NCDP Clips for May 24, 2013

– The House of Representatives begins the process of crafting their budget, and while infighting continues in the NCGOP, North Carolina’s Democrats in Washington take a stand for the middle class.

– On a personal note, this will be my last edition of the clips. It has been a pleasure to serve all of you at the Goodwin House, and I look forward to working with you in the future.

Thank you, Clay.


THE DAILY HERALD – It’s now House’s turn to create NC state budget
Senate Republicans handed off their vision of North Carolina’s state budget to their counterparts Thursday in the House, who are likely to take issue with several proposals and listen to what GOP Gov. Pat McCrory wants in a final plan.

WRAL – Senate finishes work on its budget plan
The state Senate finished debate on its $20.6 billion budget Thursday, voting 33-17 to send the measure to the state House.
Although the debate was much shorter than Wednesday, Democrats still decried a $770 million set-aside to pay for a tax reform package.

NEWS & OBSERVER – Anti-abortion centers would receive state funding in Senate budget
An umbrella group of anti-abortion centers in North Carolina would receive $250,000, under the budget the Senate approved Wednesday.
Sometimes known as crisis pregnancy centers, abortion-rights advocates claim they provide misleading information and coerce vulnerable young women. Representatives of the group, Carolina Pregnancy Care Fellowship, told The N&O in 2011 that its centers work hard to provide factual, impartial help to teenagers and women who are conflicted about their pregnancies.

NEWS & OBSERVER – Senate budget expands database reach, raises privacy concerns
A year ago, a little-noticed provision in the state budget initiated the creation of a computer database, to be overseen by the state controller, to be drawn from individual information of state residents collected by state agencies, Scott Mooneyham at The Insider reports. The provision didn’t exactly explain the purpose of the database, except to state that it was meant to "reduce unnecessary information silos" and "leverage the data." A series of new provisions in the Senate’s proposed budget would rework, add to, and may explain the purpose of something called "the enterprise-level business intelligence initiative."


NEWS & OBSERVER – Price, Butterfield to host workshop for small businesses
Congressmen David Price and G.K. Butterfield will join with representatives of several government agencies to host a “marketplace” workshop to help small businesses identify contracting opportunities with federal, state and local governments.


NEWS & OBSERVER – House GOP lawmaker says he wanted to settle dispute with Tillis quietly
The fallout from Rep. Robert Brawley’s searing letter challenging House Speaker Thom Tillis continued Thursday. Brawley, who resigned his post as Finance Committee chairman under pressure, told his House colleagues in an email this morning that he wanted to settle his dispute with Tillis quietly but the speaker asked the letter to be read aloud to the full House.


THE HERALD WEEKLY – Hagan offers personal salute to veterans
U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan, chair of the Armed Services Subcommittee on Emerging Threats and Capabilities, released the following statement in recognition of Military Appreciation Month:
“During the month of May, I join my fellow North Carolinians in recognizing Military Appreciation Month. North Carolina is the most military-friendly state in the nation, and I’m proud that we treat every month as military appreciation month. As a U.S. senator, it is my job to seek ways that we can improve the lives of service members, military spouses and veterans every day.

WWAY – Hagan talks Farm Bill, White House controversies
It’s growing season on farms in the Tar Heel State. Meanwhile in Washington questions continue to grow about how the White House has handled several high-profile controversies.


PUBLIC NEWS SERVICE – NC Educator: Proposed Increased Class Sizes Like "Herding Cattle"
North Carolina’s public school children could return in August to very different classrooms if the state Senate budget is passed. The proposal is up for a second vote today before moving on to the House. It reduces the number of teacher assistants and pre-kindergarten slots, and it removes the cap on kindergarten-through-second-grade (K-2) class sizes.


WRAL – McCrory, Senate leaders at odds over new Dix deal
Gov. Pat McCrory and Raleigh Mayor Nancy McFarlane on Thursday asked the General Assembly to give the city and state about 10 months to rework an agreement for the Dorothea Dix property, but leading lawmakers balked at that idea.

NEWS & OBSERVER – Berger not happy with McCrory’s position on Dix
It’s nice that the governor and Raleigh’s mayor are getting all bipartisan over the Dix deal and all, but it still ain’t right.
That’s the message from Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger on Thursday, following Gov. Pat McCrory’s and Mayor Nancy McFarlane’s news conference earlier in the day.


NEWS & OBSERVER – Republican U.S. Senate candidate launches statewide tour
Republican Greg Brannon will hold a series of house party’s this summer as he cranks up his campaign to challenge U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan in 2014. "We are taking this campaign directly to living rooms and backyards across our beautiful state where I can hear exactly what is on people’s minds and talk to them about my vision for our state and our country," he said in a statement.


Clay Pittman

North Carolina Democratic Party
Twitter: @ClayPittman