NCDP Clips for April 2, 2013

  • Good Morning – Sen. Hagan hosts a job fair in Wake County today, while Gov. McCrory makes a controversial appointment to the State Board of Education. Your Tuesday Clips:


NEWS & OBSERVER – Gay group asks McCrory to withdraw school board appointment
Equality NC Monday asked Gov. Pat McCrory to reconsider his appointment of Buddy Collins to the state Board of Education, saying it has concerns about his opposition to anti-bullying measures aimed at protecting gay, lesbian and transgender students.

Collins, an attorney, serves on the Forsyth County Board of Education, was recently nominated by McCrory to serve on the state board.

HUFFINGTON POST – Buddy Collins Nominated To Plum North Carolina Education Post, Despite Anti-Gay Record
One of North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory’s (R) nominees for the State Board of Education has a long history of opposing anti-bullying measures aimed at protecting LGBT students, and gay rights advocates are worried about the implications if he is confirmed.

THE PROGRESSIVE PULSE – Controversial McCrory nominee also serves on board of Tedesco’s non-producing nonprofit
Followers of The Progressive Pulse will recall a series of articles in recent years about the essentially non-existent nonprofit headed by conservative Wake school board member and 2012 GOP nominee for state Superintendent of Public Instruction, John Tedesco. As we reported here and here and here, the sum detectable output of the North Carolina Center for Education Reform appears to be: a) a semi-schnazzy if, at times, grammatically-challenged website, and b) something for Tedesco to put on his resume to make it looks like he has (or had) an impressive job.


NEWS & RECORD – Sen. Hagan pushing Veterans Affairs on N.C. claims backlog
North Carolina Sen. Kay Hagan wants to keep pressing the Department of Veterans Affairs to reduce a backlog of disability claims at its Winston-Salem office.
Hagan will continue her push Tuesday in a conference call with reporters. She already has asked Secretary Eric Shinseki (shin-SEHK’-ee) to send officials from VA headquarters to address delays at the office with the second-longest wait times in the Southeast.

NEWS & OBSERVER – Hagan at Wake job fair Tuesday
Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan will co-host a “Back to Work North Carolina Jobs Fair” at Wake Tech Tuesday morning.
More than 90 employers with open positions have registered to participate in the event that will be held from 9 am until 12:30 pm.
Later in the day, she will host a conference call with reporters to discuss her effort to address the back log disability claims at the Department of Veterans Affairs regional office in Winston-Salem.


SALISBURY POST – More groups oppose bills to reduce NC early voting
More liberal-learning groups are urging North Carolina’s Republican legislature to back off legislation that would reduce early voting and end same-day registration during the early voting period.
Progress North Carolina led a news conference Monday at the Legislative Building to oppose bills last week to reduce 21/2 weeks of in-person early voting by one week. One of the bills would bar Sunday voting.

NEWS & OBSERVER – NC GOP lawmakers continue to seek to limit voters
Being in charge when new congressional and legislative districts had to be drawn following a Census provided a tremendous and potentially long-term edge for North Carolina Republicans. In 2012 they gained a 9-4 advantage in the U.S. House (it had been 7-6 Democratic) and solidified majorities in the state House and Senate, despite Democrats having a 43 percent to 31 percent advantage in voter registration.


WRAL – Senate bill would make it harder to untie knot in NC
State lawmakers are considering making divorces harder to get in North Carolina.
Senate Bill 518, dubbed the Healthy Marriage Act, would double the one-year waiting period before a divorce could be granted and would require husband and wife to receive conflict resolution counseling, as well as counseling if they have children. Supporters said they believe the restrictions will help cut the state’s divorce rate.


NEWS & OBSERVER – NC Democratic Party searching for new ED
The North Carolina Democratic Party is advertising for a new executive director.
State Democratic chairman Randy Voller said the party has received about 30 applications from around the country to fill the post held by Tammy Brunner, who was not asked to stay. Monday was the last day for applications.

NEWS & OBSERVER – Democratic chair slams McCrory for abolishing Latino office
State Democratic chair Randy Voller Monday criticized Republican Gov. Pat McCrory for recommending in his budget that his office of Latino outreach be abolished.
Voller called it “a brazen effort to slam the door shut on some 800,000 North Carolina residents. The Latino outreach office provided not only a voice, but important resources for the fastest growing population in the state.”

He said McCrory’s action is contrary to his party’s national efforts to court Latino voters.


Clay Pittman
North Carolina Democratic Party
Twitter: @ClayPittman