Carolina Journal Weekly Report

October 05, 2012

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RALEIGH — U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder’s brother, William Holder, apparently employs illegal foreign workers at one or more of the four McDonald’s restaurants he and his wife Deborah purchased last year in Wake County, a Carolina Journal investigation has found.

A CJ reporter made approximately 30 visits in September to observe and talk with workers at the restaurants, at least one of which has been visited by the attorney general. The reporter was present during a conversation at which some employees stated they did not have a Social Security number, a green card, or any other document that would give them the legal authority to work in the United States.

One employee said he was planning to go through the “deferred action” program announced in June by President Obama that would allow young-adult illegal immigrants to receive legal-resident status and work permits. CJ also has a document corroborating that one of the workers does not have a green card or Social Security number.

The majority of the employees in each restaurant appear to be of Hispanic descent, and, when not interacting with customers, conversations between workers most often were in Spanish. In conversations with the reporter, some workers indicated they did not speak English.

William Holder has confirmed that his brother, the attorney general, visited the Knightdale location in January, or possibly December, soon after the Holders purchased the restaurants. While Eric was there, sources told CJ, he posed for pictures with employees and restaurant patrons.

News Features

CJ: Supreme Court outcome will have lasting effects
RALEIGH — To many, the race is below the radar, taking a back seat to the presidential and gubernatorial contests in North Carolina. But some say the battle for a state Supreme Court justice seat could be the most important race to be decided by the state’s voters this year.

CJ: Cary watchdog says town promotion of bonds goes too far
CARY — A Cary government watchdog organization believes the town is violating state law by placing a one-sided video on the town’s website hailing the benefits of tax increases to pay $80 million for three bond referendums on the Nov. 6 ballot.

CJ: Stewardship of the environment a key issue in Senate District 15
RALEIGH — While they don’t agree on everything, the Republican and Democrat running for North Carolina Senate District 15 — which encompasses part of North Raleigh and part of Wake Forest — put environmental protection near the top of their political agendas.

CJ: Bibbs and Martin battle for State House District 8
RALEIGH — Improving education and restraining electricity rates are among the top issues facing the candidates for state House District 8, covering parts of Pitt and Wilson counties. Two Wilson residents are vying for the seat — attorney Mark Bibbs, a Democrat, and Republican Susan Martin, an MBA who retired from IBM.

CJ: Ideological contrast obvious In House District 92
RALEIGH — Huntersville residents Robin Bradford, a Democrat, and Charles Jeter, a Republican, are competing for the open seat in the newly drawn N.C. House District 92 from opposite ends of the political spectrum on issues such as Voter ID laws.

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Capital Quotes

How they can justify raising taxes on the middle class that has been buried the last four years? How in the Lord’s name can they justify raising their taxes with these tax cuts?
— Vice President Joe Biden, as quoted by the Charlotte Observer, while speaking in Charlotte.

If I was advising a gubernatorial candidate and I wanted a debate to get no attention at whatsoever, I would want it this way.
— Democratic strategist Gary Pearce, commenting to the Raleigh News & Observer about holding a gubernatorial debate the same night as the first presidential debate.

You can’t cash a check without photo ID. Is the threshold for voting less than the threshold for cashing a check?
— Sen. Richard Burr, R-NC, as quoted by the WRAL-TV, talking about the need for a photo identification for voting.

I think the Currituck project smells of political cronyism.
— Sen. Bill Rabon, R-Brunswick and Senate Transportation chairman, talking to the Raleigh News & Observer about the proposed $650 million Mid-Currituck toll bridge.

On The Air This Week…

Carolina Journal Radio

This week on C J Radio…
JLF’s John Hood analyzes Mitt Romney's remark about 47 percent of Americans’ dependency on government; JLF’s Roy Cordato reacts to comments by Duke Energy’s Jim Rogers about green energy; Carolina Journal’s Rick Henderson discusses CJ’s coverage of policy & politics; lawmakers debate need to scrutinize spending on contracted services; Jane Shaw of the Pope Center for Higher Education Policy assesses UNC Chapel Hill Chancellor Holden Thorp’s legacy.

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 elections; changes at the top; and the firing of the Wake school superintendent. This week’s panelists: John Hood, president of the John Locke Foundation; Chris Fitzsimon of NC Policy Watch; and political consultants Brad Crone and Doug Raymond.


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