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People in Politics April 19, 2014 PDF Print E-mail
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This week, host Donna Martinez continues her "Candidate Conversations" with Toni Morris, one of three Democrats seeking their party's nomination for the 2nd District seat in the U.S. Congress. They talk about why she's running, her view of the key issues in the district, and her views on ObamaCare and same-sex marriage. Morris faces Keith Crisco and Clay Aiken in the May 6 primary, with the winner taking on the Republican nominee in the fall -- either GOP incumbent Renee Ellmers or her primary challenger, investment counselor Frank Roche. Then we turn to the fight for North Carolina's U.S. Senate seat. Just days ago, seven of the eight Republicans in the race were part of a debate hosted by the East Wake Republican Club, which asked Martinez to moderate. This week we bring you part of that debate. You'll hear the seven candidates tell the 500 in attendance why they deserve the GOP nomination, their view of ObamaCare, and the economic challenges faced by North Carolinians. The seven candidates in attendance: Ted Alexander, Alex Bradshaw, Greg Brannon, Heather Grant, Mark Harris, Ed Kryn, and Jim Snyder. Thom Tillis was invited but did not participate. The winner of the May 6 primary -- assuming one of the candidates receives more than 40 percent of the vote -- will face the winner of the Democratic Party primary. Incumbent Sen. Kay Hagan is seeking re-election but first must get past her primary challengers, Ernest Reeves and Will Stewart.
 

Last Updated on Thursday, 17 April 2014 09:06
 
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He's one of three people seeking the Democratic Party's nomination for the 2nd District seat in Congress. This week, host Donna Martinez talks with Keith Crisco about his run, what distinguishes him from his opposition, his view of the Affordable Care Act, and the key issue in the district. Crisco faces Clay Aiken and Toni Morris on the May 6 ballot. The winner will advance to the general election and battle the winner of the Republican primary: either incumbent Renee Ellmers or financial counselor Frank Roche. Then we turn to comments about North Carolina's election reform law, made this week by Vice President Biden in a video from the Democratic National Committee. Biden pans our state's election reform laws and says they're part of an attempt to keep people from the polls. Becki Gray of the John Locke Foundation reacts, saying Biden is wrong and that the election law changes put North Carolina in the mainstream of state law. Next is a look at the 2014 election season from Democratic political strategist Brad Crone. At an election panel held this week in Raleigh, Crone told the audience which Republican candidate he thinks can defeat Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan, and he discussed the voting blocs he believes will determine the outcome of the races. And finally, in this week's installment of "On the Trail," Carolina Journal Managing Editor Rick Henderson tells Martinez about a feisty election forum in the 12th District race for the Democratic nomination when one candidate expressed support for school vouchers. The two also discuss new polling data that show Sen. Hagan continues to face a tough re-election bid, and the appointment of a new Charlotte Mayor, former state Sen. Dan Clodfelter. 

Last Updated on Monday, 14 April 2014 11:17
 
People in Politics April 5, 2014 PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 03 April 2014 16:11

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This week host Donna Martinez continues her conversations with the three primary election candidates seeking a seat on the North Carolina Supreme Court. Justice Robin Hudson tells Martinez why she’s seeking another term, how her varied background serves her as a jurist on the state’s highest court, and how the court impacts average North Carolinians. Hudson joins Judge Eric Levinson and Jeanette Doran on the ballot. The top two vote-getters will face each other in the fall general election. Then we turn to perspective on the 2014 season from Joe Stewart of the North Carolina Free Enterprise Foundation. Stewart discusses why it looks to be a good year for Republicans and the role outside money is already playing in the Senate race. Next are comments about Gov. Pat McCrory from Tom Campbell, host of the statewide TV show “NC Spin.” Campbell assesses the governor’s performance so far in office, as well as the intense criticism the governor has received. That’s followed by a look at this week’s State Board of Election report, which showed the potential for “double voting” by more than 700 North Carolina voters in 2012 due to their names also being matched to voter rolls in other states. Carolina Journal Managing Editor Rick Henderson discusses the data with Martinez, the next steps to determine if fraud actually exists, and how it is playing in the ongoing debate over voter fraud and what should be done about it. The two also talk about the latest “On the Trail” campaign news, including new ads that have gone up in the Senate race, the latest Senate polling data, Democratic congressional candidate Clay Aiken’s reluctance to talk about his “American Idol” experience, criticism by Democrats of 5th District Republican Congresswoman Virginia Foxx, and the ongoing fight for votes in the GOP primary for the 6th District congressional race.
 
