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  • Dealer agrees to return N.C. copy of Bill of Rights

    09/12/2003 8:45:14 AM PDT · by Constitution Day · 15 replies · 801+ views
    Durham Herald-Sun [Durham, N.C.] ^ | September 12, 2003 | Holly Hickman, AP writer
    Dealer agrees to return N.C. copy of Bill of Rights By HOLLY HICKMAN, Associated Press Writer September 12, 2003   3:27 am RALEIGH, N.C. -- North Carolina's legal battle for custody of a 225-year-old original copy of the Bill of Rights is moving toward a successful end.The document, stolen from the state Capitol in 1865, is believed to be one of the 14 original copies of the Bill of Rights. The FBI recovered it in an undercover sting operation in Philadelphia earlier this year.State Attorney General Roy Cooper has argued that the document was stolen from the state Capitol...
  • [N.C.] Congressional hopeful calls illegal aliens terrorism threat

    09/12/2003 8:52:27 AM PDT · by Constitution Day · 21 replies · 119+ views
    Durham Herald-Sun [Durham, N.C.] ^ | September 12, 2003 | The Associated Press
    Congressional hopeful calls illegal aliens terrorism threat The Associated Press September 12, 2003   8:57 am RALEIGH, N.C. -- About two dozen people marked the second anniversary of terrorist attacks on the United States by protesting outside Mexico's consular office and hearing congressional candidate Vernon Robinson describe illegal immigration as the greatest threat to national security.Robinson is a Winston-Salem city council member who is one of nine Republicans seeking to succeed U.S. Rep. Richard Burr, who is running for the U.S. Senate. He said protesters targeted the consulate because of the "matricula consular," an identity card the Mexican government...
  • Universal Leaf plans grand opening [1000+ jobs - Nash County, NC]

    09/02/2003 8:42:59 AM PDT · by Constitution Day · 17 replies · 380+ views
    Rocky Mount Telegram [Rocky Mount, N.C.] ^ | August 31, 2003 | Tom Murphy
    Universal Leaf plans grand openingBy Tom Murphy, Rocky Mount Telegram Universal Leaf North American U.S. Inc. will hold a grand opening celebration Friday at its new 1.2 million square-foot leaf tobacco processing facility on N.C. 58 north of Nashville. Todd Haymore, assistant vice president of external affairs for Richmond-based Universal Leaf Tobacco Co., said, "More than two years of work on this project is coming to a culmination at 10:30 a.m. Friday, when we will have a grand opening ceremony at our facility. We're quite pleased that Gov. Mike Easley will be delivering the keynote address. Right now, we're expecting...
  • North Carolina Think Tank John Locke Foundation establishes blog on NC Public Policy Issues

    08/22/2003 4:15:06 AM PDT · by Huber · 5 replies · 210+ views
    The John Locke Foundation ^ | 8/21/03 | John Hood
    A Special Message from the Desk Of: John Hood, President August 21, 2003 Come Joins Us In The “Locker Room” New weblog to host discussion and debate on public policy issues I’m writing today to alert you and other regular visitors to the John Locke Foundation’s web sites — including www.CarolinaJournal.com, www.NorthCarolinaAtWar.com, and www.JohnLocke.org — about a new Internet feature we unveiled this morning: a weblog on public policy issues of interest to North Carolinians. “Blogs,” as they have come to be known, are an increasingly popular way for a variety of individuals and organizations to communicate with each other,...
  • Sen. Dole Talks About First Seven Months Serving N.C.

    08/08/2003 9:44:42 AM PDT · by Constitution Day · 22 replies · 197+ views
    WRAL-TV [Raleigh, N.C.] ^ | August 8, 2003 | Gerald Owens
    <p>RALEIGH, N.C. -- Sen. Elizabeth Dole, R-N.C. paid a visit to North Carolina State University's College of Textiles Thursday to discuss the challenges facing the state's textile industry.</p> <p>The state's first female U.S. senator said her seven months in office have been a learning process, but she is having the time of her life.</p>
  • Unique Bonus System For Teachers Turns Around Wilson [N.C.] School's Reputation

    08/07/2003 8:20:46 AM PDT · by Constitution Day · 5 replies · 230+ views
    WRAL-TV [Raleigh, N.C.] ^ | August 7, 2003 | John Bachman/Paul Ensslin
    <p>WILSON, N.C. -- Teachers and students have their work cut out for them as they return for the school year.</p> <p>Seven more local districts re-opened Wednesday. Recent test scores show they have some studying to do.</p> <p>More than half of the state's school systems failed to meet new federal guidelines. Unlike the ABCs Accountability Model which focuses on improvement only, the No Child Left Behind Act focuses on students meeting goals.</p>
  • Study finds that most major political contributors are white, men [East Carolina University]

