NCDP Clips August 28, 2013

State, National Dems gather to commemorate 50th Anniversary of March on Washington, #NCGA Dem Senate Leader Nesbitt joins Leader Hall in calling for probe of DHHS raises, #NCDP Exec Dir meets with Craven Dems, NC Association of Student Governments slams student voting suppression by #NCGOP, John Boehner’s ‘escape hatch,’ Nancy Pelosi talks women equality in TX, Judge Ervin will run again for N.C. Supreme Court, Vice President Julian Castro? And personnel fallout at Fox News gets ugly


WRAL: NC protesters rally to keep pressure on lawmakers
North Carolina civil rights activists are using the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington to keep pressure upon state legislators to repeal policies they argue hurt minority groups and the poor and to promote equality. The state chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People scheduled "Take the Dream Home" rallies late Wednesday afternoon in each of the state’s 13 congressional districts.

WWAY3: 50 years later, impact of ‘I Have a Dream’ speech still felt in Wilmington
Wednesday marks the 50th Anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s, "I Have a Dream" speech from the Lincoln Memorial. Hundreds of thousands of people marched on Washington for one of the country’s largest political rallies, which also happened to be a turning point in the civil rights movement. Students in the Port City are honoring Dr. King by dreaming dreams of their own."Because of his dream coming true, I think my dream will come true," fifth grader Tamya Williams said. It was August 28, 1963, and the world watched history in the making.

ABC 11 News: Local leaders mark 50th anniversary of King’s speech
Wednesday marks one of the most monumental events in the civil rights struggle. The March on Washington for jobs and freedom was one of the largest political rallies for human rights in U.S. history. Hundreds packed the Covenant Presbyterian Church in Durham for a service Tuesday evening. Rev. Dr. William Barber, the president of the state’s chapter of the NAACP, many of its members and the "Forward Together Movement" attended. They talked about the impact of the original March on Washington 50 years ago led by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and the significance of this anniversary and the message it conveys.

The Daily Beast: The 1963 March on Washington Still Vividly Inspires Those Fighting for Change
The 50th anniversary of the March on Washington comes at a moment when America’s collective frustration with its capital has reached a fever pitch. The insular, myopic, self-serving nature of the city’s political class has left us deeply cynical about Washington’s ability to function in a way that reflects our founding values of liberty, equality, and opportunity.

Politico: Bill Clinton: Martin Luther King, Jr. would be ‘pleased’
Reflecting on the 50th anniversary of the historic “I Have a Dream” speech, former President Bill Clinton said he believes Martin Luther King, Jr. would be “pleased that America is more diverse and not just a bi-racial country and that we seem to be doing alright with it.”“He’d be pleased that there is more equal opportunity politically and an African-American had been elected president,” Clinton said in video provided to NBC’s Meet the Press by the Clinton Foundation. “He’d be pleased that African-Americans are competitive in Senate races and other major elections around the country. He’d pleased that America is more diverse and not just a bi-racial country and that we seem to be doing alright with it.”


ABC11: Jobs for highly-paid McCrory staffers never posted
In response to a public records request from The Associated Press, the state agency indicated there were no job postings or written skill requirements for the high-paying positions awarded to the young Republicans. McKillip, the chief policy adviser to DHHS Secretary Aldona Wos, is paid an annual salary of $87,500. Diaz makes $85,000 a year as the communications director for the massive state agency, which has about 10,000 employees and an annual budget of more than $18 billion.

WRAL: This post may be ‘too complex’ for us to write
During a trip to Asheville Monday, Gov. Pat McCrory spoke to the Council of Independent Business Owners. He used the event to talk his policies, highlighting a recent tax reform bill and defending other changes he has signed into law. According to the Mountain Xpress website, he went on to blast his critics. “This is too complex for the journalists,” McCrory said, to laughter from the CIBO members. “They don’t have economics degrees. They’ve not been in business. I respect them greatly, but you get it. This is what we have to do to rebuild our economy. It’s not easy. I empathize with the people being impacted, but my goal is to get these people back into jobs.

Charlotte Business Journal: Gov. Pat McCrory says media, others skew GOP image
Protests across North Carolina and media scrutiny from across the country over a more conservative bent in N.C. politics stem from a much-needed change in culture, Gov. Pat McCrory told me Monday afternoon during a visit to the Government Center in Charlotte. McCrory, a first-term Republican governor and former seven-term Charlotte mayor, said organized opposition by Democratic-leaning political groups and media hyperbole have created a distorted picture of the Tar Heel State. During a 15-minute interview, he dismissed concerns over a recently signed voter ID bill, characterized anger over tighter abortion restrictions as misguided and said he is comfortable bucking liberal and conservative factions alike when warranted.

