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  • North Carolina Early Voting Trend

    10/20/2018 4:40:10 PM PDT · by 11th_VA · 39 replies
    Twitter ^ | Oct 20, 2018 | Phil Kerpen
    NC 2018 257,325 ballots cast 111,325 Democrats (43.3%) 78,554 Republicans (30.5%) 66,873 Unafilliated (26.0%) NC 2016 321,666 ballots cast 162,494 Democrats (50.5%) 82,803 Republicans (25.7%) 75,674 Unaffiliated (23.5%)
  • President Trump heading to Charlotte (NC) for campaign rally next week

    10/19/2018 6:30:54 PM PDT · by Perseverando · 23 replies
    WBTV.com ^ | October 19, 2018 | WBTV Web Staff
    CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV Web Staff) - President Donald Trump is coming to Charlotte next week to campaign for Mark Harris. He plans to visit Friday, October 26. Trump visited for whirlwind trip in August to raise money for Republicans Mark Harris of the 9th District and Rep. Ted Budd of the 13th. [ Whirlwind trip to Charlotte puts Trump in the middle of 2 competitive NC races ] Trump is expected to rally at 7 p.m. at Bojangles Coliseum, located at 2700 E. Independence Boulevard. Doors will open at 4 p.m. Those interested can register for tickets here.Both Budd and...
  • Board: N Carolina lawmaker didn’t disclose $140K in activity

    10/18/2018 9:13:27 AM PDT · by Libloather · 9 replies
    AP News ^ | 10/17/18 | GARY D. ROBERTSON
    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina’s elections board sent to prosecutors Wednesday the case of a state House member whom investigators allege failed to report over $140,000 in campaign contributions expenditures over several years. The elections panel voted unanimously to send their findings involving Democratic Rep. Rodney Moore of Charlotte and his campaign to the Mecklenburg County district attorney for possible charges. The board decided there is “clear and convincing evidence” that false campaign reports were signed while treated under oath as complete and correct, as well as that unlawful spending of campaign contributions occurred.
  • State trooper, an 11-year veteran, shot dead during traffic stop in North Carolina

    10/17/2018 8:14:44 AM PDT · by 11th_VA · 32 replies
    News Channel Nebraska ^ | Oct 17, 2018 | ABC News Radio
    (COLUMBUS COUNTY, N.C.) — A veteran state trooper in North Carolina was shot dead while making a traffic stop early Wednesday, authorities said. The deadly confrontation unfolded when Kevin Conner, an 11-year veteran, stopped a pickup truck for speeding in Columbus County just after midnight, the North Carolina Department of Public Safety said. The driver pulled onto the shoulder, and when Conner approached, the driver allegedly fired several shots, authorities said. The suspected shooter then fled the scene and led police on a car chase, authorities said. His car became stuck while trying to drive over a railroad crossing, authorities...
  • In Afghanistan, he was a military policeman — but now, he's a convicted pimp

    10/15/2018 12:19:10 AM PDT · by robowombat · 12 replies
    Stars and Stripes ^ | October 12, 2018 | MICHAEL GORDON
    In Afghanistan, he was a military policeman — but now, he's a convicted pimp Xaver Boston, an Army Reservist, is charged with crimes carrying a sentence of 15 years to life, mandatory restitution and a $250,000 fine. By MICHAEL GORDON CHARLOTTE, N.C. (Tribune News Service) — Military policeman in Afghanistan. Pimp in Charlotte. Those two sides of Xaver Boston crashed head-on this week in an uptown federal courtroom. There, the 29-year-old former Army Reservist was convicted of running a five-year, sex-trafficking ring that preyed on young, drug-addicted women. Three of those women testified against Boston during his three-day trial. After...
  • Real Clear Politics "Senate No Toss Ups 2018" GOP +2 Dem 0

    10/13/2018 4:20:40 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 46 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | October 13, 2018
    Senate No Toss Ups 2018 Democrats 0 Pick Ups GOP 2 Pick Ups Mo & ND
  • Pastor prays for Trump to have 'supernatural wisdom'

    10/13/2018 4:23:18 PM PDT · by mandaladon · 16 replies
    The Hill ^ | 13 Oct 2018 | ALEXANDER BOLTON
    Newly freed American pastor Andrew Brunson prayed over President Trump in the Oval Office and asked God to fill the president with “supernatural wisdom,” after returning to the U.S. on Saturday for the first time in nearly two years. Trump quipped that he probably needs prayer more than anyone else in the room, which included Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, national security adviser John Bolton and several senators. Brunson kneeled next to Trump, who remained sitting in an armchair, and put his hand on the president’s shoulder as he prayed with head bowed and eyes closed. “Lord God, I ask...
  • Trump celebrates return of American pastor from Turkey

