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He’s made it official via a web video. American Idol star Clay Aiken says he will seek the Democratic nomination for the 2nd district seat in Congress – the seat now held by Republican Renee Ellmers. You’ll hear Aiken talk about his foray into politics and why he believes Ellmers should be replaced. Meantime, another Democrat may as well be in the race for governor. You’ll hear Attorney General Roy Cooper lament Republican leadership of North Carolina and ask North Carolinians to help take the state back. His comments come in a video that all but asks people to vote for him for governor. Host Donna Martinez gets reaction to both Aiken and Cooper from Democratic political consultant Thomas Mills, who says state Democrats are looking at a potential generation change of leadership within the party. Aiken’s candidacy is already drawing scrutiny from national websites. In this week’s edition of “On the Trail,” Carolina Journal Managing Editor Rick Henderson tells Martinez about a tweet Aiken made during the 2012 Republican National Convention that mocks the GOP for failing to attract more African-Americans. The two also discuss the latest endorsements in the U.S. Senate race and two key congressional races, as well as fundraising totals for some of the candidates – including N.C. Senate Leader Phil Berger, Republican of Rockingham County. 

 

Last Updated on Friday, 07 February 2014 10:11
 
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The money is pouring in to Sen. Kay Hagan’s re-election campaign. Matt Bales of the N.C. Free Enterprise Foundation tells host Donna Martinez the Democratic incumbent started the year with $6 million on hand. Bales delves into where the money is coming from, explains why contests in two North Carolina congressional districts could impact the Senate race, and looks at what he describes as the most entertaining race of the year. Then we hear from Sen. Hagan as she discusses her support for the Affordable Care Act and why she thinks ads being run against her by outside groups are unfair. Next, Martinez provides details on the latest court ruling that means the state’s 2014 elections will not be delayed as the redrawn maps are scrutinized. Democrats and their allies have argued the primary should be delayed until a ruling is reached. Then we turn to comments from Gov. Pat McCrory about the decision by the City of Charlotte not to seek to be the host city for the 2016 Republican National Convention. That’s followed by Martinez’s conversation with Carolina Journal Managing Editor Rick Henderson. In this week’s “On The Trail” segment, the two discuss the traffic jam that is the Republican primary field for the 6th District seat in Congress, fundraising totals in a Court of Appeals race, and why five Republican N.C. senators have been deemed vulnerable to defeat by Public Policy Polling. And finally, we turn to President Obama’s 2014 agenda as laid out in the recent State of the Union address. You’ll  hear the president challenge Republicans in Congress to work with him or sit on the sidelines while he advances his program by executive order. 
Last Updated on Friday, 31 January 2014 10:23
 
People in Politics January 25, 2014 PDF Print E-mail
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As he begins his second year in office, Gov. Pat McCrory stepped before the microphones and cameras to talk about his accomplishments and 2014 priorities. You’ll hear his comments on energy, transportation, and education, as well the 2014 focus for his wife, First Lady Ann McCrory. In this week’s “On The Trail” segment, Carolina Journal Managing Editor Rick Henderson tells host Donna Martinez that American Idol runner-up and Raleigh native Clay Aiken looks closer to a run for the Democratic Party nomination in the 2nd Congressional District. The two discuss the growing number of candidates in the race, the role of celebrity in politics, and how Aiken’s potential entry could thwart the Democrats’ efforts to elevate veteran business expert and former Perdue aide Keith Crisco, who’s also seeking the Democratic nomination to challenge Republican incumbent Renee Ellmers. The discussion continues with news about the latest entrants into the U.S. Senate race and the war of words already underway in a key legislative race, where state Senator Bob Rucho has called his Republican primary opponent a liberal Democrat. That’s followed by Martinez’s in-depth conversation with North Carolina Democratic Party Chairman Randy Voller, who tells Martinez about the party’s plans for 2014, why he believes Democrats will pick up seats in the legislature in the fall, why Sen. Kay Hagan can win re-election, and why he doesn’t mind it when the state Republican Party says NAACP Chairman Rev. William Barber is the defacto head of the Democratic Party.
 