 
Last Updated on Thursday, 03 April 2014 16:12
 
People in Politics March 29, 2014 PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 28 March 2014 11:06

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Political stunner this week and we learn that Charlotte Mayor Patrick Cannon was arrested on Wednesday and charged with public corruption following a multi-year investigation by the FBI. Cannon, a Democrat, resigned his office late Wednesday evening after posting bond. He is charged with, among other things, accepting cash in the mayor’s office in exchange for help with zoning and permitting. Host Donna Martinez gets reaction from Democratic political consultant Thomas Mills, who says he doesn’t think Cannon’s trouble will have a big impact on the 2014 elections. Turning to campaign news, Martinez and Mills then discuss Mills’ contention that Democrats, including Kay Hagan, have adopted the wrong political strategy for the 2014 cycle. Mills explains that the “red meat” message about the billionaire Koch brothers’ support of Republican candidates only resonates with party faithful already prepared to vote for Democrats. He discusses what he thinks Hagan and other Democrats should do instead. Then we turn to our latest Candidate Conversation. Martinez talks with Judge Eric Levinson, one of the three candidates on the primary ballot for a seat on the North Carolina Supreme Court. The others are Jeanette Doran and Justice Robin Hudson. Levinson talks about his background, his judicial philosophy, and why he wants to sit on the state’s highest court. Next is a look at the big stories “On the Trail” this week with Carolina Journal Managing Editor Rick Henderson. He tells Martinez why one Republican judge has raised questions over her quest for a Supreme Court seat, why Congressman Walter Jones is facing a tough re-election in the 3rd District, and why the allegations have begun to fly between Woody White and David Rouzer in the GOP primary for the 7th District race. That’s followed by political consultant Doug Raymond’s view on the role Heather Grant’s gender may play in the U.S. Senate primary race. Raymond explains the history that says being female usually translates into two or three percentage points for the candidate. 
Last Updated on Friday, 28 March 2014 11:08
 
People in Politics March 22, 2014 PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 24 March 2014 09:52

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North Carolinians may not realize that the May 6 primary ballot includes a race between three legal beagles seeking a seat on the North Carolina Supreme Court. The two garnering the highest number of votes will face off in the fall general election for the seat on the highest court, now held by Justice Robin Hudson. Host Donna Martinez begins her look at this key judicial primary with a conversation with candidate Jeanette Doran, who discusses her judicial philosophy, her background, her view of the state’s constitution, and why she thinks voters should cast a vote for her, ahead of her challengers, Judge Eric Levinson and Justice Robin Hudson. Then we turn to this week’s campaign trail developments. Carolina Journal Managing Editor Rick Henderson tells Martinez about a verbal war of words that has erupted between Republican Senate primary candidates Greg Brannon and Thom Tillis, as well as a look at a key speech to made in May by Democratic incumbent Kay Hagan. Henderson also details the tense exchange between two Republican candidates seeking the GOP nomination for the 7th District seat in Congress, and updates us on the latest stops for two Democrats – Clay Aiken and Keith Crisco – in the race for the Democratic nomination for the 2nd District congressional seat. That’s followed by a look at polling data on the Senate and congressional races with Tom Jensen of Public Policy Polling. Jensen tells Martinez about Hagan’s chances for re-election and the Republicans’ chances to retain control of the North Carolina General Assembly. And finally, we turn to redistricting. Advocates for reforming North Carolina’s redistricting process have renewed their calls for changes. Jane Pinsky of the North Carolina Coalition for Lobbying and Government Reform tells Martinez the candidate filings initiated the call for change. Pinsky details the numbers of legislative races that are noncompetitive, offers recommendations for taking politics out of the district lines, and offers kudos to Republican legislators who continue to support redistricting despite its potential to limit the GOP’s power. 
Last Updated on Monday, 24 March 2014 09:54
 
