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  • The Tide of the Culture War Shifts (Bruce Braley goes after Joni Ernst on personhood)

    09/29/2014 6:31:33 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    The New York Times ^ | September 28, 2014 | The Editorial Board
    Not long ago, it would have been unusual for a Democratic senatorial candidate in Iowa to run a powerful abortion-rights television ad like the one recently broadcast by Representative Bruce Braley. The ad lists in detail the anti-abortion positions taken by Mr. Braleyís Republican opponent, Joni Ernst. In the State Senate, the ad says, she sponsored a ďpersonhoodĒ amendment (declaring a fertilized egg to be a person) that would have the effect of outlawing abortion even in cases of rape or incest, and would also ban many common forms of birth control. Ms. Ernst is even shown saying at a...
  • Politico: Sen. Kay Haganís family directly profited from stimulus she voted to enact

    09/27/2014 4:26:59 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    Hotair ^ | 09/27/2014 | Ed Morrissey
    Politico‚Äôs scoop on Kay Hagen is a couple of days old, but it‚Äôs worth mentioning in a tight Senate race in North Carolina, and not just for the scoop itself. Hagan‚Äôs vote on the 2009 stimulus package has come under fire after Politico discovered that $390,000 in ARRA grants went to a firm owned in part by her husband Chip: When Kay Hagan voted for President Barack Obama¬ís 2009 economic stimulus package, the Democratic senator hailed it as ¬ďthe best way forward for working families across North Carolina.¬ĒOne of the families that later benefited is her own.JDC Manufacturing, a...
  • Jeb Bush Suggests Republicans Should Pass Amnesty if They Win Back Senate

    09/26/2014 11:00:37 AM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 95 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | 09/25/2014 | Tony Lee
    Even though Republicans may take back the Senate by running against amnesty, former Florida Governor Jeb Bush pushed amnesty legislation while stumping for North Carolina†Republican Senate candidate Thom Tillis on Wednesday. Bush,†according to the New York Times, reportedly said that comprehensive immigration reform "will restore and sustain economic growth for this country." And even though a recent Gallup poll found that illegal immigration†is now the top concern among Republicans, Bush said that if immigration reform is "framed in that way, I donít think thereís a big debate in the Republican Party about the need to do this."
  • How Senator Kay Hagan's husband won stimulus cash

    09/27/2014 6:43:12 AM PDT · by Mangia E Statti Zitto · 8 replies
    Politico ^ | 9/25/14 | Manu Raju and John Bresnahan
    When Kay Hagan voted for President Barack Obamaís 2009 economic stimulus package, the Democratic senator hailed it as ďthe best way forward for working families across North Carolina.Ē One of the families that later benefited is her own. JDC Manufacturing, a company co-owned by the Democratic senatorís husband, Chip, received nearly $390,000 in federal grants for energy projects and tax credits created by the 2009 stimulus law, according to public records and information provided by the company. Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2014/09/kay-hagan-husband-stimulus-cash-111339.html#ixzz3EWVKPLqx
  • Latino Leaders Attack McCrory Comments At Rally

    09/25/2014 4:20:34 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 12 replies
    WITN ^ | Aug 08, 2014
    Advocates for Latinos in North Carolina say comments on child immigration by Gov. Pat McCrory invoke fear and divide their communities. The advocates joined with the NAACP and other community members to address McCrory's comments at a news conference Friday. This week, McCrory said North Carolina officials know too little about the influx of unaccompanied children who eventually arrived in the state after crossing the Mexican border.
  • In NC, more migrant children coming to public schools (Grab a hankie)

    09/25/2014 2:45:48 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    The Daily Tar Heel ^ | September 25, 2014 | Lindsey Brunson
    They come up through Mexico, most from El Salvador and Honduras, alone and underage, fleeing the possibility of rape, assault and kidnapping. What will happen to them once they reach U.S. soil is vague at best. It isnít a new story ó unaccompanied minors have been coming to the United States for dozens of years ó but the numbers are increasing, and many of the children are coming to North Carolina. Data released in August by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services shows that nearly 43,500 unaccompanied minors have been released to the care of a U.S. sponsor...
  • Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush Visits Greensboro to Support Thom Tillis

