GOP legislative agenda likely to sail through in NC

Posted November 7, 2012
Updated November 8, 2012

— Requiring voters to show identification at the polls, reforming the state's cash-strapped Medicaid program and overhauling the unemployment benefits system are among the issues Republican lawmakers want to take up in the 2013-14 session.

They hope having a Republican in the Governor's Office will help, but if not, it may not matter much.

Republican lawmakers took control last year with a long to-do list, but Democratic Gov. Beverly Perdue vetoed more than a dozen of their bills. Sen. Pete Brunstetter, R-Forsyth, said he thinks things should go more smoothly under Gov.-elect Pat McCrory.

"He has had similar goals on the campaign trail," said Brunstetter, co-chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee. "He's been talking about tax reform and regulatory reform and education reform. These are the things our folks ran on and won on."

McCrory sidestepped questions Wednesday about his priorities, saying he planned to outline Thursday the transition to his administration.

He said he plans to use a team approach to tackling problems, which he said would include getting Democratic input on devising solutions.

"I like to help set the vision with input from a lot of people – help set the vision and the strategy to get to that vision – and then put together teams to make it happen," he said.

But the devil is in the details, even among party allies. When Democrats controlled the General Assembly and the Governor's Office, they often butted heads over policy. Republicans probably will, too. Elephant, GOP, Republican symbol GOP lawmakers have votes to override any veto

"Nobody expects that we all agree on everything, but that doesn't mean there's a fight," House Majority Leader Paul Stam said. "You talk about things, try to come to a good resolution, an acceptable compromise – not compromising your principles but compromising on the details."

Abortion could be one potential conflict. Lawmakers want more restrictions, while McCrory doesn't.

If it came to a veto showdown, McCrory would probably lose. House and Senate leaders have more than enough votes to override a veto.

While legislators will hold the reins next session, Brunstetter said, at least they and McCrory are pulling in the same direction now.

"We certainly understand the power and authority of the executive branch and understand the power and authority of the legislative branch," he said. "I'm sure we'll work together. We have a good honeymoon period going on now."


This story is closed for comments.

Oldest First
View all
  • rroadrunner99 Nov 9, 2012

    I see no reason to eliminate straight party voting.If term limit's are to be changed,then they should be changed to 1 term for all elected offices no matter what office it is.If you want voter ID then reduce the price for anyone who does not have a vaild state driver's license.

  • sillywabbitthepatriot Nov 9, 2012

    (which I believe there was only a single case of)

    You "belief" is not fact.

    Try again.

  • Das G Nov 9, 2012

    The problem PanthersFan is that all the doom and gloomers already moved from those states to here, and now want to turn NC into their home states. I'd be fine with sending them back. :D

  • PanthersFan45 Nov 9, 2012

    To all the doom & gloomers over the takeover by the Republican party in North Carolina ..... if you don't like it then move to a very blue state like New York or Pennsylvania. High taxes, businesses fleeing the heavy regulations, etc .... Look what the Democratic leadership has done for many of those North Eastern states. People are leaving and as a result they lose 2 to 3 elctoral votes every 10 years. No one wants that kind of environment, its horrible for business.

  • TsKaMF Nov 9, 2012

    "The rest of the country moves forward....NC goes backwards, why is that not a surprise?"

    So, for the 1st time(that's right...1st) in a CENTURY(get it...100yrs) the State of NC's Executive Branch & General Assembly is Republican means NC is moving backwards? Seems like you may be stuck in the past if anything.

  • lasm Nov 9, 2012

    You can organize these folks rides to vote but you cant figure out how to get them IDs?-Crumps Br0ther

    You have said a mouthful! One sentence; and that puts a deadend sentence to the word "disenfranchise" when it comes to something as simple as personal ID.....it does not even apply.

  • WooHoo2You Nov 9, 2012

    How many Obama supporters went to the polls on Tuesday and were told that they had already voted and had to vote a provisional ballot that most likely did not get counted?- sillywabbitthepatriot

    Voter ID would not have stopped that ERROR (which I believe there was only a single case of). Since you believe it would stop humans from making mistakes it must also prevent car crashes, prevent milk from spoiling, and hold off bad weather during vacations…

  • lasm Nov 9, 2012

    To carlj1161: No one is going to be "disenfranchised" (good grief, if I hear that "catch-word" again, I am going to scream). It's obvious that if you cannot get ANY kind of LEGAL ID in the USA, then you are NOT eligible/legal to vote for ANY person or Party-or even BE in the USA. So, if that is the case, then that person has "disenfranchised" themselves. Why is this so hard for supposedly intelligent folks to understand? Could it be that one party is not as "bright" as another? I pray not......

  • sillywabbitthepatriot Nov 9, 2012

    Voter ID laws does not disenfranchise anyone because it does not take away their right to vote.

    How many Obama supporters went to the polls on Tuesday and were told that they had already voted and had to vote a provisional ballot that most likely did not get counted? This was a problem at preceints even though in small numbers. We all have to sign a form when we vote. That signature should match the signature on the photo ID you have and any person who wants to preserve the integrity of elections regardless of what party you support should support voter ID laws.

  • dwntwnboy Nov 9, 2012

    The rest of the country moves forward....NC goes backwards, why is that not a surprise?