Eight stories to watch this week (with Audio)

Abortion waiting period extended – The Senate reconvenes today where members will take up a few amendments on House Bill 465 before taking the third and final vote on legislation that would require women in North Carolina to wait 72 hours before getting an abortion. The bill entitled the ‘Women and Children’s Protection Act of 2015‘ would also require any abortion provider have board certification in
obstetrics or gynecology.Women's-health

After Monday’s vote in the Senate, HB 465 returns to the House where a conference committee will work out the differences before sending this bill to Governor Pat McCrory.

Click here for today’s Senate calendar.
Mecklenburg Moral Monday – The NC NAACP and the Forward Together Movement will be in Charlotte this evening for the 4th local Moral Monday this summer. Each Moral Monday will focus on extreme legislators who are voting against the best interests of their constituents.

Protest organizers will induct area-legislators (Rep. William Brawley, Rep. Rob Bryan, Rep. Charles Jeter, Rep. Jacqueline Michelle Schaffer,  Sen. Bob Rucho, and Sen. Jeff Tarte) into the Hall of Shame for what
organizers say is their ‘regressive and extreme’ voting history.

The Mecklenburg Moral Monday runs from 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. at Little Rock AME Zion Church Fellowship Hall.
Final public hearing on new UNC-system president – If you happen to be in the Charlotte-area this evening, don’t miss your chance to weigh-in on what type of leader should be at the helm of NorthCarolina’s public university system.

Tonight marks the fourth and final public hearing on who will replace Tom Ross and lead the university-system into the future.

Rep. Verla Insko, who represents Orange County, joined NC Policy Watch over the weekend to share her
thoughts about the Board of Governor’s decision to oust Ross last January in favor of a new, yet-to-be
named successor:

Tonight’s public hearing begins at 7:00pm at UNC-Charlotte in the Harris Alumni Center.

(You can also send your thoughts to, or mail to UNC Presidential Search, P.O. Box 2688, Chapel Hill, N.C. 27515.)
Gun Violence Awareness Day at the General Assembly – North Carolina Moms Demand Action will be at the North Carolina General Assembly tomorrow to deliver petition signatures urging lawmakers to vote No on HB 562.

Tuesday is National Gun Violence Awareness Day, and moms, dads and kids will be wearing orange to support gun violence awareness and the role that NC’s Pistol Purchase Permit plays in keeping handguns out of the hands of dangerous people.
State Board of Education — The NC State Board of Education holds its June meeting this Wednesday and Thursday. The Board is expected to give final approval to 18 additional charter schools to open in 2016.

For more on those schools, read Lindsay Wagner’s latest piece.
Public hearings on Voter ID Rules – In 2013, the North Carolina General Assembly passed the Voter
Information Verification Act, which requires photo identification for in-person voting starting in 2016.
The law mandates that the State Board of Elections adopt Rules to administer these new laws.

Beginning this Wednesday, the State Board of Elections will hold a series of public hearings to hear from
the public on the proposed rules. Three meetings are on tap this week:Voter ID

Wednesday, June 3
5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
State Board of Elections Office, Board Room
441 North Harrington Avenue, Raleigh

Thursday, June 4
5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Dare County Administration Building, Room 168
954 Marshall C. Collins Drive, Manteo, NC

Friday, June 5
5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
New Hanover County Human Resources Department, Conference Room 401
230 Government Center Drive, Suite 135, Wilmington, NC
Town hall meeting on race & racial attitudes – The Raleigh Martin Luther King Committee in
conjunction with the Raleigh’s Human Relations Commission and the Raleigh-Wake Citizen’s Association are jointly sponsoring a public town hall meeting on race and racial attitudes, Wednesday, June 3, 7:00 pm at Martin Street Baptist Church’s Family Life Auditorium.

Panelist for the town hall include: Senator Dan Blue, N.C. Senate; Horace McCormick, Director, UNC Kenan-Flager School of Business; Ned Barnett, Editorial Editor, News & Observer; Cassandra Deck-Brown, Raleigh Police Chief; Donnie Harrison, Wake County Sheriff; Abe Jones, Wake County Superior Court Judge; Michael Leach, Chairman, Raleigh Human Relations Commission; Norma Marti, Vice President, Hispanic LAPSE, Portia Rochelle, President, Raleigh-Apex Chapter NAACP; Jeanne Tedrow, Passage Home Community Development Corporation; Brad Thompson, President, Thompson Public Relations Associates; Greg Warren, Director, Downtown Raleigh Housing Authority; and Frank White, President, Raleigh Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance.

The event is free and open to the public.
NCGOP 2015 State Convention – The North Carolina Republican Party will holds their 2015 State Convention in Raleigh this weekend with presidential hopefuls Senator Ted Cruz,  Gov. Scott Walker, and Dr. Ben Carson as featured speakers.

Donald Trump and Ambassador John Bolton will also be on hand discussing conservative principles and economic growth. The convention runs Friday-Sunday at the Raleigh Convention Center.

One Comment

  1. LayintheSmakDown

    June 1, 2015 at 6:47 pm

    What needs to be done is get rid of that abortion waiting period, only if we can get rid of the waiting period for handguns. Heck, if we can be authorized to kill without thought for one, why not the other. They could even be used in conjunction for when a prospective dad finds out his child has been killed and go exact justice.

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