Homegoing Service For Mother Doris Barnes Horne

Visit Edwards Funeral Home for the arrangements.

Priebus’ Republican National Committee: A Wholly Owned Subsidiary of Koch’s Americans for Prosperity?

To the casual political observer, Reince Priebus, the newly elected chairman of the Republican National Committee, seemed to come out of nowhere. But to Wisconsin progressives, Priebus is known as the state Republican Party operative who allegedly tried to suppress the votes of minorities and students in both the recent midterm congressional elections and the 2008 presidential election — in apparent coordination with David Koch’s Americans For Prosperity. (Read more)

 

Goal: Make Twin Counties more marketable – Source: The Daily Southerner

ROCKY MOUNT — The results are in and local officials are looking at the competitiveness of the Twin Counties and ways to make the area more marketable for businesses, industries and citizens. (Read more)

Note: I hate I was not able to attend the meeting but had to video a middle school ballgame. I would love to have videoed this meeting because I don’t think I can get the real feeling of how this meeting went. However both newspapers did a good job but I believe this is one of those meetings you had to be there to really get it. C. Dancy II – DCN Publisher

See related:

Study says Twin Counties need new image – (Read more Paid Content)

Updated Committee and Bill Information – Source: Rep. Angela R. Bryant

Updated Committee and Bill Information

NORTH CAROLINA GENERAL ASSEMBLY

Representative Angela R. Bryant

House of Representatives

Proudly Representing Halifax and Nash Counties, District 7

Volume IV, Issue 4                                                                                                              February 4, 2011

NEWS FROM RALEIGH…

I always welcome your comments, project updates, suggestions, and visits. My office door is always open to you!  As always, thank you for your support! 

AROUND THE DISTRICT & MORE

· HK on J and People’s Assembly Mass Demonstration and March to the NC Legislature, February 12th, assemble at 9:30am, in front of Shaw University, Estey Hall area.  March begins at 10am.  For more information visit the website at hkonj5@gmail or call NC NAACP state office toll-free, 1-866-NC-NAACP.

· The Entrepreneurial Farmer, February 21, 2011, 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. at Vernon G. James Research and Extension Center, Plymouth, NC.  Register by Feb. 17th at www.ncbiotech.org/AgBiotechFarmer.  The program is designed as a workshop to increase financial, business development.  The program will feature panel discussions, interactive sessions, and a look at how Northeastern North Carolina has been preparing for the future of AgBiotech.

· Please consider helping me with the meeting March 5th, 2011 at the O.I.C. building in Rocky Mount, N.C. 8:30am until 10:30 am.  For more information contact:  Anne Williams(2006 Grad) at 252-469-0516.

· The N.C. Center for Women in Public Service is now accepting applications for the 8th Annual Women in Office Institute, Session I will be held on Thursday June 23 through Sunday June 26.  Session II will be held on Thursday July 21 through Saturday July 23; Peace College Campus.  The Women in Office Institute is an intensive leadership program that prepares women to seek elected or appointed office. Participants will receive an introduction to what’s involved in public service work, including appointed and elected office.  Participants hone their leadership skills, prepare for political campaigning, and develop tools for effective and ethical public service.  Applications accepted February 1 – April 1. For more information contact Anne Mullan at 919-345-0256.

· The Golden LEAF Foundation Board of Directors voted to provide $108,000 to the Halifax Regional Medical Center Wound Care Center project.  This grant will provide funds to renovate a facility on the campus to help increase treatment of wound care and result in the creation of 24 jobs.

· The Golden LEAF Foundation Board of Directors voted to provide $128,000 to the City of Rocky Mount for upfit for a medical pavilion in the Douglas Street area.  This grant will pay for building upfit and support the creation of several jobs.

LEGISLATIVE NEWS

FAST PACE THIS WEEK—OPPOSED HEALTH CARE BILL

The pace of our work increased in the General Assembly this week, with committees beginning to meet and some bills reaching the House floor. We have also been attending briefings to understand the depth of the budget deficit the state faces. The governor has been asked to trim at least $400 million in spending over the next few months to help reduce the deficit in the coming fiscal year. We are also forced to make other cuts to budget, but I will be fighting to make sure we cut smartly and do the least amount of damage possible to education and job supporting programs.

