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N.C. native and College Dem president touts the youth vote

Tori Taylor, a Charlotte resident and president of the College Democrats of America writes for Huffington Post: "Young Americans sent a powerful message on November 6: do not underestimate us."

"We are constantly told that our generation is the future of our country, but this statement suggests that our voice does not matter now," she continued. "It puts our interests and needs on a shelf to be dealt with at a later date. We should come back in a few years, when we can really make a difference. The parties will listen then. This is where the Republicans went wrong, and it may cost them an entire generation of voters." Read her full op-ed here.

Duke University forum to explore media's role in 2012 election

The dust is never settled on the 2012 election. A Duke University forum Saturday will take a look at media coverage of the campaign season with a panel of national journalists.

John Dickerson, a media critic with Slate and CBS News, Ben Smith, the founder of BuzzFeed, and Nia-Malika Henderson, a Washington Post reporter, will serve on the panel. Duke professor James Hamilton will moderate. 

The forum is 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the Fleishman Commons of the Sanford Building. It is free and open to the public.

Morning Roundup: New fracking board raises ethical issues

Members of the new state board overseeing drilling and fracking in North Carolina is not required required to disclose whether they could potentially profit from the practice they oversee. The board chairman Ray Covington and his family own more than 1,000 acres of timberland in Lee County, considered to be a natural gas-rich pay zone and prime fracking territory.

Such issues are not specifically mentioned on the state’s ethics disclosure form, unforeseen by North Carolina’s ethics rules because for the simple reason that there is no history of oil and gas exploration here. Read more here.

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U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss to rally GOP troops for Romney campaign

U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss, a surrogate for Mitt Romney, will make three stops in North Carolina on Monday to rally the Republican troops ahead of Tuesday's big election.

Seven burning questions in North Carolina on Election Day

The 2012 Election will answer many questions about North Carolina politics. Does Pat McCrory have coattails? Just how red with the state's congressional delegation get? Will the "banjo ad" work?

Read below about seven burning questions for Tuesday below from the Observer's Tim Funk.

NRA planning massive NC outreach in next 2 weeks

The National Rifle Association plans to contact between 750,000 and 1 million North Carolina voters between now and the election, officials say.

The NRA has made a major commitment to North Carolina, just as it has other other battleground states, said Andrew Arulanandam, the NRA's public affairs director. That included hiring two field workers in the state in the spring to help coordinate volunteer including hiring two field workers to coordinate volunteers.

“They basically coordinate efforts at events, lit drops, volunteer phone calls, neighborhood walks, make sure we have an active presence at gun shows and gun stores in North Carolina,” Arulanandam said.

Long lines at early voting spots, Santorum says Romney's has the momentum

North Carolina’s early voting period began Thursday morning with solid crowds hitting the polls on the first day. About 350 sites across the state feature early voting until Nov. 3.

Among those who arrived to vote early was a group from Obama for America, which marched from the organization’s Charlotte headquarters on East Ninth Street to vote early. At mid-morning, dozens of people were still waiting in line outside the building.

Democrats urge women to seek bigger role in 2012 election

A Democratic panel of women in Raleigh blasted Republicans gathered in Florida for "taking our country back in time."

Those words from state Rep. Deborah Ross defined an event Tuesday in which Democratic women said Republicans were pointed in the wrong direction on everything from healthcare to pay equity.

Alabama Congresswoman Terri Sewell, elected in 2010 as the first woman Democrat from her state, urged the women in the crowd to get active this year. "The 2008 election was historic," she said. "But the 2012 election is imperative."

Updated: Bowles once praised Paul Ryan, but called Medicare changes 'pretty radical'

UPDATED: A video clip of Erskine Bowles, the co-chairman of President Obama's deficit commission, singing the praises of fellow number cruncher Paul Ryan is making the rounds on the Internet -- but it doesn't accurately represent his entire speech.

In fact, the video maker cut out the part of the speech where Bowles calls the Wisconsin congressman's 2011 plan for Medicare "pretty radical." (See below for a more complete audio.)

Republicans rather focus on these quotes in the clip: "I'm telling you, this guy is amazing," Bowles says of Ryan. "I always thought I was OK with arithmetic, this guy can run circles around me."

"The budget he came forward with is just like Paul Ryan," he continued. "It is a sensible, straightforward, honest, serious budget ..."

RNC about to go up with TV ads in NC

The Republican National Committee is about to go up on the air with TV ads in North Carolina and six other battleground states, is reporting.

The $5.1 million buy is the first for the RNC in the general election. That means it will be the fourth national Republican-leaning group on the air on North Carolina joining the Romney campaign, Crossroads GPS, and Americans for Prosperity.

The ads are also going up in Colorado, Iowa, Nevada, New Hampshire, Ohio and Virginia.

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