Carolina Journal Weekly Report

November 21, 2012

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RALEIGH — State Rep.-elect Joe Sam Queen, D-Haywood, cannot collect damages worth three times the amount of money his 2010 state Senate opponent spent on television ads in their campaign. That’s the unanimous decision of a three-judge panel of the N.C. Court of Appeals, reports Carolina Journal.

Appellate judges ruled that neither Queen nor Sen. Ralph Hise, R-Mitchell, “fully complied” with the state’s 1999 Stand By Your Ad law. Because Queen could not show that he complied with the law while Hise violated it, Queen is entitled to no money in the case.

“As both plaintiff and defendants failed to provide proper disclosures of the joint sponsorship of television advertisements by both the candidate committee and the political party, plaintiff’s claim is barred by the statutory tu quoque defense,” according to Judge Donna Stroud’s opinion. The tu quoque or “you too” defense essentially says that the plaintiff in the case engaged in the same conduct as the defendant.

Queen was the incumbent and Hise the challenger in the 2010 campaign for the N.C. Senate District 47 seat. Hise beat Queen with 56 percent of the 57,055 votes cast in the western North Carolina race.

Queen’s election committee filed suit in January 2011 against Hise’s committee and against the N.C. Republican Executive Committee. The suit contended that Hise and the GOP violated state law by failing to disclose properly that the Republican group had paid for TV ads identified as being sponsored by Hise’s campaign committee.

News Features

CJ: N.C. to take leading role In education reform
AMELIA ISLAND, Fla. — The number of students attending public charter schools continues to rise, and Durham Public Schools is ranked 21st nationally, the only district in North Carolina with 10 percent or more of its students in charter schools.

CJ: Price says sequestration unlikely
CHAPEL HILL — A trillion-dollar sequestration that immediately would cut large portions of domestic and military spending likely will be deferred until budget architects can put together a long-term fiscal plan in the new Congress, U.S. Rep. David Price said Monday.

CJ: Hoyle says new tax collection system will work
RALEIGH — You know the old saying — you have to spend money to make money. That’s the message N.C. Department of Revenue Secretary David Hoyle wants to send as the department puts the finishing touches on its new Tax Information Management System.

7th District race still up in the air
RALEIGH — One of the most expensive congressional races in the country – pitting longtime Democratic incumbent Rep. Mike McIntyre of Lumberton against Republican state Sen. David Rouzer from Johnston County – was also the closest. And now it will be the last to be settled, as Rouzer on Tuesday called for a recount.

N.C. straight-ticket voting dates to Civil Rights era
WILMINGTON — Wonder why North Carolina voters who want to cast a straight-ticket ballot still have to select their choice for president separately? Aaron King, who lectures at UNC-Wilmington, said that arrangement dates back to the 1960s, when the state was predominantly Democratic and Lyndon Baines Johnson – a strong advocate of civil rights – was running for president as a Democrat.

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Capital Quotes

I’d say this is one of the better reports we’ve had all year.
Michael Walden, an economist at N.C. State University, as quoted by the Raleigh News & Observer, talking about the state’s unemployment report for October, which saw the state add 8,000 jobs.

We need to fix a serious problem.
— Sen. Bob Rucho, R-Mecklenburg, talking to the Associated Press about the state’s unemployment insurance system.

It is a continuous battle, and I think the ocean is stronger than we are.
— East Carolina University geologist Dorothea Ames, talking to WRAL-TV about the difficulties of keeping N.C. Highway 12 open along the Outer Banks.

There’s no market for kudzu.
Mark Conlon, vice president for sector development at the nonprofit Biofuels Center of North Carolina, explaining to the Associated Press why the rapidly-growing Arundo donax, a favorite crop of the renewable fuels industry, won’t end up like kudzu.

On The Air This Week…

Carolina Journal Radio

This week on C J Radio…
JLF’s Terry Stoops refutes myths about mass teacher layoffs due to the state budget; Revenue Secretary David Hoyle tells lawmakers about a system that helps tax collectors; Harnett County Commissioner Jim Burgin explains impediments posed by N.C.’s Certificate-of-Need law; University of Louisville economist Stephan Gohmann discusses problems with health care mandates; the N.C. History Project’s Troy Kickler analyzes the impact of successful free blacks.

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: Health insurance exchanges; Medicaid expansion; Medicaid reimbursements; and healthcare challenges. This week’s panelists: John Hood, president of the John Locke Foundation; Chris Fitzsimon of NC Policy Watch; and Lanier Cansler, former secretary of the NC Department of Health and Human Services.


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