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People in Politics January 24, 2015 PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 22 January 2015 18:09

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Republicans have been very vocal about their plans for the new legislative session, but what about the Democrats? How will they find a way to wield power and influence as the minority party? Host Donna Martinez talks with Democratic political consultant Thomas Mills about the challenge Democrats face, what he expects from the new session, problems with the Democrats’ party structure in North Carolina, and why President Obama’s State of the Union speech signals a change in conversation about the middle class. Then we hear part of President Obama’s State of the Union remarks, as well as some of the Republican response, delivered by newly minted U.S. Senator Joni Ernst of Iowa. That’s followed by a look at how the president’s ideas and political rhetoric could impact North Carolina’s role in the 2016 presidential race. Martinez talks with Rick Henderson of Carolina Journal about our state’s earlier primary and why we can expect a parade of presidential candidates through the state this year, leading up to the early 2016 primary season. The two also discuss the latest news about three members of North Carolina’s congressional delegation. Rep. Patrick McHenry of the 10th district continues to add powerful committee assignments to his resume, while new 6th District Rep. Mark Walker has made a media list for his lack of personal wealth. And finally, 2nd District Rep. Renee Ellmers continues to confound her fellow Republicans with her positions on bills, this week opposing an abortion bill sponsored by fellow North Carolina Rep. Virginia Foxx.
Last Updated on Friday, 23 January 2015 06:29
 
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Thursday, 22 January 2015 06:21

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Goodbye Thom Tillis and hello Tim Moore. This week the North Carolina House of Representatives elected Rep. Tim Moore of Cleveland County as the new Speaker of the House while the Senate re-elected Phil Berger of Rockingham County as Senate Leader. You'll hear some of Speaker Moore's remarks. Then host Donna Martinez gets analysis of Moore from Carolina Carolina Journal Managing editor Rick Henderson. The two also talk about an ethics complaint filed against Gov. Pat McCrory by a liberal advocacy group, why some Republicans are mad at Congresswoman Renee Ellmers, and more accolades for new Sen. Thom Tillis. Then Martinez talks with Lt. Gov. Dan Forest as he begins his third year in office. They discuss his priorities and why he's planning to seek re-election.
Last Updated on Thursday, 22 January 2015 18:11
 
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This week, Gov. Pat McCrory went toe to toe with President Obama in the White House during a 45-minute meeting. McCrory, who serves on the executive committee of the National Governors Association, attended with three other governors. After the meeting, McCrory addressed reporters and explained that Medicaid and transportation were part of the give-and-take with the president. Then host Donna Martinez gets reaction to the McCrory/Obama meeting from Rick Henderson of Carolina Journal, who explains why the Medicaid issue is key to McCrory and many other governors seeking flexibility from the federal government. The two also discuss this week’s swearing-in of a familiar name for a seat on the North Carolina Supreme Court when Sam Ervin IV took his oath. Henderson discusses the continuing politics of electing judges in so-called “nonpartisan” races that are clearly conducted largely with partisan support. Henderson also weighs in on why North Carolina’s new congressional delegation is being touted as a group with growing clout, now that Thom Tillis has been elected as part of the Republican majority in the Senate and Patrick McHenry of the 10th congressional district has risen in stature and responsibility. Then we turn to comments made by veteran Democratic Congressman G.K. Butterfield of the 1st congressional district. This week, Butterfield ascended to the position of chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus. Following the oath-taking, Butterfield delivered a passionate speech about civil rights and the group’s agenda, which includes using legal avenues to pursue justice. You’ll hear him speak. That’s followed by perspective on the new 114th Congress from Duke University Professor David Rohde, who discusses the potential future of Obamacare, Thom Tillis’ agenda, and the role immigration reform may play in the 2016 elections. And finally, Martinez provides an update of North Carolina voter registration statistics, which show Democrats retaining a solid lead over Republicans.
 
