People in Politics March 22, 2014 PDF Print E-mail
People In Politics
Monday, 24 March 2014 09:52

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North Carolinians may not realize that the May 6 primary ballot includes a race between three legal beagles seeking a seat on the North Carolina Supreme Court. The two garnering the highest number of votes will face off in the fall general election for the seat on the highest court, now held by Justice Robin Hudson. Host Donna Martinez begins her look at this key judicial primary with a conversation with candidate Jeanette Doran, who discusses her judicial philosophy, her background, her view of the state’s constitution, and why she thinks voters should cast a vote for her, ahead of her challengers, Judge Eric Levinson and Justice Robin Hudson. Then we turn to this week’s campaign trail developments. Carolina Journal Managing Editor Rick Henderson tells Martinez about a verbal war of words that has erupted between Republican Senate primary candidates Greg Brannon and Thom Tillis, as well as a look at a key speech to made in May by Democratic incumbent Kay Hagan. Henderson also details the tense exchange between two Republican candidates seeking the GOP nomination for the 7th District seat in Congress, and updates us on the latest stops for two Democrats – Clay Aiken and Keith Crisco – in the race for the Democratic nomination for the 2nd District congressional seat. That’s followed by a look at polling data on the Senate and congressional races with Tom Jensen of Public Policy Polling. Jensen tells Martinez about Hagan’s chances for re-election and the Republicans’ chances to retain control of the North Carolina General Assembly. And finally, we turn to redistricting. Advocates for reforming North Carolina’s redistricting process have renewed their calls for changes. Jane Pinsky of the North Carolina Coalition for Lobbying and Government Reform tells Martinez 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. 
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