Daily dose

North Carolina Politicians Taking Ladies for a Ride (ACLU) -- Despite opposition coming from all directions, North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory has said he will sign the motorcyclevagina bill. So ladies, grab your helmets, and hold onto your reproductive rights. We're going for a ride. Where? First we'll stop in Wisconsin and Texas, where sweeping anti-abortion restrictions were enacted earlier this month, adding to the growing list of states enacting laws intended to restrict access to abortion. And then we'll head east, because North Carolina could soon join the ranks, if we don't stop the infamous #motorcyclevagina bill (Jezebel is right: Sturgis could indeed be quite weird this year). Let me be clear: being part of this tour is not an honor. So legislators, listen up: get yourself out of my doctor's office. We may not all agree about abortion, but people with all different perspectives do not want politicians meddling in these deeply personal decisions.

http://www.aclu.org/blog/reproductive-freedom-womens-rights/north-carolina-politicians-taking-ladies...

TODAY IN HISTORY

Today is the 204th day of 2013 – with 161 remaining. We are mere baby steps in the long parade of time. In 1599 Caravaggio's 1st public commission for paintings. In 1829 William A. Burt patents the typographer, a precursor to the typewriter so future cryptographers would not have to decipher Seth Effron’s hand writing. In 1858 Parliament passed the Oaths and Jewish Relief Acts allowing Jewish office holders not to have recited the words, “I make this declaration upon the true Faith of a Christian.” In 1872 W.P. Wood and a man from Baltimore named Blumenberg arrived in Raleigh, at the behest of the Liberal Republican Committee, to carry out a Tammany style ballot box stuffing. Blumenberg served two years in the State Prison for Perjury. In 1903 Ford Motor Company sells its first Model-A car. In 1904 the ice cream cone created by Charles E Menches. In 1929 the Italian Fascist government bans the use of foreign words. In 1938 Jews in Germany are ordered to apply for identity cards to be shown to police on demand. In 1952 – Gen. Muhammad Naguib leads the Free Officers Movement (formed by Gamal Abdel Nasser, the real power behind the coup) in overthrowing King Farouk of Egypt. In 1955 Chuck Berry released "Maybellene." In 1982 the International Whaling Commission decides to end commercial whaling by 1985-86. In 1984 Vanessa Williams becomes the first Miss America to resign after nude photos of her appeared in Penthouse magazine. In 1995 Comet Hale–Bopp is discovered; In 2009 Mark Buehrle, Chicago White Sox pitched the 18th perfect game in major league history. Born on this date: 1734 – Antonio Sacchini, Italian composer; 1888 – Raymond Chandler, American author; 1892 – Haile Selassie I, Ethiopian emperor and inspiration for Rastafarian movement; 1918 -- Pee Wee Reese, American baseball player; 1933 – Bert Convy, game show host; 1936 – Don Drysdale, American baseball player; 1936 – Anthony Kennedy, American judge; 1940 – Don Imus, American radio radio host; 1948 -- John Hall, Singer (Orleans) and former Democratic congressman (represented Poughkeepsie, N.Y.); 1961 – Woody Harrelson, American actor; 1968 – Stephanie Seymour, American model and actress; 1971 – Alison Krauss, American singer-songwriter and fiddler; 1973 – Nomar Garciaparra, American baseball player (in 2002, on July 23, hit 3 home runs in Fenway Park against Tampa – I was there); 1973 – Monica Lewinsky, American White House intern, author, and handbag designer; 1989 -- Daniel Radcliffe, actor. Deaths: 1584 – John Day, English printer; 1885 – Ulysses S. Grant, American soldier and politician; 1948 – D. W. Griffith, American director; 1955 – Cordell Hull, American politician; 1973 – Eddie Rickenbacker, American fighter ace; 1980 – Keith Godchaux, Grateful Dead keyboard player; 2001 – Eudora Welty, American writer; 2002 – Chaim Potok, American novelist; 2010 – Daniel Schorr, American journalist; 2012 – Sally Ride, American physicist and astronaut.

