People in Politics March 15, 2014 PDF Print E-mail
People In Politics
Friday, 14 March 2014 07:52

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Advocates for reforming North Carolina’s redistricting process this week renewed their calls for changes. Jane Pinsky of the North Carolina Coalition for Lobbying and Government Reform tells host Donna Martinez that the candidate filings initiated the call for change. Pinsky details the numbers of legislative races that are noncompetitive, offers recommendations for taking politics out of the district lines, and offers kudos to Republican legislators who continue to support redistricting despite its potential to limit the GOP’s power. Then we turn to continuing turmoil inside the state’s Democratic Party. This week party Chairman Randy Voller told his executive committee the party is broke and may have to sell its historic downtown Raleigh headquarters. Democratic consultant Thomas Mills tells Martinez that many in the party have lost faith in Voller and that donors are finding other ways to support Democrats and are bypassing the party. Mills also reacts to the death of his friend, Sen. Martin Nesbitt of Buncombe County, and explains Nesbitt’s commitment to progressive causes. That’s followed by more news “On the Trail” with Carolina Journal’s Rick Henderson. Henderson gives Martinez the latest endorsements in the U.S. Senate race and explains why lobbyist donations to the 6th District congressional candidacy of Phil Berger Jr. are raising some eyebrows. Henderson also profiles the May 6 primary race for a seat on the North Carolina Supreme Court, where three candidates are vying for two spots on the fall ballot. 
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