Carolina Journal Weekly Report

August 03, 2012

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RALEIGH — The Burke County Republican who introduced a bill aimed at expanding Advanced Placement participation among low-income students says he plans to take up the measure again when the state legislature convenes in January.

“I think it’s reasonable to consider it might pass [during the next session],” Rep. Hugh Blackwell told Carolina Journal. “The reason it didn’t go further in the short session is lack of funding. I didn’t want to push it.”

House Bill 965, sponsored by Blackwell and three other Republicans, died when the education appropriations committee failed to take action before adjournment in July. The bill had one Democratic co-sponsor, Rep. Becky Carney of Mecklenburg County.

Under the proposed legislation, N.C. high school students who scored a 3 or better on most AP tests would have been eligible to receive college credit in exchange for the passing grade. Teachers would have received a $50 bonus for each student who received a 3 or better, the equivalent of a C grade, on an AP test.

Support seemed to split along party lines, with Democratic lawmakers generally opposing bonuses based on individual teachers' success, or lack thereof.

News Features

CJ: Legislative ‘dashboard’ lets lawmakers track bills electronically
RALEIGH — The days of lawmakers rummaging through stacks of paper on their chamber desks could be numbered. The General Assembly this past short session participated in a “paperless pilot program” during which they tested out an online “chamber dashboard” to follow debate as amendments were being offered and laws were being made.

CJ: Entrepreneurs take umbrage at Obama’s remarks
RALEIGH — President Obama’s statement — “If you’ve got a business, you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen” — made at a July 13 speech in Roanoke, Va., did not sit well with business owners in North Carolina and across the country.

CJ: Taxiway over I-73 could open PTI development floodgates
GREENSBORO — Officials with Piedmont Triad International Airport are working busily on an ambitious plan they believe will be a key part of transforming PTI into an “aerotropolis.”

Duke begins settlement talks with N.C. regulators
CHARLOTTE — Duke Energy has begun settlement talks with the N.C. Utilities Commission, which is investigating its abrupt change of CEOs following the merger with Progress Energy. “Our goal is to continue to work closely with them to try to resolve these issues,” chief executive Jim Rogers said Thursday.

Judge overturns Chapel Hill cellphone ban
DURHAM — Chapel Hill’s mayor and town council will regroup after a judge overturned the town’s new rules outlawing all cellphone use while driving and regulating towing. Superior Court Judge Orlando Hudson ruled Thursday that Chapel Hill’s ban on both handheld and hands-free cellphone calls was pre-empted by the legislature.

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Capital Quotes

Wow. It’s a good day, a great way forward for North Carolina.
— Gov. Bev Perdue, as quoted by the Raleigh News & Observer, talking about the latest high school graduation figures, which showed that over 80 percent of students earned a diploma.

It’s the worst session for the environment ever.
Molly Diggins, state director of the N.C. Sierra Club, talking to the Associated Press about the just-completed session of the General Assembly.

There is an increased demand for Republican lobbyists.
Connie Wilson, a former legislature and current lobbyist, commenting to the Raleigh News & Observer on changes since Republicans gained control of the General Assembly two years ago.

The athletic enterprise has grown so large and so remunerative that it may not be appropriate at universities anymore.
Lew Margolis, a public health professor at UNC-Chapel Hill, talking to the Raleigh News & Observer about the athletics and academics scandal at the university.

On The Air This Week…

Carolina Journal Radio

This week on C J Radio…
JLF’s Roy Cordato refutes myths about outsourcing by business; a look at arguments over newly redrawn election maps; John Turcotte of the General Assembly’s Program Evaluation Division lays out the upcoming work plan; Douglas Erwin of Dartmouth and Lawrence White of George Mason debate causes of the Great Depression; and George Leef of the Pope Center for Higher Education Policy analyzes the declining value of college degrees.

NC Spin

This week on NC Spin…
Join guest moderator Henry Hinton for another week of political discussion and debate on the most intelligent television talk show in the state. This week’s topics: From Dixie Dynamo to Dixie Dawdler; $38 million and counting; back to school; and tax fairness.. This week’s panelists: John Hood, president of the John Locke Foundation; Chris Fitzsimon of NC Policy Watch; former Supreme Court Justice Bob Orr; and political analyst Dan Blue III.


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