NCDP Frontline News Report — September 1, 2016

We had a great month of August for the North Carolina Democratic Party in the media. This edition of the NCDP Frontline News Report focuses on two major developments:

1) Two stop state scientists resigned in protest over the McCrory administration’s failure to come clean on Duke Energy’s coal ash cleanup responsibilities, and
2) Donald Trump visited North Carolina several times, and we made sure that media coverage of his visits included our message that he is thoroughly unfit to be president.

See below for all of the news coverage we generated this month.

Thanks,

Dave Miranda
Communications Director
North Carolina Democratic Party

NCDP IN THE NEWS

COAL ASH

NC Policy Watch
State Rep. Larry Hall wants SBI to pursue Gov. McCrory, put staff under oath
by Lisa Sorg
"They attack the integrity of this 30-year state employee who testified under oath and under potential penalty of perjury from the court," Hall said at the news conference. "People continue to attack him without stepping up to the plate and putting their integrity and their reputation on the line."
http://pulse.ncpolicywatch.org/2016/08/09/state-rep-larry-hall-wants-sbi-to-pursue-gov-mccrory-its-not-that-easy/

News & Observer
‘Peon’ state scientist finds himself nose to nose with governor, Duke Energy
by Craig Jarvis
"They attack the integrity of this 30-year state employee who testified under oath and under potential penalty of perjury from the court," Hall said at the news conference. "People continue to attack him without stepping up to the plate and putting their integrity and their reputation on the line."
http://www.newsobserver.com/news/politics-government/state-politics/article94452797.html

WBTV-CBS Charlotte
Democratic leaders call for investigation into McCrory involvement in coal ash controversy
by Chris Dyches
Monday morning, Democratic leader Representative Larry Hall called for an independent investigation into the matter.
"Families have a right to know if their drinking water is safe," he said. "And elected officials have an obligation to put health concerns first, not profit margins and public relations for big utilities."
Hall says McCrory has "systematically worked to limit the transparency on this and other issues."
"[Rudo] has put his integrity on the line, but people continue to attack him from the shadows without stepping up to the plate," Hall said. "It’s clear that something inappropriate is going on here. And the stakes are too high for people to have their clean drinking water and to have faith in their government. So we can’t sweep this mess under the rug."
http://www.wbtv.com/story/32712832/democratic-leaders-call-for-investigation-into-mccrory-involvement-in-coal-ash-controversy
VIDEO: https://youtu.be/8HjKrNPSACg
Also ran on WNCN-CBS Raleigh: http://wncn.com/2016/08/08/democratic-leaders-call-for-investigation-into-mccrory-involvement-in-coal-ash-controversy/

WGHP-Fox Greensboro
Lawmakers call for independent investigation after claim of drinking water ‘contaminated by’ coal ash
by Alex Rose
"A state toxicologist testified under oath that he was pressured by Gov. McCrory’s senior staff to say the contaminated drinking water was safe to consume," said State Representative Pricey Harrison.
"If it turns out some folks unduly influenced state employees, this long-time state toxicologist, that person should not be in that job anymore overseeing the protection of the state’s public health," Harrison said.
http://myfox8.com/2016/08/10/lawmakers-call-for-independent-investigation-after-claim-of-drinking-water-contaminated-by-coal-ash/

WTVD-ABC Raleigh
Gov. McCrory questions state scientist in coal ash saga
by Jon Camp
"Here’s what we know," said Rep. Larry Hall, Democratic Minority leader from Durham. "The state toxicologist testified under oath that he was pressured by Governor McCrory’s senior staff to say that the contaminated drinking water was safe to drink. Today, I’m calling on Governor McCrory to request his State Bureau of Investigation to conduct an independent investigation into Dr. Rudo’s testimony. If it turns out that the Governor or his staff indeed pressured Dr. Rudo to reverse the do not drink orders for contaminated water, then someone in that executive branch, the people who ordered it, should be held to account."
http://abc11.com/news/gov-mccrory-questions-state-scientist-in-coal-ash-saga/1461908/

WSFX-Fox Wilmington
WSFX clip aired on 8/11 featuring NCDP Communications Director Dave Miranda calling for an independent investigation into coal ash and drinking water safety.
https://youtu.be/gR4GtWWiv3Y

WCCB-CW Charlotte
WCCB clip aired on 8/12 featuring NCDP Communications Director Dave Miranda calling for an independent investigation into coal ash and drinking water safety.
https://youtu.be/nMt4yLVw0LI

