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Latino voter registration drive kicks off this week

September 23, 2012 

A drive to register Latino voters kicks off this week at all Latino Credit Union branches in the state. Bilingual volunteers from the liberal leaning watchdog group Democracy North Carolina and the advocacy groups El Cambio, El Pueblo and the Latin America Coalition will register voters Monday through Friday.

Volunteers also will hand out voter rights information in English and Spanish.

“Our goal is to provide a safe and easy way for members and nonmembers to register to vote,” said Erika Bell, Vice President of Strategy and Services at Latino Credit Union, in a news release. “If members of the community who are eligible to vote need to register or update their information, they can conveniently do so at their local credit union. It is another way to help encourage voters to exercise their right.”

Libraries teach youths about democratic process

Yes, it’s getting closer to Election Day. October is “Rock the Vote” month, a collaboration with the Wake County Public Libraries and the League of Women Voters to encourage youths to learn how the process works and to get involved. It’s a nonpartisan project, and there will be no endorsements. Mock elections will be held at each library.

For details, see www.wakegov.com/libraries and search events.

Auditor recovering after emergency appendectomy

State Auditor Beth Wood had an emergency appendectomy Thursday at Rex Hospital and was expected to spend the week at home recovering, her office reported Friday.

“I’ll be staying in the hospital for the next couple of days, then recuperating at home next week,” Wood said in a statement released Friday. “Everything is OK and a full recovery is expected.”

Holding’s campaign ads tell ‘American Stories’

Uncle George is back with another fireside chat, er, campaign commercial.

Holding, the much-favored Republican candidate in the 13th congressional district, is airing another one of his “American Stories with George Holding” on local radio stations.

The minute-long campaign ad tells the biography of Lt. Mary Roberts, the “Angel of Anzio,” just as his previous radio spot told Thomas Edison’s story. Together, the stories make Holding’s ad campaign the most unique/weird/smart of the 2012 campaign season.

Check it out at bit.ly/QIcpSZ.

Luddy: Regulation hampers job creation

Raleigh businessman Bob Luddy told the House Judiciary Committee last week that excessive regulation was hurting job creation.

“Over the last several decades, the number, scope and burden of federal regulation have expanded exponentially,” Luddy told the committee. “Multiple studies have shown that America’s regulatory infrastructure costs the U.S. economy anywhere from hundreds of billions of dollars to over $1 trillion.’’

Lisa Heinzerling, a law professor at Georgetown University, disputed Luddy’s testimony.

“You have the power to undo any rule you want,” Heinzerling told Luddy and the committee Republicans.

Luddy replied: “A small-business person doesn’t have the resources to talk to the federal government. It’s too vast.”

Luddy started CaptiveAire Systems, which employs 700 people.

Staff writers John Frank and Rob Christensen

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