Carolina Journal Weekly Report

August 24, 2012

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RALEIGH — It may be a down-ticket race, but the battle for state auditor is showing some pop reports Carolina Journal.

Democrat incumbent Beth Wood said she deserves re-election on the strength of her vigorous campaign against wasteful spending and sloppy, expensive state contracts. Her Republican opponent, Debra Goldman, attacked Wood as a poor manager with a spotty record of investigating corruption who has carried water for Gov. Bev Perdue.

The auditor is the state’s top fiscal watchdog, empowered with investigative tools to ensure integrity in government operations and accounting.

Early voting for the Nov. 6 general election begins Oct. 18. Goldman, a member of the Wake County Board of Education running her first statewide campaign, trails Wood 39-36 percent, according to a survey of North Carolina voters taken July 5-8 by Public Policy Polling. They were tied 36-36 in June.

Still, Goldman believes that poll bodes well for her at this point in the election against an incumbent and with 25 percent of the electorate still undecided.

News Features

CJ: Ryan rallies crowd at Triangle appearance
RALEIGH — Hammering forcefully at what he called President Obama’s “raid” on Medicare, divisive re-election tactics and economic policies that have put America on the edge of a fiscal cliff, GOP vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan told a Raleigh crowd Wednesday it is imperative to elect Republican challenger Mitt Romney.

CJ: Court could limit appeal of competitive contracting
RALEIGH — The N.C. Court of Appeals recently delivered a mixed verdict to Charlotte in its dispute with Cedar Greene Apartments over garbage collection. The apartment complex wanted to hire — at lower cost — a vendor other than the city-approved company that provides trash collection services for apartment complexes in the city

CJ: Clock Ticking on North Carolina Virtual Academy
RALEIGH — As the traditional public school year in North Carolina is about to begin, Cabarrus County proponents of a statewide virtual charter school cling to longshot hopes that their unprecedented e-learning institution can open this year.

State, feds reach agreement on adult care homes
RALEIGH — The state of North Carolina and the federal government signed an agreement Thursday that could move thousands of residents in adult care homes with serious mental illness into community housing and avoids potential costly litigation. But there’s still a high price tag for the state to carry out a plan rolled out last month by state health officials: possibly $287 million over eight years.

Court ruling on pre-K program enrollment upheld
RALEIGH — A North Carolina appeals court ruled Tuesday that any at-risk child whose parents seek admission to the state’s pre-kindergarten academic enrichment program must be admitted, but judges stopped short of requiring a vast expansion of the program to include every needy 4-year-old.

Upcoming Events

Monday, August 27, 2012 at 12:00pm Noon
Shaftesbury Society Luncheon
with our special guest Ray Nothstine
"Is Civil Religion Enough? Religion & Presidential Campaigns."

Monday, September 17, 2012 at 7:00 p.m.
A Living History Event
with our special guests Thomas Jefferson and John Adams
Jefferson and Adams: A Debate on the Future of the United States of America

Wednesday, September 19, 2012 at 12:00 p.m.
Election Preview 2012
with our special guests Byron York, Brad Crone, Marc Rotterman, and John Hood
What to Expect in the 2012 Election

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Capital Quotes

The North Carolina that Sen. (Jesse) Helms ran in was certainly different than today.
— GOP campaign strategist Brian Nick, talking to the Associated Press about how the South has changed politically in recent years.

We have to make sure these folks (operating legally) aren’t penalized.
Gary Salamido, vice president for governmental affairs for the N.C. Chamber, commenting to the Raleigh News & Observer on the failure of state government agencies to ensure that contractors provide workers’ compensation coverage to their employees.

It gets to the point where you wonder whether there’s ever going to be a lab result when a case has hung around for a year or longer.
— District Court Judge Rick Walker, as quoted by the Asheville Citizen-Times, talking about the difficulty in getting results from the State Crime Laboratory.

Not all businesses are designed to make a profit. The real mission is to create economic impact.
Tom Murray, chief executive of the Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority, talking to the Charlotte Observer about the economic model for convention centers.

On The Air This Week…

Carolina Journal Radio

This week on C J Radio…
JLF’s John Hood discusses the need for entitlement reform; JLF’s Terry Stoops & Roy Cordato join with Bob Luebke of the Civitas Institute to examine Milton Friedman’s views on school choice; Sens. John McCain, Lindsey Graham & Kelly Ayotte discuss looming defense spending cuts; Duke professor John Staddon expresses concern about the “malign hand” of the markets; and Carolina Journal’s Rick Henderson lays out CJ’s political convention coverage plans.

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: Political conventions; college sports; red light cameras; and paying for infrastructure improvements. This week’s panelists: John Hood, president of the John Locke Foundation; Chris Fitzsimon of NC Policy Watch; former legislator Connie Wilson; and political consultant Brad Crone.


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