People in Politics September 21, 2013 PDF Print E-mail
People In Politics
Friday, 20 September 2013 07:57

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The Moral Monday protests by the North Carolina NAACP against the Republican-led General Assembly and governor have garnered lots of media attention for weeks. But this week the chairman of the state Republican Party called out the protesters – and the news media – for what he says is over-the-top rhetoric that unfairly taints the GOP. Host Donna Martinez talks with Claude Pope about his news conference in which he said the news media is failing to scrutinize the Left’s charges and accusatory rhetoric. Then Martinez talks with Tami Fitzgerald of the North Carolina Values Coalition about efforts by gay marriage supporters to challenge North Carolina’s marriage amendment, which was passed overwhelmingly by voters last year and which amends the state constitution to define marriage as solely between one man and one woman. Fitzgerald, whose group was key in the marriage amendment’s passage, discusses the legal challenge, as well as a separate effort by the Campaign For Southern Equality to find a North Carolina Register of Deeds willing to defy the law and issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Fitzgerald also analyzes the legislative session for its work on pro-family issues. Next are comments from Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan about her work with the Veterans Administration to cut the long backlog of disability claims in the Winston-Salem VA office. That’s followed by a conversation with former Johnston County state Sen. David Rouzer, who is seeking a rematch with 7th District Congressman Mike McIntyre. Martinez and Rouzer discuss his 654-vote loss last November, what he’s learned from coming so close but falling short, and why he thinks he has a good chance to unseat the popular Democrat. And finally, we look at the prevalence of political action committee (PAC) money in the 2011-2012 election cycle. Matt Bales, research director for the North Carolina Free Enterprise Foundation, breaks down the numbers for Martinez.
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