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Friday News: Drunk with their own power

SENATE VOTES TO SUBPOENA CABINET SECRETARY HALL (Raleigh News & Observer) -- A state Senate committee on Thursday voted to take the rare step of issuing a subpoena to Cabinet secretary Larry Hall after he failed to appear for the third time at a confirmation hearing that the Cooper administration contends violates a court order. The overwhelmingly Republican committee voted along party lines to compel Hall to appear next Thursday and testify, regardless of what Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper advises him to do. Senate leader Phil Berger said he would sign the subpoena.
http://www.newsobserver.com/news/politics-government/state-politics/article134528124.html

Thursday News: First in city-bashing

N.C. LEADS NATION IN PREEMPTION OF LOCAL GOVERNMENT (Route 50) -- The number of states passing laws superseding city ordinances is on the rise, spurred by industry lobbying and single-party dominance of legislatures. According to the “City Rights in an Era of Preemption” report released by the nonpartisan National League of Cities, North Carolina offers the most extreme cases—preempting localities on tax and expenditure limitations, municipal broadband, ride-sharing, anti-discrimination, paid leave and minimum wage ordinances. “When states seek blanket policies counter to the needs of their cities, local leaders do not stand down,” Brooks Rainwater, NLC Center for City Solutions’ director and the report’s co-author, said on a Wednesday conference call.
http://www.routefifty.com/management/2017/02/state-local-preemption/135638/

Wednesday News: Putting VoterID to rest

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COOPER AND AG SEEK TO END US SUPREME COURT REVIEW OF VOTER ID LAW (Raleigh News & Observer) -- Gov. Roy Cooper and state Attorney General Josh Stein have taken steps to end a U.S. Supreme Court review of North Carolina’s voter ID law, reversing a request made by former Gov. Pat McCrory in the final days of his administration. But it was not immediately clear whether the request by the two newly elected Democrats to withdraw the appeal would fully end attempts to reinstate voter ID and other limitations on voting.
http://www.newsobserver.com/news/politics-government/state-politics/article134017644.html

Tuesday News: This is how you do it

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COOPER ANNOUNCES A PLAN TO BOOST TEACHER SALARIES (Greensboro News & Record) -- Gov. Roy Cooper and state Republican leaders circled each other warily Monday after the governor unveiled the outlines of his plan to boost average teacher pay to $55,000 in two years. The Democratic governor described his proposal as a multi-year investment in North Carolina teachers that would raise their salaries to the highest in the Southeast in three years and to at least the national average in five. “These aren’t just investments in our teachers, they are investments in our children’s future,” Cooper said.
http://www.greensboro.com/news/government/cooper-announces-a-plan-to-boost-teacher-salaries/article_...

Monday News: Exporting bigotry

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HERE'S HOW BILLS IN N.C. AND TEXAS MEASURE UP (Texas Tribune) -- Since Texas Republicans unveiled their so-called “bathroom bill” in early January, supporters have described the bill as similar to a law passed by North Carolina yet different in important ways. "We're doing what North Carolina did — we're fighting back," Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick said Wednesday at an event hosted by the Family Research Council that also featured North Carolina Lt. Gov. Dan Forest. "Our bill is a little bit different than their bill, but our objective is the same. That's to provide common sense, common decency, privacy and public safety to women."
http://news4sanantonio.com/news/local/heres-how-the-bathroom-bills-in-north-carolina-and-texas-measu...

Sunday News: Leave, Forest, leave

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LT. GOV. FOREST PREDICTS HE’LL BE GOVERNOR IN 4 YEARS (New Bern Sun Journal) – Republican Lt. Gov. Dan Forest predicted that, in four years, he would be governor. Forest, speaking at the Craven County Republican Presidents Day Dinner, outlined a plan to do “virtual press conferences,” following President Trump’s lead “to get the message out to the people we want to get it, so you can know what’s going on in Raleigh.” He said he planned to spend a lot of time in Washington DC seeking help for the state, and that he plans to “go into the communities that politicians don’t usually go into…” impoverished communities, he said, to work on improving educational opportunities.
http://www.newbernsj.com/news/20170218/new-bern-gop-celebrates-reagan-political-victories

Saturday News: The HB2 bleeding continues

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COOPER DETAILS "DAMAGE" OF HB2 ON NBA ALL-STAR WEEKEND (WRAL-TV) -- "This could have been a different weekend," North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper wrote on Medium Friday, marking the beginning of the NBA's All-Star Weekend in New Orleans. The game and the parties that accompany it are a tourism and revenue driver, one pulled from the Tar Heel State in the wake of House Bill 2. Data provided to the Charlotte City Council in 2015 suggested that the All-Star Game would bring in approximately $100 million, including $60 million in visitor spending alone.
http://www.wralsportsfan.com/nc-gov-details-damage-of-hb2-on-nba-all-star-weekend/16535547/

Friday News: 31 flavors of hate

N.C. RANKS 11TH WITH 31 HATE GROUPS (Route Fifty) -- California had the most hate groups of any U.S. state with 79 in 2016 while North Carolina ranked 11th with 31, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center’s annual census of extremist organizations. The Montgomery, Alabama-based nonprofit defines hate groups as those with “beliefs or practices that attack or malign an entire class of people.” “2016 was an unprecedented year for hate,” Mark Potok, senior fellow and editor of SPLC’s Intelligence Report, said in a statement. “The country saw a resurgence of white nationalism that imperils the racial progress we’ve made, along with the rise of a president whose policies reflect the values of white nationalists. In Steve Bannon, these extremists think they finally have an ally who has the president's ear.”
http://www.routefifty.com/2017/02/state-hate-group-numbers/135525/

Thursday News: A Day Without Immigrants

SOME BUSINESSES CLOSE FOR ‘DAY WITHOUT IMMIGRANTS’(Raleigh News & Observer) -- The three Compare Foods grocery stores in Durham will close their doors on Thursday as part of “A Day Without Immigrants,” a movement that has grown out of a reaction to a recent uptick in deportations and raids by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. “A Day Without Immigrants” calls for Hispanics and their supporters to boycott stores, avoid restaurants and not send their children to schools on Thursday. A rally is also planned for Moore Square in downtown Raleigh at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, according to Que Pasa.
http://www.newsobserver.com/news/local/community/durham-news/article132937604.html

Wednesday News: Christian ethics?

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COACH ACCUSED OF EMBEZZLING NEARLY $400,000 FROM SCHOOL (AP) -- State officials say the basketball coach and athletic director at Trinity Christian, a Fayetteville Christian school is accused of embezzling nearly $400,000 from the religious organization. The school has the largest number of students receiving state-funded vouchers – 164 – and received $342,294 this year. Heath Curtis Vandevender is accused of embezzling and converting to his own use state withholding taxes totaling $388,422 while he was vice president at Truth Outreach Center from 2008 to 2015. The center also is known as Trinity Community Services in Fayetteville.
http://www.wral.com/coach-accused-of-embezzling-nearly-400-000-from-school/16528933/

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