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People in Politics May 4, 2013 PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 03 May 2013 09:43

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It’s the end of two decades of Democratic Party control of the state Board of Elections, as Gov. Pat McCrory appoints new board members to reflect a Republican in the governor’s seat. The board’s first day in action included the appointment of the staff’s chief investigator, Kim Strach, as elections director, replacing long-time Democrat director Gary Bartlett, whose term is expiring. Rick Henderson of Carolina Journal joins host Donna Martinez to assess the move and discusses Strach’s knowledge of campaign finance law, as evidenced by her work in ferreting out wrongdoing by former House Speaker Jim Black that ended in a prison sentence. Martinez and Henderson also discuss recent protests and arrests at the General Assembly, a new poll that shows broad support for an independent redistricting commission, the departure from the legislature of a one-time rising star in the Democratic Party, and President Obama’s nominations of two North Carolina politicians for key Washington D.C. posts. Then we hear the president’s own words about his nominees, Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx for Secretary of Transportation, and Congressman Mel Watt of the 12th congressional district for head of the Federal Housing Finance Agency. We also bring you Mayor Foxx’s comments. Then we turn to a potential primary challenge from the Right for Republican Congressman Walter  Jones of the 3rd congressional district. Craven County Commissioner Scott Dacey explains why he’s considering a run against the 18-year veteran. Next are comments from veteran Democratic political consultant Brad Crone, who assesses the state of the Democratic Party, the explosion of unaffiliated voters, and the controversy over a proposal to require a photo I.D. to vote in North Carolina. That’s followed by comments about voter I.D. from House Speaker Thom Tillis, Republican of Mecklenburg County. And finally, we bring you the latest information on the stabbing murder of Democratic Party fundraiser Jamie Hahn, as well as remembrances from her friends and political colleagues who attended her memorial service this week. 
Last Updated on Friday, 03 May 2013 09:44
 
People in Politics April 27, 2013 PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 26 April 2013 11:14

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Tragedy struck Democratic Party circles this week as up-and-coming party fundraiser Jamie Hahn was stabbed to death and her husband, Nation, was wounded in an attack allegedly committed by a family friend whose financial activities related to political campaigns may be in question. Democratic consultant Thomas Mills talks with host Donna Martinez and reflects on Jamie and Nation Hahn’s work for Democrats and their many friends who are trying to cope with the senseless loss of life. Among those Jamie worked for is 4th District Congressman David Price, who also tells Martinez of Hahn’s work and the shock of her death. Then we turn to a look at an upcoming trial for former state legislator Stephen LaRoque, who is facing federal charges related to money he used to operate economic development nonprofit groups. Sarah Ovaska, reporter for N.C. Policy Watch, explains the allegations against the Republican from Kinston. That’s followed by a look at the three associates of former Gov. Beverly Perdue who this week faced the judge over a campaign finance scheme to circumvent limits on political donations. Rick Henderson of Carolina Journal explains what happened and what the judge told the men in court. Then we visit the latest installment of the voter I.D. saga that is playing out in North Carolina. This week the N.C. House passed a bill that would require an I.D. to vote, with Democrats casting the bill as harkening back to the days of poll taxes. Stephanie Hawco provides the details of the contentious debate, and Martinez gets legal analysis of the poll tax issue from Jeanette Doran of the N.C. Institute for Constitutional Law. Doran says the House bill is constitutional and does not constitute a poll tax. Then we turn to the competition to be the next chairman of the North Carolina Republican Party. Candidate Jack Brosch tells Martinez why he wants to lead the party and how he is different from the second declared candidate, Claude Pope. And finally, 4th District Congressman David Price tells Martinez of his frustration with fellow members of Congress – particularly Republicans – over the impact of budget cuts resulting from sequestration. He also reflects on the recent ricin square in D.C. 
 
 
Last Updated on Friday, 26 April 2013 11:15
 
People in Politics April 20, 2013 PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 22 April 2013 09:38

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Momentum is building in the legislature for passage of a bill that would require some form of photo I.D. to vote in North Carolina. But while polls show the majority of North Carolinians support the idea, the debate among legislators continues to escalate. This week, in the House Elections Committee, Reps. John Blust (R-Guilford) and Rep. Evelyn Terry (D-Forsyth) squared off with opposing views – Blust in support of an I.D. and Terry against. You’ll hear the debate. Then People in Politics Correspondent Stephanie Hawco joins host Donna Martinez to analyze the state of the bill and the impact of Democrats on chamber debate. Hawco also provides an update on Gov. Pat McCrory’s activities for the week, including a meeting of the Education Cabinet, which hasn’t convened in years. Then we take you to a news conference featuring a bipartisan group of legislators who’ve signed on to a bill that would change the way North Carolina draws its election districts. You’ll hear from Democratic Reps. Rick Glazier (Cumberland County) and Deborah Ross (Wake County) and Republican Rep. Chuck McGrady of Henderson County about the push to take politics out of the process. That’s followed by some tough words for state Democrats from one of their own – Democratic political consultant Thomas Mills. Mills sits down with Martinez to explain what he thinks it will take to rebuild the Democratic Party following devastating losses at the polls in 2010 and 2012, and what Democrats should be doing to work with Republicans who hold the majority. Then we hear from Lt. Gov. Dan Forest about why he’s joined a grassroots effort to encourage sales tax reform in the state. And finally, we get an update from CBS on the debate over guns in the wake of a U.S. Senate defeat of President Obama’s gun control push. Sen. Richard Burr voted against the gun bill, while Sen. Kay Hagan voted for it.  
Last Updated on Monday, 22 April 2013 09:42
 
