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Opinion Roundup: Triad jobs project could provide sorely needed economic boost

Posted July 27

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Thursday, July 27, 2017 -- A roundup of opinion, commentary and analysis on how one county could benefit from an intriguing jobs project, where political and judicial gerrymandering in N.C. stands, why President Trump moved to reinstate a transgender military service ban and more.

Davidson jobs (Winston-Salem Journal) -- A Davidson County project that could eventually create up to 770 jobs is intriguing indeed. We want to hear a lot more details about the incentives the deal would entail, how good the claw-back requirements would be to protect those jobs and what the job benefits would be.

GARY ROBERTSON: Political remap could shift N.C. battle’s outcome (AP Analysis) -- North Carolina's Republican-dominated legislature has been repeatedly walloping Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper since before he took office, and the bitter conflict shows no sign of abating. But an upcoming adjustment to some political boundaries could sway its outcome.

ERICA HELLERSTEIN: Redistricting Panel Convenes, GOP Leaders Confirm They Will Use Notorious Consultant (IndyWeek column) -- Republican leaders confirmed that GOP consultant Tom Hofeller, who helped craft unconstitutional districts in 2011, will once again be involved.

TRAVIS FAIN: Burr admits keeping judicial redistricting secret to stop judges from fighting it (WRAL-TV analysis) -- Asked why he didn't loop judges and prosecutors into the process, instead of surprising them with already drawn maps, Rep. Justin Burr, R-Stanly, said it's because they would have fought the process.

STEVE PEOPLES: Trump transgender ban nod to Christian conservatives (AP analysis) -- "It was pretty high up on our wish list," said Fitzgerald, executive director for N.C. Values Coalition. Fitzgerald said she found it "ridiculous" that the American taxpayers were being forced to pay for treatment and surgery that violates the conscience of most of the American public."

Sad days in Senate (Greensboro News & Record) -- Sen. Richard Burr of North Carolina hailed Tuesday’s vote to proceed with debate on a health care bill.

FRANK TAYLOR & MICHAEL GEBELEIN: Paying for mistakes: North Carolina’s 10 most penalized adult care homes (Carolina Public Press analysis) -- A look at highest fines levied against N.C. adult care homes in the last three years, what led to them and the outcome for those facilities.

TAYLOR KNOPF: 4 N.C. Cities Make Top 25 for Opioid Abuse (N.C. Health News analysis) -- A report by a health care consulting firm compares key factors in America’s opioid abuse problem such as income, age, location and mental illness.

ERICA HELLERSTEIN: An N.C. Congressman Tries to Defund the Congressional Budget Office (IndyWeek analysis) – Rep. Mark Meadows, Freedom Caucus chairman and representative of N.C.'s 11th District, proposed his means of undermining democratic norms. His big idea: gut the Congressional Budget Office, the agency that has consistently projected GOP efforts to repeal and replace Obamacare would leave more than 20 million Americans without coverage.

TRISTA TALTON: Drilling Opponents Ready For Renewed Fight (Coastal Review analysis) -- Wilmington-area environmental advocates leading the recently formed offshore drilling opposition group Save Our Sea say lessons learned in recent anti-pollution battles have them prepared for the latest fight.

20 years later, still waiting for Leandro results (Fayetteville Observer) -- Hard to believe it’s been 20 years since the N.C. Supreme Court handed down its landmark ruling in the Leandro v. State case, in which it said every student in this state has a constitutional right to “receive a sound basic education.”

STEPHANIE CARSON: NC Teachers Gain Worldly Understanding of Education (Public News Service column) -- As school systems across North Carolina prepare to start a new year, teachers are returning refreshed and, in some cases, equipped with knowledge to better serve their classrooms. That's the case for 28 teachers from across the state who traveled to Germany this summer to understand how that country approaches education.

RYAN MURPHY: 6 dogs die after being left in hot van at former Blackwater facility; 4 workers fired (Norfolk Virginian-Pilot column) -- Six dogs died after they were left in sweltering vans earlier this month at a private security facility in Moyock, N.C. Four employees of security contractor Academi, formerly Blackwater, have been fired two others have resigned.

DENNIS RASH: Helped remake uptown Charlotte, dies at 77 (Charlotte Observer obit) -- Dennis Rash, a lawyer, banker and university leader who helped reshape uptown Charlotte and its most cherished hallmarks over five decades, died of Parkinson’s disease Tuesday night. He was 77.

CATHY BESSANT: A Charlotte visionary you may not have known (Charlotte Observer column) -- Dennis Rash, who died Tuesday, was instrumental in the Uptown we know today, says Bank of America’s Cathy Bessant.

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