NCDP Clips for April 11, 2013

  • A Yance County Republican equates prayer to Allah with terrorism. House Republicans file an Arizona-style immigration bill, and Voter ID moves forward. Thursday’s Clips:


WTVD – North Carolina House holds voter ID public hearing
A crowd of mostly Republicans spoke in favor of a voter ID bill Wednesday at the last public hearing before the North Carolina House puts the measure to committee votes.

More than 100 people signed up to address the House Elections Committee, though many did not appear. The public hearing followed a committee meeting during which members heard expert testimony and began debating a Republican-backed bill that opponents call a solution in search of a problem and supporters say injects greater confidence in the electoral system.


WINSTON-SALEM JOURNAL – Arizona-style immigration law filed in N.C.
North Carolina has its own “show-me-your-papers” law in the works.
The Reclaim N.C. Act, filed Wednesday by four state House Republicans, would allow local law-enforcement agencies to check immigration status, make it harder for immigrants in the U.S. without authorization to get out of jail, and it would bill unauthorized immigrants for prison expenses, among other provisions.


WRAL – Berger: No UNC campus consolidation this year
The state Senate will not propose closing any of the 16 University of North Carolina system campuses, Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger said Wednesday.

"I don’t see that’s something that in this year’s budget that we’re going to do," Berger said. "That doesn’t mean folks aren’t going to talk about those things."


WRAL – National Islamic group calls on GOP to rebut NC lawmaker
The nation’s largest Muslim advocacy group is calling on the Republican Party to repudiate state Rep. Michele Presnell, who equated the religion of Islam with "terrorism" in a recent email to a constituent.

Presnell, R-Yancey, is a co-sponsor of the now-notorious House Joint Resolution 494.

NEWS & OBSERVER – GOP lawmaker defends his effort to repeal lobbyist gift ban
Lobbyists will once again be able to give freely to lawmakers and not disclose it under a bill filed this week by Rep. Robert Brawley, R-Iredell.
The legislation, HB 640, relaxes many of the ethics requirements passed in the wake of the Jim Black scandal earlier this decade. Black was a House Speaker who served time in prison for accepting illegal campaign contributions.

Brawley, who is chairman of the House Finance Committee, said he didn’t think a ban on gifts from lobbyists was needed.


NEWS & RECORD – N.C. Senate to consider allowing 75 mph speed limits
Legislation that allows transportation officials to raise the speed limit on some North Carolina roads to 75 miles per hour shows no signs of slowing down, at least in the Senate.
The full Senate scheduled debate Thursday on a bill giving the state Department of Transportation authority to set speed limits that high for some interstates and other controlled access highways. The current limit is 70 mph. The bill was filed just last week and cleared a committee Wednesday.


NCPOLITICALNEWS – Democrats’ annual Jefferson-Jackson dinner set for Apr. 27 in Raleigh
The N.C. Democratic Party’s 2013 Jefferson-Jackson dinner is set for Saturday, April 27. This year’s event will feature U.S. Senator William Maurice “Mo” Cowan, a Massachusetts Democrat. According to an email distributed by the party, Cowan is a North Carolina native.

The event will be held at the Raleigh Convention Center. A reception begins at 6:30 p.m. and the dinner begins at 7:30 p.m. Individual tickets are $125, and sponsorship levels range from $250 to $10,000.
Interested paryies should visit the party’s website or contact Ellen Stankiewicz at (919) 821-2777 or

DUKE TODAY – Duke Alumnus Sen. ‘Mo’ Cowan to Keynote 50th Anniversary Event April 13
U.S. Sen. William "Mo" Cowan of Massachusetts will deliver the keynote address at an event commemorating 50 years of black undergraduate students at Duke University. Cowan, a 1991 Duke graduate, is originally from North Carolina.

The event will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 13, in Page Auditorium, during Duke’s Reunion Weekend. It is free and open to the public, although tickets are required. Tickets are free when picked up in person at the Bryan Center Box Office. Others can reserve a free ticket online to be picked up after 1 p.m. on Saturday at the Page Auditorium box office. Light refreshments will be served in the Great Hall on West Campus following the address.


Clay Pittman
North Carolina Democratic Party
Twitter: @ClayPittman