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  • Polls: Cruz Would Fare 5 Points Better Versus Clinton Than Trump Would

    02/12/2016 6:28:49 AM PST · by GodGunsGuts · 78 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | February 12, 2016 | JEFFREY H. ANDERSON
    Among the two candidates whose results look at all like those of an eventual GOP presidential nominee, polling suggests that Ted Cruz would do significantly better than Donald Trump in the general election. According to the Real Clear Politics average of recent polls, Cruz would fare 5 points better versus Hillary Clinton than Trump would. Polling has consistently shown Cruz to have an advantage over Trump in this regard: Fox News found that Cruz would fare 4 points better than Trump, beating Clinton by 7 points (50 to 43 percent) to Trump's 3 (47 to 44 percent). NBC News and...
  • WATCH: Debunking anti-Cruz myths (video)

    02/11/2016 6:35:03 PM PST · by Twotone · 49 replies
    Trevor Loudon ^ | Feb. 11, 2016 | Trevor Loudon
    There are quite a few rumors floating around in social media about Presidential Candidate Ted Cruz. Americans are used to the mainstream media lying about Ted Cruz (see here, here & here for just some examples.) But it is particularly painful when the lies come from supposed truth-tellers. The largest culprits starting and perpetuating anti-Cruz falsehoods are sundance of the Conservative Treehouse and Dianne Marshall of the Marshall Report. They blatantly lie, or tell cherry-picked half truths, which are promptly disseminated in social media by an army of bullies who are seemingly not interested in civil debate. Why create false...
  • Ted Cruz Adds to Home-State Support as Texas Primary Nears

    02/11/2016 9:46:46 AM PST · by GodGunsGuts · 35 replies
    Texas Tribune ^ | February 11, 2016 | Patrick Svitek
    U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz is bolstering his home-field advantage with fewer than three weeks until the Texas primary, unveiling a raft of new endorsements from lawmakers in Austin and detailing his organization across the state for the March 1 nominating contest. Cruz's presidential campaign is set to announce Thursday that he now has the support of nearly half the Republicans in the Texas Legislature: 11 senators and 43 representatives. The newly expanded Texas Leadership Team also includes 57 chairs and co-chairs covering Texas' 36 congressional districts, as well as 462 chairs and co-chairs across the state's 254 counties. "Conservatives in...
  • SC Poll: Trump 32, Cruz 26, Rubio 20, Bush 10

    02/11/2016 9:35:08 AM PST · by TBBT · 87 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | Bill Kristol
    I've just heard from a political operative whom I've known a long time and whose integrity I trust. This person is working with an organization—not one of the campaigns—that was in the field (using a very reputable pollster) Wednesday night in South Carolina. Here's what the pollster found:
  • SC focus group favors Cruz but sees Trump gains (video)

    02/11/2016 8:23:53 AM PST · by GodGunsGuts · 51 replies
    MSNBC ^ | February 11, 2016
    SC focus group favors Cruz but sees Trump gains (video)...
  • North Carolina Asks Supreme Court to Halt Redistricting Order

    02/10/2016 3:36:54 PM PST · by SMGFan · 3 replies
    Rollcall ^ | February 10, 2016
    The Supreme Court is again being asked to weigh in on contested congressional districts for this year’s elections, this time with North Carolina warning the justices Wednesday of potential electoral chaos because of a court order this month. North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory and state election officials asked the justices to allow them to use the current congressional districts for the coming election while they appeal a ruling last week that found two districts were unconstitutional gerrymanders. The petition went to Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr., the justice assigned to handle such requests from the U.S. Court of Appeals...
  • Panthers' Cam Newton refuses to answer questions, storms out after Super Bowl loss to Broncos

    02/07/2016 8:48:25 PM PST · by WilliamIII · 349 replies
    NJ.com ^ | 7 Feb 2016 | Eliot Shorr-Parks
    Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton just gave his critics all the ammunition they need. Already under fire for how he conducts himself on the field, Newton went silent after his team's 24-10 loss to the Denver Broncos on Sunday in Super Bowl 50, sulking at the podium and essentially refusing to answer questions.
  • Denver Broncos Win Super Bowl 50

    02/07/2016 7:52:03 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 114 replies
    Canyon News ^ | 02/07/2016
    It's the one time of year, where literally EVERYTHING stops: it's Super Bowl Sunday. And this isn't just any Super Bowl; it's the 50th anniversary which is the one time of year that EVERYONE, all ethnicities, all genders join in celebrating all things sports, food, commercials and TV. For this epic battle, the Denver Broncos courtesy of Peyton Manning did battle with Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers. Before we talk about the big game, we first have to discuss what things led up the big game. The celebration kicked off with the NFL paying tribute to the past MVPs...
  • Giorgio A. Tsoukalos: Thank you for everything, America!

