NCDP Clips for May 23, 2013

– Infighting becomes a problem for Speaker Tillis, the prospect for Dorothea Dix park start to look up, Mayor Foxx is introduced to the Senate, and the NCGA takes on the SC legislature in a charity basketball game. Thursday’s clips:


WINSTON SALEM-JOURNAL – Senate Republicans moving NC budget to House
Senate Republicans are about ready to hand off their North Carolina state budget proposal to their counterparts in the House.
The Senate scheduled for Thursday the second and final vote on its plan to spend roughly $21 billion in each of the next two years.

WNCN – Some teachers give NC Senate budget failing grade
Major changes could be coming to your child’s classroom if some state senators get their way.
On party lines, with 33 Republicans in favor versus 17 Democrats opposed, on Wednesday state senators gave preliminary approval to their $20 billion budget, which would make significant reforms to public education.

WUNC – Senate Budget Proposes Scrapping Publicly Financed Judicial Elections
In 2002, North Carolina was the first state in the country to establish a system of full public financing for its high court judges. The law was enacted after huge sums of money began flooding into court elections across the country.


THE DAILY REFLECTOR – Brawley out as House Finance chair, blames Tillis
One of the chairs of the House Finance Committee resigned his chairmanship on the House floor Wednesday, alleging that Speaker Thom Tillis has mishandled legislation and aggressively confronted him on a bill the speaker personally opposed.

WRAL – Brawley/Tillis feud not over
If an email sent to House members Thursday is any indication, the feud between former Finance Committee Chairman Robert Brawley and House Speaker Thom Tillis is far from over.
Brawley, a 10-term Republican from Iredell, handed back his gavel Wednesday. His resignation letter was read aloud and entered into the House journal, causing a stir among Republicans and Democrats alike.


NEWS & OBSERVER – Tar Heel lawmakers gird for tobacco fight
The U.S. Senate this week has started to fine-tune the huge, new five-year farm bill, working through votes on a series of amendments that will include a proposal to eliminate federal subsidies for tobacco insurance.


HUFFINGTON POST – Anthony Foxx, Transportation Secretary Nominee, Meets Friendly Senate
President Barack Obama’s nominee for transportation secretary – Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx – received a friendly reception from senators of both parties Wednesday laced with warnings that the nation needs to make a host of transportation improvements with no clear way to pay for them.

WINSTON-SALEM JOUNRAL – Foxx draws praise at Senate hearing for transportation post
Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx, President Barack Obama’s U.S. transportation secretary nominee, had an easy two-hour confirmation hearing before a Senate committee Wednesday, with both Democrats and Republicans often praising Foxx and holding back any critical questions.


NEWS & OBSERVER – Price amendment to fund community firefighters passes House committee
The House Appropriations Committee is making its final changes to the 2014 funding bill for the Department of Homeland Security today. Among other business, it passed an amendment by Rep. David Price that would allow communities to use some grant funds to keep firefighters on the job.


WRAL – House backs tweak to Dix bill
The House Judiciary Committee voted unanimously Wednesday afternoon to rewrite Senate-passed legislation in an attempt to resolve the ongoing battle between city and state over the Dorothea Dix property in Raleigh.
The bill would allow the state to negotiate new terms to sell a large chunk of the Dix property along with land used by the Governor Morehead school to the City of Raleigh.

NEWS & OBSERVER – Gov. McCrory backs state House’s Dorothea Dix compromise
Gov. Pat McCrory announced his support Thursday for the compromise version of a bill to renegotiate Raleigh’s lease on the Dorothea Dix property.

WRAL – McCrory, McFarlane want time to renegotiate Dix lease
Gov. Pat McCrory and Raleigh Mayor Nancy McFarlane on Thursday asked the General Assembly to set the effective date of the Dorothea Dix property lease to April 1, 2014, giving the city and state time to renegotiate an improved deal.
The statement by McCrory and McFarlane comes less than 24 hours after a House committee voted to rewrite Senate-passed legislation and allow Raleigh one year to renegotiate the deal with the state.


WRAL – Group home residents facing possible crisis again
Residents of group homes for the mentally ill and developmentally disabled could find themselves without somewhere to live come July 1, a repeat of a crisis they faced earlier this year, and lawmakers crafting a new state budget say they are stumped for a long-term solution to the problem.

NC vs. SC

NEWS & OBSERVER – North Carolina lawmakers win easily against South Carolina in charity game
A deep bench and powerful inside presence under the basket gave North Carolina lawmakers the advantage they needed to make a second half run and beat a squad of South Carolina legislators 35 -27 in a charity game Wednesday.


NEWS & OBSERVER – Shanahan doesn’t go far enough
Kieran Shanahan has his own Raleigh law firm with his name in the title. He and his wife and others started a lobbying firm, CompassNC, in 2009. Shanahan’s profile was raised by four elected terms on the Raleigh City Council, where he gained a reputation as a sometimes confrontational conservative.
The prosperity of the state Republican Party in recent years doubtless has been of benefit to Shanahan in his professional career, which is fine. Many Democrats and Republicans alike are helped by political activity.


Clay Pittman

North Carolina Democratic Party
Twitter: @ClayPittman