Goodall No. 1 in conservative effectiveness

The John W. Pope Civitas Institute, a conservative/libertarian think tank in Raleigh recently announced the results of of its conservative effectiveness rankings. State Sen. Eddie Goodall was ranked No. 1 (tied with Andrew Brock of Dist. 34). Goodall represents Mint Hill and Union County in the state senate. In the state house, Rep. Jim Gulley (Dist. 103) ranked 42 out of 122. Goodall is unopposed in the current election, while Gulley is challenged by unaffiliated candidate Mark Brody.


Voting early? Expect an hour wait today

[singlepic=242,320,240,,left] According to Roger W. Kortekaas, direct communications director for Mecklenburg County government, wait times today for people taking advantage of early voting is an hour at most locations. So far, about 17,000 Mecklenburg County residents have voted early. If you are voting today, Kortekaas says the following locations have the shortest lines:

  • CPCC – North Campus, 11930 Verhoeff Dr., Huntersville
  • Hayes Building (Ballantyne)11405 N. Community House Rd., Charlotte
  • North County Regional Library 16500 Holly Crest Ln., Huntersville

For locations and times, click here.

Photo courtesy of zzazazz.


Indy students grow with SEED program

chemistry.jpgTwo Independence High School students recently particpated in the American Chemical Society’s Project SEED program. Anastasiya Draga studied the “electrochemical and spectroscopic studies of hexacoordiate polypyridylsilicon (IV) complexes” with mentor Dr. Thomas Schmedake and Michele Johnson studied the “design and synthesis of nanoscale catalysts for biomass conversion” with mentor Dr. Sherine Obare.

They spent eight weeks this past summer working with scientists at UNC-Charlotte performing high-tech research. The students will present their research projects and talk about their experience at the ACS Carolina-Piedmont chapter meeting held at Hickory Tavern (9010 Harris Corners Parkway) tonight at 6 pm.


New voters way up in N.C.

According to the State Board of Elections, there will be 850,00 new voters registered in North Carolina by November.  The latest registration report stated that there are more than six million voters registered in he state.  Around 2.7 million have registered as Democrats, and 1.9 million registered as Republicans.  1.3 million are unaffiliated. According to Gary Bartlett of the N.C. Board of Elections:

“Every urban county is going to be stressed.”