For the week of
November 09, 2012
Reaction of the Week
RALEIGH — Gov.-elect Pat McCrory promised
Thursday to scrutinize the efficiency and accountability of government
departments and programs, while vowing to work across political and
geographical boundaries to create more jobs and bring “a mayor’s
attitude” of problem-solving to Raleigh.
In methodically laying out a glimpse of his administration while
revealing few details of his public policy agenda, McCrory announced
members of his transition team to the media, reports Carolina Journal. It was his first capital
city news conference since he defeated Democratic Lt. Gov. Walter Dalton
Tuesday to become only the third Republican governor in North Carolina
“We’ve got some extremely important problems that we have to address,”
including taxes, health care reform, economic development, the impact of
federal budget sequestration on North Carolina’s military bases,
transportation, and education at all levels, McCrory said.
“It’s my job as leader to make those tough decisions,” and he is
building an accomplished team of transition experts to get the process
started, he said. Thomas Stith, a former Durham City Council member who
unsuccessfully ran for mayor in 2007 and for the GOP nomination as
lieutenant governor in 2004, is transition director. He has been working
at the Kenan Institute at UNC-Chapel Hill.
CJ: Republicans win governor’s race, gain seats in General Assembly
RALEIGH — Former Charlotte Mayor Pat McCrory
became North Carolina’s third Republican governor since Reconstruction
and the first since the 19th century to work with a General Assembly
controlled by his own party, as the GOP built on its electoral momentum
CJ: New maps help GOP build legislative majorities
RALEIGH — Newly drawn election maps helped North
Carolina Republicans build their majorities in both the state House and
Senate Tuesday, despite the fact that their winning margins in the
statewide popular vote dropped from 2010 to 2012.
CJ: ‘Systems thinking’ advocates brew controversy
WINSTON-SALEM — Conflict is brewing in over a controversial teaching method now being employed in some local schools. The Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Board of Education is bitterly divided over the method known as “systems thinking.”
5 reasons Obama didn’t carry North Carolina
— President Barack Obama almost ran the table Tuesday night when it
came to battleground states. The lone exception: North Carolina. Of a
dozen competitive states, it was the only one that went from Democratic
blue in 2008 to Republican red this year. Why didn’t Obama carry the Tar
Recount possible in close 7th district contest
— By the end of a tense Tuesday night in the 7th Congressional District
race, U.S. Rep. Mike McIntyre led David Rouzer by 507 votes. By
Wednesday, neither congressional hopeful wanted to talk to the media,
and it appeared the race was headed for a recount in about two weeks.
Monday, November 12, 2012 at 12:00 p.m.
Shaftesbury Society Luncheon
with our special guest Dr. Troy Kickler
Caught in the Crossfire: African American Children and the
Battle for Education During Reconstruction
Thursday, November 15, 2012 at 12:00 p.m.
A Headliner Luncheon
with our special guest Fred Barnes
Headliner Luncheon with Fred Barnes:
What the Election Results Really Mean
“The curse is over!”
— Governor-Elect Pat McCrory, as quoted by WFAE, on the inability of Charlotte politicians to win statewide office in general and the governorship in particular.
“It was good from the top down, from the bottom up.”
— North Carolina Republican Party Chairman Robin Hayes, as quoted by WRAL-TV, talking about the election results.
“It defines how far the Republicans have come in North Carolina It’s totally flipped.”
— Sen. Tom Apodaca, R-Henderson, as quoted by the Associated Press, talking about how well his party did during the election.
“It was very effective.”
— Michael Munger, a Duke University political science professor, talking to the Durham Herald-Sun about the importance of gerrymandering in helping to enlarge Republican majorities in the General Assembly.
On The Air This Week…
This week on C J Radio…
JLF’s Terry Stoops analyzes the state Board of Education's new anti-choice, pro-system vision statement; legislators debate the effectiveness of driver’s ed; N.C. HHS officials explain challenges of staffing new mental hospital; John Samples of the Cato Institute talks about whether Citizens United will survive; and Troy Kickler of the N.C. History Project discusses five things you should know about James Madison.
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: Election results and what to expect come January. This week’s panelists: John Hood and Becki Gray from the John Locke Foundation; Chris Fitzsimon of NC Policy Watch; former Attorney General and Secretary of State Rufus Edminsten; and political consultant Jeanne Bonds.