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People in Politics February 6, 2016 PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 05 February 2016 06:58

The countdown to primary day has begun. With just five weeks until North Carolinians stream to the polls to cast ballots, the race for the U.S. Senate seat nominations has geared up. Host Donna Martinez talks with Democratic candidate Deborah Ross about her run for the party’s nomination, whether or not she will participate in televised debates, her background with the ACLU and her views on national security. Ross has been endorsed by the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee and faces Ernest Reeves, Kevin Griffin, and Chris Rey in the primary. Then we hear from key presidential candidates following the raucous Iowa caucuses. Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders wows his supporters following his razor thin  loss to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, while Clinton revs up her crowd after declaring victory. We also hear from the three key Republican finishers: winner Ted Cruz, senator from Texas, entrepreneur Donald Trump, who faded to second place, and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, who outperformed the polls and rode his strong finish out of Iowa and into New Hampshire. That’s followed by Martinez’ conversation with Catawba College Political Science Professor Michael Bitzer, who offers perspective on Iowa and what’s ahead as the candidates make their way to North Carolina.

 
People in Politics January 30, 2016 PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 28 January 2016 21:49

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Six weeks from the primary election, we continue our conversations with the men and women who want to oust Republican Sen. Richard Burr from his U.S. Senate seat. Host Donna Martinez talks with Dr. Greg Brannon about his views on issues and why he believes Republicans should give him the party’s nomination. The two discuss fiscal issues, national security, same-sex marriage, and abortion. Then we turn to campaign fundraising numbers as candidates face the deadline to report their cash hauls to the state. Martinez gets the numbers from Rick Henderson of Carolina Journal, who reports on Roy Cooper, Pat McCrory, Richard Burr, and Deborah Ross. That’s followed by the very latest polling data with Tom Jensen from Public Policy Polling. Jensen and Martinez look at the public’s view of the General Assembly and what it could portend for the November election in which Republicans are seeking to maintain their wide majorities in both chambers. Jensen also discusses the presidential race and the upcoming Iowa caucuses, the Trump trend, and why Hillary Clinton has her eyes set squarely on Nevada and South Carolina rather than Iowa and New Hampshire. And finally, Martinez updates the state’s election calendar with a reminder that absentee balloting by mail has begun.
Last Updated on Thursday, 04 February 2016 14:03
 
People in Politics January 23, 2016 PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 22 January 2016 09:22

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U.S. Sen. Richard Burr is favored for re-election in polling, but four Democrats, four Republicans, and one Libertarian want to oust the veteran from his seat. This week, host Donna Martinez continues her focus on the Senate primary candidates. She talks with Democrat Kevin Griffin about why he wants the seat, how his background as a Durham businessman impacts his view, his disagreements with Sen. Burr, and his overall view of the role of the government. Griffin’s primary opponents are former Wake County legislator Deborah Ross, Ernest Reeves, and Spring Lake Mayor Chris Rey. Then Martinez turns to the unpredictable race for president and North Carolina’s role as a battleground that could play a key factor in which candidates garner their party’s nomination. Catawba College political science professor Michael Bitzer talks with Martinez about the rise of socialist Bernie Sanders on the Democratic side, and the Donald Trump v. Ted Cruz match-up on the Republican side. He also makes a prediction on the likely nominees, if the election were held today.
Last Updated on Thursday, 04 February 2016 14:03
 
People in Politics January 16, 2016 PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 15 January 2016 06:53

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With just eight weeks remaining until primary election day, we focus on the wide field in the race for the U.S. Senate – the seat now held by Republican incumbent Richard Burr. Host Donna Martinez is joined by Democrat Chris Rey and by Republican Larry Holmquist to discuss why they want to oust Burr, their views on key issues, and the challenge of winning a statewide contest. Rey, the mayor of Spring Lake, is one of four Democrats seeking his party’s nomination. The others are Deborah Ross, Kevin Griffin, and Ernest Reeves. Holmquist join Burr, Greg Brannon, and Paul Wright on the March 15 primary ballot. Then we turn to two stories that broke during the week. In our weekly “From the Campaign Trail” segment, Carolina Journal Managing Editor Rick Henderson talks with Martinez about a State Bar complaint filed against Attorney General Roy Cooper related to an early campaign for Attorney General, and he explains why the U.S. Department of Energy is looking at a 2009 stimulus grant received by former U.S. Senator Kay Hagan and her family. Finally, Martinez gets an update on why the state NAACP is calling out the Board of Elections for its voter education campaign about the new state requirement to show a photo I.D. to vote.
 
