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Friday, 28 August 2015 05:50
 
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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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.
Last Updated on Friday, 21 August 2015 06:03
 
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Tuesday, 18 August 2015 05:36

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This week we learn about the FBI conducting an inquiry into the business dealings of 9th District Congressman Robert Pittenger. Host Donna Martinez gets the details from Carolina Journal Managing Editor Rick Henderson, who says Pittenger confirmed the inquiry to Charlotte media but says he’s not sure why questions are being asked about the real estate operation he left upon taking his seat in Congress in 2013. Then the two discuss the role Congressman Patrick McHenry is playing in the presidential campaign of former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, and buzz that former state legislator Deborah Ross is in discussions about a potential run against Sen. Richard Burr. Henderson also updates Martinez on the race for Lt. Governor, as at least one more Democrat considers seeking the party’s nomination to challenge Republican Dan Forest. Then Martinez talks with Catawba College political science professor Michael Bitzer about the presidential race. With media focusing on the Republicans and the first major televised debate, what does it all mean for Democrats? At least four Democrats are now in the race for the party’s nomination, with former Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders drawing thousands to his rallies, turning on its head the conventional wisdom about a Clinton cakewalk to the nomination. Bitzer assesses the challenge Clinton faces in fending off Sanders, a self-identified socialist with appeal to the party’s left wing, and Jim Webb, Lincoln Chafee and Martin O’Malley, who appeal to centrist and pro-business Democrats.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 19 August 2015 15:54
 
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Thursday, 30 July 2015 16:32

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He’s gone! Transportation Secretary Tony Tata’s resignation has policy wonks debating his legacy and political pundits buzzing about a potential run for U.S. Congress. You’ll hear Tony Tata discuss why he left his job and what could come next for him in light of a big book deal from his publisher. Then host Donna Martinez gets reaction to the Tata departure and the political rumors from Rick Henderson of Carolina Journal, who tells Martinez what he’s heard about Tata’s desire for a seat in Congress. The two also discuss a potential primary challenge for 12th District Democratic Congresswoman Alma Adams, and the political intrigue created on Capital Hill by N.C. Congressman Mark Meadows, who has called for the immediate ouster of House Speaker John Boehner. Martinez and Henderson talk about reaction from Meadow’s fellow Republicans in the North Carolina delegation and where the lines of  loyalty to the Speaker could be drawn. They also look at new fundraising numbers for Wake County Sen. Josh Stein, the Democrat widely rumored to be eyeing a run for Attorney General if and when Roy Cooper makes it official that he will seek the Democratic Party’s nomination for governor. Then we hear the fiery rebuke against North Carolina Republicans issued by the Reverend William Barber, head of the N.C. NAACP. Barber made his comments at a news conference. That’s followed by Martinez’s talk with one Democrat who doesn’t like that pundits believe the Democrat’s gubernatorial nomination is Roy Cooper’s if he wants it. Durham attorney Ken Spaulding tells Martinez why he’s running for the nomination and how he differs from Cooper. And finally, Martinez and Jane Pinsky discuss the continuing efforts across  the ideological spectrum to change the way North Carolina draws its election districts. Pinsky’s group, the N.C. Coalition for Lobbying and Government Reform, has waged the effort for a decade.

 

Last Updated on Friday, 31 July 2015 06:05
 
People in Politics July 25, 2015 PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 24 July 2015 06:16

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As Democrat Hillary Clinton lands in Raleigh for a high-dollar fundraiser, legislators move closer to a date for North Carolina’s presidential primary. It’s all part of an effort to give North Carolina a bigger impact on choosing the nominees for president. Host Donna Martinez gets the latest on the “when will it be” question from Rick Henderson of Carolina Journal. The two also discuss the “who’s who” of the Democratic Party elite who were on hand to greet Clinton in Raleigh – with former governors Beverly Perdue and Jim Hunt leading the pack. Henderson also delves into the public disagreement over sales tax distribution between Gov. Pat McCrory and state Sen. Harry Brown, and Martinez and Henderson look at fundraising totals for two North Carolina Congressmen – David Price of the 4th District and Virginia Foxx of the 5th. That’s followed by Martinez’ conversation with Democratic political consultant Thomas Mills, who offers perspective on the Democrats’ challenge to the state election law changes and the likely turnout among Democrats for the 2016 presidential race. And finally, we look at the intersection of politics and policy in a high-profile dispute over an EPA rule. Ross Eisenberg of the National Association of Manufacturers tells Martinez why his group opposes the new regulation and how the issue breaks down in political terms.
 