 
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A veteran Democratic political strategist predicts the 2014 election season will be a wild one in North Carolina. Brad Crone laid out the political landscape for Don Curtis on a recent addition of Carolina Newsmakers. Crone talks about challenges facing state Democrats and why voters not affiliated with Democrats or Republicans will hold sway. Then we turn to President Obama’s challenge in 2014 as he tries to help Democrats up for re-election – including N.C. Sen. Kay Hagan. Ahead of the president’s visit to our state on Wednesday, NC State political science professor Andy Taylor offers perspective. Next is the very latest “On the Trail” as host Donna Martinez talks with Rick Henderson of Carolina Journal about how the Senate race is shaping up now that Kay Hagan has drawn a Democratic Party primary challenger as well as another Republican. Martinez and Henderson also talk about the tightening GOP primary race in the 7th District congressional race between New Hanover County Commissioner Woody White and former state Sen. David Rouzer. Former state GOP Chairman Tom Fetzer is now supporting White even though it was Rouzer who came within 650 votes of defeating Democrat Mike McIntyre  in 2012. That’s followed by Martinez’ conversation with Republican Party Chairman Claude Pope about the party’s 2014 plans. Pope comments on the U.S. Senate race and the ongoing “Moral Monday” protests against Republicans.
Last Updated on Thursday, 23 January 2014 10:09
 
People in Politics January 11, 2014 PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 10 January 2014 10:32

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This week Congressman Mike McIntyre called it quits, announcing he will not seek re-election to a 10th term serving North Carolina’s 7th District. The news about the Democrat has fundamentally shaken up the race for the seat that saw one of the closest races in the country in 2012. McIntyre beat Republican David Rouzer by just 650 votes. Host Donna Martinez is joined by Carolina Journal Managing Editor Rick Henderson to discuss what McIntyre’s decision means to the race. They also discuss the latest news from the campaign trail in other races for Congress and North Carolina’s U.S. Senate seat that’s now held by Democrat Kay Hagan. Then we turn to changes in North Carolina’s voter registration statistics. Bob Hall of Democracy North Carolina provides the news from his group’s analysis, which shows drops for Democrats and Republicans, and a surge in those registering as Unaffiliated. Then we hear concerns about the state’s pension/retirement fund from the State Employees Association of North Carolina. SEANC Director of Legislative Affairs Ardis Watkins explains to Martinez why the group has hired a specialist in retirement forensics to look at how the $80 billion-plus funds are being invested, the fees involved, and more. The group hopes to provide the results to the General Assembly when lawmakers reconvene in Raleigh in May. Watkins also discusses SEANC’s hopes that legislators provide state employees with a pay raise this year. That’s followed by comments about political division on Capitol Hill from 13th District Congressman George Holding. The Republican also discusses his view of the Affordable Care Act. And finally, former Democratic Congressman Bob Etheridge talks about his new job leading the state office of a federal agency that deals with farmers. 
Last Updated on Friday, 10 January 2014 10:33
 
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Friday, 03 January 2014 08:52

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As 2014 begins, a slate of changes in North Carolina’s election law take effect. While the requirement to show a photo I.D. to vote – which doesn’t begin until 2016 – has gotten all the media attention, there are many other provisions of the law. Host Donna Martinez talks about the changes with one of the key legislators who shepherded the law through the General Assembly, Rep. David Lewis, chairman of the N.C. House Elections Committee. Martinez and Lewis discuss changes in campaign donation limits, the order of candidates on the ballot, the elimination of public financing for judicial campaigns, and more. Then Martinez provides details of a new job for former 2nd District Congressman Bob Etheridge, an administrative law judge’s ruling that the McCrory administration improperly fired a state ALE agent, and the reason that national Democrats and Republicans are focusing so intently on Sen. Kay Hagan’s re-election bid, And finally, Martinez talks with Democrat Jason Thigpen about his quest for the Democratic nomination for the 3rd District seat in the Congress. Thigpen is a former Republican who last year switched parties and is now seeking to unseat incumbent Republican Walter Jones. 
 
Last Updated on Friday, 03 January 2014 10:04
 
People in Politics December 28, 2013 PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 27 December 2013 08:45

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The State Board of Elections has ordered a new election in the Town of Pembroke due to large numbers of problems and irregularities. Host Donna Martinez brings us the story, along with news of Republican legislative leaders getting outside legal help for the defense if the 2012 constitutional amendment that defined marriage as between one man and one woman, and Rep. Mel Watt’s impending resignation from his 12th District congressional seat. Then House Speaker Pro Tem Paul “Skip” Stam, R-Wake, tells Martinez why he believes legal challenges to the state’s new opportunity scholarships will pass legal muster. He also assesses the 2013 legislative session and discusses what may be ahead for controversial film tax credits offered by the state to the film and TV industry. Then Tom Jensen of Public Policy Polling sets the state for the 2014 election cycle with the latest data on how North Carolinians perceive Democrats and Republicans. He also tells Martinez why President Obama’s low approval rating could spell trouble for Democratic incumbent Sen. Kay Hagan, whose seat is up for election. 