People in Politics April 13, 2013 PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 15 April 2013 09:34

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Grand jury trouble for a donor to former Gov. Beverly Perdue’s campaign comes to a head with a Wake County grand jury issuing a presentment – the precursor to indictment – related to activities by Charles Fulenwider. Carolina Journal Managing Editor Rick Henderson explains to host Donna Martinez the origins of the questions and the continued inquiries into Perdue donors months after the first woman governor has left office. Henderson also discusses background into the man Sen. Kay Hagan has hired to run her re-election campaign. Preston Elliott is a Democratic Party heavyweight who has run successful campaigns for U.S. senators thought to be endangered. Then we turn to legislative issues. SGRToday.com’s Rick Martinez looks at an effort to force welfare recipients to take drug tests, while Sen. Malcolm Graham, Democrat of Mecklenburg County, steps to the podium after a meeting with Gov. Pat McCrory, and makes the case for continued funding of historically black colleges and universities in the wake of talk that a UNC campus might face closure. That’s followed by a discussion with state Democratic Party Chairman Randy Voller about the party’s vehement opposition to a proposed law to require some form of photo I.D. to vote in North Carolina. For the opposing view, we hear from House Speaker Thom Tillis about the proposal, as well as his view on why he thinks the legislature should scrutinize early voting laws. And finally, Martinez talks with Dr. Jill Stein, the 2012 Green Party presidential candidate, about her criticism of President Obama’s proposed budget. Stein says the budget plan throws the American people under the bus, as does the American free enterprise system.
 
 
Last Updated on Monday, 15 April 2013 09:35
 
People in Politics April 6, 2013 PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 05 April 2013 15:04

 

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He lost the race for the 7th district congressional seat by just 654 votes last fall, but now David Rouzer, Republican of Johnston County says he will again seek the GOP nomination in an effort to unseat Democratic Congressman David Rouzer. Host Donna Martinez talks with Rouzer to find out why he thinks he lost, what he hopes to do in a second run, how he expects to boost his vote count, and his view of same-sex marriage. Then we turn to the issue of partisanship in Washington D.C. Offering his view is Tom Campbell, host of the public affairs show NC Spin, who chats with Don Curtis on a recent edition of Carolina Newsmakers. Then we turn to the 2016 race for the White House. Hillary Clinton already seems to be making a run and she has plenty of support within her party. Tom Jensen of Public Policy Polling updates Martinez with the latest data on Clinton and Vice President Joe Biden, as well as half a dozen Republicans who enjoy plenty of party support and could give the Democratic nominee a serious run. Next is a look at Gov. Pat McCrory’s week and his announcement of a major overhaul of the state’s dysfunctional Medicaid system. That’s followed by comments about the governor’s budget – and a possible political motivation for proposed closure of several historic sites – from Ran Coble of the North Carolina Center for Public Policy Research. Finally, Martinez provides a news update on Claude Pope’s campaign for Republican Party chairman, a new book being penned by 3rd District Congressman Walter Jones, and same-sex marriage support from Democratic Congressmen G.K. Butterfield and Mel Watt.
 
People in Politics March 30, 2013 PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 01 April 2013 09:51

 

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As the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments on same-sex marriage, Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan declared her support for gay marriage. Host Donna Martinez talks about the potential political implications for Hagan’s 2014 re-election bid with Rick Martinez of NCN News, SGRToday.com, and NewsRadio 680 WPTF in Raleigh. The two also discuss Cate Edwards, who told NBC News how she found out about her father’s affair with Rielle Hunter and the impact it had on her family. Then we turn to a look at data that shows North Carolinians have a favorable view of new Gov. Pat McCrory. High Point University (HPU) professor Martin Kifur provides the details of the latest HPU poll. But how is McCrory fairing with his own party? Rick Henderson of Carolina Journal analyzes reaction from Republicans to McCrory’s first 90 days in office, the governor’s initial missteps, and why he has some issues in common with Democrats. That’s followed by a discussion with Republican Rep. Virginia Foxx of the 5th district about her proposal to add political “robocalls” to the Do Not Call Registry. The calls have been exempted from the law but Foxx wants Americans to be allowed to opt out of receiving the pre-recorded calls. Foxx also discusses same-sex marriage and reveals she has been encouraged by supporters to challenge Sen. Kay Hagan. And finally, we get perspective on the Supreme Court gay marriage arguments from a North Carolinian who was in Washington D.C. for a rally as the Court met. Tami Fitzgerald of the N.C. Values Coalition – which supports traditional marriage – explains the potential impact of Court rulings on North Carolina’s laws.
 