    09/24/2014 3:33:30 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 10 replies
    Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush will visit the Gate City on Wednesday to support the campaign of fellow Republican Thom Tillis. The Tillis campaign says Bush will hold a fundraiser in Greensboro after visiting a local business. Last week, New jersey Gov. Chris Christie was also on the stump for Tillis in Wilmington.
  • Fight for Senate Control Down to Five States

    09/24/2014 3:19:57 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 102 replies
    Roll Call Politics ^ | September 24, 2014 | Stuart Rothenberg
    With six weeks to go, the fight for control of the Senate is down to five states, four of them currently held by Democrats. Republicans must win only two of those contests to guarantee the 51 seats they need to control the Senate for the last two years of Barack Obamaís presidency. And they need to win only one of the Democratic states if they hold the only GOP seat at serious risk. While things could still change ó and national polls continue to show an environment that may produce a substantial GOP wave in the House and Senate ó...
  • The swarm of attack ads claiming $500 million in North Carolina education cuts

    09/21/2014 6:51:25 PM PDT · by eyedigress · 84 replies
    Notice a theme? In the hard-fought North Carolina Senate race, just about every ad from a Democratic outside organization repeats the same talking point óthat the GOP candidate, Thom Tillis, as speaker of the North Carolina House, presided over a $500 million cut in education funding. Tillisís opponent, Sen. Kay Hagan (D), also raised it in a political debate. In June, we first looked at this issue, when yet another outside group, Emilyís List, ran a similar attack ad. The Emilyís List ad, as well as two of these new ads, pair the $500 million allegation with the bogus claim...
  • Hagan lead steady at 4 points

    09/20/2014 12:28:30 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 32 replies
    Public Policy Polling ^ | September 16, 2014
    PPP's newest North Carolina Senate poll finds the race steady compared to a month ago. Kay Hagan continues to lead by 4 points, with 44% to 40% for Thom Tillis and 5% for Libertarian Sean Haugh. Haugh's impact on the race is waning- since June his support has dropped from 11% now down to this 5% standing. He's also no longer disproportionately drawing supporters away from Tillis- when Haugh's supporters are reallocated to who they would choose between Hagan and Tillis, Hagan continues to hold a 4 point lead at 46/42.
  • Survey shows less smoking among N.C. teens, more e-cig use

    09/20/2014 12:01:29 PM PDT · by Drango · 9 replies
    Winston-Salem Journal ^ | Sep 19 '14 | Richard Craver
    State health officials said Friday that smoking levels among public high-school and middle-school students reached an historic low rate during 2013. But they also expressed concern that a small, but increasing, number of students are willing to experiment with alternative tobacco products. The findings come from the N.C. Youth Tobacco Survey that is conducted every two years. The survey included 4,092 high school students and 3,927 middle school students. Alternative tobacco products included electronic cigarettes, flavored little cigars, clove cigars, flavored cigarettes, snus, hookahs (also known as water pipes) and roll-your-own cigarettes. The survey determined that 13.5 percent of high...
  • Freepers: Will be showing "Rockin' the Wall" in Atlanta, NC

    09/20/2014 6:32:52 AM PDT · by LS · 5 replies
    self ^ | 9/20/2014 | LS
    Southern Freepers My film "Rockin' the Wall" is on tour in conjunction with the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. Here are the Georgia and North Carolina tour dates; Monday, 9/22, we'll be in Atlanta/Marietta at the Earl Smith Strand Theatre in Marietta, 7:00. Tues., 9/23, Asheville, NC, Montreat College, Gaither Chapel, 7:00 Wed., 9/24, Greensboro, NC, Carousel Theatre, 7:00 (free), courtesy of the John Locke Foundation Thurs., 9/25, Raleigh, NC, North Carolina Museum of Natural History, 7:00, (free) courtesy of the John Locke Foundation, and Saturday, 9/27, 2:00 p.m., Western Carolina University, (free) courtesy of the...
  • GOP House Candidate Has No Qualms About War with Mexico to Stop Illegal Immigration

    09/19/2014 9:56:19 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 15 replies
    Mediaite ^ | Andrew Kirell
    The Republican candidate for U.S. House in North Carolinaís 6th district recently suggested that the United States military could use force in Mexico to prevent the flow of foreigners crossing the border with drug cartels. During a GOP runoff forum in June, hosted by a tea party group in Rockingham County, Mark Walker was asked how he would secure the United Statesí southern border.
  • #NCSEN: The charge of the clothespin brigade

