NCDP Clips August 21, 2013

Looming veto overrides look messy for Tillis, McCrory takes to Facebook to call out #NCGA Republicans, Cumberland principal’s letter to McCrory garners national attention, DHHS Secretary Wos’ woes, the reality behind GOP’s ‘opportunity scholarships,’ students faces hurdles to vote under #NCGOP, potential successors to Sen. Kinnaird begin to emerge, a study on the plight of children born to lower income Southern families, Congressional Republicans need to ‘get real’ to reach fiscal deal, Senate Conservatives Fund attacks Richard Burr over government shutdown, another top-polling contender opts out of challenging Hagan and "the women candidates we need"


Dome Morning Memo: GOP faces messy veto politics, with Tillis in spotlight
But what will Republican U.S. Senate candidate Thom Tillis do? Republican strategist John Davis said the race is too "fragile" for Tillis to upset the conservatives in his party. "Tillis cannot make any mistakes especially with the right," David said. "By rushing back into the arena and trying to override McCrory’s veto on the immigration bill, he does risk alienating some members of the Republican Party who are very, very sensitive about this issue."

Seattle Pi: Starnes: NC gov will have trouble keeping vetoes
A top North Carolina House Republican leader says GOP Gov. Pat McCrory appears to have an "uphill battle" to preserve his first two vetoes as governor. House Majority Leader Edgar Starnes said Monday most of his Republican colleagues he’s heard from don’t plan to change how they voted on the two bills, which passed comfortably last month in the House and Senate.

Daily Reflector: Mooneyham: Sustaining vetoes
So McCrory’s decision to issue his first two vetoes hardly constitutes some political anomaly. Still, he may have bitten off more than his relatively new chief executive teeth can currently chew. McCrory chose two bills that passed by wide, bipartisan margins, with the votes in both the state House and Senate well above the three-fifths majority required to override a veto.

WRAL: McCory uses Facebook to call out lawmakers
Senior Republican leaders have said over the past few weeks that sentiment is growing within the House Republican caucus to override McCrory’s vetoes. Among those the governor is calling out on Facebook are Reps. Julia Howard, R-Davie and David Lewis, R-Harnett, the co-chairs of the House Finance Committee, Appropriations Committee Chairman Nelson Dollar, R-Wake, Judiciary Committee Chairman Leo Daughtry, R-Johnston, and Republican Conference leader Ruth Samuelson, R-Mecklenburg.


WRAL: Cumberland principal’s letter to McCrory goes viral
The letter from Peggy Raymes, principal at Margaret Willis Elementary School in Cumberland County, to Gov. Pat McCrory ends with a question. “Do we give 37 percent pay increases to young men who worked for your campaign, or do we pay the teachers in North Carolina a fair wage?” Raymes penned the letter in reaction to recent headlines about hefty raises given to young staffers who worked on McCrory’s campaign and were subsequently hired by the administration. When she posted her open letter to McCrory on NC Policy Watch – a website maintained by the progressive, nonprofit North Carolina Justice Center – she didn’t expect it to be picked up and reposted many times over.

Talking About Politics: Woe is Wos
Last week, “a bodyguard prevented a News & Observer reporter from asking (DHHS Secretary Aldona) Wos any questions” after a speech. This week, when questions arose about DHHS paying $85,000-plus salaries to young campaign aides to Governor McCrory, “the governor’s spokeswoman, Kim Genardo, referred questions” to Wos. “Wos could not be reached.” Hold the mayo. Go back. A “bodyguard?” Prevented a reporter from asking questions? Is this a State Trooper, paid by the taxpayers? Or a private bodyguard? Blocking a public official from answering questions?

