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Dome: Roy Cooper urges veto on NC election ID bill

From Staff ReportsAugust 9, 2013 

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N.C. Attorney General Roy Cooper

TAKAAKI IWABU — newsobserver.com

Roy Cooper the politician is echoing Roy Cooper the attorney general in urging Gov. Pat McCrory to veto the elections law bill, which would require photo IDs and shorten early voting, among other provisions.

On Thursday, Cooper’s campaign emailed a call for people to sign an online petition asking for a veto of House Bill 589. Last month, wearing his attorney general hat, Cooper sent an official letter to McCrory asking him to veto the bill, saying he thought it would be challenged in court.

“It’s wrong to make it more difficult for North Carolinians to register and vote,” Cooper’s email says.

Cooper was re-elected in November without opposition, so he has a healthy campaign finance account – nearly $400,000 at the end of June.

The petition effort is likely to spark speculation that Cooper is thinking about a potential challenge to McCrory in 2016.

Perdue donated last year

Gov. Bev Perdue gave $266,163 to the state Democratic Party last year, according the Perdue Committee. The committee put out a statement Thursday noting the donation following an Associated Press story that said Perdue had distributed $1.2 million from her campaign fund this year including $800,000 to repay personal loans that she and her husband had made to the campaign, $200,000 to writers helping with her biography, $120,000 to a charity and the rest to campaign counsel and staff. The story, which ran in The N&O, noted that virtually none of her money this year went to the cash-strapped Democratic Party.

The Perdue Committee said that view was incomplete,

“The governor believed it was important to make the contributions before November’s General Election and also important to help communities through the committee’s contributions to the NC Community Foundation,” the Perdue Committee said in the statement.

New warden at Central Prison

Carlton Joyner, a longtime employee of the state’s prison system, has been named the new warden at Central Prison in Raleigh.

He replaces Kenneth Lassister, who was promoted in May to central regional prison director.

Joyner has been the administrator at Harnett Correctional Institution in Lillington. He has risen through the ranks from correctional officer at Central Prison in 1984, and has worked at prisons in Wake, Durham and Orange counties.

He was promoted to programs director for the entire system in 2004, and in 2010 took on the Harnett job. He has a bachelor’s degree in public administration from N.C. Central University.

Central Prison has about 1,000 prisoners and a staff of 700.

McHenry eyes Oversight chair

Politico reports that U.S. Rep. Patrick McHenry, who represents the state’s 10th district, is among those eying the chairmanship of the powerful House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.

The post is held by California Republican Rep. Darrell Issa whose term expires at the end of 2014.

Politico writes: “It’s no wonder so many lawmakers are lining up to take his place.

“The Oversight chairman has jurisdiction over the flashiest topics of the day: IRS, Benghazi, Fast and Furious, and Solyndra. It’s also one of the highest-profile chairmanships in the House.”

Politico noted McHenry has voted with House leader John Boehner 94.5 percent of the time since the start of the year, and pointed out he gave the National Republican Congressional Committee more than $169,000 in the 2012 election cycle.

Staff writers Rob Christensen, Craig Jarvis and John Frank

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