Tag Archives: North Carolina

Latest Poll Shows Trump Beating Clinton In Key Swing State

August 19, 2015– A PPP poll released today is sure to put a smile on billionaire reality TV star Donald Trump’s face. Although within the poll’s margin of error, capturing 45 percent of the vote, Trump edged out Hillary Clinton who only captured 42 percent in the key swing state of North Carolina. This is the first poll showing Donald Trump beating Hillary Clinton in a key swing state necessary to win the White House.

In North Carolina, neurosurgeon Dr. Ben Carson leads Clinton 47 percent to 40 percent, while Rubio leads 45 percent to 41 percent. Carly Fiorina, Gov. John Kasich (Ohio), Sen. Ted Cruz (Texas), former Gov. Mike Huckabee (Ark.) and Gov. Scott Walker (Wis.) also lead Clinton by 3 percent or less head to head.

Last month, when PPP polled North Carolina and found Donald Trump leading the Republican field, it was the first poll by anyone anywhere to find Trump out ahead. He was at 16%. The latest survey of the state finds that Trump’s momentum has just continued to grow. He’s now at 24% to 14% for Ben Carson, 13% for Jeb Bush, 10% for Ted Cruz, 9% for Marco Rubio, and 6% each for Carly Fiorina, Mike Huckabee, and Scott Walker. Rounding out the field are Rand Paul at 3%, Chris Christie and Rick Santorum at 2%, John Kasich and Rick Perry at 1%, Jim Gilmore, Bobby Jindal, and George Pataki with less than 1%, and Lindsey Graham with literally no supporters.

The poll also studied a theoretical 3rd party run for Trump. Trump wins North Carolina independents with 38% (to 28% for Clinton and 24% for Bush), takes 38% of Republicans, and 14% of Democrats.

PPP, a polling firm that heavily favors Democrats, conducted the latest survey of 957 voters between Aug. 12-16. The poll has an overall margin of error of plus or minus 3.2 percent. You can view the entire poll HERE.

Follow Michael Lotfi on Facebook, Twitter & LinkedIn.

President Obama wants more competition amongst broadband providers

Many people, when in the market for broadband subscriptions, can only pick from telephone or cable providers, but President Obama wants local governments to be able to provide broadband services to citizens too.

A report released by the White House says the president wants to “end laws that harm broadband service competition,” and this would seemingly start in 19 states which restrict their governments from offering broadband to citizens.

“Laws in 19 states—some specifically written by special interests trying to stifle new competitors—have held back broadband access and, with it, economic opportunity,” the report reads. “Today President Obama is announcing a new effort to support local choice in broadband, formally opposing measures that limit the range of options to available to communities to spur expanded local broadband infrastructure… the Administration is filing a letter with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) urging it to join this effort…”

While big tech companies, such as Comcast, will surely fight this as they have in the past, this new push by the president is lawful. According to the New York Times, the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia stated the FCC had the power to strike down state laws which could hinder the ability to invest in the state’s infrastructure, which includes Internet infrastructure.

Two states have already filed complaints to the FCC on similar grounds.

Tennessee and North Carolina have petitioned the FCC to preempt state laws which forbid those state’s local governments the ability to construct their own broadband networks and provide their citizens with the Internet. According to Recode, Tom Wheeler, the chairman of the FCC, is expected to make a ruling on these two cases soon.

The new push from the president does not stop at allowing local governments to provide their own broadband services to the community.

The report also says the president wants to establish a “Broadband Opportunity Council” which will have the “singular goal of speeding up broadband deployment and promoting adoptions,” for all citizens. The public will also be able to bring grievances related to “unnecessary regulatory barriers” with concern to their broadband, before the council, which will address the issues.

According to ARS Techinca, President Obama believes the community-based broadband services could boost the competition and ultimately help Internet users. “In markets where private competition is anemic,” said the president, “towns and cities can build their own middle-mile networks and offer competitive access to the private sector… municipalities are creating more choices for consumers, fostering competition and creating opportunities for economic growth.”

