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Holshouser, Roger Ailes, and busing

In a postscript to the passing of former Gov. Jim Holshouser, there is a story that Roger Ailes tells of the 1972 campaign.

Ailes, who is now head of Fox News, was then working as a media political consultant and Holshouser was one of his first political clients. (Ailes was also working for President Richard Nixon that year.)

Holshouser was one of Ailes' first clients. Court-ordered school busing was a hot topic, and according to Zev Chafets' biography, "Roger Ailes: Off Camera," he had convince Holshouser to oppose busing.

"Holshouser's Democratic opponent was opposed to busing, so it didn't seem like a problem until the candidate told Ailes that it was," Chafets writes. 'We are going to support busing,' he told his consultant.'''

Morning Memo: Moral Monday protesters in court ahead of 8th rally

MORAL MONDAY PROTESTERS GO TO COURT, RALLY AGAIN: The 8th Moral Monday protest starts about 5 p.m. today and Democratic Congressman David Price will attend and boost its profile. Earlier in the day, about 17 protesters are expected to appear in court -- the first hearing for any of the nearly 500 people arrested at the N.C. General Assembly during protests against the state's Republican leaders. They are likely to plead not guilty to three charges stemming from their arrest at the first demonstration in April. N.C. NAACP President Rev. William Barber will be one of those in court. More from AP here.

TODAY AT THE STATEHOUSE: The House and Senate convene at 7 p.m. The House has a handful of routine legislative matters on the calendar but the Senate is scheduled to take a final vote on the landfill bill, which critics say would create mega-dumps for out-of-state trash in North Carolina. Earlier in the day, the House Finance Committee will hold a much-debated public hearing on Senate Bill 315, a measure regarding water and sewer lines to a controversial development in Durham County. Gov. Pat McCrory will attend the Red Hat headquarters opening in downtown Raleigh at 10:30 a.m.

***Good Monday morning. Thanks for reading the Dome Morning Memo. Read about the Democrats' "Daddy Warbucks fantasy" and business experts reaction to the tax proposal below. ***

Morning Memo: Civitas protester database draws complaints

HOUSE OFFER MOVES ON CORPORATE TAX: From AP: The House's latest tax offer to the Senate would reduce the corporate income tax rate more quickly compared to the package the chamber approved two weeks ago and agrees to the Senate's position on the future of several sales tax exemptions, according to documents obtained by The Associated Press. The House offer would still retain the 2 percent local tax on groceries. The Senate wants to eliminate it. Both proposals would result in several hundred million fewer dollars for state tax coffers over the next two years, with the Senate proposal now sitting in a committee holding the higher price tag.

CIVITAS MORAL MONDAY PROJECT STIRS BLACKLIST COMPARISONS: The Civitas Institute, a conservative think tank the largely supports the Republican legislative agenda, posted the name, age, address and employer of all protesters arrested at the legislature during the Moral Monday events, along with other personal information in a new database online. Read more on the reaction below.

***Thanks for reading the Dome Morning Memo. Click below for more about a GOP lawmaker's last minute addition to the state budget, President Barack Obama's pick for the federal bench in North Carolina and more.***

One Gentleman Jim comments on another Gentleman Jim

Former Gov. Jim Martin and former first Lady Dottie Martin are in Greece this week and were not immediately reachable after the death of former Gov. Jim Holshouser. But Martin sent this note by email.

"I have known Jim Holshouser since our days at Davidson College, and we have maintained a good and growing friendship over the years.

On the political scene, Jim rose through the ranks in the General Assembly to gain a constructive reputation as Republican House Leader. His 1972 campaign was the long awaited breakthrough for healthy two-party politics. It also introduced North Carolina to a style of leadership that defined success in terms of achieving a good outcome for North Carolina, rather than defeating the other party.

Holshouser was adept at building bipartisan decisions to improve education institutions from kindergarten to our vaunted research universities. He was also a champion for sound fiscal policies, leading an overdue study of fiscal efficiency that I found worthy of copying. Jim was a champion for education and good, less-intrusive government.

North Carolina will miss him and his quiet resolve.

Phil Kirk remembers his former boss, Gov. Jim Holshouser

Phil Kirk, who served as chief of staff to the late Gov. Jim Holshouser, penned this rememberance of his boss in the Salisbury Post:

"I had the opportunity to talk with Gov. Jim Holshouser on Saturday morning although he was unconscious and probably did not hear me, especially since his daughter, Ginny, said he did not have his hearing aids on.

