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Dome: Triangle GOP lawmakers aren’t keen on rewriting Jordan Lake rules

From Staff ReportsMay 19, 2013 

Senate Bill 515, which would repeal current environmental protections at Jordan Lake so that new ones could be written, is a GOP-promoted idea. But not all Republicans are on board.

The three Republican senators whose districts include parts of Jordan Lake voted against it, although they didn’t argue against it on the floor. They would be Sens. Neil Hunt, Tamara Barringer and Chad Barefoot.

The bill could run into similar opposition in the House, which has several members whose districts also lap up against the shores of the lake, which provides drinking water for about 300,000 people and is a popular recreation site.

House Speaker Pro Tem Paul “Skip” Stam, Republican from Apex, said Friday he is against the bill, but allowed that it could be amended to address his concerns.

Hockey CEO. Ambassador. Senator?

Raleigh’s Jim Cain, former ambassador to Denmark and one-time president of the Carolina Hurricanes hockey team, tells Roll Call he is taking a serious look at running in the Republican primary next year to challenge U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan, D-N.C.

“The race is indeed something that I am considering,” Cain told the Washington, D.C. publication. “Many friends and supporters around the state are encouraging me to challenge Senator Hagan.”

Cain was ambassador under President George W. Bush. A corporate attorney by profession, he works with Kilpatrick Townsend.

That race is getting crowded quickly.

Labor groups wanted action on bills

The state’s AFL-CIO and the N.C. Justice Center issued a joint statement over the weekend saying they were “deeply disappointed” that crossover week came and went without action on bills important to North Carolina workers.

Extending unemployment benefits, “wage theft” by employers, living wages and workplace safety were all covering in bills that went nowhere this session.

The labor advocates are asking legislators to at least extend the federal benefits for long-term unemployed, but that’s something the GOP has made clear isn’t going to happen.

“If not, North Carolina will have adopted an extremist policy position, one that no other state has taken, and all at the expense of struggling workers, their families and the state’s economy,” their statement reads.

Women’s groups coming to capital

There’s been a lot of rhetoric this session about the “war on women.” So Tuesday should be an interesting day at the state legislature when a nonpartisan group of women’s organizations visit lawmakers in their second annual advocacy day.

They plan to talk to legislators about education, health care and economic opportunities.

Last year’s event drew about 300 women, and was organized by the North Carolina chapters of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc, Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc, The Links, Inc. and the National Coalition of Negro. Joining in this year will be Sigma Rho Sorority, National Coalition of 100 Black Women and N.C. Black Women Empowerment Network.

Staff writer Craig Jarvis

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