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  • North Carolina's Abortion Ultrasound Law Nixed By Appeals Court

    12/22/2014 11:10:25 AM PST · by TangledUpInBlue · 20 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 12/22 | Jennifer Gerson Uffalussy
    A North Carolina law requiring abortion providers to not only conduct an ultrasound but describe its content in detail to women seeking an abortion — whether or not they have asked for or want to receive an ultrasound — was blocked on Monday, December 22, by the Fourth Circuit court of appeals. The law was preliminarily blocked in October 2011 and also deemed unconstitutional by a federal court in January 2014. In its ruling, the Fourth Circuit determined that the law prohibits a physician’s right to free speech by mandating what conversations doctors are required to have with their patients,...
  • Appeals court strikes down NC abortion provision

    12/22/2014 10:37:50 AM PST · by Morgana · 8 replies
    WRAL ^ | 12.22.2014 | Matthew Burns
    Richmond, Va. — The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Monday declared as unconstitutional a North Carolina law requiring abortion providers to show a woman an ultrasound and describe the images in detail four hours before she can have an abortion. The decision upholds a lower-court ruling from January and could send the issue to the Supreme Court. "This compelled speech, even though it is a regulation of the medical profession, is ideological in intent and in kind," the 4th Circuit judges wrote in their 37-page opinion. "The means used by North Carolina extend well beyond those states have...
  • Richard Burr, a Ted Cruz ally? (*Um, Riiiiiiiiiight.*)

    12/20/2014 6:20:44 PM PST · by ObamahatesPACoal · 5 replies
    The Daily Haymaker ^ | Brant Clifton
    That’s what the DC establishment’s steno pool over at The Politico would have us believe: (SNIP) Seven of the 20 Republicans who voted against Cruz are up for reelection in two years, including Sens. Dan Coats of Indiana, Mark Kirk of Illinois, Ron Johnson of Wisconsin and Lisa Murkowksi of Alaska. (SNIP) “It was real simple: It was saying the president didn’t have the constitutional authority to do what he did,” said Burr, who is up for reelection in 2016 and could face a primary challenge. “I agree with [Cruz].”[…] Do not fall for this. This is a man who...
  • North Carolina abortion rule-makers urged to put science first

    12/19/2014 1:24:42 PM PST · by Morgana · 12 replies
    ABC 11 ^ | 12/19/2014 | AP
    RALEIGH -- Abortion-rights advocates urged North Carolina health officials on Friday to focus on science and not politics as they update rules for abortion clinics. The updates have been submitted for public comment, including Friday's meeting in Raleigh. About 60 people, many of them wearing shirts promoting abortion rights, crowded into a Department of Health and Human Services and about a dozen had to stand. About 15 people spoke, including several doctors who stressed the importance of access to abortion services. Only a few speakers favored stricter regulations. The department will consider public comments until the end of January before...
  • 14-year-old reportedly shoots, kills intruder to protect sick grandmother

    12/18/2014 4:06:05 AM PST · by mabarker1 · 60 replies
    http://www.wsoctv.com ^ | 12/17/2014 | Local News
    CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Police in Charlotte, North Carolina, said the second man involved in a home break-in that turned deadly near the Charlotte/Mint Hill border has been arrested. Another suspected intruder was killed when a 14-year-old inside the house shot and killed him Tuesday night, police said.The two intruders, who police identified as 18-year-old Isai Delcid and his 22-year-old brother Carlos Delcid, attempted to break into the home on Rolling Fields Lane just after 5 p.m., according to investigators. Isai was shot and died at the scene while police said Carlos fled. Officers arrested Carlos late Tuesday night and charged...
  • Convenience Store Owner The Pantry Nears Deal to Be Sold

    12/17/2014 4:48:33 AM PST · by Perdogg · 3 replies
    Southeastern convenience-store chain The Pantry Inc. is nearing a deal to be sold, according to people familiar with the matter. The Cary, N.C., company, which does business primarily under the Kangaroo Express banner, has a market value of $685 million, at Tuesday’s closing. Using a typical takeover premium, an acquisition of the company could value it at more than $850 million.
  • [Supreme] Court: Traffic stop OK despite mistake of law (Roberts v. Fourth Amendment 8-1)