Four Schools Placed on Lockdown Over Teacher’s Pirate Costume

On Friday, September 19, four North Carolina elementary schools were placed on lockdown after reports emerged that an armed suspicious person had been seen on campus. Under the hazy fog of hysteria, rumors circulated that the person in question had been carrying a gun. However, according to WITN-TV, investigators recently announced that the lockdown had been prompted by a 10 AM report by a cafeteria worker at Richlands Elementary who had seen one of the school’s teachers entering the building dressed like a pirate and wearing a plastic sword at his hip. The teacher wore the costume to celebrate “International Talk Like a Pirate Day” with students.

WCTI-TV 12 notes that the three other schools that were locked down over the teacher’s costume were Richlands High School, Richlands Primary, and Trexler Middle School. Law enforcement officers, equipped with K-9 units, descended upon all four schools, scouring the buildings for what was at the time assumed to be a suspicious person about to carry out a school shooting. A Trexler Middle School student told WITN-TV, “It was terrifying… I didn’t know what was going on … we were all huddled up in a corner.” Early rumors began to spread like wildfire, leading to the dissemination of misleading details such as reports that the suspicious person was carrying a gun and wearing camouflage pants and an olive shirt.

However, investigators could not find anyone suspicious at the schools, and an exhaustive review of surveillance video turned up no leads as well. After three hours, the lockdowns were lifted. According to WNCT-TV 9, Onslow County Schools spokesperson Suzie Ulbrich said, “We have this new psy lock system… there was an immediate lockdown done of the school and check in with all the teachers to make sure to make sure everybody was safe and secure. Law enforcement of course came to the scene.”

Onslow County Sheriff’s Office representative Jerry Morse told WCTI-TV 12, “After a thorough review of this incident, it has been determined that school personnel working in conjunction with law enforcement agencies handled the situation in a very professional manner and followed all protocols to the letter.”

On Tuesday, September 28, the Onslow County Sheriff’s Department announced that the report of a suspicious person was a case of mistaken identity, as a cafeteria worker had confused a plastic sword from a teacher’s pirate costume for a gun. Authorities concluded that the teacher was not a threat and that nothing malicious had been intended by the costume.

Supreme Court refuses to act on same-sex marriage issue

While more people are showing support for same-sex marriage, the Supreme Court made the decision Monday to not get involved with any appeals court decisions over same-sex marriage and allow these courts to decide how their states should move forward.

As a result of their refusal to get involved, five additional states have been added to the list of 19 others who allow same-sex marriage.  These five new states are Indiana, Oklahoma, Utah, Virginia, and Wisconsin, according to Reuters.  The appeals courts who rule over these states have already ruled in favor of same-sex marriage in the past.

Six other states, who fall under the jurisdiction of those appeals courts, may also be affected by this decision and they may see same-sex marriage soon.  These six are Colorado, Kansas, North Carolina, South Carolina, West Virginia, and Wyoming.

“The court’s letting stand these victories means that gay couples will soon share in the freedom to marry in 30 states,” said president of the Freedom to Marry organization, Evan Wolfson, according to USA Today.  “But we are one country, with one Constitution, and the court’s delay in affirming the freedom to marry nationwide prolongs the patchwork of state-to-state discrimination and the harms and indignity that the denial of marriage still inflicts on too many couples in too many places.”

Chad Griffin, the president of the Human Rights Campaign, said, according to the BBC, “Today is a joyous day for thousands of couples across America who will immediately feel the impact of today’s Supreme Court action.”

This is not the first time the Supreme Court has made a decision which has suggested support for same-sex marriage.  Last year, the Supreme Court invalidated parts of a law which denied legally married same-sex partners spousal benefits.

All of the small victories for those in support of same-sex marriage make many believe the Supreme Court will soon make a decision which will tackle the issue nationwide.

Libertarian Senate Candidate Shaking Up the Political Machine in NC

North Carolina joins at least 10 other states with Libertarian U.S. Senate candidates that are shaking up election season.

