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  • ND: Gun Law Reform Amended in Senate, returned to House

    04/09/2015 4:47:32 AM PDT · by marktwain · 6 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 9 April, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    An omnibus gun law reform bill has been making its way through the legislature.  It was introduced in North Dakota by Representative Roscoe Streyle, from Minot.  The bill, HB 1241(pdf), would bring into law reforms that have proven popular in other states.   Among the reforms in the bill: 1. The restrictions on the use of legal gun mufflers and short barreled rifles for hunting would be removed.  These restrictions never made any sense, and are being eliminated all over the country.  35 states do not prevent the use of gun mufflers for hunting; no legislative purpose for the heavy...
  • Proposed Bill Aims To Eliminate Pistol Permits In NC

    04/05/2015 8:23:28 AM PDT · by Libloather · 11 replies
    WFMY News 2 ^ | 4/04/15 | Benjamin F Powell,
    **SNIP** As the law states right now, before you can get a gun, you have to apply for a permit at your local sheriff's office, and wait for a background check. Rockingham County Sheriff Sam Page says it's a lengthy, but worthy process. "I look for felony convictions, I look for domestic violence convictions, I look for mental health adjudications," said Page. "I also look for what's called moral character." The proposed bill would eliminate the sheriff's role altogether. Instead, potential buyers would be evaluated through the National Instant Criminal Background Check. The NICS System is already used by store...
  • NC: Criminals Shoot Criminals

    03/19/2015 6:10:16 AM PDT · by marktwain · 7 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 18 March, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    The most common murder is of a person with a long criminal and violent history, by another person with a  long criminal and violent history.  They usually occur in geographically small areas know for crime and violence, where people have no faith in the police.  David Kennedy has done enormous work in showing that this is so, as has John Lott.  However, what most people don’t understand is that this “acquaintance murder” number also includes gang members killing other gang members, drug buyers killing drug pushers, cabdrivers killed by customers they picked up for the first time, prostitutes and...
  • Billy Graham's Hometown Rejects Transgender Bathroom Ordinance

    03/05/2015 7:02:59 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 03/05/2015 | Samuel Smith
    The city council of Charlotte, N.C., the hometown of world-renowned Evangelist Billy Graham, narrowly voted on Monday to reject a proposed expansion to the town's non-discrimination law that would have made it legal for transgender persons to use bathrooms and other public facilities designated for the opposite sex. After hearing four hours of public input from supporters and opponents of the proposal Monday evening, the council voted, 6-5, after an hour of discussion, to throw out the entire ordinance bill. The proposal would not just have given transgenders the right to use the opposite gender's restrooms but would have also...
  • NC: Catawba County Sheriff Coy Reid Supports armed Defense of Home

    02/26/2015 4:13:00 AM PST · by marktwain · 2 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 24 February, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    A homeowner shot an intruder in North Carolina on Monday, February 23, 2015.  An accomplice escaped.   The pair broke in through a basement window, then broke down a door to gain access to the house.  The homeowner called 911.  He armed himself with a 12 gauge shotgun.  When the intruders kicked open the basement door and approached him in a hallway, the homeowner shot one once in the chest.  The intruder died at the scene.  The Sheriff, Coy Reid, had some advice for people who would consider breaking into homes.   From hickoryrecord.com: “The only thing I could advise these...
  • Three Muslim students are shot dead close to University of North Carolina campus

    02/11/2015 6:33:40 AM PST · by Timber Rattler · 82 replies
    The UK Daily Mail ^ | February 11, 2015 | Claire Carter and Lydia Warren
    A man who posted anti-religious sentiments online has been arrested after three Muslim students were shot dead close to the University of North Carolina campus on Tuesday. Craig Stephen Hicks, who describes himself as a vehement supporter of atheism, has been charged with three counts of murder after the trio were shot dead in Meadowmont around 5pm. Dentistry student Deah Shaddy Barakat, 23, of Chapel Hill, his new wife Yusor Mohammad, 21, of Chapel Hill and her sister Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha, 19, of Raleigh, all died. Hicks, 46, of Chapel Hill, turned himself in 'without incident' and is currently being...
  • Dean Smith dies at aage 83

