People in Politics May 7, 2016 PDF Print E-mail
People In Politics
Friday, 06 May 2016 05:46

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He’s out! The state Republican Party gives the heave-ho to its chairman, Hasan Harnett, replacing him with former chairman Robin Hayes. The move comes after a year of tension and turmoil between the grassroots conservative wing of the party and the establishment types. Host Donna Martinez talks with Rick Martinez, vice president of news and information for Curtis Media Group about the dynamic of the insider versus the outsider and what comes next for state Republicans. Speaking of tug of war, it looks like Donald Trump will be the Republican presidential nominee following his trouncing of Ted Cruz in Indiana. Meantime, Bernie Sanders continues to beat Hillary Clinton, yet news media seem ho-hum about his growing strength within a party that has moved decidedly to the left following the election of Barack Obama. Donna and Rick discuss the implications of a Trump versus Clinton race. Then we turn to money in politics. The Federal Election Commission has ruled unanimously that North Carolina’s June 7 congressional primary election represents a completely new fundraising cycle, meaning donors who had maxed out previously can begin at zero leading up to June 7. The opinion had been sought by George Holding, who is one of three Republicans seeking the party’s nomination for the 2nd District seat in Congress, now held by Renee Ellmers. Martinez talks with the third person in the race, Dr. Greg Brannon, about his views on issues and the distinctions he seems between himself and Holding and Ellmers. Finally, Martinez reports on the gearing up the gubernatorial race as both governors associations weigh in with ads for and against Democrat Roy Cooper and Republican incumbent Pat McCrory.

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