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Morning Roundup: Martin report minimizes UNC no-show classes, McCrory expands cabinet, staff

No-show classes and poorly managed independent studies within UNC-Chapel Hill's African and African-American studies department stretch back to 1997, a new report says. Gov.-elect Pat McCrory expands his cabinet and adds senior staff: financier and opinion-shaper Art Pope and GOP attorney Kieran Shanahan are among them. For those stories, go to www.newsobserver.com.
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Morning Roundup: Congressman Kissell refuses to debate GOP rival Hudson

Citing scheduling conflicts, U.S. Rep. Larry Kissell, D-N.C., has declined to commit to a locally televised debate with Republican challenger Richard Hudson.

Hudson, in a statement released by his campaign, called on the Democratic congressman “to come out of hiding.” Full story here.

More political headlines:

--Get a rundown on the feisty second presidential debate and see a fact check on the candidates' statements. Students at Queens College gave the win to the president.

--Emulating President Barack Obama, Walter Dalton also took an aggressive stance while Pat McCrory bobbed and weaved in the governor's race debate. And see an excerpt from a key exchange.

Morning Roundup: Should Coach K enter politics? Former Duke coach says yes

Mike Krzyzewski’s list of basketball accomplishments at Duke is legendary. What’s left? Bucky Waters, a former N.C. State player, Duke head coach from 1969-73, national announcer and fundraiser for the Duke school of Medicine, thinks Krzyzewski should start competing in another arena: politics. “Here’s what I’d like to see him do: I’d like to see him go to Washington," he said. We desperately need leaders. Desperately.”

More politics below:

--Former Gov. Jim Martin, a Republican who led the state from 1985 to 1993, will lead an audit at UNC Chapel Hill to try to find out whether the no-show classes and poorly supervised independent studies found earlier this year extend beyond the four-year period examined.

Martin, Holshouser back state House candidate

GOP House candidate Glenn Cobb of Winston-Salem got some high-powered backing for a fund raiser last week. It was hosted by former Governors Jim Martin and Jim Holshouser and by Brooke Burr, the wife of U.S. Richard Burr.

Cobb is politically well connected having run worked as a field representative for the U.S. Senate campaign of Jim Broyhill in 1986, worked in the Martin administration for four years in the Department of Human Resources, and also ran the district office for U.S. Rep. Alex McMillan.
 His father, Larry Cobb, is a former Senate Majority leader.

He is running for the open House seat being vacated by Dale Folwell, who is seeking the Republican nomination for lieutenant governor.  Cobb heads the Winston-Salem Regional Association of Realtors.

Martin opens session with prayer, disclaimer

Former Gov. Jim Martin opened the 2011 session with a prayer prefaced by this disclaimer:

"I'm here as a lobbyist, unregistered," said Martin, a Republican. "For the Kingdom of Heaven."

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