    02/08/2015 6:16:26 AM PST · by FlJoePa · 20 replies
    espn ^ | 2-8-15 | n/a
    Dean Smith, who coached North Carolina to two men's basketball national titles, died Saturday night at the age of 83. North Carolina announced Smith's death Sunday morning. "Coach Dean Smith passed away peacefully the evening of February 7 at his home in Chapel Hill, and surrounded by his wife and five children," Smith's family said in a statement. "We are grateful for all the thoughts and prayers, and appreciate the continued respect for our privacy as arrangements are made available to the public. Thank you."
  • Female veteran shamed for parking in veterans-only spot

    01/20/2015 3:24:40 PM PST · by Libloather · 107 replies
    WNCN ^ | 1/19/15
    WILMINGTON, N.C. - An Air Force veteran who served in Kuwait found a note on her car Friday criticizing her for parking in a veterans-only parking spot in Wilmington. Mary Claire Caine told WECT-TV that she returned to her car from shopping at Harris Teeter to find a note plastered to her front window from a person identifying themselves as a "Wounded Vet." It read, "Maybe [you] can't read the sign you parked in front of ... This space is reserved for those who fought for America ... not you. Thanks, Wounded Vet." Caine, who served in Kuwait and on...
  • War Memorial demo uncovered asbestos

    12/24/2014 5:49:49 PM PST · by Libloather · 15 replies
    News & Record ^ | 12/24/14 | Joe Killian
    GREENSBORO — City employees and contractors may have been exposed to asbestos while working toward the demolition of War Memorial Auditorium. **SNIP** Brandon Hill, a construction project manager with the city, described the problem in an email on Oct. 13, after which work was halted and the building was shut down. “What we found was the worst case scenario of what we tried to warn staff about in August,” Hill wrote. “By allowing the scrappers and everyone else to come into the building before it was abated has caused a rather large issue.” “No one should be allowed in the...
  • New Site of Democratic National Convention

    12/04/2014 4:38:15 PM PST · by econjack · 13 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 12/4/2104 | Unknown
  • McCrory on right track re: amnesty. (Now, about those GOPers in Congress ..)

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

    12/03/2014 12:28:20 PM PST · by marktwain · 8 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 3 December, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    The North Carolina legislature has seen fit to remove restrictions that forbid  children under the age of 12 from using BB guns and air rifles without supervision.  I am not sure when such a law was put into place;  it seems that such a decision is best left up to parents.  I learned to use an air rifle when I was 11, and was very responsible with it.   What is peculiar about this law is that it only applies to some counties and not others.  There are 100 counties in North Carolina.  The statute formerly applied to 17 counties;...
  • NC:Warning Shot Works for Open Carrier Outside of Asheville

    11/20/2014 7:08:21 AM PST · by marktwain · 9 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 19 November, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    Warning shots are always controversial.   I generally caution against them, but I keep finding instances where they are used to good effect.  Here is one that was related on the opencarry.org North Carolina forum by tiggy1190.  It occurred in Buncombe County, NC: Forced to pull, and discharge outside of Asheville. I wont go into all the details, but long story short. Drunk, and drugged up moron threatens me with a knife, then a gun, and advances towards me. I never saw the weapon, but his hands were behind his back the whole time. I knew I was just in...
  • Tim Moore makes his case for Speaker

    11/13/2014 9:04:36 AM PST · by personalaccts · 2 replies
    The Daily Haymaker ^ | 11/13/14 | Brian Clifton
    Tim Moore makes his case for Speaker by Brant Clifton • November 13, 2014 • 3 Comments Snip20141112_4Next weekend, state House Republicans will be huddling to ID their picks for House and caucus leadership positions for the upcoming legislative session. With the departure of Thom Tillis for DC, all eyes are on the race for speaker. A crowd of legislators has big dreams about being the next speaker. But insiders tell me the race for speaker really boils down to two candidates: Leo Daughtry of Johnston County and Tim Moore of Cleveland County. Daughtry – a former Republican caucus leader...
  • NAACP: Tillis won because of voter law, not policies

