NCDP Clips for April 30, 2013

  • Mayor Anthony Foxx gets the nod for DOT. UNC System leaders want to keep weapons off of their campuses. Tuesday’s clips:


CHARLOTTE OBSERVER – For Anthony Foxx, a new road to travel
If you’re a Charlottean new or old, you should’ve felt at least a slight swell of pride to see Charlotte native, Davidson grad, City Council alum and Mayor Anthony Foxx nominated to be Secretary of Transportation for President Barack Obama’s second term.

Foxx stood behind Obama, and next to current transportation secretary Ray LaHood, at the White House on Monday. He watched the president call him an “impressive leader” and nodded as Obama told Charlotte’s story. He smiled, along with presumably everyone else, when Obama noted the mayor’s “two good looking kids” in attendance.

WASHINGTON POST – Obama nominates Anthony Foxx for transportation secretary

WASHINGTON POST – Rising North Carolina Democratic star Foxx gets new challenge by working in Obama’s Cabinet
President Barack Obama’s nomination of Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx to become the next U.S. transportation secretary brings more attention to North Carolina’s largest city and could benefit the rising Democratic star should he return home for higher office later.

NEWS & RECORD – Burr and Hagan support Foxx
Both U.S. senators from North Carolina are on board with President Obama’s nomination of Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx as transportation secretary.


WTVD – North Carolina House panel considers pre-K changes again
North Carolina legislators are once again talking about which children should qualify for North Carolina’s free preschool initiative for at-risk 4-year-olds.
A House health committee scheduled debate Tuesday on a measure that would in part require families to make less income than is currently required to participate in the North Carolina Pre-Kindergarten program.

THE VIRGINIAN PILOT – N.C. consumer loan changes before Senate panel
An effort to permit North Carolina’s licensed installment lenders to charge higher interest rates on many customers is back before a legislative committee two years after a similar bill died following opposition by the military.

WRAL – Barber, 16 others released following arrests at General Assembly
Seventeen people were arrested Monday evening during what the state chapter of the NAACP called a nonviolent "pray in" protest at the General Assembly.


FORT BRAGG PATCH – Catching up with Kay: Best Way to Help Economy is By Listening to Small Business Owners
By U.S. Senator Kay Hagan
North Carolina’s economy depends on people like Andrea Harris. Andrea has served at the helm of the North Carolina Institute of Minority Economic Development for the past 25 years, where she has helped build minority- and women-owned businesses, and a result she’s helped create jobs and economically sound communities.


NEWS & OBSERVER – UNC system leaders want universities removed from gun bill
UNC system President Tom Ross issued a statement expressing concern about House Bill 937, which would loosen the state’s gun laws.
Part of the bill allows holders of concealed carry permits to keep guns in locked vehicles at college and university campuses.
“We have an obligation to provide a safe environment for our students and employees, and every UNC campus has a trained police force charged with promoting the safety of all people who come onto our campuses," Ross said in a statement.


SALISBURY POST – Editorial: Federal rules and local control
Rather than weakening state and local implementation of rules designed to safeguard North Carolina’s natural resources and its citizens’ health, state legislators should be looking for ways to strengthen that oversight.


Clay Pittman
North Carolina Democratic Party
Twitter: @ClayPittman