Carolina Journal Weekly Report

November 06, 2009

Carolina Journal Weekly Report

For the week of November 06, 2009 -

Reaction of the Week

RALEIGH — Opponents of forced busing and year-round school reassignments in Wake County won a critical victory Tuesday, securing a majority on the school board after reform candidate John Tedesco won three-fourths of the vote in a runoff election reports David N. Bass for Carolina Journal.

Both Tedesco and his opponent, Cathy Truitt, oppose the school system’s policy of busing students based on socioeconomic level, but left-leaning groups, including the NAACP, backed Truitt. Tedesco’s win is viewed as a victory for school choice advocates and parents upset over mandatory reassignments to year-round schools.

Tedesco fell just short of winning a majority of votes Oct. 6 in the district 2 race, taking 49 percent of the vote to Truitt’s 24 percent. Truitt filed for a runoff the next day, scheduled for early November.

But in a surprising about face two weeks later, she endorsed Tedesco and asked that the election be canceled, although she never withdrew officially from the race.

The North Carolina Board of Elections ruled Wednesday that the runoff should proceed as planned. The county already had spent around $30,000 on the race, including printing ballots marked with the names of both candidates. Truitt said Saturday that she would have served if elected.

News Features

CJ: Soles accuser outlines allegations of sexual assaults
RALEIGH — The week of Oct. 19, Carolina Journal interviewed a 47-year-old man who claimed that when he was 13 years old, state Sen. R.C. Soles Jr., a Democrat from Tabor City, lured him to the senator’s home, plied him with alcohol, and sexually assaulted him. We are publishing the videotaped interview CJ conducted with the man, who wanted to be called Jay, and an interview with Dr. Michael Plaut, a Wilmington-area psychologist.

CJ: Teacher turnover rate may not reflect job market
RALEIGH — The latest Teacher Turnover Report presented in September to the state Board of Education revealed that an average of 12.72 percent of teachers statewide left their classrooms from March 2008 to March 2009. That figure is down from 13.85 percent in 2007-08, and is well below the national teacher turnover of 16.8 percent reported by the National Commission on Teaching and America’s Future.

CJ: Guilford foe of incentives backs incentive
GREENSBORO — If it looks like an economic incentive, walks like an economic incentive, and quacks like an economic incentive, then it must be an economic incentive. That may be stretching the cliché, but it was the gist of the debate surrounding a controversial policy just passed by the Guilford County Board of Commissioners.

CJ: Bottle ban has residents, counties scrambling
RALEIGH — While the law’s penalties are vague and directed at the companies and municipalities that actually take trash to the landfill, the new rule expects every citizen to separate certain classes of plastic containers from their household trash and redirect them to recycling programs — even if local authorities don’t offer them or the program is distant or inconvenient.

CJ: UNC-Chapel Hill welcomes clash of ideas
RALEIGH — Last April, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill appeared to the nation as an affront to freedom and civil society. Yet half a year later, Chapel Hill seems more like a shining beacon of free speech than a repressive state imposing an extreme version of political correctness.

Upcoming Events

Monday, November 09, 2009 at 12:00 PM, Noon
A meeting of the Shaftesbury Society
with our special guest Michael Munger
A one year look back on the North Carolina Governorship & Political Scene

Tuesday, November 10, 2009 at Noon
A Lecture
with our special guest Dr. Kyle Scott
Reuniting Life, Liberty, and Property: Using Kelo to Expose the Consequences of Politicizing Rights

Tuesday, November 10, 2009 at 6:30 p.m.
Sandhills Freedom Club Meeting
with our special guests Don Carrington and Rick Henderson
Carolina Journal: Investigating the Easleys – How it Started

Wednesday, November 11, 2009 at 12:00 p.m.
A Debate
with our special guests Fred Smith, President, Competitve Enterprise Institute and Bill Holman, Director of State Policy Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions, Duke University and Former Secretary of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources
Is Free-Market Capitalism Friend or Foe of the Environment?

Thursday, November 12, 2009 at 12:00 PM, Noon
A Special Thursday Meeting of the Shaftesbury Society
with our special guest Fred L. Smith, Jr.
The Irresponsibility of Corporate Social Responsibility:
What Business should do to reduce their political vulnerability

Monday, November 16, 2009 at 6:30 p.m.
Triad Freedom Club Meeting
with our special guests Don Carrington and Rick Henderson
Carolina Journal: Investigating the Easleys – How it Started

John Locke Foundation Carolina Journal Online
The Locker Room Carolina Journal Radio

Capital Quotes

It’ll be a better day when we don’t have that much power invested in one person.
— Sen. John Snow, D-Cherokee, commenting to the Raleigh News & Observer on the decision by Senate Majority Leader Tony Rand, D-Cumberland, to resign from Senate.

We are improving performance at a faster rate than other districts. But if you are a child that gets a free lunch in Mecklenburg County, you’re not competing for a job with the kids who get free lunch in Wake. You’re competing with all kids.
— Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Superintendent Peter Gorman, commenting to the Charlotte Observer on improved test scores for the district’s students from low-income families.

The federal government has some skin in the game. I hope there is a conversation about stabilizing the communities they serve.
— Charlotte Mayor-elect Anthony Foxx, as quoted by the Charlotte Observer, asking President Barack Obama for the headquarters of Bank of America to remaining in Charlotte.

I tried so hard to make a difference, and I think I have made a difference.
— Roanoke Rapids Mayor Drewery Beale, talking to WRAL-TV about the Randy Parton Theatre. Roanoke Rapids’ voters were less impressed by their elected leaders creation and management of the troubled entertainment facility, and voted Beale and two city councilmen out by 3-to-1 margins.

On The Air This Week…

Carolina Journal Radio

This week on C J Radio…
JLF’s Daren Bakst discusses gun ownership by non-violentex-felons; syndicated columnist Cal Thomas shares concerns about the direction of American politics; N.C. GOP Chairman Tom Fetzer explains why the state's economy needs an alternative to higher taxes; UNC-Chapel Hill Professor Peter Coclanis discusses relations between the U.S. and Russia; and N.C. History Project Director Troy Kickler discusses the “tenther” movement. 

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 Easley hearing fallout; a local elections analysis; and letting the prisoners go. This week’s panelists: John Hood, president of the John Locke Foundation; Chris Fitzsimon of NC Policy Watch; former legislator Gene Arnold; and Elaine Mejia, Director of the NC Budget and Tax Center.

At Issue

This week on At Issue…
Watch At Issue, hosted by Kim Genardo, Sunday at 9:00 a.m. Also available on the web at


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