    11/07/2014 3:48:48 PM PST · by Libloather · 51 replies
    WRAL ^ | 11/06/14 | Matthew Burns
    **SNIP** Putting his own spin on the election results that saw gains for conservative candidates throughout much of the nation, state NAACP President Rev. William Barber said Tillis' "narrow victory" was a repudiation of his policies, not a validation of them. Barber said there were widespread reports of voting problems – the State Board of Elections said the election ran rather smoothly – and the shortened early-voting period and the elimination of same-day registration affected thousands of North Carolina voters. "The magnitude of the problem may not be far from the margin of victory (for Tillis)," he said. The NAACP...
  • Tills NC called by AP

    11/04/2014 8:27:26 PM PST · by ifinnegan · 24 replies
    Salem Radio | Salem Radio
    Salem Radio news coverage reports AP calls it for Tillis in NC.
  • Tillis is projected winner in tight U.S. Senate race (Kay Hagen out!)

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

    11/03/2014 5:37:06 PM PST · by Libloather · 20 replies
    Hotair ^ | 11/03/14 | Noah Rothman
    For about 20 minutes just after midnight on Sunday morning, The Charlotte Observer published a story detailing the apparent conflict of interest which could represent a violation of ethics by embattled Sen. Kay Hagan (D-NC). The story revealed the details of an investigation into Hagan’s family, which received hundreds of thousands of dollars in stimulus grants – grants which Hagan voted for as a member of the U.S. Senate. The story was the first time that the state’s largest paper, The Observer, had informed their readers of the nascent controversy, but Tar Heel residents had to read it fast. The...
  • Elbert Guillory needs a speaking slot at the 2016 GOP Convention (Vanity)

    11/03/2014 6:12:30 AM PST · by Din Maker · 10 replies
    YouTube ^ | November 3, 2014 | Din Maker
    I'm sure most of you have seen the ad(s) made by LA State Senator Elbert Guillory. The ad(s) are geared to the Black Communities in LA, NC and GA, telling them, more or less: "The Democrats and Limousine Liberals are keeping you on the plantation and do nothing for you until they need your votes." The NC ad, for example ends with: "It's time to send Kay Hagan home." If you've not seen the ad, just click on YouTube above. Now, to my main point: And this is NOT "Identity Politics", it's just smart politics. I think the RNC needs...
  • Patient being evaulated for ‘potential Ebola virus’ at Duke University Hospital

    11/02/2014 7:52:33 PM PST · by Enlightened1 · 21 replies
    Fox WHHP ^ | 11/02/14
    Officials said the patient left Liberia and arrived at Newark Liberty International Airport on Friday, which is one of five airports screening people for illnesses linked to Ebola. The patient had no symptoms upon arrival in the United States. The patient arrived in Person County on Saturday and developed a fever on Sunday. The person was then transferred to Duke University Hospital.
  • Man who Shot Bear Exonerated; Gun may be Returned

    11/01/2014 5:53:24 PM PDT · by marktwain · 21 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 31 October, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    A jury in Ashville, North Carolina has found a man not guilty of taking a bear out of season, and of discharging a firearm in city limits, by reason of self defense.   Ernest James Page had always  claimed that he shot the 150-175 pound bear in self defense.  The jury discussed the issue for over two hours, but unanimously agree with Page.  It is significant that Page went to a jury trial, using a court appointed public defender, and won.  The District Attorney justified charging Page with these remarks: Moore said he has dismissed some cases in the past...
  • La. State Sen. Guillory: 'Black People Are Being Used By Limousine Liberals'

    10/31/2014 8:18:28 PM PDT · by TBP · 9 replies
    Fox News ^ | October 29, 2014 | Fox News
    Republican Louisiana state Sen. Elbert Guillory was on “The Kelly File” tonight to discuss his controversial new ad, in which he calls on black voters to “send Kay Hagan home.” In the ad, he says, "You see, black people are just being used by limousine liberals who have become our new overseers. We've only traded one plantation for another. You are not Kay Hagan's cause and you're certainly not her charity. You are just a vote. She has stepped off your backs to fame and fortune and left you behind on food stamps, deprived of the American dream." Tonight, he...
  • New O'Keefe Video Allegedly Shows Democratic Poll Workers Assisting Illegal, Non-Citizen to Vote