    02/07/2016 11:58:46 AM PST · by EveningStar · 30 replies
    Facebook ^ | February 7, 2016 | Giorgio A. Tsoukalos
    22 years ago I arrived in the US with nothing but dreams. Today, I'll be in a Super Bowl commercial. Thank you for everything, America! Thank YOU for being there with me. #SB50 #onlyinamerica On a more sad note, I reported on Twitter yesterday that former NASA astronaut Edgar Mitchell passed away. Thank you for coming forward. Thank you for speaking. Enjoy the next level. Enjoy your Super Bowl Sunday!
  • Federal court strikes down NC congressional district maps

    02/06/2016 7:21:16 AM PST · by RightGeek · 18 replies
    WRAL ^ | 2/5/2016 | Matthew Burns
    RALEIGH, N.C. — Three federal judges on Friday threw out the congressional voting maps the Republican-led General Assembly drew five years ago, ruling that two districts were gerrymandered along racial lines. The ruling throws the March 15 primary into chaos, as the judges ordered state lawmakers to redraw the maps within two weeks and not to hold any elections for U.S. House until the maps are in place. A special session of the legislature would have to be called to approve new maps, and they might have to pass federal muster again. Mail-in absentee voting started last week, and more...
  • “Blind Side” Mom of Michael Oher Praises Adopted Son on Making Second Super Bowl

    02/05/2016 9:34:43 PM PST · by kathsua · 25 replies
    Life News ^ | Feb 5, 2016 | Micaiah Bilger
    On Super Bowl Sunday, proud adoptive mom Leigh Anne Tuohy will watch her son play football for the second time in the biggest American sports game of the year. Tuohy’s son Michael Oher is the offensive lineman for the Carolina Panthers and formerly the Baltimore Ravens, who he helped to achieve victory in the 2013 Super Bowl. Oher’s life had a troubled beginning. When Oher was born, his mother was addicted to drugs and his father was in prison. He struggled in school, moved through homes in foster care and spent time homeless until he met Leigh Anne and her...
  • I Once Heard Donald Trump Speak. Here’s Why That Prompted Me To Endorse Ted Cruz.

    02/05/2016 6:19:15 AM PST · by GodGunsGuts · 90 replies
    IJReview ^ | Markeece Young
    Markeece Young is a nationally recognized political blogger and activist. As a former Democrat he now dedicates his time to reaching minority and millennials voters to the right...
  • Oil Drilling Off U.S. East Coast Under Attack from Environmentalists

    02/03/2016 6:47:12 PM PST · by rockinqsranch · 6 replies
    gcaptain/Bloomberg ^ | Feb. 3, 2016 | Jennifer A. Dlouhy
    Bloomberg article at gcaptain.
  • Bernie Madoff 'Doing Fine' in Prison Despite Heart Issues, Few Visitors

    02/02/2016 11:48:05 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 21 replies
    ABC News ^ | Feb 2, 2016 | BRIAN ROSS RHONDA SCHWARTZ MEGAN CHRISTIE
    Despite an issue with his heart, 77-year old Bernard Madoff is “doing as well as can be expected” serving a 150 year sentence at a federal prison in North Carolina, according to Ira Sorkin, the lawyer who represented him when he pleaded guilty to the largest financial crime in American history. “I think he’s had a little bout, little bit of a heart problem,” Sorkin told ABC News. Most troubling to Madoff, according to Sorkin and several inmates who served time with him, is that his wife Ruth stopped visiting him years ago and none of his grandchildren have come...
  • Cruz For President Announces Endorsement of Jason and David Benham

