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  • 'Idol' Contestant Says Cowell Is Unhelpful - Bucky Covington

    04/15/2006 11:04:15 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 20 replies · 496+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 4/15/06 | AP
    CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Bucky Covington, the latest contestant voted off "America Idol," says the comments of judge Simon Cowell are no longer helpful. "It seems like he used to give advice, but now he doesn't give advice as he does try to put you down," said Covington, 28, a country singer from Rockingham. On Tuesday, Covington sang a version of rock band Queen's "Fat Bottomed Girls." Cowell called his performance "mediocre." The following night, Covington was booted off the Fox network show. Covington said Cowell will never like singers like himself or contestant Taylor Hicks. "For him to like someone...
  • U.N. Removes Peacekeepers After Slayings [from the Congo]

    01/24/2006 7:49:41 PM PST · by SmithL · 18 replies · 803+ views
    AP ^ | 1/24/6 | ANJAN SUNDARAM
    KINSHASA, Congo -- The United Nations pulled its remaining peacekeepers out of the national park where eight Guatemalan peacekeepers were killed in an apparent gunbattle with Ugandan rebels, a U.N. spokesman said Tuesday. Hans-Jakob Reichen, U.N. military spokesman for eastern Congo, said the peacekeepers were withdrawn because they had completed a two-week mission to clear Garamba National Park of rebel forces. "It was decided to pull peacekeepers out of the park since any suspected rebels had melted into the jungle," Reichen said. The park straddles Congo's remote northeastern border with Sudan. Monday's violence marked the second-biggest single loss of life...
  • NC Freepers - Opinions on your state! (Vanity)

    07/20/2004 1:14:36 PM PDT · by bolobaby · 29 replies · 775+ views
    I need the opinions of North Carolina Freepers. I'm looking to move to "friendly territory" and the Hickory/Morganton/Charlotte area keeps coming up. That is, basically, western NC. (That and south central Texas near Austin.) So I'd like some local opinions of the state and area. Basically, I'm looking at the following areas: Laws - liberal or no? How long does it take to get a gun license in NC? Does NC use the death penalty? Does social services inject themselves into everyone's life? Values - as South Park put it, "tolerant" means you put up with something, not embrace it...
  • Senate Approves New Powers Over Tobacco (Bewitched?? Alert)

    07/16/2004 6:59:00 AM PDT · by buzzyboop · 13 replies · 869+ views
    Associated Press ^ | July 16, 2004 | Nancy Zuckerbro(a)d
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Senate approved a plan to give the government broad new powers to regulate the cigarette industry, including the ability to eliminate harmful ingredients in tobacco products and forbid advertising that appeals to children.The measure empowering the Food and Drug Administration to oversee the sale, marketing and manufacturing of cigarettes was linked on the Senate floor Thursday to a $12 billion buyout of tobacco farmers.An unlikely coalition of anti-smoking advocates and tobacco-state senators pushed to secure the 78-15 vote to add the twin measures to a massive corporate tax bill that the Senate then passed on a...
  • Bush gains in N.C. poll despite Edwards (15 pts--state's no tossup, says Gallup)

    07/14/2004 12:40:03 PM PDT · by truthandlife · 11 replies · 1,045+ views
    Charlotte Observer ^ | 7/14/04 | ANNA GRIFFIN
    North Carolinians generally like John Edwards more than John Kerry or President Bush. But that doesn't mean they're ready to reverse 28 years of supporting Republicans for president. A new Gallup poll done for CNN and USA Today suggests that Edwards' addition to the Democratic ticket has done little to help Kerry's chances in the Tar Heel state. "I still would not put North Carolina into the tossup category," said Frank Newport, editor in chief of the Gallup Poll. "North Carolina is still firmly a red (Republican) state." Newport's pollsters interviewed 848 registered voters in North Carolina after Kerry's announcement...
  • GOP feud playing out in primaries [N.C.]

    07/13/2004 8:34:01 AM PDT · by Constitution Day · 9 replies · 637+ views
    The News and Observer [Raleigh, N.C.] ^ | July 12, 2004 | Lynn Bonner, Staff Writer
    GOP feud playing out in primaries Many of the contests pit supporters of state House Speaker Richard Morgan against his critics By LYNN BONNER, Staff Writer PINEHURST -- Peggy Crutchfield left a deli in this quaint village to a chorus of customers and employees calling her "a wonderful person." She built her reputation raising money for charities as head of the Moore County United Way, but the refined 64-year-old is now on the front lines of a nasty fight between factions of the state Republican Party. A first-time political candidate, she is challenging one of the most powerful Republicans in...
  • In North Carolina, Some Areas of Agreement (NYT in NC on Edwards)