    10/30/2014 10:47:33 AM PDT · by Nachum · 40 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 10/30/14 | Caroline May
    Conservative activist James O’Keefe’s Project Veritas is out with a new video showing Democratic campaign workers appearing to condone and assist an individual posing as an illegal immigrant to vote in North Carolina. In the video, a woman pretending to be an illegal immigrant from Brazil asks a number of campaign workers — many working for candidates running for law enforcement offices in the state — if she can vote, despite being an illegal immigrant. Each person the video shows her asking answers that it is not a problem. It is illegal for a non-citizen to vote, regardless of whether...
  • As Democrats lose Latinos, Senate could follow

    10/30/2014 5:39:15 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 44 replies
    The Hill ^ | October 30, 2014 | By Alexandra Jaffe
    Democrats have lost their grip on Hispanic voters heading into Election Day—and in turn could lose the Senate because of them. Even though Latinos split heavily for their party in 2012, mounting evidence suggests Hispanics could sit the midterms out after immigration reform has fallen from the White House agenda. "There's no question it's going to affect Democrats in this midterm. There's no one to blame but Democrats themselves," said Arturo Carmona, executive director of Hispanic engagement group Presente Action. A Pew poll out Wednesday revealed Democrats suffered an eight-point drop in support from Hispanic voters nationwide since 2010, down...
  • New Democrat Tactic: "Voter Shaming"

    10/29/2014 3:20:03 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 28 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | October 29, 2014 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: Okay, what is voter shaming? In North Carolina they're having the same problem, the Democrats are. It's not as pronounced as Colorado because Kay Hagan hasn't begun the silly implosion. Actually she has. It just hasn't registered yet. I mean, this woman, stimulus money went to her family? Her family is wealthy. She's flip-flopped on all kinds of things. The incompetence that is finally on display that is the Democrat Party, is just not a surprise to me, but so many people are finally seeing it. They're reacting in ways that we would all hope. "The North...
  • Hagan locked in dead-heat with GOP rival in nasty, costly, NC Senate Race

    10/30/2014 6:32:58 AM PDT · by Din Maker · 16 replies
    FOX News ^ | October 29, 2014
    SALISBURY, N.C. – Regardless of who wins, the North Carolina Senate race will go down as the most expensive, likely ugliest contest of the 2014 midterms, with more than $100 million spent and more than 90,000 ads – most of them attacks – aired across the state. Democrat Kay Hagan is fighting for a second term in the Senate. Six years ago, she famously beat Elizabeth Dole to steal the seat. Republicans are determined to win it back this year and have poured millions into the campaign of Thom Tillis, speaker of the North Carolina House. Until recently, Tillis remained...
  • Why the new NBC poll should make Kay Hagan nervous

    10/28/2014 4:10:57 AM PDT · by Din Maker · 33 replies
    WAPO ^ | October 27, 2014 | Philip Bump
    Over the weekend, NBC News and Marist College dropped a bunch of new polls in key Senate races, just over a week before Election Day. Colorado -- The trend among pollsters here is consistent; Cory Gardner (R) has seen polls move in his direction pretty consistently. Except in Quinnipiac polling, which in September was an outlier and now has merged with the consensus. Georgia -- A lot of the polling in this race has been done by firms not in the eight we identified above, which is interesting in and of itself. But the SurveyUSA trend (and those two other...
  • Watch New York voters laugh at a female Democrat for invoking the ‘War on Women’

    10/26/2014 3:39:33 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    Hotair ^ | 10/25/2014 | NOAH ROTHMAN
    The “War on Women,” as a political message, has been relatively effective for Democratic candidates even in spite of its intellectual emptiness and its fabricated premises. But the attack on Republicans as hostile to women’s health issues have thus far been largely successful, in no small part due to a credulous and uncurious media which has repeated them uncritically. That has not been the case this cycle. Republicans deserve most of the credit for dismantling this baseless and cynical political attack; the most effective of which has been a stance adopted by candidates like Cory Gardner and Thom Tillis,...
  • Hillary Clinton rallies NC Democrats for Sen. Hagan

