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Published: 12/6/10

Obama Calls for a New 'Sputnik Moment' for America

By  Mary C. Curtis - Politics Daily
Obama Calls for a New 'Sputnik Moment' for America

WINSTON-SALEM, North Carolina -- President Barack Obama couldn't escape the East Coast cold snap on his short trip south on Monday. ("What's snow doing on the ground in North Carolina?" he jokingly asked.) But his warm welcome at Forsyth Technical Community College was far different than the cold shoulder he's been getting from Republicans in Congress. The president came to a state whose economy has been transformed by the departure of the textile and furniture industries that once provided reliable employment for high school graduates. And he came to Forsyth to celebrate the 50th anniversary...

Published: 11/2/10

In North Carolina Senate, GOP Conservative Richard Burr Wins Re-Election

By  Mary C. Curtis - Politics Daily
In North Carolina Senate, GOP Conservative Richard Burr Wins Re-Election

First-term conservative Republican Sen. Richard Burr has won re-election in North Carolina over Democratic Secretary of State Elaine Marshall. Despite what her campaign said was a strong network of volunteers, Marshall was unable to overcome a Republican surge and fallout from her own Democratic primary and runoff challenges. Burr led Marshall 55 percent to 43 percent, with about half of the vote counted. And CNN, MSNBC, the AP and NPR declared him the winner. Libertarian candidate Michael Beitler was a distant third at less than 2 percent. Marshall had trouble defining herself as the...

Published: 10/27/10

Senate, Governor Polls: Updating California, Colorado, Kentucky, Nevada and Pennsylvania

By  Bruce Drake - Politics Daily
Senate, Governor Polls: Updating California, Colorado, Kentucky, Nevada and Pennsylvania

Our latest roundup of polls on key governor and Senate races includes Arkansas, California, Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Kentucky, Nevada, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Wisconsin. Like Ohio, Pennsylvania could be one of those states where Republicans could walk away with both the governor and Senate seats. In Ohio, the Senate race looks out of reach for the Democrats but they still have a chance in the governor's race, although winning it will be an uphill battle. In Pennsylvania, the governor's race appears to be a sure shot for Republican Tom Corbett, who...

Published: 10/26/10

What Is Richard Burr's Religion?

By  Dan Gibson - Politics Daily
What Is Richard Burr's Religion?

Richard Burr, the senior senator from North Carolina, is seeking re-election against current North Carolina Secretary of State Elaine Marshall. As part of a Politics Daily series providing background about the major candidates in the 2010 midterm elections, here are answers to some frequently asked questions about Burr's life. What is Richard Burr's religion? Burr is a Methodist. Where does Richard Burr worship? Burr is a member of Centenary United Methodist Church in Winston-Salem. Was Richard Burr born a Methodist, or did he convert? Burr's father was a Presbyterian minister, and Richard...

Published: 10/26/10

What Is Elaine Marshall's Religion?

By  Dan Gibson - Politics Daily
What Is Elaine Marshall's Religion?

Elaine Marshall, current North Carolina secretary of state, is the Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate from North Carolina. She is running against Republican incumbent Richard M. Burr. As part of a Politics Daily series providing background about the major candidates in the 2010 midterm elections, here are answers to some frequently asked questions about Marshall's life. What is Elaine Marshall's religion? Marshall is a Methodist. Where does Elaine Marshall worship? Marshall is a member of the Divine Street United Methodist Church in Dunn, according to her campaign bio. Was Elaine...

Published: 10/24/10

The One Thing a Candidate Can't Do Without

By  John Merline - AOL News
The One Thing a Candidate Can't Do Without

Elections are supposed to be about politics and public policy and big issues. And this election has its share of all that, given the stakes. But elections are also about people -- the kind of people who want to run for federal office. And we at AOL News wanted to get a better sense of just who these people are. So rather than asking a bunch of boring policy questions, we invited candidates for the House and Senate to answer 10 mostly fun questions. We got a response rate of about 5 percent. And while the results aren't exactly scientifically valid, they are still pretty interesting. Here's...

Published: 10/15/10

Is Richard Burr Married?

By  Valerie E. Anderko - Politics Daily
Is Richard Burr Married?

Richard M. Burr, the senior senator from North Carolina, is the Republican nominee for re-election. He is running against Democratic candidate Elaine Marshall, the North Carolina secretary of state and a former member of the state Senate. As part of a Politics Daily series providing background about the major candidates in the 2010 midterm elections, here are answers to some frequently asked questions about Burr's prepolitical life. Is Richard Burr married? Yes. Who is Richard Burr's wife? Burr's wife is Brooke Burr (formerly Brooke Fauth). What does Brooke Burr do for a living? Brooke Burr...

Published: 10/15/10

How Old Is Richard Burr?

By  Valerie E. Anderko - Politics Daily
How Old Is Richard Burr?

Richard M. Burr, the senior senator from North Carolina, is the Republican nominee for re-election. He is running against Democratic candidate Elaine Marshall, the North Carolina secretary of state and a former member of the state Senate. As part of a Politics Daily series providing background about the major candidates in the 2010 midterm elections, here are answers to some frequently asked questions about Burr's prepolitical life. How old is Richard Burr? Burr is 54 years old. When was Richard Burr born? Burr was born on Nov. 30, 1955. Where was Richard Burr born? Burr was born in...

Published: 10/15/10

How Old Is Elaine Marshall?

By  Valerie E. Anderko - Politics Daily
How Old Is Elaine Marshall?

Elaine Marshall, current North Carolina secretary of state, is the Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate from North Carolina. She is running against Republican incumbent Richard M. Burr. As part of a Politics Daily series providing background about the major candidates in the 2010 midterm elections, here are answers to some frequently asked questions about Marshall's prepolitical life. How old is Elaine Marshall? Marshall is 64 years old. When was Elaine Marshall born? Marshall was born on Nov. 18, 1945. Where was Elaine Marshall born? Marshall was born Elaine Folk in Lineboro, Md., and...

Published: 10/15/10

Is Elaine Marshall Married?

By  Valerie E. Anderko - Politics Daily
Is Elaine Marshall Married?

Elaine Marshall, North Carolina's secretary of state, is the Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate from North Carolina. She is running against Republican incumbent Richard M. Burr. As part of a Politics Daily series providing background about the major candidates in the 2010 midterm elections, here are answers to some frequently asked questions about Marshall's prepolitical life. Is Elaine Marshall married? No. Who was Elaine Marshall's husband? Marshall divorced her first husband, and then lost two other husbands to cancer. What did Elaine Marshall's husbands do for a living? Marshall's...

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