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Archive for May, 2012

Here now – ‘Kimberly’s Garden’ blooms in support of cancer patient

Saturday, May 12th, 2012

Topsail Middle School students rally around seventh-grader

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Arts called key to other lessons

Saturday, May 12th, 2012

Group seeks funding to expand on successful experiment

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Group protests Amendment One in Wilmington

Saturday, May 12th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — With the primary election on Tuesday, North Carolina Amendment One passed and passed by a large margin. One group here in Wilmington does not accept the amendment and Friday night held a rally to begin their fight against it.

At the small Memorial to the 1898 Race Riot, on Third street a group gathered to share their shock and sorrow.

Amy Sclag spoke at the protest.

“I was totally surprised, I was completely prepared for the vote itself and the outcome of the vote I was at dinner because I didn’t want to watch the returns come in, but was surprised at the final tallies I thought it would be a little bit closer.”

This group is dedicated to their cause and sees the vote on the amendment as merely a step along the way.

Amy thinks this is the time for the group to organize their opposition.

“I think that the task is not to stop, I think there was a mix of anger, betrayal, a sense of I’m leaving the state, myself included and I don’t want to do it anymore. I think we have to compare ourselves and think about all of the past social justice movements that have taken place and they all begin with huge series of losses before there is any win, so I think it is important to remember that and don’t stop .”

Deb Butler, is the Democratic candidate for the District 9 North Carolina Senate seat, she will face Thom Goolsby in November. She feels the amendment does more harm than good.

“You know you got to defer to the experts sometimes I think that the measure was ill drawn. ill conceived it’s punitive, it diminishes rights instead of expanding them which is what we do with constitutional amendments historically in this country I think it’s fairly un-American to do this to people and we shall see the fight will continue I’m sure.”
The group here vows to fight on against Amendment One, other groups are organized across the state and there has already been talk of legal challenges to the state’s newest amendment.

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Amendment One’s passage draws protest downtown

Friday, May 11th, 2012

Dozens upset at Tuesday’s vote gather to support rights of same-sex couples

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ONLY ON 3: Mississippi leaders, residents fire back after Perdue’s insult

Friday, May 11th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Gov. Bev Perdue made it clear Friday how she feels about voters approving a Constitutional amendment defining marriage in North Carolina as between one man and one woman. In doing so, she likely offended residents of two states.

Reporters asked Perdue about the amendment, which passed by about 500,000 votes Tuesday, during her visit to a school in Greenville. The Democrat, who had said before the election she was against the law, made it clear she thought it was the wrong move for the Tar Heel State.

“People around the country are watching us and they’re really confused to have been such a progressive forward thinking economically driven state that invested in education and that stood up for the civil rights people including the civil rights marches back in the ’50s and ’60s and ’70s,” Perdue said. “People are saying, ‘What in the world is going on with North Carolina?’ We look like Mississippi.”

It didn’t take long for Perdue’s comments to move west to the Magnolia State, where elected leaders and residents resented her shot at the state’s history.

“I am certainly disappointed by Gov. Perdue’s statement regarding North Carolina’s ‘looking like Mississippi.’ Apparently, North Carolina’s voters are much more in line with Mississippi’s traditional values on marriage than those of Gov. Perdue,” Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant, a Republican, said in a statement.

Mississippi’s Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves, also a Republican, reacted as well, calling out Perdue’s record as governor.

“Gov. Perdue should know that her administration has a lot of work to do to make her state’s business climate ‘look like Mississippi,” Reeves said in a statement. “We are creating an environment which encourages the private sector to invest capital in Mississippi, and I would invite any North Carolina-based company wanting to move to a lower-taxed, less-regulated state to look at our business-friendly opportunities.”

Reeve’s went on to cite rankings that put Mississippi ahead of North Carolina as a place for business, as well as a lower unemployment rate in Mississippi than North Carolina.

It wasn’t just Mississippi’s top politicians who fired back at Gov. Perdue. We asked our sister station WCBI in Columbus, MS, to see what Mississippians had to say.

“I don’t think we’re the bottom of the barrel, but I think we have some conservative values and core values that distinguish us from other states,” Diane Malone said.

“What they’re saying about Mississippi, I wouldn’t even be studying it, because if they say it’s against the law for two women to be together, then it’s against the law,” Arlissa Gardner said.

“I think that’s ridiculous, and it shows the amount of ignorance politicians have about Mississippi,” Andre Osby said. “Tell you what: Come down and give Mississippi a try.”

Friday afternoon, WWAY e-mailed Perdue’s press secretary to ask if the governor still stood behind her comments. So far, we have not received a response.

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