    01/29/2016 11:52:31 AM PST · by Isara · 8 replies
    Cruz News ^ | January 28, 2016
    Religious Liberty Advocates Support Ted CruzHOUSTON, Texas – Presidential candidate Ted Cruz today announced the endorsement of Jason and David Benham, Christian entrepreneurs who came under fire for their belief in the sanctity of life and traditional marriage.In 2014, HGTV canceled a planned reality series, "Flip It Forward," featuring Jason and David Benham's home improvement business, after their Christian beliefs came under attack by left-wing organizations. "Our faith is the fundamental calling in our lives, and the centerpiece of who we are. As Christians we are called to love all individuals, but this does not mean we must embrace all...
  • Congressman Mark Meadows Endorses Ted Cruz for President

    01/29/2016 11:35:34 AM PST · by Isara · 8 replies
    Cruz News ^ | January 27, 2016
    HOUSTON, Texas - Today, Congressman Mark Meadows of North Carolina endorsed Ted Cruz for President. In his second term in Congress, Meadows is part of a new group of consistent, principled conservatives in the House pushing for limited government, fiscal responsibility, and restoring the rule of law and respect for the Constitution. Meadows has been a leading voice for strengthening our national security, protecting life at every stage, and growing the economy by reducing burdensome and ineffective regulations."We are approaching a historic election that has the potential to fundamentally change our nation as we know it. Ted Cruz is the...
  • Cruz scores endorsement from Tea Party lawmaker

    01/28/2016 5:46:30 AM PST · by justlittleoleme · 21 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 1/27/16 | Anna Giaritelli
    A Tea Party-affiliated congressman has become the latest lawmaker to endorse Sen. Ted Cruz for the Republican nomination. North Carolina Rep. Mark Meadows announced Wednesday night on Fox News that he would throw his support behind Cruz's campaign and join the Texas senator's team in Iowa later this week."We are approaching a historic election that has the potential to fundamentally change our nation as we know it. Ted Cruz is the principled, conservative leader we need in the White House," Rep. Meadows told Greta Van Susteren. "On issue after issue, Cruz has told the truth and done what he said...
  • Meadows endorses Cruz (North Carolina Congressman)

    01/27/2016 6:35:09 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    The Hendersonville Lightning ^ | January 28, 2016 | Bill Moss
    U.S. Rep. Mark Meadows on Wednesday endorsed Ted Cruz for president, calling the Texas senator "the best-positioned leader to restore power to the people and uphold the Constitution." "We are approaching a historic election that has the potential to fundamentally change our nation as we know it. Ted Cruz is the principled, conservative leader we need in the White House," Meadows said in a news release. "On issue after issue, Cruz has told the truth and done what he said he was going to do. It may not make him a lot of friends in Washington, but it is exactly...
  • Cam Newton: 'I'm an African American QB that Scares People'

    01/27/2016 2:41:27 PM PST · by Cecily · 108 replies
    CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Panthers quarterback Cam Newton suggested for the first time Wednesday that race may play a factor in why he's become a lightning rod for public criticism. "I'm an African-American quarterback that scares people because they haven't seen nothing that they can compare me to," said the 6-foot-5, 245-pound Newton. The No. 1 pick in the 2011 NFL draft out of Auburn, Newton has his share of detractors who either don't like how he plays, his celebrations or his abundance of self-confidence.
  • Court weighs practice of Christian prayers at meetings (Rowan County NC)

    01/27/2016 12:34:37 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 27, 2016 3:09 PM EST | Alanna Durkin Richer
    A federal appeals court wrestled on Wednesday with whether local government leaders in North Carolina are violating the Constitution by holding exclusively Christian prayers at their meetings - the first time a court at that level has addressed the issue since the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in a town government's favor in a similar case in 2014. An attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union urged a three-judge panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to uphold the lower court's ruling that the Rowan County Commissioner's practice of opening their meetings with prayers that almost always referred to...
  • Winston-Salem State University placed on lockdown [All clear #26]

