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3rd party gears up in SC

3rd party gears up in S.C.

Tega Cay’s Jill Bossi is part of a political experiment in South Carolina.

She’s running for the U.S. Senate on the banner of the new American Party. Started by former statewide candidates, one Democrat and one Republican, it’s an effort to galvanize people frustrated by the two main parties. Bossi was nominated at the party’s convention Saturday in Columbia.

“It’s not just a third party; it represents a different approach to politics,” said co-founder Jim Rex, a former state superintendent of education. “We’re trying to make it possible for the average American to run for office.”

Rex and co-founder Oscar Lovelace, a former gubernatorial candidate, got 16,000 signatures to qualify for the ballot. Taking a page from the tea party, they’re using the Internet to try to turn their idea into a grass-roots movement to reach what they see as the middle of American politics.

“This is a party between the two 20-yard lines, not in one end zone or the other,” Rex said. “And the polls show that’s where most Americans are.”

That’s one thing that appeals to the 55-year-old Bossi in her race against GOP Sen. Tim Scott.

“I’m willing to take the chance,” she said. “Like the majority of Americans, we’re somewhere in the middle.” Jim Morrill

#electionnightwoes

The state board of election’s new reporting system came with a ballot full of glitches on election night last week. But it kept tweeters busy:

•  Chris Fitzsimon

Apparently the leadership of DHHS has taken over the State Board of Elections for the evening.

•  Public Policy Polling

North Carolina went from one of the best reporting systems in the country to about as bad as I’ve ever seen anywhere. So frustrating

•  Gerry Cohen

State Board of Elections results page is just text, no maps, but I was able to sign up for Obamacare on it

•  Dave Weigel

Go home North Carolina vote reporting website, you’re drunk

•  Tim Boyum

Im just glad the national media isn’t watching any of this mess Wait, what? Jim Morrill

Run, Ben, Run

A North Carolina man is directing an effort to draft Dr. Ben Carson for president in 2016, an effort that already has raised more than $4 million and gathered 200,000 signatures.

Carson, who spoke Friday night in High Point, is a retired neurosurgeon who catapulted to public attention last year when he spoke at the National Prayer Breakfast.

Standing 10 feet from President Barack Obama, he criticized the Affordable Care Act and political correctness in a speech hailed by conservative talk show hosts and watched by more than 3 million on YouTube.

Vernon Robinson wants Carson to run for president. A former city councilman and congressional candidate from Winston-Salem, Robinson is convinced Carson, whom he calls “a legend in the black community,” not only could unite Republicans but win a general election.

“In order to beat Hillary Clinton, you have to broaden the base of the GOP and stay true to Republican principles at the same time,” says Robinson, the draft committee’s political director.

“Dr. Carson can get 17 percent of the black vote, making it mathematically impossible for Hillary Clinton or any other Democrat to win the general election.” Jim Morrill

Post-mortems on Senate race

“With (Thom) Tillis as the Republican nominee, North Carolina’s Senate race offers perhaps the best laboratory in the country for a test of whether voters think the new Republican Party has shifted too far to the right or it stands for a smaller-government agenda that has a broader appeal than Democrats believe. … Few races this year will offer a more compelling look at the politics of our time.” – Dan Balz, Washington Post

“Their contest should show where voters want the conservative-liberal balance drawn in a state that often sends one Democrat and one Republican to the Senate.” – Chuck Babington, AP

“Defining both Tillis and his opponent in November – vulnerable Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan – will become a high-stakes war of words in what could become the most politically brutal and costly Senate race.” – Los Angeles Times, Lisa Mascaro. Jim Morrill

Pittenger presents awards

U.S. Rep. Robert Pittenger presented Congressional Awards to 15 Charlotte-area students during a special ceremony Saturday at the Nations Ford Community Church Youth Activity Center.

The students attend public and private high schools. Three are home-schooled.

The Congressional Award is the U.S. Congress’ award for young Americans. It recognizes students between 14 and 23 who have accomplished goals in areas of public service, personal development, fitness and exploration. The recipients: Michael Brienza, Olivia De Gracia, Brister Jones, Joshua Jones, Avery Lewis, Mackenzie Lewis, Angela Rogers, Brandon Dalla Rosa, Caroline Schauder, Anthony Sgro, Hunter Smith, Olivia Stogner, Rachel Stogner, Julianna Viveiros, Jackson Yearick. Franco Ordonez

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