 
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This week host Donna Martinez revisits some of the most memorable interviews and political happenings of 2014. First, we look at the phenomenon of the unaffiliated voter with Catawba College Professor Michael Bitzer. He tells Martinez about the profile of this type of voter and why the segment is the fastest growing registration area in the state, despite massive registration efforts by Democrats and Republicans. Next is a look at why the polls of North Carolina’s  key U.S. Senate race predicted a Kay Hagan victory leading up to Election Night. Francis DeLuca of the Civitas Institute – one of the few pollsters who got the race right – discusses the dynamics of the race with Martinez, the makeup of the electorate, and plans for polling in 2015. That’s followed by a look at the challenge facing North Carolina Democrats heading into the new year after a disastrous 2014 cycle and the very public rift inside the party headquarters. Rick Henderson of Carolina Journal tells Martinez about the 2015 prospects for the party and some of the younger up-and-coming candidates that could spell a new era for Democrats. And finally, Martinez revisits her conversation with Dallas and Joyce Woodhouse following the now infamous  C-SPAN moment that has become an internet sensation and one of the most widely viewed C-SPAN clips of all time. Mom Joyce explains to Martinez why she called into the network during an appearance by her feuding political sons, conservative Dallas and liberal Democrat Brad, a former DNC official.

 

 
People in Politics December 27, 2014 PDF Print E-mail
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This week, a huge legal ruling from the North Carolina Supreme Court affirms Republican-drawn election maps that had been challenged by Democrats as unconstitutional. Carolina Journal Managing Editor Rick Henderson explains the import of the decision, which means the maps will be used through the 2020 Census. The two discuss continuing calls from across the political spectrum for moving to a so-called independent redistricting commission. Henderson also weighs in on the big political stories of 2014, including Kay Hagan’s defeat to Thom Tillis in an environment that was unfriendly to President Obama, with whom Hagan was closely aligned. Next is a look at the role Tillis may play in the Republican-led U.S. Senate in light of his high media profile and two key committee assignments. NC State Political Science Professor Andrew Taylor offers Martinez his view on Tillis’ likely working relationship in the chamber. Taylor also weighs in on 2016 politics, including the potential matchup between Gov. Pat McCrory and Attorney General Roy Cooper. Then Martinez provides an update on 2014 midterm election turnout, as well as new polling data from Public Policy Polling that shows likely Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton with a 51 percent disapproval rating in North Carolina. And finally, Gov. Pat McCrory weighs in on recent economic news that shows the state’s unemployment rate has dropped again and now equals the national rate. 
 
People in Politics December 20, 2014 PDF Print E-mail
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Best C-SPAN political moment ever?! North Carolina political strategists and brothers Dallas and Brad Woodhouse make national news with their C-SPAN appearance this week, featuring a phone call from their mother Joyce in Raleigh, who gives the boys a ‘talking to’ and gives the viewers a belly laugh. Host Donna Martinez talks with Dallas and his mom about the moment that is now enshrined in political history – with more than 1 million hits to the You Tube video clip within just days. They talk about the incident itself and what it has been like raising two men who find themselves at professional odds and under the microscope: Dallas the conservative activist versus Brad the Democratic political consultant. Then we turn to the war of words between Gov. Pat McCrory and the Associated Press over an AP story about the governor’s stock payout from a financial services board he sat on. The AP questioned the ethics of the payout, with the governor pushing back that the story was riddled with errors and mischaracterizations. That’s followed by Martinez’ interview with NC State political science professor Andy Taylor. The two discuss Sen. Elect Thom Tillis’ two key committee assignments, his role as part of the new Republican Senate majority, and the 2016 Senate and gubernatorial races.
 
 
Last Updated on Monday, 22 December 2014 17:52
 
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Wednesday, 17 December 2014 06:33

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2014 is barely in the books and already we have polling for the 2016 election season. Host Donna Martinez talks with Tom Jensen of Public Policy Polling about new poll results that show Sen. Richard Burr leading three theoretical Democratic opponents, and Gov. Pat McCrory holding a commanding 7-point lead over potential Democratic challenger Roy Cooper. Jensen also offers perspective on Republican and Democratic prospects for the 2016 cycle, predicting it will be a good year for the GOP. Then Martinez talks with a veteran of White House politics about what lies ahead for Sen. Elect Thom Tillis.  Bush administration political consultant Jonathan Felts discusses the dynamics of a new GOP majority and the national media profile that Tillis is already enjoying. That’s followed by a look at the rising influence and power of North Carolina’s congressional delegation. Carolina Journal Managing Editor Rick Henderson talks with Martinez about the “whip” role to be taken by 10th District Congressman Patrick McHenry, the respect earned by Rep. Renee Ellmers with House leadership, the new chairmanship of the Congressional Black Caucus for Rep. G.K. Butterfield, and the high media profile of 11th District Congressman Mark Meadows