    01/25/2016 7:51:42 PM PST · by RaceBannon · 26 replies
    FOX 8 ^ | 1/25/16 | FOX 8
    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Winston-Salem State University is currently on lockdown, according to campus police. A RamALERT was sent out that read: RamALERT: WSSU campus is currently on lockdown. Secure inside a room until further advised. Do not come to campus if currently off campus until advised. It is unclear why the university was placed on lockdown. Winston-Salem police confirm they are assisting WSSU police.
  • Trump Holds a 9 Point Lead in North Carolina over Ted Cruz – 34-25%

    01/25/2016 10:36:14 AM PST · by UpForTrump · 22 replies
    Overtime Politics ^ | Janaury 25th, 2016 | Fred
    A 9 point lead about 7 weeks out doesn’t seem too bad, but it still leaved Ted Cruz or Marco Rubio plenty of time to catch up. Trump leads every demographic except for 46-59 year old likely voters, where he trails Cruz by 3, among black voters, trailing Ben Carson, and among Hispanic voters, where he is tied for 3rd place. The Tar Heel State offers those still in the race a significant number of delegates on March 15th, allocating them proportionally as long as a candidate receives 1.45% of the vote. March 15th is the earliest a primary can...
  • Fatal collision of 2 lives leaves Fort Bragg community in mourning

    01/25/2016 6:50:06 AM PST · by pabianice · 8 replies
    Stars and Stripes ^ | 1/25/16 | Barnes
    ... The paths of the 47-year-old military leader and the 26-year-old convicted sex offender crossed eight days ago, in a screeching tangle of rubber and steel near the intersection of West Mountain Drive and Gillespie Street. Fayetteville police say Dunlap's black 2000 Honda Accord was traveling south on Gillespie Street when it crossed a grassy center median, veered into oncoming traffic and smashed into Ratley's 2015 Harley Davidson motorcycle. A makeshift memorial stands — American flags, flowers and a sign — where Ratley lost his life. Dunlap is back behind bars, being held on $100,000 bail on charges of misdemeanor...
  • Donald Trump op-ed: My vision for a Culture of Life

    01/23/2016 8:47:03 AM PST · by ironman · 275 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | January 23, 2016 | Donald Trump
    Let me be clear - I am pro-life. I support that position with exceptions allowed for rape, incest or the life of the mother being at risk. I did not always hold this position, but I had a significant personal experience that brought the precious gift of life into perspective for me. My story is well documented, so I will not retell it here. However, what I will do with the remaining space is express my feelings about life, and the culture of life, as we just marked the 43rd anniversary of Roe v. Wade. I build things. There is...
  • NC sheriff: Good Samaritan fatally shot after stopping to help driver

    01/23/2016 7:40:54 AM PST · by csvset · 72 replies
    WNCN ^ | January 23, 2016 | WBTV Web Staff
    CATAWBA, N.C. (WBTV) - A good Samaritan, who stopped to help a driver who spun out on ice, was fatally shot by the driver in Catawba County. According to the Catawba County Sheriff, a driver spun out on ice along Mathis Church Road Friday night. Neighbors who overheard the wreck, went out to check on the incident. The driver of a truck came up on the incident and pulled over the help the driver, later identified as 27-year-old Marvin Jacob Lee, of Claremont. According to the sheriff, Lee was acting odd and belligerent. The neighbors and good Samaritan were talking...
  • Sen. Richard Burr asks for retraction on report of comments about Ted (Vote for Sanders) [tr]

    01/21/2016 2:01:21 PM PST · by C19fan · 31 replies
    Charlotte News and Observer ^ | January 21, 2016 | Jim Morrill
    U.S. Sen. Richard Burr on Thursday strongly denied a news report that said he had told people he would vote for Democrat Bernie Sanders over Republican Ted Cruz. Burr’s aides asked The Associated Press for a retraction. An AP spokesman said the news agency was sticking by its story. “I will support whoever the GOP nominee is,” Burr tweeted. “@AP is trying to create discord where there isn't discord by telling lies.”
  • Trump Keeps Gaining in NC; Clinton Maintains Huge Lead! (Trump 38%, Cruz 16%, Rubio 11%)

