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Archive for January, 2012

Local legislators react to Perdue’s decision

Thursday, January 26th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Gov. Bev Perdue’s decision not to run again caused a political ripple throughout the state today.

Here in town we caught up with Democratic Rep. Susi Hamilton and Republican Sen. Thom Goolsby to get their reaction.

“I am surprised,” Sen. Goolsby said. “Typically when people reach those pinnacles of power they don’t want to give that kind of power up. They’ll fight tooth and nail to keep it.”

Apparently Gov. Perdue no longer wants to continue that fight.

Sen. Goolsby says he is sad about the whole ordeal, because from the time Republicans took over the General Assembly they had hoped Gov. Perdue would work with them. He says that simply did not happen, and that the governor just never understood what it means to lead.

“She opposed us every step of the way,” he said. “Whether it was voter ID, whether it was education reform, whether it was medical malpractice reform. I mean, you name it, we are literally fighting this governor on everything, and none of it makes sense.”

Rep. Hamilton has a different take on the situation. The freshman Democrat says she has already reached out to Gov. Perdue with her best wishes. She also said the stress of running again may have had something to do with Perdue’s decision.

“Elections are tough,” Rep. Hamilton said. “They’re tough on your family. They’re tough on you physically, emotionally. She wanted to be focused on public education, is what I’m to understand, and I think that she’s a remarkable person for making the ultimate sacrifice to do just that and stand behind North Carolina’s children.”

Perdue’s departure means a wide-open race for governor. Hamilton says no matter who ends up taking Perdue’s place in Raleigh, Democrats will continue their fight for North Carolina’s children.

“We’re going to continue to pursue a good solid foundation for North Carolina’s children, and that’s why I’m going to return to the legislature next year.”

Goolsby says he looks forward to supporting fellow Republican Pat McCrory, who narrowly lost to Perdue in 2008. Goolsby says he believes the former Charlotte mayor understands what it takes to put North Carolina back to work.

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VOTE 2012: Lt. Gov. Dalton throws hat in the ring to replace Perdue

Thursday, January 26th, 2012

RALEIGH, NC (NEWS RELEASE) — Lieutenant Governor Walter Dalton today made the following statement:

“I believe that our future economy and better jobs depend on our historic commitment to education. After all, education is in North Carolina’s DNA – it’s what sets us apart and it’s what will determine our future. However, you can’t make progress if you are pointed in the wrong direction. Pat McCrory and the Republican leadership are facing the wrong way by cutting teachers, reducing scholarships and abandoning economic development. They are doing lasting damage to our state. I’ve dedicated my career to improving education at all levels and making North Carolina a great place to do business.

“Today, I’m announcing that I am running for Governor. Lucille and I love this state and we understand tough political races. I am the only candidate who has run and won statewide and I look forward to waging an aggressive campaign. Elections are about choices. As a state we must decide the direction in which we will turn. With this campaign, I choose to look ahead to a brighter future. I choose progress. I choose a future where public education is the foundation of our economy.”

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WHA, Sparks reach tentative settlement

Thursday, January 26th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — After more than five years in the court system, the lawsuit between the Wilmington Housing Authority and former City Councilman Ronald Sparks has been settled.

According to the clerk’s office the parties reached a tentative settlement. A final settlement is expected to be reached in about a month.

The suit filed by the Housing Authority claims sparks was negligent when inspecting and recommending the purchase of the Eastbook Apartments, which later had to be evacuated due to mold and mildew.

The parties involved in the suit are not able to comment on the details until the settlement is finalized and made public.

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N&O: Unqualified Progress Energy workers caused fluke mishap at Brunswick nuclear plant

Thursday, January 26th, 2012

RALEIGH, NC (NEWS & OBSERVER) — Nuclear safety officials have concluded that a fluke mishap last year at Progress Energy’s Brunswick nuclear plant near Wilmington was caused by the lack of worker qualification for more than a decade.

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission issued its preliminary findings yesterday, but the federal safety agency is continuing its investigation to determine the safety significance of the incident.

The unusual mishap that shut down the Brunswick Unit 2 reactor last November may be the only such incident in U.S. nuclear history.

CLICK HERE TO READ MORE: http://blogs.newsobserver.com/business/unqualified-progress-nuclear-work…

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New Pender schools chief sees budget trouble ahead

Thursday, January 26th, 2012

Cuts in state, federal funding have led to significant cutbacks

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