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Monday News: New meaning to the term "Bully Pulpit"

REPUBLICAN LEGISLATOR GOES AFTER NCAA AND ACC LEAGUES OVER HB2 BOYCOTTS: An N.C. House Republican wants to look at striking back against the NCAA and ACC for moving sports championships out of North Carolina over House Bill 2. Rep. Mark Brody, a Republican from Monroe, announced in a Facebook post Sunday that he’ll file a bill this week to address the boycotts. Brody says his “Athletic Association Accountability Act” will “determine whether the NCAA and the ACC have violated their tax-exempt status by engaging in political or lobbying activities.” It’s unclear how Brody’s proposal would work, and his Facebook post offers no further details about his bill. According to the IRS, nonprofit groups can’t have tax-exempt status “if a substantial part of its activities is attempting to influence legislation.” But the groups “may engage in some lobbying, but too much lobbying activity risks loss of tax-exempt status.”
http://www.newsobserver.com/news/politics-government/state-politics/article138120728.html

Sunday News: Bad Hombre? Not even close

"THERE IS NO PLACE I COULD GO:" HARNETT COUNTY MOM FACES DEPORTATION TO COUNTRY SHE BARELY REMEMBERS (Fayetteville Observer) -- 20 years ago, Lilian Cardona-Perez left the violence of Guatemala as a teenager. This week she learns if she has to go back, leaving her husband and four children behind. "I left with my sister when I was 13 years old," Cardona-Perez said through an interpreter Saturday at an Angier prayer vigil for her family. "I have no family there. I have no home. There is no place I could go." She pauses as her husband, Juan Perez, squeezes her arm gently. "I will still go to work this week, until the day I must go to Charlotte," she said. "I have faith that God will watch over us." Cardona-Perez has a hearing on Thursday at the Department of Immigration in Charlotte. If her hearing is denied, authorities can order her removed from the country, even though she has a work permit that is valid through October.
http://www.fayobserver.com/news/20170311/there-is-no-place-i-could-go-harnett-county-pregnant-mother...

Saturday News: Can't believe this is still going on

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KKK ANNOUNCES CROSS BURNING, RALLY IN N.C. TOWN (Raleigh News & Observer) -- Details on a KKK rally in Asheboro, N.C., are scarce, but a website says the event will feature speeches, dinner and a cross burning at dark. The event was scheduled by The Loyal White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan, which is based in Pelham – an unincorporated community about 45 minutes north of Burlington, near the Virginia line. Two Klan leaders, who organized a “White Lives Matter” rally that turned violent in Anaheim, Calif., in 2016, were arrested in North Carolina in December in connection with a stabbing before a Klan parade, according to a New York Times story. The Times said the men — William Hagen, grand dragon of the Loyal White Knights, and Chris Baker — were accused of stabbing a third Klan member.
http://www.newsobserver.com/news/local/article137706138.html

Friday News: Fake news, Berger style

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ALTERED NEWS? SENATE GOP LEADER BERGER CHANGES HEADLINES ABOUT COOPER (AP) -- The news was real, but the headlines weren't. The office of Republican N.C. Senate leader Phil Berger altered headlines from state news outlets on the senator's official Facebook page. On Jan. 30, The Charlotte Observer published a headline on its website reading, "Carolinas political leaders react to Trump's executive order." On Berger's page, the headline was changed to say, "Cooper flip flops on refugees." In addition to changing the headline, the Facebook post also removed an image of Sen. Thom Tillis from the Observer story and replaced it with a photo of Cooper laughing.
http://www.newsobserver.com/news/nation-world/national/article137556263.html

Thursday News: Blowing the dust off the Veto stamp

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TRIAL COURT ELECTIONS PARTISAN AGAIN LOOKS RIPE FOR VETO (AP) -- The Republican-controlled General Assembly gave final approval Wednesday to legislation officially making all local trial court elections in North Carolina partisan affairs again, a decision that appears ripe for Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper to issue his first veto. "I have real concerns about throwing judicial elections back to the partisan arena," Cooper said Tuesday. "I think it's important that they stay out of that as much as possible. I don't like it." But the bill cleared both the House and Senate in final votes by veto-proof margins, meaning the chance a veto would be overridden is high. Wednesday's 74-43 vote was largely along party lines.
http://www.wral.com/panel-considering-shifting-n-carolina-judicial-appointments/16572429/