Last Updated on Wednesday, 29 July 2015 16:55
 
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Tuesday, 21 July 2015 05:53

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A clash outside a Winston-Salem courtroom this week as opponents and proponents of North Carolina’s 2013 election law changes made their cases to the media as the legal wrangling got underway inside.You’ll hear comments from the NAACP-led opposition about their view that Republican lawmakers intentionally changed voting laws to try and keep minorities, the elderly, and the poor from voting. That’s followed by comments from Hasan Harnett, the first African-American chairman of the N.C. Republican Party, who defends the law and calls out the opposition for what he says is simply political maneuvering with union help. Then host Donna Martinez gets perspective on the legal case from Carolina Journal Managing Editor Rick Henderson. The two also discuss news that yet another state Democrat – Sen. Josh Stein of Wake County – is taking a pass on challenging Sen. Richard Burr for re-election to his U.S. Senate seat. Meantime, fundraising records show Burr is hauling in the cash, as Henderson explains. And finally, Gov. Pat McCrory talks about why the importance of a new mental health task force to providing help to North Carolinians. His comments came at the signing ceremony for an Executive Order.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 22 July 2015 16:56
 
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Thursday, 09 July 2015 16:35

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It’s prison time for a former state legislator! This week, former Republican lawmaker Stephen LaRoque of Kinston heard his fate from a District Court Judge as he was sentenced for using taxpayer funds on himself rather than the nonprofit rural economic development organization he operated. Host Donna Martinez gets details of the sentence and the crime from Carolina Journal Managing Editor Rick Henderson. Then the two discuss the new election filing period, which began this week for fall municipal elections, as well as news that Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton will visit North Carolina for a fundraiser, and polling data that shows Gov. Pat McCrory with a lead over his presumed Democratic gubernatorial opponent Roy Cooper. That’s followed by a look at the fascinating Republican primary race that’s underway for North Carolina’s 2nd District congressional seat. Incumbent Renee Ellmers has already drawn a challenge from two fellow Republicans who say she was elected as a conservative but isn’t governing to those principles. Martinez talks with Jim Duncan, the former head of the Chatham County Republican Party, about why he believes he’s a better fit for the district.

 

 

Last Updated on Friday, 10 July 2015 05:59
 
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He wants to oust Gov. Pat McCrory from office, but he’ll have to get past fellow Democrat and presumed gubernatorial candidate Roy Cooper before he can take on McCrory. Host Donna Martinez talks with Democrat Ken Spaulding, a Durham attorney and former state legislator, about his quest for his party’s nomination, his view that Republicans have taken the state in the wrong direction, and his disagreements with the Attorney General Cooper. Then we turn to the continued debate over what constitutes a fair and competitive election map. Martinez talks with Jane Pinsky of the North Carolina Coalition for Lobbying and Government Reform about a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision on the subject of redistricting. Pinsky explains the Arizona decision, the indirect implications it has for North Carolina, and why it is so difficult to convince the political party in charge -- Democrats or Republicans – to give up the power to draw districts to an independent commission. Next is a look the controversy over which of the nearly 20 presidential candidates will make it into network television debates. Paul Bedard of the Washington Examiner tells Martinez why some of the GOP candidates are unhappy and why it will be tougher for some to increase their name recognition. That’s followed by remarks from Gov. Pat McCrory about his proposal to put two bond packages on the November ballot, and what he most appreciates about being governor. He made his comments to Don Curtis on a recent edition of Carolina Newsmakers.
Last Updated on Thursday, 09 July 2015 16:27
 
People in Politics June 27, 2015 PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 25 June 2015 05:52

