Estimates released this week by the U.S. Census Bureau indicate that North Carolina is among the top three destinations for native and non-native citizens gained from other states, reports the USA Today.
"Both groups also are moving in substantial numbers to Sun Belt counties in smaller metropolitan areas," says the report.
The top five states with the highest foreign born resident increases from 2006-2007, according to the USA Today's analysis: Texas: 39,000; Georgia : 12,000; North Carolina: 11,000; Nevada 11,000; Washington: 10,000.
Click here for the "Confessor" video, the opening track and lead single from the band's second album, Such Fun, due Oct. 7 on Sony imprint, Canvasback.
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Superior Court Judge Allen Baddour sides with Disability Rights NC, issues a restraining order to block Dix-to-Butner move for 170 adult patients until he can hear testimony about whether the new Butner Hospital is patient-ready.
You can read all about it here. Public Policy Polling finds Obama ahead of McCain with suburban independents in NC; ditto Kay Hagan over Sen. Dole. But in the Gov's race, Pat McCrory and Bev Perdue are tied with this swing demographic -- a key reason Perdue's running even at best in most statewide polls. The Suburbindys, PPP finds, also like Janet Cowell in the state Treasurer's race, and by lesser margins Mary Fant Donnan for labor commissioner and Wayne Goodwin for insurance commissioner -- all Democrats.
Oh, and for the first time Rasmussen has Obama slightly ahead of McCain in NC, though it's still within the margin of error. TPM's got your poll links.
Jonathan Kuniholm, a Marine from Durham who lost an arm in the Iraq War, has posted this YouTube video addressing Sen. John McCain in response to another video addressing Sen. Obama:
"You say you want victory," Kuniholm says. "I'm sorry, sir, but America doesn't need another victory that's just a 'Mission Accomplished' banner that ignores the facts on the ground."
Kuniholm spoke in support of Obama during the Democratic National Convention, and was profiled recently in the New Yorker. He is an engineer and designer working on a project to improve the design of prosthetics.
This video of Katie Couric grilling Sarah Palin last night on CBS Evening News is worth watching:
When asked about the proposed $700 billion federal bailout of financial institutions, Palin claims that "Americans are waiting to see what John McCain will do on this proposal," but not Barack Obama. When pressed for an explanation, Palin insists that, "Americans, at the end of the day, are going to be able to go back and look at track records, and see who's more apt to just be talking about solutions, and wishing for, and hoping for, some opportunity to change, and who's actually done it." But when Couric asks for concrete examples of McCain pressing for more regulation of financial institutions--other than advocating for tighter restrictions on Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac two years ago--Palin struggles to come up with an answer. First she says, he's a maverick, "trying to get people to understand what he's been talking about, the need to reform government."
When pressed again, she says: "I'll try to find you some (examples), and I'll bring them to you."
Today, John McCain will announce that he is suspending his presidential campaign, in order to return to Washington to solve the financial crisis. In turn, he is calling on Barack Obama to delay their first presidential debate, scheduled for Friday at the University of Mississippi.
The hits just keep on comin' from South Dawson McDowell Street.
The Kay Hagan campaign sends along, from the Wilson Times, former Gov. Hunt's take on Sen. Elizabeth Dole: "She's a nice woman, but I have never seen anyone go to Washington and do as little as she's done."
"We need a senator who spends more time in Wayne, Wilson and Watauga counties than she spends in the Watergate Hotel in Washington, D.C.," Hagan said.
NC Treasurer Richard Moore tells the Triangle Business Journal that he'd loan some state pension funds to the bailout fund if the interest rates were high enough. He wouldn't loan all of it, of course, but to give this some context, the state's pension fund totals $72 billion--just 10 percent of the money the Wall Street panhandlers are seeking.
This use of pension funds is troubling, particularly considering Henry Paulson's pitiful proposed bailout plan is so heavily skewed toward Wall Street and has no government or judiciary oversight or review.