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Politics and General Assignments Reporter — Fayetteville Observer

Justice system, legislative and general assignment reporter for The Fayetteville Observer

Ex-lieutenant convicted of killing two Afghans seeking clemency — FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (Tribune News Service -- A former Army lieutenant convicted last year of murdering two Afghans in the war zone is seeking clemency from Brig. Gen. Richard D. Clarke, the 82nd Airborne Division commander. The case of former Lt. Clint Lorance has been controversial.

Supporters and opponents of the Racial Justice Act await a decision from the state Supreme Court. - Fayetteville Observer: Local News — It's been seven months since the state Supreme Court heard arguments on whether four convicted murderers were correctly or wrongly removed from death row based on evidence of racism in North Carolina's criminal justice system. And it's been eight years since North Carolina has last carried out an execution.

Decorated Fort Bragg Green Beret killed in Afghanistan — A Fort Bragg soldier was killed in action in Afghanistan on Friday, the Department of Defense announced late Saturday. Sgt. 1st Class Michael A. Cathcart, 31, of Bay City, Mich., died in Kunduz Province, which is in northern Afghanistan, of wounds received from small-arms fire while on dismounted combat operations, the department said.

Thom Tillis' Senate win helps put GOP in control - Fayetteville Observer: Election — Tillis addressed an excited crowd about 12:15 a.m. He said some in the campaign had been worried. "Well, we pulled it off because of you," he said. He promised he would travel throughout the state to keep in touch with the people. "What I'm going to do is listen to you," Tillis said.

N.C. voters set to make choice: Kay Hagan - Fayetteville Observer: Local News — Out of 39,874 votes cast that November, Hagan defeated Blust by 1,898, nearly a 5 percent margin. This year, the margin of victory is expected to be much smaller in Hagan's battle to hold off Republican state House Speaker Thom Tillis, who is trying to unseat North Carolina's Democratic U.S.

Libertarian pizza delivery driver Sean Haugh could decide U.S. Senate election — RALEIGH The man who might determine the outcome of North Carolina's U.S. Senate race this year makes his living delivering pizza, conducts most of his campaigning via YouTube videos and is considering whether to become a driver for Uber, the taxi-like car service.

Libertarian pizza delivery driver Sean Haugh could decide U.S. Senate election - Local News — But the polls say Haugh appears to be pulling some voters who otherwise would pick lawyer and former bank executive Kay Hagan, the incumbent Democrat, and many more voters from the Republican candidate, state House speaker and former business executive Thom Tillis.

People's Biz: Senate candidates Hagan, Tillis and Haugh on fighting the Islamic State - Peoples Business — This is the second in a series of items comparing the opinions and thoughts of the three named candidates on the issues in the U.S. Senate election.

People's Biz: Senate candidates Hagan, Tillis, Haugh on arming Ukraine's army - Peoples Business — This is the first in a series of items comparing the opinions and thoughts of the three named candidates on the issues in the U.S. Senate election.

People's Biz: New survey says voter opinions tied on same-sex marriage - Peoples Business — Republican-leaning pollster American Insights has new survey that finds North Carolina voters are tied on whether gay marriage should be legal. Director Pearce Godwin reports that registered voters are split 46-46 on whether marriage should be redefined to include gay couples. Likely voters are split 48 percent against gay marriage, 44 percent for it.
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Dec 17, 2014

RT @TheMarkTwain: Why shouldn't truth be stranger than fiction? Fiction, after all, has to make sense.

Dec 17, 2014

RT @RaleighReporter: Committee chairman isn't sure what to call @timmoorenc. Speaker-elect? Potential speaker-elect? "Just call me Tim." #ncpol

Dec 16, 2014

Judges Thomas Lock, Anna Wagoner & Kevin Bridges to hear innocence claim of Joseph Sledge, locked up since 1978 for double murder. #ncga

Dec 16, 2014

RT @AP: AP EXCLUSIVE: Carolinas politicians get six-figure stock payouts from lender while in office:

Dec 16, 2014

RT @FO_HopeMills: Breaking: Judge dismisses lawsuit against rezoning of land where a Walmart Neighborhood Market has been proposed.

Dec 16, 2014

RT @cspan: "Oh God, it's Mom." Brothers get unexpected call from their mother during @cspanwj appearance.

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