NCDP Clips for April 19, 2013

  • The new voter ID law is expected to cost as much as $3.6 million, while NCGA Republicans move forward with their plans to remake public education. Friday’s Clips
  • Boston Marathon Bombings: As of 9:54am, one suspect is dead, there is a manhunt underway for the other. Live video, via CBS Boston, here:


WRAL – House education reform effort passes
The House voted 113-1 Thursday for an education reform package that allows senior teachers to lose their career status, what many call tenure, for bad performance and calls for a study of how to award good teachers merit pay.

THE VIRGINIAN PILOT – Teacher tenure bill easily passes N.C. House
The North Carolina House has approved an unusually bipartisan effort to make changes to the usually divisive subject of public school teacher tenure rules.

WRAL – Easley speaks out about NC Senate class-size bill
Mike Easley says North Carolina legislators would be wrong to scrap a law that now requires public school classrooms in the earliest grades to have no more than 24 students — a cap that the former Democratic governor championed during his eight years in office.

Easley told The Associated Press on Thursday that giving flexibility to school districts to spend state money for teachers in kindergarten through third grade is the wrong way to go.


CHARLOTTE OBSERVER – New voter ID law could cost as much as $3.6 million to implement
The proposed new voter photo ID law could cost North Carolina as much as $3.6 million to implement – the price of providing free photos to those without driver’s licenses, and voter education efforts, state officials said.

The voter ID bill cleared another hurdle Thursday when it was approved by the House Finance Committee 18-10 in a vote that followed party lines with Republicans in favor and Democrats against. It is scheduled for a full House vote next week.

CBS CHARLOTTE – Voter ID Bill Clears Second NC House Committee
A bill requiring voters to show photo identification at the polls passed its second committee test in the North Carolina House Thursday.
The House Finance Committee endorsed the measure on a party-line vote after Democrats again proposed amendments to ease restrictions. The one amendment passed would allow a voter who isn’t yet registered to obtain free identification with the Division of Motor Vehicles.


NEWS & OBSERVER – McCrory outlines new strategy for transportation spending
North Carolina will build better transportation projects and create more jobs if it scraps an outmoded formula created in 1989 to sprinkle road-building money among different regions of the state, Gov. Pat McCrory said Thursday.


WRAL – Lawmakers skeptical on Medicaid reform
State lawmakers were left with more questions than answers after a presentation Thursday on Gov. Pat McCrory’s Medicaid reform plan.
Health and Human Services Secretary Aldona Wos delivered the presentation to the Joint Appropriations Subcommittee on HHS.


WRAL – Trial of former NC House member set for May 20
The date for the federal trial of a former North Carolina state legislator accused of theft, fraud and filing false tax returns has been set.
A court document filed this week says jury selection in the trial of Stephen LaRoque of Kinston will begin May 20 in federal court in Greenville.


THE MACON COUNTY NEWS – Macon Democrats elect young chairman
During its annual convention on Saturday, the Macon County Democratic Party voted to elect Corey Duvall as its next chairman. At just 21 years old, Duvall stands as the county’s youngest chairman in recent history, and the second youngest Democratic chairman in the state. “My initial reaction was that of surprise,” said Duvall. “But I also knew that I could not back down from this. Macon County deserves to have a bright future, and I know that I am willing to work hard so that we have strong leaders such as Ronnie Beale on our county board of commissioners.”


Clay Pittman
North Carolina Democratic Party
Twitter: @ClayPittman