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Archive for October, 2011

Civitas Poll: Voters overwhelmingly support drug testing public assistance recipients

Thursday, October 27th, 2011

RALEIGH, NC (NEWS RELEASE) –- There is broad support among North Carolina voters for drug testing those who receive public assistance, according to a new poll released today by the Civitas Institute.

The Speaker of the North Carolina House recently proposed drug testing for recipients of public assistance. Seventy-one percent of respondents said they support this idea. Twenty-three percent said they oppose it and four percent said they do not know or have no opinion.

One’s party affiliation appears to not play a role in this proposal as Republicans (86 percent), unaffiliated voters (70 percent), and 60 percent of Democrats approve of drug testing public assistance recipients.

“While it may have been an off the cuff remark by Speaker Tillis, the voters of North Carolina support this proposal in overwhelming numbers,” said Civitas Institute President Francis De Luca. “Aside from newspaper editors, liberal politicians and a few commentators from progressive groups, most people think this is a common sense idea.”

The Civitas Poll is the only regular live-caller poll of critical issues facing North Carolina. For more information on Civitas polling see http://www.nccivitas.org/category/poll/.

Full Text of Question:

“The Speaker of the North Carolina House has proposed drug testing for recipients of public assistance. Do you agree or disagree with drug testing all those who receive public assistance in the state?”

Total Agree – 71%
Total Disagree – 23%
Strongly Agree – 55%
Somewhat Agree – 16%
Somewhat Disagree – 8%
Strongly Disagree – 15%
Don’t Know/No Opinion – 4%
Refused – 2%

This poll of 600 likely 2012 general election voters in North Carolina was conducted October 17-18 2011 by National Research, Inc. of Holmdel, NJ. All respondents were part of a fully representative sample of probable 2012 general election voters in North Carolina. For purposes of this study, voters interviewed had to have voted in 2006 or 2008 or be newly registered to vote since November 5, 2008. (November 5 is the day after the election)

The confidence interval associated with a sample of this size is such that: 95 percent of the time, results from 600 interviews (registered voters) will be within +-4% of the “True Values.” True Values refer to the results obtained if it were possible to interview every person in North Carolina who had voted in the 2006 or 2008 general elections or is newly registered since November 5, 2008.

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Southeastern Preschool Educational Center revives Trunk-O-Treat in Burgaw

Thursday, October 27th, 2011

The new event will be held 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Monday at the preschool.

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NRCC backing opponents Pantano, Rouzer

Thursday, October 27th, 2011

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — With the North Carolina primary still more than six months away, it appears the Republican Party is hedging its bets in the race to challenge Rep. Mike McIntyre.

The National Republican Congressional Committee today announced Ilario Pantano and David Rouzer are “On the Radar” candidates. The NRCC says it’s the important second step in the “Young Guns” program, which recruits strong candidates for both open-seat and challenger races.

Pantano and Rouzer are both running for North Carolina’s 7th Congressional District.

“We are looking forward to working with Ilario Pantano, who has already proven himself by coming so close to victory last cycle and having a strong grassroots organization,” NRCC Chairman Pete Sessions said in a statement. “Ilario Pantano’s dedication and experience enables him to advocate effectively for pro-growth policies and fight the failed status quo in Washington. This will stand in stark contrast to the Obama-Pelosi record of spending, borrowing and taxing that North Carolina families and small businesses know has failed.”

Sessions had similarly kind words for Rouzer.

“We are looking forward to working with David Rouzer, who has already proven himself by meeting rigorous benchmarks in the ‘Young Guns’ program,” Sessions said. “David Rouzer’s dedication and experience enables him to advocate effectively for pro-growth policies and fight the failed status quo in Washington. This will stand in stark contrast to the Obama-Pelosi record of spending, borrowing and taxing that North Carolina families and small businesses know has failed.”

Rouzer and Pantano are vying for the Republican nomination for the 7th District seat. The winner will challenge incumbent Democrat McIntyre.

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FEMA opens temporary help center for Irene victims

Thursday, October 27th, 2011

PENDER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Two months after Hurricane Irene swept along the Cape Fear Coast, FEMA is back in Pender County this weekend to help storm victims.

The FEMA Mobile Recovery Center is open in Hampstead through Saturday to help people who had property damaged during the storm back in August. The center is at the Hampstead Annex at 18676 US 17. Today it’s open until 6 p.m. and from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. tomorrow and Saturday.

For more information call (800) 621-FEMA.

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Fire extinguished at World Market

Thursday, October 27th, 2011

A fire at World Market was confined mostly to the loading dock, fire Capt. Fred Caulder said.

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