Carolina Journal Weekly Report

November 30, 2012

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RALEIGH — With the election of a Republican governor and supermajorities in both chambers of the General Assembly, observers expect to see changes in the state’s approach toward education reports Carolina Journal.

GOP wins in November could have an immediate effect on PreK-12 public schools. While Democratic incumbent June Atkinson retained her position as superintendent of public instruction, Republicans are set to have a majority of members on the State Board of Education by spring.

Republican Gov.-elect Pat McCrory will have the opportunity to appoint six new members by March 31 to the board that governs the state’s public school system. Republican Dan Forest, who was elected lieutenant governor, also sits on the board, giving Republicans and Republican appointees seven of the 13 seats.

“The tone is going to be set by whoever McCrory appoints as chairman of the state board,” said Terry Stoops, director of research and education studies at the John Locke Foundation. “If he appoints a reformer, there’s a likelihood of disagreement among the board members. If he appoints someone who is more moderate, then expect incremental changes, but nothing dramatic.”

So far, McCrory hasn’t floated any candidates as potential selections to the board, let alone suggesting who would lead it.

News Features

CJ: University use of class space leaves lots of room for improvement
RALEIGH — If you ever have been on a college campus for an entire school day, you may have noticed something odd: The school never seems full. There are empty classrooms, even at the busiest times. It’s not just your imagination. Colleges really do leave many classrooms unused throughout the day.

CJ: FSU to teach teachers of entrepreneurs
RALEIGH — Entrepreneurs make things happen by filling a niche in the marketplace. Edward Stringham wants to fill a niche by creating more entrepreneurs. Stringham, a professor at Fayetteville State University, noticed an absence of professors trained in the principles of entrepreneurship.

CJ: GOP make historic gains on county commissions
GREENSBORO — For the first time since records have been kept by the North Carolina Association of County Commissioners — and possibly for the first time since the 19th century — Republicans hold a majority of seats on county commissions in the Tar Heel State.

NC congressional delegation seeks compromise
WASHINGTON — Members of the N.C. congressional delegation say they’re ready to compromise on some hardened positions to reach a deal that would prevent the country from plunging over the “fiscal cliff.” Failing to reach an agreement by the end of the year would trigger tax hikes and massive cuts in spending on federal programs.

Timmons-Goodson to leave N.C. Supreme Court
RALEIGH — Associate Justice Patricia Timmons-Goodson, the only black woman to ever serve on the N.C. Supreme Court, announced Wednesday she’ll leave post next month, giving outgoing Gov. Beverly Perdue a chance to shape the state’s highest court. Timmons-Goodson, 58, was first appointed to the court by Gov. Mike Easley in 2006 and was elected to her own full term later that year.

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Capital Quotes

It’s not going to be fluffy and kind, and I know I am going to get my butt kicked from all sides.
— Rep. Julia Howard, R-Davie, talking to the Raleigh News & Observer about addressing the state’s $2.4 billion debt to the federal government for unemployment compensation payments.

It’s more than I thought would happen.
Alfred Tollison Jr., a former Progress Energy board member, commenting to the Raleigh News & Observer on the proposed penalties on Duke Energy for misleading state regulators in its merger with Progress.

I’ve never seen coastal issues being as pressing as they are now.
— Sen. Thom Goolsby, R-New Hanover, as quoted by the Wilmington Star-News, explaining the rationale for creating a legislative caucus for coastal issues.

Too many people have invested too much time and too much money for me to throw up my hands.
— Sen. Stan White, D-Dare, as quoted by the Associated Press, requesting a “hand-to-eye” recount in his contest against Republican challenger Bill Cook. White trails Cook by 21 votes out of more than 87,000 cast.

On The Air This Week…

Carolina Journal Radio

This week on C J Radio…
JLF’s Terry Stoops discusses education reform for 2013; lawmakers react to comments from former HHS Secretary Lanier Cansler about developing a health care vision for the state; Senior Deputy Attorney General Kevin Anderson and Duke Energy attorney Kiran Mehta make their cases about a proposed 7.2 percent rate hike; Acton Institute’s Ray Nothstine discusses the link between religion and presidential politics; and JLF’s Becki Gray refutes myths promulgated by the Left about the last legislative session.

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: Five weeks and counting; the new legislature; and party politics. This week’s panelists: John Hood, president of the John Locke Foundation; Chris Fitzsimon of NC Policy Watch; and political consultants Dan Blue III and Doug Raymond.


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