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Democratic strategists Nation Hahn, wife Jamie stabbed; Jon Broyhill charged

Police have charged a man with stabbing and seriously wounding two well-known Democratic political strategists at their home in North Raleigh on Monday evening.

Jonathon Wayne Broyhill is accused of stabbing Nation Richard Hahn and his wife, Jameson Kirk Hahn, at 1705 Tealwood Place. Broyhill, 31, has been charged with attempted murder and assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury.

Police say Broyhill knew the Hahns but have not disclosed what led to the stabbing, except to say that investigators think “the events underlying the incident were not domestic in nature.” Broyhill was also injured and taken to the hospital.

Libertarian gov candidate shred marriage license to protest Amendment One

Barbara Howe, the Libertarian candidate for governor, and her husband Tom, will shred their marriage license this morning in front of the Legislative Building to protest passage of Amendment One.

“I am just heart sick that the people of North Carolina have written discrimination into the Constitution,'' Howe said in a statement. “Constitutions are to limit government, not people. I'll be working on repealing this abomination.''

Marriage amendment opposition has consequences for business

The New York Times has a profile of Bob Page of Replacements Limited and the consequences of opposing the constitutional amendment that bans same-sex marriage and civil unions.

The company lost customers. The article suggests that's why Fortune 500 businesses headquartered in North Carolina did not get involved, even though a few executives said they personally opposed the amendment.

The amendment passed in a landslide, and is now part of the state constitution.

Business support was critical to the New York legislature legalizing same-sex marriage. The article says that big-name businesses based in Washington State are publicly opposed to an effort to repeal its new law allowing same-sex marriage.

North Carolina = Mississippi

Gov. Bev Perdue told a WITN television reporter Friday the constitutional amendment on marriage makes North Carolina "look like Mississippi." 

This is probably not part of her business recruitment speech. 

Voters on Tuesday approved an amendment 61 percent to 39 percent that will ban same-sex marriage, civil unions, and domestic partnerships. 

A  few weeks ago, Perdue made a video urging people to vote against it. 

Bowles and Gantt record anti-amendment robo messages

Former Charlotte Mayor Harvey Gantt and Erskine Bowles, former chief of staff to former President Bill Clinton, recorded robocalls with anti-amendment messages that voters will hear starting today.

They join Clinton, who already has a robo message on your voicemail.
The amendment would ban same-sex marriage and civil unions.

Here's Bowles, saying the amendment is bad for business.



Here's Gantt, saying it will take away health insurance from children and could take away domestic violence protections.


Study before voting

Voters are confused about the constitutional amendment on marriage, but state election officials sent out reminders to local elections office Monday morning that precinct workers should not try to explain it.

State Elections Director Gary Bartlett said a report out of Robeson County had a poll worker telling a voter this: "You vote for it if you believe in a man and a woman marrying rather than a man and a man marrying."

It's not appropriate for poll workers to come up with their own interpretations, Bartlett said, so voters should be referred to the official explanation posted on the State Board of Elections web site.

It's hard to imagine how a voter would consult a web site while casting a ballot. For those who want to study in advance, here is the ballot wording and the official explanation below.

Amendment "aye" vote turns to "no"

Democratic Rep. Jim Crawford said at a public forum he will vote against the constitutional amendment on same-sex marriage he voted to put on the ballot because "it goes too far."

Crawford, who lives in Granville County, was criticized for his vote to put the amendment on the May 8 ballot at a candidate forum last month.

He's under fire from liberal groups for his amendment and budget votes. Progress NC Action is holding a demonstration outside the Oxford Courthouse tomorrow to call attention to what they called Crawford's "flip-flopping."

Crawford is in a primary with incumbent Rep. Winkie Wilkins.

State Board of Education passes resolution against amendment

The State Board of Education passed a resolution today opposing the constitutional amendment on marriage by a vote of 5-4.

Board member John Tate of Charlotte proposed the resolution because, he said, passing it will cause disruption in families that will hurt children's classroom performance.

The amendment, which would ban same-sex marriage and civil unions, will cause some people to lose health insurance, will weaken domestic violence protections for unmarried couples, and may hinder business recruitment, Tate said.

Civitas Poll: Amendment up big

Two Civitas Institute polls of primary voters show continued strong support for the constitutional amendment on same-sex marriage. 

Considering poll results, early voting trends, and anticipated turnout on May 8, Civitas projects the amendment will pass by at least 16 percentage points.

Separate surveys of Democrats and Republicans showed Democrats supporting the amendment 48 percent to 44 percent, and Republicans supporting it 78 percent to 15 percent.

The amendment would ban same-sex marriage and civil unions.

The strongest support among Democratic voters is among black voters, who support the amendment by a 2-to-1 margin, according to the poll.

"While there is still time for a strong advertising or grassroots effort to change the outcome, it appears supporters of the amendment have the momentum," said Civitas President Francis De Luca.

PPP: Marriage amendment support steady

Majority support continues for the marriage amendment, with 55 percent of voters surveyed by Public Policy Polling saying they will vote for it, and 41 percent saying they are against it.

At the same time,  55 percent of those surveyed said they support some form of legal recognition for same-sex couples. The amendment would ban both same-sex marriage and civil unions.

When told that the amendment would ban both gay marriage and civil unions, 38 percent continued to support it and 46 percent were opposed, according to PPP.

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