People in Politics March 15, 2014 PDF Print E-mail
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Advocates for reforming North Carolina’s redistricting process this week renewed their calls for changes. Jane Pinsky of the North Carolina Coalition for Lobbying and Government Reform tells host Donna Martinez that the candidate filings initiated the call for change. Pinsky details the numbers of legislative races that are noncompetitive, offers recommendations for taking politics out of the district lines, and offers kudos to Republican legislators who continue to support redistricting despite its potential to limit the GOP’s power. Then we turn to continuing turmoil inside the state’s Democratic Party. This week party Chairman Randy Voller told his executive committee the party is broke and may have to sell its historic downtown Raleigh headquarters. Democratic consultant Thomas Mills tells Martinez that many in the party have lost faith in Voller and that donors are finding other ways to support Democrats and are bypassing the party. Mills also reacts to the death of his friend, Sen. Martin Nesbitt of Buncombe County, and explains Nesbitt’s commitment to progressive causes. That’s followed by more news “On the Trail” with Carolina Journal’s Rick Henderson. Henderson gives Martinez the latest endorsements in the U.S. Senate race and explains why lobbyist donations to the 6th District congressional candidacy of Phil Berger Jr. are raising some eyebrows. Henderson also profiles the May 6 primary race for a seat on the North Carolina Supreme Court, where three candidates are vying for two spots on the fall ballot. 
Last Updated on Friday, 14 March 2014 07:54
 
People in Politics March 8, 2014 PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 10 March 2014 07:49

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Sorrow envelops North Carolina’s political world with the sudden death this week of Senate Minority Leader Martin Nesbitt. The Buncombe County Democrat has stepped down from his leadership post early in the week, but by late in the week, word came he had died from complications due to stomach cancer. Senate Minority Whip Josh Stein tells host Donna Martinez why Nesbitt was so beloved and what is legacy is likely to be. Stein, a Democrat who represents Wake County, also discusses Nesbitt’s impact on the state’s Democratic Party. Next is a look at the primary election for legislative seats. Matt Bales, research director of the North Carolina Free Enterprise Foundation, tells Martinez why so many legislative candidates have won their seats without one vote yet being cast. Then we turn to fascinating polling data from the latest Elon University Poll. Dr. Ken Fernandez, director of the Elon Poll, gives Martinez poll results he says could spell trouble for Democratic incumbent Kay Hagan, who is seeking re-election to her U.S. Senate seat. And finally, we get the latest endorsements in races for Congress from Rick Henderson of Carolina Journal, who tells Martinez that political advertising has also ticked up as campaigning for the primary begins in earnest.
 
 
Last Updated on Monday, 10 March 2014 09:04
 
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Friday, 28 February 2014 10:02

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It’s official. The candidate list is finalized and the matchups for May’s North Carolina primary election are set. Tom Jensen of Public Policy Polling joins host Donna Martinez to take the pulse of the state’s electorate on the U.S. Senate race, key congressional races, and the Democrats’ push to regain seats in the state legislature. Jensen also lays out the intriguing fight for control of the U.S. Senate, which could hinge on North Carolina’s seat, now held by Democratic incumbent Kay Hagan. Then we turn to the candidate slate in key races with the weekly “On the Trail” segment. Carolina Journal Managing Editor Rick Henderson tells Martinez that several GOP incumbents are facing criticism from primary challengers, and the two discuss the very crowded GOP field for the U.S. Senate nomination. That’s followed by an update on the legal troubles for former Republican state legislator Stephen LaRoque. Sarah Ovaska of N.C. Policy Watch tells Martinez that a judge has granted LaRoque a new trial on all 12 counts of misuse of federal grant money.
 
 
Last Updated on Friday, 28 February 2014 10:17
 
People in Politics February 22, 2014 PDF Print E-mail
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A civil ruling goes against a Republican U.S. Senate candidate in North Carolina, but this week Greg Brannon filed for the seat now held by Democrat Kay Hagan. That story tops the “On the Trail” discussion between host Donna Martinez and Carolina Journal’s Rick Henderson. The two also discuss the fundraising total for Democrat Clay Aiken, who’s seeking to challenge GOP 2nd District incumbent Renee Ellmers, who this week continued her support for an immigration reform plan that could allow a path to citizenship for some illegal immigrants, as well as border security. Martinez and Henderson also discuss the crowded field of candidates for the 6th District seat and an unexpected narrative emerging in the GOP primary race between David Rouzer and Woody White. That’s followed by a look at the turmoil inside the state Democratic Party with William Peace University political science professor Dr. David McLennan, who says it’s bad news for Democrats. McLennan also assesses the impact of a verbal altercation between Gov. Pat McCrory and a grocery store clerk. Then we look back at the role played by a North Carolina politician in Watergate. Rufus Edmisten was a key legal aide to Sen. Sam Ervin, who led the Senate committee that investigated Watergate. Edmisten talks to People in Politics Special Correspondent Patrick Johnson about his experience. Edmisten will be part of a Museum of History event about Watergate to be held later in the week in Raleigh.
 
