People in Politics September 14, 2013 PDF Print E-mail
People In Politics
Friday, 13 September 2013 09:04

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This week, an incredible twist in the story of adjudicated criminal wrongdoing by former Republican state legislator Stephen LaRoque of Kinston. He had been scheduled to be sentenced this week following convictions on charges that he used federal grant money to enrich himself and his family. But now, LaRoque’s attorney is seeking a new trial. Sarah Ovaska, investigative report for the progressive think tank N.C. Policy Watch, tells host Donna Martinez about jury misconduct that has led to the request, and the sentence LaRoque could face if a new trial is not granted. Then Stephanie Hawco tells Martinez about a new plum assignment for 11th District Rep. Mark Meadows, whom President Obama has appointed as a  representative to the United Nations. Hawco and Martinez also discuss the growing number of Republicans seeking the GOP nomination for a chance to oust Democrat Kay Hagan from her U.S. Senate seat next year. Then we hear comments about voter fraud in North Carolina from Jay Delancey of the Voter Integrity Project, and Lt. Gov. Dan Forest explains why he supported Gov. Pat McCrory’s veto of a bill that makes changes to the E-Verify system used by employers. That’s followed by Martinez’s conversation with Rockingham County District Attorney Phil Berger, Jr., who recently observed the pre-trial motions for accused 9/11 terrorist Khalid Sheikh Mohammed. Mohammed was educated in North Carolina and is being tried at Guantanamo Bay Cuba. Berger also talks about his political aspirations – he’s rumored to be interested in running for Congress in the 6th District – and the possible entry of his father, Senate Leader Phil Berger, into the race to challenge Sen. Kay Hagan. And finally, we hear some of President Obama’s comments about the possibility of U.S. military action in Syria, from the address he made Tuesday evening from the East Room of the White House. 
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