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Clinton endorsement marred by Easley ‘pansy’ comparison

RALEIGH — Democratic Gov. Mike Easley endorsed presidential candidate Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton today in a ceremony on the campus of North Carolina State University. Easley said there was “nothing I love more than a strong powerful woman,” and said Clinton’s campaigning “makes Rocky Balboa look like a pansy.” The “pansy” remark has gotten the …

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Coble challenger receives gay PAC endorsement

GREENSBORO — Jay Ovittore, a Democratic challenger for veteran U.S. Rep. Howard Coble’s 6th District seat, has received the endorsement of the Replacements, Ltd. Political Action Committee. Headed up by Replacements, Ltd. owners Bob Page and Dale Frederiksen, an openly gay couple who support a wide array of LGBT advocacy causes, the PAC is known …

HRC releases initial endorsements, fails to support Neal

Election 08 mobilizing efforts unveiled

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) today unveiled their nationwide mobilizing effort for the 2008 election. The announcement came with the release of the organization’s first endorsements in the 2008 election in 14 Senate races across the country. Among the various endorsements, LGBT North Carolinians will notice a strange absence. HRC did not …

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N.C. LGBT leaders dish on Primary picks

Discussion to highlight differences, similarities in LGBT leaders' concerns

STATEWIDE — Through the next week leading up to the North Carolina May 6 Primary, Q-Notes will feature LGBT leaders across the state, who they are supporting in the Primary and why. The civil, community discussion begins Monday with two online publishing North Carolinians: Pam Spaulding of PamsHouseBlend.com and OutImpact.com Publisher Bambi Weavil. Spaulding, of …

Clinton campaign to host LGBT N.C. social on Thursday

Article Updated 3:00 p.m. 4/26/2008 CHARLOTTE — The Clinton campaign will host an official social for the LGBT community on Thurs., May 1, 6-9 p.m., at The Forum in Uptown Charlotte with featured guest Ellen Greene, the original Audrey in “Little Shop of Horrors” and a cast member of the hit ABC television show “Pushing …

Barack Obama to launch two-day N.C. tour

Article updated 2:20 p.m. 4/26/2008 RALEIGH — Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL) will embark on a two-day tour across the state on Mon., Apr. 28 and Tues., Apr. 29. Currently the candidate with the most pledged delegates for the National Democratic Convention, Obama will host town hall meetings on the economy Wilmington and Wilson and attend …

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State ensures gay hospital visitation rights

RALEIGH — North Carolina hospital patients will soon have a new right, ensuring they can receive the visitors who matter most to them regardless of the legal status of their relationship. A new statewide rule will help ensure that same-sex partners and other loved ones will be treated the same as immediate family. The rule …

Openly gay S.C. candidate to hold town halls

Anti-gay baiting already part of campaign

GREENVILLE, S.C. — Greenville County Council candidate James Akers, Jr. (D) will hold two town hall meetings within the next week. “An election should be about the concerns of the citizens, not about who is a big money candidate and raises the most money,” Akers said in a Tuesday press release. “It is important for …

Carolina PFLAG chapter hosts regional gathering

Organization receives $3,000 grant

SALISBURY, N.C. — PFLAG-Salisbury chapter will play host to the national organization’s North Carolina/South Carolina Leadership Conference this week. On Saturday, April 26, more than 50 participants, as well as PFLAG national officers, will descend on this sleepy hometown of regional grocery store giant Food Lion. The event will be hosted at Haven Lutheran Church. …