Last Updated on Tuesday, 26 January 2016 13:47
 
People in Politics January 9, 2016 PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 08 January 2016 06:54

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This week, a bipartisan political powerhouse gathered for the official kickoff of the campaign to convince voters to approve a $2 billion infrastructure bond that will appear on the March 15 primary ballot. You’ll hear Gov. Pat McCrory explain what’s in the bond and the fiscal implications for the state, Republican House Speaker Tim Moore of Cleveland County talk about the bipartisan nature of the bond, and Democratic Senate Minority Leader Dan Blue of Wake County discuss the impact of the projects on distressed areas. But not everyone thinks taking on bond debt is a good idea. While the pro-bond campaign got underway, a group of grassroots conservative activists set up shop online to encourage North Carolinians to vote no. Host Donna Martinez talks to the organizer of the anti-bond campaign, Nicole Revels. The two discuss the petition Revels is spearheading and the uphill battle the activists face in communicating their message statewide. The bond wasn’t the only subject that dominated the week’s political talk. President Obama injected gun control into the presidential race with executive actions that will tighten the rules on who can sell and own a gun. You’ll hear the president’s rebuke of politicians who oppose his move. In North Carolina, the president’s action has already impacted the U.S. Senate race. Martinez gets the details about Democratic Senate candidate Chris Rey’s reaction to the president from Carolina Journal Managing Editor Rick Henderson. The two also discuss the broader implications of gun control on politics and elections, as well as a North Carolina visit from Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio, and a new appointment to the state Board of Elections.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 26 January 2016 13:47
 
People in Politics December 26, 2015 PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 05 January 2016 08:24

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On this Christmas holiday weekend, we take a look at North Carolina's political past and at its political future. You'll  hear host Donna Martinez' recent conversation with former North Carolina Gov. Jim Martin, the first Republican in our state's history to hold the top job for two terms in a state dominated for many decades by Democrats. Martin tells Martinez about his political rise from a Mecklenburg County commissioner to U.S. Congressman and then to governor. They discuss his legacy, his approach to working with Democrats, and his impact on the rise of the GOP in North Carolina, where many of Martin's deputies now hold top positions in state politics and government. After looking at a key player in the state's political history, Martinez charts the 2016 election cycle with Tom Jensen of the Democratic polling firm Public Policy Polling. Jensen delves into his firm's latest data of North Carolina voters, who give incumbent Gov. Pat McCrory the edge over key Democratic rival Roy Cooper, the sitting Attorney General, in a race being watched by the nation. Jensen also discusses the Democratic Party's effort to unseat Republican U.S. Senator Richard Burr, as well as the unusual race for president in a cycle that is very friendly to
outsiders and very unfriendly to experienced politicians.

 

Last Updated on Tuesday, 26 January 2016 13:45
 
People in Politics January 2, 2016 PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 30 December 2015 10:46

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As we say goodbye to 2015, political analysts are eyeing the impact of actions by the Republican majority in the General Assembly on the 2016 election cycle, and the subsequent messaging by state Republicans and Democrats as each party seeks to spin 2015 to their benefit. Host Donna Martinez delves into the tug-of-war and its political implications at the ballot box with Rick Henderson of Carolina Journal. The two also discuss the latest from the campaign trail, where key primary matchups have emerged in legislative seats held by retiring Sens. Tom Apodaca (District 48) and Fletcher Hartsell (District 36) and in House District 36, where Republican incumbent Nelson Dollar has drawn a primary challenger. With roughly one-third of legislative races having only one candidate, Martinez and Henderson talk about whether the lack of competition should be a concern. Then Martinez continues her conversations with candidates seeking to become the state’s next Treasurer. Democratic incumbent Janet Cowell is retiring, leaving Democrats trying to defend the seat and Republicans seeking to gain a seat on the Council of State, where Democrats remain dominant. Martinez has already spoken with Democratic candidate Ron Elmer, who faces fellow Democrat Dan Blue III in the March primary. This week she talks with the lone Republican in the race: former Forsyth County legislator Dale Folwell, who recently resigned his position with the state Department of Commerce. The two discuss why Folwell is running and how his background as a legislator, local school board member, and McCrory administration official may guide him as Treasurer.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 26 January 2016 13:46
 
