Watch: N.C. Dem Chairman David Parker press conference

Watch the full press conference by N.C. Democratic Party Chairman David Parker, where he defends the investigation into sexual harassment allegations against former executive director Jay Parmley.

Obama to visit the Triangle next week


RALEIGH – President Barack Obama is coming back to the Triangle.

White House officials confirm he will hold an official event on Tuesday, which means it will not be a campaign event.

Obama last visited North Carolina a month ago when he traveled to Charlotte to speak on his jobs tour. He has made at least four trips to the state since last June.

We will bring you details on Tuesday’s visit as soon as they become available.

Check out a Google map detailing Obama’s visits to the Tar Heel State from the N.C. Free Enterprise Foundation.

Early voting: What you need to know

One-stop voting for the May 8 primary begins statewide on Thursday, April 19. Polling places in all 100 counties will be open to accept early ballots.

The State Board of Elections manages one-stop voting, also known as early voting, through the local elections boards.

Here’s what you need to know about early voting.

Missed the deadline to register?

No problem, the state allows same-day registration at early voting sites. State law requires a couple of things:

– Sign and complete a voter registration form, attesting that the person meets each eligibility requirement under law.

– Provide proof of residence by presenting a document which shows the person’s name and current address in the county.

Acceptable identification includes: a North Carolina drivers license; a photo identification from a government agency; or a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or other government document.

How long does early voting go for?

One-stop voting begins on the third Thursday prior to Election Day (April 19) and ends on the last Saturday before the election (May 5).

Check your one-stop polling sites

Most one-stop polling places open Thursday, but some will open later. Check this handy map to see which polling site is open and when.

Other questions?

Check the state board of elections one-stop voting website or call your local elections office.

#NCPOL Campaign Finance: Congressional candidates loaning campaigns money

Congressional candidates across the state are starting to come in and the trend looks that candidates are loaning their campaigns money to make up for lackluster fundraising.

Jonathan Kappler, research director with N.C Free Enterprise Foundation, combed through them over the weekend and tweeted the results.

He talked with Tim Boyum to discuss the spending trends in congressional races to date.

Kappler is prolific on Twitter. You can follow him at @jonathankappler

Here’s a look at the hotter races in the state:

Pittenger racking up the dollars

In the 9th District race, with nine GOP candidates, it’s a fight between Mecklenburg County Commissioner Jim Pendergraph and Robert Pittenger.

And from the recent reports, Pittenger is outspending his competition:

@jonathankappler: wow, conventional wisdom is that in #NC09 Pendergraph & Pittenger are leading GOP candidates, but Pittenger has huge $ advantage #NCPOL

@jonathankappler: #WOW in Q1, #NC09 Robert Pittenger (R) raised $1.2 million, including giving his campaign $984k (!), spent $763k, has $451k on hand #NCPOL

@jonathankappler: in Q1, #NC09 Jim Pendergraph (R) raised #151k, spent 66k, has $85k on hand #NCPOL

The two candidates have been battling it out in ads over the airwaves and on the Internet. Read more about the race from our business reporter Adam Rhew.

@jonathankappler: so far in #NC09 Q1 reports, even folks who loaned their campaigns $100k+ are just being blown out of the water by Pittenger’s (R) $ #NCPOL

@jonathankappler: in Q1, #NC09 Edwin Peacock (R) raised $305k, which includes a $250k loan, spent $28k, has $278k on hand #NCPOL

@jonathankappler: in Q1, #NC09 Ric Killian (R) rasied $139k, which includes a $100k loan, spent $13k, has $129k on hand #NCPOL

@jonathankappler: in Q1, #NC09 Jon Gauthier (R) raised $22k (incl $5,600 from the candidate), spent $13k, has $9k on hand #NCPOL

SuperPAC helping Holder in the 13th District race

Wake County Commissioner Paul Coble is facing former U.S. Attorney George Holding for the 13th District seat and is getting routed in fundraising:

@jonathankappler: in Q1, #NC13 George Holding (R) raised $254k which includes a $75k loan, spent $286k, has $71k on hand (also not a ton of $ on hand) #NCPOL

@jonathankappler: in Q1, #NC13 Paul Coble (R) raised $73k, spent #132k, has just $11k on hand (wow, that’s a low amount of cash on hand) #NCPOL

Holding is getting a lot of help from a super PAC, The American Foundations Committee, which have launched attack ads against Coble.

