by Mary Tyler March | The Daily Tarheel
A UNC-Greensboro professor aims to encourage a new political dialogue in North Carolina as the country becomes increasingly skeptical about party politics.
The number of voters registered as unaffiliated has continued to rise recently, with 40 percent of voters nationally and 26 percent in the state now identifying outside of the Democratic and Republican parties.
by Richard Winger | Ballot Access News
On October 29, the Fourth Circuit heard oral argument in Pisano v Strach, 13-1368. The issue is North Carolina’s May 17 petition deadline for newly-qualifying parties. The lower court had upheld the deadline. The three judges who heard the case are: Paul Niemeyer, a Bush Sr. appointee; Diana G. Motz, a Clinton appointee; and Albert Diaz, an Obama appointee. The hearing lasted twenty minutes.
by Christopher Gergen and Stephen Martin | News & Observer
Having witnessed a rancorous government shutdown and near breach of the federal debt ceiling, plenty of Americans are pessimistic about where we’ll go from here as a country.
Just don’t count Omar Ali among them.
The historian and associate professor of African American Studies at UNC Greensboro believes “we’re at the very beginning of a transformation in American politics”and he’s helping shape it as co-founder of North Carolina Independents, a nonpartisan association of independent voters focused on political reform.
by Michael Barrett | Gaston Gazette
David Hendrix’s wife and kids thought he was pulling their legs when he first said he wanted to run for president.
When he made it official recently by filing with the Federal Election Commission, they realized it was no joke.
The 37-year-old Gastonia resident and business owner knows he faces long odds in becoming the 45th leader of the United States.
by Madeline Will | The Daily Tar Heel
Jason Melehani, 25, a UNC-CH Ph.D. and M.D. student at the UNC School of Medicine, was recently appointed executive director of the Libertarian Party of North Carolina.
State & National Editor Madeline Will spoke to Melehani about his new job.
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