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Archive for March, 2012

Lieutenant Governor candidate pleased with NC state employee union’s nod

Monday, March 12th, 2012

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – A Democratic candidate for lieutenant
governor has declined to discourage the union representing North
Carolina state employees from backing her even as she laments the
influx of money by new outside groups to influence campaigns.

Linda Coleman told reporters Monday she welcomes support from
the State Employees Association of North Carolina, which endorsed
her last week. The outgoing state personnel director and longtime
state employee often assisted pushing association goals while she
served in the Legislature.

Association leader Dana Cope said recently well over $1 million
from national and state sources could be used to back Coleman in
the Democratic primary. State Sen. Eric Mansfield is also in the

Coleman said separately she didn’t like the emergence of
“super” political action committees, whose donors aren’t subject
to giving limits.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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Deputies intercept load of heroin from S.C.

Monday, March 12th, 2012

They found a handgun and 630 bindles of heroin in a woman’s purse, the office reported.

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Early school start slated for Pender public debate

Monday, March 12th, 2012

Community meetings will air options aimed at meshing with CFCC calendar.

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Commissioners vote down family planning grant, Barfield regrets decision

Monday, March 12th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Providing contraception for women has been a national topic for months, and now it has sparked debate in New Hanover County.

Commissioners unanimously voted down a state grant that would fund contraceptive supplies and services in the county. Just like the national story, providing contraceptive healthcare to women is anything but one-sided, But commissioners all seemed to have the same mindset.

“I have a fundamental philosophical issue with using tax pay dollars to fund someone’s irresponsibility,” said Commissioner Rick Catlin, who also serves on the county’s health board.

“If these young women are being responsible and didn’t have the sex to begin with, we wouldn’t have this problem to begin with, but unfortunately that’s the problem that we have,” said Commission Chairman Ted Davis.

All five commissioners voted to turn down a nearly $9,000 state grant to help fund contraceptive supplies and medical services related to family planning. The decision did not sit well with some.

“I think it’s outrageous that an all male panel have declared women who are taking responsibility for their basic health care, which includes contraception, that that would be irresponsible,” said Melissa Reed, a spokeswoman for Planned Parenthood.

“They should be trying to legislate to protect women’s health rather than trying to legislate morality,” said Han Hills, a pro-choice advocate and president of Humanists and Free Thinkers of Cape Fear. “That’s not what they’re there for.”

After thinking it through, one commissioner says he regrets his vote.

“I’m one of those abstinence guys, so I agree with those comments,” said Commissioner Jonathan Barfield during Monday’s meeting.

Barfield says he realized his mistake after talking with his wife.

“Her first question was ‘what were you thinking?’ and we started walking through and talking about this discussion,” Barfield said. “She brought up some very valid points that if someone is seeking contraception, it shows that they are being responsible.”

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Poll shows Pantano has 2 to 1 lead over Rouzer

Monday, March 12th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (NEWS RELEASE FROM THE PANTANO CAMPAIGN) — A new poll conducted by independent polling firm Wenzel Strategies on behalf of Citizens United shows author, business man, and Marine veteran of two wars Ilario Pantano with a 47-23 percent lead over Rouzer.

Pantano is particularly strong among conservative voters, said the pollster, Fritz Wenzel: “The more conservative the likely voter, the more likely they were to hold a favorable opinion of Pantano.”

“Ilario Pantano is a constitutional conservative who will help break the failed status quo of Washington politics,” David N. Bossie, President of the conservative think tank Citizens United told the Wilmington Star News.

Bossie noted, ““Ilario Pantano is closing in on a majority of the Republican Primary vote, with early voting set to start in nearly a month.”

Ilario Pantano acknowledged: “The poll again shows what we know to be true: that the more the voters in the 7th district of North Carolina get to know all the candidates in this race, the more they see me as the true conservative who will fight for them in Washington. Jill and I are so blessed by the outpouring of support we’ve received from every corner of the district.”

The latest poll is the third to show Pantano’s 2-to-1 lead over Sen. Rouzer, who has spent $100,000 since he announced 9 months ago.

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