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  • Despite court ruling, Rowan County (NC) commissioners say they'll continue Christian prayers

    02/22/2012 7:19:36 AM PST · by mykdsmom · 32 replies · 7+ views
    AP ^ | 2/21/2012 | The Republic
    SALISBURY, N.C. — Commissioners in one North Carolina county plan to continue offering Christian prayers at public meetings, regardless of a letter from a civil liberties group citing a recent Supreme Court action upholding a federal court's ban on the practice. The Salisbury Post reported (http://bit.ly/xtafV5 ) that a huge crowd turned out for the Rowan County Board of Commissioners meeting Monday night to offer their support to the elected officials, who say they'll defy a decision by the U.S. Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals striking down so-called sectarian prayer, or prayer that's explicitly linked to a particular religion, such...
  • Man dies in apparent robbery attempt on North Lee Street(NC)

    02/20/2012 7:08:48 PM PST · by marktwain · 11 replies
    salisburypost.com ^ | 19 January, 2012 | Shavonne Potts
    SALISBURY — A man is dead after authorities say he attempted to rob a Lee Street homeowner late Saturday night. The suspect broke into a home at 813 N. Lee St. and “pistol-whipped” the occupant. But the homeowner was able to get the gun and shoot the suspect. Salisbury Police confirmed the struggle and that the would-be robber tried to run away around the corner from the house. Police didn’t identify the dead man pending notification of relatives. He died on the front porch of a nearby home at 125 E. Steele St. of a gunshot wound, said Salisbury Police...
  • Criticisms Convince State To Back Off Projections of Dramatic Sea Level Rise (NC)

    02/20/2012 4:30:05 PM PST · by Libloather · 15 replies
    Carolina Journal ^ | 2/20/12 | Sara Burrows
    Criticisms Convince State To Back Off Projections of Dramatic Sea Level RiseState officials still pushing coastal counties to prepare for a one-meter rise By Sara Burrows Feb. 20th, 2012 RALEIGH — State officials are pressuring local governments to plan for a one-meter sea-level rise by 2100, even though many independent scientists have argued the rise is highly unlikely if not impossible. Even though a state advisory panel no longer recommends regulations based on the one-meter projection, local government officials worry that state regulators will try to implement those rules. Such a policy, they say, would have a devastating impact on...
  • NC school: 9-year-old sexually harassed teacher

    12/06/2011 11:08:39 AM PST · by NCjim · 22 replies
    WRAL ^ | December 6, 2011
    GASTONIA, N.C. — Administrators at a Gaston County elementary school say they suspended a 9-year-old boy because he sexually harassed a teacher. WSOC-TV reported that a letter shared by the boy's mother says he has a history of using inappropriate language about other students. The woman says it's the first time she'd heard that about her son. The boy said he called a teacher "cute," but the school says he used the word "fine." Brookside Elementary School says the child's comment amounts to sexual harassment. The school's letter said the boy had been warned for using racial slurs and other...
  • Iraq War Vet Seeking Help for his Dog, Sadie

    02/18/2012 11:12:31 AM PST · by Cecily · 10 replies
    Charlotte Observer ^ | February 18, 2012 | David Perlmutt
    Jeremy Petersen nearly got his head taken off by a mortar rocket and saw a lot of bad things during three tours in Iraq. After the third tour, Petersen decided to leave the Army and returned home with severe symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder. He's easily agitated and doesn't like crowds. He suffers bouts of depression and three or four migraine headaches a week - all hidden wounds of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. At Fort Bliss near El Paso, Texas, where Petersen transitioned into civilian life, doctors approved him for a service dog, a 45-pound mixed-breed of Shar...
  • 2nd N.C. Mother Says Daughter’s School Lunch Replaced for Not Being Healthy Enough

    02/18/2012 9:32:18 AM PST · by NCjim · 58 replies
    The Blaze ^ | February 17, 2012 | Madeleine Morgenstern
    North Carolina officials have said there was a misunderstanding when a preschooler’s homemade lunch was sent home for not meeting certain nutritional requirements, but now a second mother from the same school has come forward exclusively to The Blaze to say the same thing happened to her daughter. Diane Zambrano says her 4-year-old daughter, Jazlyn, is in the same West Hoke Elementary School class as the little girl whose lunch gained national attention earlier this week. When Zambrano picked Jazlyn up from school late last month, she was told by Jazlyn’s teacher that the lunch she had packed that day...
  • Who Is the Mystery Food Monitor? (Nugget pimp may be NC 'education staff member')

