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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
 
People in Politics March 21, 2015 PDF Print E-mail
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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
 
People in Politics March 14, 2015 PDF Print E-mail
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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
 
People in Politics March 7, 2015 PDF Print E-mail
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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. 
 
People in Politics February 28, 2015 PDF Print E-mail
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Hillary Clinton takes North Carolina. That’s what would occur if the election for president were held today, according to the latest Elon University Poll. Host Donna Martinez talks with Poll Director, Dr. Kenneth Fernandez, about the data that shows Clinton handily beating Jeb Bush in our state, and they discuss which candidates are catching on with their respective parties. The two also discuss North Carolinians’ views on gay marriage, abortion, and the energy extraction process known as hydraulic fracturing. Then Martinez talks with Democratic political consultant Thomas Mills about a new national report from Democrats, which says the party must reach out beyond its core constituencies if it hopes to rebound from devastating 2014 midterm losses. Mills talks specifically about the need for Democrats to appeal to white voters in the South. That’s followed by more perspective on the Elon Poll from Rick Henderson of Carolina Journal, who focuses on the data that shows Gov. Pat McCrory with a 4-point increase in job approval since October. The two also discuss debate among state Republicans about the best date to hold North Carolina’s 2016 presidential primary, and a possible primary challenge for 3rd District Republican Rep. Walter Jones.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 03 March 2015 16:56
 
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She’s in! Democrat Linda Coleman has made it official: for a second time, she will run against Republican Dan Forest for the Lt. Governor’s seat. Coleman lost to Forest in 2012 despite heavy backing from the now-embattled quasi-union group, the State Employees Association of North Carolina (SEANC). Carolina Journal Managing Editor Rick Henderson talks about Coleman’s prospects with host Donna Martinez, including the distinctions between Coleman and Forest, who has confirmed he will seek re-election. The two also discuss data from Public Policy Polling that shows legislative Democrats are more unpopular than legislative Republicans and that a big chunk of the electorate still doesn’t know much about U.S. Sen. Richard Burr, who is up for re-election in 2016. Henderson tells Martinez about the developing national media narrative that ousted Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan may challenge Burr for his seat. Then we turn to more polling data from Tom Jensen of Public Policy Polling. Jensen tells Martinez that North Carolina Democrats have already coalesced around Hillary Clinton in the presidential sweepstakes and that Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is surging in popularity among Republicans. That’s followed by comments about governors he has known from Phil Kirk, who was chief of staff to two North Carolina governors and a U.S. Congressman. In a speech made in Raleigh this week, Kirk shares his memories of several of the governors. And finally, Lt. Gov. Dan Forest explains his educational priorities and talks about his admiration for legislators, who technically have a part-time job but who commit huge amounts of time away from home to fulfill their duties.

 

Last Updated on Friday, 27 February 2015 07:12
 
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He’s out. In a stunning development, one of the most well-known advocates seen regularly in the halls of the General Assembly has resigned his position. Dana Cope, head of the State Employees Association of North Carolina (SEANC), stepped before the media microphones this week for a 1-minute resignation speech in the wake of a Raleigh News & Observer report that raised serious questions about spending of SEANC money on what appeared to be Cope’s personal expenses. You’ll hear Cope’s emotional statement. Then host Donna Martinez gets analysis from Carolina Journal Managing Editor Rick Henderson. They also discuss the election of the state Democratic Party’s new chairwoman, Patsy Keever, and N.C. House Speaker Tim Moore’s meeting with Moral Monday protesters. Then Martinez gets the latest polling data surrounding the 2016 election cycle from Tom Jensen of the Democratic polling firm of Public Policy Polling. They discuss new data showing that in a hypothetical matchup for governor, incumbent Pat McCrory would beat Democratic Attorney General Roy Cooper by five points. Jensen also provides survey results for Sen. Richard Burr, who will be up for re-election in 2016, and President Barack Obama, who continues to be very unpopular in North Carolina.
 