Charlotte Observer
Top state officials undermined public health system, former epidemiologist says
by Bruce Henderson
"There is at least an appearance of pay-to-play politics and, unlike other incidents of McCrory rewarding his friends and donors with political favors, this insider dealing puts lives at risk," spokesman Dave Miranda told reporters in Charlotte.
http://www.charlotteobserver.com/news/local/article95063002.html

WBTV-CBS Charlotte
Neighbors want answers after state epidemiologist resignation
by Christian Flores
"If it turns out Governor McCrory or his staff indeed pressured a state employee to reverse ‘do not drink’ orders for contaminated water, then people need to be held accountable," said Dave Miranda, a spokesman for the North Carolina Democratic Party.
http://www.wbtv.com/story/32741146/neighbors-want-answers-after-state-epidemiologist-resignation

Greensboro News & Record
Our Opinion: Contaminated facts
by Editorial Staff
State Rep. Pricey Harrison, a Greensboro Democrat, has suggested a better way forward: Have a third party investigate to help ferret out the facts. That probably means the U.S. Justice Department rather than Attorney General Roy Cooper, who is running against McCrory, or the State Bureau of Investigation, which is a link in the governor’s chain of command.
http://www.greensboro.com/opinion/n_and_r_editorials/our-opinion-contaminated-facts/article_a7221e52-52e5-57a3-9c15-361737448790.html

Greensboro News & Record
State health official resigns, says administration misleads public
by Doug Clark
To get to the bottom of the matter, I think Rep. Pricey Harrison’s suggestion has merit. Let’s have an independent investigation to find out who is acting on the basis of the best available science and who is playing politics.
http://www.greensboro.com/blogs/clark_off_the_record/state-health-official-resigns-says-administration-misleads-public/article_0401eb42-5fc6-11e6-a108-3fc618c52819.html

TRUMP VISITS NC

TWC Raleigh
TWC clip aired on 8/9 featuring State Treasurer candidate Dan Blue III’s reaction to Trump’s controversial comments.
https://youtu.be/aREzI8mUY9A

WNCN-CBS Raleigh
WNCN clip aired on 8/9 featuring State Treasurer candidate Dan Blue III’s comments on Trump’s economic policy.
https://youtu.be/P3aDMKEqcr8

WWAY-ABC Wilmington
Democratic leaders speak out against Trump, support Clinton
by Taylor Yakowenko
"We represent a group of constituents who are very much in opposition to Mr. Trump’s attitude toward women, toward minorities, and toward the disabled community," said representative Susi Hamilton. "We take issue with the message that Donald Trump and his campaign have sent regarding the Khan family and all of the gold star families in this country whose sons and daughters have fought and died for our country and our freedom."
http://www.wwaytv3.com/2016/08/09/democratic-leaders-speak-out-against-trump-support-clinton/

WECT-NBC Wilmington
Democratic leaders voice opposition to Trump amid rally
by WECT Staff
“There’s been a lot of ‘Trump’d up’ excitement [about Trump coming to Wilmington], but we represent a group of constituents who are very much in opposition to Mr. Trump’s attitude toward women toward minorities, and toward the disabled community,” Hamilton said.
Hamilton referenced North Carolina’s ties to the military, and mentioned Trump’s recent comments toward the Khan family, which spurred a flurry of news reports.
“We resent that his attitude toward our Veterans and toward the families of those who have been lost representing and fighting for our freedom,” Hamilton stated.
Barnhill added they wanted to bring awareness to a contrast between Clinton and Trump’s economic goals.
“Hillary Clinton’s economic plan could add potentially up to 300,000 new jobs within the next several years to North Carolina,” Barnhill explained. “We want to show the contrast on display here today between the economic message that works, that brings us stronger together in North Carolina, and Donald Trump’s economic message that would lose up to 100,000 jobs here in North Carolina alone, and an economic message that ultimately divides us here in southeastern North Carolina.
http://www.wect.com/story/32722009/democratic-leaders-voice-opposition-to-trump-amid-rally