LEGISLATURE

Authorities: 73 arrests at NC legislative protests (AP) — More than 70 protesters were taken to jail during the weekly Moral Monday protests at the North Carolina General Assembly, bringing the total number arrested in the legislative session to 925.

http://www.reflector.com/ap/staten/authorities-73-arrests-nc-legislative-protests-2118133

Police: 73 arrested at latest NC legislative protest (WRAL-TV) -- More than 70 protesters were taken to jail during the weekly Moral Monday protests at the North Carolina General Assembly, bringing the total number arrested in the legislative session to 925.

http://www.wral.com/about-70-more-arrested-at-nc-legislative-protests/12691206/

Protesters gather in Raleigh to fight voter ID law (Charlotte Observer) -- And proposals to further limit voting, such as restrictions on early voting and Sunday voting, are still possible as the legislative session gets set to wrap up.

http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2013/07/22/4182487/protesters-gather-in-raleigh-to.html

RALEIGH IS OUR SELMA! Voting rights target of Moral Monday (Winston-Salem Journal) -- Speakers at the 12th weekly protest in Raleigh took demonstrators back almost 50 years Monday, claiming current proposals to change voting policies in the state would restrict voting access in ways that haven’t been seen in decades. Using language reminiscent of the voting rights protests of the 1960s, the Rev. William Barber, president of the North Carolina NAACP, told Moral Monday supporters that the voting rights bill that passed the House earlier this week is unfairly targeting minorities, students and the elderly. Barber said the bill would create a new generation of Jim Crow laws.

http://www.journalnow.com/news/state_region/article_aa5d6866-f342-11e2-b632-0019bb30f31a.html

Teachers group to mount legal challenge to budget proposal (WRAL-TV)-- A little more than 12 hours after House and Senate negotiators announced a budget deal, the North Carolina Association of Educators announced plans Monday to try to block key provisions in the $20.6 billion spending plan.

http://www.wral.com/teachers-group-to-mount-legal-challenge-to-budget-proposal/12688596/

Teachers say NC lawmakers are forsaking education (Raleigh News & Observer) Teachers on Monday said cuts in the state budget released Sunday amount to the NC legislators forsaking public education. Teacher pay will remain near the bottom of national rankings. More than 3,850 teacher assistant positions will be gone.

http://www.newsobserver.com/2013/07/22/3049030/teachers-say-lawmakers-are-forsaking.html

Moral Monday demonstrators focus on voter rights and protest cuts to public education (Raleigh News & Observer) -- Though the legislators were not in session on Monday evening, demonstrators gathered outside the General Assembly chambers to protest the GOP agenda

http://www.newsobserver.com/2013/07/22/3049031/moral-monday-demonstrators-focus.html

Hickory, Catawba school boards condemn cuts made by legislature (Hickory Record) -- Catawba County Schools and Hickory Public Schools boards heard on Monday the same laments about the state budget likely to be passed in Raleigh and what it does to educational funding.

http://affiliates.eblastengine.com/go.aspx?b=806291&l=9388659&c=90107554

NC budget puts GOP stamp on schools, universities (AP) -- North Carolina's Republican legislative leaders are putting their free-enterprise stamp on public school and college education, the biggest chunk of this year's $20.6 billion state budget.

http://www.news-record.com/news/north_carolina_ap/article_46752aab-bd4b-569a-a693-e51505c54d50.html

Budget deal resolves session's biggest political stories (WRAL-TV) -- The state budget brings clarity to long-fought battles over how teachers will be paid, how the Commerce Department will be organized, funding for rural development and other stories.

http://www.wral.com/budget-deal-resolves-session-s-biggest-political-stories/12686737/

Budget deal reached (WRAL-TV) -- After weeks of negotiations, the House and Senate unveiled a compromise budget late Sunday, setting the stage for Tuesday and Wednesday votes to send the spending plan to Gov. Pat McCrory.

http://www.wral.com/monday-wrap-budget-deal-reached/12690934/

Child fatality, pregnancy provisions left out of final budget (WRAL-TV) -- The final budget drops provisions in earlier versions of the bill that would have ended funding for the N.C. Child Fatality Task Force. A measure that would have moved pregnant women off of Medicaid was also abandoned.

http://www.wral.com/child-fatality-pregnancy-provisions-left-out-of-the-final-budget-/12689264/