    07/06/2004 8:19:18 PM PDT · by conservative in nyc · 14 replies · 628+ views
    New York Times ^ | 07/07/04 | SHAILA K. DEWAN
    HOME STATEIn North Carolina, Some Areas of AgreementBy SHAILA K. DEWANPublished: July 7, 2004 REENSBORO, N.C., July 6 - At the lunch counter of the Brown-Gardiner drugstore here, there were registered Democrats and registered Republicans, the undecideds and the decidedly decideds, but when the subject turned to the sudden ascension of their one-term senator, John Edwards, to the No. 2 spot on the Democratic ticket, they were in agreement on quite a few points.Principally, they agreed that Senator Edwards was a wise choice as running mate for Senator John Kerry of Massachusetts, the presumptive Democratic nominee for president, a perfect...
  • Riding High In Union County, NC

    07/02/2004 3:37:59 PM PDT · by UnionCountyYoungRepublican · 31 replies · 687+ views
    NCGOP Weekly E-letter - July 2, 2004 | 7/2/2004 | UnionCountyYoungRepublican
    County Spotlight: Union County Republican activity in Union County has recently accelerated with the addition of a new Young Republicans organization. Building on a solid foundation of strong leadership in the Union County GOP and other auxiliary clubs, Young Republicans Chairman Nick Polyzos took the initiative in forming this new organization, which recently held its first meeting. With over a dozen people in attendance for the initial meeting, the Young Republicans are building a solid club focused on helping to elect as many Republicans as possible.
  • N.C. Judge Must Restore God Reference

    06/29/2004 5:28:02 PM PDT · by notforhire · 12 replies · 351+ views
    North Carolina Judge Ordered to Restore Reference to God in Courtroom Entrances, Oaths The Associated Press RALEIGH, N.C. June 29, 2004 — The state Supreme Court ordered a judge Tuesday to restore references to God in the words used when he enters the courtroom and when witnesses swear to tell the truth. The high court sided with angry officials from two counties who complained that District Judge James M. Honeycutt had taken it upon himself to change courtroom procedures. The high court ordered Honeycutt to stop using a revised oath missing the phrase "so help you God," and administer the...
  • Civil war looms for Republicans

    06/28/2004 9:24:17 AM PDT · by SlickWillard · 79 replies · 1,086+ views
    Before Congress left town Friday for its Fourth of July recess, Rep. Bill Thomas of California pulled off one of his patented legislative assassinations. Washington's most cunning parliamentarian, House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Thomas eradicated the Freedom of Speech in Churches Act without openly opposing it. In the process, he fired an early shot in a destructive civil war looming for Republicans. The bill would stop the Internal Revenue Service from using existing statutes to muzzle clergymen who talk politics in their churches. That stoppage is pressed by Christian conservatives, who say they have been discriminated against by federal...
  • United to smite homosexuality

    06/28/2004 7:24:41 AM PDT · by NCjim · 9 replies · 425+ views
    Raleigh (NC) News and Observer ^ | June 28, 2004 | Yonat Shimron
    A Raleigh church is devoted to an anti-gay mission, but some question congregants' tacticsOn a recent midweek afternoon, 75 church members marched into the office of state Senate leader Marc Basnight to show their support for a state constitutional amendment banning gay marriage Basnight wasn't there to greet them, but that didn't stop the group. Members passed out the senator's phone number and agreed to go home and start dialing. "We need to bombard him and make him listen to us," said Elder William Cooper of Raleigh's Upper Room Church of God in Christ. "We want him to get tired...
  • Bush leads in North Carolina media poll [47-42]

    06/22/2004 5:02:50 AM PDT · by BlackRazor · 32 replies · 537+ views
    The State ^ | 6/22/04 | N/A
    Bush leads in North Carolina media poll Associated Press RALEIGH, N.C. - President Bush would win North Carolina by a slim margin if the presidential election was held today, according to a new statewide poll. In the poll, 47 percent of likely voters chose Bush, a Republican, while 42 percent selected presumptive Democratic nominee John Kerry. The margin would be smaller if Kerry picks Sen. John Edwards as his running mate, according to the survey, conducted June 13-16 for The News & Observer, WRAL-TV and WUNC radio. "Kerry doesn't have to win North Carolina to win the presidency. Everybody knows...
  • Men seek to establish Tuscarora nation in N.C.

