Big I student semifinalist for scholarship

Yonas Soloman, a student at Independence High, was named a semifinalist for the National Achievement Scholarship Program. Soloman is one of 16 CMS students still in the running or the scholarship, which annually awards 800 scholarships worth $2.6 million to black high school seniors. The winners will be announced in April. Continue reading

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Two debate for Guv tonight–no Perdue, though

Apparently Democratic gubernatorial candidate Bev Perdue melts if she participates in more than five debates. Tonight on WUNC TV, she will not take the stage with Republican Pat McCrory and Libertarian Mike Munger because she had committed to only five debates and tonight’s would make six. It makes sense: McCrory and Munger have more fiscal commonalities and would have quite possibly put Perdue in a tight situation. For example, both McCrory and Munger support school choice, i.e., more charter schools and a voucher system that would allow low income studets in failing schools the choice to go to a private school. Perdue has used vouchers as her main talking point to highlight the difference between her and McCrory (no word if she knows Munger is running for Guv as well).

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Recent NC poll has McCain, Obama tied; Dole with slight lead

With six weeks to go, North Carolinians still aren’t sure who they want to vote for. McCain and Obama are tied in the most recent Civitas Institute poll, while Elizabeth Dole leads Kay Hagen 43-41 in the Senate race. Obama has outspent McCain 10-1 in North Carolina according to some estimates.

“Sen. Obama has caught John McCain in the polls in North Carolina,” said Francis De Luca, executive director of the Civitas Institute. “A state that was once thought to be solidly in McCain’s camp has become a toss-up according to this month’s poll.”

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