NCDP Clips for Tuesday, February 26, 2013


WRAL – McCrory talks drilling and Blueprint on Fox News
Gov. Pat McCrory appeared on Fox News Channel’s "Fox and Friends" show at about 7:15 a.m. this morning.
During the three or four minutes he was on, McCrory was asked what he talked to President Barack Obama about when he was in Washington, D.C. this weekend. McCrory said he pressed the case for North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia to begin drilling.
"I got a political speech and no commitment whatsoever" (from the president), McCrory said. He added that at a time when the states and federal government are facing tight budgets, "There is absolutely no sense of urgency to give us a permitting process."

NEWS & OBSERVER – McCrory to Obama: thanks for dinner, no thanks on drilling
Gov. Pat McCrory used his few minutes of air time this morning on Fox & Friends to criticize President Barack Obama for not giving him and the governors of South Carolina and Virginia the go-ahead for off-shore drilling.
McCrory was in D.C. over the weekend to attend meetings of the National Governor’s Association, which included an Oscar night dinner at the White House and a meeting Monday with the president.
"I asked the president whether he’d help Gov. McDonnell, Gov. Nikki Haley and myself in North Carolina to begin off-short exploration for oil and gas and I got a political speech and no commitment whatsoever," McCrory said.
McCrory, Va. Gov. Bob McDonnell and Haley of South Carolina are members of the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) Governors Coalition, a coalition of coastal governors who support off-short energy production.
McCrory also said the governors were told what the pending sequestration cuts would mean for their states. He said he would be in a three-hour budget meeting today to analyze the cuts to see how accurate they are and incorporate into the budget he’s working on.


THE WASHINGTON POST – GOP Rep. Walter Jones says Cheney likely going to hell
Rep. Walter Jones (R-N.C.) told a libertarian group in Raleigh, N.C. on Saturday that former vice president Dick Cheney would likely wind up in hell for pushing the United States toward war in Iraq.
“Congress will not hold anyone to blame,” Jones said, around the 35:30 mark in the video above. “Lyndon Johnson’s probably rotting in hell right now because of the Vietnam War, and he probably needs to move over for Dick Cheney,”


THE DAILY TAR HEEL – Abortion coverage up in the air in NC
As implementation of the Affordable Care Act begins to take shape in North Carolina, the question of whether abortions will be covered in the state’s health care exchange remains unanswered.
Both the N.C. House and Senate have voted to approve a bill that would not expand Medicaid under the act and establish a federally-run exchange in the state, though the bill must still be reviewed in conference committee.
The health care exchange will enable residents and small businesses to choose from a variety of different insurance policies.
The exchange, which will begin operating in 2014, is slated to offer at least one policy that covers abortion procedures and one policy that does not.


THE SAMPSON INDEPENDENT – State cutting safety net for many in our communities
REP. LARRY BELL – As our state is continuing to recover from the recession, there are still many middle-class and low-income families who are struggling. I will continue to make job creation my top priority so that we can grow our middle-class and move more families out of poverty.
This week SB 4, the bill designed to reject Medicaid expansion in North Carolina cleared the legislature and was passed on to Gov. McCrory for his consideration. I voted against this bill because I support expanding access to quality affordable health care. Medicaid expansion would mean that 500,000 North Carolinians would receive medical care. It would have created an estimated 25,000 jobs. Expansion would have also protected rural hospitals across the state. Unfortunately good public policy was blocked due to partisan politics.
Coming on the heels of the Unemployment Insurance reform we debated earlier this session, I remain concerned that we are cutting away at the safety net many in our communities have used to make ends meet during the recession. I am hopeful that as we approach the budget and take up tax reform, we as a state can focus on growing the middle-class, improving education and create jobs.

CNN – Don’t gut the Voting Rights Act
PENDA D. HAIR & BENJAMIN JEALOUS – On Wednesday, the U.S. Supreme Court will review the Voting Rights Act of 1965, a landmark legislation that cleared barriers to the ballot box for all American citizens.
In Shelby County v. Holder, the Court will hear arguments on Section 5 — the heart of the Voting Rights Act — that allows the federal government to block state election practices that are discriminatory. A predominantly white county in Alabama, Shelby County, charges that the decision of Congress in 2006 to reauthorize Section 5 is unconstitutional.
The case comes on the heels of a federal election last fall in which our nation witnessed the greatest assault on voting rights in more than a half century. Drastic cuts to early voting hours, restrictive photo ID laws, tens of thousands of registered voters being dropped from poll books due to illegitimate purges were only a few of the tactics used to keep people from voting.


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