    01/21/2016 6:01:57 AM PST · by BlackFemaleArmyCaptain · 8 replies
    North Carolina was the first place polling ever found Donald Trump leading the Republican Presidential race, and he just keeps getting stronger. PPP's newest poll finds him at 38% to 16% for Ted Cruz, 11% for Marco Rubio, 8% for Ben Carson, 6% each for Mike Huckabee and Jeb Bush, 4% for Chris Christie, 3% each for Carly Fiorina and Rand Paul, 2% for John Kasich, and 1% for Rick Santorum. Trump's support is up 5 points from a month ago when he was at 33%. The only other candidate who's seen a real gain in their support is Huckabee,...
  • Dangerous Winter Storm Jonas to Bring Crippling Snowstorm, Major Ice Threat; Blizzard Warnings

    01/21/2016 9:56:06 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 192 replies
    The Weather Channel ^ | January 21, 2016 | Weather.com
    Blizzard warnings have been issued for the Baltimore and Washington D.C. metro areas, and blizzard watches extend northward to the Philadelphia and New York City metro areas as Winter Storm Jonas begins to take shape. The storm is expected to deliver heavy snowfall to at least 15 states, and heavy ice accumulations, strong winds and coastal flooding will add to the storm's impact as it carves a path from the nation's heartland through the South and onward to the East Coast now through Sunday. As of Thursday morning, just over 73 million people – or roughly one in every four...
  • Trump Keeps Gaining in NC; Cl inton Maintains Huge Lead

    01/20/2016 12:22:51 PM PST · by BigEdLB · 22 replies
    PPP ^ | 1/20/16 | Tom Jensen
    North Carolina was the first pl ace polling ever found Donald Trump leading the Republican Presidenti al race, and he just keeps getting stronger. PPP's newest poll finds him at 38% to 16% for Ted Cruz, 11% for Marco Rubio, 8% for Ben Carson, 6% each fo r Mike Huckabee and Jeb Bush, 4% for Chris Christie, 3% each for Carly Fiorina and Rand Paul, 2% for John Kasich, and 1% for Rick Santorum.
  • Winter Storm Jonas to Become Major East Coast Snowstorm; Blizzard Watch for D.C., Baltimore

    01/20/2016 9:04:33 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 76 replies
    The Weather Channel ^ | January 20, 2016 | Weather.com
    The nation's capital is now under a blizzard watch, the first watch of its kind issued in advance of Winter Storm Jonas. Now is the time to prepare for Winter Storm Jonas, which is expected to kick into high gear Friday and pummel parts of the East through the weekend with heavy accumulations of snow and ice. Strong winds will likely add to the threat of power outages and may also bring serious coastal flooding along parts of the Atlantic coast. The National Weather Service issued the blizzard watch late Wednesday morning for Washington, D.C., and nearby Baltimore. The watch...
  • North Carolina mandates ultrasounds to prove 20-week abortion ban compliance

    01/12/2016 8:24:56 PM PST · by Morgana · 4 replies
    liveactionnews.org ^ | January 12, 2016 | Calvin Freiburger
    Controversy is brewing in North Carolina over its new requirement that abortionists submit ultrasound images to state officials after every abortion at 16 weeks or later to prove they are not violating the state’s 20-week limit on legal elective abortions. The bill, which took effect on January 1 and was signed into law last year by Republican Governor Pat McCrory, also requires abortionists to provide the state health department with the methodology used to determine gestational age and measurements of the fetus. Louisiana and Oklahoma also require ultrasounds to be submitted. Planned Parenthood Votes! South Atlantic director Melissa Reed denounced...
  • Could Abortion Become a Wedge Issue in the South’s Last Semi-Swing State?

    01/12/2016 11:22:26 AM PST · by presidio9 · 2 replies
    Slate ^ | January 12, 2016 | Nora Caplan-Bricker
    Could abortion become a wedge issue in North Carolina-the South’s last semi-swing state-in 2016? That's question raised by a New York Times piece published Sunday about an anti-abortion law that took effect on Jan. 1. The new measure requires doctors who perform abortions after the 16th week of pregnancy to send an ultrasound of the fetus to the State Department of Health and Human Services. The state says that demanding the ultrasounds, which can be used to determine "probable gestational age," is a legitimate way to make sure that clinics are complying with the cutoff for legal abortion in North...
  • North Carolina Pastor Disarms Vet During New Year's Service

