MAY 2, 2014


Dueling ‘Amnesty’ Claims in NC: The dueling “amnesty” claims come in TV ads from Woody White and David Rouzer, who are seeking the Republican nomination for North Carolina’s 7th Congressional District. The 7th District seat is currently held by nine-term Democrat Mike McIntyre, who announced he will not seek reelection. McIntyre narrowly defeated Rouzer, a former aide to former Sens. Jesse Helms and Elizabeth Dole, in the 2012 general election. White is an attorney. Read more here.


Former Raleigh police officer is Obama nominee: Gentry O. Smith, a senior State Department official and former Raleigh police officer, is President Barack Obama’s nominee as director of the State Department’s Office of Foreign Missions, the White House announced on Thursday. Read more here.


Obamacare enrollment spikes in states with tough Senate races: The Republican strategy for 2014 rests heavily on a mass effort to pretend the millions of people benefitting from the Affordable Care Act simply don’t exist — or at least that those who are benefitting from the law’s “free stuff” are vastly outnumbered by ordinary hard-working Americans who have been victimized by job crushing big government and Obama-mandate-crazed tyranny. But that illusion is getting harder and harder to sustain — and this may prove increasingly true even in red states. Read more here.

U.S. jobless rate drops to 6.3%, lowest since ’08: New government data released Friday morning showed the nation added 288,000 jobs in April, a reassuring sign that the economy has picked up momentum since stalling out over the winter. Read more here.


Topsail Beach Town Council votes unanimously against seismic testing: The council voted unanimously Wednesday to adopt a resolution opposing seismic testing. Seismic airguns use sound waves to find sources of oil and natural gas beneath the ocean floor. Read more here.

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