People in Politics April 27, 2013 Print
People In Politics
Friday, 26 April 2013 11:14

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Tragedy struck Democratic Party circles this week as up-and-coming party fundraiser Jamie Hahn was stabbed to death and her husband, Nation, was wounded in an attack allegedly committed by a family friend whose financial activities related to political campaigns may be in question. Democratic consultant Thomas Mills talks with host Donna Martinez and reflects on Jamie and Nation Hahn’s work for Democrats and their many friends who are trying to cope with the senseless loss of life. Among those Jamie worked for is 4th District Congressman David Price, who also tells Martinez of Hahn’s work and the shock of her death. Then we turn to a look at an upcoming trial for former state legislator Stephen LaRoque, who is facing federal charges related to money he used to operate economic development nonprofit groups. Sarah Ovaska, reporter for N.C. Policy Watch, explains the allegations against the Republican from Kinston. That’s followed by a look at the three associates of former Gov. Beverly Perdue who this week faced the judge over a campaign finance scheme to circumvent limits on political donations. Rick Henderson of Carolina Journal explains what happened and what the judge told the men in court. Then we visit the latest installment of the voter I.D. saga that is playing out in North Carolina. This week the N.C. House passed a bill that would require an I.D. to vote, with Democrats casting the bill as harkening back to the days of poll taxes. Stephanie Hawco provides the details of the contentious debate, and Martinez gets legal analysis of the poll tax issue from Jeanette Doran of the N.C. Institute for Constitutional Law. Doran says the House bill is constitutional and does not constitute a poll tax. Then we turn to the competition to be the next chairman of the North Carolina Republican Party. Candidate Jack Brosch tells Martinez why he wants to lead the party and how he is different from the second declared candidate, Claude Pope. And finally, 4th District Congressman David Price tells Martinez of his frustration with fellow members of Congress – particularly Republicans – over the impact of budget cuts resulting from sequestration. He also reflects on the recent ricin square in D.C. 
Last Updated on Friday, 26 April 2013 11:15