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Dome: 'Moral Monday' travels to New Bern

mcornatzer@newsobserver.com rchristensen@newsobserver.comOctober 20, 2013 

The state NAACP continues carrying its “Moral Monday” message across the state, this time stopping in New Bern.

Monday’s event, the 20th this year, will be at 4 p.m. in Kafer Park, 603 George St. State NAACP head the Rev. William J. Barber and leaders of the New Bern-area Forward Together Movement will address “Moral Monday” participants.

“We are in a moral struggle for the soul of our state,” Barber said in a statement announcing the New Bern “Moral Monday. “We call for Gov. McCrory to convene a Special Redemption Session of the General Assembly. At the grass-roots level we will continue to organize local Moral Monday Witnesses, spread our messages of alarm at the mean public policies being hatched in Raleigh and the need to build a movement of Good Will across the state.”

Expect speakers to address the lawsuits challenging the state’s new voting law. On Monday, the state of North Carolina and other defendants must publicly respond to lawsuits brought by Advancement Project on behalf of the North Carolina NAACP, the Southern Coalition for Social Justice and the ACLU.

Heavyweights at fundraiser

State Sen. Josh Stein, the Democratic whip from Raleigh, is having a big fundraiser on Wednesday that will include some major Democratic players.

The event will be held at the Cary home of John and Ginger Sall. Sall is the co-founder of SAS, the Cary software company.

Those attending include: Dean Debnam, founder of Public Policy Polling; John Replogle, CEO of Seventh Generation; attorney Robert Zaytoun; Ann and John Campbell, pharmaceutical industry consultants; Raleigh Mayor Nancy McFarlane; Frank Daniels, the former publisher of The News & Observer; public relations executive Joyce Fitzpatrick; Barbara and Jim Goodmon, CEO of Capitol Broadcasting; real estate developer Greg Hatem; Raleigh City Councilman Russ Stephenson; former state Rep. Jennifer Weiss; and former Raleigh Mayor Smedes York.

McCrory aide goes to Chamber

Heather Dickson, executive assistant to first lady Ann McCrory, has accepted a job with the N.C. Chamber of Commerce.

Dickson will go to work as a development director for the chamber starting on Oct. 28. Her last day in the McCrory administration was Friday.

Dickson, a 29-year old East Carolina University graduate, was making $70,000 per year, serving as Ann McCrory’s chief aide. Dickson had worked a leading fundraiser for Gov. Pat McCrory’s gubernatorial campaigns, and had been finance director for the N.C. Senate Caucus.

Lt. Gov. Forest named to SREB

Lt. Gov. Dan Forest and state Rep. Linda Johnson of Kannapolis have been appointed to the Southern Regional Education Board by Gov. Pat McCrory.

The 16-state organization based in Atlanta tries to improve public education at every level from pre-K through Ph.D. The organization tries to improve the quality of life of the region by advancing public education, according to its website.

McCrory also made appointments to the N.C. Zoological Council and the Roanoke River Basin.

Staff writers Rob Christensen and Mary Cornatzer

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