NCDP Clips for Wednesday, March 13, 2013

"Voter ID laws make as much sense as speed limits at a NASCAR track," – President, Young Democrats of North Carolina


THE WASHINGTON POST – A voter ID battle in North Carolina
Elections have consequences. In North Carolina, which elected Republican Gov. Pat McCrory and a GOP super-majority in both the state House and Senate in 2012, legislation to institute photo identification as a prerequisite for voting is again on the table.

In 2011, a bill requiring voters to present government-issued photo identification made it to the desk of Democratic Gov. Bev Perdue, who vetoed it, saying it would “unnecessarily and unfairly disenfranchise many eligible and legitimate voters.” Back then, the legislature did not have the numbers to override her veto. That’s changed. As public hearings on the bill began Tuesday in Raleigh, an eventual bill seems inevitable.

NEWS & RECORD – Residents chastise N.C. House Republicans on voter ID issue
Citizens and advocates admonished House Republicans on Tuesday not to push ahead with requiring people to show photo identification before casting ballots, saying the mandate would discourage black residents, older adults, students and the disabled from voting.

At a public hearing lasting about four hours, the strong majority of speakers before the House Elections Committee opposed a similar effort that the GOP majority in the General Assembly approved in 2011 but was vetoed by then-Gov. Beverly Perdue.

WRAL – Voter ID assailed, backed in House hearing
The idea of requiring North Carolina voters to show photo identification before being allowed to cast a ballot was sharply criticized and rousingly supported Tuesday during a public hearing at the legislature.

INDY WEEKLY – The slow, painful road to voter ID
Let the perfunctory public hearings begin.
On Tuesday, lawmakers in Raleigh listened to more than 100 speakers debate the pros and cons of a law that would require North Carolinians to produce a photo ID on Election Day.


NEWS & OBSERVER – McCrory: North Carolina’s ‘very good business climate’ lured MetLife
Gov. Pat McCrory told Fox Business what lured MetLife to North Carolina: "the great quality of life, a very good business climate and a great workforce."
The message is interesting for two reasons. 1) "Good business climate" was not the mantra of McCrory’s campaign, in which he repeatedly said the state’s brand is tarnished and massive tax breaks are needed to revive it. 2) McCrory didn’t mention the $94 million in incentives that his commerce secretary said were key to the deal.

WRAL – McCrory: NC needs to "be careful of" federal funding
Gov. Pat McCrory told Fox Business News Chanel personality Neil Cavuto that North Carolina would strongly defend its status as a right to work state, to the point of being careful what money the state accepts from the federal government.


WRAL – Clean water group targets two GOP lawmakers on ‘fracking’
Clean Water for North Carolina has begun airing a radio ad accusing Republican lawmakers of going back on promises to oversee gas drilling practices known as "fracking."
The ad, which is running in districts held by Rep. Mike Stone, R-Lee, and Jamie Boles, R-Moore, is aimed at slowing down Senate Bill 76. The measure would allow drilling to go forward in 2014, removing a legislative road block. That block had been put in place during the last legislative session to ensure that environmental rules met with the approval of lawmakers.


NEWS & OBSERVER – N.C. Senate moves to take airport from Charlotte
Rejecting pleas to slow down what one lawmaker called the “seizure” of Charlotte’s airport, the N.C. Senate on Tuesday tentatively approved a bill that would transfer airport control from the city to an independent authority.

Senators voted for the measure 33-16, largely along party lines. The Republican-backed bill is expected to win final approval Wednesday before moving to the House.


Clay Pittman
North Carolina Democratic Party
Twitter: @ClayPittman