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Morning Roundup: Goldman-Malone entanglement may impact election

Fallout from the entanglement of Wake County school board members Debra Goldman and Chris Malone will likely affect both this fall’s elections and the work of the panel, analysts and public figures said Sunday.

Malone said he and Goldman had a “very heated” physical relationship. Goldman said she rebuffed his romantic advances. Andy Taylor, an N.C. State University political expert, said it will hurt both Goldman’s and Malone’s campaigns, but especially Goldman’s. “The auditor is supposed to be keeping people in government honest, trying to protect the public’s interests and promoting transparency,” Taylor said. Read more here and another story about the repeated police calls to Goldman's home.

More political headlines:

--Middle class couples like Sarah and Stephen Geis of Charlotte see the presidential election's impact on children.

Cherie Berry blasts Perdue's 'ephiphany'

UPDATED: State Labor Commissioner Cherie Berry doesn't make headlines very often. But at the Buncombe County Republican Party Lincoln-Reagan Dinner on Saturday, she lit into Democratic Gov. Bev Perdue. From reporter Jon Ostendorff at the Asheville Citizen-Times:

State Labor Commissioner Cherie Berry was the keynote speaker. She railed against Perdue’s recent unannounced trip to Pennsylvania and her tepid support for the fracking despite vetoing a bill last year that would have required studying the issue. Fracking uses pressurized water and chemicals to extract natural gas, a method critics say harms the environment.

Berry used the story of Paul in Bible to say Perdue seemed like she was on the road to Damascus instead of Pennsylvania. "She had an epiphany (on fracking)," Berry said. Berry said Perdue's other epiphany was "she is not running for re-election. And I'm not sure if that was God communicating that to her or the polling numbers."

Walton Robinson, spokesman for the N.C. Democratic Party sent along this response: "Cherie Berry should go back to wasting taxpayer money plastering her picture inside every elevator in the state -- it is clear that she is way out of her league when it comes to actual discussion of politics and policy in North Carolina."

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