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U.S. House Committee Asks Perdue For Documents

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Reporting by Carolina Journal is raising serious questions about whether the administration of Gov. Beverly Perdue is running afoul of federal rules established to ensure that monthly jobs data isn’t misused or politicized. Carolina Journal Managing Editor Rick Henderson explains why a U.S. House committee is seeking documents from Perdue’s office in the wake of the reporting. Then we turn to the coziness between business and government. Elected officials in both major parties have been guilty of supporting crony capitalism. Tim Carney, senior political columnist for the Washington Examiner, has spent much of his career documenting the cronies. He shares information he has uncovered during three years of reporting on the Obama administration’s abuses. Next is a look at the outcome of a recent key legal and political case. When Gov. Beverly Perdue’s former campaign finance director entered an Alford plea rather than fight criminal charges linked to illegal campaign activity, Wake County Superior Court Judge Donald Stephens shared his concerns from the bench. You’ll hear highlights of Stephens’ remarks to former Perdue campaign finance chief Peter Reichard. That’s followed by a look at a new law that had long been sought by advocates for unborn children. As of Dec. 1, North Carolina became the latest state to enact an “unborn victims of violence” act. Dubbed Ethen’s Law, it allows prosecutors to file two sets of charges when a murderer targets a pregnant woman. Supporters recently commemorated the new law’s effective date. You’ll hear from Reps. Dale Folwell, R-Forysth, and Carolyn Justice, R-Pender, along with Kevin Blaine and Effie Steele, parents of two murdered pregnant women. And finally, the “rich” are frequently demonized for allegedly profiting at the expense of the middle class and the poor. John Locke Foundation Director of Fiscal Policy Studies Fergus Hodgson discusses income inequality and the contributions of the “rich” to society.