People in Politics - 6/10/11 Print
People In Politics
Thursday, 09 June 2011 23:00

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A war of words escalates at the General Assembly between Rep. Stephen LaRoque and members of the Legislative Black Caucus in the wake of Rep. LaRoque calling the NAACP a racist organization. We hear reaction from Rep. Rodney Moore (D-Mecklenburg) and a response from Rep. LaRoque (R-Wayne, Lenoir, and Greene). Then Rep. Mike Stone (R-Lee) speaks out about his view that his 8-year-old daughter was used as a political pawn by a Lee County Schools teacher via a writing assignment about cuts to the state’s education budget. Then host Donna Martinez gets analysis on both stories from Rick Martinez, News Director of the N.C. News Network,, and NewsRadio 680 WPTF in Raleigh. Next, Peace College Political Science Professor David McLennan offers perspective on new polling that shows a drop in support for President Obama. McLennan also weighs in on Gov. Perdue’s re-election prospects. That’s followed by comments from Damon Circosta of the North Carolina Center for Voter Education, who discusses corporate cash and campaigns, as well as election reform legislation that’s making its way through the legislature. And finally, we hear from former North Carolina Supreme Court Justice Bob Orr about his support for reforming a law that puts 16-year-olds and 17-year-olds into the adult justice system. Orr wants judges to have discretion to divert the teens’ cases to juvenile court.