NCDP Clips for May 28, 2013

Leaders honor military on Memorial Day, Robert Dempsey on track to become new Executive Director of NCDP, N.C. House Speaker Thom Tillis inches toward 2014 Senate Run


POLITICO – President Obama in Memorial Day speech: Don’t forget those serving
President Barack Obama reminded Americans on Monday not to forget the soldiers still fighting in Afghanistan during a Memorial Day speech at Arlington National Cemetery. “Regardless of reason, this truth cannot be ignored that today most Americans are not directly touched by war,” Obama told a crowd gathered at the cemetery’s amphitheater. “As a consequence, not all Americans may always see or fully grasp the depths of sacrifice, the profound costs that are made in our name, right now, as we speak, every day.”

HCPress – U.S. Senator Kay Hagan Honors Service Members, Veterans on Memorial Day
Hagan, who serves on the Senate Armed Services Committee and is a founding member of the Military Family Caucus, comes from a strong military family. Her father-in-law was a two-star Marine General; her brother and father served in the Navy; her husband, Chip, is a Vietnam veteran who used the GI Bill to help pay for law school; and she has two nephews who have served in Iraq and Afghanistan.


NEWS & OBSERVER – Robert Dempsey to take helm at N.C. Democratic Party
State Democratic Party Chairman Randy Voller on Friday announced his selection of Robert Dempsey as the party’s new executive director. Dempsey comes with experience as the Vermont Democratic Party’s executive director and previously worked for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. Voller will present his pick to the state party’s executive council Tuesday, he said in an email to party leaders Friday evening. "Mr. Dempsey will come to North Carolina with a depth of experience that we need to start winning again," Voller wrote. "He is ready to roll up his sleeves and get to work for North Carolina Democrats."


Washington Post – In North Carolina, unimpeded GOP drives state hard to the right
The North Carolina House has passed a law requiring voters to have a government-issued identification card, and legislators are considering bills to roll back the state’s law allowing same-day voter registration and to sharply limit early voting — measures that supporters of the current law say were integral to the high turnout of minority voters in the past several elections. “I don’t know that there is a state that has as many regressive policies on tap,” said Penda Hair, co-director of Advancement Project a Washington-based civil rights group that is considering a lawsuit challenging changes to the state’s voting laws.

NEWS & OBSERVER – Christensen: 5 troubling ideas for NC democracy
There are some ideas being seriously discussed in the legislature that should trouble most citizens – Democrats, Republicans and independents, liberals and conservatives, and those who fall in the middle. Here are five citizenship questions that affect the quality of democracy in North Carolina:

DOME – Fitzsimon: Senate GOP condescending to Democrats
"Senator Bob Rucho, the architect of the yet-to-be-released regressive Senate tax plan that the budget allocates $770 million for, was pontificating against a proposed amendment when Senator Malcolm Graham asked if Rucho was properly debating the amendment or talking more broadly about the budget itself. "Before Lt. Gov. Dan Forest could respond, Rucho told Graham, “Pay attention and you will learn something.”


WRAL – NC Senate seeks to end pay bump for advanced teaching degrees
A provision in the Senate budget calls for eliminating a salary bonus in 2014 for any incoming teacher who has earned a master’s degree. That bonus amounts to a 10 to 15 percent increase in pay for which those teachers would be ineligible. Current teachers with master’s degrees wouldn’t be affected.


Chicago Sun-Times – Pelosi: Immigration-reform deal could pass by August
House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), who hits Chicago this week along with President Barack Obama for fund-raising events to benefit Illinois House Democrats, told me Monday that there is enough “general agreement” on bipartisan immigration reform for a measure to pass — and she laid out an aggressive timetable, saying a bill could be sent to Obama to sign by August.


CHARLOTTE OBSERVER – Tillis bid for Senate in motion
Tillis, a Mecklenburg County business consultant, told The Associated Press on Thursday he planned to spend the holiday weekend talking with family about the race. He’s already talked with friends and supporters across the state about getting in and has visited Republicans in Washington.


Micah Beasley, Press Secretary

North Carolina Democratic Party
Twitter: @Micah4NC