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After a hard-fought battle to reform the state’s election law, the General Assembly surprised many when it changed the rules to the requirement that North Carolinians present a photo identification to vote beginning in 2016. A key Senate leader, Bob Rucho of Mecklenburg County, explains why lawmakers revised the law following howls of complaints from Democrats and their allied groups. Then host Donna Martinez gets analysis of the changes from Rick Henderson, managing editor of Carolina Journal. The two also discuss the continuing tug-of-war between Gov. Pat McCrory and the legislature over whether two transportation and infrastructure bonds will be put on the November ballot, and news that Sen. Kay Hagan has finally said she will not seek to challenge Sen. Richard Burr for his Senate seat. They also discuss the power play in Congress that saw North Carolina Congressman Mark Meadows booted from his subcommittee chairmanship over his trade authority vote, which went against House Speaker John Boehner. Then Martinez talks with candidate Heather Grant about her run to be the next state Insurance Commissioner. Grant is a Republican military veteran who previously sought the GOP nomination for U.S. Senate. They discuss Grant’s background in insurance and views on the Affordable Care Act and the duties of the insurance post. Democrat Wayne Goodwin now holds the job.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 01 July 2015 16:09
 
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Thursday, 18 June 2015 16:30

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Did a North Carolina state senator use his campaign funds for personal living expenses? The State Board of Elections has referred the case of Republican Sen. Fletcher Hartsell to prosecutors for investigation. Host Donna Martinez gets the details of the election board’s report from Carolina Journal Managing Editor Rick Henderson, who also discusses the complex nature of campaign finance law. Then the two delve into comments from new Republican Party Chairman Hasan Harnett about his next steps and working relationship with GOP establishment officials, as well the announcement by former U.S. Senate candidate Heather Grant that she will seek the GOP nomination for Insurance Commissioner. Next is a look at the political dynamics of Sen. Richard Burr’s re-election bid and the ramped up North Carolina campaign structure of Texas Sen. Ted Cruz. Then Martinez talks with Elon University Poll Director Kenneth Fernandez, who offers perspective on the views North Carolinians express about the U.S. Supreme Court and key issues and cases that are pending before the high court and which are the subject of much political debate.
 
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Friday, 12 June 2015 06:01

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State Democrats elected a new chairwoman earlier this year, and now state Republicans have done the same. Host Donna Martinez delves into the intrigue surrounding the election of Hasan Harnett as GOP Chairman with Carolina Journal Managing Editor Rick Henderson. The two discuss the intrigue on the convention floor as the Republican establishment candidate – Craig Collins – found himself out-gunned by grassroots activist Harnett, who ran the 12th District congressional campaign of Vince Coakley. Henderson explains the dynamics for Republicans moving forward into 2016. The two also delve into the unexpected resignation from the legislature of Democratic Rep. Rick Glazier of Cumberland County. Glazier announced he will leave his seat mid-term in order to lead the liberal advocacy group, the N.C. Justice Center. Next you’ll hear brief comments from one of the people whose policies Glazier is likely to oppose: Gov. Pat McCrory. The governor spoke in Fayetteville this week about his transportation and infrastructure bond proposals. That’s followed by Glazier’s words on the N.C. House floor as he told his colleagues about his decision to leave the General Assembly. And finally, we look at fascinating new polling data that compares N.C. voter attitudes from 2005 to 2015. Francis DeLuca of the Civitas Institute gives Martinez the rundown of how views have, and haven’t, changed in North Carolina over the past decade, and how voter registrations have changed.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 17 June 2015 15:28
 
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Thursday, 11 June 2015 12:10

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This week, we look at the impact of women in North Carolina politics. Host Donna Martinez talks with Meredith College Professor David McLennan about his latest research. McLennan discusses his view that women must be heavily recruited and he talks about the many role models in our state for women interested in running. The professor’s research has found that when women make the decision to run, they have a very good chance of winning the seat. That’s followed by a conversation about 2016 presidential politics with former White House political director Jonathan Felts. Martinez and Felts discuss both the Republican and Democratic fields and the tough road that is the primary process.
 
 
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Monday, 01 June 2015 05:48

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This week, host Donna Martinez focuses on the legislature. After months in session the bills are heading to Governor Pat McCrory's desk. We hear from the Governor on two key pieces of legislation. The first honors the lake state legislator Jim Fulghum of Wake County. You'll hear the governor's comments at the signing ceremony for the teen Skin Cancer Prevention Act. Then you'll hear the governor discuss why he signed a.law that protects the disabled and the elderly from abuse in group and nursing homes in North Carolina. That is followed by a discussion with Carolina Journal's Rick Henderson about the latest efforts by national Democrats to encourage former US Senator Kay Hagan to challenge Republican Senator Richard Burr. And finally,  Martinez talks with Democratic political consultant Thomas Mills about the Democratic Party's view of actions taken so far by the state legislature and the governor.