Last Updated on Monday, 22 December 2014 06:35
 
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Wednesday, 10 December 2014 17:39

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The use of political power took center stage this week as Gov. Pat McCrory joined other governors and Attorneys General in a lawsuit that challenges President Obama’s use of executive power by shielding from deportation several million illegal immigrants. Host Donna Martinez talks with Carolina Journal Managing Editor Rick Henderson about the governor’s reasoning and why Democratic Attorney General Roy Cooper – rumored to be eyeing a 2016 gubernatorial challenge to McCrory – has not signed on to the legal challenge. The two also discuss McCrory’s launch of his 2016 campaign website, the relationship between the governor and legislative leaders, and a key assignment for a veteran legislator from Harnett County. Then we turn to comments made on CBS by Sen. Elect Thom Tillis, who told Face the Nation his views on President Obama’s efforts with Congress and the challenge Republicans face when they take control of the Senate in January. That’s followed by recent comments from 2nd District Congresswoman Renee Ellmers about her support of immigration reform and efforts to work with congressional Democrats. Finally, 7th District Congressman Elect David Rouzer weighs in on what could be ahead for the Affordable Care Act when he takes his seat in January.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 17 December 2014 06:37
 
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Tuesday, 02 December 2014 07:57

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House Republicans choose the person to replace outgoing North Carolina House Speaker Thom Tillis. Host Donna Martinez gets the background on Speaker-Designee Tim Moore of Cleveland County from Carolina Journal Managing Editor Rick Henderson. The two discuss why Moore is the choice of the House GOP and what a Moore Speakership could hold for the 2015 General Assembly session. Then Henderson discusses the recount effort, which has finally determined that incumbent Democrat Cheri Beasley has won the race for a seat on the North Carolina Supreme Court. Following a recount, Beasley prevailed over her Republican challenger Mike Robinson by about 5,000 votes. Then Martinez talks with Congressman-Elect David Rouzer, who in January will take North Carolina’s 7th District seat in Congress following his resounding win in November. Rouzer tells Martinez about his recent orientation session for freshmen, how he plans to stay on top of issues in his very diverse district, and the committee assignments he’s hoping to snag. Next is a review of state Democratic Party efforts to rebuild following their resounding defeat in the midterms. Democratic political consultant Thomas Mills tells Martinez about the advice he would give to the party. And finally, we look at midterm polling efforts which, in most cases, was very wrong about the results. Martinez talks with pollster Francis DeLuca of the Civitas Institute, one of the few firms that got the projections right, particularly when it came to Republican Thom Tillis’ ultimate defeat of Democratic Senate incumbent Kay Hagan.
 
Last Updated on Thursday, 04 December 2014 10:09
 
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Thursday, 20 November 2014 10:48

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Recounts! Election Night is nearly three weeks in the rear-view mirror, but about a dozen races are still unsettled. Most notably, we’re awaiting results of the statewide race for a seat on North Carolina’s Supreme Court. Incumbent Justice Cheri Beasley leads by about 5,000 votes over attorney Mike Robinson. Host Donna Martinez gets the details on the undecided races from Carolina Journal Managing Editor Rick Henderson. The two also discuss comments made by Congressman-Elect Mark Walker about his priorities when he takes his 6th District seat in January, a new poll that shows Gov. Pat McCrory’s approval has jumped, and an announcement from Fayetteville Democrat Tim Dunn that he will seek the Attorney General’s office in 2016 if current AG Roy Cooper makes a run for governor. Henderson also looks at the leading candidates to replace House Speaker Thom Tillis as the leader of the North Carolina House of Representatives. Then Martinez provides an update on Patrick Cannon, who went to prison this week. The former Charlotte Mayor was once a rising star in the Democratic Party, but after taking bribes from undercover FBI agents, Cannon was sentenced to 44 months in prison. Martinez also looks at a recent Twitter debate between Republican Rep. Chuck McGrady and a liberal activist, as well as a new appointment for state Superintendent of Public Instruction June Atkinson. And finally, we hear from Democratic state Rep. Rick Glazier, who told a Raleigh luncheon audience about his experiences in the legislature and his wish for a more bipartisan, civil debate.