 
Last Updated on Wednesday, 18 February 2015 15:30
 
People in Politics February 7, 2015 PDF Print E-mail
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In an 80-minute speech Wednesday evening, Gov. Pat McCrory delivered his vision for the next two years to a packed legislative chamber of lawmakers, cabinet members and high-ranking officials. You’ll hear some of the governor’s remarks about jobs, the economy, and education in his State of the State remarks, a biennial event. While the governor presented a hopeful message of accomplishment and new areas of focus, Democrats offered a much different message in the Democratic response to the governor. You’ll hear Democratic Leader Larry Hall, a House representative from Durham, discuss his party’s view that Gov. McCrory and Republicans have left the middle class behind. Then host Donna Martinez gets analysis of both speeches from Democratic political consultant Thomas Mills, who explains how he sees the next two years in policy and messaging for the governor and for Democrats. And finally, we hear from Republican Rep. Paul Stam and Democratic Rep. Grier Martin – both of Wake County – about the need to change the way North Carolina draws its election districts. A bipartisan group of legislators and advocates have once again begun the push for an independent redistricting commission.

 

 

 
People in Politics January 31, 2015 PDF Print E-mail
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The General Assembly is back in Raleigh – with gusto! That’s how one North Carolina newspaper put it as lawmakers headed back to Raleigh to begin the legislative session in earnest following an organizational meeting a few days ago. But while Wednesday wasn’t the official first day of business, it was a consequential day, with legislation filed and committee assignments secured. Host Donna Martinez gets a review from Becki Gray of the John Locke Foundation, one of the many lobbyists who assembled at the legislative building to say hello to lawmakers. Then we revisit comments made a few days ago by the legislature’s leaders about what could be ahead for the session. We hear from new House Speaker Tim Moore of Cleveland County and Senate Leader Phil Berger of Rockingham County. The two talk about their view of education policy and their working relationship with Gov. Pat McCrory. That’s followed by an update on the legal saga that has enveloped former Kinston Rep. Stephen LaRoque. This week he entered a plea in the case involving grant money his nonprofit group received from the federal Agriculture Department. Martinez talks with investigative reporter Sarah Ovaska of N.C. Policy Watch about the deal and what LaRoque could face. Then Rick Henderson of Carolina Journal explains why Rep. Renee Ellmers of N.C.’s 2nd congressional district could face a primary challenge in 2016. And finally, we hear the more personal side of the governor when surprises a Raleigh radio show host with a phone call. Mike Raley of NewsRadio 680 WPTF discusses gardening and pets with the governor as part of a 30th anniversary celebration of “The Weekend Gardener” program.
 
 
People in Politics January 24, 2015 PDF Print E-mail
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Republicans have been very vocal about their plans for the new legislative session, but what about the Democrats? How will they find a way to wield power and influence as the minority party? Host Donna Martinez talks with Democratic political consultant Thomas Mills about the challenge Democrats face, what he expects from the new session, problems with the Democrats’ party structure in North Carolina, and why President Obama’s State of the Union speech signals a change in conversation about the middle class. Then we hear part of President Obama’s State of the Union remarks, as well as some of the Republican response, delivered by newly minted U.S. Senator Joni Ernst of Iowa. That’s followed by a look at how the president’s ideas and political rhetoric could impact North Carolina’s role in the 2016 presidential race. Martinez talks with Rick Henderson of Carolina Journal about our state’s earlier primary and why we can expect a parade of presidential candidates through the state this year, leading up to the early 2016 primary season. The two also discuss the latest news about three members of North Carolina’s congressional delegation. Rep. Patrick McHenry of the 10th district continues to add powerful committee assignments to his resume, while new 6th District Rep. Mark Walker has made a media list for his lack of personal wealth. And finally, 2nd District Rep. Renee Ellmers continues to confound her fellow Republicans with her positions on bills, this week opposing an abortion bill sponsored by fellow North Carolina Rep. Virginia Foxx.
Last Updated on Friday, 23 January 2015 06:29
 
People in Politics January 17, 2015 PDF Print E-mail
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Goodbye Thom Tillis and hello Tim Moore. This week the North Carolina House of Representatives elected Rep. Tim Moore of Cleveland County as the new Speaker of the House while the Senate re-elected Phil Berger of Rockingham County as Senate Leader. You'll hear some of Speaker Moore's remarks. Then host Donna Martinez gets analysis of Moore from Carolina Carolina Journal Managing editor Rick Henderson. The two also talk about an ethics complaint filed against Gov. Pat McCrory by a liberal advocacy group, why some Republicans are mad at Congresswoman Renee Ellmers, and more accolades for new Sen. Thom Tillis. Then Martinez talks with Lt. Gov. Dan Forest as he begins his third year in office. They discuss his priorities and why he's planning to seek re-election.
Last Updated on Thursday, 22 January 2015 18:11
 
