Saturday, August 23 2014 1:25 PM EDT2014-08-23 17:25:45 GMT
Some of the trucks in a Russian aid convoy that entered Ukraine in a move denounced by Kiev as an invasion are returning to Russia.More >>
Hundreds of Russian aid trucks returned home from rebel-held eastern Ukraine on Saturday, highlighting a dire need for long-term assistance to the region where homes and livelihoods have been destroyed by months of fighting.More >>
Saturday, August 23 2014 1:15 PM EDT2014-08-23 17:15:26 GMT
A senior Hamas leader says the group signed a pledge to back any Palestinian bid to join the International Criminal Court. Such a step could expose Israel - as well as Hamas - to war crimes investigations.More >>
Witnesses say an Israeli airstrike has collapsed a 12-story apartment tower in central Gaza City.More >>
Saturday, August 23 2014 12:52 PM EDT2014-08-23 16:52:38 GMT
Anita LaFay Washington (Source: Millbrook Police Department)
The Millbrook Police Department has made an arrest for the murder of 49-year-old Anita L. Washington. After conducting an investigation, Police arrested 27-year-old Sedrick Clayton in connection withMore >>
The Millbrook Police Department has made an arrest for the murder of 49-year-old Anita L. Washington. After conducting an investigation, Police arrested 27-year-old Sedrick Clayton in connection with the murder. Clayton is the victim's son.More >>
WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) – As the political season winds its way toward the end of the first phase of the 2014 elections, Woody White seems to be entrenched in the second phase of his political career. White, who is the Chairman of the New Hanover County Commissioners, is running for the Republican nomination in Seventh Congressional District race. He won the county seat in 2012, after several years away from the political scene. He formerly chaired the New Hanover County Republican party from 1997-2001, served as a delegate to former President George Bush and filled an unexpired term in the state Senate in 2004, before losing the election for a full term later that same year.
White admits balancing family life, his law practice, commissioner duties and a congressional campaign is a challenge. "We're finding a lot of opportunities to be together on the campaign trail," he said. "The campaign is going tremendous, it's bringing us together and involving my kids in a lot of the issues of the day, which is important and a great teaching moment. We believe we are in this for the right reasons, and we believe we are going to make a difference so it makes the time management problems very much worth it because the sacrifices we're making are going to make a difference, we're going to win this campaign and bring a new, fresh voice to Washington, DC."
White believes his experience as a county commissioner is one of the biggest advantages he has over the two opponents in the GOP primary. "As a county commissioner, we're the lowest guy on the food chain of government," White says. "We look up to Raleigh, look up to Washington, and they stuff unfunded mandates down on us all the time. When I'm in Washington, the first question I'm going to ask is ‘folks, how does this impact the local government officials? How does this impact school boards, county commissions, state legislatures?"
White lists repealing President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act as one of his priorities, if he is elected as the next Congressman from the Seventh District. "It is destroying two things: job creation and the patient-doctor relationship," said White. "It was premised on the idea that you can keep your plan, and keep your doctor. We now know that was false. It was meant initially to bring the uninsured and have them migrate to the rolls of the insured. That's not happening. We have to repeal it and we have to start over."
When asked if he favored an option such as the Patient Care Act introduced recently by Sen. Richard Burr of North Carolina and others, White was non-committal. "A better option is a long-term solution that incentivizes healthy choices. We are going to have to make our citizens healthier, lower consumption of healthcare. That's long-term how we have a sustainable model," he said about the healthcare reform issue.
One issue that has brought some contentious exchanges in the primary campaign is illegal immigration. White has accused challenger David Rouzer of lobbying for amnesty for illegal immigrants while working in Washington, DC. White contends that since the federal government granted amnesty in 1986, it has led to an increased population of illegal immigrants currently in the United States. A solution, he says, won't happen overnight and must include a long-term commitment. "We have to have an understanding of the problem first, and secure the border to stop the illegal immigration," said White. "Then we have to expand guest worker programs. It's discriminatory to allow people who came into this country illegally to get to the front of the line in front of those who are standing in line to get here legally."
White calls the 2014 election a "critical juncture" for the country, and for the voters in the Seventh District, which is the reason he filed to run for Congress. "We're going to pick a new congressman," he said. "Mike McIntyre (incumbent representative) is retiring. Who is it going to be? What we ask folks to do is compare the records, take the time to read and research and learn. Email us and ask questions."
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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