Carolina Journal Weekly Report

March 30, 2012

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RALEIGH — Carteret County businessman Randy Ramsey, who has made substantial campaign contributions to Democratic Gov. Bev Perdue, former Democratic Gov. Mike Easley, and the N.C. Democratic Party, is running in a three-way Republican primary for the 2nd District state Senate seat, reports Carolina Journal.

Ramsey is the owner of Jarrett Bay Boatworks, a boat-building company located in Beaufort. He is a registered Republican, but his past support for Democrats, which includes air travel for Perdue and a $2,000 contribution to her campaign in July, has outraged several Republican Party activists.

Before this year, he has given $3,750 to Republican candidates, but more than 10 times that amount to Democratic campaigns and to the state Democratic Party.

Ramsey told Carolina Journal that he gave to Democrats from eastern North Carolina and thought they would help his part of the state, but that he has “been disappointed” in them.

Moreover, either Ramsey or Jarrett Bay is connected with at least four flights provided to the 2008 Perdue campaign, based on records from an investigation by the State Board of Elections. Ramsey says he recalls providing two of the flights, but the records — provided by the Perdue committee — are spotty and incomplete, making it difficult to connect payments with specific flights.

News Features

CJ: Key state and federal primaries to watch in 2012
RALEIGH — Republicans could strengthen their grip on the North Carolina legislature and recapture a majority in the state’s congressional delegation in 2012, due in large part to a friendly redistricting plan. The first major step is the primary May 8, when the political parties will nominate candidates to compete in the fall.

CJ: State-fed green jobs estimates differ significantly
RALEIGH — Two government-funded surveys of “green jobs” released in March show vastly different estimates for the number of green jobs in North Carolina, even though both studies were funded by the U.S. Department of Labor.

CJ: Raleigh nonprofit pushes for school health center
RALEIGH — A statewide youth health advocacy group is pushing to create a school-based health center at Southeast Raleigh High School to treat uninsured and underinsured students. But critics say it is bad business to inject government health care into the classroom.

Judge finds parts of annexation law unconstitutional
RALEIGH — Major portions of the new law designed to restrict municipal annexations in North Carolina were declared unconstitutional Tuesday by a Wake County Superior Court judge, undercutting a major policy plank of the GOP-led legislature.

Lawmakers lay out fracking plans this year
RALEIGH — Republican lawmakers said Wednesday they expect to take a careful, measured approach to drafting state regulations for allowing a new method of natural gas drilling called fracking, but an existing ban on the activity in North Carolina is likely to remain until 2014 or later.

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Capital Quotes

If it passes, I think it will be repealed within 20 years.
— House Speaker Thom Tillis, R-Mecklenburg, as quoted by the Associated Press, talking about how he sees the prospects for a proposed state constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriages.

We may use best practices from other states, but it’s pretty up in the air as to what that is.
— Rep. Frank Iler, R-Brunswick, talking to the Raleigh News & Observer about the shape of future legislation on immigration in North Carolina.

The lottery money didn’t add teachers. It replaced existing positions.
Ricky Lopes, Cumberland County schools’ associate superintendent for business operations, describing to the Fayetteville Observer the impact  — or more accurately said, lack thereof — of the state lottery on education funding.

We have to have more freedom to run this place as a business.
N.C. Zoo director David Jones, talking to the Greensboro News & Record about the zoo’s future.

On The Air This Week…

Carolina Journal Radio

This week on C J Radio…
JLF’s John Hood discusses the policy debate between Gov. Perdue and legislative Republicans; David Hartgen, emeritus professor at UNC Charlotte, analyzes Wake County’s transit plan; AFP’s Dallas Woodhouse discusses the new NC Real Solutions campaign; author Mark McNeilly looks back at George Washington’s leadership; JLF’s Terry Stoops analyzes the race for Superintendent of Public Instruction.

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: Governor Perdue’s education tour; the May primary elections; and news-bad news unemployment numbers. This week’s panelists: John Hood, president of the John Locke Foundation; Chris Fitzsimon of NC Policy Watch; former House Speaker Joe Mavretic, and legislator Gene Arnold.


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