 

Last Updated on Friday, 27 December 2013 10:31
 
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The 2014 election season is about to get underway in earnest. Tom Jensen of Public Policy Polling sets the stage for host Donna Martinez with a look at the latest polling data on the U.S. Senate race for the seat now held by Democrat Kay Hagan, key North Carolina congressional races, and the state legislature. Jensen explains why two men who won’t be on the ballot – President Obama and Gov. Pat McCrory – could impact who wins and who loses in 2014. Then we turn to early support for Senator Kay Hagan from the national group, Senate Majority PAC, which has been running a TV ad praising Hagan and calling out the man her team seems to think will secure the GOP nomination: House Speaker Thom Tillis. You’ll hear the Hagan ad, along with Tillis’ reaction that he’s happy to be targeted by Hagan and national Democrats. Next are comments from Gov. Pat McCrory, who assesses his first year in office and delivers a holiday message. That’s followed by Martinez’ conversation with Arthur Rich, a Republican seeking the GOP nomination for North Carolina’s 1st District seat in Congress. Democrat G.K. Butterfield currently holds that seat, but Rich tells Martinez why he thinks it’s time for new ideas and representation for eastern North Carolina. And finally, Martinez gets an update on the courtroom drama for “Moral Monday” protesters who were arrested and charged earlier in the year after refusing to disperse at the state legislature. Rick Henderson of Carolina Journal shares what’s taken place in the Wake County courtroom as the protesters’ cases have begun to make their way through the system. 
Last Updated on Friday, 20 December 2013 10:16
 
People in Politics December 14, 2013 PDF Print E-mail
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In a sign that North Carolina’s 2nd District congressional race could be a referendum on Tea Party incumbent Renee Ellmers, business analyst Frank Roche has announced he will challenge the two-term Republican for the GOP nomination for the seat. Host Donna Martinez talks with Roche about his run to the right of Ellmers and his views on key issues such as the federal budget and entitlement reform. Then we turn to the holiday season and efforts by the wife of Lt. Gov. Dan Forest – Alice Forest – to help families of North Carolina’s deployed military members. Martinez talks with Mrs. Forest about why she got involved, how North Carolinians can help, and what Christmas means to the Lt. Governor and his family. That’s followed by a look at the growing candidate field for North Carolina’s 6th District – a seat now held by retiring Republican Howard Coble. Carolina Journal Managing Editor Rick Henderson profiles the field for Martinez. He also provides an update on a lawsuit involving Democratic Attorney General Roy Cooper’s 2000 campaign committee, which is set for trial in April 2014. Cooper’s campaign is accused of defamation by the father of his Republican opponent, Dan Boyce, over a last-minute Cooper ad that allegedly defamed Boyce’s father, Gene, a well-known North Carolina attorney. Martinez and Henderson also discuss the resignation of Democratic state legislator Deb McManus of Chatham and Lee counties. McManus was arrested on allegations of embezzlement and quickly resigned her House seat. And finally, NC State political science professor Andy Taylor offers his view of the back-and-forth polling data on dissatisfaction with Republicans and Democrats alike. 
Last Updated on Monday, 16 December 2013 11:41
 
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The Republican National Committee has opened a Charlotte office to engage African-Americans in North Carolina. One of those in attendance at the opening was Salisbury physician Dr. Ada Fisher, North Carolina’s National Committee woman and the only black female elected by the GOP executive committee. Host Donna Martinez talks with Dr. Fisher about the challenge Republicans face in the effort, her beliefs as a Republican, how other African Americans react to her politics, and why she is engaged in an effort to educate Tar Heels about the history of African Americans and the Republican Party. Then we turn to the four lawsuits that have been filed against North Carolina’s election law reforms. Jeanette Doran of the North Carolina Institute for Constitutional Law tells Martinez why her group has created a special website to analyze the case documents and the legal issues involved. That’s followed by a look at the latest survey data from Public Policy Polling. Tom Jensen talks about North Carolinians’ views of the Republican majority in the legislature and the declining approval rating for the president in the wake of the failed rollout of the Affordable Care Act. And finally, Washington Examiner columnist Paul Bedard tells Martinez about new data that shows, despite claims to the contrary, Gov. Sarah Palin helped John McCain in his 2008 run for president.
 