People in Politics January 10, 2015 PDF Print E-mail
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This week, Gov. Pat McCrory went toe to toe with President Obama in the White House during a 45-minute meeting. McCrory, who serves on the executive committee of the National Governors Association, attended with three other governors. After the meeting, McCrory addressed reporters and explained that Medicaid and transportation were part of the give-and-take with the president. Then host Donna Martinez gets reaction to the McCrory/Obama meeting from Rick Henderson of Carolina Journal, who explains why the Medicaid issue is key to McCrory and many other governors seeking flexibility from the federal government. The two also discuss this week’s swearing-in of a familiar name for a seat on the North Carolina Supreme Court when Sam Ervin IV took his oath. Henderson discusses the continuing politics of electing judges in so-called “nonpartisan” races that are clearly conducted largely with partisan support. Henderson also weighs in on why North Carolina’s new congressional delegation is being touted as a group with growing clout, now that Thom Tillis has been elected as part of the Republican majority in the Senate and Patrick McHenry of the 10th congressional district has risen in stature and responsibility. Then we turn to comments made by veteran Democratic Congressman G.K. Butterfield of the 1st congressional district. This week, Butterfield ascended to the position of chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus. Following the oath-taking, Butterfield delivered a passionate speech about civil rights and the group’s agenda, which includes using legal avenues to pursue justice. You’ll hear him speak. That’s followed by perspective on the new 114th Congress from Duke University Professor David Rohde, who discusses the potential future of Obamacare, Thom Tillis’ agenda, and the role immigration reform may play in the 2016 elections. And finally, Martinez provides an update of North Carolina voter registration statistics, which show Democrats retaining a solid lead over Republicans.
 
 
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This week host Donna Martinez revisits some of the most memorable interviews and political happenings of 2014. First, we look at the phenomenon of the unaffiliated voter with Catawba College Professor Michael Bitzer. He tells Martinez about the profile of this type of voter and why the segment is the fastest growing registration area in the state, despite massive registration efforts by Democrats and Republicans. Next is a look at why the polls of North Carolina’s  key U.S. Senate race predicted a Kay Hagan victory leading up to Election Night. Francis DeLuca of the Civitas Institute – one of the few pollsters who got the race right – discusses the dynamics of the race with Martinez, the makeup of the electorate, and plans for polling in 2015. That’s followed by a look at the challenge facing North Carolina Democrats heading into the new year after a disastrous 2014 cycle and the very public rift inside the party headquarters. Rick Henderson of Carolina Journal tells Martinez about the 2015 prospects for the party and some of the younger up-and-coming candidates that could spell a new era for Democrats. And finally, Martinez revisits her conversation with Dallas and Joyce Woodhouse following the now infamous  C-SPAN moment that has become an internet sensation and one of the most widely viewed C-SPAN clips of all time. Mom Joyce explains to Martinez why she called into the network during an appearance by her feuding political sons, conservative Dallas and liberal Democrat Brad, a former DNC official.

 

 
People in Politics December 27, 2014 PDF Print E-mail
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This week, a huge legal ruling from the North Carolina Supreme Court affirms Republican-drawn election maps that had been challenged by Democrats as unconstitutional. Carolina Journal Managing Editor Rick Henderson explains the import of the decision, which means the maps will be used through the 2020 Census. The two discuss continuing calls from across the political spectrum for moving to a so-called independent redistricting commission. Henderson also weighs in on the big political stories of 2014, including Kay Hagan’s defeat to Thom Tillis in an environment that was unfriendly to President Obama, with whom Hagan was closely aligned. Next is a look at the role Tillis may play in the Republican-led U.S. Senate in light of his high media profile and two key committee assignments. NC State Political Science Professor Andrew Taylor offers Martinez his view on Tillis’ likely working relationship in the chamber. Taylor also weighs in on 2016 politics, including the potential matchup between Gov. Pat McCrory and Attorney General Roy Cooper. Then Martinez provides an update on 2014 midterm election turnout, as well as new polling data from Public Policy Polling that shows likely Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton with a 51 percent disapproval rating in North Carolina. And finally, Gov. Pat McCrory weighs in on recent economic news that shows the state’s unemployment rate has dropped again and now equals the national rate. 
 
