Asheville: As the Washington Post explains, Rep. Mark Meadows has a safe seat and no amount of threats from President Trump will hurt him. So, it’s timely that the Citizen-Times profiles the powerful head of the Freedom Caucus, which last week put the kibosh on the repeal of Obamacare. (Not because they were searching for ways to cover more Americans, but that’s another matter.) It’s a good piece about a bomb-thrower with power.
The Citizen-Times also tells the story of yet another DACA recipient who is working a fine job in the Buncombe County Register of Deeds office and, presumably, paying taxes. And awaits a decision from President Trump on the status of the DACA program. It’s doubtful that she’s one of the “bad hombres” he talks about.
Charlotte: President Trump promised to stop American factories from moving out of the country and to bring manufacturing jobs back. The Observer went to Maiden, where a textile mill was closed last spring and moved to Honduras, and spoke with residents about the prospect of bringing textile jobs back. “’The jobs were leaving back before (former President Barack) Obama. This has been going on for a long time. You can’t really blame it on one administration. It’d be fantastic if (Trump) could get jobs back here, but I’ll have to see it to believe it,’ says Weiss, who works at a Laundromat in town.”
Greensboro: The News & Record has a sordid story about how two district attorneys figured out how to game the system to employ their wives. Each hired his wife to work in his office, but when told that was a no-no, the wives switched DAs. And got pretty good jobs without much actual work, it appears.
Raleigh and Winston-Salem: The N&O revisits the HB2 “repeal” as does the Journal. Neither advances the ball, but in case you missed the replacement bill last week, these will suffice to bring you up to speed.
Winston-Salem: The Journal also looks at the impact of Trump’s proposed budget on Legal Aid of North Carolina. It would lose about half of its funding. “The recommended funding cuts could leave poor people in North Carolina and around the country without the means to get legal assistance for domestic-violence restraining orders or to keep from losing homes to foreclosure.”