NATIONAL RIGHT-WING COMMENTATOR ATTACKS WAKE SCHOOL BOARD MEMBER OVER CALENDAR: Some parents want Buckhorn Creek Elementary School in Holly Springs to open next year on a year-round calendar, although the plan is to open it on a traditional calendar. Mark Pantano, a national conservative writer who doesn’t live in North Carolina, has backed the Holly Springs parents, producing a flurry of tweets over the weekend between him and Sutton. Pantano sent a tweet Sunday addressed to several school board members, including Sutton, saying they better make Buckhorn Creek year-round “or face the voters wrath!” Suttton responded to Pantano that “where in a civil democracy do you get what you desire by insulting people and threatening them...seriously?!” In another tweet, Sutton said he didn’t “believe one would generally be successful in obtaining what you so desire by calling the decision makers incompetent or stupid.”
DUKE ENERGY CLAIMS DAN RIVER SPILL WASN'T THE MOTIVATION FOR NEW LAW: Twice, Sierra Club attorney Matthew Quinn asked Fountain whether the law was motivated, or partially motivated, by a spill that turned parts of the river gray. "I really can't admit that," Fountain replied. State Rep. Pricey Harrison, D-Guilford, who saw her push for coal ash regulations gain traction only after the spill, scoffed at this Monday evening. When the bill passed in 2014, Senate negotiator Tom Apodaca specifically said that, "When I saw the Dan River thing, I said, 'We’ve got to do something.'" State Rep. Chuck McGrady, R-Henderson, who negotiated the bill for the House, told the Associated Press that, "unfortunately, sometimes we wait until we have a really big problem before we address it." "It makes sense for (Fountain) to say that, but he is flat wrong," Harrison said Monday.
NOT A STORY: OF COURSE THE NEW MAPS MIGHT HELP A FEW DEMOCRATS: The maps proposed by a third-party expert would make it easier for Democrats to defeat Republican incumbents in four House races and two Senate races, based on an analysis of 2016 election results in the proposed districts. Nathaniel Persily, the “special master” hired by federal judges to propose alternative maps, recently released his draft proposal and is expected to issue a final proposal by Dec. 1. The N.C. Insider analyzed election results from the 2016 governor's race to determine how the partisan tilt of each district changed from the August maps approved by the legislature to Persily’s draft proposal.
FAMILIES OF NAVAJO CODE TALKERS NOT HAPPY WITH TRUMP'S "POCAHONTAS" COMMENT: Families of Navajo war veterans who were honored Monday at the White House say they were dumbfounded that President Donald Trump used the event to take a political jab at a Massachusetts senator, demeaning their work with an unbreakable code that helped the U.S. win World War II. Trump turned to a nickname he often deployed for Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren during the 2016 presidential campaign: Pocahontas. He then told the three Navajo Code Talkers on stage that he had affection for them that he doesn't have for Warren. "It was uncalled for," said Marty Thompson, whose great uncle was a Navajo Code Talker. "He can say what he wants when he's out doing his presidential business among his people, but when it comes to honoring veterans or any kind of people, he needs to grow up and quit saying things like that."
FIGHT OVER TEMPORARY CONTROL OF CONSUMER FINANCE AGENCY CONTINUES: At the center of the controversy are two laws: the Dodd-Frank Act, the law passed after the financial crisis that created the bureau, and the Federal Vacancies Reform Act, which gives the president authority to appoint temporary department heads while their permanent nominees are approved by the Senate. While the Vacancies Act does allow a president to appoint acting directors at agencies like the CFPB, the Dodd-Frank Act has specific language that seems to indicate that only a deputy director can step into the acting director position. English was elevated to the deputy director position shortly before Cordray resigned. But English's push to be recognized as the legitimate acting director took a blow Monday after a memo was released from Mary McLeod, the CFPB's general counsel, saying she agreed with the White House that Mulvaney should be recognized as acting director.