Under the Dome Blog
Posted by David Menconi on October 17, 2014
Back on July 15, North Carolina’s poet laureate controversy was at full boil. The previous week, Gov. Pat McCrory had filled the prestigious position with the appointment of Valerie Macon – a state employee whose only public writings were two self-published books – and the state’s poetry community had exploded in protest over her thin resume and the fact that McCrory did not consult the state arts council.
McCrory held a press conference on July 15, at a jobs announcement at the Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce. Knowing that the governor would be asked about the poet laureate controversy, his staff prepared him a list of “Poet Laureate Talking Points,” which have been unearthed as part of a public-records request by The News & Observer.
The two-page document opens with a “Background” section, five items outlining the situation (“You appointed Valerie Macon as the poet laureate of North Carolina last week; Macon will serve a two-year term ...”) and giving details about Macon herself. It also includes McCrory’s quote from the press release announcing her selection (”North Carolina, with a centuries-old history of cultivating artistic and literary talent, eagerly anticipates Macon’s service. I look forward to the unique perspective and style she will bring to the office.”)
Posted by Benjamin Brown on October 17, 2014
The Attorney General’s Office has filed an appeal to stop a recent Superior Court order that would require an early voting site on the Appalachian State University campus.
Posted by Colin Campbell on October 17, 2014
Sixth District Congressional candidate Mark Walker is gaining on his opponent in fundraising numbers released this week.
Posted by Colin Campbell on October 16, 2014
“Do you think Dale Jr.’s decision to drive his NASCAR around the campaign trail is hurting his chances?”
Posted by Renee Schoof on October 16, 2014
New US Senate ads hit Sen. Kay Hagan over the federal health law, and Thom Tillis over women’s health care. One features Sen. Rand Paul.