Winston-Salem Journal
Female Trump supporters urge women, blacks to vote for businessman
by John Hinton
“Given Donald Trump’s history of anti-women comments, including that ‘you have to treat ‘em like s—,’ it’s telling but not surprising that he hasn’t found women outside of his family or his payroll to act as surrogates in North Carolina,” Keever said in a statement.
“Hillary Clinton, by stark contrast, has always put women and families first, working on women’s issues right out of law school and acting as one of the boldest advocates for women in history,” Keever said. “Trump has shown he is not the right choice for pay equity, a woman’s right to choose, or any other women’s issues.
http://www.journalnow.com/news/elections/trump-female-supporters-urge-women-and-blacks-to-vote-republican/article_b7f291de-9f7a-5bac-bf4d-82cf41638cf9.html

Charlotte Observer
Supporters line up for Donald Trump rally in Charlotte
by Jim Morrill, Ann Doss Helms and Ely Portillo
Nearby, former state Sen. Malcolm Graham held a news conference to denounce Gov. Pat McCrory for supporting Trump. McCrory is an honorary chair of Trump’s Charlotte fundraiser. McCrory has appeared with Trump before, most recently at last week’s rally in Wilmington.
“Gov. McCrory has shown his true colors,” said Graham, who appeared on behalf of McCrory’s Democratic opponent, Roy Cooper, and the state Democratic Party. At least one Hillary Clinton supporter showed up outside, holding a sign in protest of Trump.
http://www.charlotteobserver.com/news/politics-government/election/article96245822.html

WCNC-NBC Charlotte
WCNC clip aired on 8/19 featuring former State Senator Malcolm Graham denouncing Trump’s policies and Governor McCrory’s support for Trump.
https://youtu.be/F0yPDS8cpV0

WSOC-ABC Charlotte
WSOC clip aired on 8/18 featuring former State Senator Malcolm Graham calling on Governor McCrory to denounce Trump.
https://youtu.be/MXB_HFa0Bzg

WCCB-CW Charlotte
WCCB clip aired on 8/19 featuring former State Senator Malcolm Graham calling on Governor McCrory to denounce Trump.
https://youtu.be/TvhX-MyxO7o

NC TURNING BLUE

Bloomberg
Trump, and changing demographics, are helping turn North Carolina blue
by Arit John
“It’s an exciting year to be a North Carolina Democrat,” said the state party’s executive director, Kimberly Reynolds.
Reynolds pointed to Clinton’s strength against Trump, as well as competitive races for governor and U.S. Senate, as evidence the party can gain back some ground. “We do see opportunity across the board that we haven’t seen in a while and we’re ready to take advantage of that opportunity,” she said.
http://www.bloomberg.com/politics/articles/2016-08-15/trump-and-changing-demographics-are-helping-turn-north-carolina-blue?cmpid=google
Also ran in the Winston-Salem Journal: http://www.journalnow.com/opinion/columnists/arit-john-trump-changing-demographics-may-help-turn-north-carolina/article_dd3ff9d3-299c-515a-aa21-a8f98730ac5b.html

Fox News
Fox News clip aired in mid-August featuring NCDP Chair Patsy Keever discussing North Carolina turning blue.
http://mms.tveyes.com/MediaCenterPlayer.aspx?u=aHR0cDovL21lZGlhY2VudGVyLnR2ZXllcy5jb20vZG93bmxvYWRnYXRld2F5LmFzcHg%2FVXNlcklEPTIwMTcyNCZNRElEPTY1MzM5MDMmTURTZWVkPTI0NDMmVHlwZT1NZWRpYQ%3D%3D

MCCRORY’S PROPAGANDA POSTERS

News & Observer
Democrats blast Pat McCrory’s promotional photos in government building
by Colin Campbell
“McCrory’s propaganda posters look something like they were created by Donald Trump himself, prominently featuring McCrory himself and a misleading message,” Democratic Party executive director Kimberly Reynolds said at a news conference Monday afternoon. “Gov. McCrory is using taxpayer money to campaign for re-election.”
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http://www.newsobserver.com/news/politics-government/politics-columns-blogs/under-the-dome/article98654587.html

IndyWeek
Pat McCrory’s Smiling Face Replaces North Carolina-Made Movie Posters in a State Office
by Paul Blest
"Once again, Governor McCrory is using taxpayer money to campaign for re-election," Reynolds said. "McCrory’s propaganda campaign posters look like they were created by Donald Trump himself, prominently featuring McCrory himself and a misleading message."
http://www.indyweek.com/indyweek/pat-mccrorys-smiling-face-replaces-north-carolina-made-movie-posters-in-a-state-office/Content?oid=5062029