    12/16/2014 7:46:02 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 96 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec. 15, 2014 12:12 PM EST | Sam Hananel
    Police can use evidence seized during a traffic stop even if it turns out the officers initially pulled a car over based on a misunderstanding of the law, the Supreme Court ruled Monday. The 8-1 decision written by Chief Justice John Roberts said that such a stop does not violate the Constitution’s protection against unreasonable searches. The ruling came in a North Carolina case in which a police officer pulled over Nicholas Heien’s car because the right brake light was out, although the left one still worked. A consensual search led to the discovery of cocaine in the trunk. A...
  • North Carolina poll: Ben Carson leads GOP field with 19%, leads Biden by four head to head

    12/16/2014 6:32:46 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 33 replies
    Hotair ^ | 12/16/2014 | AllahPundit
    Sounds impressive until you realize that Biden’s currently rocking two percent of the vote nationally in a Democratic primary involving Hillary and Elizabeth Warren. Speaking of which, Ben Carson against Hillary in North Carolina: Dead even at 44, which is two points better than Chris Christie and Mike Huckabee do against her.The Romney/Carson last-men-standing primary debate before Super Tuesday will be epic, my friends. Ben Carson leads the way for the Republicans with 19% to 15% for Jeb Bush, 14% each for Chris Christie and Mike Huckabee, 11% for Paul Ryan, 7% for Rick Perry, 5% each for Ted...
  • Two Mystery Illnesses Linked to 12 Child Deaths; 94 Paralysis Cases Since August

    12/15/2014 8:21:50 AM PST · by george76 · 28 replies
    Sharyl Attkisson ^ | December 14, 2014 | Sharyl Attkisson
    In the span of four months, at least 94 children in 33 U.S. states have developed a devastating form of paralysis with symptoms similar to polio. Some require a ventilator to breathe. And some of the greatest government health minds in the country say they have no idea what’s causing it. At the same time, during the past four months, at least 12 children have died after falling ill with a respiratory virus called Enterovirus D-68 (EV-D68). Again, federal health officials are at a loss to explain the origin of the epidemic. Are the mysterious outbreaks linked? The Centers for...
  • The Real Millionaire’s Club

    12/15/2014 7:30:44 AM PST · by Academiadotorg · 5 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | December 12, 2014 | Malcolm A. Kline
    If you’re still looking for the one-percenters, you might try checking out college campuses rather than corporate boardrooms: As tallied by the Chronicle of Higher Education, 36 college presidents were paid more than one million dollars in 2012. Meet the big men and women on campus: • Shirley Ann Jackson, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute—$7,143,312 • John L. Lahey, Quinnipiac University—$3,759,076 • Lee C. Bolinger, Columbia—$3,389,917 • Amy Gutmann, Penn—$2,473,952 • Charles R. Middleton, Roosevelt University—$1,762,956 • Susan Hockfield, MIT—$1,679,097 • David W. Leebron, Rice—$1,522,502 • John E. Sexton, NYU—$1.404,484 • Marc Tessier-Lavigne, Rockefeller University—$1,381,341 • Richard C. Levin, Yale—$1,375,365 • Robert...
  • Reindeer farmer saves 'cromnibus' with yes vote (Kerry Bentivolio, R-Mich.)

    12/11/2014 10:58:19 AM PST · by maggief · 38 replies
    The Hill ^ | December 11, 2014 | Cristina Marcos
    The cromnibus had an unlikely savior Thursday afternoon in the form of a lame-duck lawmaker who used to raise reindeer. Rep. Kerry Bentivolio (R-Mich.), who lost his primary earlier this year, was originally among the conservative Republicans who voted against the rule. Without the help of Democrats, Republicans could only lose 17 of their own to pass the rule, which sets up floor debate for the underlying "cromnibus" spending bill. Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) intervened once there were 18 Republican defectors — and not a single Democrat voting "yes." Many Democrats will vote against the government spending measure because they...
  • Disabled vet thwarts home break-in, warns suspects not to return [ North Carolina]

    12/09/2014 6:15:43 AM PST · by george76 · 10 replies
    gaston gazette ^ | December 5, 2014 | Michael Barrett
    Sixty-eight-year-old Joseph Sapienza suspects the men who attempted to break into his Gastonia home Thursday night thought he would be an easy target because he’s disabled and uses a walker. But after scaring away the would-be thieves, Sapienza taped a note to his door, in which he attempted to make it clear that his trigger finger works just fine. “(If) you try to break in my house again, I will be waiting on you,” reads the note, which was still there Friday afternoon. “Enter at your own risk.” Sapienza, a Marine Corps veteran who served four years in Vietnam, was...
  • McCrory on right track re: amnesty. (Now, about those GOPers in Congress ..)