First Look at the Final State HHS Budget (N.C. Health News) -- Lawmakers released their compromise state budget late Sunday night, a document that provides for $20.6 billion in state spending over the upcoming year. The 546-page document not only provides the amounts being budgeted for programs this coming year but also sets policies, changes the way departments are organized, cuts and adds jobs and creates new programs in the 71-pages of language that address health and human services.

http://www.northcarolinahealthnews.org/2013/07/22/first-look-at-the-final-state-hhs-budget/

Tolson: 26.7% Biotech Center budget cut likely to mean 'fewer jobs' for state (WRAL-TV) -- The General Assembly and Gov. Pat McCrory are cutting the N.C. Biotech Center by nearly 27 percent, but Norris Tolson says the center will continue to pursue economic development as it develops a strategy to deal with the cuts.

http://wraltechwire.com/tolson-26-7-biotech-center-budget-cut-likely-to-mean-fewer-jobs-for-state/12...

N.C. Biotechnology Center issues statement on budget cuts (Triangle Business Journal) -- $12.6 million. That’s the total allocated for the North Carolina Biotechnology Center in the final state budget,

http://www.bizjournals.com/triangle/news/2013/07/22/nc-biotechnology-center-issues.html

Budget cuts some WNC facilities, misses others (Asheville Citizen-Times) -- Some state operations in Western North Carolina would close under a proposed House-Senate compromise budget, some would see cuts but stay open and some would be relatively unaffected.

http://www.citizen-times.com/article/20130723/NEWS/307230013/Budget-cuts-some-WNC-facilities-misses-...

Budget raises boat fees (WRAL-TV) -- The state budget will raise fees on recreational boaters in order to pay for dredging of coastal waterways and inland lakes.

http://www.wral.com/budget-raises-boat-fees/12688619/

NC tax plan gets mixed reviews (Asheville Citizen-Times) -- Most North Carolinians will see more money in their paychecks under an income tax overhaul though business owners and the state's poorest will pay more in taxes.

http://www.citizen-times.com/article/20130723/NEWS/307230014/NC-tax-plan-gets-mixed-reviews

House approves 'fracking,' offshore drilling changes (WRAL-TV) -- North Carolina would begin negotiations to enter into an offshore drilling compact under the bill, which also makes changes to the hydraulic fracturing laws.

http://www.wral.com/house-approves-fracking-offshore-drilling-changes/12690422/

NC energy policy shifts attention from fracking to offshore drilling (Raleigh News & Observer) -- The state House approved an energy policy Monday that looks beyond fracking in the short term and turns its focus to offshore energy exploration, which could proceed on a scale of decades. The legislation’s focus on offshore oil drilling, and its effect on tourism-dependent areas, is a shift that could transform North Carolina's coastal region with the promise of jobs and the threat of an accident, as well as the certainty of heated disagreement. Drilling in the Atlantic Ocean remains under prohibition but is slowly being revisited as the nation looks for future sources of energy. Gov. Pat McCrory has signaled his support for such a policy during his election campaign last year and throughout his tenure.

http://projects.newsobserver.com/under_the_dome/nc_energy_policy_shifts_attention_from_fracking_to_o...

McCrory to sign tax bill Tuesday (Raleigh News & Observer) -- Gov. Pat McCrory announced Monday he plans to sign the sweeping tax bill into law Tuesday. The Republican will hold a 1 p.m. bill signing ceremony for HB 998 at the mansion, joined by House Speaker Thom Tillis and Senate leader Phil Berger. The three Republicans agreed to a tax plan a week ago Monday and lawmakers rushed to pass it into law even as concerns mounted about who will benefit and who will lose under the measure. Under the bill, the state's three-tiered income tax structure would vanish, replaced by a flat personal income tax at 5.75 percent in 2015. The corporate tax would drop to 5 percent.

http://projects.newsobserver.com/under_the_dome/pat_mccrory_to_sign_tax_bill_tuesday

Rural Center funding freeze impacts area (Rocky Mount Telegram) -- The budget plan under consideration by the N.C. General Assembly for the coming year calls for eliminating funding to a nonprofit organization whose state grants have helped a wide range of local companies expand.

http://www.rockymounttelegram.com/news/rural-center-funding-freeze-impacts-area-2118113

Under proposed budget, Rural Center funding would go to other assistance initiatives (Raleigh News & Observer) -- The proposed state budget cuts off any new taxpayer funding to the troubled N.C. Rural Economic Development Center

http://www.newsobserver.com/2013/07/22/3049024/under-proposed-budget-rural-center.html