    08/01/2003 6:21:26 AM PDT · by Constitution Day · 9 replies · 72+ views
    Durham Herald-Sun [Durham, N.C.] ^ | August 1, 2003 | The Associated Press
    Study finds that most major political contributors are white, men The Associated Press August 1, 2003   5:44 am GREENVILLE, N.C. -- Nearly all of the major contributors to political campaigns in North Carolina are white, and three out of four are men, according to a study released Thursday at East Carolina University.More than one in five voters in North Carolina are minorities, and over half of registered voters are women, according to the report published by Democracy North Carolina.But 97 percent of major contributors are white and 73 percent are men, the report said.Maria Dillard, a student at...
  • Textiles' N.C. future involves high-tech, innovation

    07/30/2003 10:38:39 AM PDT · by Constitution Day · 17 replies · 139+ views
    Durham Herald-Sun [Durham, N.C.] ^ | July 30, 2003 | Tim Whitmire, Associated Press Writer
    Textiles' N.C. future involves high-tech, innovation By TIM WHITMIRE, Associated Press Writer July 30, 2003   1:51 am CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- It's an oft-told tale in North Carolina in recent years -- another textile plant shuts down, more jobs are shipped overseas, another Piedmont mill town loses its heart.This month, the story has appeared to reach critical mass with longtime industry giants Burlington Industries and Pillowtex both in crisis.But industry observers and other experts say there is a future for textiles in the state, if only companies can figure out how to harness technology and innovation in a way...
  • Author Claims Raleigh [N.C.] A Breeding Ground For Terrorists

    07/25/2003 10:16:30 AM PDT · by Constitution Day · 56 replies · 571+ views
    WRAL-TV [Raleigh, N.C.] ^ | July 25, 2003 | Paul LaGrone
    <p>RALEIGH,N.C. -- Raleigh is frequently named as one of top 10 places to live and work in the country. A well-known terrorism consultant and federal authorities believe it could also be a breeding ground for terrorists.</p> <p>Inside the Brownstone Hotel in Raleigh, terrorists and their money were topics of the day Thursday.</p>
  • N.C. Supreme Court Rejects Legislative District Maps Again

    07/16/2003 8:47:53 AM PDT · by Constitution Day · 25 replies · 179+ views
    WRAL-TV [Raleigh, N.C.] ^ | July 16, 2003 | Associated Press
    <p>RALEIGH, N.C. -- Maps outlining North Carolina's state House and Senate districts are unconstitutional, the state Supreme Court ruled Wednesday.</p> <p>In a 4-1 ruling, the justices ruled that Judge Knox Jenkins was right to rule that revised boundaries drawn in 2002 violated the North Carolina constitution in several instances.</p>
  • Protecting without restricting [Environmental regulation on North Carolina's Swift Creek]

    07/14/2003 12:18:40 PM PDT · by Constitution Day · 17 replies · 89+ views
    The News and Observer [Raleigh, N.C.] ^ | July 14, 2003 | Wade Rawlins
    Monday, July 14, 2003 11:16AM EDTProtecting without restricting The Carolina madtom, top, and Neuse River waterdog live in the exceptionally clean waters of Swift and Sandy creeks. Builders have asked for fewer restrictions on building near the creeks, but biologists fear more building could nudge the species toward extinction. Photos Courtesy of the N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences, Jack Dermit By WADE RAWLINS, Staff Writer One of North Carolina's cleanest and least spoiled waterways is a shady stream northeast of Raleigh that goes by two names -- Sandy Creek and Swift Creek -- as it meanders through rural parts...
  • John Edwards, Erskine Bowles Are Mum [After NC Senate Meeting]

    07/10/2003 6:59:42 AM PDT · by ewing · 58 replies · 497+ views
    Charlotte News and Observer ^ | Thursday July 10, 2003 | John Wagner and Rob Christenson
    US Senator [and 2004 Democratic Presidential Candidate] John Edwards met behind closed doors Wednesday with Erskine Bowles, a Democrat very interested in pursing his Senate seat if Edwards continues running for President of the United States. Both emerged from their meeting in Raleigh tight lipped about their political futures.'What they discussed is private between them,' said Jennifer Palmieri, Edwards Presidential Campaign Press Secretary.Neither Edwards or Bowles, who ran unsuccessfully for the Senate last year, would comment directly. While Edwards could legally appear on the ballot for both offices in 2004, most political observers believe that scenario is unlikely.He [Sen. Edwards]...
  • Democrat Meg Scott Phipps NC Ag Commissioner Indicted By Grand Jury