    06/17/2004 12:38:04 PM PDT · by Constitution Day · 87 replies · 7,268+ views
    Durham Herald-Sun [Durham, N.C.] ^ | June 17, 2004 | The Associated Press
    Men seek to establish Tuscarora nation in N.C. The Associated Press June 17, 2004   1:43 pm ELM CITY, N.C. -- Three Tuscarora Indians have settled in tents in eastern North Carolina and decided to seek land, artifacts and self-governance they say are due to them under treaties made with their ancestors.Timothy Jacobs, Harless E. Smith Jr. and Billy Mac Locklear, bought about 10 acres near Elm City for their self-declared nation."This is something we didn't start yesterday," Smith said. "We've been working on this all our lives."They plan to add permanent buildings, such as a cookhouse and sweat lodge,...
  • Fayetteville [N.C.] native escorts first lady

    06/11/2004 1:50:12 PM PDT · by Constitution Day · 24 replies · 5,145+ views
    Fayetteville Observer [Fayetteville, N.C.] ^ | June 11, 2004 | Greg Barnes, Staff Writer
    Fayetteville native escorts first lady By Greg BarnesStaff writer Cathy Jackman Somehow, somewhere in the hustle and bustle of preparing for a funeral, Cathy Jackman found the time to call her mother in Fayetteville on Thursday. Within a few hours, Jackman was expecting to again be on national television, wearing a black suit and Army wives' scarf while walking arm-in-arm with first lady Laura Bush. Jackman, a 1970 Terry Sanford High School graduate, has escorted President Bush and his wife at all of President Reagan's funeral proceedings. Jackman's husband has had an even bigger job. Maj. Gen. Galen B. Jackman,...
  • Military exercise will test GPS jamming, affect boaters [NC, FL]

    06/11/2004 11:38:19 AM PDT · by Constitution Day · 40 replies · 167+ views
    Durham Herald-Sun [Durham, N.C.] ^ | June 11, 2004 | The Associated Press
    Military exercise will test GPS jamming, affect boaters The Associated Press June 11, 2004   8:16 am WILMINGTON, N.C. -- Boaters may have to rely on dead reckoning to get around for the coming week because a military exercise will test and evaluate a system designed to jam signals from navigation satellites.The exercise starting Friday and continuing through most of next week will gauge the military's ability to interfere with global positioning systems from about 50 to 60 miles off the North Carolina coast and in parts of Florida.Testing may affect cell phones as well and will take place during...
  • Six vie to challenge Easley [NC Gubernatorial race]

    06/09/2004 11:32:08 AM PDT · by Constitution Day · 16 replies · 196+ views
    The News and Observer [Raleigh, N.C.] ^ | June 7, 2004 | Amy Gardner, Staff Writer
    Six vie to challenge EasleyCandidates try to tone image, hone message Are Republicans tired of Richard Vinroot? Is Bill Cobey too strident on social issues? Does Patrick Ballantine have what it takes to govern? And, most important of all: Which GOP candidate for governor has the best chance of defeating Gov. Mike Easley this fall?The six Republican primary candidates have broadly similar platforms. All say they would deliver lower taxes, smaller government, less regulation and more jobs to North Carolina. But all are working hard to distinguish themselves. The goal is to appeal to primary voters July 20 as the...
  • NC: Politician’s campaign tactics questioned [re: Cobey, Peaslee]

    06/07/2004 5:32:18 AM PDT · by Constitution Day · 35 replies · 943+ views
    The State ^ | June 6, 2004 | The Associated Press
    Politician's campaign tactics questionedFormer N.C. GOP leader accused of unfairly using party resources to bolster bid for governorThe Associated Press RALEIGH, N.C. — GOP rivals are accusing former N.C. Republican Party chairman Bill Cobey of unfairly using the party's common resources and staff to boost his bid for governor.Supporters or aides to three other Republican candidates for governor — Southern Pines insurance executive George Little, former Charlotte Mayor Richard Vinroot and former state Sen. Patrick Ballantine of Wilmington — complain Cobey is using party mailing lists and e-mail lists in his campaign to win the party's nomination in the July...
  • NC: Freightliner adds 600 workers to meet growing demand for trucks

    06/04/2004 5:37:52 AM PDT · by Constitution Day · 27 replies · 253+ views
    Durham Herald-Sun [Durham, N.C.] ^ | June 4, 2004 | Associated Press
    Freightliner adds 600 workers to meet growing demand for trucks The Associated Press June 4, 2004   1:45 am CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Freightliner LLC will add nearly 600 workers to its assembly plant in Rowan County to meet demand for 18-wheelers, the company said Thursday.The new workers will push employment at the Cleveland plant to 3,600, the most since the late 1990s.Jeffrey Fisher, a spokesman at Freightliner's headquarters in Portland, Ore., said the economic recovery means more freight is being moved."That's putting great demand on freight forwarders and trucking organizations," he said. "They need the trucks and need the drivers...
  • NC: Republican says party leader taking sides

