NCDP Clips for May 2, 2013

  • Democrats line up to fill Rep. Mel Watt’s seat, while Republicans in the NCGA take more steps to hurt NC’s environment. Thursday’s clips:


CHARLOTTE OBSERVER – Mel Watt likely to bring consumer advocacy focus to FHFA
Should Rep. Mel Watt be confirmed as head of the Federal Housing Finance Agency, the longtime Charlotte congressman could bring more of a consumer-advocacy focus to an agency that has so far been dedicated to sopping up losses, industry watchers say.

ROLL CALL – Mel Watt Departure Would Create Crowded Special Election #NC12
Longtime Rep. Melvin Watt’s nomination to serve in President Barack Obama’s administration would spark a crowded race for his heavily Democratic district in North Carolina.
On Wednesday, Obama officially nominate the 11-term Democrat to lead the Federal Housing Finance Agency. If confirmed, Watt’s subsequent resignation will create an opportunity that local and state politicians have been seeking for decades to ascend the state’s political ladder.

NEWS & RECORD – 2 legislators interested in U.S. Rep. Mel Watt’s seat
The announcement Wednesday that U.S. Rep. Mel Watt is President Barack Obama’s choice to lead a federal agency has kicked off a political battle to replace him in Congress, with local state Reps. Alma Adams and Marcus Brandon both saying they’re running.


WRAL – Hasty vote advances Senate bill on renewables rollback
Amid protests from some members seeking a show of hands for a vote, Senate Finance Committee Co-Chairman Bill Rabon quickly adjourned a Wednesday meeting after declaring that a bill to freeze and repeal the state’s renewable energy standards had enough support to advance.

CITIZEN-TIMES – House gives Asheville water bill final OK
The state House gave final approval Wednesday to legislation ending the city’s control of its water system, and Gov. Pat McCrory’s signature is the last step needed for the measure to become law.
The city is expected to file a lawsuit opposing the transfer if it is signed by the governor.

WRAL – Senate OKs ‘one-size-fits-all’ environmental reform
The state Senate Wednesday tentatively approved Senate Bill 612, which would ban any local environmental rules more stringent than state or federal law.
Senate Republican leaders are calling it a victory for "job-creators." Critics say it will damage the environment and lead to problems for taxpayers.


WRAL – Immigration proposal softened in House committee
Legislation that would provide North Carolina driver’s licenses to people in the U.S. illegally while also authorizing detainment measures similar to those used in Arizona passed its first test in the General Assembly on Wednesday.


NEWS & RECORD – NC charter school board ready for Senate debate
A bill that would create a new panel for managing North Carolina’s growing number of charter schools is now heading to the Senate floor.


Clay Pittman
North Carolina Democratic Party
Twitter: @ClayPittman