    02/17/2012 1:48:54 AM PST · by Libloather · 90 replies
    Carolina Journal ^ | 2/16/12 | Rick Henderson
    Who Is the Mystery Food Monitor?No agency has said it employed the person checking preschoolers' lunch bags By Rick Henderson Feb. 16th, 2012 RALEIGH — Three days after a Carolina Journal report on the plight of a 4-year-old preschooler and her lunch made national headlines, the identity of the person who determined that the youngster's homemade lunch was not nutritious remains unknown. Of the several government agencies who have been named in the controversy — the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Division of Child Development and Early Education at the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services, Hoke County schools,...
  • State Inspectors Searching Children’s Lunch Boxes: “This Isn’t China, Is It?”

    02/15/2012 11:11:57 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 88 replies
    John W. Pope Civitas Institute ^ | February 14, 2012 | Matt Willoughby
    A mother in Hoke County complains her daughter was forced to eat a school lunch because a government inspector determined her home-made lunch did not meet nutrition requirements. In fact, all of the students in the NC Pre-K program classroom at West Hoke Elementary School in Raeford had to accept a school lunch in addition to their lunches brought from home. NC Pre-K (before this year known as More at Four) is a state-funded education program designed to “enhance school readiness” for four year-olds. The mother, who doesn’t wish to be identified at this time, says she made her daughter...
  • Judge dismisses neighbors' lawsuit against owner of machine gun range(NC)

    02/15/2012 6:25:06 AM PST · by marktwain · 23 replies
    charlotteobserver.com ^ | 14 February, 2012 | Gavin Off and Ames Alexander
    A judge has dismissed a lawsuit by Union County residents who contend that a doctor has no legal right to fire machine guns on a homemade firing range near their properties. Superior Court Judge Mark Klass has dismissed the case against Dr. Michael Land, according to Union County trial court coordinator Nevele Love. The judge made his decision Friday, the clerk's office said. Kathy Patterson, one of the neighbors who filed the suit, said that while she's disappointed by the judge's decision, "without question, we'll appeal it." Reached by phone Tuesday, Land said he expects the court order to be...
  • NC preschooler’s “unhealthy” lunch replaced with cafeteria nuggets

    02/14/2012 6:17:03 PM PST · by annie laurie · 62 replies
    Fox News ^ | February 14, 2012 | Ryan Sullivan
    RAEFORD, N.C. — A Hoke County preschooler was fed chicken nuggets for lunch because a state worker felt that her homemade lunch did not have enough nutritional value, according to a report by the Carolina Journal. The West Hoke Elementary School student was in her More at Four classroom when a state agent who was inspecting lunch boxes decided that her packed lunch — which consisted of a turkey and cheese sandwich, a banana, apple juice and potato chips — “did not meet U.S. Department of Agriculture guidelines,” the Journal reports. ... The student’s mother told the Journal she received...
  • Federal Agents Inspect Your Child's Lunch

    02/14/2012 1:45:56 PM PST · by NYer · 63 replies
    Rushlimbaugh.com ^ | February 14, 2012 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: This is from Rayford, North Carolina. Carolina Journal. I'm gonna read it to you exactly as it printed out here: "A preschooler at West Hoke Elementary School ate three chicken nuggets for lunch Jan. 30 because a state employee told her the lunch her mother packed was not nutritious. The girl’s turkey and cheese sandwich, banana, potato chips and apple juice did not meet US Department of Agriculture guidelines, according to the interpretation of the agent who was inspecting all lunch boxes in her More at Four classroom that day." Again, let me read this to you again: "The...
  • Students Forced to Eat School Lunch to Supplement Home Made Lunch

    02/14/2012 10:42:35 AM PST · by cavdad · 54 replies
    Civitas Institute ^ | 2/14/12 | Matt Willoughby
    A mother in Hoke County complains her daughter was forced to eat a school lunch because a government inspector determined her home-made lunch did not meet nutrition requirements. In fact, all of the students in the NC Pre-K program classroom at West Hoke Elementary School in Raeford had to accept a school lunch in addition to their lunches brought from home.
  • North Carolina’s Guns in Parks Saga Continues

