Carolina Journal Weekly Report

June 15, 2012

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Reaction of the Week

RALEIGH — Nearly a year after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down an Arizona campaign-finance law allowing some candidates to receive “rescue funds” provided by taxpayers, North Carolina lawmakers are pushing a bill that would end a similar system for some elected offices, reports Carolina Journal.

Senate Bill 908, by Sens. Andrew Brock, R-Davie, and Pete Brunstetter, R-Forsyth, would repeal the provision in North Carolina law allowing candidates for appellate court judges, state auditor, superintendent of public instruction, and commissioner of insurance who accept public financing for their campaigns to get additional money if they face opponents who finance their own campaigns. These rescue funds also are available to publicly financed candidates if independent political groups spend a lot of money supporting self-financed rivals.

Sponsors of the measure say it’s necessary to make sure state and local officials comply with the Supreme Court ruling, which said this form of public financing violated the First Amendment by placing “undue burdens on political speech.” Opponents counter that North Carolina’s rescue fund provisions for judicial elections can prevent “justice for sale” and keep what they consider special interests from using campaign donations to influence elections.

S.B. 908 passed the Senate 46-1 last week and now faces a vote in the state House.

News Features

CJ: Tax provision could thwart compensation for eugenics victims
RALEIGH — Prospects for compensating victims of a decades long forced sterilization program dimmed this week when the state Senate defeated a measure that would have inserted $11 million into the budget to pay for the compensation.

CJ: WakeMed, Rex hospitals declare truce
RALEIGH — In a formal agreement brokered by state lawmakers, in late May WakeMed Health and Hospitals withdrew its offer to purchase Rex Healthcare in exchange for Rex’s parent organization – UNC Health Care – carrying a larger share of charity care in Wake County.

CJ: Report chides lawmakers’ voting record on trade
GREENSBORO — A recent Heritage Foundation report says North Carolina’s congressional delegation “seems to be rejecting” the state’s “long and honorable record of support for open markets,” much to the detriment of the many thousands of constituents who owe their jobs to free trade.

CJ: Government tries to bolster biofuels market
RALEIGH — The unprecedented goal of creating a biofuels sector in North Carolina, from the planting to the propelling of vehicles with the renewable fuel, “is astonishing and enormous,” Steven Burke admits.

CJ: GOP women call for action on economy
RALEIGH — Republican women — aided by Washington state U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers – lined up Tuesday at state party headquarters to chide President Barack Obama for policies they say have harmed women. They also used the opportunity to deflect criticism from Democrats claiming that Republicans have launched a war on women.

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Capital Quotes

Last year they needed the five of us to pass the budget, and this was part of the deal. I feel we need to sit down and talk, because this ain’t keeping the deal.
— Rep. Bill Owens, D-Pasquotank, commenting to the Raleigh News & Observer on the arrangement that saw him vote last year to override Gov. Bev Perdue’s veto of the budget passed by the Republican-controlled General Assembly. One condition of Owens’ vote was that proposed new ferry tolls in the budget not extend to Hatteras and Currituck routes. The budget the Senate passed this year includes tolls on those routes.

It was a weak case.
Curtis Driggers, a juror in the John Edwards trial, commenting to the Associated Press on the strength of the evidence against Edwards. Federal prosecutors this week announced that they would not retry Edwards on five counts on which the jury could not reach a verdict.

You can’t love Carolina and not be heartbroken.
Wade Hargrove, chairman of the UNC-Chapel Hill board of trustees, commenting to the Raleigh News & Observer on the football and academic scandal at the university.

…perhaps the most irresponsible decision in council history.
— Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx, as quoted by the Charlotte Observer, on a vote by Charlotte City Council rejecting a $926 million capital plan that would have required city property taxes to increase by over 8 percent.

On The Air This Week…

Carolina Journal Radio

This week on C J Radio…
Carolina Journal’s Rick Henderson updates Hoke County’s Chicken Nugget-Gate school lunch controversy; former N.C. GOP Chairman Bill Cobey & UNC-Chapel Hill professor Gene Nichol discuss an independent redistricting commission; Sen. Ralph Hise (R-Mitchell) offers ideas for government efficiency; Patrick Michaels of the Cato Institute explains why climate change alarmists predict gloom-and-doom scenarios; JLF’s Becki Gray analyzes reforms in forced annexation law.

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 Senate budget; legislative roundup; the new Duke Energy; and taxing sweepstakes machines. This week’s panelists: Becki Gray from the John Locke Foundation; Chris Fitzsimon of NC Policy Watch; former Secretary of State and Attorney General Rufus Edmiston; and former House Speaker Joe Mavretic.


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