For the week of
November 21, 2012
Reaction of the Week
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.
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
— 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.
Monday, November 26, 2012 at 12:00 p.m.
Shaftesbury Society Luncheon
with our special guest Algenon Cash
"Are You an Energy Voter?"
Thursday, December 06, 2012 at 6:00 - 10:00 p.m.
Spirit of Inquiry Awards Dinner
and guest speaker John Hood
"The Changing Political Climate in North Carolina
and What That Means to Higher Education"
“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…
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.
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.