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He’s being true to the principles he said he’d be true to. It may take a while but I think those of us in politics understand that you can’t wave a wand and change things because we have a political system that is designed to be obstructionist. That’s what it means not to have a tyrant, you have to work with people and he’s shown that he can do it.
Chapel Hill Mayor Mark Kleinschmidt, North Carolina’s fifth openly gay elected official, discusses President Obama’s endorsement of gay marriage. Here’s our Q&A on Obama and Amendment One, North Carolina’s constitutional ban on gay marriage.  (via 2012swingstates)
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The Obama campaign launched two new television ads in North Carolina and eight other states on Wednesday that portray his Republican opponent Mitt Romney as targeting the middle class with fee hikes and job outsourcing.

“Mosaic,” above, and “Come and Go” both run for 30 seconds and continue the campaign’s attempts at poking holes in Romney’s economic record.

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Photo Credit: Shawn Rocco/Raleigh News & Observer

Jose Rico, center, and Alicia Torres-Don, left, listen to Alicia’s brother Jose Torres-Don, right, during a planning meeting of the N.C. Dream Team in Raleigh on Friday. The organization composed of undocumented immigrant youth and their allies was drafting a response to President Barack Obama’s announcement that the U.S. would stop deporting some young illegal immigrants who were brought into the country as children. Rico and his fellow team members were skeptical. “We’re not going to believe the president until we see it happen,” he said. “We’ve been down this road before.”

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At the end of the day, I don’t think any of the major players in the health insurance industry or the provider community really wants to see the whole thing overturned.

Christine Ferguson, a health policy expert who was commissioner of public health in Massachusetts when Mitt Romney was governor.

A Monday announcement by United Healthcare, the country’s largest insurance provider, affirmed Ferguson’s comment. The company will continue to offer certain healthcare provisions no matter how the Supreme Court rules on President Obama’s 2010 healthcare law, including: 

— preventive healthcare services without co-payments or other out-of-pocket charges

— allowing parents to keep children up to age 26 on their plans

— maintaining the more streamlined appeals process required by law

— prohibiting lifetime limits on insurance payouts and rescinding coverage after a member becomes ill

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Today marks the launch of The 12, a Washington Post blog where myself and 11 other student journalists write about the issues that make our states swing states in the 2012 election. Check out my first post below and be sure to visit for news about North Carolina politics.

Which way will North Carolina go?

Once known as “the Dixie Dynamo,” North Carolina has long been characterized by its tug-of-war between tradition and progression. Now, the state is being torn between more than old and new patterns of thinking. It has become a political battleground — a place where liberal and conservative, urban and rural, and public and private interests all collide.

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