    09/19/2014 4:08:33 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 4 replies
    Daily Haymaker ^ | Brant Clifton
    Some Republicans and Tea Partiers in and around Moore County are launching a ďClothespin Challenge.Ē One of the organizers posted this on her Facebook Page: (SNIP) So, the predominant GOTV strategy this year is Ēhold your noseĒ and mark the box next to the GOP candidateís name? Is that what weíve become? From Barry Goldwater and Ronald Reagan and Jesse Helmsís appeals for liberty and freedom and limited government to HOLD YOUR NOSE?
  • Democrats Reprise 'War on Women' Case Against Republicans

    09/19/2014 3:46:55 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 14 replies
    New York Times ^ | September 19, 2014 | By JOHN HARWOOD
    Like many candidates attacked over budgets, Thom Tillis, a Republican running for the Senate from North Carolina, responded in a recent debate by disputing his opponentís numbers. ďKayís math just doesnít add up,Ē he said. The Democratic incumbent, Senator Kay Hagan, seized on that small opening to claim personal offense. ďIím actually insulted,Ē she declared. ďI understand math.Ē The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, counting heavily on women to turn out across the country, accused Mr. Tillis of ďmansplainingĒ and ďcondescensionĒ toward his female adversary.
  • #NCSEN: Only 45% of the white vote FOR Tillis?

    09/18/2014 3:56:38 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 34 replies
    The Daily Haymaker ^ | Brant Clifton
    We posted earlier about the Fox News poll of this race. Digging into the cross-tabs led us to discover a really interesting stat. Hagan, the Democrat, is drawing 33 percent of the white vote ó which can be expected for a Democrat candidate in this state and this day and age. Democrats tend to make up for that deficit with a huge turnout by blacks and other minorities. The astonishing thing is that Tillis, the Republican, is only drawing 45 percent of the white vote.
  • NJ Gov. Christie helping Tillis in NC Senate race

    09/17/2014 7:09:45 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 11 replies
    Republican U.S. Senate candidate Thom Tillis is getting help from New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie as part of Christie's multiple-stop swing through the Carolinas to raise money and meet voters. Christie and Tillis were slated to hold a meet-and-greet Tuesday morning in Wilmington before holding a private fundraiser for Tillis' campaign. Christie will head on to South Carolina for several fundraisers on behalf of incumbent Gov. Nikki Haley, who is seeking re-election this fall.
  • N.C. Republican dinged for defending right to fire gays

    09/17/2014 6:41:46 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 9 replies
    sanluisobispo.com ^ | September 17, 2014 | FRANCO ORDONEZ
    WASHINGTON ó As House Democrats made a Hail Mary attempt to force a vote on laws to protect gays in the workplace, Rep. Robert Pittenger, R-N.C., continues to stand by comments he made earlier this month that businesses should be free to fire employees based on their sexual orientation. Pittenger has been criticized for the remarks, but he said in a statement Wednesday that Americans are already well-protected. Current laws against discrimination should be enforced to the fullest, he emphasized. But he said Americans need more jobs and a stronger economy, not more regulations that stifle growth. ďItís incredibly hard...
  • New polls show Hagan widening lead

    09/15/2014 6:18:59 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 70 replies
    wral.com ^ | 9/15/14
    Two polls released Monday show Democratic U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan opening up a lead over Republican challenger Thom Tillis. Raleigh polling firm American Insights, which has Republican ties, had Hagan with a 9 percentage point lead among likely voters, while Elon University Poll gives Hagan a 4-point lead. The polls are the latest in a string showing Hagan gaining ground in the campaign. Of likely voters surveyed by American Insights, 43 percent said they would back Hagan, 34 percent said they backed Tillis, the current state House speaker, and 5 percent backed Libertarian Sean Haugh. "The race has unmistakably shifted...
  • Polling avalanche: GOP leads in eight races for Democrat-held Senate seats

