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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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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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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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Friday, 19 September 2014 08:03

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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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Friday, 12 September 2014 09:21

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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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Friday, 05 September 2014 09:03

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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. 

 
People in Politics August 30, 2014 PDF Print E-mail
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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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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
 
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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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Friday, 01 August 2014 07:43

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North Carolina's voter-approved marriage amendment is in the legal and political crosshairs following a ruling on Virginia's similar ban on gay marriage that has been ruled unconstitutional. You'll hear about the ruling and reaction from all angles, including Attorney General Roy Cooper, who says his office will stop defending the state against legal challenges to the amendment, which passed with overwhelming support at the polls in 2012. Then we hear from Chris Brook of the North Carolina ACLU about his organization's support of gay marriage and from Tami Fitzgerald of the N.C. Values Coalition about her group's opposition to gay marriage. Then host Donna Martinez delves into polling on the highly charged issue with Tom Jensen of Public Policy Polling. That's followed by Jensen's data on the U.S. Senate race and why the Kay Hagan campaign is smiling right now, as well as new numbers that show both Democrats and Republicans in North Carolina's General Assembly are extremely unpopular with voters. Then Carolina Journal Managing Editor Rick Henderson tells Martinez why HBO host Bill Maher is paying such close attention to the 2nd district congressional race between Republican Renee Ellmers and Democrat Clay Aiken. The two also discuss Kay Hagan's latest ad, which positions her as a centrist interested in bi-partisan solutions.

 

 

Last Updated on Friday, 01 August 2014 09:28
 
People in Politics July 26, 2014 PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 25 July 2014 11:55

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Kay Hagan's campaign strategy catches the attention of the New York Times, which notes that Hagan is bypassing the state Democratic Party and running her campaign out of the Wake County party offices. Host Donna Martinez talks about the story with Carolina Journal Managing Editor Rick Henderson, who explains that the very public problems with the party structure and leadership are the source of the move by Hagan. Martinez and Henderson also discuss new polling that shows Hagan has expanded her lead over Republican rival Thom Tillis and that Libertarian candidate Sean Haugh continues to pull 8 percent of the vote. Henderson also provides an update on judicial campaigns, where colleagues but campaign rivals are vowing to keep a civilized tone as the election nears. Discussion also turns to Democratic Congressman G.K. Butterfield's effort, along with three dozen House Democrats, to convince governors who chose not to create state exchanges for the Affordable Care Act, to change their minds. Gov. Pat McCrory is among those who declined to start a state exchange. Thirty-six states did not. Then we continue our look at the judicial campaigns by focusing on fundraising totals for the candidates. Joe Stewart of the N.C. Free Enterprise Foundation analyzes the numbers and the races. And finally, we turn to comments made by former President Bill Clinton about the possible presidential candidacy of wife Hillary, and fundraising totals for the congressional campaign committees. Recent totals show national Democrats out-raising national Republicans. 

Last Updated on Monday, 28 July 2014 09:30
 
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Political stunner in the 6th Congressional District Republican runoff as newcomer Mark Walker trounces the race favorite, Phil Berger Jr, 60 to 40 percent. Berger had won the initial primary in May. Host Donna Martinez talks with Walker about his win and what he expects to talk about going into the general election. Then Martinez discusses the dynamics of the race with Carolina Journal Managing Editor Rick Henderson. The two also discuss reaction to Walker's win from his Democratic opponent, Laura Fjeld, who on election night lashed out at Walker and called him an "extremist." Also of discussion is the runoff result in the 5th Congressional district, where Democrat Josh Brannon defeated fellow Democrat Gardenia Henley for the opportunity to challenge Republican incumbent Virginia Foxx in the general election. Martinez and Henderson also discuss the debate over debates in the U.S. Senate race. Democratic incumbent Kay Hagan wants very few debates, while her Republican challenger, House Speaker Thom Tillis, is proposing 10. Then we turn our attention to the impending 4th Circuit Court of Appeals ruling on same-sex marriage. Pastors in North Carolina who oppose gay marriage are concerned that the ruling, which is expected anytime, could imperil North Carolina's constitutional ban on gay marriage. You'll hear comments from Pastor Dave Kistler of the North Carolina Pastor Network. And finally, the National Governors Association has named Gov. Pat McCrory to its Executive Committee, while the Republican Governors Association has released a video of McCrory discussing his priorities for North Carolina. You'll hear the governor in his own words.

