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Lottery Opponents not Folding
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Lottery Opponents not Folding

BY Yonat Shimron

Gov. Mike Easley's call for a state lottery is about to get an emphatic answer: Some of the state's religious, business, academic and civic leaders are mounting a vigorous campaign to stop it. A group, including two former governors, a retired chief justice and two former UNC system presidents, plans to step forward next week - tentatively Tuesday - to announce its opposition to a lottery. The action comes after leaders of the United Methodist Church sent a letter to the governor, pledging to do all they could to resist a lottery.

03/10/2001
No Taxes to Fix Shortfall
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No Taxes to Fix Shortfall

BY Chuck Fuller

Gov. Mike Easley began his term under a difficult budget crisis, and as the new projections arrive, things continue to get worse. I would like to commend the governor for his handling of the budget crisis thus far. It did not take us long to see that increasing revenue by 2 percent while trying to increase spending by 8 percent does not work. Some leaders are looking for someone to blame. Now is not the time to look for fault - let's just solve the problem and take the necessary steps to insure this will not happen again.

02/19/2001
Pros, Cons Besiege Edwards Over Ashcroft Vote
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Pros, Cons Besiege Edwards Over Ashcroft Vote

BY John Wagner

WASHINGTON -- Tar Heels on both sides of the confirmation battle over John Ashcroft say it provides a telling test of Democratic Sen. John Edwards' political allegiances. Civil-rights groups and pro-choice organizations - key Democratic constituencies - are counting on Edwards to stand with them against Ashcroft, President Bush's nominee for attorney general, whose views they consider extreme.

01/26/2001
Will He or Won't He?
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Will He or Won't He?

BY John Wagner

Overheard: 'On behalf of the North Carolina Senate, I would like to call on anyone who may have an idea or suggestion as to how we can reduce spending and make state government more efficient to please contact my office.' - State Sen. Marc Basnight as the state faces a $ 486 million budget shortfall. ### Political Scorecard: UP: Jimmy Carter. More than 1,000 people waited in line in Raleigh and 2,000 in Charlotte to get autographs on Carter's new book. Will there be similar crowds for Bill Clinton in 20 years?

01/15/2001
Benton Starts Retirement with Court Appearance
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Benton Starts Retirement with Court Appearance

BY J. Andrew Curliss

Former Raleigh City Manager Dempsey Benton probably had other plans for the first workday in 17 years that he didn't have to go to City Hall. But the powers-that-be wanted at least one more day of public service out of Benton, whose retirement started Sunday.

01/06/2001
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Role Posed for Miller in Redistricting

BY Rob Christensen

Senate President Pro Tem Marc Basnight is looking for a new chairman to lead the Senate part of drawing new election districts next year and has approached Sen. Brad Miller, a Raleigh Democrat, about the job. "He is considering that," Basnight said. "I haven't said you can have anything. He is considering if he would like me to consider him." Sen. Roy Cooper, a Rocky Mount Democrat who has served as Senate redistricting chairman in recent years, is leaving the Senate to become state attorney general.

12/29/2000
Education Tops the List for House 61 Rivals
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Education Tops the List for House 61 Rivals

BY Sarah Lindenfeld

RALEIGH -- In one of the most competitive legislative races in North Carolina, voters in Democratic-leaning House District 61 will choose Tuesday between Republican incumbent Art Pope and Democratic newcomer Jack Nichols. Public education is the top priority for the candidates in the district, which stretches from established neighborhoods northwest of downtown Raleigh to newer subdivisions in North Raleigh. But they disagree on how to improve public schools.

11/04/2000
Media Blitz Trumpets Three Wake County Bonds
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Media Blitz Trumpets Three Wake County Bonds

BY T. Keung Hui

If your heart is being tugged and your mind exercised, the media campaign launched this week by Wake's bond campaign organizers just might be working on you. With a month to go before Election Day, Friends of Wake County has revved up the campaign with radio and newspaper ads, soon to be followed by television spots. Through appeals to both the intellect and the emotions of voters, the group hopes to win passage of the $ 500 million school bond, the $ 20 million jail bond and the $ 15 million open-space bond.

10/13/2000
School Officials Try to Win Over School Bonds Skeptics
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School Officials Try to Win Over School Bonds Skeptics

BY T. Keung Hui

RALEIGH -- Wake's school leaders walked into a lion's den Thursday to hunt for school bond votes and to show they actually listen to their critics.

10/06/2000
Crowded Ballot Worries Raleigh
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Crowded Ballot Worries Raleigh

BY Demorris Lee

RALEIGH -- City officials think North Raleigh residents will support $ 75 million in road, park and housing bonds - if only they can find them on the Nov. 7 ballot. With presidential, gubernatorial and other races before voters, along with $ 3.1 billion for state college facilities and $ 500 million for Wake County schools, Raleigh officials are concerned that their bond issues may get lost in the shuffle.

09/29/2000

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