    09/08/2014 11:48:43 AM PDT · by mandaladon · 81 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 8 Sep 2014 | Guy Benson
    Jim Geragthy, acclaimed author and National Reviewís chief campaign analyst, has been grousing about the lack of quality polling in key Senate races this year. His frustration is well-founded. So yesterday must have felt like Christmas in September for Jim and political junkies everywhere, as two pollsters released a deluge of surveys covering the most contested races in the country. In light of the results, Iíd expect that national Republicans are kicking off the week with an extra spring in their step, as well. We were leaked an advance copy of last weekís much-anticipated Politico/GWU Battleground poll, which was packed...
  • Lawyer: Army reneged on Eisenhauer plea deal in PTSD shooting case

    09/11/2014 9:40:09 AM PDT · by huldah1776 · 11 replies
    Fayetteville Observer ^ | September 11, 2014 | Greg Barnes
    The parents of Fort Bragg Staff Sgt. Joshua Eisenhauer have been fighting for the Army to take jurisdiction of their son's case since he was charged in January 2012 with shooting at civilian police and firefighters from his Fayetteville apartment. Now, Eisenhauer's parents say, the Army is leaving their son behind. Fort Bragg has set a Sept. 17 hearing to push Eisenhauer out of the Army, and the Cumberland County District Attorney's Office has given him a March 16 trial date. If convicted, Eisenhauer could spend the rest of his life in prison. Eisenhauer's lawyer, Todd Conormon, said he thought...
  • Wake County teacher compares school to Ďconcentration campí (Fuquay-Varina NC)

    09/10/2014 12:27:09 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    WTVD, ABC 11, Raleigh-Durham ^ | Tuesday, September 09, 2014 | Andrea Blanford
    A Wake County high school teacher is under fire for comments he made in an article published online comparing the school where he works to a concentration camp. Fuquay-Varina High School biology teacher Ray Fournier later apologized for his comments in an updated version of the article that promotes his book, Education Reformation.Fournier has been a public school teacher for 13 years. Despite that, his book urges Christian parents to ďrescueĒ their children from public schools. Ö
  • North Carolinaís GOP Senate Candidate Wonít Commit To Supporting McConnell

    09/09/2014 6:07:44 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 8 replies
    buzzfeed.com ^ | 9/8/14 | Kate Nocera
    WILSON, N.C. ó Thom Tillis, the Republican candidate for Senate in North Carolina, wouldnít commit to supporting Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, if both of them win this fall. ďIím not going to look past the most important election and thatís the election in November,Ē he told BuzzFeed News on Saturday. ďI think there are a number of people in Republican caucus who would be great leaders and it would be great for them to be in that position.Ē He may not be looking past election day, but Tillis did try and lay out part of his vision for the Senate...
  • Federal Complaint Says Hog Farms Are Racial Discrimination

    09/08/2014 2:38:49 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 47 replies
    National Review ^ | September 5, 2014 | Katherine Timpf
    Environmentalist groups accuse hog farms of violating civil rights. Environmental groups have filed a civil-rights complaint against hog farmers in North Carolina, claiming that by maintaining farms near neighborhoods where minorities live, the pork producers are engaged in illegal discrimination against minorities. The 48-page complaint explains that the farms create problems for surrounding neighborhoods such as foul smells and runoff in the water. The crux of the complaint, which was filed by Washington-based EarthJustice and three other environmental groups in the Tar Heel State, is not these problems themselves, however. The four environmental groups object to seeing these problems occur...
  • Charlotte Observer to stop using the term ĎRedskinsí [except in that headline, apparently]

    09/07/2014 8:58:30 AM PDT · by catnipman · 36 replies
    Charlotte Observer ^ | 9/7/2014 | Web Staff
    Charlotte Observer has announced it will no longer be printing the name ďRedskinsĒ in local articles, citing controversy surrounding the name. The newspaper announced on Saturday that it will start the ban Sunday. The paper said it will still cover the team, but will not refer to them by that term. ...
  • University Squelches Freedom Of Speech With Campus-Wide Discrimination Initiative

    09/06/2014 12:06:45 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 55 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | September 4, 2014 | Emma Colton
    Wake Forest University kicked off the fall 2014 semester by instituting a campus-wide online system that has the potential to restrict free speech by allowing students and staff to anonymously file reports on any occurrences they deem biased or hateful. Known as the Bias Incident Report system , the online form does not specify the criteria for filing a report, nor does it explicitly define the word ďbias.Ē Instead, students are pressured to submit a report anytime they believe they are encountering an incident of hate or bias ó potentially opening the floodgates for students to report incidents without cause....
  • Kay Hagan: Look, I didnít realize people would lose their health plans ítil a few months ago