    07/08/2003 3:20:36 PM PDT · by jern · 21 replies · 255+ views
    WRAL ^ | July 8, 2003 | WRAL
    <p>RALEIGH, N.C. -- A Wake County grand jury has indicted former state Ag commissioner Meg Scott Phipps.</p> <p>The former state Ag commissioner has been charged with five counts stemming from her 2000 election campaign.</p> <p>Three of her former aides have already been indicted on federal charges.</p>
  • Edwards blocks GIs' loan break

    06/30/2003 9:55:39 PM PDT · by JohnHuang2 · 46 replies · 1,661+ views
    Washington Times ^ | Tuesday, July 1, 2003 | By Charles Hurt
    <p>Sen. John Edwards, North Carolina Democrat, is single-handedly blocking Senate action on legislation all but unanimously supported by the House to ease the student-loan burden for soldiers fighting overseas.</p> <p>In April, the House voted 421-1 to pass the HEROES Act, which essentially would defer student loans for soldiers called into action. The only dissenting vote was cast accidentally by one of the bill's sponsors.</p>
  • Support for N.C. lottery building up

    06/27/2003 6:07:44 AM PDT · by Constitution Day · 30 replies · 99+ views
    Rocky Mount Telegram [Rocky Mount, N.C.] ^ | June 26, 2003 | Ned B. Hunter
    Support for N.C. lottery building upBy NED B. HUNTER, Rocky Mount Telegram Support for a lottery seems to be gaining momentum as support for other various ways to raise state revenue begins to wane. The N.C. Senate attempted to raise nearly $330 million in new revenue in fiscal year 2003-04, and $326 million in 2004-05 in its latest budget proposal by increasing taxes on tobacco and alcohol products. However, the House has staunchly refused to raise any more taxes this year, leaving many questioning how the state can get needed revenue. "We've got to have some new revenue in this...
  • Vernon Robinson for Congress (Black conservative Candidate!!)

    06/26/2003 1:10:34 PM PDT · by ibheath · 16 replies · 268+ views
    My Email ^ | 6/26/*03 | alerts@conservativealerts.com
    Meet the next J.C. Watts for Congress! Dear John McGuire, Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton don't want you to read this letter! If you share my opinion of those two race-hustling poverty pimps, that fact alone should motivate you to read every word. I'm the black conservative United Press International recently called "the early favorite" to win the open seat in the 5th Congressional District of North Carolina. As the liberal media so often remind us, there has been no black Republican in Congress since J.C. Watts retired. The Wall Street Journal called me "the next black Republican Congressman" and...
  • Gun bill approved by House

    06/26/2003 10:54:26 AM PDT · by Blood of Tyrants · 51 replies · 267+ views
    News Observer ^ | 6/25/03 | LYNN BONNER
    Some defendants facing domestic violence charges would have to turn over their guns to the sheriff under a proposal that will likely soon be state law. The bill's supporters said it would help protect victims in serious domestic violence cases. "It's one of the most important bills this body has considered this session because it's one bill I think will save lives in the state of North Carolina in years to come," said Rep. Don Munford, a Raleigh Republican. The state House on Tuesday approved the bill, which has already passed the Senate, by a 116-1 vote. The House must...
  • States seeking speedier rail route through N.C., Virginia [Amtrak]

    06/23/2003 12:02:58 PM PDT · by Constitution Day · 12 replies · 253+ views
    The Durham Herald-Sun [Durham, NC] ^ | June 23, 2003 | Associated Press
    States seeking speedier rail route through N.C., Virginia The Associated Press June 23, 2003   12:20 pm RALEIGH, N.C. -- State officials this week begin answering questions about a project to rebuild a largely abandoned rail corridor north of Raleigh needed for interstate high-speed passenger rail service.The rail corridor between Raleigh and Petersburg, Va., is essential to a $2.6 billion plan to make train travel from Charlotte to Washington a viable alternative to driving or flying.Amtrak trains now take a roundabout route from Petersburg to Raleigh via Rocky Mount, Wilson and Selma at speeds of up to 79 mph....
  • Congressman Billybob Sez: Bits and Pieces

    06/19/2003 4:01:10 PM PDT · by Congressman Billybob · 24 replies · 364+ views
    Congressman Billybob's website ^ | 18 June 2003 | Congressman Billybob (J. Armor, Esq.)
    Bits and PiecesLawyers on Parade: Max Factor heir Andrew Luster was captured in Mexico this week, after jumping bail during his trial for assault, rape and drug charges. He was convicted in absentia, and sentenced to 124 years in jail. Now his sleazoid lawyers have suggested that they will appeal his conviction on the grounds that the judge wrongly instructed the jurors that "fleeing can be taken as evidence of guilt." What chutzpah. These same lawyers got the judge to lower the bail on this criminal, so he could get out on bail with "electronic surveillance." That allowed him to...
  • Wake County, NC Commissioners Approve 4-Cent Property Tax Hike

