People in Politics - 5/27/11 PDF Print E-mail
People In Politics
Thursday, 26 May 2011 23:00

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Is Gov. Beverly Perdue gaining public support? Tom Jensen of the Democratic North Carolina polling firm Public Policy Polling joins host Donna Martinez to analyze fresh polling data on Gov. Perdue, particularly as it relates to a possible rematch with former Charlotte Mayor Pat McCrory for the 2012 race for the top job in our state. Jensen also provides data on how the public views legislative Republicans as well as his prediction for which party would control the U.S. Senate and the U.S. House if the election were held today. Then we delve into allegations of campaign finance violations by former presidential candidate John Edwards. This week multiple news outlets reported the Department of Justice has given the go-ahead for an indictment of Edwards, whose attorney issued a statement in response, saying his client has broken no law. We delve into the Edwards story by revisiting our late April interview with ABC 11 TV’s Steve Daniels about what his sources are telling him about Edwards’ potential legal jeopardy. Then we hear once again from two gentlemen who are already running for Congress. Progressive Democrat Cecil Bothwell, an Asheville City Councilman, is upset with conservative Democrat Heath Shuler. In this early May interview, he tells Martinez why he think there is support within the western North Carolina Democratic Party for a primary challenge to Shuler in 2012. And finally, Republican Ilario Pantano lost to Democrat Mike McIntyre last year in the race to represent southeastern North Carolina, but in this late April interview, Pantano explained to Martinez why he’s continuing to fight to replace McIntyre.

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