    01/03/2016 4:34:50 PM PST · by Kaslin · 29 replies
    NBC News ^ | January 3, 2016 | Tim Stelloh
    Bishop Larry Wright had been preaching for about 20 minutes on New Year's Eve when he saw the front door of his North Carolina church swing open. In marched a young disheveled man whom he'd never seen before. In one hand the man had a semi-automatic assault rifle; in the other, a magazine. He wasn't. Wright, 57, is a City Council member. But he was also a career military man a former paratrooper and drill sergeant who retired in 1997 so his training kicked in as he descended the pulpit's three steps: Was there a bullet still in the chamber?...
  • Lawsuits challenge affirmative action as discriminatory against Asian-Americans

    11/17/2014 2:14:22 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | November 17, 2014 | Professor William A. Jacobson
    A newly formed group, the Students for Fair Representation, has filed suit challenging racial and other affirmative action preferences at Harvard and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The lawsuits are brought by the same law firm that represented Fisher in Fisher v. Texas, in which the Supreme Court ruled that affirmative action plans were subject to strict scrutiny in applying the Equal Protection Clause: The parties asked the Court to review whether the judgment below was consistent with this Courts decisions interpreting the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment, including Grutter v. Bollinger, 539 U. S....
  • Republican Dr. Greg Brannon To Primary Burr In NC (US Senate Race)

    12/31/2015 11:01:56 AM PST · by fifedom · 20 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | 21 Dec 2015 | Dan Riehl
    Citing, among other things, Burr's Washingtonian impulses to raise the debt ceiling nine times, to call Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX)'s stand against Obama Care a dumb idea, to fund President Obama's executive amnesty - Brannon made it clear that his opponent "is a Washington insider who is backed by special interest SuperPACs and Karl Rove."
  • flash flood warning Charlotte, just came in

    12/30/2015 7:08:52 AM PST · by RaceBannon · 12 replies
    accuweather ^ | 12/30/15 | accuweather
    Severe Weather Alerts - Charlotte, NC Areal Flood Watch Areal Flood Watch in effect until Thursday, 7:00 AM EST. Source: U.S. National Weather Service ...FLOOD WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT THROUGH THURSDAY MORNING... THE FLOOD WATCH CONTINUES FOR * PORTIONS OF NORTHEAST GEORGIA...NORTH CAROLINA AND UPSTATE SOUTH CAROLINA...INCLUDING THE FOLLOWING AREAS...IN NORTHEAST GEORGIA...ELBERT...FRANKLIN...HABERSHAM...HART...RABUN AND STEPHENS. IN NORTH CAROLINA...CABARRUS...CLEVELAND...EASTERN POLK...GASTON...GREATER RUTHERFORD...HENDERSON...LINCOLN... MACON...MECKLENBURG...POLK MOUNTAINS...RUTHERFORD MOUNTAINS... SOUTHERN JACKSON...TRANSYLVANIA AND UNION. IN UPSTATE SOUTH CAROLINA...ABBEVILLE...ANDERSON...CHEROKEE...CHESTER...GREATER GREENVILLE...GREATER OCONEE...GREATER PICKENS...GREENVILLE MOUNTAINS...GREENWOOD...LAURENS...OCONEE MOUNTAINS...PICKENS MOUNTAINS...SPARTANBURG...UNION AND YORK. * THROUGH THURSDAY MORNING * VERY WET SOILS AND ELEVATED STREAM AND RIVER LEVELS AROUND THE REGION HAVE PRIMED THE AREA FOR...
  • Jeb Bush: "Despondent, Depressed & Angry At The World."

    12/29/2015 4:04:44 PM PST · by bkopto · 139 replies
    DC Whispers ^ | December 18, 2015 | by DCWhispers
    He was supposed to win the GOP nomination easily and just six months ago, it appeared he would do just that. He had tens of millions of donor dollars at the ready, the approval of the GOP Establishment, and a successful stint as governor of one of the most important swing states in the country. Nothing went as planned. SNIP A D.C. Whispers source painted the Bush campaign with the following colors: "He just doesn't have it and he's not a good enough politician to fake it. He's also suffering from eight years of Barack Obama faking it and voters...
  • Virginia Republicans To Consider Stripping Gov. McAuliffe Of Protective Detail

