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Daily dose: Frivolous Governor edition


Media coalition sues McCrory administration over records (WRAL-TV) -- A coalition of media and public policy groups filed a lawsuit against Gov. Pat McCrory's administration Tuesday over access to public records.

McCrory responds to “frivolous” public records lawsuit (Jones & Blount) -- Gov. Pat McCrory’s office responded to what he called a “frivolous” lawsuit filed against him today by the News and Observer, the Charlotte Observer, Capital Broadcasting (WRAL), the Southern Environmental Law Center, and N.C. Policy Watch, among other plaintiffs.

Daily dose: Monumental foolishness edition

Controversial NC Confederate memorial bill gets tentative approval (AP) — A controversial bill to preserve North Carolina's historical monuments has been given tentative approval after overcoming objections from those in the legislature who say it protects Confederate memorials.

Bill protecting Confederate monuments gets tentative House nod (WRAL-TV) -- House members voted 70-37 in favor of a bill that would require legislative approval in order to remove "objects of remembrance," including Confederate memorials, from public property.

Daily dose: We won't be stifled


Black votes matter: N.C. electors who say new law is unfair (The Guardian) -- When Sandra Beatty goes somewhere and does something, it’s because she really wants to – five years after losing her vision and both her feet to diabetes, any errand is an ordeal. So when on 31 October, with the help of her 31-year-old daughter, she got out of her first-floor apartment, and climbed into the passenger seat of her friend’s Chevrolet Tahoe, it was because she planned to do one of what she considers her most important tasks: going to vote. It was not until weeks later that she learned her ballot had been thrown out. Beatty ‘s statement in May was one of several testimonies included in a lawsuit with national voting rights implications, brought by several voting rights groups and the federal Justice Department against North Carolina’s governor and electoral officials.

Daily dose: NC Klan invades SC edition

N.C. KKK and New Black Panther Party Protest at S.C. Capitol (New York Times) -- Members of the Ku Klux Klan and the New Black Panther Party appeared at dueling rallies, eight days after officials removed the Confederate battle flag from the Capitol grounds.

N.C. KKK-led rally at S.C. Statehouse met by counter-protesters (LA Times) -- A rally led by the Ku Klux Klan to protest the removal of the Confederate battle flag was staged Saturday outside the South Carolina Statehouse in Columbia, where it was met with a counter-protest by African American activists.

Daily dose: The fruit of incompetence version


N.C. Budget Director prepares for possible, but unlikely, state government shutdown (National Law Review) -- State Budget Director Lee Roberts is querying N.C. agencies to determine which functions are critical for “health, safety and well-being” and must continue even if there is a state government shut-down. Although a shut-down is unlikely, there is not a clear catalogue of which functions are vital and which are not. When Aug.14 arrives, there will either be a state budget in place (not likely), have a state government shut-down (not likely but scary), or another continuing resolution that punts the budget deadline farther into the future.

Daily dose: McCrory's secretive governing edition


McCrory, GOP lawmakers talk secretly about budget, bonds (Raleigh News & Observer) -- Gov. Pat McCrory met with the N.C. House GOP during an out-of-the public’s-eyes 45-minute caucus meeting Thursday morning, but ignored the gaggle of reporters outside the door. He did the same with the Senate GOP caucus later in the afternoon.

McCrory’s top lawyer kept secret Election Board member’s conflict of interest (AP) -- The chief legal counsel for Gov. Pat McCrory knew almost a year ago that the law firm of a N.C. Board of Elections member had received $1.3 million from the target of an investigation into questionable political donations. But Bob Stephens didn't say anything to McCrory about the potential conflict of interest or other issues with Paul J. Foley, including his alleged abusive behavior of staffers, a spokesman with the governor's office said.

Daily dose: Stifled protest edition


NC lawmakers pass bill to end development protest petitions (AP) — A bill eliminating a formal track for North Carolina homeowners to protest development in their communities passed the General Assembly on Wednesday and is headed to the governor, who will likely approve it.

Daily dose: Foley all over the news edition


Emails: NC board member involved in disputed voting plan (AP) -- Paul J. Foley, a Republican member of the N.C. elections board, appointed by Gov. Pat McCrory, worked closely with local officials to eliminate a heavily Democratic voting site, according to hundreds of emails. That plan, a judge ruled, was intended to suppress voter turnout. The state Board of Elections is supposed to act as a neutral arbiter when policy disputes arise involving county elections boards. The emails show that Paul J. Foley worked closely behind the scenes with GOP officials in Watauga County as they crafted a plan to eliminate the early voting site at Appalachian State University.

Daily dose: Two-faced Tillis edition


Tillis backs protection for pharmaceutical firms (Raleigh News & Observer) -- Sen. Thom Tillis has been trying to work out a compromise on a patent reform bill, which would benefit the pharmaceutical industry by carving out an exemption from a streamlined review process for FDA-approved drugs. Last year he criticized Kay Hagan for taking campaign donations from the pharmaceutical industry.

Daily dose: Court is in session edition


Effects of changes on minorities at crux of NC voting trial (AP) — Changes to North Carolina's voting access rules finally go to trial this week, with a judge ultimately determining whether Republican legislators illegally diminished the opportunity for minorities to participate in the political process.

Federal trial in NC voting rights case scheduled to begin (AP) — A voting rights trial stemming from three federal lawsuits challenging provisions of a 2013 North Carolina law is getting under way.


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