"In case, he could hear me, I thanked him for being a mentor to me and for taking a chance on me and so many other young people at such an early age by bringing me into his administration. I also told him that I would be pulling on behalf of both of us for State to beat Carolina in the College World Series in baseball on Sunday afternoon, knowing that despite the tremendous challenges to his health, especially in the last year, he had never lost his sense of humor.

"There are many adjectives that come to mind in describing Governor Holshouser, but “integrity” is at the top of the list." Read the full piece here.

Morning Memo: Arrests near 500, Democrats debut anti-Tillis website

TOTAL ARRESTS NEAR 500: Eighty-four demonstrators were arrested by the N.C. General Assembly police on Monday, bringing the total since April 29 to more than 480. Holly Jordan, 29, a teacher at Hillside High School in Durham, said she decided to get arrested on Monday because she was thoroughly upset with the education policies and budgets proposed. She knew that some of the Republicans had described their naysayers as “aging hippies” and “outsiders” who considered it “en vogue” to get arrested.

TODAY AT THE STATEHOUSE: The Senate will take a final vote on its tax plan, and send it to the House. The two chambers remain far apart on how to cut taxes. The House will consider Gov. Pat McCrory's transportation funding bill. In committees, House lawmakers will consider a bill to raise the speed limit to 75 mph on certain roads and a bill requiring cursive -- which is likely to be remade entirely at the last minute, given a similar bill passed earlier this session. Senate lawmakers will meet in committees to consider a bill requiring background checks on those who receive some public assistance and another measure to roll back energy efficiency regulations on building to 2009 levels.

Gov. Pat McCrory will visit another rotary club, this time in Winston-Salem, before meeting with unidentified business leaders in a private meeting at Womble Carlyle, a law firm that also has a lobbying practice.

***Below in the Dome Morning Memo -- U.S. Senate race news, remember Jim Holshouser and a legislative roundup.***

Former Gov. Jim Holshouser dies

Former Gov. Jim Holshouser died Monday after a prolonged illness. He was 78. He was North Carolina's first Republican governor of the 20th century, winning a surprising election during the 1972 GOP sweep lead by President Richard Nixon. Part of Holshouser's legacy was the state kindergarten program, the Coastal Area Management Act, and rural area health centers.

Holshouser recovering from pneumonia

Former Gov. Jim Holshouser is home recovering from a bout with pneumonia.

“He's fine,'' said George Little, his long-time friend.

Holshouser, 78, North Carolina's first 20th century Republican governor(1973-77) missed the inauguration of the state's first 21st century GOP Gov. Pat McCrory on Saturday because of his illness.

He spent one night in the hospital out of precaution but was released Friday, Little said. But the Southern Pines attorney was advised not to attend the inauguration while he recovered from his illness.

Holshouser (second from left in photo) was honored in a reception on December 13th at the University of North Carolina School of Government, where a professorship was named in his honor. Supporters raised more than $333,000 for the endowed chair to along with $167,000 of state matching funds.

The event attracted former Governors Jim Martin and Jim Hunt as well as many long time friends and supporters of Holshouser.

Holshouser in hospital

Former Gov. Jim Holshouser did not make the inauguration Saturday of Gov. Pat McCrory because he was in the hospital, according to former Lt. Gov. Jim Gardner. Holshouser, now 78, was the first Republican governor of the modern era, having been elected in 1972. He now practices law in Southern Pines. Other governors at the event were Democrats Bev Perdue and Mike Easley and Republican Jim Martin. Democrat Jim Hunt was not present, but he met privately with McCrory on Thursday.

Morning roundup: N.C. on the fiscal cliff, Dix, Wilmington 10

A state-by-state effort to pressure national politicians to come up with a long-range debt plan and avoid the fiscal cliff kicked off in Raleigh on Tuesday with two former governors from opposing parties.

Gov. Bev Perdue's bid to convert the Dorothea Dix Hospital land in Raleigh into a big urban park faces an uncertain future.

The NAACP produced notes from the prosecution of a decades-old case known as the Wilmington 10, saying the notes show racial profiling in jury selection. The organization wants the governor to pardon the 10 defendants.

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