 
Last Updated on Friday, 21 February 2014 10:07
 
People in Politics February 15, 2014 PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 14 February 2014 10:38

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Fired! The executive director of the North Carolina Democratic Party has been ousted by state chairman Randy Voller, and Democrats haven’t wasted time in reacting. Democratic political consultant Thomas Mills tells host Donna Martinez that Voller doesn’t have broad support from Democrats and that his actions are hurting the party. Then we look at this week’s candidate filings in the weekly installment of “On The Trail.” Carolina Journal Managing Editor Rick Henderson tells Martinez how several key races are shaping up and a new poll about the impact of Democrat Clay Aiken’s celebrity on the 2nd District congressional race. He also discusses the North Carolina Supreme Court Justice who has filed to run for the seat of retiring Chief Justice Sarah Parker. Next is a look at the fundraising tallies of three GOP contenders for the U.S. Senate nomination. Matt Bales, research director of the North Carolina Free Enterprise Foundation, provides the latest numbers for Thom Tillis, Greg Brannon, and Mark Harris – all of whom trail Sen. Kay Hagan badly in the money game. Bales also discusses his group’s candidate tracker and district ratings. That’s followed by comments from Gov. Pat McCrory about his proposal to raise base teacher pay by nearly 14 percent over the next two years. McCrory was joined in Guilford County by Lt. Gov. Dan Forest, House Speaker Tillis, and Senate Leader Phil Berger. And finally, Lt. Gov. Forest talks about how he got into politics in a recent interview with Don Curtis for Carolina Newsmakers.
 
Last Updated on Friday, 14 February 2014 10:40
 
People in Politics February 8, 2014 PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 07 February 2014 08:52

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

 

Last Updated on Friday, 07 February 2014 10:11
 
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Friday, 31 January 2014 10:22

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The money is pouring in to Sen. Kay Hagan’s re-election campaign. Matt Bales of the N.C. Free Enterprise Foundation tells host Donna Martinez the Democratic incumbent started the year with $6 million on hand. Bales delves into where the money is coming from, explains why contests in two North Carolina congressional districts could impact the Senate race, and looks at what he describes as the most entertaining race of the year. Then we hear from Sen. Hagan as she discusses her support for the Affordable Care Act and why she thinks ads being run against her by outside groups are unfair. Next, Martinez provides details on the latest court ruling that means the state’s 2014 elections will not be delayed as the redrawn maps are scrutinized. Democrats and their allies have argued the primary should be delayed until a ruling is reached. Then we turn to comments from Gov. Pat McCrory about the decision by the City of Charlotte not to seek to be the host city for the 2016 Republican National Convention. That’s followed by Martinez’s conversation with Carolina Journal Managing Editor Rick Henderson. In this week’s “On The Trail” segment, the two discuss the traffic jam that is the Republican primary field for the 6th District seat in Congress, fundraising totals in a Court of Appeals race, and why five Republican N.C. senators have been deemed vulnerable to defeat by Public Policy Polling. And finally, we turn to President Obama’s 2014 agenda as laid out in the recent State of the Union address. You’ll  hear the president challenge Republicans in Congress to work with him or sit on the sidelines while he advances his program by executive order. 
Last Updated on Friday, 31 January 2014 10:23
 
People in Politics January 25, 2014 PDF Print E-mail
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As he begins his second year in office, Gov. Pat McCrory stepped before the microphones and cameras to talk about his accomplishments and 2014 priorities. You’ll hear his comments on energy, transportation, and education, as well the 2014 focus for his wife, First Lady Ann McCrory. In this week’s “On The Trail” segment, Carolina Journal Managing Editor Rick Henderson tells host Donna Martinez that American Idol runner-up and Raleigh native Clay Aiken looks closer to a run for the Democratic Party nomination in the 2nd Congressional District. The two discuss the growing number of candidates in the race, the role of celebrity in politics, and how Aiken’s potential entry could thwart the Democrats’ efforts to elevate veteran business expert and former Perdue aide Keith Crisco, who’s also seeking the Democratic nomination to challenge Republican incumbent Renee Ellmers. The discussion continues with news about the latest entrants into the U.S. Senate race and the war of words already underway in a key legislative race, where state Senator Bob Rucho has called his Republican primary opponent a liberal Democrat. That’s followed by Martinez’s in-depth conversation with North Carolina Democratic Party Chairman Randy Voller, who tells Martinez about the party’s plans for 2014, why he believes Democrats will pick up seats in the legislature in the fall, why Sen. Kay Hagan can win re-election, and why he doesn’t mind it when the state Republican Party says NAACP Chairman Rev. William Barber is the defacto head of the Democratic Party.
 
