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Morning Roundup: GOP defends Goldman but begins to distance themselves

Debra Goldman began getting questions Friday about a police report in which a Republican state legislative candidate and fellow married school board member detailed a romantic relationship. The next day, she stood next to gubernatorial candidate Pat McCrory, Party Chairman Robin Hayes and other GOP candidates in Wilkesboro at a campaign event. She apparently didn't tell anyone about the news that would break Sunday.

On Monday, Republicans moved publicly  to defend their candidate for state auditor but at the same time made behind-the-scenes moves to distance themselves from her candidacy. Read the full story here.

More political headlines:

--President Barack Obama and Republican Mitt Romney spent their final debate Monday circling the globe’s hot spots as they clashed over the merits of diplomacy and brinkmanship in Libya, Israel, Iran, the Middle East and other volatile areas.

--Columnist Barry Saunders: It’s comforting to know that some people and things never change. Like the Rev. Billy Graham. Ah yes, the Rev. Graham. He was a phony 50 years ago – the columnist Chuck Stone back then called him not just a phony but a “magnificent phony” – and he’s a phony today.

--The race for president could come down to 106 counties -- including the Research Triangle Park area in North Carolina.

--Republican Dan Forest brought North Carolina’s undercard race to Charlotte Monday, speaking to a conference of the N.C. League of Municipalities. Forest told the municipal leaders he would focus on tax and regulatory reform as well as education. Forest said he would be “a loud voice for education” and work with what he expects to be GOP majorities in the legislature and a Republican in the governor’s office.

--State Sen. Don East, a former police officer and mountain Republican who rose in the leadership ranks with the GOP's new control of the Legislature last year, died early Monday at age 67, officials in the Senate said.

--A small group of protesters chained themselves to revolving doors at a state office building in downtown Raleigh and blocked the entry for over an hour Monday in an act of political theater the participants termed civil disobedience.

--It will soon be illegal for a student to bully a teacher online in North Carolina, under an expansion of the state’s cyberbullying law that goes into effect Dec. 1 and may be the first of its kind in the country.

--The North Carolina Railroad has a complicated relationship with its namesake and sole shareholder: North Carolina. Last week, the legislature’s Program Evaluation Division reported that the NCRR has profited more than the state has since 1998, when North Carolina bought out private investors and became the railroad’s only owner. The railroad’s capital has grown by at least $196.3 million in the past 14 years, and the railroad has enjoyed tax benefits because of state ownership.


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Any wonder?

Occasionally politicians take time out from servicing their constituents and service each other.  They usually deny doing both.

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