Dome: Senate minority leader wants committee probe of DHHS
Senate Minority Leader Martin Nesbitt wants a Senate committee to probe "systemic mismanagement" at the state Department of Health and Human Services, including the agency’s hiring practices and the flawed Medicaid claims system it oversees. Nesbitt, an Asheville Democrat, asked Senate leader Phil Berger in a letter to call a meeting of the Senate Health Care Committee. This follows a request last week from House Minority Leader Larry Hall, a Durham Democrat, to have a House committee meet next week to talk about staff pay at the agency.

High Point Enterprise: Changing the rules in a big-time way
Republican leaders, such as Gov. Pat McCrory, and state environmental groups agree on one point about a regulatory reform bill that McCrory signed last week — the legislation carries broad long-term implications.But state GOP officials and conservation organizations disagree almost completely about whether the implications will benefit or harm North Carolinians in coming years.

Washington Post: N.C. governor allows anti-Shariah bill to become law
North Carolina became the seventh state to prohibit its judges from considering Islamic law after Gov. Pat McCrory allowed the bill to become law without formally signing it. McCrory, a Republican, called the law “unnecessary,” but declined to veto it. The bill became law on Sunday (Aug. 25). The state joins Arizona, Kansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, South Dakota, and Tennessee.


Sun Journal: Craven Democrats hear state party exec
For the second time in a week, N.C.’s U.S. District 1 Rep. G.K. Butterfield was on national television discussing the law, which now has two lawsuits filed against it. The requirement for photo voter ID does not become effective under the law until the 2016 election, with 2014 provisions affecting early voting, said Rachel Parnell, Craven County Democratic Party chairman. Dempsey, who has been politically active since his college days at State University of New York in the late ’90s and who has been a successful professional political activist and campaign organizer since 2000, said the actions of the 2013 General Assembly including the new voter ID law “are making us look like the most regressive state in the country.”“But it gives us the opportunity to refocus efforts to understand what we have to do the recapture the state government,” he said. “We can’t just turn out Democrats. We need to go after independents and others.”


Dome: UNC students weighing in on voting controversy
The University of North Carolina Association of Student Governments, a student group representing all 17 state campuses, has passed a resolution denouncing the recent actions of newly installed Republican county board of elections in college towns. And they are urging the State Board of Elections to overturn the actions when they meet on September 3rd. The students are upset about the actions of the Watauga County Board of Elections in moving the voting place from Appalachian State University, and the Pasquotank Board of Elections in ruling that an Elizabeth City State University student was ineligible to run for city council because he did not meet the residency requirements.

ABC NEWS: Voting Rights Fix Tests Civil Rights Movement’s Strength
Take North Carolina, where a slew of new voter laws –including a provision that requires voters to show a state-issued ID — were signed into law. Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton called the laws a reading of the "greatest hits of voter suppression" in an expansive speech on the threat of voter suppression laws. But asked whether such laws could hurt minority participation in elections, North Carolina Republican National Committeewoman Ada Fisher said "absolutely not." "The reason voter ID has been introduced is people want people who are from the state to vote, we want everybody to vote," Fisher, who is African-American, told ABC News. "We are not trying to disenfranchise people." In many ways, the challenge the civil rights community faces is also a product of its success.

The Daily Beast: Republicans Admit Voter ID Laws Are Aimed at Democratic Voters
Indeed, in a column for right-wing clearinghouse World Net Daily, longtime conservative activist Phyllis Schlafly acknowledged as much with a defense of North Carolina’s new voting law, which has been criticized for its restrictions on access, among other things. Here’s Schlafly: “The reduction in the number of days allowed for early voting is particularly important because early voting plays a major role in Obama’s ground game. The Democrats carried most states that allow many days of early voting, and Obama’s national field director admitted, shortly before last year’s election, that ‘early voting is giving us a solid lead in the battleground states that will decide this election.’


Politico: Same-sex marriage in New Mexico
Dozens of gay couples gathered at a plaza in New Mexico’s biggest city Tuesday to hear the words many once thought they would never hear: “With the power finally vested in me by the state of New Mexico, I now pronounce you married.” The ceremony came just a few hours after the county clerk opened her door to a line of more than 100 people waiting to get same-sex marriage licenses following an Albuquerque judge’s declaration Monday that gay marriage was legal. Two other counties began issuing marriage licenses to gay couples last week, and three more said they planned to do the same.