I also want to let you know that I joined with 49 other legislators this week to oppose an effort to force North Carolina’s Attorney General to join pending legislation challenging the new federal health care reform law. It is a waste of the state’s limited resources to join a lawsuit that is already underway and that will bind North Carolina no matter how the courts ultimately rule. Also, the most recent polling on the reform effort shows that the largest percentage of those polled in the state support strengthening reform over repeal.

Thank you for this chance to share information with you. I am including summaries below of some of the bills filed recently that I believe will help North Carolina and I hope you do, too.

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT:  A committee looking for ways to continue promoting economic growth and stimulating job creation would be re-established under legislation filed in the House this week. The legislation would authorize the Committee on Global Engagement to study: the state’s current international activity in the business, government and education sectors; barriers to international trade that could be addressed by state legislation; options for targeting and recruiting international business to North Carolina and means to increase foreign investment in the state, among other duties. (H23)

CRIME: The state crime lab would work under the guidance of a forensic science advisory board and an ombudsman if the General Assembly approves legislation filed this week. The legislation is the result of a study committee put together after complaints about the quality and impartiality of the lab’s work. The bill (H27) would also rename the lab, require certification of forensic science professionals and clarify some of the state’s statutes on forensic evidence.

CHILD ADVOCACY CENTERS: We have asked for the 23 fully certified child advocacy centers in North Carolina to get expanded capability to conduct forensic interviewing for children who may have been victims of crime. We have also asked for more resources to help these centers develop comprehensive community responses to child abuse and to better coordinate criminal and treatment efforts to address child abuse. (H16)

Educate yourself, know who your appropriations/budgetr leaders are and communicate with them.

Senate Appropriations Committee

Co-chairs:

Sen. Peter Brunstetter (R) Forsyth County

Sen. Neal Hunt (R) Wake County

Sen. Richard Stevens (R) Wake County

House Appropriations Committee

Co-chairs:

Senior Chairman Rep. Brubaker (R) Randolph County

Rep. Barnhardt (R) Cabarrus County

Rep. Gillespie (R) Burke County, McDowell County

Rep. Johnson (R) Cabarrus County

Senate Appropriations for Justice and Public Safety

Co-chairs:

Sen. Harry Brown (R) Jones County, Onslow County

Sen. Thom Goolsby (R) New Hanover County

House Subcommittee for Justice and Public Safety

Co-chairs:

Rep. Guice (R) Henderson County, Polk County, Transylvania County

Rep. Randleman (R) Wilkes County

Senate Education Committee

Co-chairs:

Sen. Jean Preston

Sen. Dan Soucek

Sen. Jerry W. Tillman

House Education Committee

Rep. Bryan R. Holloway

Rep. James H. Langdon, Jr.

Senate Appropriations Natural and Economic Resources Committee

Co-chairs:

Sen. Don East

Sen. David Rouzer

House Appropriations Natural and Economic Resources Committee

Co-Chairs:

Rep. Carolyn H. Justice

Rep. Roger West

HEALTH CARE OVERHAUL: The state House voted 66-50 to pass a measure that seeks to block a provision requiring people to buy insurance beginning in 2014 or pay a penalty. The Republican-backed bill also aims to force Attorney General Roy Cooper to join a lawsuit to challenge the law. The bill now moves to the Senate. Republicans claimed that the federal law violates the basic freedoms of Americans to choose how to spend their money. Democrats argued during the three-hour debate that scrapping the requirement to buy health insurance would continue the current problem of the insured paying the medical costs of the uninsured. The victory margin casts doubt on whether the bill could survive a potential veto by Gov. Beverly Perdue, a Democrat.  (News and Observer)

CUTTING BACK: Republicans pushed through the state Senate’s budget committee a bill that seeks cost savings to help close next year’s shortfall both by spending cuts and taking cash from places like tobacco trust and economic incentives funds. The bill would direct Democratic Gov. Beverly Perdue to find at least $400 million in budget savings this year, which Perdue has said she can meet. But the Legislature also would siphon money from more than 20 reserve and dedicated funds, including money from the Golden LEAF Foundation and two incentives programs the Perdue administration has used to lure the likes of Red Hat. Perdue criticized the move as wrong when the state is trying to recruit new jobs and to expand existing businesses. Sen. Richard Stevens, R-Wake, a primary sponsor of the bill, said it’s all part of a plan that could find up to $1 billion to put toward next year’s projected $3.7 billion budget gap and build up the state’s rainy-day reserves.(News and Observer)

