People in Politics - 4/22/11 PDF Print E-mail
People In Politics
Friday, 22 April 2011 06:06

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Tornadoes hit North Carolina hard on April 16, but where was Gov. Perdue? Reporters jumped on inconsistent statements from the governor's spokesmen about where she was all day Saturday and why it was 11 p.m. before she appeared. Rick Martinez, news director for the N.C. News Network,, and NewsRadio 680 WPTF in Raleigh, joins host Donna Martinez to analyze the confusion and potential political implications, including a public records request filed by the N.C. Republican Party. Then the subject turns to Perdue's fight with Republicans over the state budget, insurance premiums for state workers, and other issues. Perdue hasn't hesitated to use the veto pen, thwarting the Republican majority in the General Assembly. Jeff Shaw of the N.C. Justice Center and Dallas Woodhouse of Americans For Prosperity offer differing views on the political and policy fight over money, redistricting, and requiring a photo I.D. to vote. That's followed by comments from Ran Coble of the N.C. Center for Public Policy Research about the power struggle he's observing with Republicans running the legislative show, and we'll hear an update on former Mike Easley aide Ruffin Poole, who's facing a judge next month, and the details of N.C. House Minority Leader Joe Hackney's recent trip to Washington D.C.

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