But in a fiery speech Wednesday to make that point, Lewis fell into an age-old trap of contradictions. “

  KEY TARGET NEWS – SENATE  

Michael Lee

Replacement GenX bill approved by Senate committee
Fayetteville Observer // Adam Wagner // February 8, 2018

Summary: “A Senate replacement bill addressing GenX and other emerging contaminants took its first steps late Wednesday after being approved at a sometimes-contentious committee hearing. Sen. Michael Lee, R-New Hanover, appeared before the Senate Committee on Agriculture, the Environment and Natural Resources. Lee presented a substitute for House Bill 189, the short-term emerging contaminant measure sponsored by Rep. Ted Davis, R-New Hanover, that passed the House unanimously last month before the Senate publicly announced it would not vote on it.”

 NCDP NEWS & MENTIONS  

Blue wave? NC Republicans fare well in new poll
N&O // Paul Specht // February 7, 2018

Summary: “Republicans have lost some major elections in the South since President Donald Trump took office, but a new poll finds the GOP has reason for optimism in North Carolina. The Meredith College poll found that there appears to be no difference in enthusiasm among Democratic, Republican and unaffiliated voters in North Carolina.”

 OTHER 

Fundraising in full swing for fall election
Star News // Tim Buckland // February 7, 2018

Summary: “Dr. Kyle Horton has already raised more money than the two main opponents U.S. Rep. David Rouzer, R-N.C., faced in the 2014 and 2016 elections combined, but the Democrat’s campaign account remains dwarfed by the two-term incumbent. Horton raised $83,614 in 2017, which is more than the $60,141 New Hanover Commissioner Jonathan Barfield raised for the 2014 election and the $14,860 J. Wesley Casteen raised in 2016.”