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Archive for May, 2012

NC gov speaks to Mississippi gov after comments

Tuesday, May 15th, 2012

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – Gov. Beverly Perdue has spoken to Mississippi’s governor after she criticized the approval of last week’s referendum banning gay marriage by saying it made North Carolina “look like Mississippi.” But her spokesman said Perdue didn’t apologize for her remarks.

Perdue spokesman Mark Johnson said the governor had a very good discussion Monday with Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant, who said last Friday he was disappointed with what Perdue’s comments during a Pitt County visit.

North Carolina became the 30th state to pass a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage with 61 percent of the vote.

Perdue responded to a reporter’s question at the Friday appearance by saying people around the country are confused how a state that had stood up to improve race relations decades ago could approve the amendment.

(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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Details emerge in Wilmington shooting death

Tuesday, May 15th, 2012

During an interview in their living room, McPhatter’s father and stepmother helped outline events leading up to his death.

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Despite ending campaign spending, Ron Paul supporter says race is far from over

Tuesday, May 15th, 2012

WILMINGTON,NC (WWAY) — Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul announced today that he will end active campaigning. However, that does not mean that he’s suspending his campaign, despite trailing far behind Mitt Romney.

Ron Paul says his plan is to continue getting delegates for the Republican National Convention in August, instead of spending campaign money to win the popular vote. Supporter Jay Vics, who is the organizer of the Wilmington Ron Paul Meet-up Group, says Paul is just being smart with the money he has.

“Fiscally responsible. That’s really the ultimate message,” Vics says. “I mean, Ron Paul is truly the one that’s not going to waste our money. He is doing what his strategy has been all along, which is spend his money, time, and resources now on the delegates and move more of his focus to accumulating delegates.”

Fellow GOP candidate Mitt Romney is estimated to have around 900 delegates, while Ron Paul’s number is estimated at about 100. Even so, Vics says the popular vote means nothing at the GOP Convention, which begins August 27.

“The delegates are not bound to any particular candidate, so all the Ron Paul supporters are becoming delegates and they are allowed to vote for whoever they like at the convention,” says Vics.

Vics says Paul’s campaign is far from over.

“I don’t see this as any end to a campaign at all. I mean, now I’m excited. Now, I think it’s just beginning,” he says.

Idaho, Nebraska and Oregon hold their primaries Tuesday. After that, there are 9 more primaries or caucuses on the presidential calendar, which ends officially on June 26 in Utah.

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Ron Paul ends campaign spending, supporter says it’s not over

Tuesday, May 15th, 2012

WILMINGTON,NC (WWAY) — Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul announced today that he will end active campaigning. However, that does not mean that he’s suspending his campaign, despite trailing far behind Mitt Romney.

Ron Paul says his plan is to continue getting delegates for the Republican National Convention in August, instead of spending campaign money to win the popular vote. Supporter Jay Vics, who is the organizer of the Wilmington Ron Paul Meet-up Group, says Paul is just being smart with the money he has.

“Fiscally responsible. That’s really the ultimate message,” Vics says. “I mean, Ron Paul is truly the one that’s not going to waste our money. He is doing what his strategy has been all along, which is spend his money, time, and resources now on the delegates and move more of his focus to accumulating delegates.”

Fellow GOP candidate Mitt Romney is estimated to have around 900 delegates, while Ron Paul’s number is estimated at about 100. Even so, Vics says the popular vote means nothing at the GOP Convention, which begins August 27.

“The delegates are not bound to any particular candidate, so all the Ron Paul supporters are becoming delegates and they are allowed to vote for whoever they like at the convention,” says Vics.

Vics says Paul’s campaign is far from over.

“I don’t see this as any end to a campaign at all. I mean, now I’m excited. Now, I think it’s just beginning,” he says.

Idaho, Nebraska and Oregon hold their primaries Tuesday. After that, there are 9 more primaries or caucuses on the presidential calendar, which ends officially on June 26 in Utah.

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Driver’s ed fee, pricier lunches at Pender schools

Tuesday, May 15th, 2012

Lunch prices to go up next year; district adopts driver’s ed feePender

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