People in Politics February 21, 2015 PDF Print E-mail
People In Politics
Wednesday, 25 February 2015 15:52

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She’s in! Democrat Linda Coleman has made it official: for a second time, she will run against Republican Dan Forest for the Lt. Governor’s seat. Coleman lost to Forest in 2012 despite heavy backing from the now-embattled quasi-union group, the State Employees Association of North Carolina (SEANC). Carolina Journal Managing Editor Rick Henderson talks about Coleman’s prospects with host Donna Martinez, including the distinctions between Coleman and Forest, who has confirmed he will seek re-election. The two also discuss data from Public Policy Polling that shows legislative Democrats are more unpopular than legislative Republicans and that a big chunk of the electorate still doesn’t know much about U.S. Sen. Richard Burr, who is up for re-election in 2016. Henderson tells Martinez about the developing national media narrative that ousted Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan may challenge Burr for his seat. Then we turn to more polling data from Tom Jensen of Public Policy Polling. Jensen tells Martinez that North Carolina Democrats have already coalesced around Hillary Clinton in the presidential sweepstakes and that Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is surging in popularity among Republicans. That’s followed by comments about governors he has known from Phil Kirk, who was chief of staff to two North Carolina governors and a U.S. Congressman. In a speech made in Raleigh this week, Kirk shares his memories of several of the governors. And finally, Lt. Gov. Dan Forest explains his educational priorities and talks about his admiration for legislators, who technically have a part-time job but who commit huge amounts of time away from home to fulfill their duties.


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