CHARTER SCHOOLS: Senate Republicans proposed sweeping changes to the charter school law that went well beyond eliminating a restricting limiting the schools to no more than 100. The bill would open the door to let charter schools get funds from counties and state lottery proceeds to buy land and buildings. It also would create a new state commission that would license charter schools. Opposition to ending the current cap has withered as the General Assembly switched to the GOP this year and Republicans made it a campaign platform to permit more charter schools. Some Democrats and state officials questioned the constitutionality of creating a new charter schools panel separate from the State Board of Education, which currently has the final say on charters. Others worried about eliminating a requirement that a charter school’s population reasonably reflect an area’s racial and ethnic composition. Amendments and a possible committee vote are expected next week.  (News and Observer) 

QUICK BUDGET SCHEDULE: Republican budget leaders have given their underlings an aggressive schedule to get a budget to Gov. Beverly Perdue a month before the new fiscal year begins. Budget subcommittee co-chairs received a draft calendar laying out the process for approving a state spending plan by June 1. The proposal has the House approving its version by April 22, followed by the Senate doing the same three weeks later. Passing a budget on time is rare. The budget was approved on schedule last year for the first time since 2003. Perdue signed that bill into law June 30.  (News and Observer) 

BLACK CAUCUS: Sen. Floyd McKissick, D-Durham, is the head of the North Carolina Legislative Black Caucus for the next two years at the General Assembly. The attorney will lead the 25-member caucus, which is slightly smaller compared to the start of the 2009 session after retirements and black Democrats who lost in the 2010 election. McKissick joined the Senate in 2007 and was previously a Durham city council member.  (News and Observer)   Rep. Angela Bryant, D-Nash/Halifax is treasurer of the Black Caucus.

INTRODUCED BILLS

The following bills have been introduced: 

House Bills:

*  HB 2   PROTECT HEALTH CARE FREEDOM. Filed 1/26/11. TO PROTECT THE FREEDOM TO CHOOSE

HEALTH CARE AND HEALTH INSURANCE. (Passed to the Senate)

*  HB 3   EXCLUSIONARY RULE/GOOD FAITH EXCEPTION.  Filed 1/26/11. TO PROVIDE FOR THE ADOPTION OF THE GOOD FAITH EXCEPTION TO THE EXCLUSIONARY RULE INTO STATE LAW.

*  HB 4  DISAPPROVE CLOSURE OF DOROTHEA DIX HOSPITAL. Filed 1/26/11. TO DISAPPROVE THE CLOSURE OF DOROTHEA DIX HOSPITAL.

*  HB 6 HOUSE PENSIONS COMMITTEE DUTIES. Filed 1/26/11. TO ALLOW THE STATUTORY DUTIES OF THE HOUSE COMMITTEE ON PENSIONS AND RETIREMENT TO BE CARRIED OUT BY THE HOUSE

COMMITTEE ON STATE PERSONNEL (Second & Third Readings)

*  HB 7  COMM. COLLEGES/OPT OUT OF FED’L LOAN PROGRAM. Filed 1/26/11. TO PROVIDE THAT

CONSTITUENT INSTITUTIONS OF THE NORTH CAROLINA COMMUNITY COLLEGE SYSTEM MAY OPT

OUT OF PARTICIPATION IN THE WILLIAM D. FORD FEDERAL DIRECT LOAN PROGRAM.

*  HB 8  EMINENT DOMAIN. Filed 1/26/11. TO AMEND THE CONSTITUTION OF NORTH CAROLINA TO

PROHIBIT CONDEMNATION OF PRIVATE PROPERTY TO CONVEY AN INTEREST IN THAT PROPERTY

FOR ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AND TO PROVIDE FOR THE PAYMENT OF JUST COMPENSATION WITH RIGHT OF TRIAL BY JURY IN ALL CONDEMNATION CASES.