    06/16/2003 6:48:17 PM PDT · by jern · 11 replies · 1,581+ views
    WRAL.com ^ | June 16, 2003 | WRAL.com
    <p>WAKE COUNTY, N.C. -- Wake County commissioners voted 5-2 Monday to raise the property tax rate by 4 cents to give schools and other groups the budget hikes they want.</p> <p>"There is a $2 million in long-overdue teacher salary increase, a modest increase, to help keep highly qualified teachers in the classroom," said Bill McNeal, superintendent of Wake County schools.</p>
  • Behind the tax cut rhetoric [Liberal panties-in-a-twist alert]

    06/13/2003 7:17:28 AM PDT · by Constitution Day · 27 replies · 69+ views
    Rocky Mount Telegram [Rocky Mount, N.C.] ^ | June 12, 2003 | Gene Metrick
    Behind the tax cut rhetoricBy Gene Metrick, Rocky Mount Telegram So the president's fiendish tax-cutting strategy already is accomplishing what it was meant to do. Sorry - we're not talking about spurring job creation or economic growth here. The whole point of the fallaciously named Jobs and Growth Tax Relief Reconciliation Act of 2003 has nothing to do with creating new jobs or stimulating the sputtering American economy. This $330 million tax-cut package - which by most accounts showers 58 percent of its benefits on the 8.2 percent of taxpayers who earn more than $100,000 a year - will provide...
  • Fears Grow in North Carolina, 2 more fall ill

    06/13/2003 5:16:50 AM PDT · by jacquej · 129 replies · 327+ views
    Toronto Star ^ | June 13, 2003 | Tim Harper
    Toronto's most notorious export, may have spread in this tightly knit university town. With one confirmed case of SARS in its midst, employees at a University of North Carolina support building learned yesterday two more of their colleagues are in isolation and suffering from respiratory illness. The news heightened anxiety among the town's residents. "We are very highly concerned," North Carolina state epidemiologist Dr. Jeffrey Engel said in an interview. "That concern will last until we can determine whether there have been secondary infections in this case." Pete Reinhardt, director of health and safety at UNC, said the two show...
  • Army investigates N.C. colonel's proposals to more than 50 women

    06/11/2003 7:28:54 AM PDT · by Constitution Day · 38 replies · 153+ views
    The Durham Herald-Sun [Durham, N.C.] ^ | June 11, 2003 | The Associated Press
    Army investigates N.C. colonel's proposals to more than 50 women The Associated Press June 11, 2003   9:22 am FORT BRAGG, N.C. -- Commanders at this Army post are investigating allegations that a colonel proposed to dozens of women in the United States and Canada after meeting them through Internet dating services.The New York Times reported Wednesday that the women, who compiled a list of more than 50 women to whom 50-year-old Col. Kassem Saleh proposed, want the colonel punished. But it's not clear that such behavior would violate either criminal law or military regulations.In addition, the women say...
  • Sen. Dole To Deliver Maiden Speech On Hunger

    06/05/2003 6:23:44 AM PDT · by Constitution Day · 26 replies · 168+ views
    WRAL TV [Raleigh, N.C.] ^ | June 5, 2003 | Associated Press
    <p>WASHINGTON -- North Carolina Senator Elizabeth Dole plans to rise on the Senate floor Thursday morning to deliver what she's calling her maiden speech. Her subject: Hunger.</p> <p>Dole spent much of Congress's spring recess visiting the state's homeless shelters, farms, soup kitchens and food distribution centers.</p>
  • Congressman [Richard Burr, R-NC 5] eyes seat in U.S. Senate

    06/04/2003 8:49:20 AM PDT · by Constitution Day · 22 replies · 297+ views
    Rocky Mount Telegram [Rocky Mount, NC] ^ | June 3, 2003 | Ned B. Hunter
    Congressman eyes seat in U.S. SenateBy NED B. HUNTER, Rocky Mount Telegram U.S. Rep. Richard Burr officially has filed as a candidate for the U.S. Senate. Burr, R-5th District, filed a statement of candidacy for the Senate on March 3 with the Secretary of the Senate in the Office of Public Information in the Senate, which forwarded the filing to the Federal Elections Commission the same day. "I have done everything short of making a formal announcement," Burr told a Telegram reporter on Tuesday. "I have even closed my House (campaign finance) account." Raymond Davis, a campaign specialist in the...
  • [N.C.] Senate approves concealed handgun reciprocity bill

