People in Politics May 18, 2013 PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 20 May 2013 09:43

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A political firestorm engulfs the Obama administration as the IRS admits it has been targeting for special tax scrutiny, nonprofits groups aligned with the Tea Party movement and beliefs in limited government. We hear reaction from President Obama and North Carolina Sens. Kay Hagan and Richard Burr. Then host Donna Martinez talks with the state director of a nonprofit group frequently criticized by President Obama for its support of limited government. Dallas Woodhouse of Americans for Prosperity North Carolina weighs in on the IRS tactics, and also gives his assessment of legislative activities in Raleigh. Then People in Politics Correspondent Stephanie Hawco gives Martinez the latest rundown on what have become weekly protests by the North Carolina NAACP against legislative Republicans. Hawco and Martinez also discuss the re-emergence of Sen. John Edwards and news that Edwards has reactivated his law license and will speak to a group next month. That’s followed by perspective from Republican House Speaker Thom Tillis of Mecklenburg County on issues including the impending passage of a bill that will require a photo I.D. to vote and the prospect of an independent commission to handling redrawing of election districts every 10 years. Then we delve into whether claims by those opposed to last year’s Marriage Amendment have come true in the wake of the passage of the constitutional amendment that defines marriage in North Carolina as between one man and one woman. Tami Fitzgerald of the North Carolina Values Coalition also discusses with Martinez Franklin Graham’s comments that the Graham organization was visited by IRS agents after it ran newspaper ads in support of last year’s amendment, known as Amendment One. And finally, as the 40th anniversary of the Watergate hearings arrives, we get eyewitness perspective from a North Carolinian who was in the middle of the investigation of the scandal that led to the resignation of President Nixon. Rufus Edmisten, former counsel to Sen. Sam Ervin, who led the Senate investigation, tells People in Politics Correspondent Patrick Johnson about his memories of those fateful months. Edmisten, former Attorney General and Secretary of State of North Carolina, also discusses a new Museum of History exhibit that features mementos and timelines of the events.  
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