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President Obama Will Join Sec. Clinton At Charlotte Campaign Stop PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 29 June 2016 15:59
President Barack Obama will join former Secretary of State  Hillary Clinton, in a campaign stop in Charlotte next week.
 
Clinton, the presumptive Democratic nominee for president, will be in the Queen City on Tuesday. Details about the visit haven't been released.
 
Clinton made a campaign stop in Raleigh last week, her first visit to the state since the March 15 primary.
 
 
CBS Poll: Clinton And Trump Essentially Tied In NC PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 27 June 2016 15:48

Raleigh - Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton now leads presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump 44 to 42 in  latest North Carolina poll conducted for CBS News. However, the race is a statistical tie given the poll of 988 likely voters has a 4 percent margin of error.

Both candidates are saddled with high negatives. However, Trump seems to benefiting more from the negatives. Fifty three percent of North Carolinians who preferred Trump did so mainly because of their opposition to Clinton as president. Only 36 percent of Clinton supporters said their preference was based on their opposition to Trump. 

The full results of the extensive poll can be read here: CBS News 2016 Battleground Tracker: North Carolina, June 2016

 

Last Updated on Monday, 27 June 2016 16:38
 
HB2, Education and Economy Take Center Stage in First Gubernatorial Debate PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 24 June 2016 13:43
Governor Pat McCrory and challenger Attorney General Roy Cooper clashed on House Bill 2, education and the economy during their first debate in their quest to win the governorship. The debate was held in Charlotte and was sponsored by the N.C. Bar Association.
 
McCrory, a Republican, touted his leadership for improving the state’s dismal unemployment rate and raising teacher pay. He has cited an economy that added more than 275,000 private sector and an administration that cut taxes and paid off a $2.5 billion unemployment insurance debt to the federal government, years ahead of schedule.
 
McCroy cited the state's increase in construction activity saying “the cranes are back” (in the Charlotte skyline) and jobs are returning to small towns.
 
But Cooper, his Democratic challenger, said McCrory hasn’t done enough for the middle class and teachers. Cooper has accused McCrory of giving “tax giveaways to the large corporations at the expense of public education and the middle class.”
 
Cooper is trying to become the first candidate to unseat an incumbent North Carolina governor since the state first allowed governors to run for more than one term nearly four decades ago.
 
The debate comes three months after the passage of House Bill 2, the controversial legislation that requires people to use the bathroom that corresponds with their birth certificate in government buildings. The legislation blocked Charlotte’s expanded nondiscrimination ordinance, which would have protected LGBT residents and would have allowed transgender residents to use the bathroom of their gender identity.
 
McCrory signed HB2, while Cooper opposed it.
 
“I believe the private sector should not be told by the mayor or City of Charlotte....what their bathroom/shower policy should be,” McCrory said.
 
Cooper responded: “He wants this campaign to be about where people go to the bathroom.”
 
Besides Friday’s debate, the campaigns said they’ll participate in a debate sponsored by the N.C. Association of Broadcasters on an undetermined date.
 
Recent polls show a tight race. A Public Policy Polling survey last month found McCrory and Cooper tied at 41 percent.
 
McCrory touted a new scoring system for transportation projects that was enacted during his term. He said before the Strategic Transportation Investments system was put into place, roads were built “were politicians lived” and said Cooper was part of that system as a legislator.
 
He also defended the Interstate 77 toll lane project. He said he gave local transportation leaders “a second chance” on whether they wanted the project earlier this year.
 
Cooper criticized the toll lane project and said it isn’t a good deal for residents.
 
Clinton Hits NC GOP Leaders During Raleigh Campaign Stop PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 23 June 2016 13:28
Raleigh - Hillary Clinton struck a populist tone during a Raleigh campaign stop and criticized North Carolina Republican leaders for not paying adequate teacher salaries.
 
“Thanks to leaders like Jim Hunt, North Carolina was a leading state when it came to education,” Clinton said. “Now, unfortunately, thanks to your governor (Pat McCrory) and the legislature, the average teacher salary can barely support a family ... We should support our teachers, not scapegoat them.”
 
North Carolina Republicans held a news conference ahead of the rally, saying the Tar Heel State has been a leader in raising teacher pay since the GOP took over full control of state government in 2013 for the first time in more than a century.
 
Lt. Gov. Dan Forest said North Carolina has “put more money back into the pockets of the taxpayers,” in contrast to federal policies that he said Clinton would continue.
 
“I think what you’re going to see from Hillary Clinton based on her recent speeches, based on her desire to increase spending by the federal government by another $1.3 trillion on top of the $20 trillion of debt we already have with no plan to pay for that, I think the contrast you’re going to see (with Trump) is somebody who is a businessman who understands how to impact the bottom line the right way, how to put people to work in America.”
 
McCrory’s campaign pounced on the pro-union parts of Clinton’s speech — accusing her in a statement of calling for “empowering labor union bosses.”
 
Clinton’s ideas for improving education and debt-free college hit home with Sandi Shover, a middle school English teacher from Sanford who attended the rally with her four children and her mother.
 
Shover told the Raleigh News and Observer she sees the results of children with under-developed language skills passing through the grades. She also worries about getting her own children through college. Her two oldest sons are 15 and 14.
 
“She has it right on education,” Stover said.
 
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