    06/04/2003 7:29:00 AM PDT · by Constitution Day · 18 replies · 358+ views
    Durham Herald-Sun ^ | June 3, 2003 | Associated Press
    Senate approves concealed handgun reciprocity bill The Associated Press June 3, 2003   5:20 pm RALEIGH, N.C. -- The state Senate on Tuesday gave final approval to legislation that would have North Carolina honor concealed handgun permits from other states.The bill approved changes made earlier in the state House and passed the Senate 39-6.The measure, which must be signed by Gov. Mike Easley before it becomes law, would order North Carolina's attorney general to seek agreements with states that also have conceal-and-carry permits so that North Carolina permit holders could carry a hidden pistol in those states. North Carolina...
  • Congressman Billybob Sez: Surviving in the Smokies

    06/03/2003 8:55:40 PM PDT · by Congressman Billybob · 51 replies · 333+ views
    United Press International ^ | 3 June 2003 | John Armor (Congressman Billybob)
    From the National Desk, 6/3/2003 7:35 PM HIGHLANDS, N.C., June 3 (UPI) -- A "neighbor" of mine was arrested last week. Eric Rudolph was captured in Murphy, N.C., and promptly turned over to the FBI who always (try to) get their man. But this is a part of the story about which the national press doesn't have a clue - the baseless speculation on how Rudolph "eluded capture for so long." This is the wrong question, and leads to the wrong answers. Anyone familiar with Cherokee County and its surrounding counties in the southwest corner of this state knows that...
  • This time, a gentler occupying force of agents following suspect's trail [Eric Rudolph case]

    06/03/2003 6:03:13 AM PDT · by Constitution Day · 43 replies · 367+ views
    Durham Herald-Sun [Durham, N.C.] ^ | June 2, 2003 | TIM WHITMIRE, Associated Press Writer
    This time, a gentler occupying force of agents following suspect's trail By TIM WHITMIRE, Associated Press Writer June 2, 2003   6:40 pm ANDREWS, N.C. -- Five years ago, when federal agents swarmed in to search for Eric Rudolph, their constantly buzzing helicopters and quasi-military show of force didn't go over well in a North Carolina mountain region with a history of mistrust of the government.Now, as dozens of agents again pour in from across the country to figure out where Rudolph spent his time on the run, the government is trying a gentler approach in hopes of winning...
  • [N.C.] Locals say sympathy for Rudolph not as widespread as believed

    06/02/2003 5:30:25 AM PDT · by Constitution Day · 43 replies · 130+ views
    Durham Herald-Sun [Durham, NC] ^ | June 1, 2003 | Allen G. Breed, Associated Press Writer
    Locals say sympathy for Rudolph not as widespread as believed By ALLEN G. BREED, Associated Press Writer June 1, 2003   7:45 pm ANDREWS, N.C. -- Standing in the door of a trailer on the mountain compound where "patriot" militia once trained, Jeremy Blake Ford swears he would not have helped serial bombing suspect Eric Robert Rudolph.But if the elusive survivalist had walked out of the nearby woods, Ford isn't sure he would have turned him in."I believe you've got to send a message," Ford said Sunday from the hillside home of the late right-wing firebrand Nord Davis Jr.Never...
  • N.C. GOP criticizes speaker Morgan and his allies

    06/02/2003 5:45:18 AM PDT · by Constitution Day · 22 replies · 144+ views
    Durham Herald-Sun [Durham, NC] ^ | May 31, 2003 | The Associated Press
    N.C. GOP criticizes speaker Morgan and his allies The Associated Press May 31, 2003   10:00 pm CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- State Republicans passed several toughly worded resolutions Saturday accusing Republican House co-Speaker Richard Morgan and four of his allies of betraying the party.The resolutions at the state Republican convention called for party members to oust disloyal GOP lawmakers in next year's primaries and require future Republican candidates to sign loyalty oaths.Morgan didn't attend the convention.Reached at his home in Moore County, Morgan characterized the convention's actions as effort by an opposing House Republican faction to embarrass him."My interest is...
  • Candidate's (Patrick Ballantine) big splash leaves his rivals cold at NC GOP convention

    06/01/2003 7:54:31 AM PDT · by jern · 25 replies · 210+ views
    Charlotte Observer ^ | June 1, 2003 | JIM MORRILL
    Posted on Sun, Jun. 01, 2003 Candidate's big splash leaves his rivals cold GOP state convention provides the stage for one-upmanship JIM MORRILL Staff Writer Republican state Sen. Patrick Ballantine launched his race for governor Saturday with a splashy kick-off that left some rivals calling foul. The Senate minority leader from Wilmington followed three other candidates to the stage at the party's state convention at the Charlotte Convention Center. Each had been given five minutes. As Ballantine was introduced, the ballroom lights darkened and a four-minute infomercial began on a huge screen. The MTV-like video, from the same Hollywood producer...
  • Group [American Conservative Union] files complaint over Edwards' campaign donations