    02/13/2012 8:53:00 PM PST · by marktwain · 2 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 13 February, 2012 | GRNC
    North Carolina --(Ammoland.com)- Forsyth Commissioners will decide whether or not to enact gun bans at their next meeting, Monday, February 13th. The scheduled vote will either promote the Second Amendment or trample upon it. This is your opportunity to be heard. Commissioner Bill Whiteheart has spoken out against this ban, but needs help. It appears that most of the Republican Commissioners support lawful carry, we need to establish a presence at this meeting to ensure they don’t develop cold feet. Under HB 650 that went into effect Dec. 1, only very narrowly defined “recreation areas” may be posted. Like some...
  • 16 Members of Congress Funneled Millions to Their Relatives, Employers, Study Finds

    02/13/2012 5:53:49 PM PST · by STARWISE · 70 replies
    Big Government ^ | 2-13-12 | Wynton Hall
    n his New York Times bestselling book, Throw Them All Out, Breitbart editor Peter Schweizer revealed how members of Congress enrich themselves and their relatives using earmarks and insider information. Now, the Washington Post, following in Schweizer’s footsteps, has conducted a study that found 16 members of Congress have used their power of the purse to benefit companies, colleges, and community groups tied to their relatives. *snip* Among those cited in the Washington Post report were the following (below):
  • NC Democrats watching exodus from Legislature (Cry me a River!)

    02/13/2012 11:31:42 AM PST · by NCDragon · 16 replies
    WRAL News.com ^ | February 13, 2012 | GARY D. ROBERTSON
    RALEIGH, N.C. — Three years ago, 98 Democrats arrived at the North Carolina General Assembly to begin yet another session in the majority. Longtime Sen. Marc Basnight and Rep. Joe Hackney again led their respective chambers to continue the party's almost uninterrupted period of control since 1898. But governing through a rough economy, followed by an election that gave Republicans the gavels of power and pencils to redraw district boundaries for the next decade, mean fewer than half those Democratic lawmakers will be around the Legislative Building in 2013. A review of election defeats, resignations and retirements shows that of...
  • Concealed weapon permits higher among legislators(NC)

    02/13/2012 11:10:03 AM PST · by marktwain
    news-record.com ^ | 12 February, 2012 | Mark Binker
    RALEIGH — When Rep. Dale Folwell worked on controversial topics such as workers’ compensation reform and immigration policy last year, he aggravated more than a few constituents. “It was a very volatile year for me as an elected official,” Folwell said. “My family and myself were threatened by name.” That prompted him to obtain a concealed weapon permit, which allows him to carry a handgun in most places throughout the state under a sport coat or in a pocket. And the Winston-Salem Republican is far from alone among state lawmakers, who are much more likely than the average person to...
  • Defending their rights by sticking to their guns(NC)

    02/13/2012 5:19:50 AM PST · by marktwain · 3 replies
    technicianonline.com ^ | 12 February, 2012 | Zachary Diezel, Senior Staff Writer
    While participating in highway clean ups, the Student for Concealed Carry on Campus chapter seems like the average club doing community service at first glance. These students take safety precautions to a different level though. Along with the reflective vests and garden gloves, these students carry pistols in holsters while serving their community. "We get a pretty good amount of horn beeps and ‘woo-hoos' and stuff while we're out there," Clark Lynn said. Lynn is a senior in psychology and president of the N.C. State chapter of Students for Concealed Carry on Campus. A club's mission As part of a...
  • Redistricting fuels high N.C. political turnover (RATS dropping like flies - Hussein coattails?)

    02/09/2012 4:33:24 PM PST · by Libloather · 5 replies
    Charlotte Observer ^ | 2/09/12 | Jim Morrill
    Redistricting fuels high N.C. political turnoverU.S. Rep. Watt said he's also considering whether to retire By Jim Morrill Modified: Thursday, Feb. 09, 2012 One governor. Three members of Congress. Thirty state lawmakers. And counting. That's how many North Carolina elected officials have announced they're not running for re-election. Before candidate filing ends Feb. 29, there are certain to be more in what's shaping up to be a year of historic change. Democratic Rep. Mel Watt said Wednesday that he's considering retiring after 20 years in the 12th District - a day after Republican U.S. Rep. Sue Myrick said she won't...
  • NRCC Announces New ‘On the Radar' Candidates

