NCDP Clips August 14, 2013

More on legal challenges to voter suppression bill, McCrory gets details of bill wrong once more; approval down to 39%, Kay Hagan seeks Department of Justice review of NC voting law, Rep. Foxx leads in NC Senate GOP primary and Liz Cheney’s tough sell in Wyoming


WRAL: NAACP, lawyers ‘enthusiastic’ about challenge to elections law
A day after filing a lawsuit against Gov. Pat McCrory for his decision to sign historic elections changes into law, a team of lawyers and state NAACP President William Barber laid out their legal plan Tuesday to fight what they called "regressive, unconstitutional acts to rig and manipulate elections through voter suppression."

MSNBC: Black residents in North Carolina fear losing the ability to vote
After the Supreme Court struck down a key part of the landmark civil-rights law earlier this summer, North Carolina’s Republican-controlled legislature pushed through what many experts have called the nation’s most restrictive voting measure, which was signed Monday by Gov. Pat McCrory, also a Republican.

WNCN: NC Democratic Chair in fighting mode against voter ID
Voller says Republican overreach will help his party win elections in the future. In an interview on Tuesday, he criticized Gov. Pat McCrory for signing new voting provisions into law. The voting overhaul requires voters present a photo ID at the polls beginning in 2016. It also cuts down early voting by a week and ends same-day registration. "He was elected to stand up for the people of North Carolina," Voller said. "To tell us that we have three years to adapt to a bill, when it’s an onerous piece of legislation that should have never been passed in the first place is a slap in the face to hard-working, tax-paying North Carolinians."

Fayetteville Observer: Will Voter ID Help or Hurt Pat McCrory and the Republicans?
Gov. Pat McCrory signed new voter restrictions – including an ID requirement –into law yesterday. There was no fanfare, i.e. no press conference, which is why it is being reported that he “quietly” signed the bill. The law’s effect on so-called voter fraud will be negligible, since there is little to no evidence of the kind of fraud that would be solved by forcing everyone to show ID to vote. Hard to solve a problem that hardly exists. So we can move right to discussing any political effect. Or to put it baldly: Will the law succeed in its real aim, which is to depress turnout of Democratic-leaning voters: Minorities, college kids, the poor, etc.?

WRAL: Precincts versus early voting locations
Gov. Pat McCrory took to the radio waves today to lay ot why he signed a far reaching elections bill that will impose a photo ID for in-person voting starting in 2016. Leaving politics aside, McCrory repeated one incorrect turn of phrase at least three times, speaking on WUNC’s The State Of Things, NPR’s Here and Now, and in an interview with WWNC. In all three interviews, he was asked or talked about the changes to early voting. The law reduces the early voting period from 17 days to 10 days starting in 2014. While talking about these changes, McCrory seemed to say the system would be more fair because each early voting location within a county would have to open for the same days and hours. But he added this:


Public Policy Polling: McCrory continues to drop
PPP’s monthly North Carolina poll finds Pat McCrory’s approval rating dropping for the first time into the 30s. 39% of voters approve of the job he’s doing to 51% who disapprove. Independents, who supported him overwhelmingly last year, have soured and now give him poor marks by a 41/49 margin. His once respectable crossover support from Democrats is now becoming close to nonexistent at 14% approval.

WRAL: Poll: McCrory, GOP lawmakers see approval slide
Approval ratings for Gov. Pat McCrory and the Republican-led General Assembly have plummeted in recent weeks, according to a poll released Wednesday. Public Policy Polling says McCrory’s job approval is at a record low 39 percent, with 51 percent of respondents saying they disapprove of his performance as governor. Lawmakers did even worse, with an approval rating of 24 percent.

News & Observer: McCrory offers shallow rhetoric to justify Voter ID law
The governor said the new law would prevent voter fraud. He didn’t bother to mention that voter fraud is about as big a threat in North Carolina as an invasion of dinosaurs (excepting the Republicans on Jones Street). And he of course didn’t linger on the other parts of the legislation clearly designed to give Republicans an advantage in future elections, blatantly political maneuvers: no more straight-ticket voting, which is favored by more Democrats than Republicans; no more same-day registration and voting, again something shown to be used more by Democrats; early voting periods will be shorter, and early voting also tends to draw more Democrats; no more pre-registration for students younger than 18, as the young tend to lean Democratic.