    09/04/2014 12:03:34 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 51 replies
    Hotair ^ | Guy Benson
    During last night‚Äôs North Carolina Senate Debate, incumbent Sen. Kay Hagan responded to criticism over her obliterated ‚Äėkeep your plan‚Äė Obamacare pledge by claiming she didn‚Äôt hear about cancellations until ‚Äúlast fall:‚ÄĚCLICK ABOVE LINK FOR THE VIDEO ‚ÄúAs soon as this came to my attention last fall¬Ö‚ÄĚStep one: Blame insurers, who were forced to cancel plans that failed to comply with Obamacare, the law for which Kay Hagan furnished the deciding vote. Step two: Claim that those millions of cancellation letters fell from the sky, as if no one had predicted them. Step three: Try to claim credit for...
  • #NCGA: Bill reversing 2013 E-verify water-down introíed in House

    09/03/2014 9:23:33 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 1 replies
    The Daily Haymaker ^ | June 4, 2014 | Brant Clifton
    Governor Pat McCrory knocked heads with the General Assembly ó and lost ó on the issue of waiving the use of E-verify to do residency checks on temporary workers across the state. Now, it appears that a group of Republican House members is seeking to repeal the legislation passed despite the governorís veto. Reps. Cleveland, Millis and Conrad are sponsoring HB 1184, which seeks to repeal the e-verify exemption for temporary workers and appropriates funds for an extra investigator.
  • Marines Deactivate Decorated 'Walking Dead' Unit

    09/03/2014 2:18:55 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 2 replies
    WSPA ^ | Aug 31, 2014
    Decades before the television show, a Marine Corps battalion decorated for extensive combat in World War II and Vietnam earned the nickname the "Walking Dead." Now the 1st Battalion, 9th Marine Regiment, which also saw action in Iraq and Afghanistan, has been deactivated during a ceremony Friday at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune in North Carolina. The step comes as top U.S. military and political leaders are moving to trim the size of America's military after more than a decade of war in Iraq and Afghanistan.
  • The 10 Most Vulnerable Senators

    09/02/2014 3:53:23 PM PDT · by Din Maker · 58 replies
    Roll Call ^ | September 1, 2014 | Kyle Trygstad and Alexis Levinson
    There is a new chart-topper in Roll Callís latest monthly ranking of the 10 most vulnerable senators. Montanaís appointed Sen. John Walsh was by far the most endangered incumbent in the chamber at the time of the previous installment in early August, but his decision last month to not seek a full term opened the top slot to a couple other worthy contenders. Sen. Mark Pryor, D-Ark., is still in a perilous political position, but Louisiana Sen. Mary L. Landrieu has leapfrogged him on the list to become the Senateís most vulnerable incumbent. The Democrat is pushing hard to eclipse...
  • Dominion, Duke, Piedmont and AGL Form Joint Venture to Own Proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline

    09/02/2014 7:52:49 AM PDT · by thackney · 9 replies
    Dominion News ^ | Sep 2, 2014 | Dominion News
    Full Title: Dominion, Duke Energy, Piedmont Natural Gas and AGL Resources Form Joint Venture to Own Proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline - $4.5 billion-$5 billion pipeline would bring 1.5 billion cubic feet of natural gas per day to North Carolina and Virginia - 'Transformational' project provides growing Mid-Atlantic markets a new route for access to competitive, domestic energy supplies - Investment would create thousands of jobs, promote economic development and cleaner air, increase state and local tax revenue - Pipeline expected to be in service by late 2018, pending regulatory approvals Four major U.S. energy companies Ė Dominion (NYSE: D), Duke...
  • Karl Rove's PAC Trying to Win Arkansas, North Carolina by Running Left of Pryor, Hagan

