Monday News: Voters beware


CAMPAIGN FINANCE HEARING FOR RALPH HISE POSTPONED UNTIL AFTER ELECTION: Hise has been under investigation by the agency since March 2017, when Greg Flynn, a government watchdog in Raleigh, filed complaints with the NCSBE alleging the senator pocketed roughly $10,000 from his campaign account. Earlier this month, the board announced it would consider the complaint against Hise at its meeting on Wednesday, October 17. Days later, an attorney for Hise requested the hearing be postponed because Hise’s mother—Shirley Hise, who served as his campaign treasurer during the period of time under investigation by the board—is hospitalized and undergoing treatment for cancer. “This past Tuesday, Ms. Hise was admitted to Mission Hospital—St. Joseph Campus in Asheville due to complications from her cancer treatments,” the letter from Hise’s attorney, Steven Long, said. “She is not able to walk and currently has serious health issues that will not allow her to come to Raleigh on October 17 to appear at the hearing.”

VICTIMS RIGHTS AMENDMENT WILL COST AT LEAST $11 MILLION PER YEAR: The state constitution already requires victims to be notified about all proceedings in their case and the opportunity to be heard in court — typically during sentencing hearings. It also requires notifications when someone is released from prison. Those requirements apply in cases involving domestic violence and major felonies. Marsy’s Law would expand those requirements to violent misdemeanors, felony property crimes and some juvenile cases. Victims would have more chances to speak out in court, including at hearings setting bail conditions, and they’d have the right to be present at all court proceedings. The amendment would also guarantee that victims granted a court-ordered restitution payment can receive it “in a timely manner.”

LAWMAKERS WILL APPROPRIATE $794 MILLION FOR FLORENCE CLEANUP AND REPAIRS: When lawmakers gather later today in the state capital, they plan to approve nearly $800 million in Hurricane Florence relief funding, legislative leaders said over the weekend. Gov. Roy Cooper had asked for $1.5 billion in state funding for the storm recovery, with $750 million of that up front and approved during this week's session. Leadership did not release a breakdown of how the money would be spent. More details should be available this afternoon, when the House and Senate appropriations committees go into joint session at 4 p.m. The initial recovery package may be completely approved by Monday night. Most of the funding will come from the state's $2 billion rainy day fund and will not require a tax increase. Billions more will likely flow from the federal government, and from private insurance claims tied to the storm and the subsequent flooding, which was historic in much of southeastern North Carolina. Private groups are working to help repair homes as well. Many people, though, will likely never be made whole.

RICHARD HUDSON IS BANKING ON TRUMP'S BASE TO SEND HIM BACK TO DC: Hudson is rated among the most conservative members of the House Republicans, a fact that he touts, and has been a vocal supporter of the Trump administration. In 2017, his wife was hired as chief of staff by White House counselor Kellyanne Conway. McNeill accused him of being out of touch with the district and spending his adult life in the nation’s capital. “I’m looking at it as someone from Moore County,” said McNeill. “His point of reference is Washington, D.C.” In a year when some Democrats are counting on disenchantment with the president to drive their voters to the polls, Hudson isn’t afraid to associate himself with Trump. He thinks voters in the 8th District still support the president’s policies“People in this area appreciate the success the president’s had,” he said. The most criticism Hudson said he hears from voters has to do with Trump’s social media usage.

AFTER STREET VIOLENCE, NY GOVERNOR ANDREW CUOMO BLASTS THE GOP FOR INVITING "PROUD BOYS": In a conference call with reporters, the Democratic governor called the invitation to Proud Boys founder Gavin McInnes to speak at the Metropolitan Republican Club a "political tactic because what they're trying to do is fire up their base" ahead of the midterm elections. "Why would the Republican Party at their main club invite the Proud Boys?" Cuomo asked, pointing out that they have been designated as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center. The Proud Boys is made up of males who describe themselves as "western chauvinists." Cuomo said he had directed the state police to assist the New York Police Department in a probe of the violence that took place Friday night between the Proud Boys and those protesting the speech. Three people have been arrested, but elected officials were outraged over videos posted online of the violence, saying they showed Proud Boys members were involved and should face consequences. Cuomo said he had also requested the FBI to assist.