Budget proposal concerns WNC teachers (Asheville Citizen) -- A state budget proposal that would cut teacher assistants and eliminate teacher tenure is generating concern from some Western North Carolina lawmakers as well as local teachers.

http://www.citizen-times.com/article/20130723/NEWS01/307230012/Budget-proposal-concerns-WNC-teachers

New method to name public defenders (Greensboro News &Record) -- The state budget takes the appointments of public defenders out of the hands of the Commission on Indigent Defense Services and gives it to local resident superior court judges.

http://www.news-record.com/blogs/north_state_politics/article_186ea1ac-f330-11e2-8584-001a4bcf6878.html

NC budget gives locals a veto over ferry tolls (Raleigh News & Observer) -- The new North Carolina state budget allows NCDOT to decide whether to start making travelers pay for trips on ferry routes that have always been toll-free – but only if the new tolls are requested by local elected leaders on coastal transportation planning boards that have opposed tolls

http://www.newsobserver.com/2013/07/22/3048842/nc-budget-gives-locals-a-veto.html

New ferry tolls not included in proposed state budget (New Bern Sun Journal) -- Barring a last-minute change in the state budget, planned new tolls for the Minnesott Beach-Cherry Branch ferry are off the table.

http://www.newbernsj.com/news/local/new-ferry-tolls-not-included-in-proposed-state-budget-1.176169/

Eugenics payments would be made in 2015 (Winston-Salem Journal) -- North Carolina House and Senate leaders have reached an agreement on a budget that includes $10 million to be divided among victims of the state’s eugenics programs, but those payments would not be made until 2015.

http://www.journalnow.com/news/local/article_116cc376-f32f-11e2-af23-0019bb30f31a.html

Payouts to NC eugenics victims could be modest (AP) -- A proposed budget agreement sets aside $10 million for one-time payments to North Carolina's forced sterilization victims, but the final amount paid to each individual will depend on how many come forward.

http://www.news-record.com/news/north_carolina_ap/article_7f769edf-868c-5e1e-beb1-c4e2c6f5b430.html

Budget Deal Shuffles State Trust Funds (Coastal Review) -- The state budget that will likely be approved by the N.C. General Assembly this week merges the clean water and natural heritage trust funds and replaces all members of regulatory commissions.

http://nccoast.org/Article.aspx?k=905c76f4-3e17-4928-89e7-c0175369e7b7

Legislature approves scholarships for students with disabilities (AP) -- State lawmakers have given final approval to revamp a program that helps the families of children with disabilities pay for private schools.

http://www.wral.com/legislature-approves-scholarships-for-students-with-disabilities-/12690311/

How much money will be lost? (Wilson Times) -- Arts supporters across the state are holding their collective breath until they can find out what the Senate budget cuts to the N.C. Arts Council will mean.

http://www.wilsontimes.com/News/Local/Story/21524146---How-much-money-will-be-lost-

Jones center will remain open (Greenville Daily Reflector) -- Pitt County’s state-funded alcohol and drug abuse treatment center will remain open but will take a cut in funding, state legislators said Monday ahead of today’s scheduled final budget vote.

http://www.reflector.com/news/jones-center-will-remain-open-2118229

Private school grants for ‘disabled’ goes to McCrory (AP) -- North Carolina lawmakers are agreeing to let more parents of disabled students use taxpayer money to attend private schools.

http://www.news-record.com/news/north_carolina_ap/article_bf0e4136-bb37-573a-b147-1bc0ada3e488.html

Some big-ticket state budget items mean changes in Lenoir County (Kinston Free Press) -- For a state budget that nearly tops 400 pages and was released to the public Sunday night, it’s likely to be a mixed bag for most people.

http://www.kinston.com/news/local/some-big-ticket-state-budget-items-mean-changes-in-lenoir-county-1...

