PUBLIC SPEAKERS OVERWHELMINGLY SUPPORT REDISTRICTING REFORM: “There is a rumor that red maps have been drawn already,” said Janis Ramquist, a Raleigh resident who told lawmakers she had known some of them for four decades and was saddened “that so many people distrust you and believe the worst in you.” James Wood, a 19-year-old Raleigh resident, shook his finger at the legislators as he criticized their protracted effort in the courts, and the millions of dollars spent on legal fees, fighting maps that did not pass constitutional muster. As his voice rose, Wood told the lawmakers that he thought with a piece of paper and a pencil that he could “draw districts pretty fairly.” “We are done with your pettiness and in the not so distant future when we are up there running the show, things are going to be different,” Wood said.
PHIL BERGER PUSHES LIMITS ON CAMPAIGN FUNDRAISING DURING SESSION: Generally, lobbyists and lobbyist principals – the organization or person who hires the lobbyist – may not give to legislators or other statewide officials. That still leaves a lot of money flowing during session. Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger's disclosure offers examples. His campaign raised about $357,600 during session, presumably not from lobbyists or lobbyist principals. But just because a donor doesn't fall into those designations doesn't mean he or she doesn't have ties to entities that lobby. One example: Jim Goodnight is the co-founder and chief executive of SAS Institute, a major software company based in Cary. SAS lists 14 lobbyists in North Carolina Secretary of State registration records. Berger's campaign logged a $5,200 donation from Goodnight on May 9. "This is a great example which, unfortunately, does show the shortcomings of the law we have," said Bob Phillips, executive director of good-government group Common Cause North Carolina.
DALLAS WOODHOUSE CHANNELS TRUMP WITH TWITTER TIRADE OVER 1898 WILMINGTON INCIDENT: “From the party that ran a racist campaign of murder and closed the polls to blacks who were Republicans, gaining power for 100 years,” Woodhouse said in one tweet. “After they murdered blacks in Wilmington, (the N.C. Democratic Party) passed what they called the White Declaration of Independence,” Woodhouse wrote, adding that the party allegedly murdered black people and created a “grandfather clause” to keep survivors from voting. “The Wilmington Riot of 1898 was not an act of spontaneous violence,” Woodhouse wrote. “The events of Nov. 10, 1898 were a result of the long-range campaign strategy by Democratic Party leaders to regain political control of Wilmington – at that time (the) state’s most populous city – and North Carolina in the name of white supremacy.”
MIKE PENCE THROWS TEMPER TANTRUM OVER RUMORS HE WANTS TO RUN FOR PRESIDENT IN 2020: In a statement released by the White House, Pence said Sunday’s story in The New York Times “is disgraceful and offensive to me, my family, and our entire team.” He added that “the allegations in this article are categorically false.” The formal rebuttal of a news report by the vice president was an unusual move. In it, Pence also said his team will “focus all our efforts to advance the president’s agenda and see him re-elected in 2020.” The report details efforts of several Republicans looking ahead to 2020, calling it a “shadow campaign.” It notes Pence’s political schedule and active fundraising, though it also says unnamed advisers have signaled that he’d only run if Trump doesn’t. Trump, meanwhile, insisted his support is stronger than ever. In a flurry of early morning tweets Monday, Trump says “the Trump base far bigger & stronger than ever before (despite some phony Fake News polling).” He specifically criticized the “failing @nytimes.”
AMERICAN TERRORISTS BOMB MOSQUE IN MINNESOTA: The Dar Al-Farooq Islamic Center in suburban Minneapolis, like other U.S. mosques, occasionally receives threatening calls and emails. But leaders say they're more frightened after a weekend attack in which an explosive shattered windows and damaged a room as worshippers prepared for morning prayers. Saturday's bombing comes amid a rise in reports of anti-Muslim incidents in the U.S., including arson attacks and vandalism at mosques, harassment of women wearing Muslim head coverings and bullying of Muslim schoolchildren. Just recently in Minnesota, an Islamic cemetery in Castle Rock Township reported it had been vandalized with spray painted profanities and swastikas.