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Archive for October, 2012

NAACP says Tea Party “poll watchers” are out to suppress minority vote

Friday, October 26th, 2012

BURGAW, NC (WWAY) — With early voting underway and thousands hitting the polls, one group is openly trying to challenge minorities’ right to vote in North Carolina. That is according to the state NAACP, which claims that the Tea Party is behind it all.

Checking photo ID when you go to vote is not legal in North Carolina, but the NC NAACP says some are working around the law to personally suppress the black vote. The group claims black and minority voters need to beware at the polls, claiming certain members of the right wing Tea Party movement are determined to suppress the minority vote through signing up to be poll watchers and asking for photo ID.

“There’s also other voting suppression tactics by putting false things on computers, like you can vote online or having phone calls that give information,” says Rev. William Barber, NC NAACP President.

Barber says the evidence is in a recent report released by the organization entitled “Abridging the Vote, ” published by the Institute for Research and Education on Human Rights.

“This is not something we’re just making up,” Barber says. “The report was done by one of the best researchers in the world. You can look it up online. There’s a full report.”

Thursday evening, area NAACP chapters hosted a rally entitled “If We Ever Need To Vote We
Sure Need To Vote Now.” Barber was the guest speaker, preaching to the audience about the Tea Party intimidation tactics and how to avoid them.

However, Tony McGhee, a black Tea Party member says there is no truth to the claims.

“I think it’s a false accusation,” he says. “And I can’t deny anyone from having the perspective or perception of things but I have a different perspective and perception. I think it’s a false accusation.”

McGhee says voter fraud is a serious problem in North Carolina and poll watchers are only trying to prevent it, but Barber seems to think McGhee is out of his league.

“He’s talking as a guy of the Tea Party that just started,” the reverend says. “We’re talking from an organization that has been around 103 years and an organization that anything that the NAACP has ever done has been good for America and good for North Carolina.”

McGhee and Barber did agree on one thing, and that is to keep your cool and a watchful eye out while at the polls. They also advise to speak with a polling judge if you think something is not right.

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Voters report problems with electronic ballots

Friday, October 26th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — This week there’s been an uproar around the state about electronic ballot machines changing votes from one candidate to another.

It’s been reported to have happened in Guilford and Mecklenberg Counties. New Hanover County Board of Elections Director Marvin McFayden says that one person has complained about the error here, but he says it was a machine maintenance issue.

“These are much larger counties, where we have voted 26,000 people since the start of One Stop on October 18,” McFadyen said about the problems reported in other parts of the state. “You know, Mecklenburg (County) is voting 15,000 people a day, so these machines are being used much more rapidly than they would be in New Hanover County.”

McFadyen said every machine in the county is calibrated every morning, which should prevent any errors.

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Cupping therapy new trend in chiropractic care

Thursday, October 25th, 2012

Cupping is a massage treatment that increases blood flow, takes toxins out and improves cellular health.

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NC woman sentenced in credit card misuse case

Thursday, October 25th, 2012

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) – Federal prosecutors say a former National Cancer Institute employee who used government credit cards to buy personal items is facing six months in federal prison.

The Asheville Citizen-Times reports (http://avlne.ws/XoUplB) 34-year-old Jihan S. Cover of Arden also faces six months of home confinement. She was ordered by a U.S. District Court judge this week to pay $114,494 in restitution to the Department of Health and Human Services.

Cover pleaded guilty in August 2011 to theft of government property,

Court records say Cover used government credit cards between June 2009 and December 2010 to make more than 250 unauthorized purchases. Prosecutors say she tried to hide the fraud by submitting dispute forms to the bank servicing the cards. They say she told investigators she’d reimbursed the government for the unauthorized transactions.

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Information from: The Asheville Citizen-Times, http://www.citizen-times.com

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

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Jailers trained, ready to handle violent situations

Thursday, October 25th, 2012

Jailers must know how to handle violent inmates or someone will get seriously hurt, instructors told a batch of Onslow County detention officers during training Thursday.

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