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Nadina Monroe has one week to get out of her home. The 27-year-old rents a hotel room at the Motel 6 in south Charlotte.
“It's not much of a home, but it’s a home to me,” she cried.
Monroe is an advertising student at Central Piedmont Community College and works at a local plastics company. She said her income was too unstable to get a leased apartment so she picked the hotel because it’s close to bus stops, as she has no car.
Like a few others across Charlotte, she has been told by a hotel manager that her room has been booked for the Democratic National Convention starting the week of September 2. She claimed she had a two week notice.
“I feel like it’s a great opportunity for Charlotte, but I feel like it wasn't properly thought through,” she said. “There’s nothing out there. No system, no program. There's nothing out there to help me.”
|Posted by billamos on August 21, 2012 at 4:40 PM||comments (0)|
From CBS New York
CBSNewYork) - The town of Westport will not be reimbursed for $14,812 worth of costs related to President Barack Obama’s fundraising visit earlier this month, according to Westport First Selectman Gordon Joseloff.
Joseloff said he knows from experience not to expect reimbursement for security costs during a private presidential visit, but pointed out the president raised $2 million for his re-election campaign when he visited a couple weeks ago.
|Posted by billamos on August 21, 2012 at 3:10 PM||comments (0)|
From Fox Detroit:
WJBK Fox 2 -
Foster McCollum White Baydoun (FMW)B, a national public opinion polling and voter analytics consulting firm based in Michigan and representing the combined resources of Foster McCollum White & Associates (Troy, Michigan) and Baydoun Consulting (Dearborn, Michigan) conducted a telephone-automated polling random survey of Michigan registered and most likely November 2012 general election voters to determine their voting preferences.
In what will be a significant blow to Democratic campaign efforts, native son Mitt Romney has climbed into the lead in Michigan's Presidential contest. The naming of Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan has delivered a targeted affect on the Michigan and Midwest campaign dynamics. We ballot tested the Presidential candidates and we also tested the following two areas of initial campaign impact and awareness:
|Posted by billamos on August 21, 2012 at 1:45 PM||comments (0)|
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. (AP) - A West Virginia man arrested while running in camouflage with a training rifle belongs to the Virginia National Guard and served in Iraq.
Stephen Alemar tells the Hagerstown Herald-Mail (http://bit.ly/NX9xRG) he believes his 23-year-old son, William Alemar, was just trying to stay in shape for his next military assignment.
William Alemar was charged with committing a terrorist act Monday after police found him running near two Martinsburg schools. He was carrying knives and ammunition clips, and wearing a bulletproof vest.
|Posted by billamos on August 21, 2012 at 12:45 AM||comments (0)|
From Daily News:
Barack Obama cancelled three operations to kill Osama bin Laden before finally going ahead with the mission at the insistence of Hillary Clinton, according to a new book.
The explosive allegation is contained in an expose by journalist Rich Miniter, who argues that the White House’s carefully-crafted narrative of Obama as a decisive leader who dispatched the al-Qaeda leader despite the doubts of advisers is a myth.
Leading from Behind: The Reluctant President and the Advisors Who Decide for Him will be published on Tuesday. Excerpts have been viewed by Mail Online.
The killing of bin Laden is at the centre of Obama’s re-election campaign and is likely to be highlighted yet again by his aides on the eleventh anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks next month. Obama has already come under fire from former SEALs for trumpeting his role in the raid.
Until now, no one has claimed that he was reluctant even to launch it.
Miniter portrays Clinton as the main force behind killing bin Laden and contends that the prevaricating Obama has been in thrall to a number of dominant women – Clinton, top adviser Valerie Jarrett and his wife Michelle.
|Posted by billamos on August 20, 2012 at 4:25 PM||comments (0)|
The Democratic National Convention will be Charlotte’s most prestigious event, bringing tens of thousands of visitors and worldwide exposure. It’s the crowning achievement of the city’s two-decade quest to become a world-class convention destination.
What’s less known are the tens of millions of dollars in taxpayer money spent to compete in the convention business and the wildly inflated projections of economic impact used to justify the Convention Center’s construction and expansions.
In fact, the city of Charlotte and the Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority have not scrutinized how the Convention Center has performed. Elected officials who oversee it do not understand it.
Yet they have continued to pour money into the convention business, even in the face of a national glut of meeting space and Charlotte’s inability to fill its building.
The Charlotte Convention Center has cost taxpayers as much as $30 million annually for construction debt, operating losses and incentives worth of hundreds of thousands of dollars to win business. The promised payback from the investment hasn’t materialized.
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DOVER, Del. - August 20, 2012 (WPVI) -- Three daycare workers have been arrested in Delaware after police say they encouraged two toddlers to fight each other.
Police say the incident was captured on cell phone video in March 2012 at the Hands of our Future LLC Daycare at 868 South State Street in Dover.
The video allegedly shows three women, all employees of the daycare, watching and encouraging two 3-year-olds to fight each other while at the daycare.
Tiana Harris, 19, of Forrest Creek Drive in Dover; Estefania Myers, 21, of Dickens Lane in Felton, Delware; and Lisa Parker, 47, of S. Governors Blvd. in Dover each have been charged with assault, endangering the welfare of a child and other offenses
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From Chicago Sun Times:
The state Republican Party teed off Monday on House Speaker Michael Madigan for $97,000 one of his campaign committees received from a major Illinois union on the same day pension-reform legislation went down the tubes during a special legislative session last Friday.
The money to Democratic Majority, the committee Madigan uses to fund House races, came last Friday from SEIU Healthcare Illinois and SEIU Illinois Council.
"Is this a quid pro quo? Connect the dots," said Pat Brady, chairman of the Illinois Republican, in a prepared statement.
"After being a major part of the problem for over 30 years, did anyone really believe that Mike Madigan would get an extreme makeover and actually do something against his labor boss buddies?"