    06/03/2004 7:22:23 AM PDT · by Constitution Day · 41 replies · 224+ views
    The News and Observer [Raleigh, N.C.] ^ | Jun 3, 2004 | LYNN BONNER AND ROB CHRISTENSEN, Staff Writers
    Republican says party leader taking sidesBy LYNN BONNER AND ROB CHRISTENSEN, Staff Writers> Charles Taylor, a Sanford Republican, had such an unpleasant experience at the state party convention last month that he resigned from its executive committee. Taylor says GOP political director Bill Peaslee needlessly barred him from the committee's meeting. Now he wants Peaslee to resign from his job. Taylor found that Peaslee registered two Internet sites, and, on July 16 -- five days before Cobey, who was state GOP chairman, announced he was running for governor. They are addresses for Cobey's campaign Web site. The party...
  • Lawmaker gets Navy to drop its plane claim; Aviation enthusiast wants to restore vintage Corsair

    05/28/2004 8:41:37 AM PDT · by hchutch · 28 replies · 938+ views
    WASHINGTON -- Buckling to congressional pressure, the Navy has reversed course and agreed to give the rusting hulk of a demolished World War II-era aircraft to a Princeton, Minn., aviation buff who is restoring the plane. Lex Cralley, a ground services mechanic for an airline, dug up the abandoned Corsair fighter plane in Craven County, N.C., in 1991 and took it home to Minnesota. The airplane had crashed Dec. 19, 1944. With its unique gull-wing design, the Corsair was one of the most recognizable airplanes of World War II. U.S. pilots flew the propeller-powered plane in such storied campaigns as...
  • ‘Congressmen, Humorists, Burglars – All of Us in the Trade’ -- Why I’m Not Running in 2004

    05/08/2004 2:05:47 PM PDT · by Congressman Billybob · 24 replies · 590+ views
    Special to FreeRepublic ^ | 8 May, 2004 | John Armor (Congressman Billybob)
    Mark Twain frequently used the title quote to introduce himself to civic associations where he spoke. It seemed the proper beginning to an article about Congress in general, and about why I am not running for the House – in 2004. The “trade” that Twain referred to was extracting ill-gotten gains from the unsuspecting public. Eight years after the first Americans established our new government under the Constitution, we divided into two major political parties: the Federalists and the Anti-Federalists. Both they and their allied newspaper editors then turned the denigration of their congressional opponents into a cottage industry that...
  • Same-Sex Marriage Is Just the Beginning, Conservatives Warn

    05/18/2004 5:18:43 AM PDT · by kattracks · 152 replies · 797+ views ^ | 6/18/04 | Susan Jones
    ( - The same-sex marriages taking place in Massachusetts can happen in other states, too - even states that bar homosexual "marriage," some lawmakers and conservative groups are warning their constituents. "Many North Carolinians are under the impression that what's happening in Massachusetts has no relevance to them because North Carolina passed legislation prohibiting homosexual marriage," said Rep. Walter B. Jones (R-N.C.) in a press release issued Monday. "Unfortunately, this couldn't be farther from the truth," Jones said. Jones said liberal activists have made it clear they will use the Massachusetts court ruling legalizing same-sex marriage to "overthrow" the...
  • Rep. Ballance withdraws candidacy for N.C. district [1st]

    05/07/2004 7:01:13 AM PDT · by Constitution Day · 15 replies · 232+ views
    The Durham Herald-Sun [Durham, N.C.] ^ | May 7, 2004 | The Associated Press
    Rep. Ballance withdraws candidacy for N.C. district The Associated Press May 7, 2004   9:08 am RALEIGH, N.C. -- Rep. Frank Ballance Jr., D-N.C., withdrew his candidacy for re-election Friday to the First District congressional seat he has held for one term, citing health concerns.Ballance had filed for re-election Tuesday.He said in a statement that he had been diagnosed with myasthenia gravis, a neuromuscular disease and his treatment wasn't progressing as he had hoped.Ballance's statement said he suffered a setback on Wednesday and had treatment at Bethesda Navy Medical Center, which caused him to reconsider his decision to seek...
  • NC: Husband burns house so wife won't get it

    04/29/2004 9:52:59 AM PDT · by Constitution Day · 310 replies · 410+ views
    Rocky Mount Telegram [Rocky Mount, N.C.] ^ | 04/28/2004 | J. Eric Eckard
    Husband burns house so wife won't get itBy J. Eric Eckard, Rocky Mount Telegram A Nashville man going through a divorce burned his home to the ground Wednesday in an effort to thwart his wife from receiving any property, Nash County authorities said. "He said that his wife had left him, and he didn't want her to have everything that he had worked so hard for," a Nash County Sheriff's Department spokesman said. The incident occurred early Wednesday morning, and included an armed stand-off with deputies. The man's name was not released because no crime was committed, the spokesman said....
  • (Gay) Hunt H.S. Student Loses Election (last place); ACLU Ponders Options

    04/28/2004 2:07:28 PM PDT · by Phantom Lord · 39 replies · 244+ views
    WILSON, N.C. -- A Wilson County high school student may have lost the election for student body president, but the incident may lead to the start of a legal fight over gay rights. Jarred Gamwell finished in last place in the race for student body president. The openly gay junior said he decided to include his sexual orientation on campaign posters to show he was for equality, opportunity and fairness. He put up campaign signs with phrases like "A Queer Eye for Hunt High" and "Gay Guys Know Everything."
  • NC Boy Scouts tell Confederate reenactors their flags are not welcome

