Uncategorized

As NC seeks federal aid, Dems and GOP work to put “people over politics” (audio)

Gov. Bev Perdue has formally requested the Obama administration declare 18 counties disaster areas following Saturday’s severe storms.

While this is the first step in providing low-interest federal loans or grants, Democrats in their weekly press conference urged the Republican legislative leadership to tap the state’s rainy day fund or find other resources to help NC’s tornado victims now.

Senator Ed Jones, who represents rural Bertie County where 11 people were killed, told reporters:

“Some of the poorest of the poor sent us here to represent them, and we can’t  get caught up with politics right now. There’s no way we can do that.”

Republican Senate Leader Phil Berger said Tuesday regardless of the budget shortfall, legislators will come up with the match needed for any federal assistance the state may receive.

To hear Sen. Jones’ moving remarks, click below:

Check Also

The Week’s Top Five on NC Policy Watch

1. Another look at Cooper’s doggedly impressive start ...

Top Stories from NCPW

  • News
  • Commentary

With just a few hours left until the crossover deadline, the state of North Carolina’s environment i [...]

On Monday morning, there was only one way left to save the Court of Appeals and a few hours with whi [...]

The political compromise that repealed HB2 was enough for the NCAA and ACC, both of which have retur [...]

Conference comes a day after new report lauds benefits of same-day registration The new line-up for [...]

How many times do we have to say it? Well, it’s worth repeating – especially in the aftermath of rec [...]

As the national pundits weigh in on President Trump’s first 100 days in office and the General Assem [...]

How the General Assembly is spending “crossover week” and what it ought to be doing The last week of [...]

To casual observers, the recent controversy surrounding public school class-size mandates in grades [...]

Featured | Special Projects

Trump + North Carolina
In dozens of vitally important areas, policy decisions of the Trump administration are dramatically affecting and altering the lives of North Carolinians. This growing collection of stories summarizes and critiques many of the most important decisions and their impacts.
Read more


HB2 - The continuing controversy
Policy Watch’s comprehensive coverage of North Carolina’s sweeping anti-LGBT law.
Read more