Carolina Journal Weekly Report

October 02, 2009

Carolina Journal Weekly Report

For the week of October 02, 2009 -

Reaction of the Week

RALEIGH — Weeks after the state’s chief investment officer was fired from her $340,000 job, questions remain over potential conflicts involving charitable donations she solicited, writes for Sarah Okeson for Carolina Journal.

Patricia Gerrick, who was the deputy state treasurer before her termination, served on the board of directors and a fundraising committee for the State Employees Credit Union Family House in Chapel Hill. According to the Family House Web site and newsletters, at least 11 donations of $1,000 or more were given to Family House in Gerrick’s honor.

The state’s $60 billion pension fund either has investments in or does business with companies that are connected to at least half of those donors.

Unlike other states, the North Carolina Office of State Treasurer does not have a formal policy on charitable contributions solicited by employees.

Gerrick, who was recruited to the SECU Family House board after she was treated for leukemia, said she didn’t ask potential donors for money or suggest donors to the nonprofit.

News Features

CJ: Lawmakers considers cleaning up state contracts
RALEIGH — Recent high-profile controversies involving the State Health Plan, mental health services, and office supply overcharges have raised red flags for some North Carolina lawmakers. They’re considering rewriting the rules governing state contracts.

CJ: Feds reject Kinston decision on elections
KINSTON — Acting Assistant Attorney General Loretta King, who announced the change, was the same DOJ official who, The Washington Times reports, recommended that the federal government “drop voter intimidation charges against members of the militant New Black Panthers” in Philadelphia during the 2008 presidential election.

CJ: Annexations continue as reforms remain on hold
RALEIGH — With the end of the legislative session, the debate over forced annexation sleeps at the General Assembly. But it marches onward outside of Raleigh. In Nash County, a cluster of 13 subdivisions is fighting to keep from being absorbed by the city of Rocky Mount.

Perdue tightens rules on gifts
RALEIGH — Gov. Beverly Perdue signed an order Thursday banning all employees in her administration from accepting food or gifts from companies doing business with the state, even if the employees aren’t directly responsible for administering government contracts. The move comes after reports that the SBI is investigating whether employees at the state Division of Motor Vehicles and Division of Air Quality broke the law in accepting meals and gifts on more than 200 occasions from Verizon Business.

State sets Easley hearing
RALEIGH — Former Gov. Mike Easley is expected to be called to testify under oath about possible violations of state elections laws tied to his campaigns for the state’s highest office. North Carolina’s elections board Wednesday set a hearing for Oct. 26 to gather evidence about the Easley campaign and the state Democratic Party that the board said might indicate illegal contributions and inaccurate campaign finance reports.

Upcoming Events

Monday, October 05, 2009 at 12:00 PM, Noon
A meeting of the Shaftesbury Society
with our special guest Steven F. Hayward
The Reagan Revolution & Its Lessons for Today

Wednesday, October 07, 2009 at Noon
A Headliner Luncheon
with our special guest Michael Barone
Obama's America--Working Out As Planned?

Thursday, October 08, 2009 at 5:30 p.m.
The State of Our Constitution: The North Carolina Constitution and Education
with our special guests North Carolina Education and Constitutional Law Experts
The North Carolina Constitution and Education

Thursday, October 08, 2009 at Noon
A Headliner Luncheon
with our special guest Cal Thomas
A Look at the Washington Political Scene

Monday, October 12, 2009 at 6:30 p.m.
Sandhills Freedom Club Meeting
with our special guest Terry Stoops
Transparency: What is really happening in our public schools?

Tuesday, October 13, 2009 at 6:30 p.m.
Down East Freedom Club Meeting
with our special guest Terry Stoops
Transparency: What is really happening in our public schools?

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Capital Quotes

We cannot call this a victory. We are continuing to shut the doors for bright kids.
Andrea Bazan, longtime Latino activist, commenting on the Raleigh News & Observer on the recent decision by the state’s community colleges to admit illegal immigrants if they pay out-of-state tuition rates. Bazan feels those that leive here should only have to pay the lower in-state rates.

The men have to curry favor with the women. I guess she thinks she already has the favor of the women.
— Former state Rep. Bertha Holt, commenting to the Raleigh News & Observer on Gov. Bev Perdue’s hiring practices. Perdue’s administration has fewer women in cabinet or other senior positions than any North Carolina governor since the 1970s.

I hired really bright men and women.
— Gov. Bev Perdue, as quoted by the Raleigh News & Observer, on her hiring practices.

All that North Carolina did was join the 20th century a little bit late.
Jay Trehy, a Raleigh lawyer, commenting to the Raleigh News & Observer on a change in state law that increases the period of time to 12 year for which consumers can sue a manufacturer claiming a design defect caused an injured. The time limitation had previously been six years. The period begins when the item was originally sold.

On The Air This Week…

Carolina Journal Radio

This week on C J Radio…
Jenna Ashley Robinson of the Pope Center for HigherEducation Policy offers a roadmap for planning for college; N.C. Medical Society CEO Bob Seligson and JLF’s Joe Coletti debate approaches to health care reform; Tim Phillips of Americans for Prosperity rebuts President Obama’s arguments about health care reform; American Spectator publisher Alfred Regnery discusses books that have shaped the conservative movement; and JLF’s Roy Cordato reveals the myths about recycling and landfills.

NC Spin

This week on NC Spin…
Join moderator Tom Campbell for another week of political discussion and debate on the most intelligent television talk show in the state. Topics this week: A new panel investigates future power for our state; the state’s effort to block Alcoa’s license renewal for hydroelectric plants on the Yadkin River; a new law to recycle plastic bottles; and flu policies and school attendance. This week’s panelists: John Hood, president of the John Locke Foundation; Chris Fitzsimon of NC Policy Watch; political consultant Brad Crone; and Ruth Sheehan, columnist for the Raleigh News and Observer.

At Issue

This week on At Issue…
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