NCDP Clips for Monday, March 12, 2013

“This falls disproportionately on old people who are going to have a tough time proving who they are,” Voller said. “Most of those people are going to be over a certain age and disproportionately they are going to be minorities, people of color.”


NEWS & OBSERVER – Democrats say no need for voter ID law
The state Democratic chairman Randy Voller said the Republicans efforts to pass a voter ID photo ID law was trying to fix a problem that does not exist.
“You are more likely to be struck by lightening or win the lottery than to have real voter fraud occur,” Voller said at a news conference at state Democratic headquarters Monday.

WRAL – Public sign-up to reopen for Voter ID hearing
Citizens who want to sign up to speak at Tuesday’s public hearing on Voter ID will be able to do so at the meeting, House Elections co-chair Rep. David Lewis, R-Harnett, announced tonight.
At an Elections committee meeting held on the floor after session, Lewis said the fifty slots available on the online signup page had filled up quickly. He said staff will be available at the door of 643 LOB at 3pm Tuesday to sign up additional speakers on a first come, first served basis.

THE TIMES NEWS – Public to speak out on voter ID plan
Dozens of citizens and interest groups are prepared to try to persuade North Carolina House members to their way of thinking on requiring citizens to show photo identification before voting.


THE WALL STREET JOURNAL – McCrory: No role in $100M offer for MetLife move
Gov. Pat McCrory said Monday he had no role in a deal partly brokered by his former employer that promised MetLife Inc. about $100 million in potential tax breaks and other incentives to move thousands of jobs to North Carolina.

The company announced plans Thursday to move 2,600 jobs from the Northeast and California to Charlotte, which will become the U.S. headquarters for MetLife’s retail insurance business, and at a global technology and operations hub in the Raleigh suburb of Cary. The average salary will be around $80,000.

CHARLOTTE OBSERVER – When did MetLife deal go down?
Some Mecklenburg County commissioners are questioning whether MetLife, which last week announced it is bringing 1,300 jobs to Charlotte, had already settled on coming before the board was asked to approve about $2 million in relocation incentives.

WRAL – McCrory denies involvement in MetLife incentives
Gov. Pat McCrory said Monday that he played no role in a deal to attract insurance giant MetLife to North Carolina in exchange for more than $90 million in state incentives.
MetLife announced Thursday that it would consolidate operations from six states into a global technology campus in Cary and a U.S. retail business campus in Charlotte. The $125.5 million investment would bring about 1,300 jobs to each of the two North Carolina campuses.


NEWS-RECORD – N.C. bill would expand concealed weapons rights
A local state representative is backing an amendment to add concealed weapons rights to the state constitution.
State Rep. Jon Hardister, R-Guilford, is a primary sponsor for House Bill 246, which calls for a 2014 referendum on the amendment.

WRAL – Lawmakers seek to limit new-home inspections
State House lawmakers are seeking to ban cities and counties from adding local inspections of new homes to those already required by the state.
House Bill 120 is scheduled for a final vote Tuesday after winning tentative approval 88-26 Monday night. It would require local governments to get the approval of the state’s Building Code Council for any inspection for 1- or 2-family homes beyond those set out in the state’s general building code.


WTVD – Ex-Rep. Hayes to leave NC GOP chief’s job in June
Former U.S. Rep. Robin Hayes, who led the North Carolina Republican Party through another historic election cycle, announced Monday he won’t seek another two years as party chairman when his term expires in June.

Hayes, who was initially named chairman in January 2011 to serve out predecessor Tom Fetzer’s term, said he told top party leaders in a conference call of his intention to step down at the next chairman’s election at the state GOP convention.


Clay Pittman
North Carolina Democratic Party
Twitter: @ClayPittman