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David Tennant, Ian Somerhalder, Tyler Hoechlin, Liam McIntyre among top celebrities scheduled to attend inaugural Wizard World Comic Con in Raleigh[Mar. 2, 2015]
Wizard World, Inc. continues its 2015 schedule with its first visit to the Raleigh Convention Center at Wizard World Comic Con Raleigh, March 13-15. David Tennant (“Doctor Who,” Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire), Ian Somerhalder (“Vampire Diaries'), Karen Gillan (“Doctor Who,” Guardians of the Galaxy), Tyler Hoechlin (“Teen Wolf,” Road to Perdition), Liam McIntyre (“Spartacus: War of the Damned”), WWE® Diva Eva Marie™, John Schneider (“The Dukes of Hazzard,” “Smallville”) and “The Walking Dead” stars Sonequa Martin-Green and Sarah Wayne Callies headline the roster of celebrity guests scheduled to attend the pop culture extravaganza.
Golden LEAF commits $50 Million to entice automobile manufacturer to NC[Feb. 8, 2015]
The Golden LEAF Foundation Board of Directors announced that it has reserved $50 million to provide support for the location of an automobile manufacturing facility within the borders of North Carolina. "The state is readying itself to win and host this type of manufacturing industry," said Johnathan Rhyne, Chair of the Golden LEAF Board of Directors. "The Golden LEAF Board took this action to demonstrate its commitment to this emerging opportunity. An automobile manufacturer and its suppliers can create thousands of jobs and serve as a catalyst for long-term economic advancement."
More than 730,000 North Carolina voters missing[Aug. 18, 2014]
The Voter Integrity Project announced today that North Carolina’s statewide election rolls now contain 739,041 voter registrations from people the election officials can no longer find. There were 460,065 such voters at the beginning of 2007, but that number has exploded to 739,041 (a 62.3 percent growth) since then. The only negative growth since then was in 2012, when VIP discovered nearly 30,000 deceased persons registered to vote.
Report cuts through hype and details facts of fracking[Aug. 13, 2014]
How safe is fracking? Does it contaminate water? Use too much water? Use secret chemicals? As opponents of hydraulic fracturing continue to criticize the process, a new John Locke Foundation Policy Report turns to evidence to answer these and other common questions. "Exploration for and recovery of natural gas in North Carolina holds the promise of job creation, wealth creation, revenue generation, and a new domestic industry in the state," said report author Jon Sanders, JLF Director of Regulatory Studies.
More questions arise after latest multi-state voting data[May 2, 2014]
The NC State Board of Elections, on Tuesday, released their state-by-state breakdown of double voters from the November 2012 election, in response to a Voter Integrity Project-NC public-record request and the findings raise serious concerns about organized criminal vote fraud, according to the group.“We suspected around 75 percent of our cross-border voters would come from Virginia and South Carolina,” said Jay DeLancy, Executive Director of the Voter Integrity Project of NC, “but stunningly high numbers from states like Georgia, Illinois and Michigan are a more serious matter.”
Possible judicial bias in North Carolina voter ID case[Apr. 19, 2014]
Remarks made by an associate justice of the North Carolina Supreme Court at a Democratic Party fund-raising dinner, as well as her membership in a private organization, raise serious questions about her possible bias against the state’s new voter ID law. Under applicable judicial ethics rules, she should remove herself from the controversial litigation challenging the law before it reaches the state Supreme Court. On Saturday, March 22, North Carolina Supreme Court Associate Justice Cheri Beasley spoke at the Carteret County Jefferson Jackson Dinner. Beasley was appointed to the Supreme Court in December 2012 by lame duck Gov. Beverly Perdue (D). The justice is up for election for a new term on Nov. 4 of this year.
More than 20,000 NC voters have fake registration addresses[Apr. 16, 2014]
The Voter Integrity Project of North Carolina submitted data to the NC State Board of Elections that show 20,532 NC voters were registered at street addresses that do not exist and 13,027 (or 63.4%) of them listed a post office box as their alternative mailing address. “It’s baffling that anybody can vote with a false registration address,” said Jay DeLancy, “but that looks like the policy of the Buncombe County Board of Elections. We found 342 voters registered to false address, 77 of them to the fictional address called Zero Tunnel Road.”
Buncombe Board of Elections allows false registration addresses for 342 voters[Apr. 11, 2014]
In what they call an “invitation for another chaotic election,” the Voter Integrity Project of North Carolina, today asked Buncombe County election officials to curtail the practice of registering voters from addresses that don’t exist.
“It’s baffling that anybody can vote with a false registration address,” said Jay DeLancy, “but that looks like the policy of the Buncombe County Board of Elections. We found 342 voters registered to false address, 77 of them to the fictional address called Zero Tunnel Road.”
Also: NC Board of Elections report
147 suspected of “double voting” in North Carolina and Florida[Apr. 9, 2014]
The Voter Integrity Project of North Carolina released the results of their year-long research effort that found 5,167 people who appeared to be registered to vote in both Florida and NC, and 147 people who “were involved” in voter fraud. They gave the information to election officials in both Florida and North Carolina, in addition to a member of the NC Senate committee responsible of election law. All of the voters had a matching first name, last name and date of birth.
Also: NC Board of Elections report
Second-term North Carolina Republicans gain in new effectiveness rankings[Apr. 8, 2014]
With a supermajority in the state legislature, Republicans claimed the top 15 spots in both houses in the new rankings of legislators’ effectiveness released today by the N.C. Center for Public Policy Research. President Pro Tem of the Senate Phil Berger (R-Rockingham) and Speaker of the House Thom Tillis (R-Mecklenburg) top the rankings for the second time in a row.
National Forests in North Carolina implements fee increases for 2014 season[Apr. 8, 2014]
The National Forests in North Carolina are implementing changes to fees at seven recreation sites in the Nantahala, Pisgah, Uwharrie, and Croatan National Forests for the 2014 season. The fee changes were approved in March, after careful consideration of public comments, including the recommendations of the Southern Region’s Recreation Resource Advisory Committee (RRAC). All fees were evaluated to ensure that the level of benefits and services provided are commensurate with the fee and that fees are comparable to similar public and private sites. The Forest Service will implement the fee changes beginning May 7, 2014.
Now, could you kindly please not destroy any of the evidence?[Apr. 3, 2014]
In response to yesterdays’ stunning Board of Elections disclosure of up to 36,515 voters suspected of committing felony election fraud, the Voter Integrity Project of NC, today asked Kim Strach and the state’s Legislature to enact emergency legislation that will prevent counties from destroying a critical piece of evidence. “Every North Carolina voter signs an Authorization to Vote or ATV form before they were handed a ballot,” said Jay DeLancy, Executive Director of VIP-NC, “but unless those forms are subpoenaed, state record keeping laws will allow election officials to destroy this evidence in a few short months.”
Carolina Farm Credit holds 14th annual Ag Leadership Institute[Mar. 29, 2014]
Carolina Farm Credit recently hosted its 14th annual Agricultural Leadership Institute in Asheville, N.C. The institute, held at Omni Grove Park Inn in Asheville, N.C., brought together and celebrated young, beginning, and small farmers. It was created to equip these farmers to meet the challenges of modern agriculture and encourages the sharing of ideas and networking within the industry. This year’s 25 participants were couples or individuals from farms across Carolina Farm Credit’s territory and were selected for their leadership and achievements.
Top 100 baby names in North Carolina for births in 2012[Mar. 19, 2014]
The following table shows the 100 most frequent given names for male and female births in 2012 in North Carolina. The number to the right of each name is the number of occurrences in the data. The source is a 100% sample based on Social Security card application data.
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