VOTER ID BILL COULD AFFECT 613,000 N.C. VOTERS. A Dome Morning Memo exclusive: A new report from the State Board of Elections found as many as 613,000 voters, or 9.25 percent of the North Carolina's voters, may not have a state issued driver's licensed or identification card -- raising the stakes ahead of Republican efforts to push for voter ID legislation in the upcoming session.
The new analysis, which compared Division of Motor Vehicles records to state voter lists, discovered that 53 percent of the voters in question are Democrats and a quarter are over age 65. A disproportionate share -- about 30 percent -- are black.
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--MORE ON THE SBOE ANALYSIS: State election officials cautioned that the number (612,955) could be lower because some voters listed driver's license numbers that don't match state DMV records. There are 6.5 million voters registered in the state. Also, about 67 percent of those who didn't match are women, suggesting a name discrepancy may be at fault. But the new numbers -- recently requested by legislative researchers -- will only add further fuel to critics who suggest an effort to pass legislation requiring a photo ID will disenfranchise voters, particularly Democrats.
--THE PROMISE TRACKER: If you haven't seen it yet, WRAL-TV in Raleigh is tracking 33 promises Pat McCrory made in his bid to become governor. Other media outlets -- the N&O included -- are also keeping an eye on whether McCrory can meet his pledges. It will likely make McCrory the most politically scrutinized governor, another sign of the accelerated political cycle in North Carolina.
--HOT TICKET: A new political nonprofit selling its access to the new Republican governor announced its $1,000-a-person VIP reception with McCrory and $75-ticket inaugural celebration Saturday is sold out. The Foundation for North Carolina credited it to "the great enthusiasm for Governor Pat McCrory." The inauguration day party is overshadowing the traditional inaugural ball the night before. The earlier event is hosted by the Junior League of Raleigh as a fundraiser.
--PAYTOPLAYPAT.COM is the new website from liberal advocacy group Progress North Carolina. The group that brought you WhoPaysMcCrory.com -- an effort to highlight McCrory's shielded personal financials during the campaign -- is now focused on the "staggering total of donations given by the new DHHS Secretary, Aldona Wos, to McCrory's election efforts." The group tallied more than $200,000 from Wos, her husband, his company's employees and related family members. It is also taking aim at the Foundation for it's private $50,000 retreats featuring McCrory.
THIS QUOTE MAY HURT. Progress NC is recycling one of McCrory's favorite lines --“The good ol’ boy and girl patronage system of state government has placed tired and failed policies and special interests ahead of working families, taxpayers and businesses.” -- and throwing it back in his face. "If we have learned anything from McCrory's transition, it's that money can buy you a seat at the table," said Gerrick Brenner, the group's executive director. The one-pager is here.
PERSONNEL FILE: Former N.C. GOP executive director Chris McClure has taken a job with law firm Brooks Pierce on its government relations team. McClure most recently served as campaign manager for Mark Meadows' successful bid for Congress in the 11th Congressional District. It reflects an effort in Raleigh to add Republican lobbyists now that the legislature is dominated by GOP majorities.
Also U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan added Lindsay Siler as a senior adviser to oversee constituent outreach and engagement -- a possible sign the former Obama campaign director for North Carolina may play a key role in the 2014 re-election campaign. Siler, who is based in Raleigh, is also a former Planned Parenthood strategist. Sadie Weiner also returned to the Democratic senator's office as communications director, a title bump from her days as deputy. Weiner took a leave in 2012 to work on Ohio Sen. Sherrod Brown's re-election campaign.