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Dome: Next week's Moral Mondays protest to focus on the numbers

Staff writersJuly 4, 2013 

Next week’s “Moral Mondays” protest by the NAACP will be about numbers, Rev. William Barber Jr. said Thursday. Each protest has focused on a theme.

Monday’s theme will be about the number of people that the organization says have been harmed by Republican legislators’ economic actions, including ending some Medicaid funding and unemployment benefits.

It will also be about the cost to the state for those policies.

A third theme will be about looking ahead to winding down the weekly protests after the General Assembly leaves town, expected to be this month, and shifting the movement back home to mobilize across the state, Barber said.

Electricians oppose bill

Electricians’ associations oppose a House bill that would exempt well contractors from electrical contractors licensing requirements.

Senators OK’d the bill in Tuesday’s Commerce committee meeting.

It added an exemption to current law, making it unnecessary for well contractors to obtain electrical licenses before running electrical wires from well pumps to pressure switches.

Concerns about the training necessary to perform this task led several senators to vote against it.

Opponents said that the lack of licensing could be unsafe, and that the bill didn’t provide any limitations on the amount of voltage involved.

Well contractors don’t want to be required to obtain electrical licenses in addition to the licenses they already have, said Alex Miller, a lobbyist for the N.C. Ground Water Association, which supports the bill.

They are trained to do the necessary electrical tasks, which are “simple work,” he added.

The bill, sponsored by Rep. Jon Hardister, a Greensboro Republican, had been amended to require electrical training for well contractors getting certified after the legislation’s passage.

The training wouldn’t apply to the 900 people who are already certified in their profession.

Hispanic/Latino Affairs

Gov. Pat McCrory on Wednesday announced appointments to his advisory council on Hispanic/Latino Affairs.

The chair will be Marisol Barr of Beaufort County, who was originally appointed by Democratic House Speaker Joe Hackney and was reappointed by Republican House Speaker Thom Tillis.

The vice chair will be Cecilia Ramirez, a volunteer in the Mecklenburg County community.

Others appointed are Leonor Clavijo, of Durham, executive director of the N.C. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and a news reporter at Univision; Dr. Rosemary Stein, owner of International Family Clinic in Burlington; Julie Garza of Wake County, program director and on the air personality at La Ley radio; Raul Herrera of Hillsborough, a customer adviser on personal and small business accounts at BB&T; Vanessa Faura of Mecklenburg County, owner of Faura’s gourmet catering business.

Frye named to new post

Henry Frye, the former chief justice of the N.C. Supreme Court, has been named chairman of the Institute of Political Leadership. Frye replaces former Greensboro Mayor Jim Melvin, which heads the 26-year-old nonprofit that has trained more than 1,500 future North Carolina political leaders.

Staff writers Rob Christensen, John Frank and Annalise Frank

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