    02/10/2012 6:27:09 AM PST · by iowamark · 7 replies
    NRCC ^ | 02/09/2012 | NRCC
    Twenty-One Republican Candidates Take Steps Toward ‘Young Gun' Status Washington- The National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) today announced its newest round of ‘On the Radar' candidates. By reaching the second step of the four-step ‘Young Guns' program, these Republican candidates have reached the fundamental benchmarks to place them on the road to victory. Now, these 21 candidates are ready to take on the Democrat establishment and return fiscal sanity to Washington. "These candidates have worked hard to meet the benchmarks that have been laid out before them and are determined to hold Washington Democrats accountable this November," said NRCC Chairman...
  • N.C. Muslims rally around suspects in beheading plot

    02/09/2012 10:02:56 AM PST · by bayouranger · 6 replies
    washingtonpost ^ | 08FEB12 | Religion News Service
    WILMINGTON, N.C. — As a Muslim woman waits in jail for word on a possible indictment in her alleged involvement in a murder-for-hire beheading plot, her friends and family are using social media to rally support for her cause. Shortly after the arrests in late January of Nevine Aly Elshiekh and alleged accomplice Shkumbin Sherifi, their family and friends organized the website “Our Ummah, One Body” to fight for their release. The two residents of Raleigh, N.C., are being held as suspects in an alleged behind-bars plot to kill a witness in a terrorism trial that landed Sherifi’s older brother...
  • Gun-rights nonprofit gearing up for lawsuit against Winston-Salem(NC)

    02/09/2012 9:10:30 AM PST · by marktwain
    journalnow.com ^ | 6 February, 2012 | LAURA GRAFF
    A statewide gun-rights nonprofit has commitments from 12 Winston-Salem residents who are willing to sue the city of Winston-Salem over a city ordinance prohibiting guns in parts of the city's parks, the nonprofit's president said Monday. Paul Valone, president of Grass Roots North Carolina, said he believes the Winston-Salem ordinance passed in November violates the spirit of a state law passed in July. The state law the General Assembly passed last summer allows people with concealed-carry permits to have guns in parks, but the law allows municipalities to ban guns from parks that have athletic facilities or playgrounds. Before the...
  • Caterpillar won't build North American plant in Illinois

    02/09/2012 6:52:11 AM PST · by 1rudeboy · 33 replies
    PEORIA -- Caterpillar Inc. will not be building its new North American plant anywhere in the state of Illinois, officials with the company told local leaders Tuesday, with part of the reason being continued concerns about the business climate in the state. The company will instead focus on a location closer to its division headquarters in Cary, N.C., Peoria County officials were told in an email sent to them shortly after the close of business and later obtained by the Journal Star. The plant stood to bring with it from Japan roughly 1,000 jobs manufacturing track-type tractors and mini hydraulic...
  • THE ‘PEOPLE’S’ CONVENTION? (Democrat Convention)

    02/09/2012 7:33:00 AM PST · by lasereye · 4 replies · 1+ views
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | February 9, 2012 | Andrew Stiles
    The organizers of the upcoming Democratic National Convention are doing everything possible to get around the same financial restrictions they once promoted in a concerted effort to make sure that America’s wealthiest individuals, corporations, and lobbyists contribute their “fair share” to the convention. Host committee spokeswoman Suzi Emmerling, formerly of the liberal think tank Center for American Progress, insisted that convention leaders were not attempting to sidestep the fundraising restrictions. Democratic National Convention Committee CEO Steve Kerrigan, she said, had simply been “educating Beltway types about the new rules.” “All of this is brand new,” Emmerling tells the Washington Free...
  • Friction apparent between Craven commissioners and sheriff

    02/08/2012 10:41:33 AM PST · by The Shrew · 18 replies
    The New Bern Star Journal ^ | February 07, 2012 6:38 PM | Sue Book
    RIVER BEND – Ongoing wrinkles in the relationship between some Craven County commissioners and the Craven County sheriff resurfaced at Monday night’s meeting and were magnified by a shortage in the inmate concessions account. Meeting in River Bend as part of Craven County’s 300th anniversary effort to take government to the people, Commissioner Scott Dacey brought to the board’s attention the shortage of between $9,000 and $10,000 in the account jail inmates deposit for purchases from the jail commissary. Commissioner Jeff Taylor highlighted problems in getting from the sheriff requested information on deputy high-speed pursuit training, vehicle use policy, and...
  • Sexton: Alert neighbor nails burglary suspect(NC)

