The House Judicial Redistricting Committee met to hear from District Court Judge Athena Brooks, Superior Court Judge Joe Crosswhite and representatives from the North Carolina State Bar and North Carolina Bar Association.
With the exception of the NC State Bar which is not allowed to lobby, all entities oppose the current judicial redistricting plan presented in H717 and encourage the committee to proceed with a better researched, more transparent process.
The committee will meet again soon to discuss, and likely vote on, proposed changes to the judicial and prosecutorial districts currently proposed in H717. Real Facts NC will continue to provide updates on this process.
Watch the entire committee meeting from September 19, 2017:
This week Real Facts examines Representative John Szoka, an Ohio-born member of the Cumberland delegation to the NC House. Rep. Szoka is currently in his third term representing House District 45. Szoka is the Senior Chairman of the Energy and Public Utilities Committee and the Vice-Chairman of the Elections and Ethics Law Committee, the House Select Committee on Redistricting, and the House Rules Committee. Throughout his time at the General Assembly, Szoka has proven that he does not care about protecting working families. While working for a company that was sued for its predatory loan lending practices, Szoka has voted for multiple bills that directly target working and struggling North Carolinians. Read the full profile here.
“There’s a larger percentage of people who work for government than work in healthcare, work in sales, work in manufacturing, or work in agriculture and that alone should tell you that there’s something wrong.” – John Szoka, currently serving his third term working for the government
In this installment of the legislator profile series, Real Facts NC examines Representative John Blust, a member of the Guilford delegation serving nearly 20 years in the NC House and Senate. Often, Blust tries to portray himself as a political maverick but has found it difficult to stand up when it really counts. View the full profile here.
Rep. John Blust, rebel without a clue:
A Nash county woman called the late release of information “an act of disrespect to all people of the state.” She called the lack of openness “a disgraceful act for public officials paid for with public dollars.”Read More
The House Redistricting Committee met to adopt House redistricting plans. Democrats attempted to amend the plans to use maps provided by plaintiffs in the Covington case, but the amendment failed along party lines.
The House will discuss and vote on this redistricting plan on Monday.Read More
In the second in a series of Real Facts NC reports examining key North Carolina legislators, we look at the Speaker of the House, Tim Moore.
Moore has represented Cleveland County since 2003 and became Speaker of the House in 2015.
After being named Speaker, Moore said, "I am committed to improving North Carolina through greater economic opportunity, less burdensome regulations and a new vision for educating and equipping our students.”
Below, read a summary of how Tim Moore has only succeeded in creating greater economic opportunity for himself, his friends, and donors, while his constituents in Cleveland County fall further behind. Read the full report here.
The joint legislative redistricting committee has set a date and locations for a public hearing on the redistricting process. The public hearing will be on Tuesday, August 22 at 4:00 p.m. Following, is a list of all locations, including remote sites, that will participate in the public hearing:
August 14, 2017: A coal ash dump in Chatham County run by Duke Energy contractor Charah now has a 90-day permit to collect the liquid it leaks and spray it into the air, but Courtney Wood at UNC-Chapel Hill's school of public health says the process "negates any basic chemistry from high school."
So yes, a Duke Energy contractor plans to use this process for coal ash.
Charah CEO Charles Price contributed at least $22,000 in 2016 and 2017 to NC Republicans, including Berger and Moore. Additionally, Charah has a history of violating permits. The company was previously cited at least twice by NC for starting construction at sites without required permits, but received no fine under Gov. McCrory’s DEQ.
June 1, 2017: The fluid that collects beneath landfills, referred to as leachate, could soon be sprayed into the air, thanks to House Bill 576 sponsored by Rep. Jimmy Dixon.
US Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) has hosted at least six Facebook Live town halls or Q&A sessions in 2017. He has not hosted an in-person town hall at all this year despite promising in April he’d have one in May or June.Read More