Last Updated on Monday, 01 June 2015 16:55
 
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This Memorial Day weekend, host Donna Martinez talks about the impact of North Carolina’s military bases and veterans with Ilario Pantano, director of the state’s Division of Veterans Affairs. They also discuss  the political debate over whether the state should elevate military and veterans affairs to a Cabinet level state agency, as Gov. Pat McCrory has proposed. Pantano explains why he and the governor believe the move is one that will enhance efficiency, help veterans, and ensure that the state’s #2 industry is given the attention it deserves. Military and defense represents a $48 billion annual economic impact, behind only agriculture at more than $70 billion. Pantano also discusses the state’s new veterans treatment courts, the “veteran as victor” approach he takes in his job, and why some people choose to serve while others don’t. That’s followed by Martinez’s discussion earlier this year with the head of the state’s Democratic Party, Patsy Keever. The two spoke following Keever’s election to the post.  They discuss what it means to be a North Carolina Democrat and the challenges the party faces as it finds itself in the minority following decades of being in the power seat.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 27 May 2015 16:46
 
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New polling data shows Gov. Pat McCrory is gaining ground in his job approval rating. Host Donna Martinez talks with Carolina Journal Managing Editor Rick Henderson about the poll of registered voters conducted by the Civitas Institute, which gives the governor a 53 percent job approval rating. The poll also shows President Obama continues to have difficulty with North Carolinians, with his approval at just 46 percent. The two also discuss the potential matchup between McCrory and Democratic Attorney General Roy Cooper, who continues to speak out against Republican policies with Democratic groups, as well as the potential impact of a safe race for U.S. Senate Richard Burr on the gubernatorial outcome.  Then we hear from 2nd District Congresswoman Renee Ellmers about bipartisanship in the U.S. Congress and her view of the Affordable Care Act. That’s followed by Martinez’ discussion with national pollster Kellyanne Conway. They talk about voter trends Conway is finding in her focus groups, Sen. Hillary Clinton’s dominance of the Democratic Party’s side of the contest, the wide open field on the Republican side, and the role women and “older young people” will play in the presidential race.
Last Updated on Thursday, 21 May 2015 07:57
 
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Monday, 11 May 2015 05:51

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U.S. Senator Richard Burr wants another term in Washington, but which Democrat will he face for re-election? Host Donna Martinez gets details on a new polling matchup between Burr and former Congressman Mike McIntyre from Carolina Journal Managing Editor Rick Henderson. The two also discuss which high-profile Democrats have passed on the Senate race and what the Washington pundits have to say about Burr’s chances in 2016, as well as word from state Auditor Beth Wood that she will seek another term as the state’s chief auditor. Martinez also provides an update on the state Republican convention lineup and approval ratings for the president recently released by Elon University. That’s followed by a discussion with former White House political director Jonathan Felts, who’s now a partner in the Raleigh public affairs firm The Results Company. Felts and Martinez discuss the growing slate of GOP presidential candidates, North Carolina’s influence on the 2016 cycle, and why Democrat Hillary Clinton is getting a challenge from her party’s Leftist flank.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 13 May 2015 12:54
 
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Wednesday, 06 May 2015 16:09

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They’re back. Anti-Republican protesters descend on the General Assembly for another round of protests against policies they say are wrong-headed, even “sinful.” You’ll hear remarks made at a news conference by Rev. William Barber, head of the N.C. NAACP, who leads the protest movement along with other progressive activists. Then host Donna Martinez gets reaction to the reverend’s comments from Rick Henderson of Carolina Journal. The two also discuss the latest Elon University poll results for the General Assembly and the hypothetical gubernatorial matchup between Gov. Pat McCrory and Democratic Attorney General Roy Cooper.  Henderson also reacts to a Howard Stern interview with Democrat Clay Aiken, who hurled vulgarities at the Republican congresswoman who defeated him in 2014, Rep. Renee Ellmers. Aiken was promoting his reality series “The Runner Up,” which chronicles his failed bid for the 2nd District seat in the U.S. Congress. That’s followed by Martinez’ conversation with Dallas Woodhouse, a North Carolina conservative activist who was a guest of C-SPAN over the weekend at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner in the nation’s capital. Woodhouse talks about the ambience of the event, which is the hottest political ticket in town each year. He also discusses the 2016 presidential and gubernatorial races.
 

