NCDP Clips June 3, 2013

Veteran, long-serving Democratic Senator Frank Lautenberg dies at 89, Watchdog group calls for probe of lobbyists tied to McCrory, President Obama in Charlotte this week


NEWS & OBSERVER: Sen. Lautenberg (D-NJ) dead at age 89
Lautenberg, who had been called out of retirement for a second tour of duty in Congress, announced in February that he would not seek a sixth term. The Democrat had health problems in recent years and had missed several Senate votes in the first months of the year. He had the flu and missed the Senate’s Jan. 1 vote to avoid the so-called fiscal cliff of rising taxes and falling government spending, then missed several votes two months later because of leg pain.

WRAL: Despite hot issues, lawmakers meet public less
These days, lawmakers generally are holding fewer in-person public gatherings with constituents than they have in past years, evidenced by the smattering of such events last week during the Memorial Day congressional recess. Instead, members of Congress are relying far more on telephone and online forums, according to watchdog groups, political organizations and lawmakers themselves.


WRAL: Today @NCCapitol (June 3): More protests expected
The most visible item on today’s agenda may be a planned protest at the legislature lead by the NAACP. In what some are calling "Mega Moral Monday," the civil rights group and other liberal organizations are planning to bring hundreds to the legislature to protest conservative fiscal and social policies put forward by the Republican-lead General Assembly.

CHARLOTTE OBSERVER: Budget proposal threatens the jobs of more than 100 teacher assistants in Cabarrus County
The N.C. Senate budget proposal approved this week threatens to eliminate more than 100 teacher assistants from the Cabarrus County Schools, a district spokeswoman said Friday. Gov. Pat McCrory has proposed $234 million in education cuts statewide.


NEWS & OBSERVER: Watchdog group calls for probe of lobbyists tied to McCrory, Shanahan
Democracy North Carolina wants to know whether Gov. Pat McCrory’s former employer, the Moore & Van Allen law firm in Charlotte, and Cabinet member Kieran Shanahan’s former law firm in Raleigh violated lobbying laws.


CHARLOTTE OBSERVER: Obama to visit Charlotte [this] week
President Barack Obama is visiting the Charlotte area on Thursday as part of his “Middle-Class Jobs & Opportunity Tour,” a White House official said.


ASHEVILLE CITIZEN-TIMES: State legislators making changes in Asheville
Disputes over bills that affect Asheville and Buncombe County have become common enough that a Republican House member from Statesville brought them up May 22 when explaining why he was resigning a committee co-chairmanship in a dispute with House Speaker Thom Tillis.


NEWS & OBSERVER: 2014 GOP Senate field sees Hagan’s seat as a top 2014 target
A U.S. Senate race with national stakes is taking shape in North Carolina, with one Republican jumping in, one bowing out and a handful of others waiting in the wings. They’re aiming at Democratic U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan, one of the GOP’s top targets in 2014.

DOME: Brannon blasts Tillis in first GOP blows of Senate race
Brannon, a Cary physician and political neophyte aligned with the tea party, said he is running to represent "conservatives that are fed up with crony capitalism, special interests, political compromise and excuses. Mr. Tillis is yet another in a long line of career politicians eager to take the next step on the ladder of political power."


Micah Beasley, Press Secretary
North Carolina Democratic Party
Twitter: @Micah4NC