People in Politics February 2, 2013 PDF Print E-mail
People In Politics
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The General Assembly reconvened and immediately gone to business, with bills filed on Medicaid, term limits for chamber leaders, eugenics compensation, a crime lab for western North Carolina and more. Stephanie Hawco profiles the whirlwind first day and the power dynamics in a body now dominated by Republicans. Then we hear about N.C. House priorities from House Speaker Thom Tillis, Republican of Mecklenburg County. Tillis discusses tax reform, energy, higher education funding in light of recent comments by Gov. Pat McCrory, the state’s unemployment debt, and the potential for any gun legislation this session. Among those seeking the support of new legislators is the pro-medical marijuana advocates, who are already rallying for support. You’ll hear from a key representative of the group. That’s followed by comments by Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan about the Violence Against Womens Act, which she is championing. Hagan explains why she thinks the bill should be reauthorized and why she hopes it will once again have bipartisan support. Sen. Hagan is up for re-election in 2014. Tom Jensen of Public Policy Polling joins host Donna Martinez to discuss the Hagan race, the senator’s approval rating, and that of some of the Republicans who may challenge her for the seat. Jensen also provides the latest data on President Obama, which shows the majority of North Carolinians disapproving of his performance. Speaking of the president, we get perspective on Mr. Obama’s priorities from a new member of North Carolina’s congressional delegation – 13th District Congressman George Holding, a Republican. Holding also discusses prosecuting gun violence, which was a priority for his office when he was a U.S. Attorney. And finally, will she run for president? You’ll hear former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who spoke with CBS, along with President Obama.
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