 
 
People in Politics March 23, 2013 PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 26 March 2013 09:18

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We’re getting a look at Gov. Pat McCrory’s communication style. This week as he prepared to release his first proposed operating budget, McCrory’s office released a video package that resembled a campaign commercial. Host Donna Martinez talks about the video, as well as the governor’s travels across the state, Rick Martinez of NCN News, SGRToday.com, and NewsRadio 680 WPTF in Raleigh. The two also discuss the media portrayal of the voter I.D. issue as controversial, despite consistent polling that shows the vast majority of North Carolinians support it, and former Lt. Gov. Walter Dalton’s new job in higher education. Then Bob Phillips of the progressive advocacy group Common Cause weighs in on efforts by legislative Republicans to move forward with requiring identification to vote in North Carolina. Next is a look at a potential contender for the 2016 presidential race. CBS looks into former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s public statement that she now supports same-sex marriage, leading to questions that the Democrat may be planning a 2016 run. That’s followed by a look at the final spending numbers for North Carolina’s 2012 congressional races. Jonathan Kappler of the North Carolina Free Enterprise Foundation delves into the numbers, and tells us who is amassing a war chest today. And finally, we look at how Gov. McCrory and legislative Republicans are faring with the public in the latest Elon University Poll. Kenneth Fernandez analyzes the results with Donna Martinez.
 
Last Updated on Tuesday, 26 March 2013 09:20
 
People in Politics March 16, 2013 PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 15 March 2013 09:24

 

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Winds of change are in the air for the North Carolina Republican Party. Chairman Robin Hayes announced he will not seek re-election and already, a contender for the job has emerged. Host Donna Martinez talks with former Wake County Republican Chairman Claude Pope, who has thrown his hat into the ring for the job. Republicans will select a chairman in early June. Then we turn to the ongoing debate over legislative Republicans’ plan to introduce and pass a law requiring some form of identification to vote in North Carolina. We bring you the debate from a raucous public hearing. Next is a look at news that Sen. Kay Hagan has hired a campaign manager for her 2014 re-election bid. Rick Martinez of SGRToday.com, NCN News, and NewsRadio 680 WPTF in Raleigh joins Donna Martinez to analyze how the Senate race is shaping up. Democratic Hagan’s seat is considered a prime pickup opportunity for Republicans. That’s followed by a discussion with Dana Cope about his recent trip to the White House. Cope, the executive director of the State Employees Association of North Carolina (SEANC) rubbed shoulders with Vice President Joe Biden during a meeting with labor leaders. Cope also assesses for Martinez the two-month tenure of legislative leaders and Gov. Pat McCrory, and talks about his success as a lobbyist no matter which political party is in charge, and legislative issues such as pay raises for state employees. Then Martinez talks about a new job for former Forsyth County legislator Dale Folwell, who has been tapped as an Assistance Secretary at the Department of Commerce, and a legal settlement that requires a conservative activist to pay six figures to a member of the Democrat-aligned organizing group ACORN.
 
Last Updated on Friday, 15 March 2013 09:26
 
People in Politics March 9, 2013 PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 08 March 2013 11:00

 

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Republican leaders in the General Assembly announced plans this week to move a bill that would require a photo I.D. to vote in North Carolina. The plan was met with intense criticism from Democrats and allied groups. People in Politics Correspondent Stephanie Hawco provides both sides of the debate. That’s followed by comments from Republican Rep. David Lewis of Harnett County, who is helping lead the House effort on the bill. Lewis lays out the House plan and discusses continued opposition to the plan, and comments on how the GOP will address those North Carolinians who don’t have a photo I.D. Then we hear from members of the Legislative Black Caucus, who allege that Republicans are engaging in a war on the poor and vulnerable. Next, host Donna Martinez talks with Elon University Poll Director Ken Fernandez about polling on Gov. Pat McCrory, the state legislature, and key issues of voter ID and immigration. Fernandez also provides data on President Obama’s job approval in the state he lost to Mitt Romney. Next is a look at key arguments in the legal case over North Carolina’s election maps. Barlow Herget of SGRToday.com talks with redistricting expert Bill Gilkeson Jr., who was in court recently as attorneys for Democrats argued against the maps and attorneys for Republicans argued for the maps. Then we turn to comments made by Gov. Pat McCrory this week after meeting with the Metro Mayors Coalition, a group he co-founded when he was mayor of Charlotte. And finally, Lt. Gov. Dan Forest talks about his priorities before a luncheon audience at the John Locke Foundation, a free market think tank in Raleigh.
 