POLICY & POLITICS

D.C. group lists McCrory among worst governors in America (Charlotte Observer) -- Gov. Pat McCrory has been named one of the worst governors in America by a citizens group that knocks the former Charlotte mayor for what it calls cronyism and partisan politics. McCrory dismissed the criticism on Sunday, telling host Dave Wagner on WCNC-TV’s “FlashPoint” show that Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington “is a very liberal, activist group. Their goal is to eviscerate me.” Only two of the 18 governors criticized by the D.C.-based group are Democrats. Notable national names on the group’s list include Republicans Rick Perry of Texas, Nikki Haley of South Carolina, Jan Brewer of Arizona, Bobby Jindal of Louisiana and Scott Walker of Wisconsin, and Democrat Andrew Cuomo of New York.

http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2013/07/22/4182325/dc-group-lists-mccrory-among-worst.html

NC 5th in U.S. in stolen guns: Number of guns stolen, lost up in Port City (Wilmington Star-News) -- North Carolina was fifth in the nation in the number of guns reported lost or stolen in 2012

http://www.starnewsonline.com/article/20130722/ARTICLES/130729947/1015/news01?Title=Number-of-guns-r...

NC Gun Buy-Back honors shooting victims (AP) — Law enforcement agencies in Wilmington are holding an event to buy back people's guns, no questions asked.

http://www.reflector.com/ap/staten/nc-gun-buy-back-honors-shooting-victims-2117439

Super PACs, other groups party like it’s 2016 (Washington Post) -- Well-funded political organizations are already starting to launch the next campaign for the White House — long before any candidates enter the race.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/super-pacs-other-independent-political-groups-already-setting...

Heritage Foundation Is a Handful for GOP (Wall Street Journal) -- The Heritage Foundation, long a stately think tank that sought to define conservative thinking for Republicans, now is often challenging the establishment GOP, making waves in the process.

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887324144304578619640562831244.html?mod=WSJ__MIDDLENextto...

NAACP, Democratic voters appeal redistricting ruling (Raleigh News & Observer) -- The state NAACP, a group of Democratic voters and other voter-rights organizations are taking their fight against the legislative and congressional boundaries drawn by Republicans to the state’s highest court. “We know, without a doubt that the battle for voting rights is one that must be won,” the Rev. William Barber, head of the state NAACP, said on the Wake County courthouse steps on Monday. “We know we’re in a battle for the ballot.” Their notice of appeal comes two weeks after a panel of three Superior Court judges validated the legislative and congressional districts intended to be used through the 2020 elections. They had 30 days to decide whether to appeal to the N.C. Supreme Court.

http://projects.newsobserver.com/under_the_dome/naacp_democratic_voters_appeal_redistricting_ruling

Youth activists detained while trying to enter US (AP) — U.S. authorities have detained eight activists who asked to be allowed to re-enter the United States from Mexico on humanitarian grounds in a protest against American immigration policies. Customs and Border Protection officials detained the activists Monday after they filed applications for humanitarian parole at the Nogales border crossing to try to return to the United States. Luis Gustavo Leon, 20, said he has been deported from the U.S. four times. He had gone to Mexico two years ago to continue his university studies but did not get used to the lifestyle there. His parents and brothers are all in North Carolina. "I will keep trying because my family is there, because even though I'm Mexican, my culture is the American culture," he said. He added he was not afraid of being detained. "As long as there is hope, I will fight," Leon said. "If they tell me I can't do it, then I'll give up temporarily, but not completely. I'll go back to Mexico but later on I'll find a way to return."

http://www.reflector.com/ap/staten/youth-activists-detained-while-trying-enter-us-2117859

State pays thousands to employees on leave (WRAL-TV) -- When employees face allegations of harassment, misuse of state property or other issues, state leaders say sending them home with pay makes sense. The WRAL Investigates team found some workers getting paid for months while awaiting the outcome of their investigation.

http://www.wral.com/state-workers-paid-millions-despite-being-sent-home/12683002/

Gov. Pat McCrory hosts negotiations on Charlotte airport (Charlotte Observer) -- Gov. Pat McCrory is now actively involved in the negotiations over who will control Charlotte Douglas International Airport.

http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2013/07/22/4182785/gov-pat-mccrory-hosts-negotiations.html

Judge tosses lawsuit over NC public records law (AP) — A judge on Monday dismissed a lawsuit alleging that Carolinas HealthCare System broke the state public records law.

http://www.reflector.com/ap/staten/judge-tosses-lawsuit-over-nc-public-records-law-2117505