    09/01/2014 9:14:04 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 25 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 30 Aug 2014 | C. EDMUND WRIGHT
    Karl Rove and his Crossroads GPS PAC are about to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory in the senate -- by campaigning to the left of incumbents Mark Pryor and Kay Hagan on behalf of Republican challengers Tom Cotton and Thom Tills. So blatant is this attempt in the latest round of TV ads that the Washington Post teased Rove with a headline that taunted him as a "bleeding heart liberal." Reporter/blogger Greg Sargent said in the story that the two ad campaigns "show Republicans once again hitting Dems from the left on entitlements." Salon ridiculed the North Carolina...
  • WHAT? Renee Ellmers Claims She Has ĎSame Immigration Stance as Cruz, Paul, Leeí (Loses Straw Poll)

    03/22/2014 4:53:34 PM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 30 replies
    PJ Media ^ | March 21, 2014 | David Steinberg
    Last Saturday, Renee Ellmers†(R-NC02) ó a 2010 Tea Party favorite who has since lost the support of conservatives ó gave a brief speech to the Moore County, North Carolina GOP Convention. During the speech, she claimed to hold the same views on immigration as Ted Cruz, Mike Lee, Rand Paul, and even Dr. Ben Carson. This statement came a few days after Ellmersí tendentious appearance with Laura Ingraham last week ó an interview that might have progressed smoothly†had Ellmers actually expressed the same views on immigration as those four. Ellmersí brief speech in Moore County offered no specification backing her...
  • At forum, Rep. Pittenger decries legislative gridlock

    08/29/2014 1:09:19 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 1 replies
    davidsonnews.net ^ | August 29, 2014 | JONATHAN COX
    U.S. Robert Pittenger (R-9th District) says he knows exactly where the logjam is in Congress: Hundreds of bills are stalled on the desk of Senate majority leader Harry Reid. In a forum at Cornelius Town hall Thursday night, Pittenger blamed the Democratic Senate leader for delaying reform in banking regulations and health care policy. The forum was one of six ďtown hallĒ style meetings Pittenger is holding in the 9th district this summer, which includes most of Iredell and Mecklenburg counties. The congressman, who is concluding his first term, will run unopposed this fall. The meeting opened with a prayer...
  • #NCSEN: A RNC-Tea Party powwow in Charlotte?

    08/28/2014 4:25:49 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 8 replies
    The Daily Haymaker ^ | Brant Clifton
    Sources agopvstre telling us that emissaries from the DC Republican establishment had a sit-down with NC Tea Party activists in The Queen City Tuesday evening. Roughly a dozen activists ó most of whom were closely affiliated with Greg Brannonís primary campaign for the US Senate ó met with two individuals identifying themselves as Republican National Committee operatives at the Taco Mac sports bar near South Park Mall. ďThey wanted to know where we might find some common ground,Ē on Tea Party-affiliated attendee told us. ďThey said they understood there was some heartburn among Tea Partiers about the GOP and Thom...
  • Campaign 2014: NC candidates want Lt. Dan

    08/27/2014 3:54:53 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal
    The Daily Haymaker ^ | Brant Clifton
    I communicate regularly with a number of elected officials at the state and local levels across North Carolina. The drive-bys have been speculating about WHO among the Democrat candidates would welcome Barry Obama swinging by for some campaign help. I decided to pose a similar question to some GOP incumbents and candidates who will be on the ballot in 2014: Who would you like to have campaign with you? I asked one Republican legislator if he would like to have Gov. Pat McCrory campaign with him. ďPardon my French,Ē the legislator responded. ďBut, Hell No!Ē I asked the same thing...
  • American Legion Silent As Obama Pauses For Applause

    08/27/2014 6:56:55 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 30 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | August 27, 2014 | Charlie Spiering
    President Obama received a tepid response from veterans as he voiced his foreign policy ideals during a speech at the American Legionís 96th national convention in North Carolina. Staring blankly at his teleprompter, Obama recited his speech, pausing for applause that never came.
  • Obama to speak at Legion national convention

    08/26/2014 9:57:24 AM PDT · by LeoWindhorse · 46 replies
    American Legion website ^ | Aug 26 , 2014 | American Legion
    President Barack Obama will(did)address The American Legion on Aug. 26 at the organization's 96th National Convention in Charlotte, N.C. His speech, along with the rest of the general session, will be streamed live start at 8 a.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at www.legiontv.org. Obama is expected to address the convention at approximately 11:40 a.m. "The American Legion is honored that the nation's commander-in-chief will address those of us who have served in uniform," National Commander Daniel M. Dellinger said. "With so many important issues ranging from the state of VA health care to the Global War on Terrorism, it is...
  • #FAIL: HB 1224 dies. Thom The Therrible learns karma is a female dog.

