Carolina Journal Weekly Report

Weekly Report 2005-07-16

Carolina Journal Weekly Report

For the week of
July 16, 2005

Reaction of the Week

Lawmakers at the national, state and international level should
avoid drastic measures to deal with global warming because of the huge economic costs for virtually no benefit, Dr. Fred Singer told a group of media and legislators Tuesday.

Singer, president of the nonprofit Science and Environmental Policy
Project, said the Kyoto Treaty calls for a 35 percent decrease in
carbon dioxide emissions, which would require 35 percent less energy
use. If fully implemented, the global temperature difference would
amount to one-fiftieth of a degree, a difference not even measurable by
official weather service thermometers, he said. For this “unnoticeable” benefit, the economic consequences would be devastating.

“The Kyoto Protocol is an empty gesture,” said Singer. In addition, he
said, global temperatures have swung wildly over the past 1,000 years,
far more than the slight changes that Kyoto proponents use as proof of calamitous global warming.

Singer’s visit came as the NC legislature has proposed a commission
on global climate change. State Sen. Andrew Brock, who hosted the press
conference, said further regulations on carbon dioxide emissions in
North Carolina would be “an increased burden on taxpayers.”

News Features

Lawmakers list budget sticking points
FOREST CITY — Lawmakers have been working long hours in recent days
and may work through the weekend to try to reach a consensus on the
state budget. The General Assembly is already past deadline for the new
budget year as the government is operating on a continuing resolution
which is funding the government at last year’s levels through July 20.

Morgan continues to defend funds
SOUTHERN PINES — House Speaker Pro Tem Richard Morgan continues to
come under fire from his political enemies for spending discretionary
funds — called “slush” funds by critics. Morgan defends the use of the
funds.“The members elect their leaders,” Morgan said. “In doing so,
they trust in our responsibility to make the decision.” He added that
he followed the rules that regulate the recommendation of grants.

Analyst decries terrorism complacency
CHARLOTTE — Last week’s London bombings were a wake-up call in the
war on terrorism, but many Americans slept right through it, a
terrorism expert said in Charlotte on Monday. And they weren’t the only
ones, said retired Army Col. David Hunt, an analyst with Fox News.
“Terrorism, four years after 9-11, is not even on the agenda of world
leaders,” Hunt told the Observer. 

Workers cool to trade pact
RALEIGH — The Central American Free Trade Agreement has deeply
divided North Carolina’s textile industry. Larger operators say they
need CAFTA to help create a free-trade compact in this hemisphere to
stave off competition from the Chinese, whose cheaper apparel products
and predatory trade practices are blamed for more than 65,000 North
Carolina textile jobs lost since January 2001. 

Lobbying changes focus on disclosure
RALEIGH — Lobbyists at the General Assembly would have to report
when they spend more than $10 trying to influence state lawmakers, and
file the disclosures several times a year, in a bill introduced Tuesday
in the N.C. House. The measure contrasts with a Senate lobbying
proposal, approved in April, that capped spending on legislators at
$100 but included exceptions for some expenses of trade associations
and nonprofits. 

Bill: Study death penalty
RALEIGH — Critics of the death penalty have stepped back from their
five-year campaign for a blanket moratorium, offering an alternative
yesterday that would give each inmate the chance at one more stay of
execution before being put to death. House Majority Leader Joe Hackney,
D-Orange, put together the alternative over the past month after
failing to get enough votes for the moratorium. 

State may close Medicaid loophole
BURGAW — Some North Carolina residents are taking advantage of a
loophole to shed assets – sometimes worth hundreds of thousands of
dollars – leaving taxpayers to pay for their nursing home care.
Medicaid policy allows a state to look closely at the finances of
someone who has transferred countable assets, such as cash, stocks and
bonds, within three years of applying for assistance.

Upcoming Events

Monday, July 18, 2005 at 12 Noon
Shaftesbury Society Luncheon
with our special guest Dr. Gary Hull
Antitrust Is Immoral

Monday, July 25, 2005 at 12 Noon
Shaftesbury Society Luncheon
with our special guest Dr. Alan Whanger
The Shroud of Turin:History’s Greatest Mystery

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Capital Quotes

The prestige of the institution does speak for itself. The compensation needs to reflect the prestige.
Jerry Baker, consultant hired by the University of North Carolina system to assist in the search for a new president, talking to the Herald-Sun
of Durham about the post’s compensation. Outgoing President Molly Broad
makes $312,000 per year. A search subcommittee recommended the new
system head make between $350,000 and $450,000 annually.

We don’t want another Global TransPark.
— Sen. Robert Holloman, D-Ahoskie, as quoted by the Raleigh News & Observer
explaining the need for a comprehensive business strategy to go along
with Northhampton County’s desire for a state-funded automotive center.

On The Air This Week…

Carolina Journal Radio

This week on C J Radio…
This week, US Rep. David Price will discuss his support of a
timetable for a troop withdrawal from Iraq and also, the recent House
vote to institute a succession plan for House members should they in
large numbers be wiped out in a terrorist attack. Next, Carolina Journal investigative reporter Don Carrington discusses the recent state audit of state legislative leaders and their private slush funds. And last, Elaine Funderburk
with the National Council on Bible Curriculum in Public Schools will
discuss her group’s initiatives for the state’s public school

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. On the docket this week:
the state budget battle, a legislative study on the death penalty,
NCDOT’s Transportation Improvement Plan, and middle school academies.
This week’s panelists are former House Speaker Joe Mavretic; John Hood, President of the John Locke Foundation; Kerra Bolton, Asheville Citizen-Times columnist; and Chris Fitzsimon of NC Policy Watch.

At Issue

This week on At Issue…
Triangle viewers can tune in to host Monty Knight as he is joined by Carolina Journal’s Donna Martinez and The Carolinian’s Cash Michaels for another round of At Issue. This week, special guest Grover Norquist with Americans for Tax Reform will discuss his work with President Ronald Reagan and tax reform at the state level.


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