PTI gets $4.3M to pay for past runway costs (Triad Business Journal) -- PTI Executive Director Kevin Baker repeatedly fielded that question from reporters Monday after U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan's office sent out a release announcing a $4.3 million grant "to build a new runway that will accommodate the expected expansion of the airport." "This investment will provide a big boost to PTI and the entire Greensboro area," Hagan said in a statement. "A new runway will be critical to supporting increased activity that will help grow our economy, and I'm pleased North Carolina will benefit from this funding for many years to come."

http://www.bizjournals.com/triad/news/2013/07/22/pti-receives-43m-grant-to-help-cover.html

Policy changes should not affect wood-pellet plans at port (Wilmington Star-News) -- Changes were long anticipated and have provided certainty for the industry to continue rapid growth.

http://www.starnewsonline.com/article/20130722/ARTICLES/130729922/1177?Title=Policy-changes-should-n...

White House names NC State institute director a 'Champion of Change' (Raleigh News & Observer) -- The White House will honor Anita Brown-Graham, the Institute for Emerging Issues director at North Carolina State University, for her innovation in tackling some of the state’s biggest issues. Brown-Graham will receive the title of “Champion of Change,” given through a program President Barack Obama created to highlight the accomplishments of people and organizations working toward a better future.

http://projects.newsobserver.com/under_the_dome/white_house_names_ncsu_institute_for_emerging_issues...

Region colleges create programs to make gay students feel included (Fayetteville Observer) -- Universities in the Cape Fear region are trying to make their campuses more inclusive for gay students.

http://fayobserver.com/articles/2013/07/22/1271361?sac=fo.local

Marijuana, license charges dropped against UNC's Hairston (Raleigh News & Observer) -- The misdemeanor charges of marijuana possession and driving without a license that P.J. Hairston faced after his arrest early last month have been dropped, a Durham County clerk of court said on Monday.

http://www.newsobserver.com/2013/07/22/3047718/charges-dropped-against-hairston.html

Hairston still faces UNC, NCAA questions after charges dropped (Raleigh News & Observer) -- The misdemeanor charges of marijuana possession and driving without a license that P.J. Hairston faced after his arrest early last month have been dropped, a Durham County clerk of court said on Monday.

http://www.newsobserver.com/2013/07/22/3047718/charges-dropped-against-hairston.html

NCDOT works on Charlotte-area road damage (AP) -- Work crews with the N.C. Department of Transportation are continuing their efforts to repairs roads and structures in the Charlotte area which were damaged by recent heavy rains.

http://www.wral.com/ncdot-works-on-charlotte-area-road-damage/12691927/

New talk radio station debuts in Wilmington (N.C. Political News) -- A new conservative talk radio station is up and running in Wilmington. WMYT 106.7 FM, which is operated by Talk Media TV, made its debut at 6 a.m. on Monday, July 22. Talk Media TV was formed in February of 2013 by Curtis Wright, who previously hosted morning shows on The Big Talker FM and WAAV-980 am, and former Brunswick County Republican Party Chairman George Bell.

http://www.ncpoliticalnews.com/?p=3048

GENERAL NEWS

ECU gets $2.2 million for teacher program (AP) — East Carolina University has received a $2.2 million foundation grant for its rural teacher education program.

http://www.reflector.com/ap/staten/ecu-gets-22-million-teacher-program-2117465

Renegade plant to close Tuesday night (Winston-Salem Journal) -- A 15-year run of making discount cigarettes will come to an end Tuesday night for three defunct Mocksville tobacco companies.

http://www.news-record.com/news/local_news/article_7ebc84fe-f305-11e2-ae15-0019bb30f31a.html

Faye Hunter, iconic ’80s NC band Let’s Active, passes (Raleigh News & Observer) -- Faye Hunter, 59, a key player in the underground alternative-rock scene that yielded R.E.M., dies of an apparent suicide.

http://www.newsobserver.com/2013/07/22/3048535/faye-hunter-from-iconic-80s-north.html

Pastor urges 500 people at Moses Mathis' funeral to keep 'Bicycle Man' charity going (Fayetteville Observer) — The pastor who eulogized Moses Mathis called upon the 500 people who attended a service for Fayetteville's beloved "Bicycle Man" today to continue his work.