    12/28/2015 7:13:00 AM PST · by george76 · 26 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 12/27/2015 | Kerry Picket
    Virginia GOP'ers returned fire over the state Democrat Attorney General Mark Herring's move to halt recognition of concealed carry permits from 25 different states. Our General Assembly has already identified who can and cannot conceal handguns in Virginia, and we cannot have that decision undermined by recognizing permits from other states with more permissive standards, Herring said when he made the announcement last week. Republican state legislators could strip Virginia Democrat Governor Terry McAuliffe of his protective detail. Virginia Sen. Bill Carrico told The Herald Courier last Tuesday he plans to propose a budget amendment during the State Senate's January...
  • At Donald Trump Rally in North Carolina, the Protesters Just Keep Coming

    12/28/2015 5:28:54 AM PST · by simpson96 · 28 replies
    New York Times ^ | 12/5/2015 | Nick Corasnaiti
    RALEIGH, N.C. - The calls for "Security!" rang out through the crowd near the podium 15 minutes before the event even began.Loud boos poured down from the rafters of the cavernous arena, as three police officers quickly descended on the man with a long ponytail wearing a brown hoodie, who walked out peacefully.That early escort, for what other attendees described as rude behavior, set the tone for one of the most protest-riddled campaign rallies held yet by Donald J. Trump. More than two dozen people were escorted from the event at Dorton Arena here for various forms of protest, causing...
  • North Carolina uses unique tactic against new EPA power rule

    12/26/2015 3:01:54 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 25, 2015 8:48 AM EST | Jonathan Drew
    Already among the two-dozen states suing to overturn new power plant emission rules, North Carolina is picking a separate fight with the Environmental Protection Agency by adopting a plan for compliance the agency is likely to reject. State officials hope that will create a shortcut to a federal appeals court and head off any attempt by the EPA to drag out the court case while its rules get further entrenched. North Carolina's approach is unique because it splits the difference between the handful of states that have said they won't submit any plan to the EPA, and about a dozen...
  • EXCLUSIVE: Parents of armed teen killed at Northlake Mall speak out

    12/25/2015 5:47:52 PM PST · by RummyChick · 265 replies
    wsoctv ^ | 12/25 | Jason Stoogenke
    Westbrook's parents admit he got in trouble with the law when he was younger for at least one break-in but said he was getting his life together.
  • Police Kill Teen Gunman inside Northlake Mall

    12/24/2015 6:08:40 PM PST · by Cecily · 149 replies
    The Charlotte Observer ^ | December 24, 2015 | Michael Gordon and Jonathan McFadden
    Christmas Eve descended into chaos Thursday when shots were fired between two groups at a north Charlotte mall and a responding off-duty police officer shot and killed one of the alleged gunmen. Northlake Mall was jammed with last-minute holiday shoppers when an argument broke out between two groups involved in an ongoing dispute. At least two of the people involved pulled guns and opened fire, on the mall’s lower level near Dick’s Sporting Goods, Charlotte-Mecklenburg police said. Witnesses say hundreds of panicked bystanders screamed and shoved to get away from the area. Others dove under tables at the nearby food...
  • KKK fliers dropped off in Granite Quarry neighborhoods, police looking for culprits

    12/24/2015 2:10:45 PM PST · by Impala64ssa · 63 replies
    Authorities in Granite Quarry are looking for the people responsible for littering several locations with Ku Klux Klan notes. Granite Quarry-Faith Joint Police Authority Chief Mark Cook told WBTV that someone dropped the fliers in various locations sometime before noon on Monday. The fliers, which start off with "Merry Christmas," go on to read "Join the Klan today and preserved the white Christian ways." Fliers without the Christmas message that read "Join The Klan And Save Our Land" were also reportedly dropped off at several places in Iredell County. The fliers are from the East Coast Knights of the True...
  • Breaking! Shooting at North Lake Mall, Charlotte, NC

    12/24/2015 11:34:48 AM PST · by mabarker1 · 229 replies
    Daughter in Law/Local TV News ^ | 12/24/2015 | Self/Local News
    Shooting at North Lake Mall- Just got a call from DIL working at Mall. Gunshots fired, everybody taking cover, 911 called, Mall in lockdown. Will post more as I find out. No data on injury or deaths. Please Pray
  • Bowe Bergdahl arraigned in court martial at North Carolina Army base

