A new Web video from the N.C. Democratic Party hits Republican lawmakers for cutting state education funding -- reinforcing the results of a recent survey that puts the issue squarely on Jones Street.
N.C. Policy Watch, a liberal outfit, released poll numbers Monday showing that 50 percent of voters blame the state legislature for cuts to education, compared to 21 percent who fault Gov. Bev Perdue and 19 percent point the finger at the federal government.
The two-minute Democratic Party video -- featuring former Gov. Jim Hunt, Perdue and state lawmakers -- is meant to stir the party's base. It rehashes a "war" mantra the party used to criticize lawmakers for budget cuts hurting women.
The video includes plenty of claims worth truth squadding. It also comes as conservative groups, Americans for Prosperity and the Civitas Institute launch a road tour today, stopping in Burlington, Greensboro, Winston-Salem, High Point and Lexington to spread their message.
The bottomline: expect to hear plenty of stats and figures on education funding in the GOP state budget -- with neither side completely capturing the entire picture.