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Best C-SPAN political moment ever?! North Carolina political strategists and brothers Dallas and Brad Woodhouse make national news with their C-SPAN appearance this week, featuring a phone call from their mother Joyce in Raleigh, who gives the boys a ‘talking to’ and gives the viewers a belly laugh. Host Donna Martinez talks with Dallas and his mom about the moment that is now enshrined in political history – with more than 1 million hits to the You Tube video clip within just days. They talk about the incident itself and what it has been like raising two men who find themselves at professional odds and under the microscope: Dallas the conservative activist versus Brad the Democratic political consultant. Then we turn to the war of words between Gov. Pat McCrory and the Associated Press over an AP story about the governor’s stock payout from a financial services board he sat on. The AP questioned the ethics of the payout, with the governor pushing back that the story was riddled with errors and mischaracterizations. That’s followed by Martinez’ interview with NC State political science professor Andy Taylor. The two discuss Sen. Elect Thom Tillis’ two key committee assignments, his role as part of the new Republican Senate majority, and the 2016 Senate and gubernatorial races.
 
 
Last Updated on Monday, 22 December 2014 17:52
 
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2014 is barely in the books and already we have polling for the 2016 election season. Host Donna Martinez talks with Tom Jensen of Public Policy Polling about new poll results that show Sen. Richard Burr leading three theoretical Democratic opponents, and Gov. Pat McCrory holding a commanding 7-point lead over potential Democratic challenger Roy Cooper. Jensen also offers perspective on Republican and Democratic prospects for the 2016 cycle, predicting it will be a good year for the GOP. Then Martinez talks with a veteran of White House politics about what lies ahead for Sen. Elect Thom Tillis.  Bush administration political consultant Jonathan Felts discusses the dynamics of a new GOP majority and the national media profile that Tillis is already enjoying. That’s followed by a look at the rising influence and power of North Carolina’s congressional delegation. Carolina Journal Managing Editor Rick Henderson talks with Martinez about the “whip” role to be taken by 10th District Congressman Patrick McHenry, the respect earned by Rep. Renee Ellmers with House leadership, the new chairmanship of the Congressional Black Caucus for Rep. G.K. Butterfield, and the high media profile of 11th District Congressman Mark Meadows

Last Updated on Monday, 22 December 2014 06:35
 
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The use of political power took center stage this week as Gov. Pat McCrory joined other governors and Attorneys General in a lawsuit that challenges President Obama’s use of executive power by shielding from deportation several million illegal immigrants. Host Donna Martinez talks with Carolina Journal Managing Editor Rick Henderson about the governor’s reasoning and why Democratic Attorney General Roy Cooper – rumored to be eyeing a 2016 gubernatorial challenge to McCrory – has not signed on to the legal challenge. The two also discuss McCrory’s launch of his 2016 campaign website, the relationship between the governor and legislative leaders, and a key assignment for a veteran legislator from Harnett County. Then we turn to comments made on CBS by Sen. Elect Thom Tillis, who told Face the Nation his views on President Obama’s efforts with Congress and the challenge Republicans face when they take control of the Senate in January. That’s followed by recent comments from 2nd District Congresswoman Renee Ellmers about her support of immigration reform and efforts to work with congressional Democrats. Finally, 7th District Congressman Elect David Rouzer weighs in on what could be ahead for the Affordable Care Act when he takes his seat in January.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 17 December 2014 06:37
 
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House Republicans choose the person to replace outgoing North Carolina House Speaker Thom Tillis. Host Donna Martinez gets the background on Speaker-Designee Tim Moore of Cleveland County from Carolina Journal Managing Editor Rick Henderson. The two discuss why Moore is the choice of the House GOP and what a Moore Speakership could hold for the 2015 General Assembly session. Then Henderson discusses the recount effort, which has finally determined that incumbent Democrat Cheri Beasley has won the race for a seat on the North Carolina Supreme Court. Following a recount, Beasley prevailed over her Republican challenger Mike Robinson by about 5,000 votes. Then Martinez talks with Congressman-Elect David Rouzer, who in January will take North Carolina’s 7th District seat in Congress following his resounding win in November. Rouzer tells Martinez about his recent orientation session for freshmen, how he plans to stay on top of issues in his very diverse district, and the committee assignments he’s hoping to snag. Next is a review of state Democratic Party efforts to rebuild following their resounding defeat in the midterms. Democratic political consultant Thomas Mills tells Martinez about the advice he would give to the party. And finally, we look at midterm polling efforts which, in most cases, was very wrong about the results. Martinez talks with pollster Francis DeLuca of the Civitas Institute, one of the few firms that got the projections right, particularly when it came to Republican Thom Tillis’ ultimate defeat of Democratic Senate incumbent Kay Hagan.
 