    04/23/2004 12:33:29 AM PDT · by Rebeleye · 84 replies · 1,063+ views
    John Meeks
    ...they did not observe our rules regarding the inappropriateness of displaying the confederate flag. They had to be asked twice to take the flag down... There is never a time when it is appropriate to either wear or display the confederate flag at a Scouting function.
  • Chapel Hill(NC)Moves Forward With Plans To Recognize Gay Marriages

    04/15/2004 10:06:29 AM PDT · by mtbrandon49 · 31 replies · 288+ views
    Wral TV5 ^ | 4/15/2004 | WRAL
    Chapel Hill(NC)Moves Forward With Plans To Recognize Gay MarriagesCHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- The Chapel Hill Town Council voted unanimously Wednesday to ask state lawmakers to repeal the Defense of Marriage act. That means the town council is moving forward with its plan to recognize gay marriages, even though North Carolina does not under the act.
  • Gay Couple Files Lawsuit After Being Denied Marriage License (Durham, NC)

    03/23/2004 8:18:02 AM PST · by Phantom Lord · 12 replies · 360+ views
    AP ^ | 03/23/2004
    Gay Couple Files Lawsuit After Being Denied Marriage License (Durham-AP) -- A gay couple denied a marriage license in Durham County has filed a lawsuit. Richard Mullinax and Perry Pike walked into the Durham County Register of Deeds Office on Monday and asked for a marriage license. They completed an application and were denied the license. They went to the courthouse and filed their lawsuit. Same-sex couples have applied for marriage licenses in municipalities across the country after Massachusetts' highest court ruled that the state constitution guaranteed gay couples the right to marry. The couple's lawsuit contends that the county...
  • Fayetteville, NC FReep: After-action thread II

    03/21/2004 5:35:50 PM PST · by Constitution Day · 185 replies · 2,492+ views
    Free Republic Network & others ^ | 03/21/2004 | Constitution Day
    Some random thoughts:On Saturday, March 20th, 2004, the Old North State Chapter of the Free Republic Network was joined by FReepers & patriots from NC and other states.We came from points far & wide to FReep International ANSWER when they descended upon Fayetteville in an angry, festering mob that had the sheer shamelessness to bring their anti-military vitriol to the home of Fort Bragg.I arrived at our permitted location before 10 AM, and it wasn't long before people began to arrive and set up signs and flags.One thing that was striking to me at this event was the amount of...
  • NC: Former State Ag Commissioner Sentenced To 48 Months In Prison

    03/02/2004 1:04:07 PM PST · by Constitution Day · 27 replies · 1,705+ views
    WRAL-TV [Raleigh, N.C.] ^ | March 2, 2004 | Reporter: Cullen Browder
    <p>RALEIGH, N.C. -- A judge sentenced former state Ag Commissioner Meg Scott Phipps to 48 months in prison Tuesday for her role in a campaign finance scandal.</p> <p>Phipps will also have two years of supervised probation and must pay a $25,000 fine. U.S. District Court Judge Malcolm Howard read the sentence to Phipps Tuesday in a Greenville courtroom. She was taken into custody by U.S. Marshals after the verdict was read.</p>
  • Rep. Frank Ballance vows to keep job [D, NC-1]

    02/19/2004 7:49:12 AM PST · by Constitution Day · 12 replies · 294+ views
    The Daily Reflector [Greenville, N.C.] ^ | February 19, 2004 | Latisha R. Gray
    Ballance vows to keep jobBy Latisha R. Gray, The Daily Reflector U.S. Rep. Frank Ballance said he will continue representing the people of District 1, despite criticism and an ongoing federal investigation of a drug and alcohol counseling program he founded. Ballance, a Democrat from Warrenton, said he was not willing to discuss the issue at a forum Tuesday night at J.H. Rose High School. With many opponents calling for his resignation, Ballance said he wanted to focus on the needs of his constituents. "I'm not going to go into that," he said. "It's been hashed and rehashed. I want...
  • State Offered Boeing $534M at GTP [North Carolina]

    02/18/2004 6:43:35 AM PST · by Constitution Day · 17 replies · 269+ views
    Carolina Journal Online ^ | February 18, 2004 | Richard Wagner, Carolina Journal editor
    Carolina Journal ExclusivesState Offered Boeing $534M at GTPCJ records request yields details on incentive offerings, Boeing decision By Richard WagnerFebruary 18, 2004 RALEIGH — North Carolina offered Boeing more than $534 million — “probably” the state’s largest incentives package ever tailored to a company, according to state officials — if the aircraft manufacturer would build its new 7E7 jetliner at the Global TransPark in Kinston. Information about the state’s 20-year proposal to Boeing was released Monday night by the N.C. Commerce Department after Carolina Journal prepared to file a lawsuit and other newspapers requested documents about the incentives package. Boeing...
  • Fort Bragg soldier flees to Canada [Traitor alert!]