 

 

 

Last Updated on Tuesday, 02 December 2014 07:58
 
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Thursday, 20 November 2014 08:57

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Stinging from the midterm election defeat that saw them lose a U.S. Senate seat and fail to gain appreciably in the state legislature, North Carolina Democrats are trying to rebuild their party and look for a winning strategy in 2016. Host Donna Martinez talks with Democratic political strategist Thomas Mills about the challenges Democrats face, whether a new party chairman can bring the party back, and what 2016 could look like. Then we turn to lingering questions about polling leading up to the midterms. The vast majority of pollsters failed to accurately predict the voter makeup, but one North Carolina firm was one of the few to accurately predict a Thom Tillis win over Kay Hagan. Martinez talks with Francis DeLuca of the Civitas Institute about what his pollster did right and what they’ll be looking at down the road. Next is a look at the criticism being heaped on Democrat Clay Aiken by some of his Hollywood contributors. Martinez is joined by Rick Henderson of Carolina Journal for a look at Aiken’s campaign documentary that some are calling a reality show, as well as why Thom Tillis is already being singled out by a national publication for what it called his ability to broker deals when he takes his seat in the Senate. Henderson also discusses the bid by former Asheville legislator Patsy Keever to grab the chairmanship of the state Democratic Party.
 
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Thursday, 20 November 2014 08:56

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The vote is in – and so is Thom Tillis. The Republican defeated Democratic incumbent Kay Hagan Tuesday night in a race that helped Republicans secure control of the U.S. Senate. You’ll hear the Sen. Elect’s comments on the campaign and his priorities. Then host Donna Martinez gets perspective on what the Tillis win means to North Carolina politics, as well as the national political landscape, from former White House Political Director Jonathan Felts. He draws on his experience in the George W. Bush administration to assess how the Democratic administration should react to the massive shift in power on  Capitol Hill, and what Tillis should do as he prepares for a new job. Then Martinez discusses the results of Congressional and Legislative races with Rick Henderson, managing editor of Carolina Journal. They discuss what the future could hold for losing Democratic candidates Clay Aiken and Laura Fjeld as the state’s Democratic Party seeks to rebuild.
 
 
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Thursday, 06 November 2014 10:37

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With just days to go before Election Day, state Democrats pull out all the stops with a turnout effort dubbed “voter shaming.” Democratic political consultant Thomas Mills tells host Donna Martinez that letters sent to registered Democrats telling them their voting record is public information will generate more positive reaction than negative among the faithful. Mills also discusses the Hagan/Tillis/Haugh race for U.S. Senate and why Democrats have their eyes on two candidates: Clay Aiken and Laura Fjeld. Then Catawba College political science professor Michael Bitzer discusses with Martinez the profile of the unaffiliated voter and the influence the group may, or may not, have on the midterm election. That’s followed by a final-week breakdown of ads, polls, and messaging for the Senate candidates. Rick Henderson of Carolina Journal tells Martinez about the micro-targeting of advertising that’s occurring as Hagan and Tillis reach out to particular segments of voters.

 

 

Last Updated on Wednesday, 26 November 2014 05:47
 
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Wednesday, 29 October 2014 16:29