Last Updated on Friday, 15 March 2013 09:28
 
People in Politics March 2, 2013 PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 01 March 2013 15:44

 

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A leaked political strategy memo that calls for North Carolina progressives and Democrats to “eviscerate” the state’s Republican leadership makes national news as Gov. Pat McCrory is asked by Fox News to comment on the planned attacks against him and others. You’ll hear McCrory comment on the memo that was first attributed to the umbrella group Blueprint NC, but which has been claimed by America Votes. Then we turn to fallout from the memo with Dallas Woodhouse of Americans for Prosperity North Carolina. Woodhouse tells host Donna Martinez his group has asked state legislators to investigate the associated progressive groups, some of which receive taxpayer funding. Meantime, the state Republican Party is asking the state Board of Elections and the IRS to investigate whether campaign and/or financial laws and regulations were breached by any nonprofits involved in the overtly political effort. Then Barlow Herget of SGRToday.com and Rick Martinez of the North Carolina News Network analyze the story and the implications for both political parties. Next, Donna Martinez provides an update on Rep. Howard Coble’s health following his hospitalization, and a blog posting at talkingaboutpolitics.com by veteran Democratic political strategist Gary Pearce in which he asks new state Democratic Party Chairman Randy Voller to resign now that published reports say Voller owes nearly $300,000 in back taxes and penalties. That’s followed by a discussion with Lt. Gov. Dan Forest about his first six weeks in office, his focus on education issues, and his relationship with Gov. McCrory. And finally, researchers at the University of South Carolina say that differences in how our brains are wired accounts for why some of us are Republicans and some of us are Democrats.
 
Last Updated on Friday, 15 March 2013 09:28
 
People in Politics February 23, 2013 PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 25 February 2013 12:04

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Things got loud and raucous at the General Assembly this week as advocates for medical marijuana went after an opponent of legalization following a hearing. Add that to a discussion among legislators about whether to make it illegal to go topless in Asheville and you have a recipe for an unusual week on Jones Street. People in Politics correspondent Stephanie Hawco tells host Donna Martinez about the crazy week, and how new Lt. Governor Dan Forest is adjusting to his new job. Then Martinez talks to the first declared candidate for the U.S. Senate seat now held by Democrat Kay Hagan. Republican Greg Brannon talks about his vision and why he’s pursuing the seat that will be on the ballot in 2014. Next, Martinez reports on an accolade bestowed on former House Speaker Pro Tem Dale Folwell of Forsyth County. That’s followed by a portion of Gov. Pat McCrory’s State of the State address in which he lays out a sobering assessment of state revenues and operations. Democratic Rep. Larry Hall of Durham responds to McCrory’s comments and offers an alternative vision from the Democrats. And finally, we hear about an amazing collection of mementos of President John F. Kennedy. The items are going up for auction and are from the collection of JFK aide and friend, Dave Powers.

 
Last Updated on Monday, 25 February 2013 13:44
 
People in Politics February 16, 2013 PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 18 February 2013 12:10

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Two governors on one stage: former Democratic Gov. Jim Hunt praises current Republican Gov. Pat McCrory. You’ll hear the two state CEOs reminisce about working together across the aisle and what’s to come for the state. Their conversation took place before hundreds who attended the annual Emerging Issues Forum in Raleigh, where McCrory went on to discuss in detail his plans for energy, transportation, and support for the manufacturing industry. You’ll hear the governor’s comments. Then the discussion turns to criticism of legislative Republicans by Democrats and their allies. Host Donna Martinez is joined by Rick Martinez of NewsRadio 680 WPTF in Raleigh, SGRToday.com, and NCN News to discuss the GOP’s confidence in its power and agenda despite the onslaught of criticism. The two also talk about new state Democratic Party Chairman Randy Voller’s potential impact on the public debate, as well as the love fest between Govs. Hunt and McCrory at the Emerging Issues Forum. Next are remarks by President Obama from Tuesday evening’s State of the Union speech, and reaction from North Carolina Republican Congresswoman Virigina Foxx of the 5th District. Foxx tells Donna Martinez she heard nothing new in the speech and lays out the difference in approach between the the two parties. 
 
Last Updated on Monday, 25 February 2013 12:15
 
People in Politics February 9, 2013 PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 11 February 2013 14:08

 