People in Politics December 19, 2015 PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 18 December 2015 07:00

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It’s lawsuit time again. Three progressive advocacy groups have filed a lawsuit that claims North Carolina is not properly administering federal law when it comes to giving North Carolinians an opportunity to register to vote. The suit joins the pile of legal actions in the works in the wake of North Carolina’s changes to election law. In this week’s edition of “From the Trail,” host Donna Martinez gets the details of the suit from Carolina Journal Managing Editor Rick Henderson, who says the new allegations could have legs as the state heads into the 2016 election season. The two also discuss Democrat Roy Cooper’s big endorsement from the state’s teacher union in his race to unseat Gov. Pat McCrory. The endorsement from the NCAE comes as the organization is once again under the legislative spotlight. The Lt. Governor’s race is getting crowded, as is the U.S. Senate race. Martinez and Henderson take a look at the group of Democrats vying for the party’s nomination to take on Republican incumbent Dan Forest, and at the field seeking to oust Republican Sen. Richard Burr. Then Martinez talks with Democratic pollster Tom Jensen, director of Public Policy Polling. The group’s latest polling data shows Gov. Pat McCrory up by two over main Democratic rival Roy Cooper. Jensen says the data shows the race continues to be very tight with McCrory having the slight edge. Jensen also delves into new numbers on the presidential race as Republican Donald Trump continues to dominate the GOP field, but with a clear top tier having emerged.
Last Updated on Thursday, 21 January 2016 12:40
 
People in Politics December 12, 2015 PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 11 December 2015 07:07

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The national debate over terrorism and gun control comes home to North Carolina. President Obama addressed the nation from the Oval Office Sunday evening, laying out his administration’s efforts to fight ISIS and his view that gun control efforts must be part of the fight. On Monday, Gov. Pat McCrory took to the airwaves to respond to the president, saying he failed to address the role of governors and local officials in the fight and calling on the president for more communication. You’ll hear some of what both men had to say. By Wednesday, the governor was back in the news that put him squarely in the political spotlight when a fellow Republican filed to challenge McCrory in the March primary election. Former Mooresville state legislator Robert Brawley, who lost his bed for re-election in 2014, said he would focus on education and transportation. In our weekly “From the Campaign Trail” segment, host Donna Martinez gets reaction to the GOP challenge to McCrory from Carolina Journal Managing Editor Rick Henderson. The two also discuss what Democratic gubernatorial candidate Roy Cooper had to say about guns and gun control and how terrorism and national security may turn the focus of the race from jobs and the economy to terrorism and guns. The two also discuss congressional politics and the big endorsement given by a national economics group to Jim Duncan, a Republican challenger to incumbent 2nd District Congresswoman Renee Ellmers. In statewide races, Martinez and Henderson focus on the open seat for state Treasurer. As of press time, three candidates had filed for the seat: two Democrats (DanBlue III and Ron Elmer) and 1 Republican (Dale Folwell). Them Martinez goes in-depth with Wake County Democrat Ron Elmer about why he wants the job, his qualifications, and the key changes he would make to the state’s money management strategy.

Last Updated on Thursday, 21 January 2016 12:39
 
People in Politics December 5, 2015 PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 04 December 2015 07:20

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It was a huge week in North Carolina politics as candidate announcements and filing rolled in as the official filing period got underway. You’ll hear Gov. Pat McCrory officially declare his intention to seek a second term as the state’s chief executive. So far, McCrory hasn’t drawn a primary challenger. On the Democratic side of the ledger, two candidates are already saying they’re in. You’ll hear part of the official announcement, made several weeks ago, by Attorney General Roy Cooper, as well as part of a conversation host Donna Martinez had earlier this year with Democratic gubernatorial candidate Ken Spaulding. Then, in this week’s edition of “On The Trail,” Martinez gets perspective on the gubernatorial race from Carolina Journal Managing Editor Rick Henderson. He talks about the Cooper-Spaulding matchup as well as the filings so far in the U.S. Senate race where Richard Burr is seeking another term. The two also discuss the announcement made by the NC NAACP about a new push to register voters ahead of the 2016 election and another retirement announcement from a North Carolina Senate heavyweight: Sen. Tom Apodaca. Then Martinez begins a focus on judicial candidate races. She talks with incumbent Court of Appeals Judge Valerie Zachary about why she’s running for a full term on the state’s second highest court. Zachary was appointed earlier this year to the seat of retiring Judge Sanford Steelman. She talks about her background, her philosophy, and the challenge of campaigning for a statewide seat. So far, Zachary and two others have filed for the seat she now holds. Abe Jones and Rickey McKoy-Mitchell are also in the race.
Last Updated on Thursday, 21 January 2016 12:39
 