    08/21/2014 10:18:36 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 7 replies
    Daily Haymaker ^ | Brant Clifton
    The Speaker of The House tried to ram through a bill containing a smorgasbord of odds-and-ends spending desired by the governor and various special interests. It got shot down once in the GOP caucus. It got shot down on the House floor Friday in a late-in-the-day revolt. Speaker Tillis and his allies took the hardball route this week. They loaded up the legislation with even more pork, and threatened non-compliant conservatives with a potential ouster from the GOP caucus. Once that shenanigan went public, things continued to go south for the speaker. He took some tough questions during a Monday...
  • Judge rules NC school voucher program unconstitutional

    08/21/2014 7:51:04 AM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 60 replies
    WRAL.com ^ | 08/21/2014 | Matthew Burns
    A Superior Court judge on Thursday overturned a state law that awards taxpayer-funded vouchers to low-income families who want to send their children to private or religious schools. Judge Robert Hobgood ruled that the Opportunity Scholarship program is unconstitutional, upholding legal challenges filed by the North Carolina Association of Educators, the North Carolina School Boards Association and dozens of local school boards. About 5,500 students applied for the annual grants of up to $4,200 per child, and the first $730,000 in tuition money for more than 360 students was released last Friday. Hobgood issued a permanent injunction prohibiting any more...
  • Killer sexually assaulted, kidnapped, then strangled North Carolina high school counselor to death

    The man accused of murdering a popular high school guidance counselor first kidnapped and sexually abused the 31-year-old before strangling her to death, according to an indictment unveiled Monday. Sharman Howard Odom, 34, has been in custody since Aug. 2 in connection with the slaying of his Newton, N.C., neighbor, Maggie Daniels. The well-liked Discovery High School educator was found dead in her apartment June 28, though the indictment indicates that authorities believe the crime was committed the night before, the last day she was seen alive. Odom, one of 150 people questioned by cops, was first interviewed July 3...
  • Is Senator Hagan Getting Nervous?

    08/15/2014 4:07:00 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 16 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 14, 2014 | Matt Vespa
    Is Senator Kay Hagan getting nervous? The incumbent Democratic U.S. Senator from North Carolina is the proud beneficiary of a $9 million dollars worth of media buys from the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC). Hagan is vulnerable this cycle, with polls showing her in a dead heat with her Republican opponent, Speaker of the North Carolina House of Representatives Thom Tillis. Media buys are common in elections, but this is the biggest one in this race so far, which has some people wondering if Hagan is hitting the ďpanic buttonĒ (via Charlotte Observer) [emphasis mine]: The ad buy, the largest...
  • Common Core anger triggers homeschooling surge in North Carolina

    08/14/2014 11:52:12 AM PDT · by upchuck · 28 replies
    EAGnews.org ^ | Aug 14, 2014 | Ben Velderman
    North Carolina officials say there has been a huge increase over the past two years in the number of Tar Heel families who have pulled their kids out of public schools and begun educating them at home. The number of homeschools has jumped 27 percent since the 2011-12 school year, NewsObserver.com reports.As of last year, 98,172 North Carolinian children were homeschooled; thatís 2,400 students more than the number who attended a private school.While the sputtering economy is the reason families are choosing homeschooling over private schooling, the nationalized learning experiment (Common Core) is the main reason families are leaving the...
  • FBI Arrests Show Islamic State Poses Homeland Threat

    08/13/2014 4:15:58 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 13 replies
    Investors.com ^ | August 13, 2014 | IBD Editorial
    Homeland Insecurity: The FBI arrest of a North Carolina jihadist brings to five the number of ISIS-tied Muslim Americans captured. It's time the president took the terror group's anti-U.S. rants more seriously. The influence that this vicious successor to al-Qaida in Iraq is exerting inside our own borders is clearly growing. Obama must do more to take out its leaders abroad while increasing scrutiny inside our Muslim community to ferret out recruits. Last week, the FBI arrested Donald Ray Morgan on AK-47 and other weapons charges as the North Carolina native tried to re-enter the U.S. from Lebanon, where agents...
  • North Carolina's nondescript, virtually unnoticed, hugely important Senate race

