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Archive for January, 2012

UNCW surpasses $65M fundraising goal early

Thursday, January 26th, 2012

UNCW’s fundraising campaign surpassed its $65 million goal a year ahead of schedule.

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Pentagon cuts will reduce Marines by 20k

Thursday, January 26th, 2012

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McCrory, others react to Gov. Perdue not seeking reelection

Thursday, January 26th, 2012

“My message has been and will continue to be that we must fix our broken government and broken economy and put our North Carolina resources back to work. That’s why next week I plan to announce my intentions to seek the honor of serving as North Carolina’s next Governor.”

-Pat McCrory, Former Charlotte Mayor/Republican Governor Candidate


“It’s now clear that the past four years of having a Democratic governor in North Carolina have been a failure. North Carolina’s lost ground to its neighbors, and now has the worst unemployment rate in the region. It’s never been more clear that North Carolina needs a Republican governor who will bring fresh ideas and a new perspective to the governor’s office.

“As governor, Bev Perdue continues to set the Democrat agenda in Raleigh, which now includes a massive, job-crushing sales tax hike. No matter how hard they try, whoever emerges as the Democratic Party’s successor to Bev Perdue won’t be able to run from the Democrats’ record of higher taxes and disappointing job losses.”

-Phil Cox, Republican Governors Association Executive Director


“Bev Perdue rode into the governor’s mansion on the coattails of Barack Obama, and now that he is doing so poorly in North Carolina and across our nation, she realized there was no chance of being re-elected. Barack Obama’s failed economic policies and broken promises are hurting our nation with every day that passes and with Bev Perdue bailing on North Carolinians, the path to 270 electoral votes just got much longer. No matter who emerges from the long, tough primary between the Democratic candidates ahead, North Carolinians know they cannot afford another four years of the Barack Obama economy.”

–Rick Wiley, Republican National Committee Political Director

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Gov. Perdue announces she’s not running for re-election

Thursday, January 26th, 2012

RALEIGH, NC — Governor Bev Perdue has released the following statement regarding her decision not to run for re-election:

Like the rest of the nation, North Carolina has been facing difficult economic times — demanding many difficult decisions. I have had to make painful budget cuts in important areas of government. But I believe I have approached this challenge in a way that is consistent with my values and the values that have made our state a wonderful place to live and raise a family. I have spent my tenure in office – and, in fact, my adult lifetime – fighting for things that I care deeply about. And as anyone who knows me will tell you, I do not back down from tough fights.

But I understand this: We live in highly partisan times, where some people seem more worried about scoring political points than working together to address the real challenges our state faces. And it is clear to me that my race for re-election will only further politicize the fight to adequately fund our schools. A re-election campaign in this already divisive environment will make it more difficult to find any bipartisan solutions.

The thing I care about most right now is making sure that our schools and schoolchildren do not continue to be the victims of shortsighted legislative actions and severe budget cuts inflicted by a legislative majority with the wrong priorities. Therefore, I am announcing today that I have decided not to seek re-election. I hope this decision will open the door to an honest and bipartisan effort to help our schools.

To those of you who have supported me throughout my years of public service, I will always be grateful for the confidence you have placed in me. In my remaining months in office, I look forward to continuing to fight for the priorities we share, by putting North Carolinians back to work and investing in our children’s future. To my children and grandchildren, and especially to my husband Bob, thank you for always being there for me – especially as I’ve weighed this difficult decision.

Thank you all, and God bless North Carolina.

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Parents file federal complaint against New Hanover schools

Thursday, January 26th, 2012

The complaint alleges that the district is only placing children with disabilities in the seclusion rooms.

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