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Early voting is underway at more than 350 locations across all 100 counties. And according to the State Board of Elections, there are more polling places than in 2010, and a 70 percent increase in evening hours. Still, critics of recent election law changes say legislative leaders have made changes intended to disenfranchise some voters. Host Donna Martinez discusses early voting opportunities with Rick Henderson, managing editor of Carolina Journal.  The two also talk about the flap over Kay Hagan’s decision not to join Thom Tillis in a Time Warner Cable debate, a story that drew national attention, and a new ad from Democratic candidate Clay Aiken. The ad has been ruled by fact checkers to carry false information but Aiken is defending it as part of his fight to unseat 2nd District Republican Rep. Renee Ellmers. Then we discuss why Supreme Court Chief Justice Mark Martin failed to show up for a debate with his challengers, Superior Court Judge Ola Lewis as the two compete for the Chief Justice’s seat on the high court. Next is a look at a vote tracking website that shows where voting is heavy and where it is light, and which party has the turnout momentum. Martinez talks with Susan Myrick of the Civitas Institute about the data and what can tell us. That’s followed by a look at the politics of gay marriage. Tami Fitzgerald of the North Carolina Values Coalition tells Martinez why her group is standing with Senate Leader Phil Berger in his quest to provide a religious exemption for registers of deeds and magistrates who don’t want to perform same-sex marriages, which a federal court has ruled is now legal in North Carolina.
 
Last Updated on Wednesday, 29 October 2014 16:30
 
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Early voting gets underway Thursday, October 23. With a recent poll showing that roughly seven out of 10 North Carolinians undecided on races for the North Carolina Supreme Court, host Donna Martinez revisits judicial candidate comments at the forum she recently moderated for the Triangle chapter of the Federal Society, an attorney group. Seven of the eight candidates for seats on the highest court in the state participated. Martinez begins the forum with a conversation with current Chief Justice Mark Martin, who was recently appointed to the top job. His opponent, Judge Ola Lewis had originally confirmed her participation at the event but cancelled several hours before the forum began. Martin’s comments are followed by Martinez’ discussion with current Justice Bob Hunter and his opponent, Court of Appeals Judge Sam Ervin IV. Then Martinez talks with incumbent Justice Robin Hudson and her challenger, Superior Court Judge Eric Levinson. And finally, the candidates for the fourth seat on the Supreme Court take the stage for a question from Martinez. They are current Justice Cheri Beasley and her challenger, attorney Mike Robinson.
 
Last Updated on Wednesday, 29 October 2014 16:31
 
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Thursday, 09 October 2014 09:53

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In a 7 to 2 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that North Carolina’s recent election reforms should be enforced for the November 4 midterm. The high court overruled a federal appeals court, which had put a stay on two provisions of the law pertaining to out of precinct voting and same-day registration. Host Donna Martinez updates listeners on reaction to the ruling from State Board of Elections Executive Director Kim Strach, who had expressed concerns about administrative problems and voter confusion that would be created had the lower court ruling stayed in force. Gov. Pat McCrory also issued a statement praising the ruling. Then we turn to the neck-and-neck U.S. Senate race between Democrat Kay Hagan, Republican Thom Tillis, and Libertarian Sean Haugh. We hear comments from Hagan and Tillis, who participated in a Tuesday night statewide debate that at times was pointed and testy as they debated an array of issues. The debate was moderated by ABC News Correspondent George Stephanopolous and sponsored by the North Carolina Association of Broadcasters Educational Foundation. Then Martinez revisits her summer conversation with Libertarian Sean Haugh, who was not part of the Tuesday debate. That’s followed by analysis of the Hagan-Tillis debate. Rick Henderson of Carolina Journal tells Martinez what he viewed as the highlights and lowlights of the debate, why Hagan is doubling down on the allegation that Tillis “gutted education” and why Tillis keeps reminding people that a vote for Hagan is a vote for President Obama.
 
 
Last Updated on Friday, 10 October 2014 07:48
 
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Friday, 03 October 2014 07:44

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Political watchers say the growing block of Unaffiliated voters could determine who wins and who loses on November 4, so who are these people who are rejecting both Democrats and Republicans? Catawba College Professor of Politics and History, Michael Bitzer, tells host Donna Martinez what the typical Unaffiliated voter looks like and why many of them actually favor one party. Dr. Bitzer also discusses the state's absentee ballot program and what we can learn ahead of early voting about who has requested a ballot and who has returned it. Bitzer also weighs in on this week's Court of Appeals ruling that put a stay on two provisions of North Carolina's recent election reform law. Then Martinez talks with Carolina Journal Managing Editor Rick Henderson about former president Bill Clinton's visit to the state this week on behalf of Sen. Kay Hagan. The Clinton visit occurred as Hagan's chief rival, Republican Thom Tillis, saw Sen. Rand Paul campaign for him this week and NASCAR's Richard Petty cut a pro-Tillis ad. Henderson and Martinez also discuss the latest dynamics of the 2nd District congressional race between Republican incumbent Renee Ellmers and Democratic challenger Clay Aiken. Aiken early on said he didn't want to be known for his run on American Idol, but has recently turned to Hollywood and two former American Idol champs for support. Ellmers, on the other hand, has been holding small events around the district, according to Henderson. The two also discuss why and how several statewide judicial candidates have teamed up with advertising. 
 

