NCDP Clips for May 10, 2013

  • Legislative Black Caucus members are turned away by Governor McCorry, and Asheville’s City Council prepares to sue over their water dispute. Friday’s clips:


WRAL – Meet the new elections boss: Kim Strach
Over the past decade, a public investigation by the State Board of Elections has been the first stop on the way to bigger problems for a number of political figures.
Trips to enter pleas before Wake County or federal judges for political figures such as former Gov. Mike Easley, Agriculture Commissioner Meg Scott Phipps and former House Speaker Jim Black – all Democrats – have started with campaign finance hearings before the state board.


NEWS & OBSERVER – DOT spending bill passes state House
A bill overhauling transportation spending across the state was approved by a vote of 102 to 15 in the state House Thursday, indicating broad support for the measure.

WRAL – Senate OKs student prayer, limits petting zoo liability
The state Senate voted unanimously Thursday to reaffirm the right of students to pray in public schools.
Senate Bill 370, which now heads to the House, would allow students to pray silently at any time or out loud during non-instructional time as long as the prayer is initiated by students – not teachers or staff – and nobody is forced to participate. Also, any school employees present during a student prayer would be encouraged to "adopt a respectful posture."

SANFORD HERALD – NC House panel passes idea to limit budget growth
A popular idea among conservatives to try to limit the growth of government spending was approved Thursday by a North Carolina legislative committee despite arguments it could hurt the state’s ability to borrow money cheaply.


WTVD – Group turned away when trying to meet with Pat McCrory
Members of the North Carolina Legislative Black Caucus got turned away Thursday while trying to meet with Governor Pat McCrory.
The Democratic lawmakers wanted an unscheduled talk with McCrory about several Republican backed policies.


WLOS – Water System Transfer
Asheville’s Vice-Mayor says she’s not surprised Governor Pat McCrory has chosen not to take any action on the bill that strips Asheville of its water system. As News 13 reported as breaking news yesterday, McCrory has decided to let the bill become law without his signature.


CITIZEN-TIMES – NC Senate bill permits different midwives
A North Carolina Senate panel no longer wants it to be a crime for certain midwives who aren’t registered nurses to practice.
The Senate judiciary committee voted Thursday in favor of permitting certified professional midwives who have met the standards of a North American registry to provide prenatal, child bearing, postpartum and newborn care.

JACKSONVILLE DAILY NEWS – NC cancer treatment bill moving to Senate
The North Carolina House has completed work on legislation requiring health insurers to allow cancer patients similar prices whether they receive a pill or take intravenous medication for chemotherapy.

WRAL – Cancer parity act passes House with changes
A proposal to require health insurers to offer the same coverage for oral and intravenous cancer treatments has passed the state House, but not without an amendment that changes the terms.
The original version of House Bill 609, the "NC Cancer Treatment Fairness Act," said insurers who offer coverage for chemotherapy can’t charge patients higher out-of-pocket fees for newer, more expensive oral drugs than for older, less expensive IV formularies, many of which have more severe side-effects and are less effective.

WRAL – Teaching abortion-preterm birth link gets tentative Senate nod
The Senate gave key approval Thursday to a proposal requiring schools to teach students that abortion causes premature births, after the sponsor added instruction of other risk factors to the bill.
A final vote on Senate Bill 132 could come Monday, following a 41-5 vote on second reading.


Clay Pittman

North Carolina Democratic Party
Twitter: @ClayPittman