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Analysis: NC Republican agenda could draw more outside influence

Posted July 4, 2013
Updated July 5, 2013

Republicans won the majority in the General Assembly during the last election, and they're driving the conservative agenda they promised.

Cuts in education spending, social programs and unemployment benefits have all prompted protests. And the Senate’s surprise vote this week on a suite of new abortion regulations has landed North Carolina politics in the national spotlight.

David McLennan, a political science professor at William Peace University, expects the drama will attract more outside influence for the next election cycle.

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“This national attention only serves to create more interest,” he said. “And interest equals money.”

McLennan also believes the GOP social and budget-cutting agenda motivates supporters and opponents.

“It is the sort of straw that breaks the camel's back, so we'll see a very competitive election cycle in 2014,” he said.

The abortion vote puts House Speaker Thom Tillis on the spot. The Republican is running for the U.S. Senate seat now held by Democrat Kay Hagan.

“This is kind of that litmus test issue for him,” McLennan said. “If he votes in favor of it and allows it to come up on the House side and lets it go through, then he's going to position himself further right perhaps than he wants to. If it doesn't come up then he's open to attack from his right.”

McLennan says Republican Gov. Pat McCrory has more political cover on the abortion vote. McCrory said last year he won't support more restrictions and criticized the Senate's vote on the bill this week.

The omnibus bill, titled the Family, Faith and Freedom Protection Act, is headed to the House for a final vote. It could become law without the governor's signature.



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  • commonsense4 Jul 10, 2013

    "Oh...and...wait...I guess commonsense4 just said "no-research no-thinking Republican voters" - must have meant that in the most tolerant and loving way possible!"

    Sorry davework but it you and your fellow Repubs that have created your own reputation of intolerance, hate, and discrimination, all while railing against education!

    All you have to do is read any message board and the Repubs will show their true colors! Just read this board, or is that too much research for you?

  • downtowner Jul 8, 2013

    "They will have to over-ride a veto. I doubt McCrory will support this. Pat was a very good mayor when he worked across the aisle with democrats in Charlotte. He is more moderate than some on this board think. He is a fiscal conservative but he's more moderate on social issues. I think a few Democrats will be surprised to find out he is not the far right wing politician they want to make him out to be."

    I think his strings are being pulled by the ultra conservatives. I hope you are right, but for that to be proven he has to take a stand for all who seek moderation. He has yet to take a stand on anything.

  • PanthersFan45 Jul 8, 2013

    "Gov. Pat McCrory has more political cover on the abortion vote. McCrory said last year he won't support more restrictions and criticized the Senate's vote on the bill this week."

    They will have to over-ride a veto. I doubt McCrory will support this. Pat was a very good mayor when he worked across the aisle with democrats in Charlotte. He is more moderate than some on this board think. He is a fiscal conservative but he's more moderate on social issues. I think a few Democrats will be surprised to find out he is not the far right wing politician they want to make him out to be.

  • teleman60 Jul 8, 2013

    " $100 million dollars on his latest trip...to Africa, and he took many family members with him (not Michelle and daughters)..."

    The Secret Service determines all the costs and accommodations on these trips NOT THE PRESIDENT!

    PS Bush went 3x to AFRICA with the SS planning each multi-million dollar trip.

    PPS-the secret service has had the new presidential limo in planning since BEFORE 2009.

    Any more black copter news site exclusives?!?

  • Claudius Jul 6, 2013

    "Businesses would probably pay a higher wage if the government would get out of their business and "mandate" how much they must pay. As usual, gov't is the problem, not the solution." Lessismore

    Are you serious? Ever looked at history of wages BEFORE minimum wage laws? How about child labor? Want to become Bangledesh or something?

  • Krimson Jul 5, 2013

    WRAL - don't forget the new budget will raise taxes on the normal person while giving corporations more tax benefits...

  • miseem Jul 5, 2013

    No, dave. You can stand on the sidelines and cheer all you want to. That's not going to affect the outcome of the game. You have an inside line on the refs, or the rule makers, it's entirely different. Besides, you only mention on "leftie". I think a quick google search would turn up several right wingers that gave more than Soros. And that doesn't include the undocumented money.

  • ILoveDowntownRaleigh Jul 5, 2013

    ""outside" leftist agenda being funded by Soros, etc."

    "If George Soros or one of his cronies was the actual state budget director then you'd have a stronger point of comparison." - lovelarvae

    :-) zing!!! Nicely done, lovelarvae.

  • brassy Jul 5, 2013

    What's next? Take away women's right to vote? Demote us to chattel and buy and sell us like horses?

  • Dnut Jul 5, 2013

    dnut....so you say Obama has no control over what he has been doing for the past 4 1/2 years???? Amazing.
    lessismore
    July 5, 2013 1:51 p.m.
    >>>I never even implied anything like that! EVER!

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