People in Politics November 28, 2015 PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 25 November 2015 09:48

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The race for governor takes center stage this week. Democratic Attorney General Roy Cooper tells Gov. Pat McCrory “no” to the governor’s request that the AG join South Carolina in filing a friend of the court brief to oppose the Obama administration’s effort to force a Virginia school system to open opposite-sex bathrooms and locker rooms to a transgendered student. And that wasn’t all. In this week’s installment of “From the Campaign Trail,” host Donna Martinez talks with Carolina Journal Managing Editor Rick Henderson about the Cooper campaign’s retort to the governor, calling him a “bully.” The exchange comes as Cooper’s Democratic rival, former legislator Ken Spaulding, continues to call for debates with Cooper – something the Cooper campaign has yet to agree to. And it comes as a former Republican legislators – Robert Brawley – hints he may jump into the GOP primary for governor. Martinez and Henderson also discuss the resignation of state board of election chairman Josh Howard, the impending kickoff of Lt. Gov. Dan Forest’s re-election effort in a race likely to see him once again face Democrat Linda Coleman, and the latest in the legal battle by Democrats and allied groups to have a court throw out the current election maps. That’s followed by Martinez’ conversation with Alamance County pediatrician Dr. Rosemary Stein, who is seeking the GOP’s nomination for Superintendent of Public Instruction – the post now held by Democrat June Atkinson. Dr. Stein talks about the nexus between her relationship with her patients and their parents, and her desire to help educate young children, as well as the ongoing challenge posed by the high number of recent high school graduates who require remedial courses when enrolling in a North Carolina Community College.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 02 December 2015 17:20
 
People in Politics November 21, 2015 PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 20 November 2015 07:08

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Prison bound: Once one of North Carolina’s most potent forces at the General Assembly, Dana Cope is now heading to prison. The former head of the State Employees Association of North Carolina (SEANC) faced Superior Court Judge Donald Stephens this week, telling the judge he is a thief. Cope pleaded guilty to felonies – essentially stealing more than $500,000 from the organization he led for more than a decade. You’ll hear Cope’s words to the judge and what the judge says to him as he sentenced Cope to between five and seven years in prison. Then host Donna Martinez discusses Cope’s lobbying legacy with Carolina Journal Managing Editor Rick Henderson. The two also discuss SEANC’s political involvement through its political arm and how Cope’s prison sentence may impact the role SEANC plays in the 2016 election cycle. Then we turn to the surprise political story of the week: the political debate over whether Syrian refugees should be allowed to continue entering North Carolina. You’ll hear Gov. Pat McCrory discuss his request to President Obama that no more refugees be sent to North Carolina until the backgrounds/vetting of the refugees can be improved to ensure they are, indeed, refugees and are not a threat to safety. The debate comes in the wake of the ISIS terrorist attack on Paris, where law enforcement officials say the terrorist ring leader posed as a refugee to enter Europe.  You’ll also hear North Carolina Congressman Richard Hudson discuss his bill to halt the flow. That’s followed by President Obama’s comments in opposition to the effort to stop the influx of refugees. The president said those who support a pause are afraid of widows and orphans. Also opposing the pause is 4th District Congressman David Price, who explains the vetting process. Then Rick Henderson rejoins Martinez to discuss the refugee debate, which was one of the subjects aired at a legislative committee meeting this week. State lawmakers endorsed the governor’s position. Henderson also provides an update on the committee discussion about a prison maintenance contract held by a donor to the governor and whether or not the contract extension was proper. The two also discuss the latest candidate news, where things are heating up in the 6th and 7th congressional district. New 6th District Rep. Mark Walker is facing a primary challenge, and the same fate could be waiting for 7th District Rep. David Rouzer.
 
