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Exit polls show gay voter strength

November 8, 2012 in News by Matt Comer

National exit polling data estimates that five percent of the nation’s voters on Tuesday self-identified as gay, lesbian or bisexual. The numbers, if taken at face value in North Carolina, reveal a potentially-powerful constituency for those seeking elected office.

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LGBT activists look forward to local advances

November 8, 2012 in News by Matt Comer

Members of a local LGBT advocacy group say this week’s elections for the Mecklenburg Board of County Commissioners gives them hope for future advances.

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Powers: We stood tall

November 8, 2012 in News by Matt Comer

Republican Mecklenburg County Commission at-large candidate Wayne Powers came in sixth in his seven-way race on Tuesday. Three Democrats won the at-large contests. On Wednesday, Powers thanked his supporters and struck out to remind them of the tough positions he took along the campaign trail.

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Gay House, Senate candidates lose to Republican opponents

November 7, 2012 in News by Matt Comer

After hard-fought campaigns, two openly lesbian candidates for the North Carolina legislature lost their races on Tuesday night.

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Republicans hold control of N.C. legislature

November 7, 2012 in News by Matt Comer

Republicans maintained their control of the North Carolina General Assembly, adding to their majorities in both the Senate and the House. LGBT advocates in Raleigh say they are ready for new partnerships among a strengthened GOP legislature.

N.C. Supreme Court: Newby wins in close race

November 7, 2012 in Blog by The Charlotte Observer

Incumbent state Supreme Court Justice Paul Newby, fueled by an unprecedented amount of outside money that helped him overcome an opponent from a family of well-known North Carolina lawyers, defeated challenger appellate Judge Sam “Jimmy” Ervin IV on Tuesday.

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More coverage: Historic LGBT victories

November 7, 2012 in Blog by QNotes Staff

Yesterday’s election saw victory for several marriage referenda and other LGBT victories. For the first time, voters have approved legalization of same-sex marriage rights.

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PHOTOS: Gay Charlotte fetes Obama reelection as other races reveal mixed results

November 7, 2012 in Featured Stories, News by Matt Comer

Election day in North Carolina turned in to a sort of mixed bag for the Tar Heel State’s LGBT community on Tuesday. While President Barack Obama won reelection, he did so without carrying North Carolina. Anti-gay Republicans picked up new seats representing the state in the U.S. House of Representatives. Two gay candidates for the state legislature lost in their races.

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Gay-friendly candidates elected to Mecklenburg board

November 6, 2012 in News by Matt Comer

Several new LGBT-friendly candidates were elected on Tuesday to the Mecklenburg Board of County Commissioners. They’ll join several familiar incumbents and a new Republican commissioner in District 5.

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McCrory elected next North Carolina governor

November 6, 2012 in News by Matt Comer

Months of polling data showing Republican Pat McCrory leading Democrat Walter Dalton in North Carolina’s gubernatorial race were vindicated on Tuesday as the former 14-year Charlotte mayor sailed past Dalton to become the state’s first Republican governor in 20 years.

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Three gay candidates among legislative hopefuls

November 6, 2012 in News by Matt Comer

An historic number of openly gay and lesbian candidates are running for the North Carolina General Assembly this year. One is guaranteed victory. Two others have faced conservative opponents.

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Agenda: Election night parties

November 6, 2012 in News by QNotes Staff

There’s plenty of election night watch parties for your viewing and partying pleasure. Whether you’ll be celebrating or mourning, these parties won’t disappoint.

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With McCrory, say goodbye to a progressive North Carolina

November 6, 2012 in Editorial by Matt Comer

Many North Carolinians, particularly those Charlotteans who remember a kindler, gentler Pat McCrory, are expected to cast their vote for him today. It will come with a cost.

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Election day decides fate of Coleman, Forest rivalry

November 5, 2012 in News by Matt Comer

Polls consistently show Republican Pat McCrory leading Walter Dalton in the gubernatorial race. Republicans are likely to keep the legislature. Some Republicans could land in state secretary positions. But it is Linda Coleman, former state House member and former director of the Office of State Personnel, who might find herself the lone Democratic officer among a sea of Republican lawmakers.

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Election Day: Endorsements and voter information

November 5, 2012 in News by QNotes Staff

Polls are open Tuesday, Nov. 6, 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Learn more about statewide and local LGBT-friendly endorsements in North Carolina.

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Groups release local, statewide endorsements

October 27, 2012 in News by QNotes Staff

Three LGBT rights groups have released their endorsements for this fall’s general election on Nov. 6.

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Gay GOP operative uses anti-gay slur to describe lesbian House candidate

October 26, 2012 in News by Matt Comer

An openly gay political operative who has worked on several Republican campaigns in Buncombe County used an anti-gay slur on Twitter on Thursday to describe an openly lesbian North Carolina House candidate.

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VIDEO: Lesbian N.C. Senate candidate not backing down on reproductive rights

October 24, 2012 in Blog by Matt Comer

Openly lesbian N.C. Senate candidate Deb Butler is defending her use of a “transvaginal wand” in a campaign ad against Republican incumbent Thom Goolsby. News video below: The report above [...]

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Bill James’ Charlotte Observer endorsement questioned

October 19, 2012 in News by Matt Comer

A local LGBT rights group is questioning The Charlotte Observer endorsement of anti-gay Mecklenburg County Commissioner Bill James.

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LGBT rights group releases endorsements for Mecklenburg County races

October 18, 2012 in News by Matt Comer

Members of the Mecklenburg LGBT Political Action Committee, or MeckPAC, will hold a special reception for Mecklenburg Board of County Commissioners candidates on Wednesday evening.