 
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This week the U.S Supreme Court ordered the North Carolina Supreme Court to revisit the Republican drawn election districts. Host Donna Martinez talks with Carolina Journal's Rick Henderson, who explains why the state must look closely at a high court ruling related to Alabama. Henderson also describes reaction from both the Republicans who drew the districts and the Democrats who oppose them. Then the two discuss news that Republican Congresswoman Renee Ellmers of the 2nd district has drawn a second primary challenger. Henderson discusses the discontent felt by some of Ellmers' constituents within her own party. Then Martinez talks with the latest challenger, Frank Roche, about his second run at Ellmers' seat. Former Chatham County GOP Chairman Jim Duncan is also in the race. Next is Martinez' conversation with conservative activist Dallas Woodhouse, who has tickets to the White House Correspondents Dinner in Washington D.C. He is a guest of C-SPAN along with his Democratic strategist brother and mother Joyce. And finally, Martinez talks about the presidential race with Kansas Lt. Gov. Jeff Colyer who was in North Carolina and attended a speech by GOP candidate Sen. Ted Cruz.
 
 
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This week President Obama held a town hall meeting in Charlotte about economics and, while there, took a shot at Republican lawmakers and the Governor by saying the state needs to pay its teachers more. You'll hear some of the president's general remarks and how Gov. Pat McCrory responded to the teacher comments. One of the people who wants to replace the president was in Raleigh this week. You'll hear remarks from Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, who is seeking the GOP nomination for president. Then host Donna Martinez analyzes the comments made by the President and the senator with Carolina Journal Managing Editor Rick Henderson. And finally, Martinez talks about the latest polling data of North Carolina voters with Tom Jensen of Public Policy Polling.

 

 
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This week primary challenges to Republican incumbent Congresswomen in our state grab national headlines. Carolina Journal Managing Editor Rick Henderson tells host Donna Martinez about discontent with Reps. Virginia Foxx and Renee Ellmers. He also discusses the first installment of the Clay Aiken campaign documentary. They also discuss the U.S. Supreme Court's decision on our state's election reform law. Then N.C. Republican Party chairman Claude Pope explains the effort to move the presidential primary earlier in the year. Next is political analyst John Hood, who looks at the presidential race. And finally, Martinez chats with new state Democratic Party chairwoman Patsy Keever about the party's messaging going into 2016.
Last Updated on Thursday, 16 April 2015 16:25
 
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In an April Fool’s political stunt, the state Republican Party announced that Democratic Attorney General Roy Cooper had announced his run for governor. Host Donna Martinez talks with Carolina Journal Managing Editor Rick Henderson about the news release issued April 1 by the GOP, using the URL, roycooperforgovernor.com. The news release came in response to Cooper’s attack on Gov. Pat McCrory and legislative Republicans via an ad on Cooper’s personal Facebook page. Henderson analyzes the political dynamic of a sitting attorney general who has all but declared his candidacy for governor. Then we turn to the political debate over religious freedom. As legislators consider the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, both sides have engaged in an emotional debate over the intersection of religion, politics, and culture. Martinez looks at both sides of the issue. First, Tami Fitzgerald of the N.C. Values Coalition discusses the bill, followed by comments from N.C. House Speaker Tim Moore, and edited remarks from Christopher Sgro of Equality North Carolina. That’s followed by a look at new polling data from High Point University. People in Politics Special Correspondent Bruce Ferrell talks with Martin Kifer about approval ratings for the president, the governor, and North Carolina’s two U.S. senators. And finally, we hear from Democratic political strategist Brad Crone about the state of the Democratic Party and what he expects from the General Assembly this session.
 
