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Colbert "tips his hat" to GOP legislature

NC got a little more publicity Monday night — this time on the "Colbert Report."

We should also note that host Stephen Colbert took a swipe at Charlotte, home to our sister paper saying: "As a proud son of South Carolina, I rarely have kind words for those barbarians to the North. I mean who makes barbecue sauce with vinegar? That's what you use to clean a toilet, and when I say toilet I mean Charlotte. But on the plus side their Republican-controlled state legislature is turning North Carolina into a conservative Shangri-La."

He then notes a few bills that did not pass (official state-religion and the nipple bill) before giving a Tip of the Hat to one that did: the gun rights bill that lets those with concealed carry permits take guns to bars, restaurants and playgrounds. He notes that guns on playgrounds can make the experience more fun, saying "Instead of Duck, Duck, Goose, you can just play Duck, Duck, DUCK!"

Gov. Pat McCrory signed the legislation on Monday.

Chris Fitzsimon: Voter ID proven to be partisan

One of the most illustrative moments of this legislative session came during this week’s debate on the legislation to require voters to show a government-issued photo ID at the polls before casting a ballot,'' writes Chris Fitzsimon of NC Policy Watch which can be found at ncpolicywatch.com.

The bill has been a top priority of Republican legislative leaders since they assumed control of the General Assembly in 2011. They initially said that we needed voter ID laws to stop voter impersonation fraud in the state but wild claims about fraud from right-wing groups have been disproven again and again.

Chris Fitzsimon: Voter ID proven to be partisan

One of the most illustrative moments of this legislative session came during this week’s debate on the legislation to require voters to show a government-issued photo ID at the polls before casting a ballot,'' writes Chris Fitzsimon of NC Policy Watch which can be found at ncpolicywatch.com.

The bill has been a top priority of Republican legislative leaders since they assumed control of the General Assembly in 2011. They initially said that we needed voter ID laws to stop voter impersonation fraud in the state but wild claims about fraud from right-wing groups have been disproven again and again.

In great boob debate, party, not gender matters

In the great legislative boob debate of 2013, you would think that the greatest difference would be between men and women for obvious reasons.

But it's not. It's between Democrats and Republicans, liberals and conservatives.

At least that is the result of new survey by Public Policy Polling which asked voters if they supported a proposed a North Carolina law to prohibit the baring of women's breasts.

There was a gender gap. Only 34 percent of men said they supported the bill, while 45 percent said they opposed with 21 percent not sure. This compared with 38 percent of women saying they supported it, 38 percent saying they opposed it and 24 percent who said they were not sure.

But the real gap was between parties. Republicans supported the bill by a 53-30 percent margin, while Democrats opposed the measure by 46-29 percent margin.

This is all based on one's world view. People describing themselves as very conservative supported the nipple ban by a 51-24 percent margin, while those describing themselves as very liberal opposed it by a 61-29 percent margin.

This might also be described as the strait-laced crowd versus the let-it-all hang out crowd.

The survey of 611 voters North Carolina voters was conducted March 7-10 and had a margin of error of plus or 4 percentage points.

Morning Memo: McCrory budget may emerge soon, men oppose 'nipple bill'

McCRORY BUDGET RELEASE NEXT WEEK? Top GOP lawmakers say Gov. Pat McCrory is expected to release his state budget plan next week. The governor's office is remaining mum. But budget details are leaking to lawmakers, who say McCrory's spending plan isn't like to include details of a major tax overhaul, such as corporate or personal income tax cuts, and instead it will assume the tax plan being negotiated privately by Republicans will be revenue neutral.

MEN OPPOSE NIPPLE BILL: Public Policy Polling will release more from its statewide voter survey later Friday. But here's a peak: nearly half of men -- 45 percent -- oppose the bill to prohibit women from barring their breasts and 34 percent support. Women are deadlocked at 38 percent on what is called the "nipple bill." (Insert stereotypical joke about men here.)

***Thanks for reading the Dome Morning Memo -- a roundup of North Carolina political news and analysis. Send news and tips to dome@newsobserver.com. And read much more below.***

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