 

Last Updated on Friday, 18 July 2014 09:10
 
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It's down to the wire for primary runoff candidates as Election Day looms on Tuesday, July 15. Host Donna Martinez gets the latest on last minute campaigning in the 6th District congressional runoff from Carolina Journal Managing Editor Rick Henderson. The two discuss the frenzied battle between Republicans Phil Berger Jr. and Mark Walker, their varying endorsements, and their different campaign styles. Henderson also analyzes comments made on the trail by 2nd District Democratic congressional candidate Clay Aiken about what kind of congressman he'd be if elected. Aiken is challenging Republican incumbent Renee Ellmers in November. Then we turn to a conversation with Gov. Pat McCrory, who this week talked about his economic vision for the state, particularly its smaller towns, with Don Curtis of Carolina Newsmakers. That's followed by a look at the legal challenge to North Carolina's election reform law - particularly the provision to begin requiring a photo I.D. to vote. This week a District Court judge in the Triad heard from critics who are seeking an injunction to keep provisions of the law from taking effect. We hear from Allison Riggs of the Southern Coalition for Social Justice, who gave opening statements in the case. Her group opposes the law. We also hear from Susan Myrick of the Civitas Institute, who also was in the courtroom. Myrick's organization supports the law. As of People in Politics production deadline, the judge had not yet ruled. And finally, we look at the money trail for the U.S. Senate race, where multi-millions have already poured in to support Democratic incumbent Kay Hagan and her Republican challenger Thom Tillis. Matt Bales of the North Carolina Free Enterprise Foundation analyzes the numbers for Martinez. The two also talk about rumors that key North Carolina Democrats are planning to step up their game in order to try and unseat Republican legislators in the fall. 

Last Updated on Monday, 14 July 2014 07:47
 
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What is motivating North Carolina voters as the fall general election nears? Joe Stewart and Matt Bales of the North Carolina Free Enterprise Foundation talk about results of their analysis and explain the changing demographic trends in our state that are ushering in changes in long-standing voting behavior as well. Then host Donna Martinez gets the latest on the July 15 congressional runoff race in District 6 from Carolina Journal Managing Editor Rick Henderson. He discusses the differences in the campaign tactics of Republicans Phil Berger Jr. and Mark Walker, who are vying for the GOP nomination for the seat held for decades by retiring Rep. Howard Coble. The two also discuss the latest from the Kay Hagan campaign in the senator's fight for re-election, which seems to be a focus on turning out single women as Hagan faces Republican House Speaker Thom Tillis and Libertarian Sean Haugh in the fall. Henderson also explains why a slew of Republicans are in the political crosshairs of opponents of hydraulic fracturing. Then Martinez focuses on the Democratic primary runoff in the 5th Congressional District. We revisit conversations with Democrats Gardenia Henley and Josh Brannon, both of whom are hoping to win the day on July 15 for the opportunity to face GOP congressional incumbent Virginia Foxx in November. Early voting in both congressional primary runoffs began July 3 and continues through July 12, with Election Day on Tuesday, July 15.

 

Last Updated on Friday, 04 July 2014 09:03
 
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Thursday, 26 June 2014 11:31

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He could be the spoiler candidate the prevents Democrat Kay Hagan from being re-elected to the U.S. Senate or Republican Thom Tillis from snatching the seat for Republicans. Host Donna Martinez talks with the third person on the fall Senate ballot -- Libertarian Sean Haugh. The two talk about domestic policy, the crisis in Iraq, and why Haugh believes "war" is the first thing he would cut from the federal budget. Then we turn to the battle underway in the 6th Congressional district as the GOP primary runoff nears. Rick Henderson of Carolina Journal tells Martinez about the fierce competition and interesting political dynamics at play between Phil Berger Jr. and Mark Walker -- the two men vying for the win on July 15. Then we turn to fireworks that went off this week for two state legislators. Henderson tells Martinez about eyebrow-raising comments made by Republican Rep. Paul Stam of Raleigh about the definition of sexual orientation. He also explains eyebrow raising news about high ranking Democratic legislator Michael Wray of Gaston, who up until very recently had failed to pay numerous tax bills. And finally, with early voting for the GOP's 6th District congressional runoff getting underway July 3, we take another look at the two candidates. Martinez recently talked with Phil Berger Jr. and Mark Walker. You'll hear parts of those conversations. 