Both campaigns have websites attacking each other, but right now, with the super PAC, Holding has an advantage.

@jonathankappler: for #NC13, not sure Paul Coble (R) has raised enough to beat back both Holding (R) & his Super PAC (which has spent $366k) #NCPOL

In 7th District, McIntyre building a war chest; Pantano, Rouzer duke it out

U.S. Rep. Mike McIntyre is squirreling away money …

@jonathankappler: in Q1, #NC07 Rep Mike McIntyre (D-NC) raised $161k, spent $69k, has $779k on hand. trying to husband $ for tough Fall campaign #NCPOL

… while his GOP opponents Ilario Pantano and David Rouzer are fighting for dollars. Rouzer filed his report, but we’re waiting on Pantano’s.

@jonathankappler: in Q1 #NC07 David Rouzer (R) raised $90k, spent $164k, has $146k on hand. That’s less than Pantano (R) said he raised, tho no rpt yet #NCPOL

@jonathankappler: in Q1 #NC07 Ilario Pantano (R) raised $140k, incl $11k loan, spent $105k, had $44k on hand. raised more than Rouzer, but less on hand #NCPOL

Governor joins top state Democrats calling for Parker to resign


RALEIGH — Gov. Bev Perdue joined the chorus of top state Democrats calling for N.C. Democratic Party chairman David Parker to resign, in the wake of allegations of harassment and a cover-up within the party leadership.

In a statement, Perdue said she talked with Parker "several times today and told him that he had lost the confidence of Democratic leaders."

"I asked him to step aside for the good of the Party," said Perdue. "I told him that the Party had to get back to focusing on our core values: strengthening schools, creating jobs and expanding opportunities for all North Carolinians."

The statement continues:

"When my team first heard of the personnel matter at the State Party late last year, they promptly relayed these rumors to the party officials responsible for handling personnel matters — the Chairman and the party’s legal counsel, who were already aware of the issue.

The Democratic Party will continue to fight for the things that matter to working families across North Carolina: strong schools for their children, access to careers or college and good jobs."

Earlier in the day, Perdue refused to answer questions about what she knew about the scandal, saying it is an internal matter for the Democratic Party.

But that didn’t stop other top Democrats from calling for Parker to resign.

The calls started Tuesday afternoon with five members of the Council of State releasing a statement:

We believe that it is in the best interest of the North Carolina and the Democratic Party for Democratic Party Chair David Parker to step aside and enable new leadership to begin the rebuilding process.

We believe Mr. Parker can no longer be as effective a leader as he needs to be under the circumstances.

Given the importance of this election to our state and our country a change needs to be made as we prepare for the general election in November.

It is signed by Secretary of State Elaine Marshall, Superintendent of Public Instruction June Atkinson, Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin, State Treasurer Janet Cowell, and State Auditor Beth Wood.

Read the full statement from the Council of State here.

Lt. Gov. Walter Dalton, who is running for governor, said "Chairman Parker’s effectiveness as leader of the party is greatly hindered, with many leading Democrats speaking out today."

The statement continues:

“This is a crucial election year for the future of North Carolina and we cannot allow this issue to distract from our efforts to create good jobs, expand access to education and help people through tough times.

For this reason, I think that David Parker should step aside for the good of the party so that we can turn our attention to moving North Carolina forward.”

