NCDP Clips for Wednesday, March 27, 2013

  • Good Wednesday Morning… The second day of hearings on marriage equality begins at the Supreme Court, here in North Carolina. Republican Senators passed the measure to void the Dorothea Dix Park lease. Wednesday’s Clips:


WRAL – Senate OKs tearing up Dix park lease
The state Senate on Tuesday approved voiding Raleigh’s lease of the former Dorothea Dix site, calling on the city to pay more for a smaller piece of the 325-acre parcel to create an urban park.
An amended version of Senate Bill 334 passed on a 29-21 vote. The measure now goes to the House.

THE WILSON TIMES – Lawmakers fight public records pushback
Lawmakers who want to strengthen open meetings and records laws and punish officials who violate them face formidable opposition from state employees groups.—Lawmakers-fight-public-records-pushback

NEWS & OBSERVER – Senate panel considers separate oversight for NC charter schools
Some North Carolina lawmakers want to take oversight of taxpayer-funded charter schools away from the state school board that runs other public schools.
A state Senate committee on Wednesday considers legislation that will broadly change how charter schools operate. A new 10-member charter school board would decide the financial accountability standards the schools must follow, and how to treat charter schools that aren’t meeting expectations.

WRAL – Concealed handgun permit bill passes House
The state House voted 98-19 Tuesday to remove concealed handgun permits from the documents covered by North Carolina’s public records law. The measure now goes to the Senate.
Rep. Justin Burr, R-Stanley, said the bill would prevent criminals from getting their hands on information about law-abiding gun owners.

WITN – NC House Committee: Give Adults 21+ Choice To Wear Motorcycle Helmet
There’s enough support in a North Carolina House committee to limit the state’s motorcycle helmet requirement to just those people under age 21.
The House transportation panel agreed Tuesday to give adults the option to ride without a helmet if they have had a motorcycle license for a year, completed a safety course and have insurance covering $10,000 in medical benefits.


CHARLOTTE OBSERVER – NC governor had more donations from Internet cafes
Gov. Pat McCrory’s campaign is giving a $2,000 donation to charity after the money was linked to a man facing criminal charges related to Internet sweepstakes cafes, the second time his campaign has unloaded a contribution with ties to the gaming industry.

A growing number of such donations have been identified in recent weeks as going to North Carolina politicians.


CHICAGO TRIBUNE – Supreme Court to weigh federal Defense of Marriage Act
The Supreme Court today again will confront the issue of gay marriage, hearing arguments on a U.S. law that denies federal benefits to legally married same-sex couples.
Almost two hours of oral argument before the court will focus on the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), just a day after the nine justices considered the constitutionality of California’s Proposition 8 ban on gay marriage.,0,793392.story

WRAL – NC same-sex couples keeping close eye on Supreme Court
Gay rights advocates held a vigil outside the Wake County Courthouse Tuesday evening, the same day the U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments in a California case on the constitutionality of state bans on same-sex marriage


Clay Pittman
North Carolina Democratic Party
Twitter: @ClayPittman