Under the Dome

N.C. senator says office doesn't pay the bills

January 20, 2010 

State Sen. Eddie Goodall, a Union County Republican, won't seek a fourth term.

Former legislator Fern Shubert said she plans to run to regain her old seat. Goodall replaced Shubert, a Republican, when she ran for governor in 2004.

Goodall said it is hard to leave in a year that's expected to be good for Republicans but that he needs to make a living.

"Like a vast majority of my constituents, I too have to make a living and pay my bills," Goodall said in a statement. "The legislative pay simply does not make it feasible for a majority of citizens to do that."

Goodall has just accepted a job as president of the N.C. Alliance for Public Charter Schools.

Prosecutor seeks Senate

Dewey Hudson, the top prosecutor for Duplin, Jones, Onslow and Sampson counties, says he will run for the state Senate seat being vacated by longtime Sen. Charlie Albertson. Both areDemocrats.

Hudson signaled his interest in the job last month as Albertson was looking to step aside. Then, Hudson announced last week that he would not run for DA as Albertson made his plans clear.

The Senate district covers Duplin, Lenoir and Sampson counties and was held by Albertson for nearly two decades.

Hudson has said he wants to run on an anti-corruptionplatform, saying that a prosecutor could help clean up Raleigh.

He's a part of the federalinvestigation surrounding former Gov. Mike Easley and said he was interviewed by federal agentsrecently.

But he will not say what authorities were interested in, despite numerous requests over several weeks for him to open up.

He said he is staying quiet about that because he doesn't want to impede any investigation.

NCSU professor dies

Abe Holtzman, a longtime political science professor at N.C. State University, died Monday at 88.

The award-winning professor was a favorite at NCSU and a mentor to some of the state's well-known Democrats. In a 1988 article in The News & Observer, former Gov. Jim Hunt called Holtzman "the most challenging and stimulating professor I ever had."

But former U.S. Sen. Jesse Helms was not a fan. Early in his career as a local TV commentator, Helms labeled Holtzman a subversive at NCSU who undermined the values of the South.

Born in Detroit and educated at UCLA and Harvard, Holtzman served as a congressional aide and a staff assistant to the Democratic National Committee before his teaching career. He taught for more than 45 years at NCSU, where his research interests included lobbying, political parties and the relationship between the president and Congress.

He is survived by his wife, Sylvia, three sons and their wives, five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. today at Temple Beth Or, 5315 Creedmoor Road.

Vote on judges

The nominations of North Carolina judges Albert Diaz of Charlotte and Jim Wynn of Raleigh go before the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday for a vote on whether to recommend the men to the full U.S. Senate for confirmation, but a delay is likely.

President Barack Obama nominated Diaz and Wynn last fall to the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals, a step below the Supreme Court. Both appeared at a noncontroversial hearing in the Judiciary committee in December.

Under committee rules,Republicans can ask for a one-week hold on agenda items. Republicans traditionally have asked for that on judicial nominations. If the hold is requested, that means a vote isn't likely until Jan. 28 at the earliest.

By staff writers Lynn Bonner, J. Andrew Curliss, Jane Stancill and Washington correspondent Barbara Barrett

lynn.bonner@newsobserver.com or 919-829-4821

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