    02/05/2012 7:25:03 AM PST · by marktwain · 17 replies
    journalnow.com ^ | 5 February, 2012 | Scott Sexton
    To state the obvious — not to mention ripping off and paraphrasing one of Hollywood's most memorable lines — Curtis Foster was mad as heck when he saw an intruder leaving a neighbor's house, and he wasn't going to take it anymore. At about noon on Jan. 11, Curtis was at home in northeastern Winston-Salem. It was raining, and Foster was watching television. He heard a small ruckus across the way at a home catty-corner to his and looked out the window to see what it was. "I saw this guy step out of the house with a sack of...
  • LSU AD Alleva Deposed in Duke Lacrosse Suit

    02/04/2012 5:00:45 PM PST · by abb · 46 replies
    The Hayride ^ | February 4, 2012 | Walter Abbott
    LSU AD Alleva Deposed in Duke Lacrosse Suit Posted by: Walter Abbott on Saturday, February 4, 2012, 18:20 Louisiana State University (LSU) Athletic Director Joe Alleva was deposed last month in a lawsuit filed nearly five years ago regarding the notorious Duke Lacrosse Case, where a prostitute falsely accused three Duke University lacrosse players of rape. Alleva was Duke’s athletic director at the time and was famously quoted as telling lacrosse coach Mike Pressler as he was cancelling the team’s season that “It’s not about the truth anymore,” because of the intense media coverage of the controversy. Mike Nifong, the...
  • Wilkes man will not be charged in shooting(NC)

    02/04/2012 10:12:23 AM PST · by marktwain · 7 replies
    journalnow.com ^ | 3 February, 2012 | Monte Mitchell
    WILKESBORO -- A Wilkes County man who called 911 to report hearing voices outside his building on Nov. 5 and then shot two intruders, killing one of them, will not be charged, authorities said. Steve Joseph Whitley, 58, of North Wilkesboro, acted in self-defense, said District Attorney Tom Horner. He and Sheriff Chris Shew discussed the case most recently on Thursday. Whitley shot and killed David Cynor, 23, who lived in the Mulberry community, and wounded Sara Seagraves, 22, of North Wilkesboro. At one point Seagraves had been listed in critical condition at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, but has...
  • Breaking News: Former 2nd District Congressman Bob Etheridge says he will seek...

    02/02/2012 4:38:19 PM PST · by NCDragon · 10 replies
    WRALNews.com ^ | February 2, 2012 | WRALNews.com
    Breaking News: Former 2nd District Congressman Bob Etheridge says he will seek the Democratic nomination for governor (North Carolina). In the breaking news red-block so far. No story as of yet. THIS should be a lot of fun watching him ward off his drunk video man-handling of the students again!
  • Democratic Rep. Heath Shuler of North Carolina won't seek reelection (Another "Blue Dog" Runs Away)

    02/02/2012 3:28:15 PM PST · by tobyhill · 9 replies
    LA Times ^ | 2/2/2012 | Kathleen Hennessey
    A rare breed just got rarer. Rep. Heath Shuler of North Carolina, one of the few remaining white Southern Democrats in the House, has announced he will retire rather than run in what was expected to his toughest race yet. Shuler is a leader of the so-called Blue Dog Democrats, a shrinking coalition of moderates who were known for, among other things, causing headaches for Nancy Pelosi during her years as speaker. Shuler launched a doomed bid against the California Democrat for the minority leader post in 2010. He got 43 votes. The Heisman Trophy runner-up and former Washington Redskins...
  • Rep. Heath Shuler, a Blue Dog Dem., will not run for re-election

    Rep. Heath Shuler (D-N.C.) will not run for re-election this year, a source close to the Congressman told Roll Call. The Blue Dog Democrat had decided against a bid in a redrawn 11th district, which was made substantially more Republican than his current district during GOP-led redistricting.
  • Judge suspends (Durham County NC DA) Cline; hearing set on removal

