People in Politics December 29, 2012 PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 31 December 2012 12:09

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More charges against a former Republican state lawmaker. Rep. Stephen LaRoque of Kinston now faces 12 charges related to allegations that he misused federal Agriculture Department funds that were intended for nonprofit economic development organizations he ran, instead using them for family and friends. Rick Martinez of NCN News,, and NewsRadio 680 WPTF in Raleigh joins host Donna Martinez to discuss the new counts against LaRoque. They also talk about the view of some North Carolina mayors that they have a friend in Gov.-Elect Pat McCrory, the former mayor of Charlotte. Urban mayors in particular are hopeful McCrory will help fend off unfunded state mandates and protect local control on a variety of issues. McCrory founded an urban mayors group that is now led by Raleigh Mayor Nancy McFarlane. The Martinez’ also delve into the power switch among North Carolina’s congressional delegation, where Republicans now hold the majority. Then we turn to Gov. Beverly Perdue’s veto legacy and the future for both Democrats and Republicans in the state. Ran Coble of the North Carolina Center for Public Policy Research offers his views to Don Curtis on a recent edition of Carolina Newsmakers. That’s followed by Donna Martinez’ look back at 2012 and look ahead at 2013 with Dallas Woodhouse of Americans for Prosperity, one of the most well known advocates engaged in legislative policy. And finally, with Mitt Romney’s presidential loss, Republicans are wondering what they must do to cobble together a winning coalition for the White House. Republican blogger Crystal Wright tells Brian Lamb of C-SPAN that the GOP must pull in minorities if the party hopes to survive.
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