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Dome: Duke panel will dissect abortion legislation

From Staff ReportsOctober 7, 2013 

Sounds like they might have their minds made up already. Organizers of an event discussing the abortion legislation in the General Assembly describe it this way:

“A panel of experts and activists in North Carolina will discuss the state’s relentless assault on women’s reproductive rights for an event at the Duke University School of Law.”

The forum, at 12:15 p.m. Monday in room 3037 of the Duke Law School, is sponsored by the American Constitution Society for Law and Policy.

Those scheduled to speak are Alison Kiser, director of affairs, Planned Parenthood of North Carolina; Sarah Preston, policy director, ACLU of North Carolina, Suzanne Buckley of NARAL Pro-Choice North Carolina, and Jedediah Purdy, Duke law professor.

McCrory on domestic violence

The Wilmington Star-News reported that Gov. Pat McCrory unexpectedly visited a Take Back the Night event Thursday. From the report:

“McCrory said that after leaving a nearby business event he noticed the crowd and stopped to listen to and speak with participants who were highlighting October as National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. ‘I’ve seen it first hand as a mayor and as a governor. Domestic violence is one of the cruelest things that can happen in a community or to a family,’ McCrory said. “‘It’s one of the most difficult things for police to handle, too.’”

“When asked what could be done to combat domestic violence in the state, McCrory said a two-fold approach with both prevention measures and stronger laws is needed. ‘One thing is education; mental health, alcohol and drug counseling. ... So often, drugs and alcohol are involved in the crime,’ McCrory said. ‘The second is we’ve got to have policies to immediately take the abuser out of the home on the first call – not the last call.’”

Economic partnership

State lawmakers heard an update last week from Commerce Secretary Sharon Decker on her department’s massive reorganization, which will create new public-private partnerships to boost the economy around the state.

Decker told the Joint Legislative Economic Development and Global Engagement Oversight Committee that the new entity will be in operation early next year. She is in the process of hiring a chief executive officer for what will be the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina.

Legislators budgeted $1 million to set up the new entity. Programs will be split between public- and private-sector programs. The private-sector programs will be overseen by a 15-member board, composed of appointments by the governor and General Assembly.

Meanwhile, a five-member temporary board will handle the legal work to get the new entity up and running.

Legislators on the committee were also told that about $24 million will be coming to the general fund as a result of the state disabling the Rural Economic Development Center after a critical audit this summer. Many of those Rural Center programs – such as assistance to restore buildings and improve water and sewer projects – will now be done by the new Rural Economic Development Division of the Commerce Department.

Recruiting business and branding the state will be among the private sector programs.

“We don’t have to have the best incentives to offer, but if we had no offer we would not be in the game,” Decker told legislators, speaking of financial inducements to attract new businesses. “…The states around us are very aggressive.”

Staff writers Rob Christensen, John Frank and Craig Jarvis. Send tips to dome@newsobserver.com.

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