People in Politics July 6, 2013 PDF Print E-mail
People In Politics
Friday, 05 July 2013 07:38

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This Fourth of July weekend, People in Politics revisits key political stories from the last month. Host Donna Martinez talks with Tom Jensen of Public Policy Polling about the latest survey data on the race to snag the U.S. Senate seat now held by Democrat Kay Hagan. Jensen assesses Hagan’s fight for re-election and the strength of various potential Republican challengers. He also discusses President Obama, whose job approval has dropped in the state he lost to Mitt Romney last November. That’s followed by a look at the passing of the first Republican governor of the 20th Century: James Holshouser. Current Gov. Pat McCrory talks about his friend and mentor, while Raleigh News & Observer political columnist Rob Christensen tells Martinez about Holshouser’s political influence and legacy in a state that, prior to his election, had been dominated by Democrats for decades and decades. Next is reaction to the ruling from the U.S. Supreme Court, in which the majority ruled a section of the Voting Rights Act unconstitutional. Chris Brook of the North Carolina ACLU expresses his concerns over the ruling, while Lt. Gov. Dan Forest tells Martinez about the likely impact of the ruling on the new election maps and the effort to adopt a photo I.D. requirement for voting in North Carolina. Then we turn to the protests against Republicans and Republican policies at the legislature. Groups allied with state Democrats – most notably the NAACP, which organizes the weekly protests – are convening on Monday evenings at the legislature. Some have chosen to be arrested as an act of civil disobedience. Now a conservative think tank – the Civitas Institute – is taking heat for posting information from the arrest records, which are public documents. Francis DeLuca of Civitas tells Martinez about the profile of the arrestees and what he believes is behind the protests – the activation of Democratic Party voters in 2014.
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