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Heath Shuler v. Deborah Ross In U.S. Senate Democratic Primary? PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 18 August 2015 05:45

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - Speculation continues over the possible Democratic field for a U.S. Senate run against Republican incumbent Sen. Richard Burr.

Raleigh News & Observer columnist Rob Christensen is the latest to weigh in with his August 16 column, which explores a possible Demcratic primary between Heath Shuler and Deborah Ross.

Shuler is a conservative Democrat who represented western North Carolina in the U.S. c Congress.

Ross is a former state legislator from the party's liberal wing.

That matchup would present Democratics with a stark choice about party ideology.

To read Christensen's column, visit newsobserver.com.

Report: LaRoque Preps For Prison, Says Prosecution Was a 'Witch Hunt' PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 17 August 2015 05:39

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - A former legislator who is heading to federal prison has reportedly called his prosection a 'witch hunt.'

WRAL-TV reports on its website that former Kinston legislator Stephen LaRoque sent a letter to media outlets over the weekend that said, among other things:

"This whole prosecution has been a witch hunt carried on by my political opponents."

LaRoque, a Republican, is heading to federal in Butner this week. He was sentenced to two years in federal prison.  Earlier this year he pleaded guilty to taking money meant for a nonprofit he operated and using it for himself and his family.

To read the story about LaRoque's characterization of his prosecution, visit wral.com.

To read a series of stories about the LaRoque case, visit ncpolicywatch.com.

Last Updated on Monday, 17 August 2015 05:44
Buzz: Former Rep. Deborah Ross Latest Democrat To Consider Challenging Richard Burr PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 14 August 2015 05:38

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - She left politics for a job at Triangle Transit, but buzz among the chattering class says former state legislator Deborah Ross has been approached about challenging Republican incubment Sen. Richard Burr for a seat in the U.S. Senate.

The Raleigh News & Observer reports that Ross confirmed to the newspaper that she has been approached about a run.

She served in the legislture for 10 years, leaving in 2013.

"Some people are talking to be about it," she told the newspaper.

Conventional wisdom says Burr will  have a relatively easy run for re-election. With just a little over a year left until election day, Democrats still have not been able to recruit a challenger. Former Sen. Kay Hagan has declined to seek the seat.

Other names being bandied about are former Rep. Heath Shuler of western North Carolina and former Rep. Mike McIntyre of coastal North Carolina.

State Democrats Use Voting Rights Act Anniversary as Fundraising Hook PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 13 August 2015 05:16

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - A fundraising email from the state Democratic Party urges donations to the party in order to "protect each North Carolinians right to vote."

The pitch from the Finance Director of the party discusses the importance of the Voting Rights Act, which recently celebrated its 50th anniversary.

The email is below.

"Last week we celebrated the 50th Anniversary of the Voting Rights Act. But voting is too important to recognize just one day of the year, so we're dedicating August to building our grassroots movement to protect each North Carolinians right to vote.

Did you know that North Carolina is the key state in a lawsuit to ensure voters continue to have access to the Ballot Box for another 50 years?

Here in the Tar Heel State, we've always been on the Front Line of the battle for equal access to voting. We were on the Front Line during the movement to pass the Voting Rights Act in 1965, and we remain on the Front Line defending this fundamental right today.

We thank you for joining the North Carolina Democratic Party Front Line, now we need your help to keep us on the winning side of this battle.

Our party, and our fight for democracy, is strong because you support us. Would you consider making a generous and critically important donation of $10, $20, $50 or whatever you can give? We are trying to raise $3,000 in the next three days.

We promise we’re not going to pound you with emails asking for money. The emails you receive from the North Carolina Democratic Party will be full of information about what's going on in our state and our country and ways for you to get involved.

You’re on the Front Line and you will be the first to know.

But this does take resources so please help us raise $3,000 by giving $10, $20, $50 or whatever you can in the next three days. We are going to put those dollars toward our continued effort to protect the right to vote.

Yours in democracy,

Katherine Cadwallader

Finance Director, North Carolina Democratic Party"


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