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Brandon remains the General Assembly's only openly gay member

Rep. Marcus Brandon remains the only openly gay member of the North Carolina General Assembly.

Brandon is an incumbent Democrat first elected from Guilford County in 2010. He faced no general election challenger this year. The state's two other openly gay candidates fell short on Election Day.

Yoga teacher, mom, independent voter -- oh, and Sen. Goolsby's wife

By the way, here's Thom Goolsby's latest response in the ad wars over women's health that he's engaged in with Democratic opponent Deb Butler. Goolsby calls on his wife and daughters to counter the charge that his vote on the abortion ultrasound bill means he is bad for women's health issues.

Tranvaginal wand reappears, as doc lectures Thom Goolsby in new TV ad

The transvaginal wand is making another appearance in a new Deb Butler's state Senate TV ad.

The new 30-second commercial shows the medical device during a clip from her previous ad as an OB/GYN lectures Republican rival Thom Goolsby. "Senator, I've been a doctor for 40 years. Women know what they are doing," Dr. Takey Crist says, pointing his finger at the camera.

And here's what Goolsby thinks of Butler

Things are getting heated down there in Wilmington, where Republican incumbent state Sen. Thom Goolsby and Democratic challenger Deb Butler have gone head-to-head in a debate and now in dueling TV ads.

Butler’s now infamous abortion wand ad – which made the national blogs – follows a spot by Goolsby that aired Tuesday tying Butler to the Occupy movement, for having taken federal stimulus money, and favoring raising taxes.

“Is Deb Butler too risky? Too liberal?” the ad asks.

Sen. Goolsby's opponent highlights "transvaginal wand" in new TV ad

Incumbent state Sen. Thom Goolsby’s Democratic opponent in the general election, Deb Butler, has fired a broadside at the Republican incumbent with a visually frank TV ad. As her campaign says, it may be the first appearance of a transvaginal ultrasound wand in a political ad ever.

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