Sen. Martin Nesbitt and Rep. Joe Hackney, the Democratic legislative leaders, released a joint statement:

“We believe that David Parker can no longer be an effective chairman of the North Carolina Democratic Party. He should resign so that the party can move forward focused on keeping the office of governor and reclaiming the majority in our legislature.”

Parker said in a statement: "I have no plans to resign and I am moving forward with the work of the Democratic Party."

In addition, Parker said he is forming a search committee to look for a replacement for Executive Director Jay Parmley, who resigned Sunday.

In the statement, Parker said he’s asked "Treasurer Janet Cowell, Winston-Salem attorney Cal Cunningham, Wake County Chair Dan Blue III, political consultant Marc Farinella, activist Nina Szlosberg, DNC Member Everett Ward, 12th District Chair Bernita Simms, and a representative from the winning Gubernatorial campaign to function as a search committee with me."

Treasurer Janet Cowell is one of Council of State members who called for Parker’s resignation.

Read Parker’s full statement here.

Capital Tonight April 17: Political analyst Jonathan Kappler

On Capital Tonight: The latest on the N.C Democratic Party scandal, Gov. Bev Perdue and other top Democrats call for state chairman David Parker to step down, Jonathan Kappler (@jonathankappler) joins us for campaign finance reports and the Insiders’ Jenifer Daniels (@thefriendraiser) and the John Locke Foundation’s Mitch Kokai (@mitchkokai) give their take on the Democrats’ problems.

Sec. of State Marshall: We need strong leadership for our party


RALEIGH – News 14 Carolina caught up with Secretary of State Elaine Marshall, who was one of the five Council of State members to call for N.C. Democratic Party Chairman David Parker’s resignation.

Despite Parker’s statement that he won’t resign, Marshall said she thinks he will end up stepping down.

“I think he will ultimate come to the … I think it’s like death and sadness, and sometimes it take a little while for people to get adjusted to new roles and change what have you,” said Marshall. “We need strong leadership for our state, for our party, and he’s just not going to be able to provide that now for us.”

Attorney General Roy Cooper was not included in the Council of State’s call for Parker’s resignation.

His office said not to read into that and that he was not included in those discussions.

Gov. Perdue on N.C. Dem Party shake-up: It’s an internal matter

Gov. Bev Perdue said Tuesday the troubles at the N.C. Democratic Party is "an internal personnel matter." She wouldn’t answer questions about when she knew about harassment allegations or if she knew about the non-disclosure deal.

Capital Tonight April 16: Revenue Secretary David Hoyle

On Capital Tonight: We talk with Revenue Secretary David Hoyle about state tax revenue ahead of the filing deadline, Loretta Boniti looks at state Democrats’ response to harassment allegations by a top official, and we host Paul Woolverton of the Fayetteville Observer, Pat Gannon of the Wilmington Star News, and Gary Robertson of the Associated Press in our weekly Reporter Roundtable.

N.C. Dems on defensive after harassment revelations

It was a rough weekend for North Carolina Democrats.

On Friday, The Daily Caller posted a story with claims that a high-level official had sexually harassed a junior staffer last year, and that the party paid the staffer money to keep quiet about it.

All this came out in a series of emails leaked to the media.



Jay Parmley, who resigned as executive director of the N.C. Democratic Party on Sunday.

The official in question turned out to be Executive Director Jay Parmley, who resigned Sunday. In a statement released, he said, “Let me be clear: I have never harassed any employee at any time at the NCDP or in any other job.”

According to the emails, this issue had been stewing within the party since last fall, when the staffer left the party.

Another party official complained to State Chairman David Parker that if this story got out, it would “doom” the party’s chances in the general election in November.

Not only that, but with North Carolina in the national spotlight as a swing state and Charlotte hosting the Democratic National Convention in September, it could be a distraction for Democratic candidates running for state and national offices.

Senior Political Reporter Loretta Boniti has more analysis on tonight’s Capital Tonight. You can view the story here.