Carolina Journal Weekly Report

June 22, 2012

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Reaction of the Week

CHARLOTTE — Participants in negotiations to re-establish the border between North Carolina and South Carolina say that the story has been sensationalized and that any notion of a “border war” largely is hyperbole.

Indeed, the owner of a gas station at the state line who has been the focus of media scrutiny would be the only business owner affected by redrawing the boundaries, and he has faith the final result will protect his livelihood, reports Carolina Journal.

Alan-Jon Zupan, a project manager for the South Carolina Geological Survey, said he is concerned about how major news outlets are portraying the almost 20-year effort to set straight the 304-mile dividing line between the two states.

“They are turning this into a tabloid story,” he said. “There are no border wars here. That is the furthest thing from the truth. Both [state] agencies agree, and we keep each other informed. We make decisions together. It’s been a good process and there is no headbutting on things. It’s not been a haphazard thing.”

South Carolina Sen. Wes Hayes, a York County Republican and member of the North Carolina/South Carolina Joint Boundary Commission, said talks have been amicable because no one is adding or taking away from the original line. His state has been more than willing to participate and has done much of the work to see it through.

News Features

CJ: $20.2 billion budget In Perdue’s hands
RALEIGH – The General Assembly has completed its work on the state’s nearly $20.2 billion General Fund budget. It’s now on Democratic Gov. Bev Perdue’s desk. Both the House and the Senate gave final approval to the compromise budget by comfortable margins.

CJ: Perdue aide says altered DOT letter a mistake
RALEIGH – Gov. Bev Perdue’s top legislative aide told a Senate committee on Thursday that altered letters which ended up saying the opposite of what a top ranking Department of Transportation official intended was a mistake resulting from a rushed attempt to fulfill lawmakers’ concerns over two proposed toll projects.

CJ: Wake commissioners scuttle vote on transit tax
RALEIGH — Some three dozen people delivered impassioned pleas Monday afternoon to the Wake County Board of Commissioners, urging them to place a half-cent sales tax on the November ballot. Their appeals fell on deaf ears.

CJ: Tedesco faces runoff for state superintendent
RALEIGH — Conservative John Tedesco’s fight to end forced busing as a member of the Wake County school board made national news. In his three years on the board, he’s helped slash nearly $100 million from his district’s budget, replaced 56 school administrators with eight and implemented merit-based pay for teachers. But special-education teacher Richard Alexander says he can do better than that if elected state superintendent.

Bill to alter death penalty bias law heads to governor
RALEIGH — The Republican-led Legislature gave final approval Wednesday to a bill limiting the use of trial statistics for people on North Carolina’s death row who received another way in 2009 to prove racial bias in sentencing.

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Capital Quotes

If you don’t like this budget, what’s your answer? More tax increases?
— Rep. Bryan Holloway, R-Stokes, as quoted by the Associated Press, on the budget the General Assembly passed this week.

To single out pet projects, if you will, to put them in a little, special category … just breeds political play.
— Sen. Bill Rabon, R-Brunswick, commenting to the Wilmington Star-News on the state’s toll road program.

I’m sorry it happened. I just don’t think money fixes it.
— Sen. Don East, as quoted by the Raleigh News & Observer, on a proposal to compensate victim of the state’s forced sterilization program. Compensation was not included in the final budget approved by the General Assembly.

It’s a very key component to retooling the economy in the state of North Carolina.
— Sen. Bob Rucho, R-Mecklenburg, as quoted by the Associated Press, on a bill he sponsored which the General Assembly passed that allows fracking in North Carolina.

On The Air This Week…

Carolina Journal Radio

This week on C J Radio…
JLF’s Terry Stoops discusses the power and role of the state Board of Education; advocates make their case for opportunity scholarships; Sens. Jerry Tillman and Ellie Kinnaird debate government standards for homemade school lunches; John Rustin of the N.C. Free Enterprise Foundation analyzes N.C.’s role as a battleground state; JLF’s Roy Cordato discusses efforts to rein in climate change alarmists over sea level rise.

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. This week we are airing excerpts from our recent interview with former Wachovia Bank CEO and legendary NC leader John Medlin. This was Mr. Medlin’s last public interview before his death earlier this month.


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