Carolina Journal Weekly Report

July 06, 2012

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RALEIGH — An override of Democratic Gov. Bev Perdue’s budget veto highlighted a day of votes in which the Republican-controlled General Assembly shot down the governor’s vetoes three times reports Carolina Journal.

The General Assembly on Monday night voted to override Democratic Gov. Bev Perdue’s veto of the state budget bill, clearing the way for adjournment and allowing lawmakers to go home to campaign for the November 2012 general election.

Lawmakers also overrode vetoes on bills that would tighten the Racial Justice Act and set up a framework for fracking to begin in North Carolina.

The $20.2 billion General Fund budget that became law Monday night comprises less than 40 percent of the state’s overall $52 billion budget.

News Features

CJ: Low turnout makes runoffs unpredictable
RALEIGH — They are heralding solutions to education woes, an anemic economy, joblessness and illegal immigration, but Republican congressional and lieutenant governor candidates in North Carolina’s July 17 runoff elections lament that their messages will not spark much voter turnout.

CJ: Elected officials and regulators block N.C. entrepreneurs from foreign markets
RALEIGH — North Carolina economic development officials continue to tout overseas trade as an avenue to lift the state from its economic doldrums. But some business owners and elected officials believe federal policy has become an impediment to the growth of exports in manufacturing.

Legislature overrides death penalty bill veto
RALEIGH — The North Carolina Legislature on Monday cancelled Governor Bev Perdue’s veto of legislation that rolled back a state law giving death row prisoners a way to seek a reduced sentence because of racial bias.

Mistaken vote puts state on a path toward fracking
RALEIGH — The look on her face said it all. Charlotte Democrat Becky Carney stood on the House floor Monday night with her mouth agape. She looked horrified. Embarrassed. Sick to her stomach. Moments earlier, she cast the deciding vote to override Gov. Bev Perdue’s veto on a bill to advance natural gas exploration. The problem? She opposed the bill.

Outrage after CEO’s departure from new Duke Energy
RALEIGH — Pressure is building on Duke Energy to explain why it ousted Bill Johnson as CEO this week, as former Progress Energy board members break their silence and express outrage at what they term a calculated deception.

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Capital Quotes

That’s extraordinary.
— House Speaker Thom Tillis, R-Mecklenburg, talking to the Associated Press about the 11 veto overrides during the two-year term of the General Assembly despite Republicans not having a supermajority in the  House.

It wasn’t science, unless you call it political science.
— Rep. George Cleveland, R-Onslow, as quoted by the Associated Press, talking about a prediction from a state-sponsored panel showing a sharp rise in sea level along the North Carolina coast.

We regrettably had to spend money to catch up with Mr. Pendergraph’s 15 years of press coverage.
Brian Mullis, political director for Robert Pittenger’s run for Congress in the 9th District, explaining to the Charlotte Observer why Pittenger has spent more money of his own money — $1.9 million through June 27 — than any other congressional candidate so far this year. Pittenger is in a runoff for the Republican nomination with Jim Pendergraph.

I’ve heard from hundreds and hundreds of people from my district about their opposition to the health care law. I voted against it originally and I will vote to repeal it.
— Rep. Larry Kissell, D-8th, talking to the Charlotte Observer about Obamacare.

On The Air This Week…

Carolina Journal Radio

This week on C J Radio…
JLF’s John Hood analyzes the July 17 runoff election; Sens. David Rouzer and Harry Brown, as well as Duke’s Rob Jackson, debate sea level rise projections; GOP legislators debate changing juvenile justice law; ECU professor Anthony Papalas discusses economic turmoil in Greece; and JLF’s Michael Sanera analyzes Charlotte’s rail service and the push for rail in the Triangle.

NC Spin

This week on NC Spin…
Join moderator Tom Campbell for for another week of political discussion and debate on the most intelligent television talk show in the state. Topics this week: Update on the elections; immigration as a big election issue; education summit; and North Carolina’s economy. This week’s panelists: John Hood and Becki Gray from the John Locke Foundation; Chris Fitzsimon of NC Policy Watch; and former House Speaker Joe Mavretic.


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