Last Updated on Friday, 06 December 2013 09:50
 
People in Politics November 30, 2013 PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 02 December 2013 12:24

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On Thanksgiving weekend, host Donna Martinez revisits favorite interviews and comments from November. Public Policy Polling’s Jim Williams provides Martinez with an update on Sen. Kay Hagan’s polling numbers, which have dropped dramatically in the wake of the Affordable Care Act website problems. Then Martinez talks with Democrat Ken Spaulding, a Durham attorney, about his political aspirations. Spalding has announced he will seek the Democratic nomination for governor in 2016. Next are recent comments from MSNBC’s Chris Matthews about the potential impact on North Carolina of gubernatorial election results in Virginia and New Jersey. Matthews also offers his view of President Obama’s handling of the ObamaCare rollout. That’s followed by an update on John Edwards return to public life, this time as an attorney. Carolina Journal Managing Editor Rick Henderson tells Martinez about Edwards’ plans. And finally, we revisit Martinez’s recent conversations with two men who’ve announced they’re seeking the Republican nomination for the 6th District seat in the U.S. Congress. The seat is held by Republican Howard Coble, who recently announced he will not seek re-election. Martinez talks with Rockingham County District Attorney Phil Berger Jr. and High Point businessman Don Webb.
Last Updated on Monday, 02 December 2013 12:26
 
People in Politics November 23, 2013 PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 22 November 2013 08:51

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The race for North Carolina’s 6th District seat in Congress is getting crowded. Rockingham County District Attorney tells host Donna Martinez he will seek the GOP nomination for the seat current Rep. Howard Coble will vacate at the end of his term, and he discusses his views on fiscal and social issues. Then we turn to the re-emergence of John Edwards. Carolina Journal Managing Editor Rick Henderson tells Martinez about Edwards’ decision to get back into lawyering and what his daughter Cate says about any potential political future for her father. Martinez and Henderson also discuss the continuing political comments coming from Democratic Attorney General Roy Cooper, who appears to be setting the stage for a gubernatorial run, and legal problems for the High Point mayor. Next is a look at the plummeting approval numbers for President Obama. CBS’s John Dickerson digs into the data and what it could mean for the president. That’s followed by comments from 4th District Democratic Rep. David Price about issues with health insurance cancellations due to Affordable Care Act rules. Then you’ll hear the dueling ads already on the air in the race for the U.S. Senate seat now held by Democrat Kay Hagan. The Senate Majority PAC is airing a pro-Hagan ad, while Americans for Prosperity has produced an ad that questions Hagan’s votes. Next is Martinez’s conversation with Chad Adams, former Lee County Commissioner and Wilmington talk show host. Adams offers his view of the 2014 election cycle. And finally, we commemorate the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. You’ll hear the president talks with WGN sportscaster Vince Lloyd on opening day of the baseball season in April 1961. Martinez also reports on survey data about Americans’ views of JFK.
Last Updated on Friday, 22 November 2013 09:45
 
People in Politics November 16, 2013 PDF Print E-mail
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This week, a shift in the polling of the 2014 U.S. Senate race as problems with the rollout of the Affordable Care Act seems to have taken a toll on Democratic incumbent Kay Hagan. Host Donna Martinez gets the very latest survey data from Jim Williams of the Democratic polling firm Public Policy Polling. Williams discusses that Hagan’s lead over her potential GOP opponents has evaporated and that she, in fact, now trails Cary physician Greg Brannon. Williams also gives Martinez the latest numbers for Gov. Pat McCrory and the Republican-led legislature, which shows both are faring better with North Carolinians. Then we hear from Sen. Hagan about her concerns with the bungled rollout of the Affordable Care Act and what she’s doing to address it. So how are things shaping up in the race? Ran Coble of the North Carolina Center for Public Policy Research assesses the GOP field. It’s not just Sen. Hagan whose approval numbers have fallen. President Obama is suffering in the polls as well. CBS News Correspondent Pam Coulter looks into the data. Then Democratic political analyst Jeanne Bonds reacts to the dropping poll numbers for both Sen. Hagan and the president. Next is a look at the potential impact of recent gubernatorial races on North Carolina. People in Politics Correspondent Patrick Johnson talks with MSNBC anchor and author Chris Matthews about what could be ahead. Then we turn to the 2016 race for North Carolina governor. Martinez talks with Democrat Ken Spaulding of Durham about why he wants to take the state in a different direction. And finally, Martinez talks with one of the Republican candidates for the 6th District seat in Congress now held by Howard Coble, who is planning to retire. High Point businessman Don Webb tells Martinez why he wants the seat.
Last Updated on Friday, 15 November 2013 11:28
 
People in Politics November 9, 2013 PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 12 November 2013 08:52