Libertarians are poised to draw votes in Montana, Oregon, Colorado, Minnesota, Iowa, Arkansas, Michigan, Virginia, West Virginia and Alaska. The party is currently working to collect enough signatures to appear on ballots in Kentucky and New Hampshire and is attracting attention with gubernatorial candidates in Florida and Kansas, the Washington Post reported.

In the Tarheel State, Libertarian candidate Sean Haugh’s support in four recent polls is between 8 and 11 percent.

The media states that Haugh’s strong support is not enough to win, but it’s conceivably enough to affect the outcome of the race. Those same results show the margin between incumbent Democrat Kay Hagan and Republican challenger, state House Speaker Thom Tillis, at 6 points or less.

“If it ends up being a one- or two-point race, Democrats could keep the Senate because of Sean Haugh,” said Tom Jensen, director of Public Policy Polling (PPP), which showed the Libertarian at 11 percent in its May and June surveys.

Haugh responds to the classical scared tactic from the right that says “if you vote for a Libertarian you’re throwing away your vote or you’re voting for a Democrat.”

“The only votes that count are the ones that vote “for” a candidate,” said Haugh.

Haugh states in the video below, “Voting for the lesser of two evils is still voting for evil.”

“Only Libertarians can be counted on to stop all war and let you keep your money,” said Haugh.

Watch video below. 


Hypocrisy? Protesters Marching Against Voter ID Laws Required To Show Photo ID

On Saturday, citizens in Raleigh, North Carolina gathered to protest voter-ID laws. The event, organized by the NAACP and led by Rev. William Barber II, was dubbed the “Moral March.” Those who attended the rally believe that requiring an ID to vote is unfair to minorities and  poor segments of the population.

In a twist of irony, the protesters allowed at the event were required to present the same kind of ID they would be expected to present in order to vote.

Here is a copy of fliers NAACP officials passed out at the protest:

Screenshot 2014-02-10 at 1.58.17 PM

North Carolina Republican state Rep. David Lewis told the Daily Caller, “I find it extremely hypocritical that when nearly 70 percent of North Carolinians across all political spectrums support the idea that one present photo identification when going to the polls, the NC NAACP has filed suit in court to block this common-sense idea. However, the NC NAACP requires their protesters to maintain valid photo identification on their person throughout the march. The idea that Chairman William Barber and his followers find it more important to carry their photo identification with them when marching than when electing the President of the United States is reprehensible.”

Barber and his allies have led a series of protests against North Carolina’s Republican legislature since the new year. Although the rallies are promoted as “peaceful,” over 900 protesters have been arrested since January 1 — many arrested individuals were taken into custody because they obstructed state legislators inside the capitol building.

Follow Kristin on Facebook and Twitter.

Food Stamps Used To Pay For Tattoos In North Carolina

A tattoo parlor in Raleigh, North Carolina reportedly took food stamps as payment for tattoos.

The shop is called Addiction Tattooz. Its owner, Clifford Craig Tittle, was arrested after police discovered that he was accepting Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) cards as payment. EBT cards look and function like a debit card but actually store “food stamp” subsidies. The cards are only supposed to be used to purchase food.

Tittle accepted EBT cards at least four separate times, revealed the  Agriculture Department.

As reported by The Daily Caller, “On Sept. 4 two people charged $421 and $417.61 to EBT cards (in addition to cash) for work at Ink Addiction Tattooz.  On Sept. 6 another person charged $413 to their EBT card plus $175 in cash for tattoo work from Tittle. Also on Sept. 6, another person sold Tittle an EBT card worth $570 to Tittle for $215.”

One man who was familiar with Addiction Tattooz worked with police officers to catch Tittle. The informant “sold” Tittle food stamps two times in September. In exchange for the food stamps, Tittle gave the informant $600 worth of tattoos.

Thankfully, The Agriculture Department was able to stop the trafficking at this tattoo parlor. But the problem may expand far beyond Addiction Tattooz.

Food stamps are valuable because they can easily be traded for money using the “cash back” option at many convenience stores.

How can our government prevent welfare benefits, intended to put food on the table, from being used to pay for luxuries like tattoos?

Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.