    10/25/2014 5:31:22 PM PDT · by Din Maker · 23 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | October 25, 21 | Mitc014
    Former Secretary of State of State Hillary Rodham Clinton urged North Carolina Democrats on Saturday to work to re-elect Sen. Kay Hagan. Clinton headlined a rally in Charlotte with Hagan, who is locked in a tight re-election campaign against Republican challenger Thom Tillis. Before more than 1,000 people in a convention center ballroom, Clinton said the race will come down to turnout. And she asked Hagan's supporters to get voters to the polls on her behalf. "A race will often come down to who has more money, who is peddling more fear and who turns out. And there is nothing...
  • NC: In Gunfight, Grandfather stops Rape of Granddaughter

    10/24/2014 9:34:34 AM PDT · by marktwain · 12 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 24 October, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    It is difficult to measure the positive effects of one man's courage in a desperate situation.   In this event, the home was invaded by three armed men.   One man used a pretense of asking for water to get the door unlocked; then all three forced their way inside.  Two wore masks.    All three were armed with guns, make and model unknown. They demanded that the homeowner, 67-year-old grandfather, Kenneth Byrd, his wife, 65-year-old Judy, and their 19-year-old granddaughter open a safe.  All three members of the Byrd family were badly beaten.  Then they started to rape the granddaughter,...
  • Dem Senate Candidate in N.C. Skips Debate (Kay Hagan)

    10/21/2014 5:34:22 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 48 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | 10-21-2014 | Daniel Halper
    Democratic Senate candidate Kay Hagan skipped tonight's debate in North Carolina "Facing new reports of corruption and insider deals, Kay Hagan skipped tonight’s North Carolina Senate debate, leaving an empty chair to represent her campaign. After the last debate, America Rising trackers caught Hagan skipping the post-debate press conference because of her inability to answer questions about missing Armed Services hearings on ISIS," claims America Rising. "This is not an image or video that conveys strength or confidence from Kay Hagan’s campaign 2 weeks out from Election Day."
  • Kay Hagan's October Surprise

    10/19/2014 2:10:34 PM PDT · by Din Maker · 36 replies
    National Review ^ | October 17, 2014 | Joel Gehrke
    Campaigning for the Senate in 2012, former Harvard law professor cum left-wing populist Elizabeth Warren touched down in North Carolina and told voters, “The game is rigged.” She was more right than she knew. As it turns out, North Carolina’s Democratic senator was doing some of the rigging. Now, Kay Hagan’s political future may depend on how voters react to the story. Hagan’s vote for the 2009 stimulus, coupled with revelations that the legislation resulted in taxpayer funding for her family’s businesses, has emerged as an October surprise in a race hitherto marked by her unexpected resilience in a difficult...
  • Thom Tillis hits Kay Hagan on Stimulus Grant

    10/17/2014 5:51:44 AM PDT · by Din Maker · 15 replies
    Politico ^ | October 17, 2014 | James Hohmann
    North Carolina Republican Senate candidate Thom Tillis is launching a new television ad Friday suggesting his opponent personally profited from the 2009 stimulus law. The 30-second spot notes that Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan’s husband co-owns a company that received nearly $390,000 in federal grants for energy projects and tax credits created by the stimulus. “She’s 96 percent for [Barack] Obama, 100 percent for herself,” says a narrator. The ad will air statewide and comes as the National Republican Senatorial Committee is investing $6.5 million more in the Tar Heel State. “Days after Kay Hagan took office, she pushed Obama’s stimulus...
  • Same-Sex Marriage Ruling Echoes as West Virginia Relents and South Carolina Persists

    10/10/2014 6:41:16 PM PDT · by Morgana · 17 replies
    ny times ^ | ERIK ECKHOLM
    A Supreme Court order legalizing same-sex marriage in five states reverberated further on Thursday, with the attorney general of West Virginia conceding that its ban on same-sex marriage was no longer defensible but South Carolina officials vowing to keep fighting to restrict marriage to a man and a woman. Since the Supreme Court decision on Monday and a ruling from a federal circuit court on Tuesday, new developments have appeared almost hourly as gay-rights advocates press for action in nine other states: Alaska, Arizona, Colorado, Kansas, Montana, North Carolina, South Carolina, West Virginia and Wyoming.
  • Boone hospital monitors patient for Ebola infection

    10/09/2014 8:37:08 PM PDT · by Straight Vermonter · 29 replies
    WRAL ^ | 10/9/14
    Watauga Medical Center officials said late Thursday that they are monitoring a patient who showed up at the Boone hospital earlier in the day for a possible Ebola infection. The person had recently traveled to a foreign country and had a fever, officials said, adding that the patient presents no threat to the community. ... Boone also is home to Samaritan's Purse, a missionary group that employs Dr. Kent Brantly, one of the first Americans to contract Ebola in west Africa. Brantly has since recovered from his infection.
  • POLL: Do you think state leaders should continue to fight gay marriage in NC?