    02/18/2004 7:10:26 AM PST · by Constitution Day · 238 replies · 399+ views
    Independent Weekly ^ | February 11, 2004 | Patrick O'Neill
    Fort Bragg soldier flees to Canada Jeremy Hinzman enlisted to make a difference, then learned what being a soldier is really all aboutBy Patrick O'Neill (First of Two Parts) February 11, 2004 NEWS FEATURE On New Year's Eve, Jeremy Hinzman sat in a McDonald's on N.C. 401 in Fuquay-Varina explaining his precarious situation. On Dec. 20, Hinzman, a U.S. Army specialist stationed at Fort Bragg, got the news he had dreaded. His unit--the 504th Brigade, 2nd Battalion--would be shipping out to Iraq shortly after the new year for an indefinite deployment in the war on terrorism. Last year, Hinzman, 25,...
  • NC ALERT: Leftist "anti-war" rally in Fayetteville planned for March 20, 2004

    02/14/2004 10:41:05 AM PST · by tgslTakoma · 211 replies · 19,071+ views
    It seems that the usual suspects (United for Peace and Justice, International ANSWER, National Lawyers Guild, International Socialists, Muslim American Society, etc.) have had some difficulty amassing the requisite number of sheep to do another "Mass March on Washington," so they are instead planning multiple smaller events across the country on March 20th. Heads-up North Carolina FReepers - they are coming to Fayetteville, NC. From NCPeaceHub's website, here is their announcement: March 20th: THE WORLD STILL SAYS NO TO WAR Fayetteville, North Carolina- 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Local: National: One year ago on February 15th, 2003, millions...
  • Air quality rating at issue [rural NC]

    02/13/2004 11:18:47 AM PST · by Constitution Day · 14 replies · 256+ views
    Rocky Mount Telegram [Rocky Mount, N.C.] ^ | Feb. 11, 2004 | Dorothy Y. Lewis
    Air quality rating at issueBy Dorothy Y. Lewis, Rocky Mount Telegram TARBORO – A poor air quality rating in Edgecombe County could have a potentially devastating impact on economic development in the Twin Counties, Lorenzo Carmon, Edgecombe county manager, said Tuesday. Carmon said Edgecombe and Nash counties' designation as areas with high ozone levels could require companies to buy extra equipment to reduce emissions in the air. John Gessaman, Carolinas Gateway Partnership president, agreed with Carmon, saying the rating could adversely affect new industries coming to the area. "There are so many variables on what additional costs industries could have...
  • Burr says he'll run on own record, not Bush's, in N.C. Senate bid

    02/13/2004 11:18:46 AM PST · by Constitution Day · 14 replies · 164+ views
    Durham Herald-Sun [Durham, N.C.] ^ | February 10, 2004 | Gary D. Robertson, AP writer
    Burr says he'll run on own record, not Bush's, in N.C. Senate bid By GARY D. ROBERTSON, Associated Press Writer February 10, 2004   4:04 pm WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- U.S. Rep. Richard Burr said Tuesday he will run his statewide Senate campaign on his congressional record and not by defending President Bush's policies on the economy or the war on terror.Burr, the 5th District congressman from Winston-Salem, is the only major Republican seeking the seat being vacated by John Edwards."I'm 100 percent confident in the decisions that I've made as I've represented the 5th District," the congressman said while...
  • Election Delay Deliberate by Democrat Leaders (N.C.)

    02/09/2004 9:42:19 AM PST · by Prospero · 19 replies · 190+ views
    North Carolina Republican Senate Caucus ^ | 2/9/2002 | Senator Phil Berger
    Senator Patrick J. Ballantine Office of the Republican Leader North Carolina Senate Raleigh, NC 27601-2808 PRESS CONTACT: Senator Phil Berger - Secretary Senate Republican Caucus (336) 623-5210 Joel Raupe Administrative Assistant Senate Republican Leader (919) 715-2525 Election Delay Deliberate by Democrat Leaders Raleigh, Feb 9 - “It’s a simple fact,” according to state Senator Phil Berger, R-Rockingham County, “the Democrat Attorney General and Democrat leaders of the General Assembly are directly responsible for delaying the Primary elections.” Ordered by the N.C. Supreme Court to draw new constitutional maps, the General Assembly approved new legislative districts late last November. The Civil...
  • 2004 could bring change to political landscape [North Carolina]