Salon: Republicans think LGBT people and immigrants have no place in the civil rights movement
But at a Monday luncheon, several Republicans rejected these connections, with former congressman Allen West calling the comparison “apples and vegetables.”“You’re talking about a race of people,” he continued. “I don’t think you can make that comparison between a race of people and the gay rights movement, if that’s what you want to call it.” North Carolina Republican committeewoman Ada Fisher, of course, agreed, adding that immigrant rights advocates are “disingenuous” in trying to frame their struggle for basic rights and economic opportunity as a civil rights issue.


Politico: Debt limit to be hit by mid-October
Treasury Secretary Jack Lew on Monday warned congressional leaders that the government will run up against its borrowing limit by mid-October, setting up an earlier-than-expected deadline for what will be the fall’s most contentious battle between the Obama administration and Republicans.Lew said his department will soon run out of the accounting maneuvers it’s been using to stave off default and warned lawmakers not to wait until the last minute to raise the debt limit.“Congress should act as soon as possible to protect America’s good credit by extending normal borrowing authority well before any risk of default becomes imminent,” Lew said in a letter sent to the Hill Monday.

Washington Post: John Boehner’s escape hatch is closing
So, as Jon Chait, Greg and others have pointed out, House Speaker John Boehner has been playing a familiar game of bait and switch with his base by promising to let House Republicans do something crazy in the future in order to get them to stop threatening to do something crazy now. He ”treats his members the same way a gambler treats his loan shark. ‘C’mon, spot me again, I swear I’ll pay up next time!’” Brian Beutler quipped, noting that we’ve seen this same strategy play out again and again in numerous congressional fights.

KUT News: House Leader Pelosi Visits Austin, Promotes Equality for Women
House Leader Nancy Pelosi was in Austin today with one central message: There’s still work to be done on women’s equality in the workforce. She spoke at Austin Community College’s Eastview Campus Monday. Her visit comes on the anniversary of the Nineteenth Amendment, which guarantees women the right to vote. It was adopted into the U.S. Constitution on Aug. 26, 1920.Congresswoman Pelosi is urging support for a number of initiatives: "The equal pay, the paid medical leave, and the childcare aspects of the difference that we have to make. We’ve already passed the Affordable Care Act. These are bills that we must pass and I hope that we can do so with your support," she said.

Dome: Renee Ellmers under fire on move to defund Obamacare
The National Review is calling out Rep. Renee Ellmers for a flip-flop. The article by Jonathan Strong notes that the Dunn Republican bashed the lobbying group Heritage Action on Twitter and its strategy of trying to defund Obamacare with the next continuing resolution.“Should we stop #Obamacare? YES! But @Heritage_Action’s strategy w/ Continuing Resolution is WRONG,” she tweeted. Ellmers was upset that Heritage Action was spending $550,000 to attack “conservatives.”

Salon: The right is wrong about rights
President Obama’s insistence that Americans have a right to healthcare has drawn predictable criticism from American conservatives, who insist that good health should be a private luxury reserved for those who can pay, or perhaps something provided by charity, rather than an entitlement to a public utility service that should be provided to all citizens of a modern society. Indeed, one of the major indictments in the conservative case against modern American progressive-liberalism is the charge that center-left Americans believe that new natural rights can be discovered or that new positive rights should be created by legislation.


Dome: Judge Ervin will run again for Supreme Court
State appeals court Judge Sam Ervin IV – who fought an extremely expensive but unsuccessful campaign against incumbent N.C. Supreme Court Justice Paul Newby last year – announced Tuesday his candidacy for another seat on the Supreme Court. The seat currently held by Justice Mark Martin is open, as Martin announced earlier this year that he will run to replace current Chief Justice Sarah Parker, who will reach mandatory retirement age next year.

RealClearPolitics: Obama Weighs Which Dems to Help in Key Races
It’s the type of delicate, race-by-race calculation the White House repeatedly will have to make in the 2014, when Obama’s own legacy will be on the line. Next fall, voters will decide whether to elect a Congress that will help Obama achieve his goals for his final two years in office, or whether to elect one that will block him at every turn. The president is a huge draw for Democratic candidates, his presence all but guaranteeing they will bring in big dollars and recruit volunteers in Democratic-leaning states and districts. That explains why they’re seeking his help now, more than a year before the midterm congressional elections.

Politico: Governors’ offices up for grabs in 2014
Thirty-six states will hold gubernatorial elections in 2014. A majority of governors are expected to seek reelection, but at least six states are sure to see someone new behind the executive’s desk as incumbents retire or are termed out.