PoliticsNC: Wos, you’re out! Or should be.
Somebody has to fall on a sword. The raises are in clear violation of the governor’s directive, not to mention that they look awful when the governor has insisted that the state can’t afford raises for teachers or rank and file state workers. McCrory doesn’t have the capital to absorb this blow and protect Wos. His credibility is already too much in doubt. This isn’t Wos’ first misstep. She initially tried to appoint a certified wing-nut to head up early childhood education programs, even though the proposed appointee questioned the need for early childhood education. The incident brought questions about the vetting process and Wos’ judgment.


Huffington Post: North Carolina GOP Dubs Millions in Education Cuts as ‘Opportunity Scholarships’
People change — but seldom. Now the Republican majority in the North Carolina legislature has pushed through a budget that will "drain $500 million out of public education" in the state all while moving $90 million from public schools into private schools via a new voucher program. This voucher proposal and corresponding cuts to the education budget led North Carolina’s independently elected State Superintendent for Public Schools Dr. June Atkinson to remark, "For the first time in my career of more than 30 years in public education, I am truly worried about students in our care."

ABC 11: Many teachers upset about pay as school year begins (VIDEO)
There is outrage from teachers as many of them prepare for a new school year. They are accusing the Gov. Pat McCrory of double standards. Their anger is focused on the state employees who didn’t get pay raises, and those who did. North Carolina educators are going back to class as one of the lowest paid teachers in the country.

News 13 ABC: Teachers Protest (VIDEO)
Demonstrators came out to protest Governor Pat McCrory during his visit to the mountains Monday. They’re rallying at Robbinsville High School. North Carolina teachers are upset over low pay and no raises in this year’s state budget.


Blue Ridge Now: New NC Law puts constraints on voters
Gov. Pat McCrory signed the bill known as Voter ID into law Aug. 12 and followed it with a YouTube video and an editorial in the Raleigh News and Observer. He said we need an ID to board an airplane or buy Sudafed. He is correct, but our election laws are extensively covered in our state constitution. There is no constitutional right to board an airplane or purchase Sudafed, but there is to vote. Given the complexities of this new law governing our elections, I would like to see and hear some discussion in our community about it in order to see what we can learn from one another, in the event that it survives the legal challenges already filed against it.

Daily Tarheel: Voter Law Affects Student Vote
The new law requires voters to provide a government-issued photo ID, but it does not allow poll workers to accept college IDs or out-of-state driver’s licenses. It also shortens early voting by a week and ends same-day voter registration.

WRAL: GOP-backed board add hurdles for college voters
The newly appointed Republican majority on the board agreed with Gilbert, a move King’s lawyer says violates long-established state and federal legal precedent. "The (U.S.) Supreme Court has already ruled on this decades ago," lawyer Jeremy Collins said. "College students have the right to vote in the town where they go to school." On Tuesday, the Southern Coalition for Social Justice filed an appeal to the Pasquotank Board of Elections on King’s behalf. "I think it’s sad that we have to deal with these challenges," King said. "College students should be encouraged to participate in the community that they call home. This has been my home since the summer of 2009."

WRAL: ECSU student challenges elections board (VIDEO)
An Elizabeth City State University student who has lived and voted in his college town since 2009 found his candidacy for city council thwarted by a decision by the local elections board.

Winston-Salem Journal: Watauga elections board’s minutes changed at request of chairman
Wide sections of a first draft of minutes for a contentious meeting on Aug. 12 of the Watauga County Elections Board were erased at the request of the board chairman, increasing concerns among some critics here about what in their view is an erosion of transparency. A third, revised version of the meeting minutes was approved 2-1 on Tuesday, with Chairman Luke Eggers and Secretary Bill Aceto in favor and the third member, Kathleen Campbell, opposing.


News & Record: N.C Ellie Kinnaird leaving legislature in ninth term
Democratic Sen. Ellie Kinnaird cited, in part, discouragement with the Republican-led legislature and said she’s now be poised to help people get the photo identification they’ll soon need to vote in North Carolina with passage of a sweeping elections overhaul bill last month.