*  HB 9  INVOLUNTARY ANNEXATION MORATORIUM. Filed 1/26/11. TO ADOPT A MORATORIUM ON INVOLUNTARY ANNEXATIONS.

*  HB 11   NO POSTSECONDARY EDUCATION/ILLEGAL ALIENS. Filed 1/27/11. PROHIBITING ILLEGAL ALIENS FROM ATTENDING NORTH CAROLINA COMMUNITY COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES.

*  HB 12 MAKE SYNTHETIC CANNABINOIDS ILLEGAL. Filed 1/27/11. TO ADD SYNTHETIC CANNABINOIDS TO THE LIST OF CONTROLLED SUBSTANCES, WHICH MAKES THE UNLAWFUL POSSESSION, MANUFACTURE, OR SALE OR DELIVERY OF SYNTHETIC CANNABINOIDS CRIMINAL OFFENSES AND TO CREATE THE CRIMINAL OFFENSE OF TRAFFICKING IN SYNTHETIC CANNABINOIDS.

*  HB 13 BAN MEPHEDRONE. Filed 1/27/11 TO ADD MEPHEDRONE TO THE LIST OF CONTROLLED SUBSTANCES WHICH MAKES THE  UNLAWFUL POSSESSION, MANUFACTURE, SALE, OR DELIVERY OF MEPHEDRONE A  CRIMINAL OFFENSE.

*  HB 18  FELONY FIREARMS ACT AMEND/TECH CORRECTION. Filed 1/31/11. TO CLARIFY THE EFFECTIVE DATE FOR THE LAW REGARDING THE RESTORATION OF FIREARMS RIGHTS AND THE LAW AMENDING THE FELONY FIREARMS ACT TO ALLOW CERTAIN EXCEPTIONS THAT ARE SIMILAR TO THOSE ALLOWED UNDER FEDERAL LAW.

*  HB 19  PERMANENT HOUSE RULES. Filed 1/31/11. ADOPTING THE PERMANENT RULES OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES FOR THE 2011 REGULAR SESSION.

*  HB 23  CREATE GLOBAL ENGAGEMENT STUDY COMMITTEE (=S 15). Filed 2/1/11. TO STUDY MEANS TO INCREASE NORTH CAROLINA’S GLOBAL ENGAGEMENT.

*  HB 24 EXPAND DUTIES OF ECONOMIC DEV. OVERSIGHT COMM. (=S 14). Filed 2/1/11. TO MODIFY AND EXPAND THE DUTIES OF THE JOINT LEGISLATIVE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE.

* HB 27 FORENSIC SCIENCES ACT. Filed 2/1/11. TO (1) CREATE THE NORTH CAROLINA FORENSIC SCIENCE ADVISORY BOARD, (2) ENCOURAGE EFFORTS TO ELIMINATE SOURCES OF HUMAN ERROR IN FORENSIC EXAMINATIONS, (3) REQUIRE CERTIFICATION OF FORENSIC SCIENCE PROFESSIONALS, (4) RENAME THE STATE BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION LABORATORY AS THE NORTH CAROLINA STATE CRIME LABORATORY, (5) CREATE THE POSITION OF OMBUDSMAN TO ENSURE THAT THE BEST FORENSIC PROCESSES AND PROCEDURES ARE UTILIZED IN THE STATE CRIME LABORATORY, (6) CLARIFY STATUTES THAT ALLOW FOR THE ADMISSIBILITY OF FORENSIC ANALYSES INTO EVIDENCE, (7) CLARIFY THE STATE’S OBLIGATION TO DISCLOSE TO THE DEFENDANT ALL INFORMATION RELATING TO THE TESTING OR EXAMINATION OF EVIDENCE AND TO PENALIZE OMISSION OR MISREPRESENTATION RELATING TO DISCLOSURE, AND (8) CLARIFY THAT STATE CRIME LABORATORY PERSONNEL SERVE THE PUBLIC AND THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM, AS RECOMMENDED BY THE JOINT SELECT COMMITTEE ON THE PRESERVATION OF BIOLOGICAL EVIDENCE, AND TO PROVIDE THAT THE ACT SHALL BE ENTITLED "THE FORENSIC SCIENCES ACT OF 2011.”

