NCDP Clips for Friday, January 18,, 2013

ORGANIZING FOR ACTION

CHICAGO TRIBUNE – Obama aides launch Organizing for Action to back his agenda
Leaders of President Obama’s reelection campaign announced Friday that they are launching a permanent advocacy organization called Organizing for Action that will enlist his supporters to fight for his policy agenda.
Calling it "the next phase of this movement," former campaign manager Jim Messina described the new group as an extension of Obama’s successful bid for a second term, which used technology to engage volunteers at a new level in their communities.
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/politics/localelections/la-pn-obama-aides-organizing-for-action-20130118,0,431701.story

THE HUFFINGTON POST – Organizing For Action: Obama Campaign Relaunching As Nonprofit To Support Second Term Agenda
President Barack Obama’s political organization is forming an outside, nonprofit group to support the president’s legislative agenda.
The unprecedented move gives Obama a way to promote his agenda outside the confines of the White House and seeks to harness the energy from his re-election campaign into support for legislation.
Democratic officials say the group, Organizing for Action, will be announced Friday. The nonprofit will work on key legislative battles, train future leaders and local issues around the country.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/01/17/organizing-for-action_n_2501051.html

POLITICO – Obama campaign to relaunch as tax-exempt group
President Barack Obama’s remaining campaign apparatus will relaunch Sunday as a tax-exempt group to support his second term agenda, a senior Democrat familiar with the plans confirms to POLITICO.
The new organization will be separate from the Democratic National Committee, with Obama’s 2012 campaign manager Jim Messina serving as the national chair of the group.
http://www.politico.com/story/2013/01/obama-campaign-to-relaunch-as-tax-exempt-group-86375.html#ixzz2ILGtSR6p

US NEWS & WORLD REPORT – AP sources: New nonprofit to promote Obama agenda
In an unprecedented move, President Barack Obama’s vaunted political organization is being turned into a nonprofit group — funded in part by corporate money — to mobilize support behind the president’s second-term agenda.
Democratic officials familiar with the plan said Thursday the tax-exempt organization will be called Organizing for Action and seek to harness the energy of the president’s re-election campaign for future legislative fights. Officials said the group will be separate from the Democratic National Committee and advocate on key policy issues such as gun control and immigration, train future leaders and devote attention to local issues around the nation.
http://www.usnews.com/news/politics/articles/2013/01/18/ap-sources-obama-team-to-form-agenda-group

PRESIDENTIAL INAUGURATION/THE SECOND TERM

CBS NEWS – Obama enters second term with 51 percent approval
President Obama’s approval rating stands at 51 percent as he prepares to be sworn in for a second term, according to a new CBS News/New York Times poll. Forty-one percent of Americans say they disapprove of the overall job he is doing as president.
Mr. Obama’s approval rating is down six points compared to December, shortly after his reelection, and is lower than the 62 percent approval rating he received shortly after taking office in 2009. His approval rating is slightly higher than where it stood at this point last year, when 47 percent approved of his performance and 45 percent disapproved.
http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-34222_162-57564616-10391739/obama-enters-second-term-with-51-percent-approval/

THE NEW YORK TIMES – As Obama Begins Second Term, Majority Approve of His Performance
President Obama heads into his second term in office with an overall positive approval rating, but the public remains ambivalent about his handling of the economy.
Fifty-one percent of Americans approve of the way Mr. Obama is handling his job, according to a survey by The New York Times/CBS News, with 41 percent disapproving. Mr. Obama’s job approval rating is similar to George W. Bush‘s at the start of his second term, but much lower than the ratings of the previous two presidents who served eight years. (President Bill Clinton‘s approval rate was 60 percent in January 1997, and Ronald Reagan‘s was 62 percent in January 1985.) More than 8 in 10 Democrats approve of his job performance, 8 in 10 Republicans disapprove and independents are evenly divided.
http://thecaucus.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/01/18/as-obama-begins-second-term-majority-approve-of-his-performance/

NBC NEWS – Time is not on the side of second-term presidents
Fresh off re-election, presidents begin their second terms freed from the burdens of campaigning for the White House ever again and, typically, with high hopes and ambitious agendas.
Yet because they are among the few Washington politicians unconcerned about the next election, they are also lame ducks from the very first hour of their second term – and they have a relatively narrow window to accomplish their goals.
http://nbcpolitics.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/01/18/16569333-time-is-not-on-the-side-of-second-term-presidents?lite

