For the week of
April 13, 2012
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RALEIGH — North Carolina’s courts have ruled
it is legal for local governments to use taxpayer resources to lobby the
General Assembly on legislation, and that’s exactly what nearly two
dozen cities and counties are registered to do as the May 16 legislative
short session nears.
As of March 28, eight North Carolina counties and 10 municipalities were listed as principals in the North Carolina General Assembly Lobbying Directory, reports Carolina Journal.
The local governments are sprinkled among more than 660 lobbyists and
700 principals registered to lobby on behalf of businesses, industries,
and advocates for and against specific causes and issues.
The legality of local government lobbying is addressed in an April 2011 “N.C. Local Government Law Blog” by UNC School of Government Professor of Public Law and Government Robert Joyce. He reviews three cases — North Carolina ex rel Horne v. Chafin, Bardolph v. Arnold, and Dollar v. Cary. Joyce concludes:
“So, it appears, local governments may use public funds to try to
influence the General Assembly in a particular direction and to put out
informational materials regarding issues. They may not, however, use
public funds to try to influence the outcome of an election — either an
election for office or a referendum on a public issue.”
While the legality of local government lobbying is settled, the question of whether the practice is appropriate isn’t.
CJ: Another Commerce official involved In sustainability nonprofit
RALEIGH — A subordinate of N.C. Commerce
Department official Henry C. McKoy was serving as president of a
nonprofit organization when, acting in her official capacity as a state
employee, she applied for and received a $150,000 grant for the
nonprofit from the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation.
CJ: GOP superintendent candidate would put himself out of a job
RALEIGH — If Richard Alexander gets his way,
he’ll be North Carolina’s next superintendent of public instruction.
He’ll also be the last. That’s because Alexander, a special-education teacher from Monroe, wants
to convert the elected post of state schools superintendent into an
CJ: Three GOP contenders vie for House District 6
RALEIGH — A Tea Party pioneer, a
libertarian-leaning Iraqi war veteran, and a former Democratic state
lawmaker are pitching themselves as the best conservative choice and
voice for House District 6 in the May 8 Republican primary.
CJ: WakeMed, Rex spar over level of charity care
RALEIGH — No matter how you calculate it,
WakeMed Health and Hospitals is doing the lion’s share of charity care
in Wake County. The private, not-for-profit hospital system complains
its quasi-governmental competitor Rex Hospital should do more to ease
Chances of GOP presidential fight fades
— Rick Santorum’s departure from the Republican presidential race means less should be at stake for the GOP nomination when North Carolin
voters participate in the state’s May 8 primary. Former Massachusett
Gov. Mitt Romney appears well on his way to claiming the party’s presidential nomination after Santorum suspended his campaign Tuesday.
Monday, April 16, 2012 at 12:00 PM, Noon
A meeting of the Shaftesbury Society
with our special guest Patrick J. Michaels
Public Choice and Public Science:
Global Warming and the Government-Scientific Complex
Tuesday, April 17, 2012 at 6:45pm
A special celebration of NC Spin's 700th show
with special guest Bob Schieffer
NC SPIN 700th Show Celebration featuring CBS' Bob Schieffer
“He went too far, too fast. He forgot about North Carolina.”
— Gary Pearce, a Democratic consultant who worked on John Edwards’ 1998 Senate campaign, talking to the Washington Post about Edwards.
“Somebody said, ‘Why do you do what you do?’ It’s the psychic income – believing you can make a difference. It’s that road.”
— Lt. Governor Walter Dalton, as quoted by the Raleigh News & Observer, on why he’s seeking the Democratic nomination for governor and is in politics in general.
“That’s why I am running for governor… If we don’t recommit ourselves, we may find ourselves looking up at Mississippi and Alabama, and I’m not for that.”
— Former Congressman Bob Etheridge, as quoted by the Raleigh News & Observer, talking about the importance of education in his decision to run for governor.
“I think when you put the three of us side by side in a debate, I believe you’ll come to the conclusion that the person best able to win for the Democrats is me.”
— Rep. Bill Faison, D-Orange, as quoted by the Raleigh News & Observer, stating why he believes he’s the best Democrat running for governor this year.
On The Air This Week…
This week on C J Radio…
JLF’s John Hood analyzes the Supreme Court’s oral arguments over Obamacare; Harvard professor Meghan O’Sullivan discusses the Middle East turmoil’s impact on the U.S.; House Speaker Thom Tillis and Reps. Marilyn Avila and G.L. Pridgen discuss a task force looking into unemployment insurance fraud; Doug Bandow of the Cato Institute outlines safeguards to ensure the feds aren’t abusing power related to targeted killings of suspected U.S. terrorists; JLF’s Jon Sanders on the anti-energy coalition.
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: Problems in worker’s comp; handicapping the governor and lieutenant governor races; poor grades for public schools; and annexation. This week’s panelists: John Hood, president of the John Locke Foundation; Chris Fitzsimon of NC Policy Watch; former legislator Gene Arnold; and former Attorney General and Secretary of State Rufus Edminsten.