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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.” The televised debates have been a local tradition for years, though Kissell also did not participate in them in 2010. 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.

--Three weeks before Election Day, first lady Michelle Obama sought to inject a sense of urgency into a crowd of college students Tuesday, telling them the presidential race “could all come down to what happens in a few key states like right here in North Carolina.”

--Republican Steve Troxler and Democrat Walter Smith are vying to take control of a state agency that oversees North Carolina’s largest industry. But the two candidates for agriculture commissioner seem more alike than different at first. But after college the two men went different ways and their experiences define their candidacies.

--Republican Robert Pittenger has done what few U.S. House candidates have ever accomplished: Break the $3 million mark in fundraising. Pittenger faces Charlotte Democrat Jennifer Roberts in the 9th District after surviving a heated primary and runoff.

--The debate between candidates running for the 35th N.C. House district seat is not “if” but “how” North Carolina should increase education spending.

--Doug Berger is nominally the four-term incumbent, but pretty much everything about his latest election bid is new. From the territory to the challenger, the race in a new district has produced high levels of acrimony and spending.

--The Democratic National Convention Committee spent about $8 million on everything from hotels to the Foo Fighters performance in the three months leading up to and including the convention in Charlotte, new documents filed with the Federal Election Commission show.

--Armando Bernabe is among the early wave of immigrants to step forward and let the government know they are here without proper documentation. They’ve done so in hopes of winning a two-year reprieve from deportation under a new Obama administration program created to help a generation of undocumented immigrants who grew up in the U.S. But some worried about stepping out of the shadows into an uncertain twilight.

--Former Gov. Jim Martin is now nearly two months into a quest handed to him by Chancellor Holden Thorp to dig deeper into an academic fraud case that has drawn national attention, largely because of its connections to athletics. An internal review of the past four years found 54 such no-show classes that were filled predominantly with athletes, with the only requirement that a paper be turned in at the end.

--Emotional pleas as well as angry outbursts that blast the industry, have poured into the state Insurance Department since insurers asked for a rate increase on homeowner’s insurance that would range as high as 30 percent in Onslow and other coastal counties.

--A North Carolina poultry producer, one of the nation’s largest, has been caught again illegally putting minors to work in a hazardous job. The U.S. Department of Labor reported Tuesday that it found two 17-year-old workers operating an electric knife on the chicken line at a House of Raeford plant north of Wilmington during an investigation by the department’s Wage and Hour Division.


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Why bother to debate?

Kissell knows its bye bye need to TRY to save it...

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