 
People in Politics January 18, 2014 PDF Print E-mail
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A veteran Democratic political strategist predicts the 2014 election season will be a wild one in North Carolina. Brad Crone laid out the political landscape for Don Curtis on a recent addition of Carolina Newsmakers. Crone talks about challenges facing state Democrats and why voters not affiliated with Democrats or Republicans will hold sway. Then we turn to President Obama’s challenge in 2014 as he tries to help Democrats up for re-election – including N.C. Sen. Kay Hagan. Ahead of the president’s visit to our state on Wednesday, NC State political science professor Andy Taylor offers perspective. Next is the very latest “On the Trail” as host Donna Martinez talks with Rick Henderson of Carolina Journal about how the Senate race is shaping up now that Kay Hagan has drawn a Democratic Party primary challenger as well as another Republican. Martinez and Henderson also talk about the tightening GOP primary race in the 7th District congressional race between New Hanover County Commissioner Woody White and former state Sen. David Rouzer. Former state GOP Chairman Tom Fetzer is now supporting White even though it was Rouzer who came within 650 votes of defeating Democrat Mike McIntyre  in 2012. That’s followed by Martinez’ conversation with Republican Party Chairman Claude Pope about the party’s 2014 plans. Pope comments on the U.S. Senate race and the ongoing “Moral Monday” protests against Republicans.
Last Updated on Thursday, 23 January 2014 10:09
 
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Friday, 10 January 2014 10:32

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

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As 2014 begins, a slate of changes in North Carolina’s election law take effect. While the requirement to show a photo I.D. to vote – which doesn’t begin until 2016 – has gotten all the media attention, there are many other provisions of the law. Host Donna Martinez talks about the changes with one of the key legislators who shepherded the law through the General Assembly, Rep. David Lewis, chairman of the N.C. House Elections Committee. Martinez and Lewis discuss changes in campaign donation limits, the order of candidates on the ballot, the elimination of public financing for judicial campaigns, and more. Then Martinez provides details of a new job for former 2nd District Congressman Bob Etheridge, an administrative law judge’s ruling that the McCrory administration improperly fired a state ALE agent, and the reason that national Democrats and Republicans are focusing so intently on Sen. Kay Hagan’s re-election bid, And finally, Martinez talks with Democrat Jason Thigpen about his quest for the Democratic nomination for the 3rd District seat in the Congress. Thigpen is a former Republican who last year switched parties and is now seeking to unseat incumbent Republican Walter Jones. 
 
Last Updated on Friday, 03 January 2014 10:04
 
People in Politics December 28, 2013 PDF Print E-mail
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The State Board of Elections has ordered a new election in the Town of Pembroke due to large numbers of problems and irregularities. Host Donna Martinez brings us the story, along with news of Republican legislative leaders getting outside legal help for the defense if the 2012 constitutional amendment that defined marriage as between one man and one woman, and Rep. Mel Watt’s impending resignation from his 12th District congressional seat. Then House Speaker Pro Tem Paul “Skip” Stam, R-Wake, tells Martinez why he believes legal challenges to the state’s new opportunity scholarships will pass legal muster. He also assesses the 2013 legislative session and discusses what may be ahead for controversial film tax credits offered by the state to the film and TV industry. Then Tom Jensen of Public Policy Polling sets the state for the 2014 election cycle with the latest data on how North Carolinians perceive Democrats and Republicans. He also tells Martinez why President Obama’s low approval rating could spell trouble for Democratic incumbent Sen. Kay Hagan, whose seat is up for election. 