Last Updated on Friday, 27 June 2014 07:50
 
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Friday, 20 June 2014 09:05

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This week Gov. Beverly Perdue got political circles talking when, at a fundraiser for a group supporting Hillary Clinton for president, the former governor told the audience her husband, Bob Eaves, had attended one of the Moral Monday anti-GOP protests at the legislature. Carolina Journal Managing Editor Rick Henderson tells host Donna Martinez about the story and the developing makeup of the Moral Monday gatherings. The two also discuss the situation with the campaign of Democrat Clay Aiken, the 2nd District congressional nominee who faces Republican Renee Ellmers in the fall. Aiken is reportedly advertising for campaign staff on a progressive blog and, when it comes to fundraising, is prepared to sing for donors. Then we turn to the aggressive advertising already underway in the U.S. Senate race between Kay Hagan, Thom Tillis, and Sean Haugh. People in Politics Special Correspondent Bruce Ferrell gets perspective from William Peace University political science professor David McLennan. That's followed by a discussion with Josh Brannon, one of two Democrats vying in the July runoff for their party's nomination for the 5th District seat in Congress. Martinez talks with Brannon about his ideology and his views on key issues. And finally, Martinez talks with Alex Johnson of General Opportunity about the role of young people on politics and why some 20-somethings are so concerned about economic issues. 

Last Updated on Friday, 20 June 2014 09:07
 
People in Politics June 14, 2014 PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 13 June 2014 09:02

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A big surprise on Monday for the anti-Republican protesters as Senate Leader Phil Berger sat down and talked with them for more than an hour after they staged a sit-in outside his office. Host Donna Martinez gets reaction to the GOP's olive branch when she talks with Democratic political consultant Thomas Mills and conservative activist Francis DeLuca of the Civitas Institute. Both analysts weigh in on the politics of the move and give Berger high marks for talking with people who've leveled ugly attacks his way. Then DeLuca discusses the latest polling numbers for state legislators and Gov. Pat McCrory, and weighs in on the stunning defeat of the U.S. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor in Virginia's GOP primary. Then we turn to the July runoff between Democrats seeking their party's nomination for North Carolina's 5th District seat in the U.S. Congress. Martinez talks with candidate Gardenia Henley about her views and why she wants to oust Republican incumbent Virginia Foxx. And finally, we take a look at the debate over debates in the U.S. Senate race. Martinez talks with Carolina Journal Managing Editor Rick Henderson about Republican Thom Tillis' push for 10 debates with his Democratic rival Kay Hagan. 

Last Updated on Friday, 13 June 2014 09:04
 
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Wednesday, 04 June 2014 07:34

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Guilty. Former Charlotte Mayor Patrick Cannon tells a U.S. magistrate he is guilty of public corruption and pleads guilty to a count of honest services fraud. Host Donna Martinez talks with Carolina Journal Managing Editor Rick Henderson about the stunning revelations that could land the 47-year-old rising star of the Democratic Party a prison stint and a huge fine. This week Martinez also continues her look at one of five runoffs scheduled for the North Carolina ballot on July 15: the race for the GOP's nomination for the 6th District seat in Congress. Last week Martinez talked with candidate Mark Walker. This week she talks about key issues with candidate Phil Berger, Jr., and asks him what distinguishes him from his opponent. Then we look at reaction from supporters of the current General Assembly to continued "Moral Monday" protests against Republican legislators and Gov. Pat McCrory. Dallas Woodhouse of Carolina Rising tells Martinez why his group is telling protesters they've got plenty of good news to be happy about. Once the short legislative session comes to a close, will Republican legislators head home to an electorate that's pleased with them? Martinez gets the latest polling data from Public Policy Polling's Tom Jensen, who says voters are just as unhappy with Democrats as they are Republicans. Martinez and Jensen also discuss the U.S. Senate race and the potential spoiler role that may be played by Libertarian Sean Haugh, and whether the Democrats have a 2016 presidential bench should Hillary Clinton decline to seek the party's nomination. 
 

Last Updated on Wednesday, 04 June 2014 07:36
 
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