Last Updated on Friday, 03 October 2014 09:59
 
People in Politics September 27, 2014 PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 26 September 2014 07:34

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It's he said/she said as the U.S. Senate race advertising wars gear up for the final weeks of the midterm campaign. Between outside groups and the campaigns themselves, it's hard to keep the charges and counter-charges straight. Carolina Journal Managing Editor Rick Henderson joins host Donna Martinez with a look at the ad wars, as well as why Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan's campaign is scoring points with an allegation that Republican opponent Thom Tillis cut $300 million from the state's education budget. The two also discuss the help Tillis is getting from former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and current Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas. Then the focus turns to the third candidate in the race, Libertarian Sean Haugh. Henderson gives Martinez the details of two Facebook dustups Haugh was caught up in this week in which he lashed out at a Tillis supporter and at Republicans in general. Then the subject turns to the 6th District congressional race, where Democratic candidate Laura Fjeld is capitalizing on a comment about Mexico made by her Republican opponent Mark Walker. Next is a look at the outside money that's flowing into North Carolina for the midterms, much of it to Democratic candidates. Matt Bales, research director for the North Carolina Free Enterprise Foundation, details the numbers with Martinez and explains why he thinks Democrats are on the winning end of the outside money game. That's followed by a look at new voter registration numbers released by the state Board of Elections, and new data on the record-breaking number of early voting sites that will be operating beginning next month. And finally, Tom Jensen of Public Policy Polling explains the consistency of polling from a variety of firms that keeping track of the Hagan/Tillis/Haugh Senate race.
 

Last Updated on Friday, 26 September 2014 07:35
 
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The November ballot will be full with an assortment of races for North Carolinians to decide, but some may not realize that four seats on the state Supreme Court are up for grabs. This week we look at the candidates seeking those four seats, which were the focus of a Triangle candidate forum moderated by People in Politics host Donna Martinez. First up is the race for the Chief Justice seat on the court. Current Chief Justice Mark Martin is seeking a full term and faces Superior Court Judge Ola Lewis. We hear Martin's discussion with Martinez, including his views on the key challenges facing the state's justice system. Judge Lewis had confirmed her attendance but cancelled in the hours before the event. Then Martinez talks with the two candidates for the seat now held by Justice Bob Hunter. Hunter and his opponent, Court of Appeals Judge Sam Ervin IV, discusses the differences and similarities in their qualifications. Next are comments from candidates Justice Robin Hudson and Superior Court Judge Eric Levinson. The two are vying for the seat now held by Hudson. They discuss their judicial philosophy and the impact of outside groups on judicial races. And finally, Martinez moderates the discussion between Justice Cheri Beasley and attorney Mike Robinson. Both are vying for the Supreme Court seat now held by Beasley. 
 

Last Updated on Friday, 19 September 2014 08:05
 
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Just days after facing House Speaker Thom Tillis in the first of three televised statewide U.S. Senate debates, Sen. Kay Hagan declines to participate in a televised debate sponsored by media powerhouses Time-Warner News, the Charlotte Observer, and the Raleigh News & Observer. Democratic political consultant Thomas Mills tells host Donna Martinez he's not surprised by Hagan's decision, despite a neck-and-neck race with Tillis that shows her with high disapproval ratings. Mills also explains why he thinks Tillis should apologize to Hagan for something he said in the first debate. Then we turn to the impact of unaffiliated voters on the fall races. Democratic political consultant Brad Crone believes they will decide the election. He also offers his prediction on who will win the Senate race, and which party will control the Senate after the election. That's followed by a look at two North Carolina brothers, both well known in political circles, who are the subject of a new film called "Woodhouse Divided." Martinez talks with one half of the family unit -- Dallas Woodhouse -- who, with brother Brad, are featured in the behind-the-scenes look at political hardball. The film chronicles the debate over passage of Obamacare and the 2012 presidential election as Dallas, a conservative who ran the North Carolina chapter of Americans for Prosperity, and his brother Brad, who was a spokesman for the Democratic National Committee, butted heads in a raw conflict that Dallas believes is representative of many American families. Dallas also tells Martinez why he thinks Thom Tillis has a legitimate shot at beating Kay Hagan, and why he thinks critics of North Carolina's election law changes are engaged in legal folly. 