The Daily Tar Heel: Politicians step forward for Kinnaird’s seat
The N.C. Democratic Party Press Secretary Micah Beasley said the loss of a female senator would contribute to the lack of female representation in the N.C. legislature. According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, about 23 percent of N.C. legislators are female. “We certainly need more female voices (at every level of politics),” Beasley said.

Dome: State Rep. Valerie Foushee makes bid to replace retiring Sen. Ellie Kinnaird
The announcement included a number of local endorsements, including Democratic state Rep. Deb McManus, the entire Chapel Hill-Carrboro School board, Orange County Commissioners Earl McKee and Bernadette Pelissier; Chapel Hill Town Councilman Lee Storrow; and Carrboro Board of Aldermen member Michelle Johnson. Kinnaird resigned effective immediately earlier this week. The Democratic leaders in her district will pick the replacement. Former state Rep. Alice Bordsen is also interested in filling Kinnaird’s seat.


News 14: Tidbits from Roy Cooper
Despite criticism from Gov. Pat McCrory, there is no concern from him that he’s giving out his personal opinion against the election overhaul law and then defending the law. He also talks about a bill sitting on the governor’s desk that gives House Speaker Thom Tillis and Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger the same legal standing to represent the state that Cooper holds.


News & Observer: Hagan seeks to boost NC manufacturing sector with advisory committee
With signs that North Carolina’s manufacturing sector is on the mend, Sen. Kay Hagan announced Tuesday the formation of a state manufacturing committee to deliver advice and policy ideas to her office.


MountainXpress: Madison County couple calls Amendment One "unconstitutional," will seek marriage license tomorrow
Together for 13 years, Amanda and Loraine are seeking a marriage license because they wish to have their relationship recognized by their community and government. “Our federal government acknowledges same-sex marriage. There is no reason our state should not,” says Loraine, a native of Western North Carolina.

News & Record: Hagan’s Sgro headed to Equality NC
Sgro, currently Hagan’s director of economic development, starts with the group Sept. 6. He was a founding member of LGBT Democrats of North Carolina and is a past treasurer for the LGBT Democrats of Guilford County, according to an emailed news release from Equality. “I am deeply honored for the opportunity to serve North Carolina’s LGBT community as Equality NC’s executive director and to build upon the organization’s tremendous success over the past four decades,” Sgro said in the release. “Equality NC has much work to do in order to protect and secure the rights of LGBT citizens across this state, but North Carolina has long stood as a beacon of equality and fairness in the South, and with fresh leadership and resolve, I know it can be done."


The Post and Courier: Children Born to lower income parents in South have less chance of getting ahead financially
Children born to lower-income families in the South have far less chance of getting ahead financially than their counterparts in most parts of the United States, a ground-breaking study has found.


National Journal: Republicans Need to Get Real to Reach Fiscal Deal with Democrats
This being the case, who goes into this fight with the least credibility? The answer is Republicans in Congress. Logic would then indicate that Republicans acknowledge, at least to themselves, the weakness of the hand they are playing, and hope to get the best deal they can, knowing that they can’t completely win a showdown.

Washington Post: Republicans may need Nancy Pelosi to bail them out
Top Democrats are increasingly convinced House Republicans will not be able, on their own, to avoid a catastrophic outcome in this fall’s fiscal confrontations. If true, it will mean Republicans will need lots of Democratic help either to raise the debt limit, or to continue funding the government, or both.

New Republic: The GOP Plan To Crush Silicon Valley
When Congress returns from its summer recess in early September, it will have exactly nine legislative days to agree on a budget or the government will shut down. House Republicans are seeking far greater cuts in non-defense spending than Senate Democrats, and some members of the GOP are threatening to hold up any budget agreement until the Obama administration abandons the Affordable Care Act. It’s going to be a slog, with all sorts of unseemly compromises. But let me suggest an area where Democrats should allow exactly zero more dollars to be excised from the federal budget: government research for science and technology. We’ve already seen a 13 percent drop in this area over the last two years, and it’s hard to overstate just how damaging to the country’s future further reductions would be.

