NC Lawmakers File Motion to Recuse Justice Ervin in Redistricting Cases

On Thursday, attorneys for the North Carolina General Assembly filed a motion asking State Supreme Court Justice Samuel Ervin IV to recuse himself from presiding over the redistricting cases.
 
In order to support recusal, a litigant must show “that there exists such a personal bias, prejudice or interest on the part of the judge that he would be unable to rule impartially.”
 
In the motion filed in court yesterday, attorneys for the General Assembly noted the following as justification for the recusal of Justice Ervin.
 
State Supreme Court Samuel Ervin IV
 
  • “Justice Samuel J. Ervin IV is the only sitting justice on this Court who is currently up for reelection in November 2022 and, therefore, the only sitting justice on this Court who may face a primary if another Democratic candidate files for his seat.”
  • “Justice Ervin participated in a decision that halts candidates from filing for office against him, moves his opponents’ primary election back two months, and authorizes a truncated filing period for any more opponents when, and only when, this Court enters its final order on the proceedings…” effectively freezing out primary opponents.
  • “Decisions that he makes on redistricting may impact voter turnout or other factors of the general election.”
  • “Decisions Justice Ervin makes directly about the election process could impact his own electability and creates a situation where his own impartiality may reasonably be questioned.”
  • “Justice Ervin’s perfectly natural desire to continue public service as a Justice on the North Carolina Supreme Court is an interest that could be substantially affected by the outcome of this proceeding.”
  • “Accordingly, Justice Ervin should follow the examples of other jurists and recuse himself from consideration of these matters.”

House Speaker Tim Moore Awarded Top Conservative Ranking Among NC Legislators

Today the American Conservative Union (ACU) released their Scorecard of North Carolina Lawmakers, ranking House Speaker Tim Moore as the top conservative legislator in the North Carolina House of Representatives.
 
ACU’s North Carolina ratings can be found in their entirety here.
 
House Speaker Tim Moore said, “I am honored to have earned the American Conservative Union’s top conservative ranking in the North Carolina House. Businesses and families alike continue to flock to North Carolina to escape over regulation and higher taxes in other states.”
 
He continued, “There is no question that the conservative policies we have enacted have driven the immense growth we have experienced in North Carolina in recent years.”

Speaker Moore Announces Joint Legislative Committee on Access to Healthcare and Medicaid Expansion

Today House Speaker Tim Moore announces the formation of the Joint Legislative Committee on Access to Healthcare and Medicaid Expansion.
 
The purpose of the Committee as identified in the 2021 State Budget is to consider various ways in which access to health care and health insurance can be improved for North Carolinians.
 
Members of the Joint Legislative Committee on Access to Healthcare and Medicaid Expansion:
 
Rep. Donny Lambeth (Co-Chairman)
Rep. Larry Potts (Vice Chairman)
Rep. Kristin Baker
Rep. Wayne Sasser
Rep. Donna White
Rep. Keith Kidwell
Rep. William Richardson
Rep. Brian Farkas
Rep. Charles Graham
 
House Speaker Tim Moore said, “Members of the Joint Legislative Committee on Access to Healthcare and Medicaid Expansion will thoroughly investigate the healthcare needs in our state and explore all options to improve upon the state of healthcare in North Carolina. I have every confidence that the result of this committee’s work will benefit all North Carolinians.”
 
Chairman Lambeth said, “Our committee will explore and seek solutions to critical healthcare issues with the goals of broadening access to quality health care for working people, lowering health insurance premiums for everyone, addressing the cost of uncompensated care especially for rural hospitals, and providing more affordable healthcare options to help small businesses retain employees.”

NC Court of Appeals Upholds Right to Farm Act

This week the North Carolina Court of Appeals upheld the Right to Farm Act. The three-judge panel unanimously dismissed a challenge to the law brought by the Rural Empowerment Association for Community Help, North Carolina Environmental Justice Community Action Network and Waterkeeper Alliance in 2019.
 
Rep. Jimmy Dixon, Senior Chair of House Agriculture Committee said, “I am pleased with the recent ruling by the NC Court of Appeals upholding our Right To Farm laws. It is essential that our hard working family farmers be able to continue feeding a hungry world without unwarranted lawsuits.”
 
House Speaker Tim Moore said, “This is a great victory for farm communities across this state. North Carolina agriculture sustains our communities, provides a source of wellness and good health to North Carolina families, and is an essential driver to the economic health of our state.”

NC Chamber Names House Speaker Tim Moore A 2021 Jobs Champion

The NC Chamber today named House Speaker Tim Moore a 2021 Jobs Champion in its annual How They Voted report.
 
How They Voted details state legislators’ voting records on bills identified as critical to preserving and enhancing North Carolina’s position in the global race for jobs. Speaker Moore was recognized as a Jobs Champion for voting with the Chamber’s Jobs Agenda at least 80 percent of the time during the 2021 legislative session.
 
