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David Parker Resignation: N.C. Democrats Reject Chair's Decision To Step Down

(3) Comments | Posted May 15, 2012 | 10:49 AM

Political experts define North Carolina as the most important battleground state. Some describe the political fault line in North Carolina as the political equator of the United States. In 2008, Obama carried North Carolina by the thinnest plurality in the nation, a margin of victory that...

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Nagi Musa and the Sudan Ten

(0) Comments | Posted January 31, 2012 | 1:15 PM

The Sudanese National Security Forces have arrested Nagi Musa and nine other leaders of Girifna, the nonviolent people's resistance movement in Eastern Sudan.

On Wednesday the 25th of January, Nagi Musa was leading a conference titled: "The Massacre in Port Sudan and the Crisis in East...

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A Winter Journey to Poverty in North Carolina

(5) Comments | Posted January 4, 2012 | 10:11 AM

In Raleigh's historic First Baptist Church, a somber group of advocates of social justice announced the Truth and Hope Tour of Poverty in North Carolina this winter.

The backdrop was stark. One in five North Carolinians live in poverty. In the minority community, the situation is...

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Occupy the Dream

(3) Comments | Posted December 16, 2011 | 8:03 AM

Yesterday, something wonderful happened in America.

Yesterday was the day the American Civil Rights Movement merged their hopes and dreams with Occupy Wall Street.

Led by Dr. Ben Chavis, civil rights leaders announced the formation of Occupy the Dream, an organization to mobilize Americans around the vision of Dr....

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Battleground North Carolina - Democrats Sweep Local Elections

(10) Comments | Posted November 9, 2011 | 9:56 AM

The votes are in, and the ballots have been tabulated. It is now official. It's a Democratic landslide.

David Parker, Chair of the North Carolina Democratic Party, proclaimed victory: "All across the state, the voters in North Carolina's counties and municipalities rejected the Tea Party and its...

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Battleground North Carolina: Democratic Women Fired Up!

(6) Comments | Posted October 23, 2011 | 8:08 PM

Chapel Hill, North Carolina - Recognizing that women's rights will take a devastating hit if Republicans return to power in 2012, Democratic women are rising to face the challenge.

Meeting in the capital of the progressive heartland of the South, the Orange County Democratic Women heard a rising...

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Populist Backlash Crushes Art Pope's Forces in North Carolina

(10) Comments | Posted October 12, 2011 | 12:36 PM

North Carolina's right-wing political boss, Art Pope, is having a bad week.

One week after a searing profile appeared in the New Yorker, Pope's ultra-conservative ticket fell under the crushing weight of a populist uprising merged with a Democratic steamroller in the highly anticipated elections for Wake...

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The Innovator: Steve Jobs

(0) Comments | Posted October 6, 2011 | 11:56 AM

He never lingered over the fact that he was dying. Visions swirled into his mind surrounding him with the urgency of a prophet. A new medium for memory, a stronger process for words, a clearer vision of images, mastering the momentum of technology, flooding the world with music, a new...

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Obama Fights Back

(125) Comments | Posted September 14, 2011 | 11:05 PM

With his numbers at their lowest ebb and with the loss of two off-year elections in New York and Nevada, President Barack Obama is barnstorming the nation on his American Jobs Act tour.

At North Carolina State University, Obama electrified a massive crowd at Reynolds Coliseum with a powerful...

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North Carolina Republicans Launch Sneak Attack on Gays

(35) Comments | Posted September 12, 2011 | 4:00 PM

In a replay of the Republican stealth attack on the labor movement in Wisconsin, the GOP has launched a sneak attack on the LGBT community of gays, lesbians, transgendered and bisexual citizens in North Carolina -- the nation's most embattled battleground state.

According to news reports

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Plug-In 2011: Rising Tide for Electric Cars

(27) Comments | Posted July 21, 2011 | 2:00 PM

Concerned about global warming?

