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Democrat Hillary Clinton Is Running, So Can She Erase 2008 Loss In North Carolina? PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 13 April 2015 05:37

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - North Carolina is a bad memory for Hillary Clinton, but if the Democratic former senator, First Lady and Secretary of State hopes to win the presidency, she will have to win the state that handed her a resounding primary loss in 2008.

Clinton lost to then-Sen. Barack Obama by 14 percentage points in May 2008 -- 200,000 votes -- as the bruising Democratic primary made its way into North Carolina.

Clinton made her official announcement on Sunday, saying she wants to be the champion for "average Americans." So far, no other Democrat appears to be heading toward challenging her for the nomination.

On the Republican side, Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky have made their bids for the GOP nomination official. Florida Sen. Marco Rubio is expected to announce something on Monday, but it's unclear if it will be an official presidential run.

The Democrat polling firm of Public Policy Polling shows that if Clinton and Cruz were the party's nominees, the race would be a dead heat, with 10 percent unsure.

 
Battling Woodhouse Brothers To Attend White House Correspondents Dinner As Guests Of C-SPAN PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 09 April 2015 05:39

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - They became a national sensation on C-SPAN in December, and now the North Carolina brothers on opposite sides of the political spectrum will be guests of the cable network at the annual White House Correspondents dinner.

The black tie event will be held April 25 in Washington D.C. and is considered the hottest ticket in the capital.

Dallas Woodhouse, a conservative activist and brother Brad, a Democratic Party activist have become known as the dueling brothers after being featured in multiple national interviews about politics over the years.

In December, they were guests on a call-in show on C-SPAN when their mother, Joyce, called in unexpectedly and scolded her sons for their bickering. The video went viral. C -SPAN says it is the fifth-most-watched You Tube video ever.

Last Updated on Thursday, 09 April 2015 05:41
 
State Democrats: North Carolina Middle Class Paying For Tax Cuts For Wealthy PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 08 April 2015 06:00

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - State Democrats lit into Gov. Pat McCrory Tuesday over what they say is the governor's favoritism of the wealthy over the middle class.

 “Gov. McCrory has truly raised taxes on the entire middle-class family," said party chairwoman Patsy Keever at a news conference.

Republicans lowered and flattened state income tax rates, giving all income groups a tax break. But Democrats say that because some exemptions and credits were eliminated in the tax reform, that amounts to a tax hike for low-income and middle-income households.

Democrats also criticized Republicans for their move on the gas tax. The tax was lowered on April 1, but the plan to stabilize transportation revenues means the tax will end up higher than it likely would have been come July when the old formula would have recalculated the tax.

Many Democrats voted for the gas tax changes: 15 in the House and eight in the Senate.

 
Clay Aiken Election Documentary "Runner Up" Set to Debut On Cable TV PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 07 April 2015 05:39

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - He lost his battle for North Carolina's 2nd Congressional District seat to incumbent Republican Rep. Renee Ellmers in November. But this week, Democrat Aiken could be a ratings winner if people want a behind-the-scenes look at the American Idol runner-ups campaign.

Esquire TV will air the first installment of a four-part series called "The Runner Up" on Tuesday at 10 p.m. The production crew was allowed full access to Aiken's campaign.

Aiken's name has been bandied about by political analysts as a possible rising star in the state Democratic Party -- a party that is trying to rebuild following years of internal strife, financial problems, and losses at the polls.

Aiken defeated the late Keith Crisco for the party's nomination last year. The 71-year-old Crisco died just days after losing the primary to Aiken by less than 400 votes.

 
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