Carolina Journal Weekly Report

October 30, 2009

Carolina Journal Weekly Report

For the week of October 30, 2009 -

Reaction of the Week

RALEIGH — A 47-year-old North Carolina man says that when he was 13 years old State Sen. R. C. Soles Jr. of Tabor City lured him to his secluded lakeside home, plied him with alcohol, and sexually assaulted him reports Don Carrington for Carolina Journal.

The man said Soles, 74, a 40-year veteran of the North Carolina General Assembly and chairman of the Senate Democratic Caucus, threatened him and his family to gain his silence.

“He told me if I ever told anyone he would make life hell for me and my parents,” he told Carolina Journal in an interview videotaped the week of Oct. 19. The man, who did not want his real name used or his face shown on camera, will be called Jay in this story.

Jay said the first incident occurred after Soles, a prominent lawyer and legislator, offered him a ride and the two ended up at Soles’ lakefront home. The 4,000-square-foot home, built in 1968, sits on a secluded two-acre site just outside the city limits.

Soles served him beer and mixed drinks, Jay said. He said he passed out from the alcohol and awoke to find Soles performing oral sex on him. He then was raped, he said. He described the event in graphic terms that CJ has chosen not to use in this publication.

News Features

CJ: Campbell lambasted at Easley hearings
RALEIGH – A fourth day of hearings Thursday in a North Carolina Board of Elections’ probe into alleged criminal wrongdoing by former Gov. Mike Easley began with a whimper and ended with a bang.

CJ: Easley testimony contradicts Campbell
RALEIGH — Former Gov. Mike Easley, the subject of a North Carolina Board of Elections’ investigation, testified nearly five hours Wednesday during a third day of hearings into alleged fundraising fraud by his campaign. His testimony often contradicted past witnesses’ accounts — and at times, the former governor said things that seemed to be at odds with statements he had made earlier in the day.

CJ:Many witnesses at Easley hearings can’t recall
RALEIGH — Forgetfulness was a recurring theme through a second day of a hearing Tuesday in the North Carolina Board of Elections’ ongoing investigation into alleged campaign finance wrongdoing by former Gov. Mike Easley.

CJ: Trail of ethical lapses emerges at Easley Hearings
RALEIGH — The testimony highlighted slipshod record-keeping of five-figure donations, promises from Easley staffers that money would be diverted from Democratic Party coffers to the governor’s campaign, and accounts of services provided to the governor that were not disclosed in a timely manner and not reimbursed, as the law requires.

Perdue declares I-40 rock slide an emergency
HARMON DEN — Gov. Bev Perdue on Wednesday declared the Interstate 40 rock slide an emergency in the hope of getting the federal government to pick up the repair bill. Perdue visited the site, two miles east of the Tennessee line, along with Secretary of Transportation Gene Conti and Deputy Commerce Secretary Dale Carroll the day after returning from a trade and cultural visit to China. The governor said there is no firm timetable for getting the interstate open again.

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Capital Quotes

There is a significant dispute of facts, there’s no way around that.
Larry Leake, chairman of the State Board of Elections, as quoted by the Winston-Salem Journal, on testimony this week into former Gov. Mike Easley’s campaign finances.

Our governor and attorney general have sworn an oath to uphold the laws as they were actually written at the time they were applied, not as they wish they were written.
Carlos Mahoney, president of the American Civil Liberties Union of North Carolina, as quoted by WRAL-TV, commenting on attempts by. Gov. Bev Perdue and Attorney General Roy Cooper to keep 27 inmates serving “life terms” in prison after the state’s appellate courts held that between 1974 and 1978 the General Assembly had defined a life sentence as 80 years, and later cut that amount further.

This is a tedious task to deal with.
Don Martin, superintendent of the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools, as quoted by the Winston-Salem Journal, talking about a retroactive change to state high school graduation requirements. The state recently dropped a requirement that students pass competency tests in reading and mathematics and a computer skills test to be awarded a high school diploma. Now school systems must go through their files to determine which students would have graduated but for not passing those tests, and issue them a diploma. The competency tests were instituted in 1981 while the computer skills test was a requirement from 2001 on.

The worse the economy is, the more likely we are to grow.
Scott Ralls, president of the North Carolina Community College System, commenting to the Raleigh News & Observer on enrollment at the state’s community colleges.

On The Air This Week…

Carolina Journal Radio

This week on C J Radio…
JLF’s John Hood previews Tuesday’s municipal election; Newt Gingrich, Sen. Jim DeMint, Herman Cain, Hugh Hewitt and Ed Morrissey criticize current administration policy before an AFP summit in D.C.; syndicated columnist Cal Thomas discusses the threat from radical Islam; Darrell Allison of Parents for Educational Freedom in North Carolina provides an update on school choice initiatives; and JLF’s Terry Stoops analyzes the impact of the recent Wake County school board election. 

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: The state of ethics in our state; a possible gusher of water wars; reforming our tax codes; and bonded term limits. This week’s panelists: John Hood, president of the John Locke Foundation; Chris Fitzsimon of NC Policy Watch; Ruth Sheehan, columnist for the Raleigh News and Observer; and former Lt. Governor Dennis Wicker.

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