“In an era of widespread economic uncertainty, North Carolina’s job creators need to know which of our leaders are willing to act to give them more of the certainty they need,” said NC Chamber President and CEO Gary Salamido.
 
He continued, “The bold leadership displayed by Speaker Moore and other NC Chamber Jobs Champions in 2021 will help our businesses push past lingering uncertainty to fuel opportunity and recovery for millions of North Carolinians. We look forward to continuing to work with the Speaker in the year ahead to foster renewed growth and success across our communities.”
 
House Speaker Tim Moore said, “I am honored to be recognized for the hard work that we have done to preserve and create jobs in North Carolina. I am optimistic for the future of our state as we continue to grow and welcome more businesses to the healthy economic environment we have cultivated in North Carolina.”
 
You can view this year’s edition of the NC Chamber’s How They Voted publication here.
 
About the NC Chamber
 
The NC Chamber works to research, develop, advocate, and communicate for solutions and policies that produce a nationally competitive business climate in North Carolina. For more information, visit ncchamber.com.

House Republicans Respond to Governor Cooper’s Latest Vetoes

Today Governor Roy Cooper vetoed three bills approved by the North Carolina General Assembly. Two of those were House Bill 220 (Choice of Energy/Add’l Provisions) and Senate Bill 725: Prohibit Private Money in Elections Admin.
 
House Bill 220 would prohibit local governments from adopting any ordinance that prohibits connection, reconnection, modification, or expansion of an energy service based on the type or source of energy to be delivered to the end-user of the energy service; and (2) expand an exemption from public records for detailed plans and drawings of public buildings and infrastructure facilities, and add a new exemption for specific engineering, vulnerability, or detailed design information about proposed or existing critical infrastructure for energy, water, and wastewater utilities.
 
Senate Bill 725 would prohibit the State Board of Elections, county boards of elections, and county boards of commissioners from accepting private monetary donations, directly or indirectly, for conducting elections or employing individuals on a temporary basis.
 
Rep. Dean Arp (R-Union) said, “House Bill 220 specifically addresses energy choices for consumers, leaving household decisions like whether or not to have a gas stove in their home to consumers themselves. The heavy hand of government has no place in the personal decisions North Carolinians make for their households.”
 
North Carolina House Speaker Tim Moore said, “Governor Cooper again fails to provide a substantive reason for vetoing common sense legislation.”
 
He continued, “Energy choice and ensuring our elections process is not in any way influenced by outside individuals– the bills vetoed today address the concerns of consumers and voters across all of North Carolina. Unfortunately the Governor prefers partisanship over common sense.”

NC Supreme Court Delays Primaries Until May 2022

A North Carolina Supreme Court ruling today has halted candidate filing and pushed the primary election date from March 8 to May 17 2022.
 
A lower court will decide the constitutionality of map districts by January 11.
 
North Carolina House Speaker Tim Moore said, “I am deeply disappointed in the State Supreme Court’s decision to halt and further delay our election process that is already underway.”
 
He continued, “To throw this process into chaos in the middle of filing leaves North Carolinians with uncertainty ahead of the election. Despite this delay, we are confident that we will prevail at trial and our maps will stand.”

Toyota Brings Megasite, 1,750 Jobs, to North Carolina

Today Toyota Motor North America announced they will be building a major-scale battery manufacturing plant to North Carolina, bringing 1,750 jobs to Greensboro, NC.
 
Toyota will invest $1.29 billion at the Greensboro-Randolph Megasite, which will initially produce batteries for Toyota’s hybrid electric vehicles and later produce batteries for battery electric vehicles in the long term.
 

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Court Refuses to Block NC Maps, Rules Election Will Proceed

Today a three-judge panel denied a request from Democratic plaintiffs to block new congressional and legislative maps, a delay that would prevent upcoming elections from proceeding as scheduled.
 
North Carolina House Speaker Tim Moore said, “We are very pleased with the court’s ruling today. It is good news for North Carolina, and now it is time to move forward so that the election process can begin and the people of North Carolina can make their voices heard. Today’s ruling was a huge win for North Carolina voters.”

Speaker Tim Moore Responds to Governor Cooper’s Election Integrity Veto

Today Governor Roy Cooper vetoed Senate Bill 326, the “Election Day Integrity Act”.
 
Senate Bill 326 would further secure the integrity of our elections by requiring absentee ballots to be received by Election Day, rather than three days later.
 
North Carolina House Speaker Tim Moore said, “Sadly, this veto will undermine North Carolina voters’ confidence in the outcome of future elections. Most states already have the same requirement for ballots to be received in a timely manner. Why shouldn’t North Carolinians be given the same confidence in our Election Day process?”