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The Hill: 'Weak state parties in the South risk hurting Democrats'

Under the Dome post by Rob Christensen:

The Hill

is reporting that "weak state parties in the South risk hurting Democrats’ chances of holding — or gaining — critical Senate seats in 2014.'

The article by the Cameron Joseph says that struggles in Louisiana, Georgia, and North Carolina "could force national Democrats, and the candidates themselves, to step in with big-dollar investments to build get-out-the-vote programs that are often left to the party’s state-level operations.''

“There’s a lot of drama in all of those places,” said one national Democratic strategist. “That means a lot more responsibility for coordinated campaigns in those states and really elevates the importance of field programs, things that are traditionally done by those state parties.”

McCrory assesses his job in NC SPIN TV interview

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McCrory assesses his job in NC SPIN TV interview
Submitted by cjarvis on 2013-09-13

Gov. Pat McCrory [was] the guest on NC SPIN, the statewide public affairs TV program, this weekend.

In an interview with host Tom Campbell, McCrory talks about his surprises and challenges in the job.

He also stands up for his cabinet, saying its members comprise the best cabinet in the country. McCrory says they're not getting the attention they deserve.

That might come as a surprise to some of them, who could use a little less attention lately.

Link to the video of the interview with NC SPIN at WRAL.com.
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They will be out of here in no time

Next up, budget
Under the Dome, by Lynn Bonner

The legislature still has a lot to do before it adjourns, but now that Republicans have agreed on a tax plan, the legislature can now move to finalize the other big money bill, the budget.

Sen. Pete Brunstetter, lead negotiator for the Senate, said the budget subcommittee chairmen have finished their work and now the "big chairs" as they're called are working through the differences in the House and Senate budgets. Each chamber passed $20.6 billion budgets, but they differ in the policy details.

Brunstetter said he doubts there will be a compromise budget made public this week because House and Senate negotiators have a lot to talk about.

"We're making best speed, but there's a lot of stuff," the Winston-Salem Republican

John Frank at the N&O has put together an awesome Monday Memo

An excellent summary of the full catastrophe that passes for government in North Carolina. Headlines include:

  • GOP ABANDONS PLEDGE FOR TAX REFORM
  • LOBBYING FIRM ACTED AS TILLIS, McCRORY FUNDRAISING CONDUIT
  • MORE ON HOW GOP FUNDRAISING SPEED DATING
  • SWEEPSTAKES GAVE MORE THAN PREVIOUSLY KNOWN
  • POWERFUL LAWMAKERS, OFFICIALS GET RURAL CENTER CASH BOOST
  • LEADER'S SALARY IN QUESTION
  • HARSH WORDS
  • CENTER-FUNDED SHELBY PROJECT DEAD
  • JUST HOW MUCH CHANGE IS THE GOP MAKING
  • TRASH POLITICS
  • WILL TAX BREAK LEAD TO TAX HIKE?
  • TIM TYSON ON MORAL MONDAYS

Read more here: http://projects.newsobserver.com/under_the_dome/morning_memo_gop_fundrai...

Faison's loan ... with a side of Dome editorializing

I guess we now know who's paying for all this non-campaign activity.

State Rep. Bill Faison loaned his campaign account $500,000 as he continues to dodge the question of whether he will challenge Democratic Gov. Bev Perdue in a primary battle or seek another higher office. For months, Faison, an Orange County Democrat, has traveled the state meeting with Democrats and touting an economic plan that includes a sales tax hike -- spark speculation that he would seek higher office.

Amid Perdue's campaign troubles, Faison also questioned whether she was best suited to represent the party. At an event Wednesday morning, he distributed a six-page memo that appeared much like a campaign platform. Faison said the money would go to support Democrats, but he refused to provide specifics. "I think it's important to show a commitment to the process. And to win back the legislature and keep the governor's office blue," he later told Dome.

Amid Perdue's campaign troubles? Sounds like just a teensy bit of water-carrying from the new guy at the N&O. According to the Faison non-campaign, Perdue hasn't even declared her intentions, let alone begun campaigning.

The plot sickens.

Republican incompetence shines on Project Soccer

Great reporting by the Dome's J.B. Frank on the colossal incompetence of Thom Tillis and Phil Berger in recruiting new business. Regardless of what you think about corporate incentives (I'm against them), Tillis and Berger played both ends against the middle, allowing their petty personal agendas to trump jobs for North Carolina. These guys are just like Republicans everywhere: willing to sacrifice the economy to score political points. It's sickening.

Burr's principled stand. Not.

Sen. Richard Burr last week co-sponsored a bill to overhaul the Medicaid program, overturn the federal health care plan and give states new flexibility to design their own health insurance program for the poor. [snip]
The Medicaid Improvement and State Empowerment Act would repeal the national health care law passed last year by Congress with the backing of President Barack Obama. It would provide money to the states to run their own programs.

Ah yes. Nothing like the smell of chickenshit in the morning. Burr doesn't have the backbone to take a principled stand on anything. If he's against entitlement programs and all in favor of states having more freedom, why not just cut states off completely?

This post brought to you via Under the Dome at the Charlotte Observer.

Lazy and privileged

Today I'm not writing about Richard Burr, although the three adjectives certainly apply to him. No, in this case, I'm writing about a post from Under the Dome. I confess that my expectations for political reporting in North Carolina can hardly get much lower, but when I read stuff like this, even that low bar drops a few notches.

The Republican spin machine was working overtime after Tuesday night's Senate debate. “Tonight, Richard Burr proved once again that he is the right person to lead North Carolina,” declared state Republican Party chairman Tom Fetzer in a release from the state GOP.

Chimed in the National Republican Senatorial Committee: “Tonight's debate served as yet another reminder that Marshall's liberal views are out of touch with mainstream North Carolinians and the Tar Heel State cannot afford her rubber stamp support for President Obama's reckless economic agenda in Washington.”

And from the Democratic spin machine? Nada.

One gets the impression of a helpless cowbird chick in a nest, mouth wide open waiting for any passing bird to drop a pre-digested worm into its mouth.

Vigilantes attack Wood? Mommygate in the making?

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One of the state's leading political gossip columns today is reporting that State Auditor Beth Wood is under attack by anonymous cowards.

Wood was responding to questions about an anonymous tip Dome received, saying that Wood had two executive assistants babysit a child at the office during the weeks leading up to Christmas. Wood acknowledged she had the daughter of a friend in the office, but no one was asked to baby sit. She said the tip was another in a series of unfounded attacks against her.

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