    01/28/2012 2:28:37 PM PST · by Moose4 · 22 replies · 3+ views
    (Raleigh, NC) News and Observer ^ | 27 January 2012 | J. Andrew Curless
    DURHAM -- District Attorney Tracey Cline was immediately suspended from office late Friday after a judge found probable cause that she has engaged in ongoing attacks on a Durham judge that are "prejudicial to the administration of justice" and bring her office into disrepute. Superior Court Judge Robert H. Hobgood of Franklin County suspended Cline under a rarely used state law. He ordered a hearing for Feb. 13 to determine whether Cline will be permanently removed from the elected office she has held since 2009. Hobgood was not required to suspend Cline before next month's hearing, but he invoked that...
  • NC Democrats meet after Perdue nixes 2nd run (party upheaval - RAT perp still hosts convention)

    01/28/2012 1:29:06 PM PST · by Libloather · 15 replies
    WBTV ^ | 1/28/12
    NC Democrats meet after Perdue nixes 2nd runUpdated: Jan 28, 2012 5:24 AM EST GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) - North Carolina Democrats are gathering for 1 of their seasonal dinners and fundraisers at a time of party upheaval after Gov. Beverly Perdue announced she wouldn't seek a second term. The North Carolina Democratic Party expected more than 500 people at Saturday evening's Sanford Hunt Frye dinner at a Greensboro hotel. The event takes on added significance as several Democrats consider whether to run in the party's gubernatorial primary.
  • North Carolina Death Row Inmate Writes Letter About Life of 'Leisure'

    01/25/2012 5:21:59 PM PST · by jakerobins · 17 replies
    A convicted murderer on death row in North Carolina wrote a taunting letter to his hometown newspaper about his life of "leisure" in prison and making a mockery of the legal system. Danny Robbie Hembree Jr. was found guilty of murdering 17-year-old Heather Catterton in 2009 and was sentenced to death on Nov. 18, 2011. Hembree, 50, is on death row at Central Prison in Raleigh, N.C., but he's not looking for any pity in the letter he sent to The Gaston Gazette. "Is the public aware that I am a gentleman of leisure, watching color TV in the A.C.,...
  • Perdue will not seek re-election (YOWZAH!)

    01/26/2012 9:32:40 AM PST · by NCDragon · 9 replies
    WRALNews.com ^ | January 26, 2012 | WRALNews.com
    RALEIGH, N.C. — Gov. Beverly Perdue, facing a hard fight for a second term, said Thursday that she will not seek re-election, choosing to focus her energy on fighting for a sales tax increase to fund education. The first woman elected governor in North Carolina, Perdue faced a potential rematch against former Charlotte Mayor Pat McCrory, a Republican whom she narrowly defeated in 2008 in the state's closest gubernatorial contest since 1972. Perdue's win was partly attributed to Barack Obama's surprise win in North Carolina. "The thing I care about most right now is making sure that our schools and...
  • Sources: Perdue won't seek re-election

    01/26/2012 8:22:06 AM PST · by think4yrsf · 9 replies · 1+ views
    News and Observer ^ | Jan 26, 2012 | newsobserver.com blogs
    UPDATED: Gov. Bev Perdue is expected to announce today that she will not seek a second term as governor, two sources close to the Democrat's campaign tell The News & Observer. Perdue is expected to make an announcement this afternoon, a N.C. Democratic Party spokesman said. Her campaign aides began telling top Democrats in the past 24 hours. Perdue campaign spokesman Marc Farinella could not be reached for comment.
  • (NC) Gov. Perdue likely not to seek second term

    01/26/2012 7:19:55 AM PST · by lwd · 18 replies · 1+ views
    Salisbury Post ^ | Thursday, January 26, 2012 9:23 AM | Staff
    Numerous sources say Gov. Bev Perdue will not seek re-election in 2012. Perdue will turn 65 this month. Her likely opponent in the next campaign will be Pat McCrory, former Charlotte mayor and a Catawba College graduate. Sources at the Associated Press are working on a story at this time. The Raleigh News & Observer is reporting Perdue is expected to make an announcement this afternoon. The News & Observer is also reporting that Lt. Gov. Walter Dalton has about $600,000 in the bank, according to campaign finance reports. Others likely to make a run include current Charlotte Mayor Anthony...
  • Breaking News: U.S. Rep. Brad Miller said ... that he will not seek another term in Congress.

