NCDP Clips for Tuesday, January 15,, 2013


NBC NEWS – Poll: Majorities favor assault weapons ban, background checks
The public heavily favors universal background checks for gun buyers, and a majority of Americans approve of a federal database to track gun sales as well as a ban on "assault style weapons," a new poll from the Pew Research Center for the People and the Press shows.
In the survey, 85 percent of respondents said they favor background checks for private and gun show sales, while only 12 percent say they oppose such checks.

USA TODAY – New York Senate passes tough gun law
New York came one step closer to enacting tougher gun laws on Monday, with the state Senate approving a set of broad changes in a late-night Monday vote and the Assembly expected to act early Tuesday.
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo unveiled his proposal to bolster the state’s gun laws late Monday after weeks of behind-the-scenes negotiations with legislative leaders, with a full ban on assault weapons slated to take effect as soon as it is passed.

TIME – Obama Weghing Executive Action on Guns
Facing powerful opposition to sweeping gun regulations, President Barack Obama is weighing 19 steps that could be taken through executive action alone, congressional officials said.
Those steps could include ordering stricter action against people who lie on gun sale background checks, striking limits on federal research into gun use, ordering tougher penalties against gun trafficking, and giving schools flexibility to use grant money to improve safety.

THE CHICAGO TRIBUNE – Obama ready for fight on gun control
President Obama appears ready to gamble in the debate over gun control.
By signaling on Monday that he will ask Congress to ban military-style assault weapons, Obama is embarking on a high-risk strategy that is likely to further inflame tensions with Republicans at a time when feelings already are raw because of a series of running budget battles.
At a White House news conference, Obama said he favored a "meaningful" assault weapons ban, stronger background checks for gun buyers and tighter controls on high-capacity magazine clips in the wake of the Newtown, Connecticut, school massacre last month that brought the national debate over guns to the forefront.,0,1843163.story

THE NEWS & OBSERVER – Triangle mayors call for gun-law reform
The mayors of Chapel Hill, Durham and Morrisville called Monday for Congress to enact “common-sense” gun-law reforms.
They were among more than 800 U.S. mayors who issued a coordinated statement on behalf of the Mayors Against Illegal Guns lobbying organization. Their statement called for: – Requiring criminal background checks for all gun buyers. – Banning military-style assault weapons and high-capacity magainzes. – Making gun trafficking a federal crime.


USA TODAY – Chelsea Clinton chairs Obama inaugural event
Another Clinton is entering public life.
President Obama’s inaugural committee said Tuesday that former first daughter Chelsea Clinton will be the honorary chair for the 2013 National Day of Service, a Saturday event that kicks off weekend inaugural festivities.
"There is no more fitting way to mark a presidential inauguration than a day of service," said Clinton, daughter of former president Bill Clinton and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton. "Coming together as a country to strengthen our communities has always been part of the American spirit."


WRAL – McCrory: Fire in state building further proof system is broken
At his first press conference last week, Gov. Pat McCrory announced that he and his transition team had found big problems with state building maintenance and the state information technology system.
The two issues merged Friday when a fire broke out in a first-floor server room in the government’s Administration Building on Jones Street.

THE NEWS & OBSERVER – McCrory uses fire to highlight sorry state of NC buildings
Gov. Pat McCrory showed reporters the site of an electrical fire in the Administration Building on Monday, using it illustrate how badly the property had deteriorated.
“This building could have been destroyed and we could have had a loss of life,” McCrory said. “That is how broken the system is right now. And this is one of the better buildings we have right now in state government.’


THE DAILY TAR HEEL – McCrory and Duke’s close ties
With former Duke Energy executive Pat McCrory now sworn in as governor of North Carolina, Duke Energy could be more powerful than ever — and that’s not a good thing.
The company’s controversial merger with Progress Energy has been settled, making Charlotte-based Duke Energy the largest electric utility in the country. The environmental advocacy group N.C. WARN estimates Duke now controls roughly 97 percent of North Carolina’s electricity.

THE NEW YORK TIMES – The Moment for Action on Guns
The next few weeks represent a once-in-a-generation opportunity to harden the nation’s gun laws and reduce the threat of rapid-fire violence in America. A month after the slaughter of 20 children and seven adults in Newtown, Conn., Vice President Joseph Biden Jr.’s commission is about to present a series of recommendations for new laws, and it is vital that his panel gets it right and that Congress immediately takes action on its report.

JONAH GOLDBERG – It’s hard for a lot of people, particularly on the right, to recognize that the conservative movement’s problems are mostly problems of success. The Republican Party’s problems are much more recognizable as the problems of failure, including the failure to recognize the limits of that movement’s success.
American conservatism began as a kind of intellectual hobbyist’s group with little hope of changing the broader society. Albert Jay Nock, the cape-wearing libertarian intellectual — he called himself a "philosophical anarchist" — who inspired a very young William F. Buckley Jr., argued that political change was impossible because the masses were rubes, goons, fools or sheep, victims of the eternal tendency of the powerful to exploit the powerless.,0,838177.column

THE WASHINGTON POST – Republicans’ destructive game of chicken
EUGENE ROBINSON – President Obama is set to begin his second term at a moment when the question is not what great things our nation can achieve but whether our government, in Obama’s words, can “stop lurching from crisis to crisis to crisis.”
The jury is out, but continued dysfunction seems the most likely scenario. Obama’s news conference Monday — his last scheduled encounter with White House reporters before Inauguration Day — was a tutorial in low expectations.