Wednesday News: The cost of incompetence

GOP HEALTH BILL FACES REVOLT FROM CONSERVATIVE FORCES (New York Times) – After seven years of waiting longingly to annul President Barack Obama’s signature health care law, Republican leaders on Tuesday faced a sudden revolt from the right that threatened their proposal to remake the American health care system. The much-anticipated House plan to repeal the Affordable Care Act also drew skepticism from some of the party’s more moderate members, whose constituents have benefited from expanded coverage in recent years. … Rep. Mark Meadows, Republican of North Carolina, said Vice President Mike Pence had portrayed the bill as a work in progress that would no doubt be amended, perhaps significantly. “The bill that was introduced last night is still open for negotiation and certainly for modification,” Mr. Meadows said. “And we took that as very encouraging news.”
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/07/us/politics/affordable-care-act-obama-care-health.html

Tuesday News: Power-play politics

POWER STRUGGLE BETWEEN GOVERNOR AND LEGISLATORS IN COURT (Raleigh News & Observer) -- The power struggle between Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper and the GOP-led General Assembly will be on display Tuesday as arguments about the separation of powers between the legislative and executive branches, and what each side contends that means, are made in front of the third branch of government. A three-judge panel will preside over a hearing inside the Campbell University law school to consider whether the Republicans at the helm of the legislative branch unconstitutionally grabbed power from the new governor, shortly after he emerged victorious over Republican Pat McCrory.
http://www.newsobserver.com/news/politics-government/state-politics/article136822538.html

Monday News: Join the club

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SCHUMER HAS 'SOME DOUBTS' ABOUT SENATE INTELLIGENCE CHAIR BURR (NBC News) -- — Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said Sunday morning that he has "some doubts about" Richard Burr, the North Carolina Republican senator and chairman of the Senate's Select Committee on Intelligence, which is looking into Russia's attempts to influence the last election. Burr "first denied that they should even investigate," Schumer charged during an exclusive interview on NBC's "Meet The Press." Schumer also responded to Trump's series of tweets on Saturday that alleged President Obama ordered a wiretap of communications at Trump Tower before the election. The suggestion was "beneath the dignity of the presidency," Schumer said. "It is something that really hurts people's view of government. It's 'civilization-warping,' as Ben Sasse, a conservative Republican, called it. And I don't know of any president, Democrat or Republican in the past, who has done this. It shows this president doesn't know how to conduct himself."
http://www.nbcnews.com/politics/politics-news/chuck-schumer-has-some-doubts-about-senate-inteligence...

Sunday News: Cause & effect version

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WATER OPTIONS OFFERED TO RESIDENTS NEAR LUMBERTON COAL ASH SITE (Fayetteville Observer) -- Duke Energy is offering residents who live near a coal ash site $5,000 if they agree not to sue the company. The offer was discussed during a meeting Wednesday when Duke Energy officials talked to the residents about ways the company can provide water to them.
http://www.fayobserver.com/news/20170301/water-options-offered-to-residents-near-lumberton-coal-ash-...

DUKE ENERGY CEO’S PAY JUMPED 27 PERCENT TO $13.8 MILLION LAST YEAR (Charlotte Observer) -- Duke Energy chairman and CEO Lynn Good’s pay jumped 27 percent last year to about $13.8 million, the company said Friday in its shareholder proxy statement.
http://www.charlotteobserver.com/news/local/article136276868.html

Saturday News: Gerrymandering goes to trial

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LAWSUITS TESTING POLITICAL GERRYMANDERING CLAIMS MOVE TO SUMMER TRIAL (Raleigh News & Observer) -- Two lawsuits questioning the breadth to which N.C. lawmakers can design congressional districts for partisan gain are on path toward a summer trial. A panel of three federal judges issued a ruling on Friday rejecting a request by state lawmakers to dismiss the cases filed last year by Common Cause and the League of Women Voters of North Carolina, two organizations that have been critical of partisan gerrymandering by both parties. The federal judges — James Wynn of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals (appointed by Democratic President Barack Obama) and U.S. District Judges William Osteen Jr. (appointed by Republican President George W. Bush) and W. Earl Britt (appointed by Democratic President Jimmy Carter) — noted the novelty of the arguments put forward in the cases challenging the maps drawn and approved by the Republican-led General Assembly in 2016. But they also noted “obstacles the plaintiffs must overcome to prevail.”
http://www.newsobserver.com/news/politics-government/state-politics/article136347448.html

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