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People In Politics
Friday, 08 July 2011 23:00

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Much of the political focus so far has been on the potential rematch for governor between Democrat Beverly Perdue and Republican Pat McCrory. This week, host Donna Martinez focuses on the state’s #2 job when she’s joined by Wake County Commissioner Tony Gurley, who plans to run for the seat. Gurley discusses his background and goals for the office, should he be elected. Then Democratic Congressman Brad Miller of the 13th district comments about his political aspirations and the current impasse in Washington D.C. over raising the debt limit and/or cutting spending. That’s followed by analysis of proposed congressional redistricting maps from Jonathan Kappler of the N.C. Free Enterprise Foundation. Kappler analyzes key districts, as redrawn by the legislature, and the implications for incumbents, challengers, and voters. Next, we explore the phenomenon of Twitter as a campaign and news tool. Recently, the Fox News Twitter account was hacked and ugly messages  were tweeted over the network’s name about President Obama. The Secret Service is investigating. In North Carolina, a candidate for Congress had his name used over ugly tweets. Rick Martinez, news director of the N.C. News Network,, and NewsRadio 680 WPTF offers perspective. And finally, Donna Martinez details some of the reaction to redistricting maps from members of Congress, as well as a blog from Democratic strategist Gary Pearce about the N.C. governor’s race.

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