Republican B.J. Lawson, who challenged incumbent Democrat David Price in the 2008 election for the Fourth congressional district, has announced he will not run again for the seat in 2010. Lawson lost by a margin of 63 percent to 36 percent. The district includes Durham and Orange counties and parts of Chatham and Wake, including Cary.
Lawson, who lives in Cary, said he would focus on supporting other Republicans nationwide and on electing " more principled Republicans to state legislature in 2010 so our next redistricting can empower voters to choose their politicians, instead of vice versa. We must also eliminate our state's tyrannical involuntary municipal annexation laws, and stop our Californicating state budget... "
Talking about health care is apparently bad for your health. After receiving a death threat, U.S. Rep. Brad Miller, a Democrat representing the 13th Congressional District , has opted not to host any public meetings on the issue this month, according to a report by Talking Points Memo.
The district includes parts of central and eastern Wake County and Raleigh.
TPM quoted Miller's communications director LuAnn Canipe as saying Miller will hold one-on-one meetings with interested constituents. The article quotes Canipe as saying Miller had no plans for a town hall before and won't be holding any now, due to this event and the examples he's already seen from the around the country: "Our point is, we're not gonna be bullied into having a town hall so it can then be interrupted by the fake grassroots folks."
Carrboro mayoral candidate Amanda Ashley owes more than $20,000 in unpaid child support and has served jail time because of her failure to pay, according to Orange County court documents.
In February 2007, Ashley, formerly known as Richard before she began living as a woman, owed $22,522.42 for the two children she had with her wife, Madelyn Ashley. The couple is now divorced.
In late 2006, an Orange County judge found Ashley in civil contempt because she had not paid child support; she served 13 days in the Orange County Jail until she paid $1,500 in support to be released.
"I'm not perfect, I admit I had a problem with the payments when I was not working," says Ashley, who lost her job at The Chapel Hill News in 2003 when the paper downsized. "It's all a matter of public record. It's nothing that I'm hiding from. I'm not hiding from the fact that I was in arrears and that I've now maintained payment."
Ashley, who now works at Phydeaux in Chapel Hill, says her period of unemployment lead to a "depression-related breakdown."
"I was not a productive citizen, so to speak. I lost my home. I was living with friends, and I got behind," says Ashley, who describes herself as a "translesbian, Wiccan, feminist" on her MySpace page. "I was simply not in a position to take care of myself for quite some time."
Given the reduction in her income, in 2007, Ashley, 53, was ordered to pay $439 a month, down from $650. Judge Alonzo Coleman also stipulated that Ashley's wages be garnished and credit be reported.
Ashley told the Indy that she's been forthright in paying child support since the amount was decreased. Ex-wife Madelyn Ashley, who declined to comment for this story, says she receives payment about once every three months. The case file bears out her assertion: Orange County Child Support Enforcement filed two cases in September and October 2008 for Ashley's failure to comply with the support order.
Ashley says Phydeaux "forgot to send the check" withheld from her salary. "My boss neglected to send the check. Child support services didn't have the courtesy to give us a phone call. We went through this court thing that we didn't have to because they didn't have the courtesy to give me a phone call. We sent the check, and it's not a problem."
Nonetheless, Ashley pledges to push forward as a viable mayoral candidate. "The fact that I did have a depression-related breakdown which incapacitated me for awhile shows that I'm human and that I can recover from a bad situation," said Ashley, who is running against two-term incumbent Mark Chilton and challenger Brian Voyce.
Ashley says she has consulted therapists throughout her life due to depression. She took medication after a severe episode in late 2003 and has since turned to meditation, light therapy and diet. Through treatment she says she's been "depression-free for quite some time."
"The issue of my 'genderism,' so to speak, has always been in the background of my life," she says. "It wasn't until following the separation and divorce that I began transitioning full time."
The transition continues. Ashley says she has not had gender reassignment surgery, adding, "If someone gives me $80,000, I'll think about it."
For now, the campaign continues with a push for a population cap and maintaining a green and urban environment as top planks.
"I don't think that those things in the past would directly relate to what ideas I am presenting," she says. "The voters have an opportunity to look at and decide for themselves whether they want to go in that direction."
The Take Wake Schools Back political action committee has endorsed its slate of Wake County Board of Education candidates: Chris Malone in District 1, John Tedesco in District 2, Deborah Prickett in District 7, and Debra Goldman in District 9.
These are the same candidates endorsed by right-leaning Wake Schools Community Alliance.
According to a press release issued by spokesperson Gail Marold, Moulder, who also is the media point person for the Wake County Republican Party, “All four candidates passionately advocate Take Wake Schools Back’s mission of bringing common sense back to the Wake County Public School System on behalf of children and families; focusing on community schools, system accountability, flexibility, transparency and excellence.
The PAC was co-founded by Dennis Berwyn, former deputy political director of the N.C. Republican Party. Previously, he worked on the 2004 campaign for George Bush and Dick Cheney and the 1996 campaign for Bob Dole and Jack Kemp, according to Berwyn’s online resume.
“District 2 was a difficult decision for our PAC, because we believe that Cathy Truitt also has the expertise, forward-thinking ideas and leadership qualities that the WCPSS desperately needs. We hope Dr. Truitt will be a valuable asset to the WCPSS in another capacity.”