NOTES

You don’t have to miss the Legislative Session. WRAL will live stream legislative sessions daily on their website.-www. wral.com.  Also, please remember that you can listen to some committee meetings and press conferences on the General Assembly’s website at http://www.ncleg.net. Once on the site, select "Audio," and then make your selection – House Chamber, Senate Chamber, Appropriations Committee Room or Press Conference Room.  You can also view the bills I sponsor and co-sponsor from this website address. 

ETHICS TIP

The State Ethics Commission is the primary source for most ethics questions regarding the ethical standards for legislators and legislative employees under the State Government Ethics Act.  The State Ethics Commission can be reached at 919-715-2071 or at ethics.commission@doa.nc.gov. (G.S. 138A-13).

The Legislative Ethics Committee is the primary source for ethics matters unique to the General Assembly.  These questions are primarily administrative, such as use of stationery, postage, and State equipment, other matters covered by the Ethical Principles and Guidelines, and advisory opinions issued by the Committee. (G.S. 120-104).  Erika Churchill, Tim Hovis and Denise Huntley Adams in the Research Division are available to assist with questions on these topics and can be reached at 919-301-1991.

The State Board of Elections is the primary source for answers to election law questions, including campaign finance issues.  The State Board of Elections can be reached at 919-733-7173 or at campaign.reporting@ncsbe.gov.

The Office of the Secretary of State is the primary source for information on who is registered as a lobbyist, lobbyist principal, or government liaison.  The Secretary is also the source for reports of expenditures filed by those persons.  The Lobbying Compliance Division of the Office of Secretary of State can be reached at 919-807-2170.

THANK YOU FOR CARING

Dear Rep. Bryant,

It is with sincere appreciation that we at Belmont acknowledge your most gracious recognition of our Honor Roll students.  At Belmont, our mission is to help students learn to be respectful, responsible, cooperative, and courteous by providing a safe environment with opportunities to learn and succeed.  It is our vision that every student will lean and achieve. We acknowledge your efforts in assisting with the goals that we, at Belmont hold in regard.  Our Honor Roll students are inspired by your support, and we are certain that your interest will encourage them to continue to strive for excellence. Sincerely, Kelvin M. Edwards, Sr. Principal.

Thank you for your support and have a great weekend! 

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Contact:  Representative Angela R. Bryant, House of Representatives • NC House District 7•

North Carolina General Assembly • 542 Legislative Office Building • 300 N. Salisbury Street, Raleigh, NC  27603; • 919-733-5878-P • 919-754-3289-F •Angela.Bryant@ncleg.net or Karon Hardy, Legislative Assistant at bryantla@nc.leg.net.

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Marriages face new threat: social networking – Source: WRAL

Raleigh, N.C. — Social networking websites have literally become today’s "town square" – they are a place to reconnect with old friends and, sometimes, lost loves.

But local divorce attorneys say the number of cases that case they deal with involving sites like Myspace and Facebook are on the rise and that they might be the most high-risk behavior facing marriages. (Read more)

Note: This is sad just let your partner know you want out. How do they do it to their children just walk away and leave them. Oh well maybe it is not for me to understand. C. Dancy II – DCN Publisher

 

Team May Boycott HS Basketball Coach For Racist Comments – Source: NewsOne

RICHMOND HEIGHTS, Ohio- Jason Popp, the coach of the Richmond Heights Boys Varsity Basketball has come under fire for racist comments and harassment. According to documents, Popp would use racial slurs against his players and insult them for being poor. Among the things he said were

“I”m going to need you to play like n—-ers, which you are” (Read more)

Note: After reading a few of the comments I had enough. It does not matter what I think or others think who are not directly affected by this coach. What matters is if the players feel insulted or harassed by the coach then that is all that matters. Frankly all the other comments even mines are not relevant to a certain degree unless they are in favor of what the players want. I say heck yes he is a racist if he said it and I support the players who feel insulted and/or harassed 100%.

You probably would be amazed at what some coaches says to their players. This is why I began to start back attending sports at a local high school several years ago because I had heard so much about the coach and how he treated the players. Well seen him in action and boy was he a character. It is no way my child could have played on his team. C. Dancy II – DCN Publisher