 
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This week, it was face to face intrigue in the U.S. Senate race. Host Donna Martinez takes listeners through highlights of the statewide debate between Democratic incumbent Sen. Kay Hagan and her Republican challenger, North Carolina House Speaker Thom Tillis. The candidates exchange views and refute claims on issues as wide ranging as education funding, President Obama's policy decisions, and access to contraceptives. The debate was sponsored by the North Carolina Association of Broadcasters Educational Foundation and moderated by Norah O'Donnell of CBS News. Then we hear from the third candidate in the race, Libertarian Sean Haugh. Martinez gives listeners another opportunity to hear her interview with Haugh. The two talked earlier this summer. Then Martinez provides some of the latest polling data on the Senate race, courtesy of Public Policy Polling. And finally, Carolina Journal Managing Editor Rick Henderson tells Martinez about the a big endorsement in the race for seats on North Carolina's high court. 

 
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Friday, 29 August 2014 10:18

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Nearly a dozen former legislators have made the list of the most influential lobbyists at the North Carolina General Assembly. Host Donna Martinez gets the details on who they are and who they represent from Paige Worsham, policy analyst and attorney for the North Carolina Center for Public Policy Research. The two also discuss the increase in the number of women who lobby lawmakers. Then we turn to the friction over authority between the executive and legislative branches of North Carolina government. Tom Campbell, host of the public affairs TV show "NC Spin" talks about his recent interview with Gov. Pat McCrory, who commented on the topic. Next is a look at a constitutional amendment that will appear on the November ballot. Martinez talks with House Speaker Pro Tem Paul "Skip" Stam, R-Wake, about his support of the amendment, as well as his reaction to a recent legal ruling about North Carolina's election reform package. That's followed by perspective on President Obama's visit to Charlotte on Tuesday, where he spoke to the American Legion convention. The president was met on the Charlotte tarmac by Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan, who has criticized the president for scandals at the VA. Hagan is seeking re-election to her U.S. Senate seat, and her criticism was deemed to be election politics by Cash Michaels of the Carolinian. You'll hear his perspective, along with reaction from Carolina Journal Managing Editor Rick Henderson. Martinez and Henderson also discuss more national attention that is being given to Democratic  candidate Clay Aiken in his race to defeat Republican incumbent Congresswoman Renee Ellmers for the 2nd District seat. 
 

Last Updated on Friday, 29 August 2014 10:19
 
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Friday, 22 August 2014 09:02

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Races for seats on the North Carolina Supreme Court take the spotlight this week as Gov. Pat McCrory appoints two candidates to open seats, in effect making them the incumbents in the races. You'll hear Gov. McCrory's comments about why he's elevating sitting Justice Mark Martin to the Chief Justice seat being vacated by retiring Chief Justice Sarah Parker. You'll also hear other high-profile endorsers of Justice Martin, who also spoke at the appointment ceremony: former Chief Justice Burley Mitchell and current Justice Barbara Parker. Then host Donna Martinez delves into the politics of the appointment of Martin, as well as the subsequent appointment of Bob Hunter to fill Martin's empty seat, with Carolina Journal's Rick Henderson. The two discuss reaction from Martin's political opponent for the seat, Ola Lewis, as well as whether the "nonpartisan" approach to judicial elections is real considering that both major political parties endorse a slate of candidates. Then we turn to the latest developments in the U.S. Senate race, with both Kay Hagan and Thom Tillis up on the air with advertising. Martinez also talks with Tom Jensen of Public Policy Polling about new data showing Hagan still leads Tillis but her margin is shrinking. Tillis' big problem, says Jensen, is Libertarian Sean Haugh who is pulling 8 percent of the vote, though most of the Haugh voters say their second choice is Tillis. And finally, we hear from 4th District Democratic Congressman David Price, who speaks about illegal immigration and why he thinks House Republicans have shirked their responsibility to pass a comprehensive reform plan. 
 