    10/09/2014 6:59:50 PM PDT · by Newsprint_Core · 23 replies
    Now Open - WWAY News Poll on the question: Do you think state leaders should continue to fight gay marriage in NC?
  • 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; that’s 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...
  • Iredell man jailed 2nd time in abuse case

    08/12/2014 6:41:13 PM PDT · by moonshinner_09 · 3 replies
    Charlotte Observer ^ | Aug. 12, 2014 | Steve Lyttle
    A 25-year-old Troutman man is jailed and faces possible deportation proceedings after he was found inside the residence of a woman he is accused of assaulting earlier, according to the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office. Gustavo Armando Hernandez is jailed under $100,000 bond, and the sheriff’s office said he is facing an immigration detainer. The detainer means U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement plans to take custody of Hernandez when his Iredell County case has been completed. Deputies said Hernandez was arrested Aug. 1 on charges of assaulting a female and interfering with 911 communications. Investigators said the victim reported Hernandez struck...
  • 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. — 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 — 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...
  • AP Fails to Mention DOJ's Involvement As Judge Allows North Carolina Voter-ID Law to Stand

    08/10/2014 8:17:59 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    NewsBusters.org ^ | August 10, 2014 | Tom Blumer
    To read the Associated Press's Friday evening coverage of a federal judge's refusal to block North Carolina's election law reforms from taking effect in the upcoming general election, you'd think it was an unsuccessful effort on the part of a group of poor Davids to defeat the Tar Heel State's government Goliath. As J. Christian Adams at PJ Media noted shortly after the decision, it was nothing of the sort. Attorney General Eric Holder's Department of Justice weighed in heavily, and is in fact listed as the plaintiff in one of the three cases Federal District Judge Thomas D. Schroeder...
  • North Carolina judge rejects challenge to voter ID law

    08/10/2014 7:58:53 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 2 replies
    Hotair ^ | 08/10/2014 | Jazz Shaw
    I missed this story earlier this week, what with the flood of international news, but it certainly represents a significant step in the battle over voter ID laws and the likely looming battle before the Supreme Court. A federal judge in North Carolina has rejected a challenge brought by the NAACP and other civil rights organizations to the state’s recent voting regulations law. ATLANTA — A federal judge in North Carolina on Friday rejected an effort by civil rights groups and the Justice Department to block the application of key elements of a Republican-backed state law that curtailed early...
  • North Carolina Senate: Tillis (R) 45%, Hagan (D) 40%

    08/09/2014 2:29:10 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 11 replies
    Rasmussen Reports ^ | August 07, 2014
    Republican challenger Thom Tillis has pushed slightly further ahead of Democratic incumbent Kay Hagan in North Carolina’s U.S. Senate race. The latest Rasmussen Reports statewide telephone survey of Likely North Carolina Voters shows Tillis earning 45% support to Hagan’s 40%. Six percent (6%) prefer another candidate in the race, and nine percent (9%) are undecided.
  • (Exempt RAT) Sen. Hagan seeks to paint herself as moderate in new TV ad

    08/07/2014 4:13:18 PM PDT · by Libloather · 9 replies
    News Observer ^ | 7/29/14 | John Frank
    U. S. Sen. Kay Hagan makes a direct pitch to voters in her campaign’s new TV ad, describing herself as a moderate who fits with North Carolina’s split political loyalties. “One of the things I love about North Carolina is that unless you’re talking basketball, you don’t have to pick a team,” the Democratic incumbent says in the 30-second spot that began airing Tuesday. “That’s how I get results for folks here at home. Republican or Democrat, if an idea works for middle class families – I am all for it.” In the kicker, Hagan says she’s “not too far...
  • Turkish Deputy PM: Women Shouldn’t Laugh in Public