    12/04/2014 3:36:12 PM PST · by ObamahatesPACoal · 5 replies
    The Daily Haymaker ^ | Brant Clifton
    We’ve had our issues with a lot of decisions made by this governor. But we do have to give him kudos for his positions on illegal immigration. In 2013, he resisted General Assembly efforts (led by Thom Tillis) to water down e-verify citizenship requirements for the state’s employers. Gov. Pat has made another wise move on the amnesty front by joining a 17-state coalition (led by Texas) challenging Barry’s executive order: […] McCrory’s press office issued a statement Wednesday announcing the legal challenge. “The president has exceeded the balance of power provisions clearly laid out in the U.S. Constitution and...
  • New Chairman of Congressional Black Caucus Legitimizes Possible Ferguson Violence

    11/24/2014 8:53:20 AM PST · by jazusamo · 10 replies
    NLPC ^ | November 24, 2014 | Paul Chesser
    As the nation awaits a decision from a grand jury Ferguson, Mo. about whether they will charge a police officer for shooting and killing black teenager Michael Brown, the new leader of the Congressional Black Caucus has already publicly stated that anything but indictment will not represent justice. The comments (audio) came as Congressman G.K. Butterfield, a North Carolina Democrat, assumed the chairmanship of the CBC last week. He expressed his concern in an interview with WUNC in Chapel Hill, a NPR affiliate, when asked about the problem of civil unrest in “places like Ferguson” and what he thought...
  • 16 North Carolina Judges Quit Following State's Legalization of Gay Marriage

    11/22/2014 5:58:23 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 11/22/2014 | Michael Gryboski
    Sixteen North Carolina judges have either resigned or retired after gay marriage became legal in the state last month when a judge ruled that an amendment to the state's constitution banning same-sex marriage was unconstitutional. In October, U.S. District Judge Max Cogburn of Asheville struck down the ban and ruled the amendment unconstitutional in response to a Charlotte-based lawsuit. Reports from the administrative office of the courts note that "between the ruling on Oct. 10 and the end of the month, 16 magistrates left their jobs, but the state wouldn't release why they left," Time Warner Cable News-Charlotte reports. The...
  • N.C. Fires Gruber After ‘Stupidity of American Voters’ Remarks

    11/22/2014 9:34:23 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 20 replies
    Fox News Insider ^ | Nov 21, 2014 7:26 pm
    The state of North Carolina has given Jonathan Gruber the boot, firing the ObamaCare architect after he was caught on camera repeatedly calling American voters “stupid.” Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) went “On The Record” tonight, explaining that Gruber was hired one year ago to help with a health care plan that dealt with Medicaid recipients and the uninsured. Meadows said that Gruber was supposed to be an unbiased individual, but after these reports, the auditor decided that he’s not so unbiased after all. …
  • Group wants gun policy changed at Harris Teeter(NC Grocery Store)

    11/22/2014 8:47:59 AM PST · by rktman · 15 replies
    hickoryrecord.com ^ | 11/21/2014 | unknown
    DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Grocery store chain Kroger is getting a push from a group of mothers to ban guns from its stores, including Harris Teeter locations. Moms Demand Action on Thursday delivered more than 72,000 petitions to Harris Teeter's Matthews headquarters. They want the company to ban openly carried guns, even in jurisdictions where "open carry" is legal.
  • Homosexuals File Complaint Against Minister for Not ‘Marrying’ Them

    11/19/2014 10:32:49 AM PST · by ilovesarah2012 · 96 replies
    christiannews.net ^ | November 19, 2014 | Heather Clark
    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – Two homosexual men in North Carolina have filed a complaint against their United Methodist minister for refusing to “marry” them, stating that he has failed “to perform the work of the ministry.” Scott Chappell and Kenneth Barner, who attend Green Street United Methodist Church in Winson-Salem, filed the complaint with the Western North Carolina Office of the United Methodist Church late last month, charging their leader, Kelly Carpenter (male), with discrimination. “On October 26, 2014, we asked Carpenter to officiate at our wedding and he has refused to do so, citing church rules from the United Methodist...
  • Senate rejects Keystone XL bill {and Mary Landrieu}

