NCDP Clips for Thursday, March 7, 2013

RED ROUTE

WRAL – ‘Red route’ fix gets a major rewrite
The bill to repeal a ban on considering a controversial highway route through Garner will be moving to the Senate floor as a much bigger proposal than just a fix for the next leg of N.C. Highway 540.
It’s become an overhaul of the state’s turnpike planning system.
http://www.wral.com/red-route-repeal-gets-a-major-rewrite/12189123/

WRAL – Senate roadblock to ‘red route’
A Senate amendment might derail an effort to resume planning for the N.C. Highway 540 loop around Wake County. The amendment tacks toll-road planning onto a local bill the House already passed, which could force it into a conference committee
http://www.wral.com/wednesday-wrap-senate-roadblock-to-red-route-/12191170/

GOVERNOR McCRORY

ABC11 – McCrory signs Medicaid, 3 other bills
Gov. Pat McCrory has signed four bills into law, including a measure that prevents North Carolina for now from participating in parts of the federal health care overhaul.
McCrory’s office said the governor signed the legislation late Wednesday afternoon in the old Capitol building in Raleigh.
http://abclocal.go.com/wtvd/story?section=news/politics&id=9017925

TIMES-NEWS – McCrory signs 4 bills into North Carolina law
Gov. Pat McCrory signed four bills into law Wednesday, including a measure that prevents North Carolina for now from participating in two parts of the federal health care overhaul.
McCrory’s office said the governor signed the legislation in the old Capitol building in Raleigh.
http://www.blueridgenow.com/article/20130306/APN/1303060731

COMMISSIONER WAYNE GOODWIN

CHARLOTTE OBSERVER – NC auto insurers revive push for overhaul of regulatory system
A bill that would revamp the way North Carolina regulates auto insurance rates has surfaced again in the state legislature and is once more being opposed by Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin.
Supporters of the bill, including a number of major auto insurers, say the current regulatory landscape is outmoded and needs to be overhauled to increase competition. Goodwin counters that the current system works well and that if the measure becomes law it would enable insurers to raise rates virtually at will.
http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2013/03/02/3890459/nc-auto-insurers-revive-push-for.html#storylink=cpy

CHARLOTTE OBSERVER – Drivers of this bill? Not N.C. drivers
There’s a lot to like about the unique way car insurance rates are set in North Carolina. The state has the lowest rates in the South, and the seventh-lowest in the nation. That could change quickly under a proposal the legislature is considering.

Here’s how it works now: Car insurance companies have to agree to an industry-wide rate increase (or decrease) each year with the N.C. Rate Bureau. The publicly elected insurance commissioner reviews that request, decides whether it’s justified and can approve it or seek a lower hike. That approach has protected drivers for decades.
http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2013/03/05/3895766/drivers-of-this-bill-not-nc-drivers.html#storylink=cpy

FILIBUSTER

CNN- Rand Paul’s #filiblizzard filibuster
Sen. Rand Paul ended his day-long filibuster at 12:38 a.m. Thursday, almost 13 hours after he began speaking. The Kentucky Republican tried to stall a confirmation vote on CIA Director nominee John Brennan.
He took to the Senate floor at 11:47 a.m. ET.
http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2013/03/06/rand-pauls-filiblizzard-filibuster/

2016

NBC NEWS – Poll: Hillary Clinton tops 2016 field
It is polls like this that supporters of Hillary Clinton hope will drag the popular former secretary of state into the 2016 presidential race.
In a Quinnipiac poll out Thursday, the ex-New York senator beats all comers in the 2016 presidential field in hypothetical match ups against several top rivals.
http://firstread.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/03/07/17223523-poll-hillary-clinton-tops-2016-field?lite

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Clay Pittman
Press Secretary
North Carolina Democratic Party
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Twitter: @ClayPittman

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