    08/11/2014 3:02:20 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 4 replies
    RALEIGH, N.C. ó Thom Tillis thought his last day as speaker of the North Carolina House would be weeks ago, after which he would devote all his energies to running for the U.S. Senate. Instead, on Saturday morning, Tillis stood gavel in hand in the state House chamber, presiding over the passage of a budget that kept lawmakers at work well into the summer. Now, finally, he is finished ó unless something else comes up to demand his time at the State Legislative Building. Republicans have bemoaned the fact that their candidate was tied down in the state house, but...
  • SIM missionaries returning to Charlotte

    08/10/2014 11:25:21 AM PDT · by Raebie · 12 replies
    WCNC News ^ | August 10, 2014 | WCNC Staff
    CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- SIM Missionaries announced Sunday morning that some of its missionary staff in Liberia will be returning to Charlotte. Charlottean Nancy Writebol, a missionary with Charlotte-SIM, returned to U.S. soil last week after contracting the Ebola virus. Writebol returned just days after Samaritan's Purse's Doctor Kent Brantly, who also tested positive for the Ebola virus while working to stop the outbreak of the virus in West Africa. Writebol and Brantly were brought back to the U.S. one-at-a-time in a specialized plane. Both Writebol and Brantly are receiving treatment at Emory Hospital in Atlanta. SIM tells NBC Charlotte they're...
  • North Carolina Senate: Tillis (R) 45%, Hagan (D) 40%

    08/09/2014 2:29:10 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 10 replies
    Rasmussen Reports ^ | August 07, 2014
    Republican challenger Thom Tillis has pushed slightly further ahead of Democratic incumbent Kay Hagan in North Carolinaís U.S. Senate race. The latest Rasmussen Reports statewide telephone survey of Likely North Carolina Voters shows Tillis earning 45% support to Haganís 40%. Six percent (6%) prefer another candidate in the race, and nine percent (9%) are undecided.
  • #NCSEN: Rasmussen, Rove conspiring to create illusion of Tillis momentum?

    08/09/2014 12:55:53 AM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 10 replies
    Daily Haymaker ^ | Brant Clifton
    Rasmussen Reports ó a polling firm with close ties to Karl Rove and the Bush political organization Ė has released their ďlatestĒ polling on the North Carolina US Senate race. It purports to show Republican Thom Tillis at 45 percent, Kay Hagan at 40 percent, 6 percent for ďOtherĒ and 9 percent ďUndecided.Ē (SNIP) The only polls Iíve seen showing Tillis ahead are these Rasmussen surveys, and one from Civitas right after the May primary. Just two days ago, Civitas releases a poll showing Hagan leading Tillis by TWO. Tillis is also woefully behind Hagan in fundraising. And the DC...
  • Breaking: Federal Court Smacks Down Eric Holderís Attack on NC Voter ID

    08/08/2014 5:10:11 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 42 replies
    PJ Media ^ | August 8, 2014 | J. Christian Adams
    The left trumpeted a voter ID decision in Wisconsin as if it were the end of the issue. Letís see what they do with this one. A federal court today smacked down the Holder Justice Department and refused to enjoin (block) North Carolinaís voter ID law, curtailment of costly early voting and end of fraud-infested same day registration. This means the stateís voter ID law will be in place for the midterm congressional (and Senate) elections in November. The Justice Department had actually argued that even if black voters turned out at higher rates under voter ID (which they do),...
  • Maryís Gourmet Diner drops prayer discount [atheists threatened to sue]

    08/07/2014 6:23:18 PM PDT · by markomalley · 39 replies
    Winston Salem Journal ^ | 8/7/2014 | Wesley Young
    Maryís Gourmet Diner has announced it will no longer offer occasional discounts to people who pray before eating, citing the threat of legal action. The restaurantís prayer discount had gone viral in recent days, making national news shows and sparking heated arguments on the Internet. On Wednesday, the restaurant posted a handwritten notice in its front window stating that it must ďprotect your freedom from religion in a public place.Ē ďIt is illegal and we are being threatened by lawsuit,Ē the note goes on to say, offering apology for ďany offense this discount has incurred.Ē The discount made national news...