    11/19/2014 5:00:29 AM PST · by thackney · 9 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | November 18, 2014 at 5:17 pm | Jennifer A. Dlouhy
    The Senate narrowly rejected legislation to authorize the Keystone XL pipeline on Tuesday, handing a defeat to the oil industry and dealing a major blow to Louisiana Democrat Mary Landrieu, who staked her political career on the outcome. The Senate voted 59-41 for the legislation, falling one vote shy of the 60 needed for passage under the deal bringing it to the floor. But Keystone supporters insisted the defeat would be short-lived. Republican leaders are vowing to try again after they take over the chamber in January — when they will have more than enough votes to get a measure...
  • An Out-of-Touch Elitist (Howeird Dean) Complains About Out-of-Touch Elitists

    11/15/2014 6:52:00 AM PST · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 15, 2014 | John Ransom
    Howeird Dean-- once chair of the DNC, once Governor of Vermont, who grew up at the Maidstone Golf Club in the Hamptons, attended prep school both in the US and in the UK, went to Yale, dodged the draft-- is having a meltdown again.Once famous for melting down on the air after coming in third in the Iowa caucuses, thereby ensuring he won nothing else, Dean is complaining that Obamacare was written by a bunch of elitists who don’t understand Americans.Well, duh: They’re Democrats. “The core problem under this damn law is that it was put together by a bunch...
  • Gay couple files complaint with Winston-Salem church over failure to marry

    11/15/2014 5:01:00 AM PST · by massmike · 47 replies
    http://myfox8.com/ ^ | 11/15/2014 | n/a
    A gay couple at Green Street United Methodist Church has filed a complaint with their bishop charging that their pastor violated church discipline by refusing to preside at a marriage ceremony for them — despite the denomination’s rules that forbid same-sex marriages. The church made headlines in 2013 when it announced that it would not conduct marriages for heterosexual couples until the denomination allows pastors to conduct same-sex marriages. According to the church, Green Street members Kenny Barner and Scott Chappell, describing themselves as a gay couple who have been together for nine years, filed the complaint against their pastor,...
  • Upset Mom Finds Herself Contacting the News After Reading the Answers on Her Son’s Islam Worksheet

    11/14/2014 12:52:23 PM PST · by lowbridge · 13 replies
    theblaze.com ^ | november 12, 2014 | Jason Howerton
    A mother in Union County, North Carolina, told WJZY-TV that her son, a freshman at Porter Ridge High School, brought home a worksheet on Islam containing some questionable answers. She was upset enough over the assignment that she contacted the school and her local news station after reviewing the material. The sentence that bothered the mom the most stated, “Most Muslims’ faith is stronger than the average Christian.” -snip It should be noted that school officials have yet to provide a completed version of the worksheet to the news outlet. Though it appears that the high school has not disputed...
  • Mom says offensive question went too far("LaShamanda has a heterozygous big bootie")

    11/14/2014 7:37:03 AM PST · by Sam's Army · 68 replies
    Charlotte Observer ^ | Friday, Nov. 14, 2014 | WBTV
    A Charlotte mother is expressing concern after a class assignment she considers offense was given to high school students, some say it has racial undertones. “I was completely stunned,” the mother said. “This is not appropriate language at all for the children in the school.” The question was from a test on genetics. "LaShamanda has a heterozygous big bootie, the dominant trait. Her man Fontavius has a small bootie which is recessive. They get married and have a baby named LaPrincess," the biology assignment prompts students. The assignment then continues to ask "What is the probability that LaPrincess will inherit...
  • Tim Moore makes his case for Speaker

    11/13/2014 9:04:36 AM PST · by personalaccts · 2 replies
    The Daily Haymaker ^ | 11/13/14 | Brian Clifton
    Tim Moore makes his case for Speaker by Brant Clifton • November 13, 2014 • 3 Comments Snip20141112_4Next weekend, state House Republicans will be huddling to ID their picks for House and caucus leadership positions for the upcoming legislative session. With the departure of Thom Tillis for DC, all eyes are on the race for speaker. A crowd of legislators has big dreams about being the next speaker. But insiders tell me the race for speaker really boils down to two candidates: Leo Daughtry of Johnston County and Tim Moore of Cleveland County. Daughtry – a former Republican caucus leader...
  • New England coastal communities threatened by feds' ban on cod fishing