    08/03/2014 12:17:36 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    Clarion Project ^ | Tue, July 29, 2014
    The Deputy PM of Turkey Bülent Arınç said today that women should refrain from laughing in public, because it’s immodest. In response to Arınç’s remarks, hundreds of Turkish women posted pictures of themselves laughing on social media platforms. […] Arınç chided Turkish women saying, “Where are our girls, who slightly blush, lower their heads and turn their eyes away when we look at their face, becoming the symbol of chastity?” he said. This is not the first time that a member of PM Erdogan’s AK Party espoused misogynist views in public. …
  • Another Citizen Ensnared by D.C. Gun Law

    07/28/2014 6:02:29 AM PDT · by marktwain · 4 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 26 July, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    A prominent veterinarian and farmer, who is also a member of the North Carolina State University's Board of Trustees, was arrested in the District of Columbia after police discovered a holstered, loaded handgun in his briefcase.   He apparently was scheduled to attend a meeting in the Cannon House Office Building.  Capitol police discoverd the firearm in an ankle holster inside of his brief case.   I suspect it was the Ruger LCP, a popular, small, pistol. A friend believes that the small gun was inadvertently left in the luggage.  From the comments at thestate.com: I know Ron personally and he...
  • McCrory signs Common Core legislation (NC dropping CC)

    07/22/2014 9:43:16 PM PDT · by bigtoona · 6 replies
    WRAL.com ^ | 7/23/14 | Matthew Burns
    By Matthew Burns Raleigh, N.C. — Gov. Pat McCrory on Tuesday signed legislation designed to replace the controversial Common Core academic standards in North Carolina public schools with standards drawn up by a new state commission. The standards were adopted by the state several years ago. But their implementation in the 2012-13 school year angered some parents, who said they were inappropriate in several areas. For the past year, those critics have been pushing lawmakers to repeal the standards. McCrory has supported Common Core in the past. Just last month, he said the push to repeal the standards "is not...
  • NC: Legal Immigrant Right to Carry

    07/05/2014 12:31:49 PM PDT · by marktwain · 11 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 5 July, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    The Second Amendment Foundation (SAF) is supporting the case of a legal Australian immigrant in North Carolina.   This test case will likely result in the removal of the restriction on the issuance of a concealed carry permit to people who are not U. S. citizens in North Carolina law.   SAF won a similar case in New Mexico at the end of March of this year.  In the New Mexico case, Alan M. Gottlieb stated one of the purposes of this action.    From the Washington Times: Alan M. Gottlieb, executive vice president of the foundation, said the discrimination ruling makes...
  • Bastardi on Arthur (storm in the Atlantic)

    06/30/2014 12:23:10 PM PDT · by FlJoePa · 21 replies
    twitter feed ^ | 6-29-14 | Joe Bastardi
    Joe Bastardi @BigJoeBastardi · 6m I am worried this can get to cat 3 by July 4..we have it as a 2. But to put in perspective, Able, MAY 1951 was cat 3 off NC.
  • NC: North Carolina Repeals Gun Registration

    06/29/2014 6:07:04 AM PDT · by marktwain · 9 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 28 June, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    Gun registration was never popular in North Carolina.  The only county that required that guns be registered was Durham County, but that law was passed in 1935, and had been grandfathered in when state preemption of gun laws was codified in 1995.   Just because the law only applied to Durham County did not mean that it did not affect other people in the state or around the nation.  The law required guns to be registered.   If you were passing through Durham County, and possessed guns that were not registered in the County, you could have been charged with a...
  • Video: VA whistleblower claims supervisors forced her to keep secret wait list

    06/26/2014 7:47:20 AM PDT · by george76 · 6 replies
    Hot air ^ | on June 26, 2014 | Ed Morrissey
    More whistleblowers are coming forward from the VA, but this woman from North Carolina gives a special insight into the way that wait-list fraud propagated within the system. Paulene DeWenter makes clear that the use of secret wait lists was no spontaneously-occurring method for front-line workers to deal with overstressed resources, but a deliberate strategy employed by VA management. DeWenter tells WITN that her boss told her to use the secret wait list method, or else she would buy DeWenter a bus pass — one way out of town ... DeWenter blew the whistle after one of the patients on...