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Former Obama Advisor Axelrod Paints Less Than Flattering Picture of John and Elizabeth Edwards PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 24 February 2015 08:05

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - In his new book "Believer," former Barack Obama political advisor David Axelrod paints a less than flattering picture of John and Elizabeth Edwards.

Reporting by McClatchy says Axelrod's wife brought up questions about the couple when she and David met them in 2003. Axelrod was a consultant to the Edwards presidential campaign in 2004.

Axelrod also writes that Mrs. Edwards wrote "nasty" emails, though the public didn't see that side of her.

The full story can be found at newsobserver.com.

 
Gov. McCrory to Politico: GOP Strong Outside Of Washington D.C. PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 23 February 2015 06:49

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - North Carolina readers of national political website politico.com woke up this weekend to a story that began this way: "Pat McCrory beamed."

The online publication talked with the governor while he was in the capital for a meeting of the National Governors Association. He told politico.com the news media has mischaracterized the Republican Party.

“Outside the beltline of Washington D.C., the Republican Party has been extremely strong," said McCrory to politico.com

The governor also discussed the party's 2016 presidential field.

“Governors know how to surround themselves with good teams and good advisers, and that’s where the experience of being governor I think is a good stepping-stone for the presidency,” he told politico.com.

Gov. McCrory returned to North Carolina on Sunday in order to attend a memorial service for legendary UNC Chapel Hill basketball coach Dean Smith, who passed away last week.

 
Former 9-term North Carolina Congressman Cass Ballenger Dies at 88 PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 20 February 2015 06:26

HICKORY, (AP) — Cass Ballenger, a nine-term congressman who also served more than a decade in the North Carolina Legislature, died Wednesday. He was 88.

Ballenger, who authored a state law to protect scenic vistas in the North Carolina mountains, died at a local hospice in his hometown of Hickory after an extended illness, said Tommy Luckadoo, a long-time Ballenger aide.

Ballenger, a Republican, served in the North Carolina House from 1975-77 and in the state Senate from 1977-86. He also served on the Catawba County Board of Commissioners from 1966-74.

While in the General Assembly, Ballenger introduced the Government In the Sunshine Act of 1976, the first substantive open meetings law enacted in North Carolina.

"Cass was wholly dedicated to serving the people of North Carolina and I often look to the example he set in his sincere attention to his constituents," Sen. Richard Burr, R-N.C., said in a statement.

North Carolina Sen. Thom Tillis described Ballenger as a leader in efforts to control the growing size and scope of the federal government and limit its burden on hardworking families and small businesses.

In the U.S. House, Ballenger made headlines in 2001 when then-Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez showed up at Ballenger's home in Hickory with most of his Cabinet for a barbecue. Ballenger and Chavez met often while Ballenger was a House international subcommittee chairman.

Near the end of his tenure in Washington, Ballenger became a magnet for controversy. He cast a key vote in December 2001 that helped pass hotly contested legislation giving President George W. Bush authority to negotiate global trade agreements and submit them to Congress for a yes or no vote. Waiting until time had expired on the roll call, Ballenger was one of a small number of Republicans who stepped forward to assure a one-vote majority for the measure.

Ballenger called the Council on American-Islamic Relations a "fundraising arm" for terrorist groups and said he reported the group to the FBI and CIA. He also said Cynthia McKinney, at the time a black congresswoman from Georgia known for her abrasive style, had stirred in him "a little bit of a segregationist feeling." He later apologized for what he called "pretty stupid remarks."

 
Democrat Linda Coleman Announces Second Run For Lt. Governor PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 19 February 2015 06:48

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - She lost to Republican Dan Forest in 2012, but Democrat Linda Coleman says she will challenge the Lt. Governor for his seat in 2016.

Coleman, a former state senator and county commissioner, will have to secure the nomination of her party before taking on Forest, who says he will run for re-election.

In a statement, Coleman went after Forest.

"My opponent has eagerly cheered on an ideological agenda that has hurt middle-class families, rendered public education unrecognizable and gutted women's access to health care," the statement said.

Forest is known for conducting a robust grassroots campaign in 2012. He says education is one of his top priorities.

 
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