Last Updated on Tuesday, 24 November 2015 17:15
 
People in Politics November 14, 2015 PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 18 November 2015 14:11

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Friends and colleagues filled a Greensboro church this week to say goodbye to the longest-serving member of North Carolina’s congressional delegation: Howard Coble. The 84-year-old succumbed to skin cancer after retiring from the seat he held for three decades. You’ll hear Gov. Pat McCrory eulogize his friend and mentor and tell the story of Congressman Coble’s recent visit to the Executive Mansion in Raleigh. Then we turn to the 2016 election season and the state’s impending requirement that voters show a photo identification to vote. The state Board of Elections has produced a 1-minute commercial that reminds voters of the new law. You’ll hear the commercial, followed by a discussion between host Donna Martinez and Carolina Journal Managing Editor Rick Henderson about the legal challenge to the law and the exceptions built in to ensure that anyone who wants to vote has adequate opportunity to obtain an I.D. at no charge. The two also discuss the rash of retirement announcements from members of the General Assembly, including two major powerbrokers: Mecklenburg Sen. Bob Rucho and Wake County Rep. Paul “Skip” Stam. News also broke this week about an appointment to the North Carolina House that will see a 25-year-old become the youngest member of the legislature. Kyle Hall will replace Rep. Bryan Holloway in the House District 91 seat. And finally, as another presidential debate sets viewing records for the host network, Martinez looks at the impact of debates on voters’ views in an interview with Elon University Political Science Professor Ken Fernandez. The two also delve into the limitations of polling at this point in an election cycle.

 

 

 

Last Updated on Thursday, 19 November 2015 06:42
 
People in Politics November 7, 2015 PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 09 November 2015 06:24

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Sad news from the political world this week as we learned of the death of veteran North Carolina Congressman Howard Coble after a battle with skin cancer. You’ll hear Coble’s comments to C-SPAN one year ago as he contemplated his retirement from 30 years of service to North Carolina’s 6th congressional district. You’ll also learn of reaction from his colleague, Congresswoman Virginia Foxx, as well as Gov. Pat McCrory and Senate Leader Phil Berger. Then host Donna Martinez discusses Coble’s legacy with Carolina Journal Managing Editor Rick Henderson. The two also discuss the municipal election results, which saw several incumbent mayors re-elected and one incumbent defeated. Henderson also delves into Gov. McCrory’s week, which included the dismissal of a complaint from a liberal advocacy group by the state Ethics Commission and new questions about the governor’s actions as it relates to a political donor. Then Martinez talks with former Gov. Jim Martin, who will be honored this coming weekend by the state Republican Party. The two discuss his years as governor and his political beginnings.

 

Last Updated on Wednesday, 11 November 2015 16:31
 
People in Politics October 31, 2015 PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 30 October 2015 05:50

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The countdown to Election Day has begun as we are just one year away from electing a president, governor, General Assembly, and more. Tom Jensen of Public Policy Polling delves into his firm’s latest polling data with host Donna Martinez. The two discuss the race between incumbent Republican Gov. Pat McCrory and his presumed Democratic opponent, Attorney General Roy Cooper. Jensen assesses the dynamics of the political environment, predicting that if the race were held today, Gov. McCrory would be re-elected in a tight race. Jensen also details the latest numbers in the presidential race, including Democrat Hillary Clinton’s rising numbers with Democrats following Vice President Joe Biden’s announcement that he will not jump into the race. On the Republican side of the presidential race, the candidates took to the national debate state this week. Political analyst Doug Raymond assesses the winners and losers. Next we look at Gov. Pat McCrory’s signing of a bill that allows sanctuary cities in North Carolina. You’ll hear the governor talk about the law, and we’ll look at the political implications with Carolina Journal Managing Editor Rick Henderson. Martinez and Henderson also discuss the boost Roy Cooper has received from former state legislator Gene McLaurin of Rowan County, who says he will forgo running for a seat himself in order to help Cooper’s gubernatorial campaign. And we look at new developments in the congressional races in Districts 2 and 6, where Republican incumbents Renee Ellmers and Mark Walker face primary challenges from fellow Republicans who say the incumbents have not kept their word to voters.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 11 November 2015 16:30
 
