Tom Rabon has been elected chairman of MCNC, a nonprofit that operates the N.C. Research and Education Network.
Rabons new-media firm, New Kind, played a role in the effort to block the constitutional ban on gay marriage and civil unions that was approved earlier this year in North Carolina.
NCREN is a statewide network that provides broadband communications technology services and support to K-12 school districts, higher-education campuses and research institutions.
Joe Freddoso, president and CEO of MCNC, said in a release that Rabon is the leader MCNC needs for the future which will be defined by how our community applies the expanded NCREN infrastructure to addressing the states greatest challenges and opportunities.
Club for Growth backs Keadle
A powerful free-market advocacy group has spent an additional $190,000-plus to support Scott Keadles campaign for Congress in North Carolinas 8th District, which stretches from Charlotte to Fayetteville.
The Club for Growth PAC, with the help of its 75,000 members, has now thrown around $400,000 behind Keadle, who is pitted against Richard Hudson in a hotly-contested Republican primary runoff.
The Club for Growth has already shocked many in Washington this year by helping defeat six-term incumbent Sen. Richard Lugar, R-Ind. According to the Federal Election Commission, the group spent more than $1.5 million on ads against Lugar. He was defeated by State Treasurer Richard Mourdock, who had run for office numerous times.
Early voting has already started in the District 8 runoff, and election day is July 17.
Perdue spokesman changes jobs
Mark Johnson, deputy communications officer for Gov. Bev Perdue, has spent his last day in that role. On Friday, he started working about a block away, at the N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences.
Im very fortunate to start tomorrow as Director of External Affairs for the N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences, working with their terrific communications and marketing teams, Johnson said in a statement. It has been an honor to serve in the Governors office, and Ill miss my friends there. But this is a wonderful opportunity to work for an institution that stretches the imagination of everyone who passes through the door and has emerged as the preeminent visitor destination in the Triangle.
Johnson is a former political reporter for the Charlotte Observer and The News & Observer.
Greens: Over-regulation here? Ha!
It has to be a mistake, says Derb Carter of the Southern Environmental Law Center, speaking of the latest Forbes rankings of the top 25 cities for business and careers.
Four are in job-killing, regulation-strangled North Carolina, he says, dripping with insincerity.
Hes right: Raleigh is No. 2, Durham No. 14, Asheville No. 17 and Charlotte No. 18.
Hemp-ridden Asheville at No. 17? The drum circle should be particularly raucous this afternoon, Carter adds.
The Southern Environmental Law Center and the states other environmental groups have been locked in battle with the GOP-led legislature this session as it shaves off regulations to help the business community.
If were so regulation-choked, they argue, why the consistently high business and quality-of-life rankings? Anyone?
Staff writers Austin Baird, Lynn Bonner and Craig Jarvis
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