    02/09/2004 5:44:32 AM PST · by Constitution Day · 16 replies · 161+ views
    Durham Herald-Sun [Durham, N.C.] ^ | February 9, 2004 | Scott Mooneyham, Associated Press Writer
    2004 could bring change to political landscape By SCOTT MOONEYHAM, Associated Press Writer February 9, 2004   1:46 am RALEIGH, N.C. -- For the last three years, dark, ominous clouds have shadowed North Carolina's political landscape.A dour economy produced sluggish tax collections and crippling budget deficits, leading to tax hikes and cuts in social spending. A protracted, messy fight between Republicans and Democrats over legislative districts has delayed primary elections and left voters more disgruntled than ever with politics and politicians.But going into the 2004 election year, there are signs that some of the clouds are beginning to clear....
  • Feds Grant N.C. Authority To Delay Primary

    02/06/2004 10:03:58 AM PST · by Constitution Day · 10 replies · 219+ views
    WRAL-TV [Raleigh, N.C.] ^ | February 6, 2004 | Associated Press
    <p>RALEIGH, N.C. -- The U.S. Department of Justice on Friday approved provisions of a state election law that allows North Carolina election officials to delay primary elections now scheduled for May.</p> <p>The provisions, approved by the General Assembly in November along with new House and Senate district maps, allow the state Board of Elections to delay the primary if the new legislative districts haven't gained federal approval by Monday.</p>
  • [N.C.] Court officials cover up Ten Commandments as trial begins

    02/03/2004 6:01:51 AM PST · by Constitution Day · 27 replies · 266+ views
    Durham Herald-Sun [Durham, N.C.] ^ | February 3, 2004 | The Associated Press
    Court officials cover up Ten Commandments as trial begins The Associated Press February 3, 2004   7:29 am NASHVILLE, N.C. -- Attorneys in a capital murder trial are squabbling over a cover-up of the Ten Commandments displayed on a wall at the Nash County Courthouse.After a request from the defense team, Superior Court Judge Quentin Sumner ruled on Monday the two panels that show the Ten Commandments will be covered for the duration of Andre Edwards' trial. The order upset prosecutors."We understand the constitutional separation of church and state, but the next thing they'll be asking for is that...
  • Sharks, Alligators and Kittens in Iowa

    01/21/2004 2:25:21 PM PST · by Congressman Billybob · 13 replies · 356+ views
    special to FreeRepublic ^ | January 20, 2004 | John Armor (Congressman Billybob)
    Alligators, kittens, and a world-class preppy were among the candidates running in the Iowa caucuses. The big winners were the preppy and the kitten. The big loser was related to a shark. To explain: In advance of Iowa, I confidently predicted that Howard Dean would prevail in that contest, and Dick Gephardt would get buried. Only the second part was correct. In a big surprise to most commentators, including me, Dean placed a distant third. That doesn’t mean, however, that the Dean effort is now dead. No phenomenon in American society that is backed by hundreds of thousands of people...
  • Monument at City Hall is removed (Winston-Salem)

    01/20/2004 1:01:12 PM PST · by Rebelbase · 144 replies · 332+ views
    Winston-Salem Journal ^ | 1/20/04 | Theo Helm
    City Council member Robinson placed 1-ton marker bearing Ten Commandments yesterday A seven-man crew removed a monument of the Ten Commandments late this morning from in front of City Hall that had been illegally placed there the day before by City Council Member Vernon Robinson. City workers removed the 1-ton marker on the order of City Manager Bill Stuart. They used a backhoe to slowly carry the two-piece monument to a trailer attached to a city truck.Robinson was not at the scene. The truck was taking the monument to a warehouse in the City Yard, where it would stay "until...
  • Military Wife On Mission To Help Soldiers [82nd Airborne/

    01/12/2004 9:32:24 AM PST · by Constitution Day · 31 replies · 245+ views
    WRAL-TV 5 [Raleigh, N.C.] ^ | January 9, 2004 | Paul LaGrone [Reporter]
    <p>FORT BRAGG, N.C. -- It has been a tough start to the New Year for the 82nd Airborne Division in Iraq, but a military wife is on a mission to help out the troops.</p> <p>A military wife is on a mission to help the 82nd Bravo Company recover from a disaster.</p>
  • Trade deal could be tough deal for N.C.'s Burr

    12/22/2003 6:53:56 AM PST · by Constitution Day · 5 replies · 130+ views
    Durham Herald-Sun [Durham, N.C.] ^ | December 22, 2003 | SCOTT MOONEYHAM, Associated Press Writer
    Trade deal could be tough deal for N.C.'s Burr By SCOTT MOONEYHAM, Associated Press Writer December 22, 2003   1:05 am RALEIGH, N.C. -- When Congress considers a new trade agreement next year, President Bush may not be able to rely on his usual steady support from U.S. Rep. Richard Burr.The Winston-Salem Republican, who is running for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Democrat John Edwards, issued a statement last week saying the Central American Free Trade Agreement "doesn't cut it."Whether the agreement stands in its current form, or if side agreements are added, the trade deal puts...
  • Incentives Break GOP Harmony [North Carolina]