    01/26/2012 4:27:36 AM PST · by NCDragon · 9 replies
    WRALNews.com ^ | January 26, 2012 | WRAL.com
    Above title shortened to fit! Breaking News: U.S. Rep. Brad Miller said Thursday in a statement released to his supporters that he will not seek another term in Congress. He will hold a conference call Thursday at 11 a.m. to discuss his decision. Miller said his decision comes in the wake of the voting map redistricting battle that has gone on for months. In the RED Box, as breaking news for WRALNews.com
  • NC Congressman Brad Miller not seeking another term - Breaking News Alert

    01/26/2012 3:50:23 AM PST · by rhoda_penmark · 8 replies
    WRAL ^ | 01/26/2012 | WRAL
    Breaking News: U.S. Rep. Brad Miller said Thursday in a statement released to his supporters that he will not seek another term in Congress. ...Miller said his decision comes in the wake of the voting map redistricting battle...
  • Vote for Marriage North Carolina Launches Campaign!

    01/25/2012 8:27:28 AM PST · by mpolito · 2 replies
    Vote for Marriage NC ^ | 1/25/12 | mpolito
    This May 8, North Carolina voters will be able to decide the future of marriage in their state. After a century of Democratic dominance in the North Carolina General Assembly, the 2010 elections ushered in a new Republican majority. In September 2011, the General Assembly approved the amendment in a bipartisan vote. If you live in North Carolina, be sure to vote in May (early voting starts in late April). Also, be sure to visit voteformarriagenc.com and make a donation or offer to volunteer. The polls have shown the amendment leading, but there is no guarantee the measure will be...
  • Newt is a Vessel: He Won South Carolina Because He Articulated Conservatism

    01/23/2012 3:10:05 PM PST · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | January 23, 2012 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: Let me just tell you something, again, going against the conventional wisdom. Everybody is out there thinking the reason Newt triumphed is because of his media smackdown. That's not it. Everybody wants to credit Juan Williams and John King and the media for throwing softballs inadvertently setting Newt up for these answers. It's important, there's no question about it. It was great, but it's not about that. It's not even about Newt's great debate skills. You notice now the establishment is not saying, "That isn't gonna matter." They're trying to say that everything that's got Newt where...
  • On Newt Gingrich S.C. primary win, Karl Rove says thank John King

    01/21/2012 5:14:14 PM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 87 replies
    politico.com ^ | Jan. 21, 2012 | MJ LEE
    After Newt Gingrich was declared the winner of the South Carolina primary Saturday night, Karl Rove suggested that the candidate has CNN’s John King to thank for his victory in the Palmetto State. “Taking on the media is always good in a Republican primary,” Rove said on Fox News. “John King couldn’t have set up the question in a more positive way for Gingrich to just nail it and haul it right out of the park.”
  • Obama using Charlotte convention to woo NASCAR voters

    01/18/2012 6:43:08 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 52 replies · 2+ views
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | Lynn Sweet
    Lynn Sweet The scoop from Washington Obama using Charlotte convention to woo NASCAR voters By Lynn Sweet on January 17, 2012 10:00 AM WASHINGTON--The Obama re-election team is using the Charlotte, N.C. nominating convention to target, woo and deliver NASCAR voters in key battleground states. Convention organizers announced Tuesday the convention will kick off Labor Day at the giant Charlotte Motor Speedway, making public a plan that has been in the works for months to pitch President Obama to a demographic he will need in November. The speedway has a seating capacity of 140,000, which means that tens of thousands...
  • America’s Most Tolerant Cities, from San Francisco to New York

    01/17/2012 12:57:34 PM PST · by wolfpat · 41 replies · 1+ views
    The Daily Beast ^ | 1/16/2012
    As Americans celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr., the ideals of tolerance and civil rights are once again highlighted. And while segregated schools and lunch counters may be things of the past, modern battles over female contraception and same-sex marriage have kept the boundaries and definition of civil liberties on the national stage.
  • Obama will accept nomination at N.C. stadium

