Morning News Briefs: Tuesday, September 10th, 2019
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Trump, Pence Campaign For Bishop
President Donald Trump urged North Carolina voters to "take the first steps" toward removing House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and "winning back the House in 2020."
Trump was in Fayetteville campaigning on behalf of Republican Dan Bishop in a closely watched special election that takes place Tuesday. Bishop is running against Democrat Dan McCready for a House seat.
Vice President Mike Pence joined Bishop for a campaign rally at Wingate University.
Republicans Begin Complying With Partisan Gerrymander Remap
A Republican legislator says rewriting dozens of North Carolina General Assembly districts that judges found to be illegal political gerrymanders will be "unprecedented" in state history because partisan data can't be considered in redrawing them.
The House and Senate held redistricting committee meetings on Monday, nearly a week since a state court declared Republican mapmakers manipulated voting districts created in 2017 to help elect a maximum number of GOP candidates. The judges told legislators to enact new boundaries by Sept. 18.
As Stalemate Goes On, Republicans Keep To Mini-Budget Tactic
North Carolina Republican legislators are continuing to advance chunks of a spending plan vetoed by Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper that they believe can win bipartisan support.
The House and Senate appropriations committees planned meetings on Tuesday to discuss "mini-budget" legislation.
The legislation addresses school and prison safety and earmarks more disaster relief funds and funding to test old sexual assault evidence kits held by law enforcement. All were contained in the budget that's been sidelined during the impasse.
NC Chief Justice Announces New Parental Leave For Attorneys
North Carolina's chief justice will be announcing new rules for attorneys that quadruple the amount of time they can take off from court appearances after the birth or adoption of a child.
Chief Justice Cheri Beasley will provide details of the change Tuesday. But online changes made to rules for attorney appearances in appellate, Superior and District courts show that attorneys will be able to take 12 weeks off within 24 weeks of the birth or adoption. The change is in addition to the three weeks of leave attorneys can already take.
Dan Besse Will Run Again For N.C. House
Winston-Salem City Council Member Dan Besse has launched another bid for the State House of Representatives.
The Democrat will run in House District 75 for a seat currently held by Republican Donny Lambeth. Besse lost to Lambeth in the 2018 election.
A campaign press release says Besse will focus on affordable health care, education, jobs, and a clean environment.
In the release, Besse also praised last week’s state court decision mandating new legislative district maps, calling it “a major victory for democracy in North Carolina.”
A new district map has not yet been drawn up, and it’s uncertain who will be Besse’s opponent in 2020.
NC Government Reports Third Death Related To Dorian
North Carolina government is reporting another death related to Hurricane Dorian — bringing the number to three.
In a report relayed through Gov. Roy Cooper, the State Medical Examiner's Office said that an unidentified 54-year-old man died Saturday from injuries sustained in a chain saw accident as he tried to remove a tree in New Hanover County.
Other deaths included a Pamlico County man who collapsed Friday and a Columbus County man who fell from a ladder while preparing for the storm a week ago.