Saturday, August 23 2014 12:33 AM EDT2014-08-23 04:33:44 GMT
Montgomery police say they are initiating a death investigation following a shooting in north Montgomery Thursday afternoon.More >>
A man wanted for murder in North Montgomery turned himself in Friday. The victim's mother says he had threatened violence to her son before but that it didn't have to end in tragedy. She spoke to WSFA 12 News about what happened and she has a message for those who choose violence as a method to solve disputes. More >>
Saturday, August 23 2014 12:01 AM EDT2014-08-23 04:01:23 GMT
A Wetumpka mother is sounding off after she says her child was abused at day care. The mother says the sad part is her toddler daughter has Down's Syndrome and can't tell her what's going on. This motherMore >>
A Wetumpka mother is sounding off after she says her child was abused at day care.More >>
Friday, August 22 2014 11:35 PM EDT2014-08-23 03:35:14 GMT
The streets of Ferguson have been peaceful for another night, as protests and tensions have been subsiding in the St. Louis suburb where unrest had erupted for several nights after a white police officer fatally...More >>
Conditions calmed this week in Ferguson after nights of sometimes violent unrest stemming from the fatal shooting of a black 18-year-old by a white police officer. But a delicate and crucial question lingers: What happens...More >>
WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) – As a retired United States Marine, Marshall Adame served his country in times of war and peace. While working as a defense contractor in Saudi Arabia last year, Adame became discouraged with the volatile language he saw and heard back home surrounding the rollout of the Affordable Care Act. That's when he decided to try serving his country in a different way, as a U.S. Congressman.
"I think our politics should be civil," Adame said when asked what sparked his decision to file for office. "I called a few people in Jacksonville (North Carolina, where he has lived for nearly 40 years) and a couple friends in Washington, DC, and said ‘this is hurting me, this hurts to watch what is going on'. I've been pretty successful in my life, and I want to do something, anything. I called my wife and said I am coming home to run for Congress."
Like most first-time politicians, Adame is learning what life is like on the campaign trail. District 3, where he is running as a Democratic candidate, is one of the largest geographical districts in North Carolina, touching all or part of 23 counties. In his brief time of campaigning, Adame says he has run into people who don't know which district they belong to. "I am working very hard to make sure that everybody knows where they vote," Adame said. "We've adopted a campaign policy that if we are in part of a county, we are going to campaign the whole county because we don't want to miss anybody. The issues are so important right now in North Carolina, we're going the extra mile to reach out to everybody we can."
Adame takes an approach that a member of Congress can be influential in what happens back home. He says Democrats he talks to in eastern North Carolina are concerned with the direction the state is taking under the Republican majority in the General Assembly. "As a United States Congressman, I can encourage the people of this state to use their authority as citizens to push our state government to do the things that the people of this state want done," he said. "An example is the Moral Mondays. If I were a Congressman right now, I would be using my voice, my pulpit, to support that and to encourage people to keep doing it."
While admitting he is not familiar with the regulations for businesses to move into north Carolina, Adame does have a plan to help in recruiting of new industries. "It is one of my goals as a congressman to assign somebody on my staff, full-time, the job to find businesses that we can enter into discussions with and introduce to the entities in this state and get them together. That means we are going to have to communicate with our commissioners, our mayors, those people are going to have a lot of input in my office in Washington," he said.
With America's oil production and exports increasing, Adame favors a cautious approach to looking for oil off the Atlantic Coast. "The last thing we need to do right now in this part of our history is to take the risk of putting oil drilling apparatus outside our coast," Adame said. "We don't need to drill off the coast of North Carolina, as long as I am a United States Congressman, I will do everything in my power to prevent that from happening."
Adame points to winning the Democratic primary May 6th as the first step in becoming the next Congressman from North Carolina. That's when he says he will take aim at the incumbent, Rep. Walter B. Jones, who is serving his tenth term in the House. Adame says working to energize Democrats, Independents and the "disenfranchised Republicans" will be the key to his success.
"We are going to energize them by giving them a lot of information, a lot of facts about what is really going on in Washington, and how much Congressman Jones has really done for the Third District," Adame said. "How he has actually affected the Third District itself in the 20 years he's been up there. When all of that information comes out, eventually you will realize that it's not much. If we want something different, we have to make a change somewhere. I'm saying ‘let's make the change in the United States Congress".
Thursday, August 21 2014 7:37 AM EDT2014-08-21 11:37:34 GMT
Republican leaders in the General Assembly say they have reached a compromise deal on implementing new coal ash regulations, and forcing Duke Energy to close all 33 of its coal ash ponds across North Carolina. AccordingMore >>
House and senate lawmakers in the NC General Assembly passed a bill mandating cleanup of all Duke Energy coal ash ponds by the year 2029. The action follows a massive spill of coal ash into the Dan River in February from a company site in Eden. You can click on a link inside this story to see the specifics of the bill, which is now headed to the Governor's desk.More >>
Wednesday, August 20 2014 11:27 PM EDT2014-08-21 03:27:44 GMT
During a swearing-in ceremony Wednesday afternoon, Wilmington attorney Michael Lee became a state senator until January, although he hopes the upcoming election will extend his tenure. Lee is finishingMore >>
During a swearing-in ceremony Wednesday afternoon, Wilmington attorney Michael Lee became a state senator until January, although he hopes the upcoming election will extend his tenure.More >>
Monday, August 18 2014 9:51 PM EDT2014-08-19 01:51:31 GMT
The Film and Entertainment Grant Fund proposal will go back in front of state lawmakers tomorrow and Wednesday, after House and Senate conferees made slight changes to the proposal already approved inMore >>
It appears lawmakers are moving forward with a grant fund that will replace the current Film Incentive Tax Credit that has been in place to lure film and television productions to North Carolina.More >>
Monday, August 18 2014 5:30 PM EDT2014-08-18 21:30:44 GMT
Governor Pat McCrory is appointing Senior Associate Justice Mark Martin as the new Chief Justice of North Carolina's Supreme Court. Judge Martin will replace the current Chief Justice, Sarah Parker, whoMore >>
Governor Pat McCrory's decision to elevate Senior Associate Justice Mark Martin to be the new Chief Justice of the North Carolina Supreme Court is being met with criticism from Judge Ola Lewis of Brunswick County, who is opposing Martin for the seat in the November General Election.More >>
Friday, August 15 2014 10:48 PM EDT2014-08-16 02:48:04 GMT
North Carolina legislators failed to complete their primary work session for the year because House members couldn't agree quickly to work through bills that address economic incentives, local sales taxesMore >>
Some House Republicans joined Democrats Friday, opposing a move to bring up a sales tax and economic development bill to the floor for a vote. The defeat forced leaders to schedule a Monday session.More >>
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