People in Politics October 24, 2015 PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 29 October 2015 05:50

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With the official candidate filing season just one month away, candidates are beginning to jump into the races. Host Donna Martinez talks with Carolina Journal Managing Editor Rick Henderson about a third Democrat who wants to challenge Sen. Richard Burr as well as contenders for Insurance Commissioner and Secretary of State. The two also discuss new data on the presidential race and who is getting support from state Tea Party activists. Then we hear from Gov. Pat McCrory as he signed a bill to protect newborn babies. Then Martinez talks with Lt. Gov. Dan Forest about the state's infrastructure bond that will appear on the March primary ballot and about his reasons for seeking re-election.
 
Last Updated on Wednesday, 18 November 2015 14:11
 
People in Politics October 17, 2015 PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 16 October 2015 06:22

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He’s been talking like a candidate. He’s been acting like a candidate. And he’s been treated by the media like a candidate. And now, Democratic Attorney General Roy Cooper IS a candidate for governor. You’ll hear how it sounded when he make his announcement in Nash County to family, friends, and Democratic Party supporters. Host Donna Martinez assesses the Cooper candidacy with Democratic political consultant Thomas Mills, who says Democrats will have no problem finding things to criticize about the administration of current Gov. Pat McCrory. While Cooper snagged the media attention this week, another Democrat says he, not Cooper, is the best representative of the people. Former state legislator Ken Spaulding calls Cooper the hand-picked candidate of the Democratic Party establishment. He talks to Martinez about why he’s running and what he thinks is wrong with the current path of the state. The man both Cooper and Spaulding hope to unseat was busy this week talking about improvements to the Department of Motor Vehicles and the bond referendum he hopes voters will approve in March. You’ll hear Gov. McCrory in an interview with Brian Freeman of News Radio 680 WPTF in Raleigh. That’s followed by a look at a surprising announcement by state Treasurer Janet Cowell, who announced this week that she won’t seek re-election to the statewide elected office. Carolina Journal Managing Editor Rick Henderson talks with Martinez about the people who are already being discussed as possible candidates for the seat that will be open territory for both sides of the aisle. The two also discuss news that former Wake County Democratic legislator Deborah Ross will seek her party’s nomination for the U.S. Senate seat now held by Republican Sen. Richard Burr. She joins Spring Lake Mayor Chris Rey in the race. And finally, Henderson details several of the state legislators who have announced they are bowing out of the General Assembly, including veteran Johnston County Republican Leo Daughtry.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 11 November 2015 16:29
 
People in Politics October 10, 2015 PDF Print E-mail
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This week, municipal elections in a dozen or so cities across the state produce low turnout but impact – including the ousting of Democratic incumbent Mayor Dan Clodfelter. Host Donna Martinez talks about the Democratic primary shakeup that pushed Clodfelter out with Carolina Journal Managing Editor Rick Henderson. The two look at the victor, Jennifer Roberts, and at speculation about Clodfelter’s future. Then we discuss the re-election to a third term for Raleigh Mayor Nancy McFarlane and the 80-plus percentage primary victory by Durham’s Mayor, Bill Bell. Then Martinez talks with former North Carolina Gov. Jim Martin, who served as the state’s CEO from 1985 to 1993 and who is credited for his ability to advance the state in education and transportation by working across the political aisle with legislative Democrats. Martinez also chats with the governor about his impact on some of today’s Republican Party leaders and his work to achieve down-ballot Republican victories for states that had been dominated by Democrats for years.