Politico: Are Democrats done in the South? Arkansas governor’s race a test
With the campaign, Democrats are being forced to confront a tough question: Can they still win in the South? The answer will come down to whether former Rep. Mike Ross, the Democratic establishment’s gubernatorial candidate of choice, will be able to carve out his own brand as an Arkansas Democrat, or whether disaffection with the national party will be too strong for him to beat out former Rep. Asa Hutchinson, the Republican front-runner, and stem the tide of growing conservatism.The state that twice elected Bill Clinton to the presidency now has an all-Republican House delegation, the first in well over a century, and Democratic Sen. Mark Pryor is neck and neck in the polls in a marquee Senate race against Republican Rep. Tom Cotton.

National Journal: GOP Looks at N.H. Districts for House Gains
Over the past decade, New Hampshire’s two House seats have been bellwethers for the broader battle for the House, and recent polling shows that Democratic Reps. Carol Shea-Porter and Ann McLane Kuster face stormy political conditions as they head into reelection battles next year.The recent Granite State Poll, sponsored by WMUR-TV and conducted by the University of New Hampshire Survey Center, points to the possibility of another topsy-turvy year in New Hampshire House elections. Residents of both districts say they favor someone else over the incumbent, though most of the leading names on the Republican side have very little name identification.

Breitbart: Exclusive – Tea Partiers Unload on McConnell for Calling Opponents’ Supporters ‘Fringe’
Grassroots Tea Party leaders throughout Kentucky are unhappy with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell after his campaign spokeswoman called supporters of his primary opponent “fringe” in a quote to the Washington Post, Breitbart News has exclusively learned. Many local Tea Party groups are supporting McConnell’s opponent. McConnell’s campaign’s comments came in response to an ad but from the conservative Madison Project, which spent $30,000 to challenge McConnell on his record over immigration and bailouts among other issues. The ads will air over the next few weeks across Kentucky radio stations.


NYT: Ickes Returns to Democratic Committee’s Rules and Bylaws Panel
But when Harold M. Ickes walked into the Rules and Bylaws Committee meeting on Thursday afternoon and rejoined the panel, at least one longtime Democratic strategist raised her eyebrows. “He predated the Clinton era, but when I saw Harold reappointed to the D.N.C., he surely, in my judgment, symbolizes the return of the Clintons,” said Donna Brazile, a fellow member of the rules committee.

RealClearPolitics: Vice President Julian Castro?
Close your eyes for a moment and imagine it’s the summer of 2016. Fresh off her victory in the primaries, presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton is searching for a running mate. If the 68-year-old Clinton of three years from now were to play the role of Dr. Frankenstein in crafting the politically ideal VP pick, relative youth likely would be a key trait in order to balance the ticket. And, perhaps facing a general election campaign against the first Hispanic presidential or vice-presidential nominee (think Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz, or Susana Martinez), she might also look to a Latino to shore up a critical piece of the Democratic coalition in tossup states like Florida, Colorado, Nevada and Arizona.


Politico: Ousted Fox News executive strikes back

Grab the popcorn, because Roger Ailes and his former spokesman look set to go to war. Brian Lewis, the Fox News communications executive who was fired and escorted out of his office last month, is punching back at his former boss, threatening to leak some of the private information about Ailes and Fox that he has been privy to for the past 17 years. In a new statement, Lewis’s lawyer says that Ailes and Fox News should be fearful of what secrets Lewis may reveal now that he is no longer bound by a confidentiality agreement."First, Brian Lewis no longer has any confidentiality obligation to Newscorp or Roger Ailes because of the false and malicious statements made by Fox to date," Judd Burstein writes in a statement provided to Gawker, a website that has long been a thorn in Ailes’s side. "Second, Roger Ailes and Newscorp have a lot more to fear from Brian Lewis telling the truth about them than Brian Lewis has to fear from Roger Ailes and his toadies telling lies about Brian Lewis."


The Herald Sun: Visiting fellow, former N.C. Gov. Bev Perdue tours Duke campus
Former North Carolina Gov. Bev Perdue joined Duke students Tuesday morning as they speed-walked to their first classes of the fall semester. She visited the chapel, marveling at the ceramic tile pillars. She walked into the student union and took a peek inside Red Mango.“I’m the oldest freshman on campus,” Perdue said.This fall, she’s taking her political expertise into the classroom as a distinguished visiting fellow at Duke’s Sanford School of Public Policy. She will work with faculty and students and also serve as an adviser to Duke’s Center for Child and Family Policy. Her official campus tour was led by Duke public policy students Kaitlyn Ellett and Derek Rhodes, Duke Student Government’s vice president for Durham and Regional Affairs.


Micah Beasley, Press Secretary
North Carolina Democratic Party
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