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North Carolina Democrats reeling from devastating losses at the ballot box and a scandal inside state party headquarters have elected a new chairman to lead the party back to power and influence. Pittsboro Mayor Randy Voller narrowly defeated former Congressman Bob Etheridge for the post. Host Donna Martinez talks with Voller about his vision, his message, and his style, as well as his view of Republican policies. Then Stephanie Hawco of NCN News joins Martinez to talk about two legislative bills that this week drew fire from critics of the Republican legislative majority and praise from supporters. The bills involve paring back unemployment benefits as part of a plan to repay the federal government more than $2 billion the state borrowed, and a bill to clear out Democrats from a variety of key boards and commissions. Hawco also talks about the lighter side of the week, as evidenced by a bill called the Opossum Right to Work Act. Then we hear eyebrow-raising comments made on the N.C. House floor by Democratic Rep. Jean Farmer-Butterfield of Pitt and Wilson counties. Rep. Butterfield opposes the GOP’s unemployment bill, which she said will lead to a variety of social ills including “suicides and mass killings.” That’s followed by a lively debate among four panelists over whether North Carolina should require a photo I.D. to vote. Republicans are likely to pass such a bill this session, and political watchers expect Gov. Pat McCrory to sign it. Panelists against a photo I.D. are Bob Hall of Democracy North Carolina and Allison Riggs of the Southern Coalition for Social Justice. Panelist favoring a photo I.D. are John Fund of National Reviewe and Hans von Spakovsky of the Heritage Foundation. The forum was sponsored by the Triangle Chapter of The Federalist Society. 
 
 
People in Politics February 2, 2013 PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 05 February 2013 13:36

 

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The General Assembly reconvened and immediately gone to business, with bills filed on Medicaid, term limits for chamber leaders, eugenics compensation, a crime lab for western North Carolina and more. Stephanie Hawco profiles the whirlwind first day and the power dynamics in a body now dominated by Republicans. Then we hear about N.C. House priorities from House Speaker Thom Tillis, Republican of Mecklenburg County. Tillis discusses tax reform, energy, higher education funding in light of recent comments by Gov. Pat McCrory, the state’s unemployment debt, and the potential for any gun legislation this session. Among those seeking the support of new legislators is the pro-medical marijuana advocates, who are already rallying for support. You’ll hear from a key representative of the group. That’s followed by comments by Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan about the Violence Against Womens Act, which she is championing. Hagan explains why she thinks the bill should be reauthorized and why she hopes it will once again have bipartisan support. Sen. Hagan is up for re-election in 2014. Tom Jensen of Public Policy Polling joins host Donna Martinez to discuss the Hagan race, the senator’s approval rating, and that of some of the Republicans who may challenge her for the seat. Jensen also provides the latest data on President Obama, which shows the majority of North Carolinians disapproving of his performance. Speaking of the president, we get perspective on Mr. Obama’s priorities from a new member of North Carolina’s congressional delegation – 13th District Congressman George Holding, a Republican. Holding also discusses prosecuting gun violence, which was a priority for his office when he was a U.S. Attorney. And finally, will she run for president? You’ll hear former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who spoke with CBS, along with President Obama.
 
Last Updated on Monday, 11 February 2013 14:10
 
People in Politics January 26, 2013 PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 28 January 2013 12:42

 

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When the General Assembly convenes on Wednesday, Jan. 30, the Republican majorities in both houses are expected to move quickly on a number of issues, including tax reform, education reform, regulatory reform, and requiring a photo I.D. to vote. Rob Christensen of the Raleigh News & Observer talks with host Donna Martinez about what his crystal ball is showing for the session. When voter I.D. is introduced, as many believe it will be, you can count on the North Carolina NAACP to be vocal in its opposition. The group began to make its case in a news conference. You’ll hear the Rev. William Barber’s remarks and his recommendations for the legislature. Then Rick Martinez of NCN News, SGRToday.com, and NewsRadio 680 WPTF in Raleigh joins Donna Martinez to talk more about the prospects for a voter I.D. bill, as well as the tug-of-war between Attorney General Roy Cooper and new Lt. Gov. Dan Forest over drivers licenses for illegal immigrants, and the prospect for state Democrats in re-electing Sen. Kay Hagan to the U.S. Senate in 2014. That’s followed by Gov. Pat McCrory’s remarks to a Durham gathering on the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday in which McCrory recalls growing up in North Carolina and the legacy of Dr. King. And finally, President Obama was sworn in for his second term as the 44th president. You’ll hear his speech to the hundreds of thousands who gathered in Washington D.C. to mark the occasion.
 
 
 
Last Updated on Monday, 11 February 2013 14:11
 
People in Politics January 19, 2013 PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 21 January 2013 13:36

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With his wife Ann looking on, former Charlotte Mayor Pat McCrory was officially inaugurated the 74th governor of North Carolina and the the first Republican to hold the seat in more than 20 years. You’ll hear part of his inaugural speech, including his vision for a renewed North Carolina, as well as his emotional remarks about his late father’s influence on his life. It has already been an eventful term for the new governor. McCrory had barely taken office when a fire broke out in a downtown Raleigh state government building. Stephanie Hawco of NewsRadio680 WPTF in Raleigh talks with McCrory and key aides about the fire and why it has brought forth an unexpected issue for the new governor: the upkeep of state property. That’s followed by a look at the allegations being made against state Sen. Fletcher Hartsell of Concord. The state Board of Elections is looking into allegations that the Republican lawmaker used campaign funds to pay off personal credit cards. Host Donna Martinez is joined by Rick Martinez of NCN News, SGRToday.com, and NewsRadio 680 WPTF in Raleigh for a look at the story, as well as to analyze criticism of the raises McCrory gave to several new Cabinet secretaries. Then we turn to a legislative preview. Becki Gray of the John Locke Foundation joins Donna Martinez to discuss the expected priorities list for the new legislature, which reconvenes in Raleigh on Jan. 30. Gray also reviews the key players in both chambers. 
Last Updated on Monday, 11 February 2013 14:11
 