 

Last Updated on Friday, 16 October 2015 05:30
 
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Friday, 02 October 2015 06:27

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They’re done! This week the General Assembly completed its work for the “long” legislative session, with election law changes topping the list of bills addressed in the final hours. Chief among them is the provision that moves all North Carolina primaries up from May to March 15, 2016 in an effort to make the state more of player in the selection of presidential candidates while saving money required to have two separate primaries. But just as media coverage was given to a change in campaign finance law that authorizes the creation of party affiliate committees, which led to a debate between establishment and grassroots Republicans. You’ll hear from the players involved in the debate following their successful negotiation over this new vehicle for candidate support. The news conference includes House Speaker Tim Moore, Senate Leader Phil Berger, Republican Party Chairman Hasan Harnett, and his new Executive Director Dallas Woodhouse. Then host Donna Martinez gets perspective on the debate from Carolina Journal Managing Editor Rick Henderson, who describes the tug-of-war between the two GOP party factions. The two also discuss the future of 10th District Congressman Patrick McHenry who is seeking to move up the leadership ladder in Congress in the wake of the departure announcement of House Speaker John Boehner. McHenry is currently Chief Deputy Whip. Henderson also talks about the potential impact on other members of North Carolina’s congressional delegation who were close to Boehner. Then we dig into the latest polling data. Martinez is joined by Elon University Poll Director Dr. Kenneth Fernandez, who delves into data on the presidential and gubernatorial races.
Last Updated on Thursday, 15 October 2015 16:24
 
People in Politics September 26, 2015 PDF Print E-mail
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He’s risen to Chief Deputy Whip of the U.S. House of Representatives, making 10th District Congressman Patrick McHenry one of the most influential Republicans on Capitol Hill. Host Donna Martinez sits down with Rep. McHenry to discuss his role in Congress, the divided GOP, presidential politics, and his views on key issues. Then we turn our attention to the election cycle. Democratic state Sen. Josh Stein says he want to be the next North Carolina Attorney General and Spring Lake Mayor Chris Rey wants to the next U.S. senator. Martinez talks with Carolina Journal Managing Editor Rick Henderson about the prospects for Democrats in the Senate race and statewide races. That’s followed by Martinez’ discussion with Dallas Woodhouse of Carolina Rising about his view of the legislative session and what it means for the campaign trail heading into 2016.
 
People in Politics September 19, 2015 PDF Print E-mail
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Should Hillary Clinton be concerned about Bernie Sanders? Just days ago, the Vermont senator and self-described socialist brought his message of income inequality and more government support to Greensboro to a standing-room-only crowd of more than 5,000 at the Greensboro Coliseum. You’ll hear some of his comments. Then host Donna Martinez talks with Democratic political consultant Thomas Mills about the Sanders phenomenon, and why he believes Sanders’ popularity has similarities to the popularity of Donald Trump with Republicans. Mills also has some candid advice for the Clinton campaign. Then we turn to the politics of the state budget – who won and who lost the political fight over funding and programs. Martinez gets perspective from Rick Henderson of Carolina Journal on what it could mean to the 2016 election cycle for both Republicans and Democrats. And finally, it was a huge week for Republican presidential candidates, all of whom have their eyes on North Carolina. In particular, Carly Fiorina, Donald Trump, and Marco Rubio made an impact. You’ll hear some of the exchanges that occurred between the candidates who debated before a massive viewership of nearly 23 million on CNN.
 
Last Updated on Wednesday, 23 September 2015 17:16
 
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Friday, 11 September 2015 05:54

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This week, Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush chose North Carolina for a policy speech on the economy and taxes in an effort to jumpstart a campaign that has been outshined by entrepreneur Donald Trump. You’ll hear Bush’s comments about helping the middle class in remarks made before supporters in Garner. Then host Donna Martinez talks the managing editor of a newspaper that covered the Bush speech. Rick Henderson of Carolina Journal describes the dynamics of the room, as seen by his reporters, and the tug-of-war between Bush and Trump. The two also discuss the upcoming visit to Greensboro by Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, a self-described socialist who has been drawing thousands of supporters to his rallies and who now leads Hillary Clinton in the critical state of Iowa. Martinez also finds out about a familiar name who’s landed a job with a member of North Carolina’s congressional delegation and the two discuss the growing list of Democrats seeking the party’s nomination to challenge Republican Lt. Gov. Dan Forest for the #2 job in our state. Henderson also comments on potential ethical problems for two congressmen. Then Martinez talks with former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour about his new book, “America’s Great Storm,” which chronicles the devastation of Hurricane Katrina on Barbour’s state and the efforts to rebuild from the disaster. That’s followed by NC State professor Andy Taylor, who comments on the key states in the 2016 presidential cycle. Finally, Martinez provides the latest voter registration statistics for North Carolina, which show Democrats continuing to dominate registration.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 16 September 2015 12:38
 
