Carolina Journal Weekly Report

Weekly Report 2011-04-22

Carolina Journal Weekly Report

For the week of
April 22, 2011

Reaction of the Week

RALEIGH — Pro-lifers say a bill pending in the
General Assembly would save thousands of unborn lives by ensuring that
abortion-minded women are furnished with needed information before
choosing to terminate a pregnancy, reports Carolina Journal.

The proposed law would signal a sweeping change for North Carolina,
which has few abortion restrictions on the books, and is sure to
generate heated political discussion as it makes its way through the
legislature, a process sponsors say will start soon.

“Abortion is a surgical procedure that affects two lives, and I believe
it’s important for a woman to have complete and accurate information
before she consents to the procedure. Right now, that’s not required,”
said Rep. Ruth Samuelson, R-Mecklenburg, a chief sponsor of the bill.

The measure — House Bill 854,
Abortion-Woman’s Right to Know Act — would bar physicians from
performing an abortion without a woman’s “voluntary and informed
consent.” Among other provisions, that translates into a 24-hour waiting
period prior to the procedure, an ultrasound image of the unborn child,
and notarized parental consent for a minor’s abortion.

The woman would have to certify in writing that she was provided the
information. The signed statement would be retained in her medical

News Features

CJ: Unborn Vctims of Violence Act headed to Perdue
RALEIGH — Current North Carolina law does not
acknowledge the death of an unborn child by the actions of an assailant
as a crime. If a pregnant woman is killed, police cannot charge her
suspected killer with two counts of murder. House Bill 215, aka Ethen’s Law, would change that.

CJ: Republicans split on rail bill
RALEIGH — Republicans in a House committee split
on whether to take more control over the state Department of
Transportation’s future efforts to build commuter rail across North
Carolina. The division occurred on a vote over an amendment to a bill
sponsored by Rep. Ric Killian, R-Mecklenburg.

CJ: CMS pay-for-performance bill stirs criticism
RALEIGH — The recently filed House Bill 546,
Alternative Salary Plans for the Charlotte-Mecklenburg School District,
is not performing as well as author Rep. Ruth Samuelson, R-Mecklenburg,
originally had planned.

CJ: New High School would focus on ag and biotech
RALEIGH — The Senate Commerce Committee is set
to meet April 26 to hear Senate Bill 125, establishing the North
Carolina School of Agriscience and Biotechnology. This regional public
high school would serve students in Chowan, Hyde, Tyrrell, and
Washington counties.

CJ: Raleigh considers allowing food trucks
RALEIGH — Budding entrepreneurs have taken their
culinary talents to the streets in “food trucks” in Durham, Carrboro,
and all over the country, creating their own jobs and stimulating an
otherwise stagnant economy. Now they’re trying to make their debut in

Upcoming Events

Monday, May 02, 2011 at 12:00 PM, Noon
A Debate
with our special guest Anthony J. Tata
A Mission and Philososphy for Wake County Schools:
The View from the Superintendent’s Office

Wednesday, May 04, 2011 at 12:00 p.m.
A Headliner Luncheon
with our special guest Stephen F. Hayes
Washington Update

Tuesday, May 10, 2011 at 5:45 p.m.
A Special Forum and Book Signing
with our guests Paul H. Bergeron and David O. Stewart
The Impeachment of President Andrew Johnson:
An Examination

Friday, May 20, 2011 at 1:00pm-4:30pm
A Citizens’ Constitutional Workshop in Franklin, N.C.
with presenters Dr. Troy Kickler & Dr. Michael Sanera
What the Founders and the State Ratification Conventions
Can Teach Us Today

Saturday, May 21, 2011 at 1:00pm-5:30pm
A Citizens’ Constitution Workshop in Murphy, N.C.
with presenters Dr. Troy Kickler & Dr. Michael Sanera
What the Founders and the State Ratification Conventions
Can Teach Us Today

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Capital Quotes

It just wasn’t acceptable to our (GOP) caucus at this point, so there’s no reason to stay around.
— Sen. Tom Apodaca, R-Henderson, explaining to the Associated Press about why the General Assembly left town for the holiday weekend without agreeing to a compromise with Gov. Bev Perdue to close a gap in funding for the state health plan through mid-2013.

We will be providing a voice for the citizens in involuntary annexation. It’s a real voice, it’s a substantial voice.
— Rep. Nelson Dollar, R-Wake, as quoted by the Associated Press, on a bill that would prohibit an annexation if 60 percent of property owners in the affected area sign a petition opposing the annexation.

Current operations do not allow the authority to be self-sufficient.
Sean Hamel, of the  General Assembly’s Program Evaluation Division, as quoted by the Associated Press, talking about the Global TransPark.

We made some commitments to the community that the burden of the debt they were paying would end some time in the foreseeable future. Just pushing everything further out would not achieve this.
— High Point Mayor Becky Smothers, as quoted by the High Point Enterprise, on the city’s portion of the debt of the N.C. Municipal Power Agency No. 1. NCMPA1 is proposing to refinancing its debt, a move that would keep rates lower but leave users in High Point and 18 other member cities paying interest charges far longer. If the debt is not refinanced, rates are expected to increase by nearly 30 percent in the coming years before falling in the future. Smothers opposes refinancing.

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Carolina Journal’s Rick Henderson on Jim Black’s denials of elements of his corruption case; Reps. Jonathan Jordan, Rick Glazier, Tom Murry, and Becky Carney discuss support for speed cameras in work zones and school zones; Rep. Ric Killian and Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx debate high-speed rail funds; Rep. Ron Paul of Texas outlines his priorities; N.C. History Project Director Troy Kickler talks about the expansion to Edenton.

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