People in Politics January 12, 2013 PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 11 January 2013 11:02

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It's been a huge week for new Gov. Pat McCrory, including his first Cabinet meeting, a news conference, multiple open houses and parties – all leading up this weekend’s inauguration and parade. But it all began with the official swearing-in ceremony that featured the ceremonial passing of the state seal from Gov. Beverly Perdue to McCrory as well as the official oath. You’ll hear it, along with part of McCrory’s news conference at which he announced his first executive order, returning to the constitutional dictate on judicial appointments, and on his concerns over the state’s problem-plagued computer system. Then we turn to the swearing-in of the second in command, Lt. Gov. Dan Forest, whose oath was witnessed by his mother, former North Carolina Congresswoman Sue Myrick. That’s followed by the sights and sounds of the first day of the new General Assembly session. Stephanie Hawco of NewsRadio 680 WPTF in Raleigh talks with Republicans and Democrats about their expectations for a session that features an even greater Republican majority. Host Donna Martinez also provides details on some of the action in both chambers on that day. Following election of leaders, legislators gaveled out with a plan to return January 30. Then Martinez talks with one of the two men seeking to lead the North Carolina Democratic Party, Pittsboro Mayor Randy Voller, who discusses his beliefs, leadership style, and challenge facing Democrats. That’s followed by a look at former Gov. Mike Easley, who has applied to have his law license reinstated following it suspension after he pled guilty to a felony count related to campaign finance violations. Rick Martinez of NewsRadio 680 WPTF in Raleigh, NCN News, and SGRToday.com joins Donna Martinez to discuss whether the Easley campaign will ever pay the remaining $94,000 fine levied by the Board of Elections. 
Last Updated on Monday, 11 February 2013 14:11
 
People in Politics January 5, 2013 PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 04 January 2013 13:40

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The North Carolina Democratic Party is looking to chart a new course after a disastrous two years of losses that marginalized the party to minority status in the General Assembly and put Democrats out of the Governor and Lt. Governor seats for the first time in decades. One key to regaining power is electing a new party chairman, which the Democrats’ executive committee will do in early February. Host Donna Martinez talks to one of the two men who’ve said they want the job – outgoing state Sen. Eric Mansfield of Cumberland County. He tells Martinez why he’s running, what the party must do to repair internal fracturing, and what the party must communicate to North Carolinians in future elections. Mansfield’s declared opponent is Pittsboro Mayor Randy Voller. Then we hear from Gov.-Elect Pat McCrory, who painted a sobering economic picture for the state in remarks he made at the Economic Forecast Forum sponsored by the N.C. Bankers Association and the N.C. Chamber. That’s followed by a look at several of McCrory’s key appointments to cabinet positions. Rick Henderson of Carolina Journal provides the profile of the new secretaries for Martinez. Next is a discussion about outgoing North Carolina Congressman Brad Miller’s comments as he leaves Congress. The Democrat spoke to slate.com and reflected on the Obama administration’s lack of understanding of the Tea Party movement. He also took a swipe at what he characterized as the political gamesmanship of conservative Democrats. Rick Martinez joins Donna Martinez for the Brad Miller discussion. Then we turn to accolades for former North Carolina Republican Party Chairman Tom Fetzer by a political trade magazine. Donna Martinez revisits analysis of Fetzer’s lobbying successes with Ran Coble of the North Carolina Center for Public Policy Research. And finally, with just days to go in her administration, outgoing Gov. Beverly Perdue issued a pardon to the Wilmington 10. Stephanie Hawco of NewsRadio 680 WPTF in Raleigh talks with Cash Michaels, who helped spearhead the pardon effort, about what the pardon means and background on the 1970s racial tensions that led to an unwarranted conviction for the mostly African American group.
 
Last Updated on Monday, 11 February 2013 14:11
 
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Monday, 31 December 2012 12:09

