People in Politics April 26, 2014 PDF Print E-mail
People In Politics
Friday, 25 April 2014 09:58

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Last time around, the 7th District congressional race garnered national attention for the fight between Democrat Mike McIntyre and state Sen. David Rouzer. McIntyre won by just 650 votes. But with McIntyre retiring, the Republicans are salivating over snagging the seat, and te fight has moved to the GOP primary, where Rouzer faces a stiff challenge from New Hanover County Commissioner Woody White. This week host Donna Martinez talks with the third person in the race, Chris Andrade, a man who tells Martinez he's staying out of the Rouzer-White tug-if-war and focusing on his own message to voters. Then we turn to the impact of this week's televised debates between the leading Republican candidates for U.S. Senate. In this week's "On the Trail" segment, Carolina Journal Managing Editor Rick Henderson gives Martinez his analysis of House Speaker Thom Tillis, who joined three of his rivals in what is one of the first instances of the Speaker engaging on a statewide basis. Henderson also details the recent legal settlement made by Democratic Attorney General Roy Cooper over an he ran in the closing days of his 2000 campaign for the office. The settlement has Cooper apologizing to his opponent, Dan Boyce, and others, for the ad, which attacked their character. Cooper has also agreed to pay roughly $75,000 in legal fees to end the 14-year legal battle. Henderson analyzes the potential impact of the settlement on Cooper's possible run for governor in 2016. Then we turn to the contentious GOP primary in the 3rd congressional district, where incumbent Walter Jones is facing his stiffest challenge ever from Taylor Griffin. People in Politics Special Correspondent Patrick Johnson talks about the race with Greenville-area talk show host Tom Lamprecht. That's followed by a look inside a new organization that has joined the state's policy and political debate. Dallas Woodhouse tells Martinez about the group called Carolina Rising. And finally, the State Employees Association of North Carolina has released an investigative audit of the state's $87 billion pension fund investments, which concludes that Treasurer Janet Cowell is making "secret deals" with Wall Street investment firms. Cowell denies the allegation and says the group's report is wrong. Martinez talks with the forensic investigator hired by the employees' group, Edward Siedle, about his findings. 

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