    10/13/2018 3:57:03 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 7 replies
    KRCR News Channel (ABC Channel 7) ^ | October 13, 2018 | DARLENE SUPERVILLE and ZEKE MILLER , Associated Press
    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump welcomed American pastor Andrew Brunson to the Oval Office on Saturday, celebrating his release from nearly two years of confinement in Turkey that had sparked a diplomatic row with a key ally and outcry from U.S. evangelical groups. Brunson, who returned to the United States aboard a military jet shortly before their meeting, appeared to be in good health and good spirits. He thanked Trump for working to secure his freedom and then lead his family in prayer for the president. "You really fought for us," he told Trump. "From a Turkish prison to...
  • Nine outcomes of Brunson's release - none of which are positive for Erdogan

    10/13/2018 9:28:31 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 7 replies
    Ahval (Events) ^ | 2018-10-13 | Ilhan Tanir
    On Friday, Turkish officials released U.S. pastor Andrew Brunson, who has been imprisoned for the past two years on alleged charges of conspiring with illegal groups. Brunson was released upon a ruling that said the 24-months the U.S. pastor spent in detainment was sufficient for the courtÂ’s three-year sentence. The imprisonment of Brunson has been a sore spot in U.S.-Turkey relations, with the U.S. applying pressure through increased tariffs and sanctions against Turkey over the summer, resulting in a rapid devaluation of the Turkish lira. While this may seem like a positive development in bilateral relations, the Brunson case fatally...
  • Released US pastor Andrew Brunson returns to US, scheduled to meet with Trump in Oval Office

    10/13/2018 10:18:47 AM PDT · by mandaladon · 6 replies
    CNN ^ | 13 Oct 2018 | Kate Sullivan and Caroline Kelly
    (CNN)American pastor Andrew Brunson arrived at Andrews Air Force Base outside Washington, DC, at just after noon Saturday. Brunson will join President Donald Trump in the Oval Office on Saturday, the President tweeted, adding there was "NO DEAL made with Turkey" for his release. Brunson had been held in Turkey since 2016, accused of helping to plot a coup attempt against Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. US officials say Brunson was wrongfully detained. The evangelical pastor's case strained relations between the two NATO allies and raised the possibility of significant US sanctions and further threats. "It will be wonderful to...
  • Trump meets with freed American pastor Andrew Brunson in Oval Office

    10/13/2018 12:35:48 PM PDT · by navysealdad · 40 replies
    Freed American pastor Andrew Brunson met and prayed with President Trump in the Oval Office Saturday, thanking him for having "really fought for us" -- a day after his release from house arrest in Turkey.
  • Can we talk? Trump’s riding high _ and he’s got a lot to say

    10/12/2018 9:49:20 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 21 replies
    AP ^ | 10/12/18 | Jill Colving
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Can we talk? Donald Trump would like to chat. And, boy, is he ever. Riding high after Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s successful confirmation, the president has been on a rollicking press tour of late. He’s inviting reporters up to his private cabin on Air Force One. He’s calling in to his favorite shows. And he’s turning closed White House events into major media moments. On Thursday alone, Trump held four separate press availabilities, including one that featured a profanity-laced Oval Office performance by Kanye West, the rapper and producer who has emerged as Trump’s top Hollywood...
  • Turkey releases pastor Andrew Brunson!

    10/12/2018 7:03:26 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 92 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 10/12/2018 | by Joel Gehrke
    American pastor Andrew Brunson, who was swept up in a wave of arrests in the wake a failed coup attempt in Turkey, was released on Friday, easing a major controversy between the United States and the NATO ally. A judge ordered Brunson's release as part of a reported deal in which President Trump will “ease economic pressure” on President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s country. Turkey is not dropping the case against Brunson. The prosecutor “demanded up to 10 years in prison for terror charges,” a pro-government outlet reported, but Brunson will be allowed to leave the country. “The Second High Criminal...
  • 'Good Chance' Turkey will release American pastor tomorrow

    10/11/2018 4:08:29 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    Yahoo! Finance ^ | October 11, 2018 | Shawn Carrié, Yahoo! News
    ISTANBUL – American Pastor Andrew Brunson, whose detention in Turkey has sparked a tense standoff between Ankara and Washington, will likely be released following a hearing scheduled for Friday, according to his lawyer. “There is a good chance he could walk free,” Brunson’s lawyer, Ismail Cem Haravut told Yahoo News. Brunson, a Christian preacher from North Carolina, became the center a diplomatic row between Ankara and Washington after Turkey jailed on terrorism charges. Ankara accuses Brunson of having links to groups guilty of orchestrating a failed coup attempt in 2016, through the small evangelical he has run in the coastal...
  • Is Andrew Brunson's Release More Important Than Alliance With Turkey?

