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Weekly Report 2011-11-23

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For the week of
November 23, 2011

Reaction of the Week

RALEIGH — Three Democrats whose re-election
chances grew longer as the result of a Republican redistricting plan
voted Friday for a constitutional amendment requiring the federal
government to run a balanced budget, a move that political experts say
is meant to ingratiate the lawmakers with conservative voters, reports Carolina Journal.

Blue Dog Democratic Reps. Heath Shuler, of North Carolina’s 11th
Congressional District, and Mike McIntyre, of the 7th Congressional
District, joined 235 Republicans in voting for House Joint Resolution 2, a balanced budget amendment to the U.S. Constitution. The Blue Dog Coalition is a cohort of centrist Democrats in the House.

Rep. Larry Kissell, a Democrat from North Carolina’s 8th Congressional
District, joined Shuler and McIntyre in voting for the proposal.
Although not a Blue Dog, Kissell has broken ranks with his party on
several key votes.

All three representatives face an uphill re-election battle in 2012 after a GOP-led General Assembly OK’d a new redistricting plan this summer. If the redrawn maps survive judicial scrutiny, Kissell,
McIntyre, and Shuler will face districts with more Republican voters.

“Dare I say it’s an obvious political calculation?” said Steven Greene, a
political science professor at N.C. State University, of the
representatives’ votes in favor of H.J.R. 2. “They know their districts
are going to be more conservative, have more Republicans, and whatever
else they can do to endear themselves to at least some of those
Republican voters, they need to try and do it to hold onto those seats.”

News Features

CJ: State bar claims LegalZoom practices law without a license
RALEIGH — LegalZoom, the nation’s largest
provider of online routine self-help legal documents, is suing the North
Carolina State Bar following an eight-year battle over claims that the
company has engaged in the unauthorized practice of law.

CJ: Bloomberg Businessweek gives Elon’s MBA program top ranking
ELON — The prestige of being at the top of a premier business magazine’s
rankings brings with it bragging rights. Billboards trumpeting the good
news are due to be erected along Interstate 85 near Mebane and
Greensboro within a month.

Duke Energy: 7.2% more will do
CHARLOTTE — Duke Energy agreed Tuesday to a 7.2 percent rate increase
for its North Carolina customers, cutting its initial 15 percent request
by more than half. Duke agreed in principle to the limited increase
with the N.C. Utilities Commission’s Public Staff, which represents
customers. The commission itself still has to approve rate changes.

N.C. lawmakers react along party lines
WASHINGTON — North Carolina’s congressional delegation expressed
frustration and shame Monday after a special bipartisan “supercommittee”
failed to reach agreement on cutting at least $1.2 trillion from
federal deficits. The committee’s failure triggered a fresh wave of
partisan wrangling, as members of Congress blamed the opposition’s party
for failing to come to terms on taxes, spending and Social Security.

Cherokee casino compact changes still up in air
RALEIGH — Negotiations between the state and North Carolina’s Cherokee
Indians over expanding games at the tribe’s casino are nearing a
self-imposed deadline with significant sticking points remaining. The
Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians and Gov. Bev Perdue’s office this week
disagreed on how much of the profit the state should get from proposed
new live dealer games and the scope of the tribe’s exclusive marketing

Upcoming Events

Monday, November 28, 2011 at 12:00 pm Noon
A meeting of the Shaftesbury Society
with our special guest David A. Burton
“Sea level rise: is Al Gore Right? Are we all going to drown?”

Monday, December 05, 2011 at 7:00 PM
A wind power workshop
with our presenters Daren Bakst, Esq., John Droz, Jr, David W. Schnare, Esq. Ph.D
“The Truth About Wind Power on the Coasts of North Carolina”

Tuesday, December 06, 2011 at 7:00 PM
A wind power workshop
with our presenters Daren Bakst, Esq., John Droz, Jr, David W. Schnare, Esq. Ph.D
“The Truth About Wind Power on the Coasts of North Carolina”

Thursday, December 15, 2011 at 12:00 PM Noon
A Headliner Luncheon
with our special guest Tim Carney
“Big Business and Big Government vs. The Free Market”

Saturday, January 21, 2012 at 7:00 p.m.
22nd Anniversary Dinner
with our special guest Brit Hume
JLF 22nd Anniversary Dinner with Brit Hume

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Capital Quotes

It’s just an incredibly sluggish labor market.
— N.C. State University economist Michael Walden, talking to the Raleigh News & Observer about the state’s economy.

It’s hard to put together a scenario in which a Republican gets 270 electoral votes without North Carolina.
— GOP strategist Charles Black, talking to the Raleigh News & Observer about the importance of North Carolina in the 2012 presidential election.

They’ve got to come back next budget cycle, and retribution can be had.
— Sen. Richard Stevens, R-Wake, as quoted by the Associated Press, half-jokingly describing legislative oversight of state spending when the General Assembly isn’t in session.

There are quite a few House members who want to talk about that.
— Rep. Carolyn Justice, R-Pender, as quoted by the Wilmington Star-News, on interest in the General Assembly in capping the state gasoline tax.

On The Air This Week…

Carolina Journal Radio

This week on C J Radio…
Bob Orr of the N.C. Institute for Constitutional Lawdiscusses the group’s legal victories and challenges; State Auditor Beth Wood discusses boosting government performance measures; Sen. Debbie Clary (R-Cleveland), Rep. Edgar Starnes (R-Catawba), and Rep. David Lewis (R-Harnett) comment on $17 million spent on an unused rail spur at Global TransPark; John Rustin of the N.C. Free Enterprise Foundation shares ratings of the legislature’s business policies; JLF’s Michael Sanera comments on N.C. counties that have privatized some services.

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. This week’s show features a special edition focusing on North Carolina’s Court System including: The courts today; unified court system; courts and technology; and judicial selection.


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