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Tuesday, 08 September 2015 13:04

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The court battle continues. This week, the North Carolina Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the case of the state’s election maps, which were redrawn by Republicans in 2011. The high court previously ruled the maps were legal, but a ruling from the nation’s highest court advised North Carolina to reconsider its maps case in light of the Supreme Court’s opinion in an Alabama case. Carolina Journal Managing Editor Rick Henderson tells host Donna Martinez about the issues being litigated and the potential impact if the court were to rule in favor of the opponents of the maps. The two also discuss the legislature’s wavering this week on exactly how many primary races should appear on the ballot in March 2016. The presidential primary had been headed for a March 15 ballot, but some lawmakers want to save money by putting all the primaries on the March ballot, rather than in May. Henderson also gives Martinez the latest details in the continuing problems for Rep. Robert Pittenger of North Carolina’s 9th congressional district. Pittenger has now drawn a primary challenger. Then we turn to comments made by Gov. Pat McCrory about working with legislators on the state budget, comments made during a media briefing this week. That’s followed by Martinez’s discussion with Don van der vaart, secretary of the state’s Department of Environment and Natural Resources, about the battle between the Obama administration’s EPA and many states, including North Carolina, over who controls waters and streams. Next is a talk with a senior North Carolina advisor to Republican Jeb Bush’s presidential campaign. Jonathan Felts tells Martinez why Bush will be, in his estimation, the nominee of the Republican Party. And finally, NC State Professor Andy Taylor talks about North Carolina’s influence as a battleground state, and the changing role and power of the state’s two major political parties.

 
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This week, the fight over North Carolina’s new law to require a photo I.D. to vote was back in court. Host Donna Martinez gets the details from Carolina Journal Managing Editor Rick Henderson, who is following the multiple cases filed against the election law change that opponents say is discriminatory. This week’s case was before a state judge and focused solely on whether recent legislative changes to the I.D. law make the detractors’ case moot. Then we hear about the national story that spurred North Carolina Republican Party Chairman Hasan Harnett to rebut scuttlebutt that the party is considering forcing GOP candidates to commit to supporting the eventual presidential nominee in order to gain access to the state’s primary ballot. That’s followed by comments from State Rep. Dean Arp about one of the most hotly debated political issues of the General Assembly session: whether voters will be able to cast a ballot for or against infrastructure bonds. Arp explains a compromise with the governor that is being considered by legislative leaders. Then we hear from Gov. McCrory as he shares his personal memories of being a student teacher at a Rowan County high school. His message was released to honor teachers heading back to school for the new year. Then Martinez gets the latest polling data on the presidential contenders from Tom Jensen of Public Policy Polling. The two discuss the slate of Republican candidates, where Donald Trump has the lead in North Carolina, and the growing challenges for Democratic Party frontrunner Hillary Clinton.
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Thursday, 20 August 2015 13:15

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This week former state legislator Stephen LaRoque entered a federal prison in Butner. The Kinston Republican received a prison sentence for his misdeeds related to use of federal taxpayer dollars meant for a nonprofit he ran but was used, in part, on items for himself and his family. Host Donna Martinez talks with Sarah Ovaska, the investigative reporter for N.C. Policy Watch who broke the story. She recounts the investigation and a letter LaRoque sent to media just days before he entered prison in which he calls his prosecution a “witch hunt.” Then we hear remarks from the Rev. William Barber, head of North Carolina’s NAACP, about the group’s’ continuing efforts toward equality and justice. He made the comments at a news conference this week. That’s followed by comments from Gov. Pat McCrory as he signed a bill into law that allows National Guard members with concealed carry permits to carry guns at state buildings including recruiting offices. The governor explains his support for the law and addresses the special burdens of military families. Then we get an update on the politics at play in the General Assembly as negotiations continue over funding the state’s spending and taxing plan. Carolina Journal Managing Editor Rick Henderson tells Martinez about an agreement on spending levels between the governor and Senate and House leadership. The two also discuss the hiring of former Raleigh mayor Paul Coble as the new manager of the General Assembly, as well as the latest in the FBI inquiry of 9th District Congressman Robert Pittenger’s business dealings and the latest speculation about which Democrat will step forward to challenge Republican incumbent Sen. Richard Burr.
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