    01/17/2012 12:52:58 PM PST · by matt04 · 30 replies
    The Charlotte Observer reports that President Obama will formally accept the Democratic nomination at Bank of America stadium in Charlotte, N.C. — an outdoor venue: The move to the Carolina Panthers' 74,000-seat stadium would replicate the 2008 convention, where Obama accepted the nomination at a packed Invesco Field in Denver. The move, which would open the speech to the public, is designed to help mobilize voters in North Carolina, a key swing state. It could also serve as a perk to donors, who could be rewarded with skybox seats. Aside from the optics of Obama accepting the nomination at a...
  • Mother shoots, kills son during bedroom assault(NC)

    01/17/2012 12:42:38 PM PST · by marktwain · 30 replies
    wbtv.com ^ | 16 January, 2012 | Justin Barger
    LONG VIEW, NC (WBTV) - A mother had to shoot and kill her own son in what investigators are calling self defense early Friday morning. Long View police responded to 1st Avenue Place in Long View around 1 a.m. in reference to a shots fired call. When officers arrived they found 21-year-old Justin Barger shot dead in floor. Barger's parents told investigators they had poured out all the alcohol in the house after Barger became drunk. When his parents went to bed, Barger went into their bedroom and started assaulting them by pulling them out of bed and beating them...
  • Forsyth weighing guns in parks(NC)

    01/17/2012 11:40:40 AM PST · by marktwain · 12 replies
    journalnow.com ^ | 17 January, 2012 | Wesley Young
    Opinions are sharply divided over the question of allowing people with concealed-carry permits to take their guns into county parks. That's true on the Forsyth County Board of Commissioners, and among experts who have combed the data to find whether concealed-carry laws make people safer, have no effect, or increase risk. Commissioner Bill Whiteheart, who advocates changing county ordinances to allow concealed-carry guns in parks, said during a board discussion last Thursday that an armed citizen can make a difference when "seconds matter and the police are moments away." But Commissioner Everette Witherspoon called the proposal "a recipe for disaster"...
  • Why do Republicans trade freedom for revenue?

    01/17/2012 6:34:25 AM PST · by freefish7 · 10 replies · 1+ views
    Carolina Journal ^ | 1-12-12 | Sara Burrows
    http://www.carolinajournal.com/exclusives/display_exclusive.html?id=8642
  • Labor Dept. awards funds for N.C. health insurance

    01/17/2012 6:19:40 AM PST · by Miami Vice · 2 replies
    Legal News Line ^ | 1-17-12 | Michael P. Tremoglie
    Is the Obama administration trying to buy North Carolina into his electoral vote column The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has provided a $2 million National Emergency Grant supplemental award providing an estimated 1,175 additional jobless workers in North Carolina with partial premium payments for health insurance coverage. North Carolina qualified for the funds that were available from the economic stimulus passed by Congress in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The state has received a total of $6.2 million awarded to date. The number of jobless workers ...
  • An American Born Shaheed (Martyr), Abu Adam Jibreel

    01/16/2012 12:38:47 PM PST · by Cindy · 9 replies
    ALBALAGH.net ^ | POSTED: 26 SAFAR 1422, 20 MAY 2001 | By Abdur-Raheem As-Siddiqi
    SNIPPET: ""All I want is shahadah in Kashmir. I don't want to be famous or well known." Those were the words of Abu Adam Jibreel al Amreekee as we walked around the center in Muridke, Pakistan. As we strolled around the giant masjid and school and looked at the horses at the horse stable we talked of the difficulties in training and jihad in general. Abu Adam was only nineteen years of age when he went to the killing fields of occupied Kashmir. Born into a considerably wealthy family in Atlanta Georgia, Abu Adam had always excelled in most of...
  • Game Fish Bill: ‘Beginning of the End for Commercial Fishing’ (North Carolina)

    01/15/2012 7:24:06 AM PST · by bksanders · 63 replies
    Carolina Journal ^ | Jan. 12th, 2012 | Sara Burrows
    … Commercial fisherman Jonathan Robinson took issue with that. “Those resources belong to the public,” he said. “They’re not just exclusively for the rich, who can afford boats and trips to the coast. Commercial fishing is a channel that provides access to these resources for all the citizens — for the blacks in the cities and the poor working people in farm towns in North Carolina.” Commercial fisherman Chris McCaffity of Morehead City echoed his sentiment. “I recently had a disabled veteran thank me for defending his freedom to eat the fish he once caught himself,” McCaffity said. Over the...