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Voter ID passed the House yesterday. Think of it as Voter ID 2.0. It's got the same basic operating system as the Voter ID bill that DIDN'T make it last year.. but has a different user interface. The bill has people talking - and well it should. It would mean... Continue reading
Posted Apr 25, 2013 at Stateside
SB10 is on tap in the House today. After a long spell in political purgatory, the bill that would spur a fire-sale of state commissioners is on the House floor for a vote. SB10 would replace all the members of a half dozen state commissions, including the one that regulates... Continue reading
Posted Apr 25, 2013 at Stateside
This immigration thing feels like a big deal. Putting aside the two big questions (is leadership going to push it? will rank and file go along?), what we’ve got here is a meaningful debate on a key issue dividing the country, this state, our counties and our communities, our families.... Continue reading
Posted Apr 12, 2013 at Stateside
Americans for Legal Immigration, a conservative group that, like it's name implies, advocates for legal immigration and rails against anything short of it, is "outraged" by a new immigration bill filed in the NC House yesterday. It's called the Reclaim NC Act (HB786) and it's not going to be popular... Continue reading
Posted Apr 12, 2013 at Stateside
Looks like round two of Sen. Phil Berger’s education plan (SB361) has passed a big hurdle. It had to pass through the Senate Education Committee today in order to move toward a full vote. And it did. If you want to weigh in, you can also find me on Facebook... Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2013 at Stateside
We've been waiting and it turns out the whispers we heard last week were spot on. A Voter ID bill was filed in the House today. According to a press release: 'The bill is a sweeping effort to improve North Carolina’s voting process by requiring citizens to show photo identification... Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2013 at Stateside
A lot going on in the hallowed halls of the legislature this week and next. Voter ID fans.. this one's for you. After two hearings (one for the public, the other for the experts), we expect a bill to move soon. It will almost certainly require some kind of photo... Continue reading
Posted Apr 1, 2013 at Stateside
Clearly, Wake County is at the center of the state's political universe today. From the Dix deal undone to the kerfuffle over school construction to the effort to weaken the Wake school board.... anyone who has anything to say about any of it can get it off their chests and... Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2013 at Stateside
Pink Stinks! Just ask the group of rabbis delivering a petition to the Governor today. Or, ask the DOT, which has agreed to take the pink stripe OFF the driver licenses of some immigrants. The DMV was going to issue DACA drivers (DACA = Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals; immigrants... Continue reading
Posted Mar 22, 2013 at Stateside
Dix nixed? So much for the certainty of a Central Park in Raleigh. A bill to kill the deal moved forward yesterday in a Senate committee. Here's the shorthand: What WAS: the state (under the signature of fmr gov Bev Perdue) leased the 325 acres that make up the Dorothea... Continue reading
Posted Mar 22, 2013 at Stateside
BUDGET DAY!!! We're getting our first look at Governor Pat McCrory's first proposed budget. Still a lot of questions.. but here are some of the highlights: (you can see the whole shebang at total spending in first year: 20.6B ALL other numbers over 2 yrs (unless otherwise stated) NOTES:... Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2013 at Stateside
Ladies and gents.. On the way: a side of the state.Politics as usual.. delivered unusually.Check out our latest edition: my new political blog… Stateside.Coming soon to a Facebook page near you!Jon Camp Continue reading
Posted Mar 14, 2013 at Stateside
25th Annual Food Drive It's my favorite time of year at ABC11 - when we organize the Heart of Carolina Food Drive. This is an extra special year because it's our 25th anniversary. Our goal is bigger than ever. We want to collect 5 million pounds of food. What we... Continue reading
Reblogged Dec 2, 2011 at ABC11 Connecting with the Community
The Faith in the Community next blog post will be this Monday May 30th. Continue reading
Posted May 25, 2011 at The Faith Connection
Coming this Friday a recipe that will fill you up and cool you down. Continue reading
Posted May 25, 2011 at Big Recipes by Don Schwenneker
It’s not quite the Memorial Day weekend, but with the warm weather moving back in, I thought I’d give you a great summertime dessert. It’s cool, refreshing, and low-fat. Also, by putting this recipe out this week, it gives you a practice weekend to make one, and perfect it. Then... Continue reading
Posted May 20, 2011 at Big Recipes by Don Schwenneker
I loooooooove to travel. Road trips are my favorite, even with kids. The silliness I remember on high school and college road trips is probably what compels me to leave town at the spur of the moment (IF I can talk my husband into it.) on any random Friday night or Saturday morning. The problem is--- I’ve forgotten that I’m an adult. I’ve forgotten that weekends are the time to play “catch up.” I’ve forgotten I have children who need to be bathed and who need order in order to feel secure and function well. “You smell that, boys? That’s... Continue reading
Posted Aug 11, 2010 at Moms On the Go
Money expert Dave Ramsey seems to be everywhere these days: radio, TV, personal appearances. And increasingly, in churches. Ramsey’s 13-lesson video seminar, Financial Peace University, is becoming a staple with many congregations. Many church leaders approve of Ramsey’s emphasis on debt-free living, thrift, delayed gratification, and charitable giving. I asked... Continue reading
Posted May 14, 2010 at The Faith Connection
Are you a pastor or religious leader in the Bull City? If so, Chief Jose Lopez and the Durham Police Department are looking for you. No, you’re not in trouble. You’re wanted to attend a Safety in Numbers Prayer Breakfast next Thursday morning (9 – 10 a.m.) at police headquarters.... Continue reading
Posted May 7, 2010 at The Faith Connection
I often have conversations with my peers about their workout progress, which usually turns into a conversation about what results they aren't getting. I tell everyone, including myself, change your routine, inches lost is more import than weight loss and be patient. After continuing the conversation, I usually find that... Continue reading
Posted Apr 16, 2010 at Grains
Do you know what the number on your plastic containers stands for? You might have seen a 2, 5 or 7 on the bottom of your water bottle or your plastic storage containers. Those numbers represent the type of plastic the container is made of. Safer plastics are labeled with... Continue reading
Posted Apr 16, 2010 at Grains
School lunches were questionable before chef and Food TV star Jamie Oliver shined a light on them. One of ABC's newest shows, "Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution," is getting a lot of attention for its critical look at a Huntington, West Virginia elementary school. Click here to watch the first episode... Continue reading
Posted Apr 16, 2010 at Grains