 

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

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

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The race for North Carolina’s 6th District seat in Congress is getting crowded. Rockingham County District Attorney tells host Donna Martinez he will seek the GOP nomination for the seat current Rep. Howard Coble will vacate at the end of his term, and he discusses his views on fiscal and social issues. Then we turn to the re-emergence of John Edwards. Carolina Journal Managing Editor Rick Henderson tells Martinez about Edwards’ decision to get back into lawyering and what his daughter Cate says about any potential political future for her father. Martinez and Henderson also discuss the continuing political comments coming from Democratic Attorney General Roy Cooper, who appears to be setting the stage for a gubernatorial run, and legal problems for the High Point mayor. Next is a look at the plummeting approval numbers for President Obama. CBS’s John Dickerson digs into the data and what it could mean for the president. That’s followed by comments from 4th District Democratic Rep. David Price about issues with health insurance cancellations due to Affordable Care Act rules. Then you’ll hear the dueling ads already on the air in the race for the U.S. Senate seat now held by Democrat Kay Hagan. The Senate Majority PAC is airing a pro-Hagan ad, while Americans for Prosperity has produced an ad that questions Hagan’s votes. Next is Martinez’s conversation with Chad Adams, former Lee County Commissioner and Wilmington talk show host. Adams offers his view of the 2014 election cycle. And finally, we commemorate the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. You’ll hear the president talks with WGN sportscaster Vince Lloyd on opening day of the baseball season in April 1961. Martinez also reports on survey data about Americans’ views of JFK.
Last Updated on Friday, 22 November 2013 09:45
 
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Friday, 15 November 2013 11:26

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This week, a shift in the polling of the 2014 U.S. Senate race as problems with the rollout of the Affordable Care Act seems to have taken a toll on Democratic incumbent Kay Hagan. Host Donna Martinez gets the very latest survey data from Jim Williams of the Democratic polling firm Public Policy Polling. Williams discusses that Hagan’s lead over her potential GOP opponents has evaporated and that she, in fact, now trails Cary physician Greg Brannon. Williams also gives Martinez the latest numbers for Gov. Pat McCrory and the Republican-led legislature, which shows both are faring better with North Carolinians. Then we hear from Sen. Hagan about her concerns with the bungled rollout of the Affordable Care Act and what she’s doing to address it. So how are things shaping up in the race? Ran Coble of the North Carolina Center for Public Policy Research assesses the GOP field. It’s not just Sen. Hagan whose approval numbers have fallen. President Obama is suffering in the polls as well. CBS News Correspondent Pam Coulter looks into the data. Then Democratic political analyst Jeanne Bonds reacts to the dropping poll numbers for both Sen. Hagan and the president. Next is a look at the potential impact of recent gubernatorial races on North Carolina. People in Politics Correspondent Patrick Johnson talks with MSNBC anchor and author Chris Matthews about what could be ahead. Then we turn to the 2016 race for North Carolina governor. Martinez talks with Democrat Ken Spaulding of Durham about why he wants to take the state in a different direction. And finally, Martinez talks with one of the Republican candidates for the 6th District seat in Congress now held by Howard Coble, who is planning to retire. High Point businessman Don Webb tells Martinez why he wants the seat.
Last Updated on Friday, 15 November 2013 11:28
 
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Tuesday, 12 November 2013 08:52

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

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While Democrats and Republicans fight in court over whether North Carolina’s new requirement to show a photo I.D. to vote is constitutional, N.C. State political science professor Andy Taylor is expressing concerns over enforcement of the law, should it pass legal muster. Host Donna Martinez talks with Taylor about his concerns, as well as the role of Democratic Attorney General Roy Cooper in the voter I.D. story. Cooper has been vocal about his personal opposition to the law even though his office must defend the state in court. Then we hear comments from Gov. Pat McCrory in defense of the law. That’s followed by a look at a provision in the election reform law that has garnered few headlines. Martinez talks with Rick Henderson of Carolina Journal about the end of public financing for judicial elections in North Carolina, how North Carolina compares to other states when it comes to electing judges, and recent disciplinary action against former Mecklenburg County Judge Bill Belk, whose law license has been suspended for three years. Then Martinez provides a news update on national fundraising numbers for Democrats and Republicans, comments about President Obama’s opposition made by Benjamin Jealous of the national NAACP, and an African-American engagement office opened in Charlotte by the Republican National Committee. Next is a look at the results of two rankings of state legislators’ votes on business issues and environmental issues. And finally, conservative commentator and author Ann Coulter tells Talk Radio 850 WPTF talk show host Bill LuMaye her views about the rift inside the Republican Party.
 
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