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) – When Wilmington attorney Woody White threw his hat in the ring last week to represent North Carolina's seventh district in Congress, he wasted no time in going after David Rouzer, his opponent in the Republican primary.
In 2012, Rouzer, a former state senator from Johnston County, lost by fewer than 700 votes to Congressman Mike McIntyre (D), who said last week he won't seek re-election.
"Folks in this district want a winner," White said Wednesday when announcing his bid. "They want someone who's going to go to Washington to change the tone. They don't want a classic insider like David Rouzer, so his base has eroded. His money base has migrated to us, and we are excited about our prospects."
When asked by a reporter to name Rouzer donors who are now throwing support behind his campaign, White listed: Agnes Beane, a Wilmington attorney; Hank Estep, president at Griffin Estep Benefit Group in Wilmington; Tom Fetzer, former chair of the North Carolina Republican Party; Parks Griffin, principal at Griffin Estep Benefit Group in Wilmington; Robert Holding, a Wilmington businessman; and Franklin Rouse, owner of an insurance company in Brunswick County.
"When Woody decided to interject into the campaign, I was incredibly excited, mainly because Woody is a son of the district," said Rouse, noting that White was born in Kinston, grew up in Elizabethtown and has spent most of his professional life in Wilmington.
Estep said he's seen former Rouzer supporters defect to White.
"Woody's got the ability to raise money. He's well connected in the community and it's not just New Hanover County. It's also the counties surrounding us," Estep said, adding he thinks White has the ability to quickly make inroads in other areas throughout the district.
White staged an RV "announcement tour" Monday with stops at a farmers market in Elizabethtown and Jungle Rapids amusement park in Wilmington, which is owned by former Rouzer supporter Bob Rippy who now backs White. Rippy gave Rouzer's campaign $2,000 in 2012, according to finance reports on the Federal Elections Commission website.
Jessica Wood, Rouzer's campaign spokeswoman, noted that her candidate won an upset primary against Ilario Pantano in 2012 with $500,000 and raised a total of $1.5 million in the last election. She said Rouzer is on pace to surpass both figures this election.
"David's fundraising base continues to expand daily," said Wood. "As a battle-tested conservative, David Rouzer has the strong support of grassroots conservatives across Southeastern North Carolina who are hungry to win this year's Republican primary election just as they did two years ago."
Monday, September 1 2014 11:52 PM EDT2014-09-02 03:52:38 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. The honor given to McIntyre for his 18 years of service to the people of North Carolina as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives.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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