Last Updated on Tuesday, 07 April 2015 12:19
 
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This week, we look at the impact of women in North Carolina politics and data that shows while women make up 54 percent of registered voters, they hold roughly 25 percent of elective and appointed office. Host Donna Martinez digs into new research data with the report’s author, Dr. David McLennan, a visiting professor of political science at Meredith College. The two discuss challenges women face, efforts to recruit more women into running for office, the political affiliations of women, and some of the female role models in North Carolina politics. Then we turn to presidential politics with the announcement from Texas Sen. Ted Cruz that he will seek the Republican nomination for president. Cruz will make an appearance in Raleigh on April 13. You’ll hear some of his announcement made this week at Liberty University. That’s followed by a look at the debate over when North Carolina’s presidential primary will be held and the possible consequences for the GOP by pushing to move the primary from May to February or March. Martinez talks with Carolina Journal Managing Editor Rick Henderson about why the political class wants the move, and why national party leaders don’t. The two also discuss the large GOP field and the pros and cons for candidates who are part of a bruising primary election contest. They also look at behind-the-scenes maneuvering in Congress that helped bring 10th District Congressman Patrick McHenry into a position of power at a young age.

 

 

Last Updated on Friday, 27 March 2015 06:12
 
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Wednesday, 25 March 2015 05:46

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Gov. Pat McCrory headed to Washington D.C. this week to represent the National Governors Association before a U.S. House transportation committee. You’ll hear the governors remarks about North Carolina’s transportation reforms and why he and other governors are seeking a full partnership between the federal government and the states when it comes to interconnectivity of states and cities. The governor’s trip to Washington followed on the heels of a major victory in the courts. This week a 3-judge panel ruled unanimously in favor of the governor and against the General Assembly over the issue of separation of powers between the two branches of government. Host Donna Martinez talks with Catawba College political science professor Dr. Michael Bitzer about the importance of the ruling and the political dynamic at play between the executive and legislative branches. Bitzer also weighs in on the challenge facing state Democrats as they head into the 2016 political cycle with a new chairwoman on board but few options for gaining power in the legislator or U.S. Congress. Next is a look at Democratic Party efforts to roll back election reforms passed by the General Assembly. Martinez talks about two proposals from Minority Leader Larry Hall of Durham with Carolina Journal Managing Editor Rick Henderson. The two also discuss new developments in the investigation of spending by Dana Cope, former head of the State Employees Association of North Carolina (SEANC), as well as a 2016 primary challenge for 3rd District Congressman Walter Jones. And finally, Martinez and Henderson discuss the guilty verdict in the murder trial of Jonathan Broyhill, who was found guilty of killing Democratic political fundraiser Jamie Hahn.
 
Last Updated on Thursday, 26 March 2015 16:15
 
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North Carolina Democrats have begun to plan their strategy for the 2016 election cycle, and their plans are being engineered by a new state party chairwoman. Patsy Keever joins host Donna Martinez to discuss the Democrats’ challenge in North Carolina in the wake of multiple electoral losses to Republicans and why Keever believes her party’s message will resonate, particularly with the middle class. Keever also criticizes Republican policies, talks about the races her party will focus on, and acknowledges that Democrats must reach out beyond its traditional constituencies of single women and minorities in order to win back power. Then Martinez delves into changes afoot at the state Republican Party as well. Carolina Journal Managing Editor Rick Henderson tells Martinez about GOP Chairman Claude Pope’s decision not to run for a second term, the Gaston County Republican who has earned key endorsements for the post, and the hiring of a veteran political operative to assist the party. The two also discuss the complaint filed against Gov. Pat McCrory by the liberal advocacy group Progress North Carolina, new national handicapping of Sen. Richard Burr’s re-election prospects, and comments made by former Sen. Kay Hagan about why she lost her race to Thom Tillis.
 

 

Last Updated on Wednesday, 25 March 2015 15:55
 
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Congressman G.K. Butterfield is settling in to his new duties as chairman of the powerful Congressional Black Caucus. This week, we revisit his rousing speech from his swearing-in ceremony earlier this year, in which he said we must learn from the past and focus on the future. You’ll hear some of what he had to say about his vision for the venerable organization. Then we turn to the challenges facing North Carolina Democrats, who are still finding their way in the General Assembly after another election cycle in which voters put Republicans in control. We look back at remarks made by a key Democratic legislator, Rep. Larry Hall of Durham, in the Democratic reaction to Gov. Pat McCrory’s recent State of the State address. That’s followed by a look at new polling data from Elon University. Host Donna Martinez talks with Poll Director Kenneth Fernandez, who discusses Hillary Clinton’s popularity in the state, as well as rosier approval numbers for the governor. And speaking of the governor, as he rolls out his state budget proposal this week, we take another listen to some of his State of the State address, in which he laid out the vision the new budget plan will help fund. 
 
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