Carolina Journal Weekly Report

November 09, 2012

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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 since Reconstruction.

“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.

News Features

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 from 2010.

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
CHARLOTTE — 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 Heel State?

Recount possible in close 7th district contest
WILMINGTON — 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.

Upcoming Events

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

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Capital Quotes

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…

Carolina Journal Radio

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.

NC Spin

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.


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