    12/22/2015 1:21:10 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 18 replies
    Orange County Register ^ | December 22, 2015 | Jonathan Drew
    Bowe Bergdahl arraigned in court martial at North Carolina Army base FORT BRAGG, N.C. – Wearing a dress blue uniform, Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl faced a military judge Tuesday for the first time since the U.S. Army decided to proceed with a military trial that could result in a life sentence for his disappearance in Afghanistan in 2009. Bergdahl, who was held by the Taliban for five years after he walked off a base, was arraigned during a short hearing on charges of desertion and misbehavior before the enemy, a relatively rare charge that carries the severe punishment. If convicted of...
  • Bowe Bergdahl Arraigned On Desertion Charges At NC Army Base

    12/22/2015 11:05:45 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    Talking Point Memo News ^ | December 22, 2015 | Jonathan Drew
    FORT BRAGG, N.C. (AP) — U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who disappeared in Afghanistan in 2009 and was held by the Taliban for five years, appeared Tuesday before a military judge on charges of desertion and misbehavior before the enemy. Bergdahl was arraigned during a short hearing and deferred entering a plea and did not decide whether he wants to face a court-martial with a jury or one with just a judge. He said little beyond answering "yes" and "no" to questions about whether he understood his rights and the court proceedings. He wore an Army dress uniform with a...
  • Ethics Complaint to be Filed over Cruz Smear

    12/16/2015 10:05:54 PM PST · by justlittleoleme · 48 replies
    Veterns For a Strong America ^ | Dec 16, 2015 | John
    Last night, Becca Glover Watkins, communications director for Chairman Richard Burr of the United States Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, engaged in behavior that was unbefitting of her position. During the course of the GOP presidential debate, an unfortunate political smear was lobbed at Senator Ted Cruz by Senator Marco Rubio when Rubio falsely asserted that Senator Cruz had disclosed classified information. This lie was then disseminated by Glover Watkins, utilizing her United States Senate title and her official Twitter account. The fact that Senator Cruz has done nothing improper is underscored by the swift announcement of Senator Burr and...
  • Syrian refugees arrive in the Midlands, more coming to SC

    12/16/2015 6:16:20 PM PST · by george76 · 40 replies
    The State ^ | December 16, 2015 | Tim Smith
    Syrian refugees are being settled in South Carolina, despite a request from Gov. Nikki Haley that they not be placed in the state because of security concerns. ... The Department of Social Services has been notified by Lutheran Services Carolinas that another family from Syria has been approved for resettlement in the State,” DSS spokeswoman Karen Wingo told The Greenville News. “However, the Department does not have any additional information at this time regarding their estimated date of arrival or planned location of placement.” The federal government did not communicate with Haley’s office that it was resettling the Syrians in...
  • Senate Intel Committee has sudden about-face after looking into whether Ted Cruz revealed classif...

    12/16/2015 4:43:37 PM PST · by Isara · 28 replies
    Business Insider ^ | December 16, 2015 | Pamela Engel
    After the chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee said his staff was looking into whether Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) referenced classified information during Tuesday night's Republican debate on CNN, the committee issued a statement saying that is not the case.Sen. Richard Burr (R-North Carolina), the chairman, told reporters on Wednesday that he had asked his staff to explore whether Cruz's comments about the National Security Agency's surveillance program constitute disclosing classified data, The Hill reported."I'm having my staff look at the transcripts of the debate right now," Burr told reporters, according to The Hill. "Any time you deal with numbers...
  • North Carolina town petrified over solar panels accused of being ‘the dumbest in US’

    12/14/2015 9:22:39 PM PST · by ScottWalkerForPresident2016 · 55 replies
    news.com.au ^ | 12/15/2015
    RESIDENTS of a small American town have been absolutely skewered online and found themselves the target of global ridicule after expressing their fears about solar panels. The good folk of Woodland, North Carolina, have rejected a proposal for a new solar farm amid concerns it would suck up all the energy from the sun. The motion to build the solar farm near a power plant was rejected during a recent council meeting due to a bizarre array of fears and distrust expressed by locals, reports the Roanoke-Chowan News Herald.