    11/12/2014 9:57:04 PM PST · by george76 · 39 replies
    Fox News ^ | November 12, 2014
    Federal regulators slapped a six-month ban on most cod fishing off New England this week and are threatening to cut next year’s catch by up to 75 percent, in a move some say will destroy the livelihoods of fishermen across the region. ... NOAA announced several measures, including the ban which expands no-fishing zones, on Monday. But fishermen whose livelihoods rely on catching cod, as well as the coastal communities that depend on money coming in from that industry, worry the new regulations will devastate them.
  • 9 Investigates: Illegal immigrants faking crimes to stay in Charlotte

    11/11/2014 12:35:24 PM PST · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    WSOCTV.com ^ | November 11, 2014 | Mark Becker
    CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Six years ago, Cristian Fernandez’s world changed when he was shot in the back outside a club on Albemarle Road. After months in the hospital, doctors told Fernandez he would be paralyzed from the chest down for the rest of his life, and he has spent most of the last six years on a bed in his family’s small living room in east Charlotte. Because he came to the United States illegally as a child, his mother could not get the help he would need to pay the mounting medical bills, so in 2013 he applied for...
  • Common Core Boosts Homeschooling

    11/10/2014 8:15:14 AM PST · by Academiadotorg · 18 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | November 8, 2014 | Malcolm A. Kline
    Naysayers take note: Common Core has had at least one unanticipated positive outcome. “Home schooling has steadily risen in North Carolina since it was legalized in 1985 by the state Supreme Court,” T. Keung Hui reported on News Observer.com on August 13, 2014. “Twenty-five years ago, there were about 2,300 home-schooled students in North Carolina.” “But concerns about school violence, lack of a religious focus and the large size of public schools have helped fuel home-school growth.” “And home-school growth in North Carolina has surged the past two school years. There was a net gain of 7,603 home schools in...
  • 10 freshmen who could trouble leadership

    11/09/2014 12:26:00 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 48 replies
    The Hill ^ | November 8, 2014 | Cristina Marcos
    House Republicans will have their largest majority since the 1930s next year, but that doesn't mean Speaker John Boehner's (R-Ohio) job will be easy.The House GOP leadership's struggles in keeping members in line over the past four years have been well documented. Some of the incoming freshmen will likely join the ranks of conservatives who frequently oppose leadership initiatives.Among the new freshmen, for instance, is one congressman-elect who has called Hillary Clinton the "anti-Christ," another who has suggested Muslims don't deserve First Amendment rights, and yet another who has declared himself open to the idea of the United States invading...
  • Former Charlotte (RAT) Mayor Patrick Cannon gets house arrest after illegal vote

    11/09/2014 4:51:23 AM PST · by Libloather · 12 replies
    Charlotte Observer ^ | 11/06/14 | Michael Gordon, Steve Harrison, Rick Rothacker
    **SNIP** While Cannon dodged jail for now, his appearance in court continued a 366-day free-fall for one of the city’s longest-serving officials, who first joined the City Council in 1993. On Nov. 6, 2013, Cannon was elected mayor, jubilantly thanking voters for helping him realize a “life goal.” He was arrested in March, charged with accepting more than $50,000 in bribes from undercover FBI agents. He pleaded guilty in June to a corruption charge and was sentenced by Whitney on Oct. 14. At the time, Cannon’s attorneys asked that their client be admitted to a prison alcohol-treatment program.
  • Election Loser Clay Aiken’s Baby Mama Upset..