    12/08/2003 2:01:42 PM PST · by Constitution Day · 3 replies · 132+ views
    Carolina Journal Online ^ | December 08, 2003 | Paul Chesser
    Carolina Journal ExclusivesIncentives Break GOP Harmony Ballantine differs with Vinroot, Cobey, Barrett on business subsidies By Paul Chesser December 08, 2003 RALEIGH — The race for the Republican nomination for governor in North Carolina has been a festival of harmony so far, but a discordant note on business incentives appeared among the candidates Thursday in Greensboro. State Senate Minority Leader Patrick Ballantine broke from the anti-incentives stances of his opponents at the North Carolina Manufacturing Executives Summit. “I’m not going to say I’m opposed to all incentives,” Ballantine said. The position taken by the Wilmington lawyer was a marked...
  • Party affiliation in N.C. undergoes dramatic changes

    12/08/2003 6:43:22 AM PST · by Constitution Day · 35 replies · 210+ views
    Rocky Mount Telegram [Rocky Mount, N.C.] ^ | December 6, 2003 | Ned B. Hunter
    Party affiliation in N.C. undergoes dramatic changesBy Ned B. Hunter, Rocky Mount TelegramDemocrats seeking election to statewide positions next year may have another obstacle to overcome – an increase in the number of Republican and independent voters. For the first time in North Carolina voter history the number of statewide voters registering as Democrat has fallen below 50 percent – according to the N.C. State Board of Elections – and the change in registration could make it more difficult for Democrats running for statewide election. "It means that Republicans have achieved parity and are therefore a greater threat," said John...
  • Round 3 Of N.C.'s Redistricting Battle Will Include Venue Fight

    12/01/2003 6:24:00 AM PST · by Constitution Day · 12 replies · 143+ views
    WRAL-TV 5 [Raleigh, N.C.] ^ | December 1, 2003 | The Associated Press
    <p>RALEIGH, N.C. -- Coming soon to a courtroom near you: Legislative Redistricting Part III.</p> <p>For a lot of legislators, the battle over new House and Senate districts has become something akin to a bad horror movie, with its repetitive sequels.</p>
  • Absentee voting stirs debate (Tony Rand makes it harder for Military to vote absentee in NC)

    10/15/2003 6:17:14 PM PDT · by jern · 17 replies · 396+ views
    News & Observer ^ | October 15, 2003 | JOHN ZEBROWSKI
    Absentee voting stirs debate Some blame politics for a change that makes getting a ballot harder By JOHN ZEBROWSKI, Staff Writer Rep. Martin Nesbitt, a Buncombe Democrat, said he didn't know who did it. Across the political aisle, Rep. Paul Stam, a Wake Republican, said he had no idea how the change made it into an unrelated bill on the last day of the 2002 General Assembly. Same for the State Board of Elections, the Republican Party and local elections officials. The quasi-mystery was: Who inserted language into the Technical Corrections Bill -- a thick slab of legislation used to...
  • NC Freepers! Ann Coulter to speak at UNC Law School, 10/01/2003

    09/29/2003 11:43:58 AM PDT · by Constitution Day · 32 replies · 403+ views
    UNC Law Federalist Society ^ | September 29, 2003 | Constitution Day
    North Carolina FReepers,Here is your chance to see Ann Coulter in person!She will be giving a speech at the UNC Law School on Wednesday, October 1, 2003.This event is being co-sponsored by the UNC Law Federalist Society and the Clare Booth Luce Policy Institute.I have been in contact with Richard Wheelahan, Co-President of the UNC Law Federalist Society, and he says that Ann will be available for 30 minutes of questions from the audience and will be available to sign books for about an hour after that.I am planning to attend, and so is my good friend mykdsmom. I apologize...
  • Burr leads Bowles, Blue in U.S. Senate race, poll finds [NC]

    09/16/2003 5:00:01 AM PDT · by BlackRazor · 23 replies · 462+ views
    Charlotte News Observer ^ | ROB CHRISTENSEN
    Burr leads Bowles, Blue in U.S. Senate race, poll finds By ROB CHRISTENSEN, Staff Writer Republican Rep. Richard Burr of Winston-Salem holds an early lead in next year's race to replace Democratic Sen. John Edwards, according to a new statewide poll. Burr leads two prospective Democratic opponents, Charlotte investment banker Erskine Bowles and Raleigh attorney Dan Blue, the survey found. Meanwhile, Democratic Gov. Mike Easley, who plans to seek a second term next year, continues to show resilience despite a battered economy and 2 1/2 years of budget crisis, according to the survey of 600 likely voters conducted last week...