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Slightly more than 14 percent of North Carolina’s registered voters cast ballots on Tuesday, electing mayors and council members, as well as deciding ballot questions. Carolina Journal Managing Editor Rick Henderson joins host Donna Martinez to analyze the mayoral results, in which some candidates breezed to victory while others endured nail-biters. Then we turn to the legacy of one of North Carolina’s most well known political strategists – Jack Hawke – who died this week at age 72 following a battle with cancer. One of his friends, former Republican Party chairman candidate Chad Adams, remembers Jack and discusses the long-lasting impact he made on North Carolina politics over five decades. Adams also assesses what’s ahead for North Carolina Republicans in 2014 and gives his view of the “Moral Monday” protests by Democrats and their advocacy groups. Then we turn to new polling data that shows both President Obama and Gov. Pat McCrory losing support among North Carolina voters. Francis DeLuca of the Civitas Institute shares with Martinez the results of questions about the president, the governor, the Affordable Care Act, and the direction of the country and the state. That’s followed by a look at the 2016 presidential race with MSNBC host and author Chris Matthews, who tells People in Politics correspondent Patrick Johnson that the Republicans have a decent chance of beating Hillary Clinton if they avoid a very conservative nominee. And finally, 11th District Congressman Mark Meadows lowers the hammer on Veterans Administration officials at a recent congressional hearing. Meadows tells the officials he expects efficient delivery of services to North Carolina veterans, not lavish spending on employee conferences. 
Last Updated on Tuesday, 12 November 2013 08:53
 
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Wednesday, 30 October 2013 11:22

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While Democrats and Republicans fight in court over whether North Carolina’s new requirement to show a photo I.D. to vote is constitutional, N.C. State political science professor Andy Taylor is expressing concerns over enforcement of the law, should it pass legal muster. Host Donna Martinez talks with Taylor about his concerns, as well as the role of Democratic Attorney General Roy Cooper in the voter I.D. story. Cooper has been vocal about his personal opposition to the law even though his office must defend the state in court. Then we hear comments from Gov. Pat McCrory in defense of the law. That’s followed by a look at a provision in the election reform law that has garnered few headlines. Martinez talks with Rick Henderson of Carolina Journal about the end of public financing for judicial elections in North Carolina, how North Carolina compares to other states when it comes to electing judges, and recent disciplinary action against former Mecklenburg County Judge Bill Belk, whose law license has been suspended for three years. Then Martinez provides a news update on national fundraising numbers for Democrats and Republicans, comments about President Obama’s opposition made by Benjamin Jealous of the national NAACP, and an African-American engagement office opened in Charlotte by the Republican National Committee. Next is a look at the results of two rankings of state legislators’ votes on business issues and environmental issues. And finally, conservative commentator and author Ann Coulter tells Talk Radio 850 WPTF talk show host Bill LuMaye her views about the rift inside the Republican Party.
 
Last Updated on Wednesday, 30 October 2013 11:23
 
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One of North Carolina’s most well known players in grassroots activism is making the move from policy to politics. Host Donna Martinez talks with Dallas Woodhouse about his new ventures following years in the trenches with Americans for Prosperity. The two also discuss the politics at play with the rollout of the Affordable Care Act enrollment and Woodhouse talks about his work with then-candidate Pat McCrory in opposing the government’s takeover of the health insurance/health care system. Woodhouse also reveals that a new independent documentary has profiled the political and policy rivalry between he and his brother, Brad, who for years worked for the Democratic National Committee. Then we turn to comments made by Gov. Pat McCrory while the guest of the Washington D.C. think tank, the Heritage Foundation. The governor talks about his view of the federal government’s lawsuit against North Carolina over election reforms passed by the legislature, his year vision for infrastructure, and the principles by which he governs. Next is a look at the incivility in politics with Rufus Edmisten, former Secretary of State and Attorney General of North Carolina. Edmisten tells Carolina Newsmakers host Don Curtis he’s fed up with the name-calling between the two political parties. That’s followed by perspective on the state’s tea party movement  from political consultant Doug Raymond. And finally, the political fight over gay marriage continues in North Carolina. Tami Fitzgerald of the N.C. Values Coalition reacts to the latest push by pro-gay marriage advocates to bypass North Carolina’s constitutional amendment which defines marriage as between one man and one woman.
 
 
Last Updated on Tuesday, 29 October 2013 09:36
 
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Tuesday, 22 October 2013 07:47

