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Republican lawmakers say Perdue budget, tax hike 'ain't gonna fly'

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video Gov. Bev Perdue's proposed budget includes a big boost for education, but it relies heavily on more money out of your wallet. The $20.9 billion spending plan depends on a sales tax increase. Full story...
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Prosecution rests in John Edwards trial

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Prosecutors have rested their case against John Edwards after calling to the witness stand many of his closest friends and advisers. Full story...
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Casteen to petition for spot on ballot for new House District 20

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A Wilmington attorney and CPA wants to run for the new NC House District 20 seat, but he'll have to take an unusual path to get there. Full story...
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Sign at church used as polling place questioned

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A Democratic Party official will try to get a Wilmington polling place moved because the church used for this week's balloting had a sign relating to the constitutional amendment on gay marriage, the StarNews reports. Full story...
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Pantano endorses Rouzer

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In a gracious concession statement, Ilario Pantano has endorsed his political rival David Rouzer as the Republican challenges eight-time incumbent Democrat Rep. Mike McIntyre for his seat in Congress. Full story...
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Rouzer, McIntyre ready to battle for redrawn District 7

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video For the first time in a long time, Rep. Mike McIntyre will face a different kind of opponent in November: one who's held political office. Two-time state Sen. David Rouzer swept past Ilario Pantano in the Republican primary last night to secure a place on the ballot. Full story...
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Thompson to focus on family, business after primary loss

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video It's Your Voice, Your Vote, and the people spoken. A surprise to many, New Hanover County Commissioner Jason Thompson will not be on the board next year. After failing to win a nomination in the Republican race, Thompson says he should have worked harder to get votes. Full story...
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As President voices his stance on gay marriage, both sides react to NC's Amendment One passing

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video President Obama's stance on gay marriage comes at a controversial time in our country and our state. His announcement comes a day after North Carolina voters approved Amendment One. After months of debate and protests, reaction has been immediate. Tens of thousands have already signed a petition and one Wilmington church is standing its ground. Full story...
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Perdue's proposal uses higher tax for schools

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Gov. Bev Perdue's proposed budget adjustments for next year would use most of the proceeds from a sales tax increase to restore cuts North Carolina school districts have been forced to make and to reduce class sizes in early grades. Full story...
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Obama staffer testifies at John Edwards trail

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A former campaign spokeswoman for John Edwards has testified that his wife angrily confronted a key donor about his support for the presidential candidate's pregnant mistress. Full story...
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ABC NEWS EXCLUSIVE: President voices support of gay marriage

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President Obama today announced that he now supports same-sex marriage, reversing his longstanding opposition amid growing pressure from the Democratic base and even his own vice president. In an interview with ABC News' Robin Roberts, the president described his thought process as an "evolution" that led him to this place, based on conversations with his own staff members, openly gay and lesbian service members, and conversations with his wife and own daughters. Full story...
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THE RANT: Pantano pouts after AP calls race

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I learned something interesting last night about former congressional candidate Ilario Pantano. Even though he's a war veteran, an author, a former Wall Street executive, a father, a husband, etc., etc., he doesn't deal well with losing. Full story...
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Barfield tops Democratic field for New Hanover County Commission

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videoIncumbent Jonathan Barfield Jr. finished ahead of his Democratic challengers in the race for New Hanover County Commission Tuesday night. He, along with newcomers Robert Zapple and Robert Murray, will move ahead to the general election in November. Full story...
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Incumbent Thompson finishes fourth; top vote-getter says community wants change

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videoTalk of a runoff election swirled around the New Hanover County Government Center last night when it came down to the six Republican candidates for County Commission, but that may not be how the numbers add up. Full story...
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Rouzer wins GOP House nomination; Pantano refuses to talk

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State Sen. David Rouzer beat Ilario Pantano and Randy Crow in the GOP primary for the state's 7th Congressional District, but at least one of the men he beat isn't ready to accept the results. Full story...
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