http://www.fayobserver.com/articles/2013/07/22/1271207?sac=fo.home

ENERGY & ENVIRONMENT

House approves 'fracking,' offshore drilling changes (WRAL-TV) -- North Carolina would begin negotiations to enter into an offshore drilling compact under the bill, which also makes changes to the hydraulic fracturing laws.

http://www.wral.com/house-approves-fracking-offshore-drilling-changes/12690422/

NC energy policy shifts attention from fracking to offshore drilling (Raleigh News & Observer) -- The state House approved an energy policy Monday that looks beyond fracking in the short term and turns its focus to offshore energy exploration, which could proceed on a scale of decades. The legislation’s focus on offshore oil drilling, and its effect on tourism-dependent areas, is a shift that could transform North Carolina's coastal region with the promise of jobs and the threat of an accident, as well as the certainty of heated disagreement. Drilling in the Atlantic Ocean remains under prohibition but is slowly being revisited as the nation looks for future sources of energy. Gov. Pat McCrory has signaled his support for such a policy during his election campaign last year and throughout his tenure.

http://projects.newsobserver.com/under_the_dome/nc_energy_policy_shifts_attention_from_fracking_to_o...

EDITORIALS

Deep wells inappropriate for N.C. fracking (Raleigh News & Observer column) -- Recent experiences around the country have proved that the treatment and recycling of wastewater is more economical and friendlier to the environment.

http://www.newsobserver.com/2013/07/22/3048646/deep-wells-inappropriate-for-nc.html

N.C. voter ID, other changes unnecessary (Charlotte Observer) We’ve said all along that GOP lawmakers’ push for voter ID in North Carolina was more about suppressing the votes of Democrats than tackling fraud. The restrictive N.C. Senate bill unveiled last week that some legislators are trying to ram through in the waning days of the legislative session this week proves the point.

http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2013/07/22/4182208/nc-voter-id-other-changes-unnecessary.html

Voting measures don't seek fairness (Greenville Daily Reflector) -- When North Carolina Republicans claimed the 2010 election, seizing a legislative majority for the first time in a century, the public expected the new leadership would seek to maximize its hold on that status by using its power to draw legislative districts.

http://www.reflector.com/opinion/editorials/editorial-voting-measures-dont-seek-fairness-2118189

Still pushing on Voter ID (Raleigh News & Observer) -- State Senate Republicans move to further restrict the types of ID that could be used in a Voter ID requirement, a clear attempt to cut the number of younger voters who might be leaning Democratic.

http://www.newsobserver.com/2013/07/22/3048874/still-pushing-on-voter-id.html

GOP delivers a tight budget (Winston-Salem Journal) -- The compromise state budget released Sunday night and almost certain to be approved by the House and Senate this week moves North Carolina spending policy fully into the ideological homeland of the Republican legislators who designed it.

http://www.journalnow.com/opinion/editorials/article_78ba41f0-f304-11e2-8a84-001a4bcf6878.html

Even the best elected officials should have to face a challenger (Wilmington Star-News) -- Is Wilmington Mayor Bill Saffo doing such a bang-up job that not one of Wilmington’s 80,461 registered voters (as of July 10) saw fit to challenge him?

http://www.starnewsonline.com/article/20130722/ARTICLES/130729915/1108?Title=Editorial-Even-the-best...

Fix, don't nix, state's Rural Econ Center (Asheville Citizen-Times) -- North Carolina needs the Rural Economic Development Center, but that center needs new direction.

http://www.citizen-times.com/article/20130722/OPINION01/307220005/Fix-don-t-nix-state-s-Rural-Econ-C...

Long, hard fight for sterilization compensation is almost won (Winston-Salem Journal) -- Cheers to state House Speaker Thom Tillis and Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger for agreeing on a budget that finally includes compensation for the living victims of the state’s forced sterilization program. Once the members of their chambers approve this budget, it heads to Gov. Pat McCrory, a compensation supporter, for his signature.

http://www.journalnow.com/opinion/editorials/article_a9017b3a-f26e-11e2-931c-0019bb30f31a.html

Chips - PAC may drive campaign costs even higher (Fayetteville Observer) -- They'll see your six figures and raise you six more. It's not poker. It's politics. And the chips on the table will never be the same again.

http://fayobserver.com/articles/2013/07/23/1271249

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