The highlight of today’s Joint Select Committee on Congressional Redistricting public hearings came about forty minutes in, when state Representative Bill Brawley could be heard on the audio feed from Central Piedmont Community College in Charlotte yelling at constituents.
A particularly eloquent speaker named Gene Millsaps had just wrapped up his comments urging members of the General Assembly to “restore proper citizen representation” to North Carolina’s 1st and 12th congressional districts. People applauded.
“I have already said there will be no shoutouts, there will be no demonstrations, this is not a sporting event,” Brawley screamed, clearly rattled, as Senator Bob Rucho, running the six-location video conference from the Legislative Office Building in Raleigh, tried to drown Brawley out.
“Unfortunately, the uninhibited expansion of President Obama’s administrative state and his penchant for executive orders that contort the rule of law suggest an utter contempt for our nation’s system of checks and balances.
“It is highly likely that the President will nominate someone who shares his views and will rubber-stamp his unilateral actvideo footaions, which run counter to the original intent of our Constitution. This is why it is incumbent upon the Senate to assert its co-equal authority in the constitutionally prescribed process of determining the make-up of the highest court. I firmly believe the voice of the American people should be heavily weighted in that decision and their voice will soon be heard on Election Day."
Durham Councilman Steve Schewel said before the meeting that planned to put forward a motion at Monday night’s meeting to delay the vote by two weeks. He’s said he was pushing for the delay because of a controversial plan by the Durham Police Department to keep body camera video footage secret.
A last minute provision added by DPD to allow citizens who make complaints against an officer to access, but not copy body camera video did not satisfy Schewel and councilmembers Jillian Johnson and Charlie Reece.
Both Johnson and Reece said before the meeting that they planned to vote no to buying the cameras because of the public access issue.
“When we came into office in 2001, we looked at incidents of crime per 100,000 people, probably at a high, and we’ve seen that constantly go down until the year 2013 and we saw an uptick in 2014,” said Bell.
“We developed corridors for a light rail system between Orange and Durham County. We just recently received news that the environmental impacts statement that we accepted was accepted by the FTA and is now open on our website for people to look at,” said Bell.And affordable housing:
That's it for today's Morning Roundup. Keep on sloshin'.
Bell said the city has recently hired a consultant to look at the issue and expects to get a report during the next city council meeting.