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PPP: Thom Tillis Takes Lead In GOP Primary Race For U.S. Senate Nomination PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 22 January 2014 16:04

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - If the primary election were held today, North Carolina House Speaker Thom Tillis might not garner enough votes to avoid a runoff, but he would beat out his Republican opponents and has gained six points in one month. 

Data from Public Policy Polling gives Tillis 19 percent of the primary vote. His closest competitors are Greg Brannon and Heather Grant, who are tied at 11 percent.  Mark Harris has 8 percent of the vote, while Bill Flynn finishes with 7 percent.
The primary is May 6. A candidate needs to secure 40 percent of the vote to win outright. 
PPP reports that Harris' support has declined by 4 points while other candidates are holding steady.
Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan continues to lose to all her potential Republican challengers, according to PPP data.
Hagan loses to Tillis and Grant by 1 percentage point and loses by 2 percentage points to the other GOP candidates. Her job disapproval number sits at 49 percent. 
Last week, Sen. Hagan failed to join President Obama during his visit to North Carolina. She cited the Senate being in session as the reason. Republicans pointed out that in a previous year, Hagan accompanied the president to the state while the Senate was in session. 
Pundits speculate that Hagan -- who voted for the Affordable Care Act -- does not want to campaign with the president since the majority of North Carolinians disapprove of the job he's doing. 
Last Updated on Wednesday, 22 January 2014 16:05
George W. Bush Library Archives Open To Public PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 20 January 2014 15:03


DALLAS (AP) — The George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum is set to begin accepting Freedom of Information Act requests for records from Bush's presidency.
The library will start taking requests Monday, which marks five years from the end of Bush's presidency. Access to the records is governed by the Presidential Records Act, which says the records may be requested by the public five years after the presidential administration ends.
The library says all requests must be in a written format — email, mail or fax — and must state that the request is being made under the Freedom of Information Act.
The library, which opened last year on the Southern Methodist University campus, notes the process will take time and cited factors including the volume and complexity of presidential records.
Forsyth County Elections Director Fired Over Mistakes In Council Race PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 20 January 2014 12:48

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - Rob Coffman has been fired from his position of Forsyth County Elections Director by State Board of Elections Director Kim Strach. The dismissal comes following an investigation into a recount Coffman conducted for a seat on the Tobaccoville Village Council,  according to the Winston-Salem Journal. 

Strach's report on the investigation was detailed in a nine-page letter sent to members of the county elections board. She concluded Coffman demonstrated "an apparent disregard for ensuring an accurate result" to the race in question.
Strach contined that she believed Coffman could not fulfill his job duties and "with the deepest regret, I have no other option but to terminate Robert Coffman as the director" of the local board.
Coffman told the newspaper he would not comment until he investigated options for an appeal and that he was disappointed in the ruling.
The complete story by Wesley Young can be viewed at www.news-record.com
Last Updated on Monday, 20 January 2014 12:49
NC Democrats Run TV Ad Critical Of GOP Legislators PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 13 December 2011 15:14

RALEIGH - The North Carolina Democratic Party says it's started running a television ad criticizing Republican leaders at the General Assembly for passing laws that hurt women on issues from abortion and child care to Medicaid and the public schools.


The state party said Tuesday the 60-second commercial is running on cable TV in the Charlotte and Raleigh markets. A party spokesman declined to say how much money is being spent on the ad. An email sent to party supporters asked for more donations to keep the ad running.


The ad features Governor Beverly Perdue, state legislators and former Cabinet secretary and longtime party activist Betty McCain, who said "the GOP has declared war on women." The ad includes footage of Republican House leaders Thom Tillis and Paul Stam.


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