TWC Raleigh
TWC clip aired on 8/29 featuring NCDP Executive Director Kimberly Reynolds criticizing Governor McCrory for hanging campaign propaganda posters in a taxpayer-owned government office building.
https://youtu.be/oypXSWJPLHE

GERRYMANDERING LAWSUIT

Associated Press
Lawsuit: Too much party bias in North Carolina Congress map
by Gary Robertson
The national election reform group Common Cause, the state Democratic Party and Democratic voters sued the state, Republican legislative leaders and Gov. Pat McCrory in federal court in Greensboro.
http://www.wral.com/lawsuit-n-carolina-congress-map-has-too-much-partisan-bias/15905134/
Also ran in:
ABC News: http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/lawsuit-party-bias-north-carolina-congress-map-41141989
Greensboro News & Record: http://www.greensboro.com/ap/north_carolina/lawsuit-too-much-party-bias-in-north-carolina-congress-map/article_6a36dffd-c9d9-5037-9f2b-f6c291d0a995.html
Washington Post: https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/lawsuit-too-much-party-bias-in-north-carolina-congress-map/2016/08/05/fbcceebe-5b1e-11e6-8b48-0cb344221131_story.html
WBTV Charlotte: http://www.wbtv.com/story/32693955/lawsuit-too-much-party-bias-in-north-carolina-congress-map

IndyWeek
Common Cause, N.C. Democrats Sue Republicans In Federal Court Over Gerrymandering
by Paul Blest
"In a state in which 50 percent of the voters cast their ballots for Democratic candidates and only 30 percent of registered voters identify themselves as Republicans, the Republican-dominated legislature has enacted a plan designed to award 10 of our 13 seats in Congress to Republican candidates," said NCDP executive director Kimberly Reynolds in a statement. "That is wrong by any measure."http://www.indyweek.com/news/archives/2016/08/05/common-cause-nc-democrats-sue-republicans-in-federal-court-over-gerrymandering

News & Observer
Common Cause challenges partisan gerrymandering in NC
by Jim Morrill
In a potentially landmark lawsuit, Common Cause and the N.C. Democratic Party Friday launched the nation’s latest challenge to partisan gerrymandering.
http://www.newsobserver.com/news/politics-government/state-politics/article93904247.html
Also ran in the Charlotte Observer: http://www.charlotteobserver.com/news/politics-government/election/article93903767.html

News & Observer
It’s time to end partisan redistricting
by the Editorial Board
The good government advocacy group Common Cause and the North Carolina Democratic Party have filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina in Greensboro challenging the constitutionality of partisan redistricting. The defendants are legislative leaders, the State Board of Elections and Gov. Pat McCrory.
http://www.newsobserver.com/opinion/editorials/article94162652.html

ADDITIONAL COVERAGE
WUNC-AM Raleigh
FACT CHECK: Gov. McCrory’s Claims on Teacher Pay
A quick glance at the image may lead one to believe that teacher salaries have done nothing but go up since McCrory took office. But that’s not entirely true.
http://wunc.org/post/fact-check-gov-mccrorys-claims-teacher-pay#stream/0

Winston-Salem Journal
Burr highlights Democrats’ opposition to Zika aid bill
by Bertrand Gutierrez
Matt Kravitz, press secretary for the North Carolina Democratic Party, said in an email that Burr is playing politics.
“Let’s not forget that with North Carolina women and families looking to Congress for action on Zika, Richard Burr put aside the Senate’s bipartisan Zika agreement and instead voted for a mean-spirited, partisan bill that — in response to a virus affecting pregnant women and their children — used women’s health as a political football,” Kravitz said.
http://www.journalnow.com/news/elections/local/burr-highlights-democrats-opposition-to-zika-aid-bill/article_140c5f9f-457a-5b2e-8710-df0fa9248e6b.html

IndyWeek
NCGOP Executive Director Dallas Woodhouse Had a Banner Day Yesterday
by Paul Blest
But a coordinated voter suppression effort is something you talk about over the phone, behind closed doors at the General Assembly, or maybe over a nice bowl of mayonnaise with your buddies. That conversation isn’t really meant for an email blast that is mistakenly sent to a Democratic activist or can easily be accessed via a public records request.
http://www.indyweek.com/news/archives/2016/08/17/ncgop-executive-director-dallas-woodhouse-had-a-banner-day-yesterday