NCDP Clips for April 16, 2013


NC Dems take to Twitter:

@WayneGoodwinNC – My thoughts and prayers are with everyone at #bostonmarathon. Also praying for the safety of the first responders at the scene. @NC_Firemen
@SenatorHagan – My thoughts & prayers are with everyone in Boston this afternoon
@SenatorHagan – If you’re trying to reach friends or family in Boston today, call (617) 635-4500
@RepMikeMcIntyre – Thoughts and prayers go out to those injured at the Boston Marathon and the first responders on the scene. #prayforBoston

President Obama’s Response:

ABC NEWS – Obama Vows ‘We Will Find Out Who Did This’
President Obama vowed today that whoever is responsible for the bombing that killed at least three people at the Boston Marathon "will feel the full weight of justice."
"We still do not know who did this or why, and people shouldn’t jump to conclusions before we have all the facts, but make no mistake, we will get to the bottom of this, and we will find out who did this," Obama said, offering condolences to victims and their families and praising first responders.

North Carolinians in Boston:

WRAL – Nearly 400 NC runners at Boston Marathon
Nearly 400 runners from North Carolina were in Boston for the marathon.
Thirty-one-year-old Nicole Gross of Charlotte suffered leg injuries when the explosions rocked the area near the finish line. She had surgery Monday night.
Thirty-one-year-old Asheville native Danielle Deines had finished the race and was in a tent getting treatment for severe leg cramps when the first explosion occurred.


TALKING POINTS MEMO – Kay Hagan To Support Manchin-Toomey Background Check Bill
Sen. Kay Hagan (D-NC), a closely watched Democrat facing reelection in 2014, said Monday she will support the Manchin-Toomey compromise legislation to expand background checks.
“As a mother there is nothing more important to me than protecting our kids," Hagan said in a statement sent to TPM by her office. "I am looking at each proposal to ensure it is common sense, will be effective and will not infringe on Second Amendment rights. This plan represents a commonsense solution reached by two of my colleagues — one a Democrat, one a Republican — and I plan to support the bipartisan proposal.


WLOS – NC House panel to debate education credits change
Some North Carolina lawmakers want to turn tax credits for parents of children with disabilities or other special needs into cash grants so more low-income people can benefit. The House Education Committee planned Tuesday to take up a bill that would provide scholarship grants of up to $3,000 per semester to reimburse parents for the costs of private school, tutoring or other services.

WWAY – Grants to attend NC private schools filed in House
Backers of a bill to give taxpayer dollars to parents of North Carolina children to attend private schools say the measure will ensure more families have access to a sound education in keeping with the state constitution.

Two Democrats and two Republicans are sponsors of a measure filed Monday that would create "opportunity scholarship grants" of up to $4,200 per year for students whose families earn of up to three times the federal poverty level. The bill sets aside $90 million over two years for the program.


CITIZEN-TIMES – Asheville water bill clears House
A bill to transfer the city water system to the Metropolitan Sewerage District received final approval from the state House on a 72-39 vote Monday evening.
The measure sponsored by Rep. Tim Moffitt, R-Buncombe, now goes to the Senate, where an opponent said it will be difficult to stop.


NEWS & OBSERVER – Christensen: GOP goes after the wrong kind of voter fraud
North Carolina has a long history of election fraud, although not the kind being debated in the halls of the legislature.
The way elections have historically been stolen in North Carolina is through the use of absentee ballots for obvious reasons – not only are there no photographs required but the “voter” doesn’t even have to show up in person.


Clay Pittman
North Carolina Democratic Party
Twitter: @ClayPittman