NCDP Clips for Tuesday, February 19, 2013


NEWS & OBSERVER – McCrory’s vision: A business friendly state with a customer service mission
In his first State of the State address, Gov. Pat McCrory put his task in sobering terms, saying “too many people are hurting” and vowing to improve the economy in a state with the fifth-highest unemployment rate in the nation.
McCrory, who has been in office six weeks, offered the broad outline of a legislative agenda that includes lower income tax rates, a revamped education system that uses technology in the classroom and a streamlined government that makes customer service its mission.

ASHEVILLE CITIZEN-TIMES – McCrory talks priorities in State of State
Gov. Pat McCrory said in a speech Monday night that his new administration would focus on public education, improving the state’s economy and making government more efficient. He also said he won’t be afraid to fluster people from both parties.
Sticking to themes and a bipartisan approach that carried him to victory three months ago, the former Charlotte mayor also said during his first State of the State address that North Carolina is no longer going to take federal money without knowing how to pay it back. McCrory, a Republican, was referring to the $2.5 billion that the state owes the federal government for unemployment benefits. He said he would sign a bill Tuesday that would accelerate the debt repayment by raising taxes and cutting jobless benefits.

WFMY – McCrory Touches On Priorities In State Of The State Address
The economy, education and state government efficiency were all major points in Gov. Pat McCrory’s first State of the State address Monday.
McCrory commented on the current state and future of North Carolina in front of a joint session of the General Assembly in Raleigh.
The former Charlotte mayor said the state is no longer going to take federal money with knowing how to pay it back. That comment was in reference to the $2.5 billion North Carolina owes the federal government for unemployment benefits.

WCNC – Democrats pounce after McCrory’s State of the State address
The prepared text of official Democratic response to Gov. Pat McCrory’s State of the State address by House Minority Leader Larry Hall, D-Durham:
Good evening North Carolina, I am House Democratic Minority Leader Larry Hall and I want to speak with you tonight about our ideas to move North Carolina forward.
In our political system we campaign for the positions of leadership, but after the elections are over we have to work for the greater good of all North Carolinians. Once elected that is the sworn duty of us all, to put Party aside and work together.–191743151.html

WNCN – Reaction to McCrory’s speech
House Speaker Thom Tillis:
"I was honored to welcome my friend Gov. Pat McCrory to the House Chamber to deliver his first State of the State address. His speech was exactly what North Carolinians needed to hear, and was met with broad support in the House of Representatives.

NEWS 14 – Capital Tonight Feb. 18: State of the State analysis
On Capital Tonight: We have post-State of the State analysis from NC Republican Party vice chairman Wayne King, NC Democratic Party chairman Randy Voller and Catawba College professor Michael Bitzer.
Watch the episode here.


NEWS & OBSERVER – Democratic chairman decries GOP ‘war on the poor’
Before the State of the State address, Democrats sought to link Gov. Pat McCrory, the de facto head of the state Republican Party, to the legislation the GOP is quickly moving through the legislature, such as measures to block health insurance coverage, curtail jobless benefits and eliminate a tax credit for low-income payers.
“This is a war on the poor and a war on the hardworking taxpayers of this state,” said Randy Voller, the chairman of the N.C. Democratic Party.

WRAL – Voller seeks moderation from McCrory
Just hours before Republican Gov. Pat McCrory’s first State of the State address, North Carolina Democratic Party Chairman Randy Voller called on him to "stand up" to a "radical, reactionary state legislature."
The Monday night speech is McCrory’s first opportunity as governor to spell out his goals and vision for the state. But safety-net cuts pushed by his Republican legislative colleagues in the past two weeks have already spurred Democrats to accuse the GOP of "a war on the poor."


THE WASHINGTON POST – Obama using new political freedom to tackle domestic agenda
In a gym usually home to the Hyde Park Academy Thunderbirds, President Obama spoke about his own home late last week — and the trouble it faces.
He warned students and teachers that the fragility of families, the easy violence of guns, and a threatened education system are failing Chicago’s South Side, where he once worked as a community organizer and began his family.
Change “requires us reflecting internally about who we are and what we believe in,” he told the rows of uniformed students lining the blue breeze-block walls in bleachers. “And facing up to our own fears and insecurities, and admitting when we’re wrong.”

THE WASHINGTON POST – Obama to press for stopgap sequester fix
President Obama will seek to inject fresh urgency Tuesday morning into discussions over how to avoid deep, automatic cuts to domestic and defense spending that are set to take effect in 10 days.
A White House statement said Obama, surrounded by firefighters and other emergency personnel, will press Congress to pass a short-term measure that would delay the cuts, known as the sequester, for a period of time until Congress can pass a permanent fix.


CNN – New Bowles-Simpson deficit plan would cut $2.4 trillion
Erskine Bowles and Alan Simpson proposed a new framework Tuesday to cut the country’s debt by $2.4 trillion over the next decade.
Bowles and Simpson were the co-chairmen of President Obama’s bipartisan fiscal commission in 2010, and their recommendations came to serve as a yardstick for other debt-reduction proposals.

POLITICO – Report: New Alan Simpson-Erskine Bowles plan
Erskine Bowles and Alan Simpson, the wise men of Washington whose deficit-reduction plan has become a frequently invoked Washington shibboleth over the past two years, are releasing a new plan Tuesday, hoping to split the difference between President Barack Obama and House Republicans.
The new plan from Bowles, a former chief of staff to Bill Clinton, and Simpson, a former GOP senator from Wyoming, would reduce the deficit by $2.4 trillion over the next decade, according to POLITICO’s Playbook. House Republicans want to cut it by $4 trillion, while the White House has set a $1.5 trillion goal.


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