    05/30/2003 1:39:29 PM PDT · by Constitution Day · 6 replies · 83+ views
    Durham Herald-Sun [Durham, N.C.] ^ | May 30, 2003 | The Associated Press
    Group files complaint over Edwards' campaign donations The Associated Press May 30, 2003   12:11 pm WASHINGTON -- A conservative political group filed a complaint with the Federal Election Commission on Friday, calling Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards a "petty criminal" for accepting questionable campaign donations.The complaint asks the FEC to investigate the North Carolina senator, his campaign and the Arkansas law firm Turner & Associates over contributions that came from the firm. Law clerk Michelle D. Abu-Halmeh told The Washington Post in April that her boss, attorney Tab Turner, asked people to support Edwards and assured them they...
  • Chapel Hill [N.C.] Officers Investigated For Posing As FBI Agents

    05/30/2003 6:43:11 AM PDT · by Constitution Day · 20 replies · 200+ views
    WRAL-TV [Raleigh, NC] ^ | May 30, 2003 | WRAL.com staff
    <p>CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- Three Chapel Hill police officers are off the streets following allegations that two of them posed as FBI agents.</p> <p>A female student at Chapel Hill High School claims two men wearing FBI shirts presented a business card with FBI lettering and questioned her about a suspected hacking into the school's computer system.</p>
  • Rep. Richard Burr [R-NC 5]: Use Medicaid funds for Medicaid

    05/29/2003 5:57:12 AM PDT · by Constitution Day · 3 replies · 242+ views
    Rocky Mount Telegram [Rocky Mount, N.C.] ^ | May 29, 2003 | Ned B. Hunter
    Burr: Use Medicaid funds for MedicaidBy Ned B. Hunter, Rocky Mount Telegram North Carolina will receive $510 million in federal aid as part of the new tax cut package, said U.S. Rep. Richard Burr. State lawmakers need to use the $275 million of that aid earmarked for Medicaid for what it was intended, said Burr, R-5th District, speaking to nearly 180 people who were invited to the Rose Hill Plantation outside Nashville by N.C. Rep. Bill Daughtridge, R-Nash. "Those funds need to be "sheltered in a way to protect the Medicaid program." Burr, who was encouraged by the White House...
  • Vinroot makes it official: He's running for governor (NC)

    05/29/2003 5:10:48 AM PDT · by gonewt · 41 replies · 535+ views
    Vinroot makes it official: He's running for governor It's 3rd time for former Charlotte mayor JIM MORRILL Staff Writer Former Republican gubernatorial nominee Richard Vinroot made it official Wednesday. He's running again.His announcement came the same day Raleigh attorney Jim Cain took himself out of consideration for the GOP race.Vinroot, a former Charlotte mayor, is his party's fourth gubernatorial candidate. Davie County commissioner Dan Barrett and Southern Pines businessman George Little already have announced. State Senate Minority Leader Patrick Ballantine, who holds a fund-raiser tonight at Myers Park Country Club, plans to announce his candidacy in Charlotte Saturday at the...
  • Rocky Mount [N.C] Sees Benefits Of New Traffic Cameras

    05/28/2003 11:33:58 AM PDT · by Constitution Day · 18 replies · 157+ views
    WRAL-TV [Raleigh, N.C.] ^ | May 27, 2003 | Brian Bowman
    <p>ROCKY MOUNT, N.C. -- With a population of only 56,000, Rocky Mount is the smallest town in the state to install red-light cameras. So far, officials have installed five cameras and the number of crashes at the intersections is down 30 percent, which officials claim is better than expected.</p>
  • N.C. Latinos Bring Lobbying Effort To Legislature

    05/28/2003 5:39:44 AM PDT · by Constitution Day · 17 replies · 120+ views
    WRAL-TV [Raleigh, N.C.] ^ | May 28, 2003 | Associated Press
    <p>RALEIGH, N.C. -- More than 1,000 strong, Latinos came to the Legislative Building to let lawmakers know that they cannot be ignored.</p> <p>Many wearing red shirts and dresses to present a united front, they strode the halls and talked public policy Tuesday during the first Latino Day at the Legislature.</p>
  • John Edwards in Trouble- Bush 57 Edwards 39, Survey says Senate re-election bid also in jeopardy

