People in Politics May 4, 2013 Print
People In Politics
Friday, 03 May 2013 09:43

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It’s the end of two decades of Democratic Party control of the state Board of Elections, as Gov. Pat McCrory appoints new board members to reflect a Republican in the governor’s seat. The board’s first day in action included the appointment of the staff’s chief investigator, Kim Strach, as elections director, replacing long-time Democrat director Gary Bartlett, whose term is expiring. Rick Henderson of Carolina Journal joins host Donna Martinez to assess the move and discusses Strach’s knowledge of campaign finance law, as evidenced by her work in ferreting out wrongdoing by former House Speaker Jim Black that ended in a prison sentence. Martinez and Henderson also discuss recent protests and arrests at the General Assembly, a new poll that shows broad support for an independent redistricting commission, the departure from the legislature of a one-time rising star in the Democratic Party, and President Obama’s nominations of two North Carolina politicians for key Washington D.C. posts. Then we hear the president’s own words about his nominees, Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx for Secretary of Transportation, and Congressman Mel Watt of the 12th congressional district for head of the Federal Housing Finance Agency. We also bring you Mayor Foxx’s comments. Then we turn to a potential primary challenge from the Right for Republican Congressman Walter  Jones of the 3rd congressional district. Craven County Commissioner Scott Dacey explains why he’s considering a run against the 18-year veteran. Next are comments from veteran Democratic political consultant Brad Crone, who assesses the state of the Democratic Party, the explosion of unaffiliated voters, and the controversy over a proposal to require a photo I.D. to vote in North Carolina. That’s followed by comments about voter I.D. from House Speaker Thom Tillis, Republican of Mecklenburg County. And finally, we bring you the latest information on the stabbing murder of Democratic Party fundraiser Jamie Hahn, as well as remembrances from her friends and political colleagues who attended her memorial service this week. 
Last Updated on Friday, 03 May 2013 09:44