Last Updated on Thursday, 04 December 2014 10:09
 
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Recounts! Election Night is nearly three weeks in the rear-view mirror, but about a dozen races are still unsettled. Most notably, we’re awaiting results of the statewide race for a seat on North Carolina’s Supreme Court. Incumbent Justice Cheri Beasley leads by about 5,000 votes over attorney Mike Robinson. Host Donna Martinez gets the details on the undecided races from Carolina Journal Managing Editor Rick Henderson. The two also discuss comments made by Congressman-Elect Mark Walker about his priorities when he takes his 6th District seat in January, a new poll that shows Gov. Pat McCrory’s approval has jumped, and an announcement from Fayetteville Democrat Tim Dunn that he will seek the Attorney General’s office in 2016 if current AG Roy Cooper makes a run for governor. Henderson also looks at the leading candidates to replace House Speaker Thom Tillis as the leader of the North Carolina House of Representatives. Then Martinez provides an update on Patrick Cannon, who went to prison this week. The former Charlotte Mayor was once a rising star in the Democratic Party, but after taking bribes from undercover FBI agents, Cannon was sentenced to 44 months in prison. Martinez also looks at a recent Twitter debate between Republican Rep. Chuck McGrady and a liberal activist, as well as a new appointment for state Superintendent of Public Instruction June Atkinson. And finally, we hear from Democratic state Rep. Rick Glazier, who told a Raleigh luncheon audience about his experiences in the legislature and his wish for a more bipartisan, civil debate.

 

 

 

Last Updated on Tuesday, 02 December 2014 07:58
 
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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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With just days to go before Election Day, state Democrats pull out all the stops with a turnout effort dubbed “voter shaming.” Democratic political consultant Thomas Mills tells host Donna Martinez that letters sent to registered Democrats telling them their voting record is public information will generate more positive reaction than negative among the faithful. Mills also discusses the Hagan/Tillis/Haugh race for U.S. Senate and why Democrats have their eyes on two candidates: Clay Aiken and Laura Fjeld. Then Catawba College political science professor Michael Bitzer discusses with Martinez the profile of the unaffiliated voter and the influence the group may, or may not, have on the midterm election. That’s followed by a final-week breakdown of ads, polls, and messaging for the Senate candidates. Rick Henderson of Carolina Journal tells Martinez about the micro-targeting of advertising that’s occurring as Hagan and Tillis reach out to particular segments of voters.

 

 

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

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Early voting is underway at more than 350 locations across all 100 counties. And according to the State Board of Elections, there are more polling places than in 2010, and a 70 percent increase in evening hours. Still, critics of recent election law changes say legislative leaders have made changes intended to disenfranchise some voters. Host Donna Martinez discusses early voting opportunities with Rick Henderson, managing editor of Carolina Journal.  The two also talk about the flap over Kay Hagan’s decision not to join Thom Tillis in a Time Warner Cable debate, a story that drew national attention, and a new ad from Democratic candidate Clay Aiken. The ad has been ruled by fact checkers to carry false information but Aiken is defending it as part of his fight to unseat 2nd District Republican Rep. Renee Ellmers. Then we discuss why Supreme Court Chief Justice Mark Martin failed to show up for a debate with his challengers, Superior Court Judge Ola Lewis as the two compete for the Chief Justice’s seat on the high court. Next is a look at a vote tracking website that shows where voting is heavy and where it is light, and which party has the turnout momentum. Martinez talks with Susan Myrick of the Civitas Institute about the data and what can tell us. That’s followed by a look at the politics of gay marriage. Tami Fitzgerald of the North Carolina Values Coalition tells Martinez why her group is standing with Senate Leader Phil Berger in his quest to provide a religious exemption for registers of deeds and magistrates who don’t want to perform same-sex marriages, which a federal court has ruled is now legal in North Carolina.
 
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People in Politics October 18, 2014 PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 14 October 2014 16:22

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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.
 
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People in Politics October 11, 2014 PDF Print E-mail
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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.
 
 
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