Carolina Journal Weekly Report

January 13, 2012

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Reaction of the Week

RALEIGH — North Carolina should do more than make a one-time cash payment to living victims of the state’s forced sterilization program. That’s the assessment of the John Locke Foundation’s top legal expert. He recommends lifetime tax breaks, special license plates, and other policies in a new Spotlight report.

“There is no feasible way that victims of forced sterilization will be made whole through any compensation scheme,” said Daren Bakst, JLF Director of Legal and Regulatory Studies. “But North Carolina can and should take a serious step toward righting a wrong and providing meaningful compensation to victims. This report offers ideas for the type of compensation that should be made, along with ways the state can find money to pay the bill.”

Bakst’s report first addresses the two main questions that have been driving the compensation debate: who should qualify for compensation, and how large a payment the state should make.

Only living victims of forced sterilization tied to North Carolina’s eugenics program should qualify for state compensation, Bakst said. While North Carolina forcibly sterilized about 7,600 people, recent estimates of living victims range from 1,500 to as many as 2,944.

News Features

CJ: Questions remain about Perdue flight operation
RALEIGH — New Bern attorney Trawick “Buzzy” Stubbs faces a felony indictment for using his law firm to hide payments for flights he provided to then-Lt. Gov. Bev Perdue’s 2008 campaign for governor. Stubbs has not disputed the facts underlying the charges.

CJ: Perdue staff violated BLS agreements
RALEIGH — Members of Gov. Bev Perdue’s administration appear regularly to have violated signed agreements between the state and the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics when they shared monthly employment reports that were protected by an embargo, documents obtained by Carolina Journal indicate.

CJ: ‘Diversity’ cited By NAACP in opposition to proposed Lee charter school
CHAPEL HILL — Former Chapel Hill Mayor and State Board of Education Chairman Howard Lee said he is surprised the NAACP is using a diversity argument to oppose plans to open a K-8 charter school bearing his name in Chapel Hill this August.

CJ: Game fish bill: ‘Beginning of the end for commercial fishing’
RALEIGH — The General Assembly is moving forward with a proposal by the Coastal Conservation Association that would make red drum, spotted sea trout, and striped bass off-limits to commercial fisherman and thus, fisherman say, the majority of the public.

CJ: Offer to buy Black’s land for half price rejected
CARY — Opening another chapter in a saga that critics contend was a sweetheart deal, the Wake County School Board on Tuesday rejected an offer from the Town of Matthews to buy two parcels of undeveloped land once owned by convicted former House Speaker Jim Black.

Upcoming Events

Monday, January 16, 2012 at 12:00 pm Noon
A meeting of the Shaftesbury Society
with our special guest Charles T. Clotfelter
"College Sports: You got a problem with that?"

Saturday, January 21, 2012 at 7:00 p.m.
22nd Anniversary Dinner
with our special guest Judge Andrew P. Napolitano — SOLD OUT!
JLF 22nd Anniversary Dinner with Judge Andrew P. Napolitano

Tuesday, January 31, 2012 at 12:00 p.m.
A Lunchtime Discussion
with our special guest Professor John Baker
"Overcriminalization in Federal Law"

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Capital Quotes

It’s about a balance. It is about a balance between low tuition and high quality, maintaining excellence.
— UNC system President Tom Ross, as quoted by the Raleigh News & Observer, explaining his recommendation that state university tuition increases be kept under 10 percent.

It is regrettable that such a beneficial IT project for the state has been subject to such ill-informed, negative and unfounded criticism.
— Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Lanier Cansler, as quoted by the Associated Press, rejecting criticism in a report by State Auditor Beth Wood of a new state Medicaid billing system.

If you’re going to admit wrong, admit wrong in its whole capacity. By offering compensation to only the living, that’s taking partial responsibility and not full responsibility.
Mike Marion, whose 59-year-old aunt was sterilized at 18 because she was seen as mildly disabled mentally, commenting to the Associated Press on a proposal to compensate only living victims of the state’s eugenics program.

The things I’m willing to do for my constituents.
— Rep. Brad Miller, D-13th, as quoted by the Raleigh News & Observer, ordering a High Roller IPA at Big Boss Brewery’ bar. Miller is a co-sponsor of the Small BREW Act, which would reduce excise taxes on beer produced by small breweries.

On The Air This Week…

Carolina Journal Radio

This week on C J Radio…
Carolina Journal’s Rick Henderson discusses the Perdue administration’s use of embargoed employment data; the Washington Examiner’s Tim Carney talks about his reporting on crony capitalism; Wake County Superior Court Judge Donald Stephens makes comments from the bench about campaign finance activity; Reps. Dale Folwell and Carolyn Justice and parents Kevin Blaine and Effie Steele commemorate Ethen’s Law; JLF’s Fergus Hodgson talks about the role of the wealthy and efforts to demonize them.

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: House hardball; same-old, same-old for 2012 economy; guns in the park; and judging the judges. This week’s panelists: John Hood, president of the John Locke Foundation; Chris Fitzsimon of NC Policy Watch; former legislator Connie Wilson; and former Attorney General and Secretary of State Rufus Edminsten.


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