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Democratic Attorney General Roy Cooper finds himself at the center of a political dust-up over North Carolina’s voter I.D. law and the state’s constitutional amendment banning gay marriage. But some political analysts think Cooper’s vocal criticism of Gov. Pat McCrory and Republican legislators is an intentional move to jumpstart a campaign for governor. Host Donna Martinez talks about Cooper’s sudden public profile with Thomas Mills, Democratic political analyst, and Becki Gray, vice president for outreach for the John Locke Foundation. The trio also discuss the political dynamics of the partial federal government shutdown and why national Democrats are so intent on getting Sen. Kay Hagan re-elected, and why national Republicans think they can snag the seat away. Then we focus on the political controversy stirred up by a Buncombe County Register of Deeds who is opposed to North Carolina’s ban on gay marriage. This week the county official flouted the law by accepting marriage applications from same-sex couples and said he intends to seek an opinion from Attorney General Roy Cooper. Martinez gets reaction from Tami Fitzgerald of the North Carolina Values Coalition, the organization that led last year’s successful effort to define marriage in our state as solely between one man and one woman. Fitzgerald says the Buncombe County official is breaking the law and should be held accountable. Then we turn to comments from Gov. Pat McCrory about problems in the Health and Human Service department and negative media coverage of HHS Secretary Aldona Vos. The governor also explains the $750,000 early state appropriation to help state food banks that have experienced greater demand during the federal government shutdown. Then Martinez updates the Rielle Hunter story. This week, the mother of John Edwards’ young daughter wrote on a national blog that she’s sorry for the affair. Martinez also shares details about a key Republican state legislator who unexpectedly announced she will not seek re-election. And finally, People in Politics Special Correspondent Scott Briggaman talks with Dan Crawford of the progressive group, the North Carolina League of Conservation Voters, about the group’s legislative report, which gives many legislators very poor scores. 
Last Updated on Tuesday, 22 October 2013 07:49
 
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North Carolinians in 23 counties went to the polls this week to choose mayors, city council members, county commissioners, and school board members. Host Donna Martinez talks about statewide results with Carolina Journal Managing Editor Rick Henderson. The two also discuss the the N.C. GOP’s active interest in November’s Charlotte mayoral race, rumors that school boards around the state may start engaging in direct political advocacy, and the plethora of booze-related items on the November ballot. Then Martinez is joined by Matt Bales of the North Carolina Free Enterprise Foundation to hear the results of a confidential survey of lobbyists and business advocates who rated state legislators based on their friendliness, or unfriendliness, to business issues. That’s followed by a look at the emerging political presence of North Carolina’s Democratic Attorney General Roy Cooper, who recently blasted Republicans and Gov. Pat McCrory before a Buncombe County group of Democratic Party women, and comments from the governor about the need to hire outside legal counsel to defend the state against a federal lawsuit over election reform that Cooper opposes. Next is a look at campaign finance law as the U.S. Supreme Court considers hears arguments over political speech. Then we look at Sen. Kay Hagan’s falling approval numbers, and we visit the political showdown over federal government spending and the new health insurance law. You’ll hear comments from President Obama, U.S. House Speaker John Boehner, 5th District Republican Congresswoman Virginia Foxx, and 4th District Democratic Congressman David Price. 
Last Updated on Friday, 11 October 2013 09:04
 
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This week we have full coverage of the legal debate over North Carolina’s new voter I.D. law. On Monday, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder announced the Justice Department has filed a lawsuit against North Carolina, alleging the law intentionally discriminates against minorities and is designed to keep minorities from the polls. You’ll hear Holder’s stinging allegations. It didn’t take long for Gov. Pat McCrory to respond to Holder’s suit and comments. You’ll hear the governor’s defense of the law and his description of the federal lawsuit as “an overreach and without merit.” Others reacted swiftly to Holder’s allegations as well. You’ll hear comments from the North Carolina NAACP’s Rev. William Barber, who defended the suit and alleges a southern strategy of disenfranchising minority voters. That’s followed by comments from North Carolina Republican Party Chairman Claude Pope, who says the suit is a political stunt. Also at issue in the legal battle is whether or not North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper can be relied upon to defend the state against the feds. Cooper has openly opposed the election reforms passed by the legislature and signed by the governor, and he’s sounding more and more like a candidate for governor himself. In comments made earlier this year, Cooper says he and his office are professionals and can be counted on to perform their duties. Still, Gov. McCrory’s office has hired outside counsel to ensure the state has a vigorous defense. You’ll hear Gov. McCrory’s Chief Legal Counsel, Bob Stephens, explain his concerns and why he recommended that the governor hire outside assistance. So what have the courts said about voter I.D. laws? To find out, we revisit a February debate over the pros and cons of requiring a photo I.D. to vote. Panelists speaking in opposition to the idea are Bob Hall of Democracy North Carolina and Allison Riggs of the Southern Coalition for Social Justice. Speaking in favor of the requirement are John Fund of National Review and Hans van Spakovsky of the Heritage Foundation. And finally, the politics of government shutdown were on full display during the week in the nation’s capital. U.S. Senator Kay Hagan talks about the shutdown and the fight over spending. 
 
