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Conservative group cancels NC ads, gives air time to Concerned Veterans for America

Swapping spots in tight ad market

Charlotte viewers of next week’s “60 Minutes” were scheduled to see a political ad sponsored by Freedom Partners, a group affiliated with the conservative Koch brothers. Now they won’t.

The conservative group has canceled ads in Charlotte, Raleigh and elsewhere in North Carolina.

Instead it has turned over its air time to the Concerned Veterans for America. That group, funded by Freedom Partners, this month launched a $1.6 million statewide campaign with ads taking Democratic U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan to task over problems at the Department of Veterans Affairs.

The exchange reflects the barrage of political ads hitting the airwaves in Hagan’s race against Republican state House Speaker Thom Tillis and the tight on-air inventory for all ads.

“They needed air time, we agreed,” says James Davis, a spokesman for Freedom Partners. “With air time being limited, we allowed them to purchase from us.”

Candidates and outside groups have made North Carolina one of the nation’s most expensive Senate races. Jim Morrill

Budding bipartisanship

After a legislative session that saw its share of partisan sniping, two Mecklenburg County lawmakers are ready to put their differences aside, at least on one issue.

Democratic Sen. Jeff Jackson and Republican Rep. Charles Jeter found room to agree, as evidenced by this Twitter exchange this month.

• Jackson: “Gerrymandering is a moral issue. … There is no good argument for letting politicians draw their own districts.”

• Jeter: “On that point I agree with u 100%. If re-elected, the first bill I file in ‘15 will be nonpartisan redistricting.”

• Jackson: “I’d be delighted to work on that with you. Let’s talk about it soon.”

• Jeter: “Deal. Best way to get it done is with one member of each party from each chamber working together.”

• Jackson: “Agreed. I look forward to working together on this.”

Both men say the time has come for nonpartisan redistricting.

“When people are only held accountable to their primary voters,” Jeter says, “you get the kind of partisanship we have in Raleigh and Washington.” Jim Morrill

Fuller to appear Monday at Davidson Town Hall

Have questions about Mecklenburg County’s property revaluation or the recently proposed tobacco ban in public places?

Want to know more about the county’s proposed sales tax increase or other county-related issues?

Mecklenburg Board of County Commissioners Chairman Trevor Fuller will answer what’s on your mind at 6:30 p.m. Monday at Davidson Town Hall, 216 S. Main St.

Mayor John Woods, Town Manager Leamon Brice and several Davidson commissioners and staff members will answer questions related to town issues.

Details: Town Clerk Heather James, 704-940-9510; hjames@townofdavidson.org. Joe Marusak

Meck Dems find new headquarters

Mecklenburg County Democrats have been without a party headquarters for almost a year. That may be about to change.

New party Chair Marc Friedland has told party officials that he’s found a site on Executive Center Drive.

The party has been without an office “way too long,” Freidland said.

“And that will be remedied very shortly,” he added. Jim Morrill

Jeter hosting town hall meeting

State Rep. Charles Jeter, R-Huntersville, will discuss the state’s budget – including teacher pay, the handling and storage of coal ash and other regional issues – at a town hall meeting at 6 p.m. Wednesday at Mountain Island Lake Library, 4420 Howt Galvin Way, Charlotte.

Jeter was elected to the District 92 seat in 2012 and was the only freshman representative chosen to chair a committee during the 2013 session.

District 92 encompasses the western edge of Mecklenburg County and includes parts of Charlotte, Pineville and Huntersville. Joe Marusak

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