Government

Attorney: McCrory will veto coal-ash bill

May 25, 2016

(The Times-News, Burlington)

On Tuesday, the House Rules Committee approved a bill that would reconstitute a state commission to oversee cleanup of ash ponds across North Carolina. Gov. Pat McCrory threatened to veto the bill if it passes through the General Assembly in its current form. A state Supreme Court ruled in January that a former oversight committee was unconstitutional.

Charlotte City Council won't vote on repealing ordinance

May 24, 2016

(The Charlotte Observer)

Charlotte City Council decided not to vote Monday on repealing its nondiscrimination ordinance that led to state lawmakers passing House Bill 2. Legislative leaders had asked the city to overturn the ordinance, which was essentially nullified by HB2, in exchange for a modified version of the bill. Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit Human Rights Campaign called the Charlotte Chamber an "anti-LGBT bully" for encouraging the City Council to repeal the measure; the Chamber said Monday it takes "great offense" at the claim.

When artists boycott HB2, it's not just the fans who suffer

May 23, 2016

(WRAL.com)

When music acts such as Bruce Springsteen and Maroon 5 cancel North Carolina shows over House Bill 2, concert venues such as the Greensboro Coliseum, hotels and nearby restaurants are affected. So are volunteers such as school groups who work arena concessions as fundraisers for their programs.

House approves $22.2B budget, without HB2 amendment

May 20, 2016

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

N.C. Rep. Darren Jackson tried to add a provision to the House budget that would repeal HB2 and allocate $2 million for marketing efforts to restore the state's reputation, but House Speaker Tim Moore ruled the amendment out of order. Moore said it wasn't relevant to the $22.2 billion budget, which the House approved Thursday by a vote of 103-12.

New bill would tighten restrictions on renewables in NC

May 19, 2016

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Renewable-energy advocates say a new bill introduced last week essentially amounts to a ban on green energy and would turn North Carolina into the most hostile state for renewables. The bill would require wind and solar farms to be built at least 1 1/2 miles from a neighboring property line and restrict wind farms to 35 decibels of noise. Republican Sen. Bill Cook of Beaufort County co-sponsored the bill; his district includes Perquimans and Pasquotank counties, where the massive Amazon Wind Farm is under construction.

Report: HB2 could cost NC 53,000 jobs

May 18, 2016

(News & Record, Greensboro)

A new analysis by the liberal-leaning N.C. Justice Center says the state could lose more than 53,000 jobs and $2.4 billion in wages if the federal government shuts off funding to state programs over House Bill 2.

SEANC says Cowell should choose state job or corporate roles

May 17, 2016

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

The State Employees Association of North Carolina is calling for N.C. Treasurer Janet Cowell to either resign from her state job or from two corporate boards on which she serves. Cowell responded by saying she has no intention of doing either. Cowell, who is not seeking re-election, recently joined the board of directors of Morrisville-based ChannelAdvisor and James River Group Holdings, which has its U.S. headquarters in Raleigh.

Opinion: India-born grad student says NC 'closing the door' to newcomers

May 16, 2016

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Jai Kumar, a graduate student at UNC Chapel Hill who was born in India and grew up in the Triangle, says that by enacting voter ID laws, cutting funding to public schools, not expanding Medicaid and passing measures such as House Bill 2, North Carolina is sending a message to immigrants like his parents and others who are "different" that they are not welcome here.
Related: European Union blasts House Bill 2, other state LGBT laws

Federal government won't cut funds to NC

May 13, 2016

(WRAL.com)

The Obama administration said Thursday it will not withhold federal funds for schools and roads while the legal battle over House Bill 2 plays out. Meanwhile on Friday, the president will tell all public school districts in the U.S. that they should allow transgender students to use the bathrooms consistent with their gender identity.

Report: HB2 could cost NC $5 billion a year

May 12, 2016

(The Charlotte Observer)

The economic toll of House Bill 2 could approach $5 billion a year, according to a report by the Williams Institute, a think tank affiliated with the UCLA School of Law. Ricky Diaz, spokesman for Gov. Pat McCrory, responded, "This is a left-wing report produced in California," and called it an "obvious attempt to smear North Carolina." Meanwhile Democrats in North Carolina raised concerns over whether the state is footing the bill for McCrory's travel expenses to appear on national TV programs where he defended HB2.