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Friday, 27 September 2013 09:30

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No-go, says Senate Leader Phil Berger of Rockingham County, who announced this week he will not seek the GOP nomination for the U.S. Senate seat now held by Democrat Kay Hagan. William Peace University political science professor David McLennan weighs in on Berger’s decision, how it impacts the race, and the prospects for the most well known of the GOP crop, House Speaker Thom Tillis of Mecklenburg County. Then host Donna Martinez gets additional reaction from Rick Henderson of Carolina Journal, who says he wasn’t surprised at all by the news. Martinez and Henderson also discuss the NC GOP’s call for an investigation into the liberal advocacy group Progress NC, an offer to Democrats and Republicans who want a free I.D. to vote, the discontent of some Republicans with Rep. Renee Ellmers of the 2nd District, and the popularity of 7th District Democrat Mike McIntyre. The two also share a laugh over a Twitter explosion related to the fashion style of 6th District Rep. Howard Coble and an off-microphone comment about his smoking habit by President Obama, and the amazing number of booze-related questions on the ballot across North Carolina this fall.  Then Martinez gets the latest polling data on election law reforms from Dr. Martin Kifer, director of the High Point University poll. Martinez also shares recent polling data from the Civitas Institute. That’s followed by perspective from Ran Coble of the N.C. Center for Public Policy Research about the prospects for the GOP to hold on to its newly acquired power in the future. Then Cate Edwards talks about her new job and her father, disgraced North Carolina Sen. John Edwards, and Duke University political science professor David Rhoade explains why Republicans don’t want compromise on Capitol Hill.
 
Last Updated on Friday, 27 September 2013 09:31
 
People in Politics September 21, 2013 PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 20 September 2013 07:57

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The Moral Monday protests by the North Carolina NAACP against the Republican-led General Assembly and governor have garnered lots of media attention for weeks. But this week the chairman of the state Republican Party called out the protesters – and the news media – for what he says is over-the-top rhetoric that unfairly taints the GOP. Host Donna Martinez talks with Claude Pope about his news conference in which he said the news media is failing to scrutinize the Left’s charges and accusatory rhetoric. Then Martinez talks with Tami Fitzgerald of the North Carolina Values Coalition about efforts by gay marriage supporters to challenge North Carolina’s marriage amendment, which was passed overwhelmingly by voters last year and which amends the state constitution to define marriage as solely between one man and one woman. Fitzgerald, whose group was key in the marriage amendment’s passage, discusses the legal challenge, as well as a separate effort by the Campaign For Southern Equality to find a North Carolina Register of Deeds willing to defy the law and issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Fitzgerald also analyzes the legislative session for its work on pro-family issues. Next are comments from Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan about her work with the Veterans Administration to cut the long backlog of disability claims in the Winston-Salem VA office. That’s followed by a conversation with former Johnston County state Sen. David Rouzer, who is seeking a rematch with 7th District Congressman Mike McIntyre. Martinez and Rouzer discuss his 654-vote loss last November, what he’s learned from coming so close but falling short, and why he thinks he has a good chance to unseat the popular Democrat. And finally, we look at the prevalence of political action committee (PAC) money in the 2011-2012 election cycle. Matt Bales, research director for the North Carolina Free Enterprise Foundation, breaks down the numbers for Martinez.
Last Updated on Friday, 20 September 2013 07:58
 
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Friday, 13 September 2013 09:04

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This week, an incredible twist in the story of adjudicated criminal wrongdoing by former Republican state legislator Stephen LaRoque of Kinston. He had been scheduled to be sentenced this week following convictions on charges that he used federal grant money to enrich himself and his family. But now, LaRoque’s attorney is seeking a new trial. Sarah Ovaska, investigative report for the progressive think tank N.C. Policy Watch, tells host Donna Martinez about jury misconduct that has led to the request, and the sentence LaRoque could face if a new trial is not granted. Then Stephanie Hawco tells Martinez about a new plum assignment for 11th District Rep. Mark Meadows, whom President Obama has appointed as a  representative to the United Nations. Hawco and Martinez also discuss the growing number of Republicans seeking the GOP nomination for a chance to oust Democrat Kay Hagan from her U.S. Senate seat next year. Then we hear comments about voter fraud in North Carolina from Jay Delancey of the Voter Integrity Project, and Lt. Gov. Dan Forest explains why he supported Gov. Pat McCrory’s veto of a bill that makes changes to the E-Verify system used by employers. That’s followed by Martinez’s conversation with Rockingham County District Attorney Phil Berger, Jr., who recently observed the pre-trial motions for accused 9/11 terrorist Khalid Sheikh Mohammed. Mohammed was educated in North Carolina and is being tried at Guantanamo Bay Cuba. Berger also talks about his political aspirations – he’s rumored to be interested in running for Congress in the 6th District – and the possible entry of his father, Senate Leader Phil Berger, into the race to challenge Sen. Kay Hagan. And finally, we hear some of President Obama’s comments about the possibility of U.S. military action in Syria, from the address he made Tuesday evening from the East Room of the White House. 
Last Updated on Friday, 13 September 2013 09:05
 