    05/24/2003 7:16:51 AM PDT · by jern · 83 replies · 720+ views
    The News & Observer ^ | May 24, 2003 | JOHN WAGNER
    Poll: N.C. not enamored of Edwards Survey says Bush would win in senator's home state; Senate re-election bid also in jeopardy By JOHN WAGNER, Washington Correspondent GORHAM, N.H. -- This week, U.S. Sen. John Edwards pitched a rural revitalization plan in Iowa. He mingled with high-tech executives in northern Virginia. And on Friday, after voting against President Bush's tax cut in Washington, he flew here for a two-day swing through New Hampshire. This is the kind of schedule that presidential candidates have to keep, with lots of appearances outside their home state. But the activity doesn't appear to be...
  • North Carolina: Activists create Latino Day to push bill

    05/23/2003 8:05:38 AM PDT · by Constitution Day · 52 replies · 311+ views
    Durham Herald-Sun [Durham, NC] ^ | May 22, 2003 | MARK SCHULTZ, The Herald-Sun
    Activists create Latino Day to push bill By MARK SCHULTZ, The Herald-Sun May 22, 2003   9:29 pm RALEIGH -- Hundreds of Latinos and their supporters are expected in Raleigh Tuesday for the state’s first "Latino Day at the Legislature." The day, organized by El Pueblo Inc. of Raleigh and Student Action with Farmworkers of Durham, will focus on passing laws to help the state’s growing Latino population, including those who are undocumented, or here illegally. "We often talk about how our community has grown, but we don’t talk about what we have brought," said Marisol Jiménez, an organizer...
  • Seeing red over pink: Cary owner might have to paint shop

    05/22/2003 6:07:09 AM PDT · by Constitution Day · 65 replies · 247+ views
    The News and Observer [Raleigh, NC] ^ | May 22, 2003 | Lorenzo Perez, Staff Writer
    Thursday, May 22, 2003 7:18AM EDT Seeing red over pink Cary owner might have to paint shop By LORENZO PEREZ, Staff Writer CARY -- In a beige downtown, Kimberly G. Perry dared to think pink. The pale shade she chose for the outside of her "Not Just Country" doll and crafts shop wasn't pale enough for town officials, who want Perry to add a fresh coat of sand-colored paint atop the offending carnation pink. The Town Council will get to play color consultant tonight, when it decides whether to support the town planning department's recommendation and order Perry to...
  • N.C. Democrats fear taint of Phipps campaign

    05/19/2003 10:09:45 AM PDT · by Constitution Day · 20 replies · 135+ views
    Durham Herald-Sun [Durham, N.C.] ^ | May 19, 2003 | Scott Mooneyham, Associated Press writer
    Democrats fear taint of Phipps campaign By SCOTT MOONEYHAM, Associated Press Writer May 19, 2003   1:23 am RALEIGH, N.C. -- Last week, Agriculture Commissioner Meg Scott Phipps called Gov. Mike Easley's letter asking her to resign "just politics."But politics or not, Democrats lined up behind their governor, not Phipps, after the letter went out.Political analysts say that shouldn't come as a surprise. In a state where Republicans are making political gains and winning more offices each election, Democrats fear the specter of a Phipps candidacy in 2004.With a federal investigation into Phipps' campaign activities hanging over her head,...
  • Campaign discrepancies haunt Congressman Frank Ballance [D, NC-1st]

    05/16/2003 12:31:49 PM PDT · by Constitution Day · 11 replies · 216+ views
    Rocky Mount Telegram [Rocky Mount, N.C.] ^ | May 15, 2003 | Ned B. Hunter
    Campaign discrepancies haunt BallanceBy NED B. HUNTER, Rocky Mount Telegram U.S. Rep. Frank Ballance still has not explained discrepancies in his N.C. Senate campaign finance reports, said Kim Westbrook, N.C. State Board of Elections director of campaign finance. The reports are incomplete, Westbrook said. The reports lack occupational information of campaign donors for the third and fourth quarters of 2000, and complete addresses for both contributors and disbursements. There also is an unexplained refund to a contributor. "He's not under investigation. He has failed to file some required forms from the past elections," she said. Ballance, D-1st District, said he...
  • (NC) Senate GOP offers Alternatives to Hefty North Carolina Tax Increases

    05/02/2003 5:26:57 PM PDT · by Prospero · 24 replies · 195+ views
    “These are common sense alternatives to tax increases,” said Senate Republican Leader Patrick Ballantine, R-New Hanover. “It keeps promises, rather than breaks promises.”
  • Sen. John Edwards says Bush administration is a group of "insiders"

    04/26/2003 1:04:59 PM PDT · by Constitution Day · 63 replies · 443+ views
    Durham Herald-Sun (Durham, NC) ^ | April 26, 2003 | Alex Ortolani, Associated Press Writer
    Edwards says Bush administration is a group of "insiders" By ALEX ORTOLANI, Associated Press Writer April 26, 2003   2:43 pm HENNIKER, N.H. -- Democratic presidential hopeful John Edwards said Saturday that President Bush's administration is run by the business elite for big business, not working people."There is a small group of people running our country," the senator from North Carolina told a gathering at New England College. "This is a government of insiders, by insiders and for insiders."Edwards emphasized his commitment to working class Americans and said companies must stop paying corporate chief executives excessive salaries. The senator...
  • Rep. Frank Ballance (D-NC) Apologizes, But Stands Up For Hyman Foundation