Worried about environmental pollution?

Even in these days of global economic recession, billions of people still care deeply about the environment. Millions of people want to do something tangible -- right now -- to preserve the air we breathe, the water we drink, the food...

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Comeback Surge of the Psychedelic Furs

(2) Comments | Posted July 15, 2011 | 8:44 AM

Beautiful Chaos unfurls in the devastating wake of the Psychedelic Furs' stirring "Talk, Talk, Talk" tour.

Born in Britain, Richard and Tim Butler founded the Psychedelic Furs before, during and after the Punk revolution swept across the music industry with the force of a sonic tsunami....

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Battleground North Carolina: Midnight Madness & the Southern Backlash

(9) Comments | Posted June 16, 2011 | 11:50 AM

Riding the final crest of a wave of extremist populism, the Republican-dominated North Carolina General Assembly held two midnight sessions to conceal their darkest deeds.

The first midnight madness vote approved a radical stripping and lashing of public education in a draconian budget. The second seizure of midnight madness...

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Phil Noble Stands Up for Reform in South Carolina

(1) Comments | Posted April 28, 2011 | 11:53 AM

The election of the Party Chair in the South Carolina Democratic Party has turned into a clash of civilizations between the Old South and the New South. Far more than just another contest between two party warhorses who represent opposing factions of the urban-rural divide, the race between

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What's Right with America: Imam Rauf in Chapel Hill

(23) Comments | Posted March 22, 2011 | 11:28 AM

In 1915, the brothers Henry and Solomon Weil provided an endowment to the oldest state supported university in America, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, to sponsor an annual lecture on the meaning of American Citizenship.

Robert Taft, Eleanor Roosevelt, J. William Fulbright and Jimmy Carter are merely...

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Judiciary Committee Member to Block Leonhart for DEA

(30) Comments | Posted December 3, 2010 | 8:01 AM

Citing Michelle Leonhart's controversial position on prescription pain-killers for terminal patients suffering intractable pain, Senate Judiciary Committee Member Senator Kohl (D-Wis.) will block her nomination to head the DEA.

Senator Kohl has the power to stall Leonhart's confirmation for a very long time.

Last month...

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Marshall Bashes Burr on Taxes, Gay Rights & Afghanistan

(1) Comments | Posted October 27, 2010 | 10:10 AM

In their third and final television debate, Elaine Marshall bashed incumbent Republican Senator Richard Burr as a homophobic influence-peddler in thrall to big pharma and the military-industrial complex.

Marshall leveled her assault on Burr's support for an open-ended war in Afghanistan.

Pleading, "We have got to see an...

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Tempest in a Tea Party: The Kochs Throw Money at Faltering Pantano Campaign

(1) Comments | Posted October 17, 2010 | 1:48 PM

The reactionary billionaires of the Koch family have thrown a massive injection of cash at the faltering campaign of ex-Marine, Ilario Pantano, a controversial Tea Party candidate for Congress in North Carolina.

According to the latest reports the Koch family front, Americans For Prosperity, just injected $100,000 of...

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Elaine Marshall Blasts Richard Burr

(5) Comments | Posted October 13, 2010 | 12:49 PM

On their first televised debate, North Carolina Democratic candidate for Senate, Elaine Marshall, blasted Republican Richard Burr and urged voters to throw him out of office. Burr smiled, stumbled and even supported new regulations on business as he reeled under the barrage of Marshall's pointed attacks. This race just got...

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Insurgent Ed Miliband Ends the New Labour Era

(3) Comments | Posted September 28, 2010 | 1:44 PM

New Labour began as an ill-advised facsimile of the center-right shift of U.S. politics.

In the aftermath of the dreadful Dukakis campaign in 1988, Bill Clinton headed the 'New Democrat' movement to Reaganize the Democratic Party by tilting it to the right. Richard Gephardt, Bruce Babbitt, Lawton Chiles...

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