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More charges against a former Republican state lawmaker. Rep. Stephen LaRoque of Kinston now faces 12 charges related to allegations that he misused federal Agriculture Department funds that were intended for nonprofit economic development organizations he ran, instead using them for family and friends. Rick Martinez of NCN News, SGRToday.com, and NewsRadio 680 WPTF in Raleigh joins host Donna Martinez to discuss the new counts against LaRoque. They also talk about the view of some North Carolina mayors that they have a friend in Gov.-Elect Pat McCrory, the former mayor of Charlotte. Urban mayors in particular are hopeful McCrory will help fend off unfunded state mandates and protect local control on a variety of issues. McCrory founded an urban mayors group that is now led by Raleigh Mayor Nancy McFarlane. The Martinez’ also delve into the power switch among North Carolina’s congressional delegation, where Republicans now hold the majority. Then we turn to Gov. Beverly Perdue’s veto legacy and the future for both Democrats and Republicans in the state. Ran Coble of the North Carolina Center for Public Policy Research offers his views to Don Curtis on a recent edition of Carolina Newsmakers. That’s followed by Donna Martinez’ look back at 2012 and look ahead at 2013 with Dallas Woodhouse of Americans for Prosperity, one of the most well known advocates engaged in legislative policy. And finally, with Mitt Romney’s presidential loss, Republicans are wondering what they must do to cobble together a winning coalition for the White House. Republican blogger Crystal Wright tells Brian Lamb of C-SPAN that the GOP must pull in minorities if the party hopes to survive.
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Friday, 21 December 2012 15:37

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It may be Christmas time, but Gov.-Elect Pat McCrory isn’t taking it easy. On Thursday he stepped before the microphones and announced six more key appointments to his executive team – three more Cabinet secretaries and three top-level aides. You’ll also hear McCrory reiterate his goals for customer service and ethics. Then McCrory answers reporters’ questions about guns in schools and he offers perspective on his approach during his days as mayor of Charlotte, where he says public safety officers were posted at schools. Then host Donna Martinez revisits her conversation with Democratic consultant Gary Pearce, who offers North Carolina Democrats advice for being productive members of the legislative minority, and for working toward the day they can regain power. That’s followed by a discussion with Dallas Woodhouse of Americans for Prosperity North Carolina. Martinez and Woodhouse delve into the Republican takeover of state government, what it means for AFP’s policy push, and Gov. Perdue’s actions during the waning days of her term. And finally, Bob Orr, former North Carolina Supreme Court Justice, gives us background on the newest member of the high court, Perdue appointee Cheri Beasley, who will move over from the Court of Appeals to replace retired Justice Patricia Timmons-Goodson.

 

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Friday, 21 December 2012 15:35

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Gov.-Elect Pat McCrory gets busy. At a news conference, McCrory recaps his general goals for quality, customer service, and ethics in government, and then introduces three key appointments. You’ll hear McCrory’s comments, as well as remarks from the three key executive appointees. They are Chief of Staff Thomas Stith, a former Durham city councilman; Secretary of Health and Human Services Aldona Wos, former ambassador to Estonia; and S ecretary of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources John Skvarla, a Raleigh businessman and environmentalist. Then we delve into Gov. Perdue’s appointment of Court of Appeals Judge Cheri Beasley to the North Carolina Supreme Court. Rick Martinez gets a profile and assessment of Beasley from former Supreme Court Justice Bob Orr. Then host Donna Martinez talks about the future of North Carolina Democrats with veteran consultant and Jim Hunt aide Gary Pearce. He also assesses Gov. Perdue’s last several weeks in office, in which she has butted heads with Republicans. Martinez continues the discussion of Perdue’s activities – including the possibility she will pardon convicted criminals before leaving office – with Becki Gray of the John Locke Foundation, who has watched Perdue in action as governor and legislator. 
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Friday, 21 December 2012 15:34

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North Carolina Democrats find themselves in negative territory as the new legislative session nears – an even smaller minority in both chambers following the 2012 election. State Rep. Deborah Ross (D-Wake County) discusses the Democrats’ challenge, as well as the Republican Party’s previous legislation with which she disagrees, in comments made to Barlow Herget of SGRToday.com. Then host Donna Martinez talks with Congressman-Elect Richard Hudson of the 8th district about his priorities once he’s sworn in next January. Hudson, a Republican who defeated Democratic incumbent Larry Kissell for the seat, explains his view on the “fiscal cliff” and talks about the need, and his desire, to find ways to work with Democrats including those in North Carolina’s delegation. Next is analysis of Gov. Beverly Perdue’s actions in the final several weeks of her administration. She has angered Republicans, most notably Senate Leader Phil Berger (R-Rockingham), over her move to lease the Dorothea Dix hospital property to the City of Raleigh despite the objections of Republicans, and over her move to rescind her own executive order that lays out the process for judicial replacements. Republicans say Perdue is taking the action so she can appoint a Democrat to the Supreme Court to replace retiring Justice Patricia Timmons-Goodson. Rick Martinez of NewsRadio680 WPTF in Raleigh and NCN News, joins Donna Martinez for the discussion. The two also talk about the plight of Rep. Walter Jones, who lost his seat on the House Financial Services Committee following his failure to support House Speaker John Boehner in key votes. Conversely, Rep. Renee Ellmers received a key appointment to the House Energy and Commerce committee and appears headed for an even more visible position among Republicans. That’s followed by a look at the legal settlement between NC State University and former First Lady Mary Easley. Rick Henderson of Carolina Journal assesses the deal with Donna Martinez – a deal which greatly increases Mrs. Easley’s state pension. And finally, CBS News Correspondent Pam Coulter reports on polling results that shows Americans’ views on the fiscal cliff negotiations in Washington D.C.
 