THE HUFFINGTON POST – Obama Portrait Unveiled Ahead Of Second Inauguration
New term, new official portrait.
Just before President Barack Obama’s second inauguration, the White House Friday released a new official portrait of the president for his second term. The portrait, taken Dec. 6 by White House photographer Pete Souza, shows a smiling Obama standing with his arms crossed in front of his desk in the Oval Office.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/01/18/obama-portrait_n_2501916.html

CBS NEWS – Why is Obama being sworn in twice?
The U.S. Constitution states that the president is to be inaugurated January 20 of the year following his or her election. But what happens when that date falls on a Sunday?
It’s been the case before – last with Ronald Reagan in 1985 – and will be again this weekend: The president will be sworn in twice.
At noon on Sunday, January 20 – the Constitutionally-mandated date – President Obama will be sworn in officially for his second term by Chief Justice John Roberts, in the Blue Room of the White House, surrounded by a small group of family and friends. On Monday comes the big celebration, replete with the inaugural speech, a parade, and, for spectators, a mock swearing-in.
http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-34222_162-57564626-10391739/why-is-obama-being-sworn-in-twice/

NORTH CAROLINA GENERAL ASSEMBLY

THE ROBESONIAN – Senate leaders ays legislators will look a sweeping tax reform
Senate leader Phil Berger said Wednesday that he believes an overhaul of North Carolina’s tax system will happen this year and that he prefers a plan to make income tax rates as low as possible — maybe even zero.
Speaking to reporters about this year’s General Assembly session, Berger said senators are considering a proposal to eliminate individual and corporate income taxes altogether. Legislators would make up for billions of dollars in lost funds in part by shifting to a consumption-based tax system that would involve most services currently exempt to the sales tax, such as auto repairs, haircuts and lawn services.
http://www.robesonian.com/view/full_story/21437622/article-Senate-leader-says-legislators-will-look-a-sweeping-tax-reform?instance=popular

WTVD – NC Senate leader wants lower income tax rates
Senate leader Phil Berger said Wednesday that he believes an overhaul of North Carolina’s tax system will happen this year and that he prefers a plan to make income tax rates as low as possible – maybe even zero.
Speaking to reporters about this year’s General Assembly session, Berger said senators are considering a proposal to eliminate individual and corporate income taxes altogether. Legislators would make up for billions of dollars in lost funds in part by shifting to a consumption-based tax system that would involve most services currently exempt to the sales tax, such as auto repairs, haircuts and lawn services.
The state’s income taxes are among the highest in the Southeast. North Carolina’s corporate income tax rate is 6.9 percent, while the individual income tax rate for the highest wage earners is 7.75 percent.
http://abclocal.go.com/wtvd/story?section=news/politics&id=8956326&rss=rss-wtvd-article-8956326

THE McCRORY ADMINISTRATION

NEWS & OBSERVER – McCrory-Cooper face off on immigrant driver’s licenses
Republican Gov. Pat McCrory’s Division of Motor Vehicles is refusing to issue immigrants in the deferred action program driver’s licenses but Democrat Attorney General Roy Cooper says they must.
http://projects.newsobserver.com/node/26784#storylink=cpy

BLOOMBERG BUSINESSWEEK – Power Shift Has Government Opponent Running N.C. Budget
For more than two decades, North Carolina businessman Art Pope advocated free markets and limited government. Now he’s in a position to turn his views into reality.
Pope, 56, chairman of Variety Wholesalers Inc., an operator of discount retail stores, was appointed as budget director by new Governor Pat McCrory. Pope, a long-time Republican donor, took office this month after elections in which his party took control of the governorship and legislature for the first time in more than a century.
http://www.businessweek.com/news/2013-01-17/power-shift-has-government-opponent-running-n-dot-c-dot-budget

OPINION

THE CHARLOTTE OBSERVER – Don’t burden middle-, low-income in tax plan
It wasn’t mere coincidence that a day before N.C. Senate leader Republican Phil Berger unveiled a plan to overhaul the state’s tax system that Nebraska’s GOP Gov. Dave Heineman was giving his State of the State address focusing on the same thing.
And it’s not just happenstance that the centerpiece of both plans is eliminating corporate and personal income taxes.
http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2013/01/17/3794733/dont-burden-middle-low-income.html#storylink=cpy
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Clay Pittman
Press Secretary
North Carolina Democratic Party
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Twitter: @ClayPittman
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