State Politics


UP: PRESIDENT BUSH: Seemed totally unperturbed as he handled some tough questions at a Charlotte event last week.

DOWN: HOUSE SPEAKER JIM BLACK. Saw support erode among House Democrats, more of whom said he should step down.

UP: REP. ROBERT GRADY OF JACKSONVILLE. Apparently dodged a tough primary challenge when the State Board of Elections ruled that state Sen. Tommy Pollard is ineligible to run because he does not live in the district.