Last Updated on Friday, 22 August 2014 09:04
 
People in Politics August 16, 2014 PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 15 August 2014 09:43

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The fall ballot will be jammed with races for U.S. Senate, Congress, and state legislature, but voters will also be asked to give a thumbs up or thumbs down to a constitutional amendment. Host Donna Martinez talks with N.C. House Speaker Pro Tem Paul "Skip" Stam, R-Wake, about his support for the amendment which, if passed, would also defendants to waive a jury trial. Stam, an attorney, explains why he thinks the change will help the efficiency of the justice system and make it more just. Then Martinez and Stam discuss last week's ruling by a federal judge that North Carolina's election reform law is enforceable. The law has been the subject of vocal criticism from the N.C. NAACP and Attorney General Eric Holder. Stam also offers his view on the newly passed state budget, including the hotly debated issue of offering tax credits to the film and TV industry. Then 4th District Democratic Congressman David Price explains why he is critical of moves by the Republican in the legislature when it comes to the election law changes and the decision to exit the federal extended unemployment benefits program. That's followed by perspective on the U.S. Senate race from political analyst Doug Raymond, who says the Kay Hagan campaign is about to make a mistake following months of good campaign decisions. The barrage of advertising set to run over the next few weeks on behalf of Democrat Hagan and her Republican challenger, House Speaker Thom Tillis, are then scrutinized by Rick Henderson of Carolina Journal. In the weekly "On the Trail" segment, Henderson updates Martinez on messaging from the two major candidates, polls that show the race a dead heat, and why the Hagan camp is choosing to go after Tillis on education. The two also discuss a national publication's profile of Democrat Clay Aiken, who is running in the 2nd congressional district against Republican incumbent Renee Ellmers, and the debate schedule for Republican Mark Walker and Democrat Laura Fjeld in the 6th District congressional race. 

Last Updated on Friday, 15 August 2014 11:00
 
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Tuesday, 05 August 2014 15:07

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After months of debate, discussion, and and more debate, we have a new state budget. And it includes provisions close to the heart of Lt. Gov. Dan Forest, who's been touting education reform since his days on the campaign trail. Host Donna Martinez talks with Forest about a new education endowment, pay raises for teachers, the state of the North Carolina economy, the future of fracking, and the impact of illegal immigrant children who have made their way into North Carolina as part of the recent wave across the U.S. border. Then Carolina Journal Managing Editor Rick Henderson tells Martinez that our state's 2nd District congressional race is drawing even more national attention. This week political analyst Charlie Cook moved his rating of the race between Republican incumbent Renee Ellmers and Democratic challenger Clay Aiken from "Likely Republican" to "Solid Republican." The change comes in the wake of HBO host Bill Maher's campaign to get his viewers to elect Aiken over Ellmers. Then Henderson updates Martinez on recent eye surgery for Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan. Next is a look at a move by state legislators to increase the transparency of campaign donations to state campaigns. Martinez gets the details from Jane Pinsky of the North Carolina Coalition for Lobbying and Government Reform. Pinsky also talks about her continuing push to reform the redistricting process in North Carolina. Then Joe Stewart of the North Carolina Free Enterprise Foundation analyzes the state's elective seats on the judiciary. And finally, we look back at North Carolina's connection to the Watergate investigation as the country marks the 40th anniversary of the resignation of Richard Nixon. People in Politics Special Correspondent Patrick Johnson talked earlier this year with Rufus Edmisten, who worked for N.C. Sen Sam Ervin, the man who led the Senate investigation into Watergate and Nixon. Edmisten became North Carolina's Secretary of State and Attorney General. He talks about Nixon and serving the subpoena on the White House. 

Last Updated on Tuesday, 05 August 2014 15:09
 
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