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Liberal group lambasts Chris Malone

November 1, 2012 

Wake County school board member Chris Malone is getting the Heather Losurdo treatment from Progress NC Action in his run as the Republican candidate for the state House District 35 seat.

Progress NC Action, a liberal advocacy group, has created a website charging that Malone has “failed our schools.” The website includes links to media reports about his relationship with fellow school board member Debra Goldman, the bus problems at the start of the school year and how budget cuts led to parents helping out with janitorial duties at schools.

“We need a legislator that will put kids first, not their dating life,” says the website.

Progress NC Action also sent out this Halloween-themed e-card on Wednesday spoofing the “Night of the Living Dead” movie. The card says “don’t crash and burn with Goldman and Malone.”

Progress NC Action used similar tactics in the 2011 Wake school board elections against Heather Losurdo, a Republican candidate. The group created a website labeling Losurdo as the “queen of extreme” for her ties to the tea party movement.

First Lady Michelle Obama will campaign in Charlotte on Monday, a day before the state decides whether to give her husband a new four-year lease on the White House.

The campaign announced the trip via Twitter on Thursday but offered no further details.

The trip comes three weeks after she last visited the state, appearing at a rally in Chapel Hill. It will be her third trip to the state since the Democratic convention in early September. Consider her visit a consolation prize after President Barack Obama’s campaign announced he won’t make a trip to North Carolina after all.

There were a few surprises in Thursday’s annual Asheboro Courier Tribune’s pumpkin chunking poll – in which pumpkins painted with the candidate faces are tossed from a trebuchet armed with a pumpkin sling.

Democrat Walter Dalton’s pumpkin rolled 256 feet, just edging out Republican Pat McCrory’s pumpkin which rolled 251.5 feet. In the presidential race, President Barack Obama’s pumpkin went 182 feet while his GOP challenger Mitt Romney’s pumpkin went 146 feet. The paper reporter that none of the pumpkins veered to the far right or left. To see the full results go to

The Obama campaign has gone up on the air in North Carolina and other key battleground states with a new TV ad featuring former Secretary of State Colin Powell endorsing the president’s re-election.

The ad by the retired four-star general is the first new TV ad in recent days from the Obama campaign that includes a North Carolina rotation.

From staff reports

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