Carolina Journal Weekly Report

August 26, 2011

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RALEIGH — The Republican-led General Assembly fell short in its initial attempt to override Gov. Bev Perdue’s veto of a voter ID bill. But the proposal is far from dead reports Carolina Journal. House Bill 351, also known as the Restore Confidence in Government Voter ID Bill, stalled after Gov. Beverly Perdue vetoed it in July.

H.B. 351 would require voters to show a valid, government-issued identity document at the polls. House Rules Committee Co-Chairman Tim Moore, R-Cleveland, a primary sponsor of H.B. 351, said Republicans hope members of the legislature will reconsider the bill in September; it was kept alive by using a procedural maneuver when the override failed.

Moore said members of the General Assembly who opposed the bill should think twice after several Wake County voters were charged with voter fraud in August. He said those incidents are just the tip of the iceberg.

“Under current law it is hard to catch people in the act and it is nearly impossible to prosecute,” Moore told Carolina Journal. “It is a difficult crime to prove, and it can be perpetrated on a massive scale.”

In a December poll, the conservative Civitas Institute found 83 percent of registered voters support a voter ID requirement. An Elon University poll from April of North Carolina residents found 75 percent support for the measure. “Local election board officials say that the most common complaint they hear from voters is why people aren’t required to show an ID to vote,” noted mid-February report by WRAL-TV in Raleigh.

News Features

CJ: Politicos brace for amendment fight
RALEIGH — For six months they wrangled over budgets, redistricting, guns, abortion, obesity, tort reform, and charter schools. Now, lawmakers in the state’s capital are poised to take another dip into the partisan maelstrom during a mid-September session devoted to constitutional amendments.

CJ: New law requires sudents to learn about founders
RALEIGH — A little more than one year after North Carolina public school officials proposed a controversial plan to slice much of pre-1877 history out of the state’s high school curriculum, state lawmakers have stepped in to guarantee that the curriculum includes instruction on the nation’s Founding era.

CJ: State warns ‘Price Gougers’ not to take advantage of Irene
RALEIGH — Attorney General Roy Cooper issued a press release yesterday warning businesses not to take advantage of consumers during Hurricane Irene. Charging “too much” for critical goods and services is against the law, he said, and violators will be punished.

CJ: Foxx, McHenry top conservative scorecard
RALEIGH — Republican U.S. Reps. Virginia Foxx and Patrick McHenry topped a congressional scorecard from the Washington, D.C.,-based conservative group Heritage Action for America.

CJ: Greensboro sees greenway as road to growth
GREENSBORO — Supporters of urban greenways tout them as an important recreational and environmental amenity for residents in cities all over the country. But some might say there’s a trend in local government to make greenways more than they are.

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Capital Quotes

We are not seeing significant growth of any kind.
Michael Walden, an economist at N.C. State University, talking to the Greensboro News & Record about the state’s economy.

The victims of state-sponsored eugenics need to have it made right.
— House Speaker Thom Tillis, R-Mecklenburg, as quoted by the Charlotte Observer, saying that he hopes the General Assembly next year will approve a compensation plan for victims of the state’s forced sterilization program.

Clearly, pressure was applied.
David Farren, a lawyer with the Southern Environmental Law Center, talking to the Charlotte Observer about the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service suddenly reversing course and not demanding a new environmental impact study on the proposed Monroe Connector/Bypass toll road.

Wherever men can do it, why not?
— Asheville resident Debi Davidson, as quoted by the Asheville Citizen-Times, at a protest in Asheville in favor of women’s right to go topless in public.

On The Air This Week…

Carolina Journal Radio

This week on C J Radio…
JLF’s Fergus Hodgson explains the impact of tax rates on migration and economic prosperity; N.C. House Democrats express concern over a drawn-out legislative schedule; N.C. History Project Director Troy Kickler discusses the importance of the Edenton Tea Party; David Schnare of the American Tradition Institute outlines problems associated with certain energy options; JLF’s Roy Cordato provides an
update on climate change alarmism.

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. Topic this week: our state’s public education system. This week’s panelists: John Hood, president of the John Locke Foundation; Chris Fitzsimon of NC Policy Watch; former House Speaker Joe Mavretic; and former legislator Dave Diamont.


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