NCDP Clips for April 8, 2013

  • Governor McCrory heads to Alamance County roll out a "major commerce announcement," while the rebuttal to Republican attacks on voting rights begins in Raleigh. FYI: NCDP will hold a press conference with Rep. Alma Adams and CDNC President Louis Duke at 2:30pm at the Goodwin House in Raleigh.


NEWS & OBSERVER – McCrory will make economic development announcement
Gov. Pat McCrory is using the backdrop of a textile manufacturer for a big announcement about how North Carolina government is seeking to increase business in the state.
McCrory is speaking Monday at Copland Fabrics in Burlington about what his office called a major commerce and economic development policy announcement.


WATAUGA DEMOCRAT – NC legislation targets college voters
Bills filed in the N.C. Senate Tuesday and co-sponsored by Sen. Dan Soucek of Boone could impact college students who choose to vote where they attend school.
Senate Bills 666 and 667 include measures that would bar parents from listing their children as dependents on state tax forms if the children register to vote at a different address. The state generally grants tax deductions ranging from $2,000 to $2,500 per child dependent.

WRAL – Fee for voter ID might be unconstitutional
Some legal experts say charging people for photo identification cards in order to vote in North Carolina might violate the state constitution.
House Republican leaders unveiled their proposal Thursday for a voter ID law, and they plan to hold a public hearing on the legislation next Wednesday before beginning debate on it.


NEWS & RECORD – N.C. Republicans try to beat past tax reform dangers
Republican legislative leaders and Gov. Pat McCrory brimmed with optimism early this year about prospects for passing a North Carolina tax code overhaul that most agree has been needed for decades. Still, they didn’t predict smooth sailing.

General Assembly members had seen previous Democratic governors and lawmakers fall short on reform. They couldn’t work out hundreds of details or overcome opposition from interest groups that didn’t want to get taxed more or lose their prized loopholes.


DAILY TAR HEEL – A bill would penalize students who vote where they live
Last week, three Republican N.C. senators sponsored Senate Bill 667, which would prevent parents from claiming their children as dependents if their children registered to vote at an address different from their parents’.

This bill is nothing more than an active attempt to suppress the youth vote. By taking away a tax exemption that saves parents up to thousands of dollars per year, the Republicans in the General Assembly would unnecessarily complicate youth voting by hitting their parents in their pockets.

ASHEVILLE CITIZEN-TIMES – In God we trust; in the legislature, not so much
N.C. House Speaker Thom Tillis, R-Mecklenburg, sensibly sent a resolution that could have allowed establishment of a state religion in North Carolina shuffling off to the wastebasket Thursday, saying a vote on it wasn’t going to happen in his chamber as long as he was holding the gavel.

The bill came about out of a dispute in Rowan County, where the American Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit against commissioners for opening meetings not with general prayers but rather pointed ones. Such disputes are nothing new. But the solution in this case was … well, whoa.


Clay Pittman
North Carolina Democratic Party
Twitter: @ClayPittman