Huffington Post: Food Stamp Cuts Would Deny Benefits To At Least 4 Million
A Republican proposal to cut food stamp spending by 5 percent would eliminate benefits for as many as 6 million Americans, according to an analysis by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, a liberal D.C. think tank. Republicans have said the forthcoming measure, which will combine stricter eligibility standards with new work requirements, will reduce Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program spending by $40 billion over 10 years.


The Daily Beast: Republicans Move to the Center? Nope, They’re Crazier Than Ever
If you’d asked me six months ago whether the Republican Party would manage to find a few ways to sidle back toward the center between now and 2016, I’d have said yes. But today, on the basis of evidence offered so far this year, I’d have to say a big fat no. With every passing month, the party contrives new ways to go crazier. There’s a lot of time between now and 2016, but it’s hard to watch recent events without concluding that the extreme part of the base is gaining more and more internal control.

Dome: Senate Conservatives Fund targets Richard Burr in a new radio ad:
U.S. Sen. Richard Burr’s remarks calling a government shutdown to block Obamacare "he dumbest idea he’s ever heard" are being used against him in a new radio ad.


WRAL: Foxx won’t enter US Senate race
The five-term Republican has been mentioned as a potential challenger to incumbent U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan, a Greensboro Democrat. Foxx has polled relatively well in some surveys, but running would mean giving up a relatively safe congressional seat to challenge a well-funded incumbent. So far, state House Speaker Thom Tillis is the only known political quantity that has declared he will challenge Hagan. Sen. Phil Berger, R-Rockingham, the top leader in the state Senate, is also weighing a run but has not made a public pronouncement on his future yet.

Dome: Berger says he will make a decision on Senate in a couple of weeks
Senate leader Phil Berger said he is still looking at challenging Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan. "We are taking a serious look at it," he told WPTF’s Bill Lumaye on Friday. "We will have an announcement some time in the next couple of months.”

The Hill: Landrieu up 10 points in Louisiana Senate poll
Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.) is in a solid position for reelection according to a new poll that contradicts two recent GOP polls that showed her locked in a tight fight for reelection. In the survey, conducted by Democratic firm Public Policy Polling, the current Senate field — which includes Rep. Bill Cassidy (R-La.) and conservative GOP challenger Rob Maness (R) — would lead to a runoff, and Landrieu would easily defeat Cassidy, her likeliest challenger in the runoff.

Quinnipiac: Dem Has Likely Voter Lead In Virginia Governor’s Race, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds
Democrat Terry McAuliffe has a 48 – 42 percent lead over Republican State Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli in the race to become Virginia’s next governor, according to today’s Quinnipiac University poll, the first survey in this race among voters likely to vote in the November election. The six-point lead for McAuliffe is not comparable to previous surveys by the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University, taken among registered voters.


The Reporter Online: In search for positive public relations, GOP tries blacklisting
At its annual summer meeting, the Republican National Committee announced a major outreach program to minority voters just as the GOP-dominated North Carolina legislature enacted a series of laws making it more difficult for minorities to vote.

Washington Post: The women candidates we needWe also need madam mayors, madam senators, madam councilwomen, madam sheriffs, madam governors and madam congresswomen all across the nation? You betcha. In fact, this has never been more urgent because women across the country are in the fight of their lives. Anti-woman legislation — slashing funding for education, health and nutrition services to low-income women and their families — is everywhere, especially in the states.

Washington Post: Republicans are their own worst political enemy
For a Republican hoping to win back the White House in 2016 after eight years in the political wilderness, it’s been a frustrating last few days.“The party is acting as if the entire world is a GOP primary,” said Mike Murphy, a prominent Republican campaign consultant. “That is a very dangerous way to operate. We have massive image problems with the greater electorate, and the silly antics of the purist wing are making our dire problems even worse.”


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

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