Sunday, August 31 2014 3:28 PM EDT2014-08-31 19:28:29 GMT
Disturbing pictures of an injured kindergartner from Pascagoula have made a mother's call for action go viral online.More >>
Disturbing pictures of an injured kindergartner from Pascagoula have made a mother's call for action go viral online. Friends and family of a Pascagoula kindergarten student have created a Facebook page and GoFundMe.com account claiming the girl was attacked on the playground this week by another student.More >>
WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) – Former New Hanover County School Board Member Elizabeth Redenbaugh, who switched from the Republican to Democratic party in 2011, said she's considering a run for state senate next year.
"I want to see education remain strong in North Carolina," she said. "Right now, it is under attack by our General Assembly, by our Republican-led General Assembly. And I want to get up there, potentially, and make a stand."
"I think it's interesting that she's considering this race, and I think she would represent us well if she's the candidate," said Richard Poole, chair of the New Hanover County Democratic Party.
Redenbaugh received the John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award in 2011 for her strong opposition to a school redistricting plan that she said would result in socioeconomic and racial segregation.
Wilmington attorney Deb Butler, who lost to Goolsby in the 2012 general election, confirmed Monday that she is considering a run, but said she would not enter the race if Redenbaugh does.
"I think she would be a terrific choice," Butler said.
She characterized Boseman's candidacy differently.
"She did it in a different era with a different set of personal experiences," Butler said. "A lot has changed for her as well. There's a lot of water under the bridge for her as well."
Andrew Barnhill, chair of the 7th congressional district Young Democrats of North Carolina, said he is "seriously planning to run" and will make a final decision in the coming days.
"New Hanover County needs a State Senator who can appeal to moderate voters throughout our community as well as someone who is committed to rethinking what [it] means to offer effective legislative leadership for our state," Barnhill wrote in a statement. "My previous experiences in service to Eastern North Carolina have prepared me for such a capacity."
Barnhill said he has already begun fundraising and has received support from leaders throughout the state.
According to a September poll by left-leaning Public Policy Polling, half of the voters surveyed in Goolsby's district said they would cast a ballot for a Democrat if the election were held that day.
Butler said the poll numbers are a cause of optimism, but she says they caused some democrats to become "giddy" and hastily consider a run for the senate run.
"You just don't do it cavalierly and I'm afraid some folks aren't approaching it with that seriousness," she said. "I'm concerned that some folks are in it for the wrong reasons."
Butler said she is talking with local Democratic leaders to see what's best for the party.
"It's not about a personal vendetta. It's not about personal gain," she said. "It's about the politics of this state and the ruination of our educational system."
Butler said she did not know when she would decide whether to run, but said she is approaching the decision with "extreme seriousness."
"It's going to be a knock-down drag out, hard-fought battle just like the last go round."
Tuesday, September 2 2014 7:48 AM EDT2014-09-02 11:48:52 GMT
Retiring Seventh District Congressman Mike McIntyre was inducted into The Order of the Long Leaf Pine, the highest civilian honor bestowed in the state of North Carolina. McIntyre received a certificateMore >>
Rep. Mike McIntyre has received the highest honor given by the state of North Carolina, induction into the prestigious Order of the Long Leaf Pine. More >>
Friday, August 29 2014 7:30 AM EDT2014-08-29 11:30:47 GMT
Rep. Ted Davis (R-New Hanover) and Rep. Susi Hamilton (D-New Hanover) are spearheading an effort to get Gov. Pat McCrory to call a special session of the General Assembly to deal solely with economic developmentMore >>
Local lawmakers' request for a special session is being met with some opposition tonight. Reps. Ted Davis & Susi Hamilton of New Hanover County believe a session focused solely on economic development is needed. But one conservative group is opposing the need for lawmakers to meet again to increase the JDIG program.More >>
Thursday, August 21 2014 7:37 AM EDT2014-08-21 11:37:34 GMT
Republican leaders in the General Assembly say they have reached a compromise deal on implementing new coal ash regulations, and forcing Duke Energy to close all 33 of its coal ash ponds across North Carolina. AccordingMore >>
House and senate lawmakers in the NC General Assembly passed a bill mandating cleanup of all Duke Energy coal ash ponds by the year 2029. The action follows a massive spill of coal ash into the Dan River in February from a company site in Eden. You can click on a link inside this story to see the specifics of the bill, which is now headed to the Governor's desk.More >>
Monday, August 18 2014 9:51 PM EDT2014-08-19 01:51:31 GMT
The Film and Entertainment Grant Fund proposal will go back in front of state lawmakers tomorrow and Wednesday, after House and Senate conferees made slight changes to the proposal already approved inMore >>
It appears lawmakers are moving forward with a grant fund that will replace the current Film Incentive Tax Credit that has been in place to lure film and television productions to North Carolina.More >>
Monday, August 18 2014 5:30 PM EDT2014-08-18 21:30:44 GMT
Governor Pat McCrory is appointing Senior Associate Justice Mark Martin as the new Chief Justice of North Carolina's Supreme Court. Judge Martin will replace the current Chief Justice, Sarah Parker, whoMore >>
Governor Pat McCrory's decision to elevate Senior Associate Justice Mark Martin to be the new Chief Justice of the North Carolina Supreme Court is being met with criticism from Judge Ola Lewis of Brunswick County, who is opposing Martin for the seat in the November General Election.More >>
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