    08/21/2018 10:00:32 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 44 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 08/21/2018 | Mark Tooley
    American evangelicals and human rights advocates are encouraging the United States to pressure Turkey to release American missionary Andrew Brunson, who faces ridiculous allegations of complicity in Kurdish terrorism. Are they right to do so, even if the price is estrangement with a key NATO member and harm to US regional interests? How should Christians in their political witness balance Christian causes versus the wider national good? The president, vice president and secretary of state have all denounced Turkey's imprisonment of Brunson. Economic sanctions have been levied against Turkish products, and personal sanctions have targeted two Turkish officials. Congress has...
  • Harnett principal replaced after she asked student not to wear Trump jersey

    10/13/2018 1:13:32 AM PDT · by abb · 59 replies
    The News & Observer ^ | October 12, 2018 | Camila Molina
    A Harnett County high school principal has been replaced, a week after she asked a high school student to remove a jersey that bore President Donald Trump’s name on the back. The Harnett school system on Friday announced a new principal for Harnett Central High School. The district said the change is directly related to the actions taken by former Harnett Central Principal Cindy Gordon last week in asking the student not to wear the Trump shirt. The district announced leadership changes at several of its schools, including Harnett Central, on Friday afternoon. The changes are “effective immediately,” according to...
  • Son Forced to Remove ‘Trump 45’ Jersey at Football Game

    10/12/2018 6:41:22 AM PDT · by ManHunter · 33 replies
    Independent Sentinel ^ | 12 OCT 2018 | S. Noble
    The theme during the Harnett Central High School’s football game Friday was to dress patriotically for USA America night. Mike Collins' son Matthew was forced to remove his jersey at a school football game and it left him very humiliated and hurt.
  • Anti-toll movement may upend North Carolina’s first transportation P3

    10/12/2018 1:07:10 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 13 replies
    The Bond Buyer ^ | September 12, 2018 | Shelly Sigo
    North Carolina officials are trying to figure out how to unwind parts or all of a 2014 public-private partnership that is building managed toll lanes on a Charlotte-area highway.Ever since the ink dried on North Carolina’s first transportation P3 contract, the plan to relieve severe congestion in the Charlotte region has generated controversy.Public opposition remains just as fierce today to the project that will add express lanes on Interstate 77, even though more than one report says the deal with I-77 Mobility Partners LLC, a consortium led by Cintra Infraestructuras S.A., was properly authorized and permitted.The 26-mile-long project is designed...
  • BREAKING: White House Reaches Deal With Turkey to Free Jailed US Pastor Andrew Brunson

    10/11/2018 4:39:11 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 44 replies
    Faithwire.com ^ | 11 Oct 2018 | Dan Andros
    Finally, after an excruciatingly long wait of almost two years, it appears the incarceration of United States pastor Andrew Brunson will finally come to an end. According to NBC News, the White House has brokered a deal to secure Brunson’s freedom: The White House expects North Carolina pastor Andrew Brunson to be released by the Turkish government and returned to the U.S. in the coming days, two years after he was detained, according to two senior administration officials and another person briefed on the matter. Under an agreement senior Trump administration officials recently reached with Turkey, Brunson is supposed to...
  • Harnett school principal forces student to remove Trump jersey at patriotic-themed football game

    10/10/2018 5:13:08 PM PDT · by CodeJockey · 46 replies
    WTVD 11 Durham, NC ^ | 10/10/18 | Tim Pulliam
    Mike Collins is disappointed about how he says his 18-year-old son was treated during a high school football game after wearing a jersey printed with President Donald Trump's name. "I think any mother or father would feel like I feel," stated Collins. The theme during Harnett Central High School's football game Friday was to dress patriotically for USA America night. . . . Collins says his son was asked by the school principal to remove the jersey.