    04/25/2003 7:34:21 AM PDT · by Constitution Day · 20 replies · 323+ views
    WRAL-TV (Raleigh, NC) ^ | April 24, 2003 | WRAL.com staff
    <p>WARRENTON, N.C. -- A veteran North Carolina lawmaker faces lingering questions about a taxpayer-funded program that he helped create.</p> <p>First District Rep. Frank Ballance admitted Thursday that the nonprofit John Hyman Foundation has documentation problems. But he defended its worth to the community.</p>
  • Advocates want same-day voter registration in N.C.

    04/16/2003 1:07:59 PM PDT · by Constitution Day · 85 replies · 516+ views
    Durham Herald-Sun (Durham, NC) ^ | April 16, 2003 | The Associated Press
    Advocates want same-day voter registration in N.C. The Associated Press April 16, 2003   12:27 pm RALEIGH, N.C. -- Election reform advocates urged legislators Wednesday to pass a bill that would allow voters to register anytime -- even on Election Day.The bill, sponsored by Rep. Deborah Ross, D-Wake, also would allow registration at any early voting site. Voters would have to show a pictured identification and sign an affidavit swearing to their residency."This bill makes it easier for North Carolina voters to participate in the political process at a time when it makes sense to do so," Ross said.Bob...
  • NC Freepers, come meet Rep. Richard Burr in Greenville on 4/23!

    04/16/2003 7:08:50 AM PDT · by Constitution Day · 21 replies · 186+ views
    April 16, 2003 | Constitution Day
    Eastern North Carolina FReepers,Congressman Richard Burr (R, 5th District) will be in Greenville on Wednesday, April 23 to meet eastern NC voters.Burr, who has announced that he will not run for re-election, is hoping to replace our ambulance-chasing Senator (and Presidential candidate), John Edwards.This will be a "sandwich supper" at 6:30 PM, at the Ham Store in Greenville. Cost is $5.00.Come on out to meet Rep. Burr! I will be there, and I hope other NC FReepers will join me.Details:Date: Wednesday, April 23, 2003Time: 6:30 PMLocation: The Ham Store, 805 Red Banks Road, Greenville, NCCost: $5.00 (what a deal!)Mapquest.com link...
  • NC Education leaders: No tax cuts

    04/16/2003 4:31:30 AM PDT · by mtbrandon49 · 11 replies · 200+ views
    The Herald Sun ^ | 4/15/2003 | Herald Sun
    Education leaders: No tax cuts By C.D. Kirkpatrick, The Herald-Sun April 15, 2003 8:15 pm RALEIGH -- The state’s education leaders have asked the General Assembly and Gov. Mike Easley to rethink proposed education budget cuts, saying the systems cannot absorb them without damage to their ability to carry out their missions. In a Monday letter, UNC system President Molly Broad, Department of Public Instruction Superintendent Mike Ward and Community College System President Martin Lancaster suggest lawmakers delay scheduled reductions in sales and income taxes.
  • Senator Patrick Ballantine at GOP Club

    04/13/2003 3:54:56 AM PDT · by Jomini · 9 replies · 98+ views
    Down East Republican.com ^ | March 30, 2003 | Al Klemm
    NC Senate Minority Leader Patrick Ballantine was welcomed by all at the Beaufort County GOP Club Thursday night. Patrick made a long detailed impressive speech. This writer was highly impressed with Patrick's knowledge and his views on the issues. If Patrick decides to run for Governor, he will be a strong candidate. Some bullets from last nights speech. Follows the example of President George Bush in embracing "compassionate conservatism" and indicated we have to put a new face on the Republican Party. Quote; "I am going to do anything I can to take out tax hike Mike". There are 2.2...
  • Elizabeth Edwards: There's More To Presidential Candidates Than Meets Eye (Sen. John Edwards' wife)

    04/07/2003 11:27:46 AM PDT · by Constitution Day · 43 replies · 610+ views
    WRAL-TV 5 (Raleigh, NC) ^ | April 7, 2003 | WRAL.com staff
    <p>RALEIGH, N.C. -- There's more to the presidential race than the men in front of the cameras.</p> <p>There's the support of their wives, who one day could be called "first lady."</p> <p>In a rare interview, Elizabeth Edwards, the wife of N.C. Sen. John Edwards, spoke with WRAL about what it means to be the wife of a presidential candidate.</p>