Friday, June 8, 2018 -- A round up of opinion, commentary and analysis on: Senate Republicans override budget veto, voter ID proposed again, new opioid bill gets support from law enforcement, school displays of US mottos approved by House, NC health plans without ACA requirements and more.
In style, substance, this budget is bad
(Fayetteville Observer) -- The only thing less surprising than Gov. Roy Cooper’s veto of the just-passed state budget was lawmakers’ swift move to override it. Cooper vetoed the $23.9 billion budget plan late Wednesday afternoon. By lunchtime Thursday, the Senate had already stomped it to death with a 34-13 vote. House Speaker Tim Moore was in a little less of a rush to bash the governor and said the House would likely take its override vote early next week.
GARY ROBERTSON: Voter ID proposed again, this time as change to N.C. Constitution (AP reports) -- Republicans are poised again to advance a photo identification requirement to vote, despite their previous attempt getting struck down by federal judges.
LAURA LESLIE: Senate swats down budget veto
(WRAL-TV reports) -- Senate Republicans made short work Thursday of Gov. Roy Cooper's budget veto, overriding it by a 34-13 party-line vote - well over the three-fifths vote required by law.
TRAVIS FAIN: Bill would up loan origination fees
(WRAL-TV reports) -- Legislation moving at the statehouse would let banks triple origination fees on loans under $20,000. The new fee cap would be $150, the first increase since 1991. This would be part of a sliding scale of fees contained in House Bill 810, with the fee for loans under $100,000 topping out at $250. Above that, it would be based on a percentage.
Rape kit tracking system advances (AP reports) -- Lawmakers in the have advanced legislation creating a statewide tracking system for sexual assault evidence kits.
School displays of US, N.C. mottos approved by House (AP reports) -- Public schools would have to display the official U.S. and N.C. mottos in prominent areas in legislation that's cleared one General Assembly chamber.
EMERY DALESIO: NC Senate backs limits to law that allowed $51M pork verdict (AP reports) -- Senators in the country's No. 2 hog-growing state sought to further shield industrial-scale hog operations from lawsuits by neighbors who have long complained that open-air animal waste pits comparable to city sewage plants frustrate their daily lives.
The wrong script for school days
(Greensboro News & Record) -- Review the school and testing calendars and create some flexibility that empowers districts to vary. Potential school-is-out days could be reduced and classes managed more efficiently. And such flexibility could create more opportunities for students and teachers to, say, take in a movie outside the classroom.
N.C. Democrats, GOP gather for conventions (AP reports) -- Activists for the state's major political parties are gathering separately this weekend for their annual conventions to energize the faithful heading into the fall elections.
Stormy Daniels storms into Raleigh with politically laced strip show
(McClatchy Newspapers) -- Stormy Daniels sprang onto The Men’s Club stage draped in a costume patterned like a flowing American flag, which she slowly shed down to a red, white and blue garter and a star-spangled thong. As she danced topless for Raleigh. Jimmy Creech, who was seated with his wife, Chris Weedy, waited three hours to cheer on the stripper and porn actress Creech called “an American hero.” “We just admire her willingness to challenge the dishonesty of Donald Trump,” he said. “To call him out on that and take it as far as it can go.” spectators.
POLICY & POLITICS
MITCH WEISS & HOLBROOK MOHR: 2 members of secretive NC sect charged with fraud conspiracy (AP reports) - Two members of a secretive evangelical church in N.C. were charged with conspiracy to commit wire fraud in an alleged unemployment benefits scheme that former congregants have said was meant to keep money coming into the sect.
Betsy DeVos finally approves N.C.'s plan for educating students
(Charlotte Observer reports) -- U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos announced that she has approved N.C.'s plan for educating students under the federal Every Student Succeeds (ESSA) Act. The approval means the state will continue to received federal education dollars.
MARK JOHNSON: Advice, life lessons for the class of 2018
(Wilson Times column) -- Graduation is here for our high school seniors. I want to take a moment to offer unsolicited advice to the young adults starting off on their next steps (and their loved ones who will hopefully cut this out of the paper or share it on Facebook for them to read). First, some quick advice on life. It’s short and goes by faster than you can imagine.
ENERGY & ENVIRONMENT
Mapping can slide no longer
(Hendersonville Times-News) -- Tucked in the almost $24 billion state budget Gov. Roy Cooper vetoed — a move Republican leaders are sure to override — is $3.6 million to revive a landslide mapping program the state stopped funding in 2011. It can’t come too soon. Landslides triggered by the remnants of tropical storm Alberto caused three deaths in Western N.C. A Polk County woman died May 18 when her garage was crushed during one slide.