Carolina Journal Weekly Report

October 19, 2012

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RALEIGH — Paleo-diet blogger Steve Cooksey is not the only one who’s been censored by the North Carolina Board of Nutrition/Dietetics, reports Carolina Journal.

According to a document the board released to Carolina Journal, it has investigated nearly 50 people or organizations over the past five years, including athletic trainers, a nurse, a pharmacist, a spa, and even Duke Integrative Medicine. All have been accused of the same crime — “practicing nutrition” without a license.

Cooksey, who lives near Charlotte, made national news after the director of the board went through his website with a red pen telling him what he could and could not say about food without being a licensed dietician. The libertarian public interest law firm Institute for Justice filed a lawsuit in federal court on his behalf, calling it a major free speech case. Cooksey lost in U.S. District Court, but he and IJ are prepared to take appeals all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court.

But apparently the dietetics board is interested in people other than bloggers. The board, which represents licensed professionals working in the field of diet and nutrition, is interested in anyone who gives advice about what people should eat, whether it’s a medical doctor, a gym trainer, or a man on the street.

Registered dieticians file complaints against providers of nutritional advice on a regular basis, and the board — which was established to protect their professions (along with public safety) — is “obligated” to launch full-fledged investigations of every complaint.

News Features

CJ: Superintendent candidates articulate contrasts
RALEIGH — There was no disguising harsh sentiments between candidates for state superintendent of public instruction at a public forum in Raleigh Monday night when incumbent Democrat June Atkinson and Republican challenger John Tedesco clashed over a 90-minute span.

CJ: Insurance commissioner must decide how much homeowner rates will go up
RALEIGH — Homeowners could see their insurance rates go up – some by as much as 30 percent – if a request by the N.C. Rate Bureau is approved. The Rate Bureau, which represents all the insurance companies that write homeowners policies in North Carolina and is charged by law with making rate increase requests on behalf of those insurers, has filed the request with the N.C. Department of Insurance.

CJ: Video clip may decide race in House District 1
RALEIGH — Bob Steinburg, the Republican candidate for state House District 1, is fighting mad, at least according to his Democratic opponent’s campaign manager, who filed assault charges against Steinburg. Steinburg faces a Nov. 14 court date in Perquimans County.

CJ: Murry and Messina face off in House District 41
RALEIGH — Republican Rep. Tom Murry was named “Most Effective Freshman Legislator” by the North Carolina Center for Public Policy Research. But to get re-elected in state House District 41 he must battle a tough challenger and woo an unpredictable electorate.

CJ: Contenders for House District 51 lean to the right
RALEIGH — Two men who call themselves conservatives are vying to represent House District 51, a district that spills roughly equally over the Lee and Harnett county lines. Democratic challenger Bill Tatum is adamant that “I’m more conservative than most Democrats and some Republicans.”

Upcoming Events

Monday, October 22, 2012 at 12:00 p.m.
Shaftesbury Society Luncheon
with our special guest Ruth Grant
Strings Attached; Untangling the Ethics of Incentives

Wednesday, October 24, 2012 at 12:00 p.m.
A Headliner Luncheon
with our special guest Dr. Charles Murray
Coming Apart at the Seams: America's New Cultural Divide

Thursday, November 15, 2012 at 12:00 p.m.
A Headliner Luncheon
with our special guest Fred Barnes
Post Election: What the Election Results Really Mean

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Capital Quotes

We have very different visions for North Carolina. Mayor McCrory supports big corporations and special interests.
— Democratic gubernatorial candidate Walter Dalton, as quoted by the Raleigh News & Observer, assailing Republican nominee Pat McCrory during a gubernatorial debate.

This is exactly how we are treating the private sector. We are treating them like adversaries.
Pat McCrory, as quoted by the Raleigh News & Observer, responding to Walter Dalton’s attacks during the debate.

This is a difficult debt to retire.
Viveca Novak, a spokeswoman for the Center for Responsive Politics, commenting to the Charlotte Observer on the nearly $10 million in debts that Charlotte’s Democratic National Convention host committee still faces.

Early voting doesn’t save you time. It allows you to pick a day and a time to go vote, but that doesn’t mean you won’t end up waiting.
Rob Coffman, the elections director in Forsyth County, talking to the Winston-Salem Journal about early voting.

On The Air This Week…

Carolina Journal Radio

This week on C J Radio…
Carolina Journal’s Rick Henderson discusses local government efforts to “educate” voters about tax & bond ballot issues; JLF’s Terry Stoops reacts to Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant’s comments about paying teachers for performance; Fox Business Channel host John Stossel debates former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean over the role of government in health care; author Kevin Duffus discusses famous scoundrel Blackbeard; and Carolina Journal’s Jon Ham exposes political “fact checkers” for partisan advocates.

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: Election update; how much education do we need; RTP seeks to revise, renew and revitalize; and the Friday legacy. This week’s panelists: John Hood, president of the John Locke Foundation; Chris Fitzsimon of NC Policy Watch; Phil Kirk, former chair, State Board of Education; and former House Speaker Joe Mavretic.


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