    11/09/2014 7:48:37 AM PST · by Perdogg · 81 replies
    Clay Aiken isn’t the only one smarting over his failed attempt to become a congressman in North Carolina. RadarOnline.com has learned that the 35-year-old former American Idol contestant’s baby mama, Jaymes Foster, 50, is also deeply disappointed he lost. According to a source, a win would have meant she could have petitioned for a reduction in the $7,500 child support payment she must give Aiken every month.
  • The South: Solid once again—for Republicans

    11/08/2014 9:37:32 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Nov. 8, 2014 8:17 AM EST | Bill Barrow
    With the walloping Republicans gave Democrats in the midterm elections, the GOP stands one Louisiana Senate runoff away from completely controlling Southern politics from the Carolinas to Texas. Only a handful of Democrats hold statewide office in the rest of the Old Confederacy. The results put Southern Republicans at the forefront in Washington—from Senate Majority Leader-in-waiting Mitch McConnell of Kentucky to a host of new committee chairmen. Those leaders and the rank-and-file behind them will set the Capitol Hill agenda and continue molding the GOP’s identity heading into 2016. In statehouses, consolidated Republican power affords the opportunity to advance conservative...
  • Base supporters call on SC to end income tax on military retirement pay

    11/07/2014 8:01:25 PM PST · by Jet Jaguar · 60 replies
    beaufort gazette.com ^ | Nov 6, 2014 | BY JEFF WILKINSON
    When it came time for Maj. Gen. Lawrence Wells, who had been stationed at Shaw Air Force Base in Sumter, to retire last year, he and his wife had to weigh two things. Stay in South Carolina with their extensive community connections and well-established base of friends, or move to North Carolina to be nearer their three grown children. When they listed the pros and cons, the two states came out even -- except for one thing. South Carolina was going to tax his $120,000 annual military retirement pay at $8,400 a year. North Carolina wasn't. "That was the deciding...
  • Some Clay Aiken Donors Feel ‘Duped’ After Announcement of Esquire ‘Docu-series’

    11/07/2014 10:25:47 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies
    Variety ^ | 11/7/2014 | Ted Johnson
    Some Los Angeles donors who attended a Sept. 30 fundraiser for Clay Aiken in Los Angeles feel “duped” after the announcement, just hours after he lost his race for a North Carolina congressional seat, that Esquire Network had been producing a “docu-series” about his campaign. According to Karen Ocamb of FrontiersLA, donors are asking that footage of the event not be included in the documentary. Donors have complained that a film crew following Aiken around that night asked attendees to sign release forms, but told them that it was for a BBC documentary that would not air in the U.S....
  • Did Libertarian Candidate Help Tillis Win? (Pizza Guy Backfires!!!)

    11/06/2014 2:22:02 PM PST · by PJ-Comix · 33 replies
    wfmynews2 ^ | November 6, 2014
    GREENSBORO, N.C. - Another question some of you may have had about Tuesday's election:What role did Libertarian candidate Sean Haugh play in the Senate race results? The answer may depend on who you ask. UNCG political science professor Thom Little said Haugh didn't make much of an impact. He told our Ben Briscoe the polls he looked at showed Haugh took more votes from Thom Tillis than he did Kay Hagan. But Elon university professor Kenneth Fernandez said the voters that supported Haugh did play a role in Hagan's loss. In a recent online experiment, researchers found two-thirds of Haugh's...
  • Mitch McConnell : ‘No Government Shutdowns and No Defaults on the National Debt’

    11/06/2014 9:16:08 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 74 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 11/6/2014 | Bill Straub
    WASHINGTON – Sen. Mitch McConnell appears on the verge of achieving his lifelong goal to serve as majority leader in the upper chamber after easily dispatching Democratic Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes in Kentucky Tuesday night, winning an unprecedented sixth six-year term in the process. The race was expected to be close according to the late polls but, as was experienced throughout Election Day, the surveys seemed to undercount Republican strength to a substantial degree. With all of the commonwealth’s precincts reporting, McConnell ended up with 806,689 votes, good for 56 percent of the total while Grimes garnered 584,625,...
  • Greensboro police host firearm surrender Thursday and Friday

    11/06/2014 9:59:54 AM PST · by rktman · 11 replies
    www.news-record.com/news ^ | 11/6/2014 | unknown
    GREENSBORO — People who want to get rid of firearms can do so at five locations in Greensboro on Thursday and Friday. The Greensboro Police Department will accept handguns, rifles, shotguns and ammunition from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday. Anyone over 18 can turn in a weapon. Nothing will be given in exchange. The weapons can be turned in anonymously, police said.
  • Stokes Co. Democratic Party chair arrested for kicking man in groin

