NCDP Clips for Monday, March 18, 2013

Good Monday morning…A longtime Congressman and NCDP leader is under consideration for an appointment from the White House, new pollling numbers show no one likes the General Assembly, and a North Carolina conservative Republican defends slavery at CPAC – today’s clips:


THE WALL STREET JOURNAL – Rep. Watt Floated to Head Regulator of Fannie, Freddie
Rep. Mel Watt, a North Carolina Democrat, is under consideration to lead the regulator of mortgage-finance firms Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac,according to people familiar with the matter.
The White House hasn’t made a final decision but could as soon as April name its pick for director of the Federal Housing Finance Agency, which oversees the two companies, a person familiar with the matter said.

NEWS & OBSERVER – Betty McCain, long-time Democratic power, honored
Betty Ray McCain, one of the most influential women in Tar Heel politics and one of the true few wits, was honored Tuesday in Raleigh.
McCain was honored at a reception at the North Carolina Museum of History and then was interviewed in the auditorium by broadcaster Tom Campbell for future broadcast.
The Wilson County resident is a long-time ally and neighbor of former Gov. Jim Hunt, having served as state Democratic Party chairman and as cultural resources secretary.


WRAL – NC man defends slavery at CPAC
A North Carolina man was all over online media Friday night after arguing at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference in Maryland that slavery gave "shelter and food" to slaves.
The statements by Scott Terry were made during a CPAC panel session aimed at improving conservatives’ outreach among minority voters.

WRAL – Tillis: Fraud ‘not the primary reason’ for voter ID push
State House Speaker Thom Tillis signaled what could be a change in messaging on voter ID Saturday – and dropped some hints about the details of upcoming legislation – during an appearance on MSNBC.
The left-leaning news channel might not seem like an intuitive choice for an appearance by Tillis, a Republican, but MSNBC has spent much of the day covering the Conservative Political Action Conference in Maryland.


NEWS & OBSERVER – McCrory popular, but legislature is not
GOP Gov. Pat McCrory remains popular, but Republican rule in Raleigh is getting mediocre reviews, according to a new poll.
McCrory has an approval rating of 49 percent, and a disapproval rating of 35 percent, with 16 percent not sure, according to a new survey by Public Policy Polling, a Democratic-leaning firm based in Raleigh. That compares with Democratic President Barack Obama who has a 47/50 approval/disapproval rating in the state and Republican Sen. Richard Burr who has a 37/37 approval/disapproval rating.

But when asked if how Republicans in general are doing in general in running state government, 23 percent approved and 49 percent disapproved. Republican rule was being pulled down by the public’s low opinion of the legislature. The legislature had an approval rating of 23 percent and a disapproval rating of 49 percent.


NBC NEWS – Cyberattack on Florida election is first known case in US, experts say
An attempt to illegally obtain absentee ballots in Florida last year is the first known case in the U.S. of a cyberattack against an online election system, according to computer scientists and lawyers working to safeguard voting security.


Clay Pittman
North Carolina Democratic Party
Twitter: @ClayPittman