NCDP Clips for April 15, 2013

  • Governor McCrory hits 100 days in office… the debate over Gun Control charges on. Monday’s clips:


WWAY – At 100 days, McCrory enters new policy phase
North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory seems to have found his footing within state government after more than three months in office.
The question is whether voters and Republican colleagues at the General Assembly will continue to like where he stands.

WINSTON-SALEM JOURNAL – Nonprofit recruiter plan has plenty of questions
Gov. Pat McCrory and his team have a raft of questions to answer in the coming weeks as they hang meat on the bones of his proposal to overhaul the state’s economic development groups and merge them into a new nonprofit called “Partnership for Prosperity.”

What current groups, boards and authorities would fold into it?


WRAL – NC and DC gun control debate heats up
Months after the Sandy Hook Elementary tragedy, the national conversation on gun control remains a heated one.
Saturday, a group of North Carolina mayors held an event in support of what they call "Common Sense Measures to Reduce Gun Violence." This comes on the same day as the mother of a 6-year-old boy killed in the Connecticut school shooting used the opportunity to fill in for President Barack Obama during the weekly radio and Internet address. She made a personal plea from the White House for action to combat gun violence.


NEWS & OBSERVER – Morning Memo: Renewable energy gets a second look; lawmakers in at 7
North Carolina’s three-day Sustainable Energy Conference gets underway today in Raleigh. The conference comes as state lawmakers are consider legislation to roll back renewable energy standards that were approved in 2007.

The bill appeared fast-tracked but had a rough go in its first of several committee meetings. Gov. Pat McCrory has said he expects the bill to undergo some changes.

ON THE AGENDA: There are no committee meetings ahead of today’s session. Lawmakers are expected to take a final House vote to turn Asheville’s water system over to a regional authority. The bill then goes to the Senate. Also in the House, expect a final vote on a bill that requires human traffickers whose victims are minors to register as sex offenders. If it gets final approval, its next stop is the governor’s desk.

WRAL – NC lawmakers hope to keep historic sites running
Agroup of second-graders parked on century-old benches in a schoolhouse from another time pounded Krista Thompson with questions about how kids who once occupied those seats lived. She answered with patience.
"It’s just great for them to come out and see what it was like, because they really have no idea, and they have so many questions," she said. Thompson, a Pikeville resident and home-school parent, said she started volunteering at the Gov. Charles B. Aycock Birthplace outside Fremont seven years ago and was first drawn there when she brought her own kids.nning


HICKORY DAILY RECORD – Madness in the NC legislature
Loyd Hoke – April Madness is upon us again, and it has nothing to do with college basketball or the Masters golf tournament or the month of pollen and trying to breath. I warned readers a year ago with a column on April 28 about how misguided legislation in North Carolina could affect every household in our state.

WILMINGTON STAR NEWS – Editorial – Don’t funnel taxpayer dollars to private companies with no accountability
It flies in the face of reason to suggest that the way to make government more accountable is to farm out public services – and dollars – to entities that have no direct accountability to the taxpayers. Yet that is the game plan of Gov. Pat McCrory and the Republican-led General Assembly as they consider privatizing Medicaid and economic development and seek once again to funnel the people’s money to private schools.

NEWS & OBSERVER – How voter ID laws violate the NC Constitution
The General Assembly is considering a bill to require voters to present photo identification in order to be allowed to vote. Proponents of the bill say the ID requirement is necessary to protect the integrity of elections and stamp out voter fraud. Opponents claim that there is no significant evidence of in-person voter fraud and that the bill is simply an attempt to make it harder to vote for persons without ID who tend to be older, poorer and more minority than those with ID.


Clay Pittman
North Carolina Democratic Party
Twitter: @ClayPittman