    11/06/2014 7:00:31 AM PST · by rktman · 41 replies
    myfox8.com ^ | 11/6/2014 | unknown
    The chairwoman of the Stokes County Democratic Party told King police that the man she is accused of assaulting Tuesday had argued with her and called her a profane name and a liar before she kicked him in the groin and threw herbal tea on him, according to the Winston-Salem Journal.
  • Always a Bridesmaid: Clay Aiken Loses Congressional Race (Real TVguide.com Title)

    11/05/2014 11:51:53 AM PST · by Reaganez · 18 replies
    TVguide.com ^ | Nov 5, 2014 09:38 AM ET | Liz Raftery
    Clay Aiken came in second yet again. The American Idol and Celebrity Apprentice runner-up was defeated by incumbent Rep. Renee Ellmers in Tuesday's election, losing his bid to represent North Carolina's 2nd Congressional District, The Associated Press reports. Aiken, 35, won the Democratic nomination after his opponent in the race died suddenly during the primary campaign. If the Idol alum had won, he would have been the first openly gay congressman elected in the South.
  • Clay Aiken's Congressional Bid to Be Esquire Docuseries (Reality TV show)

    11/05/2014 7:36:38 AM PST · by RightGeek · 14 replies
    Hollywood Reporter ^ | 11/5/2014 | Lesley Goldberg
    Esquire Network will go behind the scenes of Clay Aiken's failed congressional bid with a new docuseries. The NBCUniversal-owned cable network announced late Tuesday — following Aiken's defeat in North Carolina — that camera crews have been documenting the American Idol alum's bid for a seat in the House. ... "We were granted incredible access during the making of this documentary, and in turn were able to capture the internal workings of an American campaign — the good, the bad and the ugly," Simon Chinn said. Added Jonathan Chinn: "We’re thrilled to be partnering with Esquire Network, who are tackling...
  • Tillis is projected winner in tight U.S. Senate race (Kay Hagen out!)

    11/04/2014 9:02:14 PM PST · by dennisw · 18 replies
    charlotteobserver ^ | Tuesday, Nov. 04, 2014 | Jim Morrill
    Chuck Burton - AP Republican Senate candidate Thom Tillis, left, greeted a voter at a polling place in Charlotte Tuesday. Tillis, the N.C. House Speaker, is running against Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton) Store Republican Thom Tillis clinched a narrow victory over incumbent Democrat Kay Hagan in North Carolina’s bitter U.S. Senate race. With nearly 98 percent of precincts in, Tillis had 48.95 percent to Hagan’s 47.14 percent. Libertarian Sean Haugh fielded about 4 percent. Tillis, from Huntersville, held a 50,000-vote lead with some votes from Mecklenburg and other urban counties still out. But several new organizations declared...
  • MSNBC: ‘Old White People’ in the South Who Vote Republican Are ‘Going to Die Someday’

    11/04/2014 7:36:49 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 44 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | November 4, 2014 | David Rutz
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)Liberal MSNBC contributor Jimmy Williams said the “old white people” in the South who vote Republican are “going to die someday” and hopefully usher in a new era of Democratic rule in the region. Host Krystal Ball, a former failed Democratic congressional candidate, asked Williams whether white Southerners should just be written off by the party, but Williams said never, saying that since they are “for people” and Republicans aren’t, they would eventually win the day. “Mitt Romney only won South Carolina with 53 [percent], John McCain with 52,” he said. “That’s a changing South. Those old white people? They’re...
  • Hagan and Tillis race very close as final precincts are counted

    11/04/2014 7:53:59 PM PST · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 14 replies
    ABC11.COM ^ | 04 NOVEMBER 2014 | JOEL BROWN AND JON CAMP
    RALEIGH (WTVD) -- After a grueling months-long campaign that saw the candidates and outside groups spend over a $100 million on advertising, Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan and Republican challenger Thom Tillis were waiting for the final results after the polls closed Tuesday evening. The race seesawed back and forth through the evening with just a couple of percentage points separating the main contestants.
  • Tillis wins North Carolina, GOP takes Senate

    11/04/2014 7:28:05 PM PST · by Deathtomarxists · 35 replies
    local news ^ | na | na
    Ha an goes down by 1.5%.
  • Ex-Charlotte mayor, a convicted felon, votes in violation of bond