Dome: McCrory’s camp releases internal poll showing governor’s approval at 48%
The poll commissioned by Renew North Carolina Foundation, a private nonprofit extended from McCrory’s 2012 campaign, gives the Republican governor a 26-point positive approval margin, with just 22 percent disapproving. His favorability rating is essentially the same at 49 favorable to 22 percent unfavorable, according to a portion of the poll released first to Dome. Another 29 percent were unsure. The margin of error for the poll is plus-or-minus 3.5 percent. Earlier Wednesday, a new survey from Public Policy Polling showed McCrory’s job approval rating at 39 percent with 51 percent disapproving — his lowest numbers of his term and part of a sustained decline since he took office at the start of the year. The margin of error is 4 percent.


Politico: Kay Hagan to DOJ: Review voter ID law
Hagan, a Democrat, wrote to Attorney General Eric Holder that the possibility the bill will impede voting for minorities, seniors, students and other groups is “unacceptable” and asked for his “immediate attention” to the matter. “Protecting the fundamental right of our citizens to vote should be among the federal government’s highest priorities. In response to voting restrictions signed into law yesterday, I strongly encourage the Justice Department to immediately review North Carolina House Bill 589 and take all appropriate steps to protect federal civil rights and the fundamental right to vote,” Hagan wrote.

Mountain Xpress: Sen. Hagan lauds rural broadband initiative
Washington, DC – U.S. Senator Kay Hagan today applauded the completion of MCNC’s Golden LEAF Rural Broadband Initiative (GLRBI), a landmark project that connects schools, businesses and health care providers across North Carolina with high speed broadband. Representatives from Senator Hagan’s office attended Broadband for the Future events today in Asheville, Charlotte, Elizabeth City and Raleigh, all of which were connected via high definition video, demonstrating the reach of the GLRBI.


Public Policy Polling: Hagan leads for reelection, benefits from legislature’s unpopularity.
The biggest winner coming out of the North Carolina legislative session might be Kay Hagan. She leads her two most likely Republican opponents, Thom Tillis and Phil Berger, by 8 points each at 47/39. Beyond that though it’s clear that the actions of the General Assembly this year make voters hesitant to give either of their legislative leaders a promotion. 49% of voters say they’re less likely to support the Speaker of the House for the Senate because of what happened during this session to only 19% who are more likely to. And 41% are less likely to support the President Pro Tem of the State Senate for the US Senate, to 18% who are more likely to.

Dome: Virginia Foxx leads GOP Senate field in new poll
U.S. Rep. Virginia Foxx remains the top choice of North Carolina Republicans to challenge Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan next year. Foxx is preferred by 18 percent of GOP voters, according to a new survey by Public Policy Polling, a Democratic leaning firm based in Raleigh. There is nine percent support for Senate leader Phil Berger and former U.S. ambassador Jim Cain, 8 percent for former House Speaker Thom Tillis, 7 percent for Cary physician Greg Brannon, 4 percent for Heather Grant and Mark Harris, and 2 percent for former Charlotte City councilwoman Lynn Wheeler.

Washington Post: Cory Booker wins New Jersey Senate primary
Newark Mayor Cory Booker won the Democratic primary in the New Jersey Senate race on Tuesday — a victory that sets him on a clear course to become the newest U.S. senator. With 98 percent of the precincts reporting, Booker was taking about 60 percent of the vote in a four-candidate field. Rep. Frank Pallone Jr. was second with 20 percent, while Rep. Rush D. Holt was at 17 percent and state Assembly Speaker Sheila Oliver was below 5 percent.

Wall Street Journal: AFL-CIO to Focus on Governors’ Races
“Our focus is really going to be at the state level because that’s where we think that our constituents – working-class families, middle-class families – are going to have the most at stake,” said Michael Podhorzer, political director of the large labor federation. Mr. Podhorzer singled out Republican governors Tom Corbett in Pennsylvania, Paul LePage in Maine, John Kasich in Ohio, Rick Scott in Florida, Rick Snyder in Michigan and Scott Walker in Wisconsin. All six states have been top targets for organized labor since the tea-party wave swept these governors into office in 2010.

CNN: Liz Cheney a tough sell in Wyoming
Polls show that she’s perceived to be an outsider — and she’s starting to learn that you can make a big name for yourself in national conservative politics but still fail to get traction at a state level. For good reason. Cheney’s only real, substantive link to Wyoming is through her father, Dick, who served for 10 years as a congressman. Otherwise, she was born in Wisconsin, lived much of her life in the D.C. area, went to college in Colorado and Chicago and made her name working for the George W. Bush administration. Not a lot of Wyoming in that CV at all.


Micah Beasley, Press Secretary
North Carolina Democratic Party
Twitter: @Micah4NC

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