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Dome: Not all wayward politicians can come back

From Staff ReportsJuly 18, 2013 

Reborn politicians have been all the rage lately, with South Carolina’s Mark Sanford returning to office as a U.S. Congressman, and former Congressman Anthony Weiner and ex-Gov. Eliot Spitzer of New York venturing back in the fray.

Don’t think that means the path to John Edwards’ return has been cleared.

Only 15 percent of North Carolina voters have a favorable opinion of him, according to the latest Public Policy Polling survey, and 67 percent have a negative view. Those are close to the same numbers he had a year ago.

Republicans running the state government may not think much of The New York Times, which slammed the state’s GOP in a recent editorial, and neither do their constituents. The poll also found that 13 percent of Republicans have a favorable view of the newspaper and 57 percent have an unfavorable view. Flip that for Democrats: 51 percent favorable, 13 percent thumbs-down.

PPP’s Tom Jensen said the poll doesn’t establish whether the opinions are due to the editorial or something else.

Other highlights of the poll:

• Fifty-two percent of North Carolina voters say they oppose the U.S. Supreme Court overturning parts of the Voting Rights Act; 22 percent support it.

• Seventy-eight percent of those surveyed support expanded background checks for handgun purchases; 16 percent oppose.

The Democratic-leaning PPP surveyed 600 registered voters between July 12 and 14. The margin of error was 4 percent.

Legislature has one week to go

The end is in sight. House and Senate lawmakers were in agreement Thursday that they have about another week’s worth of work to do before adjourning – likely until next May.

A budget deal is expected to be finalized on Friday, and then made public Sunday. The first votes on the budget would be Tuesday.

Adjournment is expected on Wednesday or, more likely, late Thursday.

Besides the budget, bills dealing with voter photo identification, abortion, guns and more are still to come – or not.

Legal ad bill limited to Guilford

A broad bill that would have allowed local governments to stop running legal ads in newspapers in about a dozen cities and counties has been limited to Guilford County.

The House Rules Committee considered Senate Bill 287 Thursday morning, but did not vote.

Under the bill, Guilford and its cities could adopt ordinances allowing them to publish legal notices on government websites rather than in newspapers. Kevin Leonard, deputy director of the N.C. Association of County Commissioners, said he considers the bill a test project.

Newspaper circulation is declining, Leonard said, and more people turn to the Internet for information.

Newspapers that print legal ads also run them on their websites. Les High, incoming president of the N.C. Press Association, said the combined newspaper and website readership for the News & Record in Greensboro is significantly higher than the Guilford County government website.

Forest questions Common Core

Lt. Gov. Dan Forest continues to question the national Common Core education standards that state public schools implemented last year.

The State Board of Education has spent part of its last two meetings talking and asking questions about the standards.

Forest released 20 pages of questions Thursday he wants answered before the board’s August meeting, and an accompanying video.

The questions were in a letter to state Superintendent of Public Instruction June Atkinson.

Staff writers Craig Jarvis and Lynn Bonner

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