    11/04/2014 5:27:54 PM PST · by RightGeek · 9 replies
    CBS News ^ | Jake Miller
    Former Charlotte Mayor Patrick Cannon was stripped of his right to vote in October when he was sentenced to 44 months in federal prison after pleading guilty to felony corruption charges. But just over two weeks later, Cannon cast a ballot in North Carolina's midterm elections. And the vote, a violation of Cannon's bond, has again landed the former mayor in hot water. "Let's cut to the chase: He shouldn't have done that, and we're going to talk to him tomorrow," Greg Forrest, chief of the U.S. Probation Office in Charlotte, told the Charlotte Observer on Tuesday. Forrest said he...
  • Ex-Charlotte mayor, a convicted felon, votes in violation of bond (DEMOCRAT)

    11/04/2014 3:57:41 PM PST · by icwhatudo · 17 replies
    CBS ^ | Nov 4, 2014 | Jake Miller
    Former Charlotte Mayor Patrick Cannon was stripped of his right to vote in October when he was sentenced to 44 months in federal prison after pleading guilty to felony corruption charges. But just over two weeks later, Cannon cast a ballot in North Carolina's midterm elections. And the vote, a violation of Cannon's bond, has again landed the former mayor in hot water. "Let's cut to the chase: He shouldn't have done that, and we're going to talk to him tomorrow," Greg Forrest, chief of the U.S. Probation Office in Charlotte, told the Charlotte Observer on Tuesday.
  • Open Legs and Closed Minds

    11/04/2014 10:34:55 AM PST · by Kaslin · 22 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 4, 2014 | Mike Adams
    The lawlessness of UNC administrators continues to make headlines across the nation. Most of this lawlessness comes from administrative offices dedicated to promoting “diversity.” It is no wonder that most of the fake classes taken by student athletes at UNC were listed under African American Studies. Where we find multiculturalism, we find the denial of objective truth. Where we find the denial of objective truth, we find people who lie and deny it. Of course we find plenty of lies and deception associated with virtually every activity initiated by the LGBTQIA Office and Women's Resource Center (WRC) at UNCW. The...
  • Startling Change in North Carolina Early Voting Pattern: 52.2% of early voters were age 60 or over.

    11/04/2014 7:52:03 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 45 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 11/4/2014 | Rosslyn Smith
    There is one set of numbers in this breakdown of North Carolina early voting that really jumps out.  This year 52.2% of early voters in North Carolina were age 60 or over.  In 2012, that percentage was 35.5%.  Young voters were scarce among early voters this election.  In 2012, 13.2 percent of the early voters were ages 18-29.  This year the percentage fell to 5.1%, while there was a drop from 21.8 to 13.7% in the age 30-44 age bracket. We won't know what this all means until tonight, but I suspect that these numbers may be more significant than...
  • Voting Guide for Serious Catholics

    11/04/2014 7:26:12 AM PST · by pgyanke · 9 replies
    Vanity ^ | 11/4/14 | pgyanke
    The party platforms are amended each Presidential election cycle during their nominating conventions. Therefore, what I wrote for the 2012 election is still relevant... sadly so. Voting Guide for Serious Catholics
  • Suspect in Raleigh fatal hit-and-run deported in 2011

    11/03/2014 2:56:44 PM PST · by RightGeek · 15 replies
    WRAL ^ | 11/3/2014 | Uncredited
    Raleigh, N.C. — The man charged in the hit-and-run deaths of two Wake Technical Community College students on Friday night has a history of driving while impaired and was deported in 2011 from the United States, according to prosecutors. At a first court appearance Monday afternoon, a judge raised the bond for Mateo Guzman-Palacios, 32, to $510,000. He faces two counts of misdemeanor death by motor vehicle, driving with a suspended license, failing to stop at a red light and two counts of felony hit-and-run. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security also issued a detainer for Guzman-Palacios to notify local...
  • Rogue pastors endorse candidates, but IRS looks away

    11/03/2014 12:38:59 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 30 replies
    Politico ^ | 11/3/2014 | By RACHAEL BADE
    A record number of rogue Christian pastors are endorsing candidates from the pulpit this election cycle, using Sunday sermons to defiantly flout tax rules. Their message to the IRS: Sue me. But the tax agency is doing anything but. Although the IRS was sued itself for not enforcing the law and admitted about 100 churches may be breaking the rules, the pastors and their critics alike say the agency is looking the other way. The agency refuses to say if it is acting. At the same time, the number of pastors endorsing candidates in what they call Pulpit Freedom Sunday...