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Urban Cowboy - Cooper Rode To The Governor's Mansion By Lassoing Big Counties PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 25 January 2017 12:47
An analysis performed by Joseph Keefer shows that Roy Cooper won the Governor's mansion by handily winning the state's most populous counties.
Keefer calculated that Cooper defeated incumbent Pat McCrory a combined 63 to 37 percentage in Wake, Mecklenburg, Guilford, Forsyth, Cumberland, Durham and Buncombe counties.
In the remaining 93 counties, McCrory defeated Cooper by a combined 58 percent to 42 percent. Keefer told the Raleigh News and Observer that his findings indicate a “mega-counties versus the rest of the state” dynamic instead of the conventional traditional urban/rural divide. 
The N&O reports Keefer is a communications professor and former journalist. 
Last Updated on Wednesday, 25 January 2017 13:02
U.S. Supreme Court Puts 2017 Special Elections On Hold PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 11 January 2017 14:24
North Carolina's 2017 special legislative elections ordered by the 4th Circuit Court Appeals are on hold thanks to the United States Supreme Court. 
The delay is so the Supreme Court can review an appeal to the special elections filed by North Carolina's Republican legislative leaders. The full Supreme Court will begin its review on January 19.   
A 4th Circuit panel ordered  a 2017 election was justified ruling “while special elections have costs, those costs pale in comparison to the injury caused by allowing citizens to continue to be represented by legislators elected pursuant to a racial gerrymander.”
In their appeal, Republicans argued that holding special elections is an extreme remedy.
Senate Leader Phil Berger (R-Rockingham) and House Speaker Tim Moore (R-Cleveland) issued the following joint statement Tuesday after the U.S. Supreme Court halted a lower court’s ruling to throw out the results of the 2016 legislative elections.
“We are grateful the U.S. Supreme Court has quashed judicial activism and rejected an attempt to nullify the votes of North Carolinians in the 2016 legislative elections.”
Berger and Moore pointed out that the legislative districts that are being challenged were pre-cleared by the Obama Justice Department and twice upheld by the North Carolina Supreme Court.
Former Senator Kay Hagan Recovering From Encephalitis PDF Print E-mail
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Saturday, 07 January 2017 08:46
Former Sen. Kay Hagan is back in North Carolina recovering from encephalitis.
Hagan, 63, became ill Dec. 8 and was initially hospitalized in Washington D.C. 
The following statements have been released:
“After being hospitalized in Washington, DC last month, Kay is now in Chapel Hill. She is recovering from encephalitis, an inflammation of the brain. While she is not fully responsive, her doctors have not seen anything that precludes her recovery, but recovery will be a long process. The Hagan family appreciates the outpouring of concern, support, and prayers they have received and thanks everyone in advance for respecting their privacy as Kay continues to recover.” – Family spokesperson
“We are grateful to have Kay back in North Carolina as she recovers. Thank you for your thoughts, your prayers, your kind gestures, and your concern. We all know how strong Kay is and we know she’s made stronger by the community she’s got supporting and rooting for her. Our family is deeply appreciative of every email, phone call, and letter we’ve received. We are optimistic for her recovery, but recognize that her recovery will be a long process.” – Hagan’s husband, Chip Hagan
“We are not certain at this time how Kay Hagan developed encephalitis, an inflammation of the brain. The type of encephalitis she has is typically caused by a virus. Tests are still being run to determine what caused the infection, and these tests will provide us with more certainty about where and how she contracted this disease. Development of encephalitis from viral infection is a very rare event, occurring in a small percentage of people annually around the world. The symptoms of acute encephalitis can range from a headache to unresponsiveness, however, even patients with a prolonged period of poor responsiveness early in the disease, can slowly recover over a period of months.” –  Dr. William Powers. 
Hagan, a Democrat, served 10 years in the N.C. state and in 2008 defeated Elizabeth Dole for a a seat in the United States Senate. In 2012, Hagan was defeated by Thom Tillis
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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