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Monday, 09 September 2013 10:14

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The state legislature overrides Gov. Pat McCrory’s concerns about two bills involving drug testing of Work First applicants and changes to the E-Verify system of verifying worker legality. We hear the governor’s reaction shortly after the North Carolina House voted to reject his veto and before the Senate chamber took its votes. One of the groups that stood with the governor is the North Carolina ACLU, which shared his concern about drug testing of welfare recipients. ACLU Legal Director Chris Brook explains the group’s support of the veto. Then host Donna Martinez talks with William Peace University political science professor Dr. David McLennan, who assesses the political implications for the players, while Democrat political consultant Thomas Mills gives Martinez the view of the Democratic Party on Gov. McCrory and the legislature. McLennan also weighs in on the presidential race, while Mills also discusses whether Democratic U.S. Senator Kay Hagan should invite President Obama to the state to support her re-election campaign. Then we hear an assessment of the legislative session from Ran Coble of the North Carolina Center for Public Policy Research. Next, Martinez provides an update on the fate of former Democratic state legislator Thomas Wright, who is serving prison time but could be released soon. And finally, 11th District Congressman Mark Meadows weighs in at a recent congressional hearing on identity fraud and the I.R.S. 
Last Updated on Monday, 09 September 2013 10:16
 
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Friday, 30 August 2013 10:52

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Fascinating politics will be at play on Tuesday, September 3rd when the General Assembly reconvenes to consider Gov. Pat McCrory’s vetoes of two bills the legislature passed by big majorities. One would require drug testing for Work First applicants. The other would change e-verify requirements for some seasonal workers. No doubt those who support the governor’s positions, and those who oppose them, are working behind the scenes to line up the votes necessary to either go along with the governor or override his concerns and let the bills become law. Gov. McCrory explained his vetoes in a recent web video. You’ll hear his comments, as well as those from Sarah Preston of the North Carolina ACLU. Host Donna Martinez talks with Preston about why her group is supporting the governor’s veto of the drug testing bill. Then Martinez gets political perspective on what’s at stake from William Peace University political science professor, Dr. David McLennan. The two also discuss a push in North Carolina to move up the state’s presidential primary. That’s followed by a look at the 2014 U.S. Senate race for the seat now held by Democrat Kay Hagan. NC State political science professor Andy Taylor gives Carolina Newsmakers host Don Curtis his thoughts on the dynamics of the race. Then Martinez looks back at the political debates that gained media attention during the legislative session with Becki Gray of the John Locke Foundation. Gray also offers insight into the heavyweights on both sides of the aisle who flexed muscle during the session. She also offers perspective on the dust-up over a new law that requires North Carolinians to present a photo I.D. to vote, beginning in 2016. Then 2nd District Congresswoman Renee Ellmers explains to Don Curtis her views on immigration reform, and Martinez gives an update on what former Gov. Beverly Perdue is doing this fall. And finally, we look at presidential history through newly released audio of then-President Gerald Ford testifying about the 1975 assassination attempt by Manson cult follower Lynette “Squeaky” Fromme. Fromme served 30 years for the crime and was released in 2009. 

Last Updated on Friday, 30 August 2013 10:53
 
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Wednesday, 21 August 2013 07:47

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Democrats and allied groups say the Republican-led General Assembly is taking the state down the wrong path. But conservatives say the legislature is simply making good on campaign promises that gave the GOP the majority, and that the relentless criticism is sour grapes from people who lost at the ballot box. Host Donna Martinez gets perspective from the Right with Becki Gray of the John Locke Foundation, who lays out why conservatives are buoyed by legislative actions. Then we turn to the 2014 race for the U.S. Senate seat now held by Democrat Kay Hagan. Senate Leader Phil Berger, Republican of Rockingham County, comments on whether he may seek the GOP nomination to challenge Hagan, as well as on voter I.D. legislation and education funding. Next are comments from Ferrell Guillory of UNC-Chapel Hill on the course charted by Republicans as welll as his view of the working relationship between Gov. Pat McCrory and the legislature. That’s followed by Martinez’s update on hot political news of the week, and a look at the prospects for Democrats and Republicans eyeing the 2016 presidential race. Those comments come from the Washington Examiner’s Paul Bedard.
 
 
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