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Tuesday, 04 December 2012 16:22

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It’s finally over. This week Democratic incumbent Congressman Mike McIntyre prevailed in a recount of the 7th district congressional race, beating his Republican challenger, state Sen. David Rouzer, by 654 votes. Host Donna Martinez is joined by Rick Martinez of NCN News, SGRToday.com, and NewsRadio 680 WPTF to discuss the results, as well as Rep. Heath Shuler’s unexpected foray into lobbying, U.S. Kay Hagan’s confirmation that will seek re-election in 2014 and the Republicans who may challenge her. Martinez also provides an update on the investigation into a terrible car crash involving Forsyth County legislator Larry Womble, and the war of words between Gov. Perdue and state Sen. Leader Phil Berger over seating a successor to Supreme Court Justice Patricia Timmons-Goodson, who announced she will resign from office. Then Donna Martinez provides details plans for Gov.-Elect McCrory’s inauguration and public open houses, while Lt. Gov.-Elect Dan Forest talks about what’s ahead for him with Bill LuMaye of NewsRadio 680 WPTF in Raleigh. That’s followed by a conversation between SGRToday.com’s Barlow Herget and N.C. House Majority Leader Paul Stam of Wake County. The two discuss the GOP’s legislative priorities and plans for Republicans to choose legislative leaders. And finally, we hear from two former North Carolina governors – Republican Jim Holshouser and Democrat Jim Hunt – who have joined together to advocate for solutions to the nation’s so-called fiscal cliff scenario, and the growing $16-plus trillion in debt. 
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Tuesday, 04 December 2012 16:07

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It’s over. Democrat Linda Coleman has declined to seek a recount in her race for the Lt. Governor’s office against Republican Dan Forest. On Tuesday she conceded the race. You’ll hear her remarks, along with comments from the Lt. Governor-Elect, Dan Forest. Then host Donna Martinez is joined by Rick Martinez of NCN News, NewsRadio 680 WPTF in Raleigh, and SGRToday.com to discuss the still undecided race for the 7th district seat in the U.S. Congress. As the race goes to recount, Democratic incumbent Mike McIntyre leads his Republican challenger, state. Sen. David Rouzer by 655 votes. Rouzer says a previous counting glitch in Bladen County is part of the reason he’s seeking the recount. Rep. McIntyre’s campaign spokesman says it’s about Rouzer’s personal ambition. Martinez also explains inaugural plans announced by Gov.-Elect Pat McCrory and offers perspective on the likely working relationship between McCrory and legislative leaders Thom Tillis and Phil Berger. The discussion also includes news about Rep. Virginia Foxx, who was elected to a leadership position by the U.S. House Republican Conference. Then we hear comments from Gov.-Elect McCrory during a recent interview on the Fox News Channel. That’s followed by an in-depth look at the youth vote with Paul Conway of Generation Opportunity. While turnout among young voters was up over 2008, support for President Obama took an 11-point downward swing this cycle. Conway explains why. And finally, with Republican now firmly in control of North Carolina’s executive and legislative branches, Ran Coble of the North Carolina Center for Public Policy Research assesses the future for North Carolina Democrats and the challenges for Republicans, who may find there are differing views on policy within the party’s caucus. Coble also discusses the impact of the shift in political power on the lobbying industry. 
Last Updated on Tuesday, 04 December 2012 16:13
 
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Tuesday, 04 December 2012 15:59

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Gov.-Elect Pat McCrory has become a sought-after personality in Republican circles now that he has prevailed in his fight to turn the North Carolina governor’s chair from blue to red. On Veteran’s Day, McCrory appeared on the Fox News Network to discuss his campaign style and his desire to form a southeastern energy exploration coalition with governors Nikki Haley of South Carolina and Bob McDonnell of Virginia. So just how historic is the Republicans’ hold on power following the election? Dr. David McLennan of William Peace University joins host Donna Martinez to analyze the enormous power shift. They also discuss presidential election polling and the growing debate over whether the U.S. should scrap the Electoral College in favor of a simple majority vote. Next is a look at the power shift’s impact on the North Carolina General Assembly, where the GOP increased its already large margins over Democrats. Ran Coble of the North Carolina Center for Public Policy Research offers perspective on how each party will adapt to the changes and how the Democrats will fit in to a spot to which they’re unaccustomed. Coble also offers his view on the changing landscape for lobbyists, the potential future for vanquished Democratic gubernatorial candidate Walter Dalton, and the challenges facing the state Democratic Party. That’s followed by Martinez’s conversation with Rick Martinez of NCN News, NewsRadio 680 WPTF in Raleigh and SGRToday.com about speculation that’s already underway about the 2014 North Carolina Senate race – the Kay Hagan seat – and the 2016 gubernatorial landscape. 
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