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On this edition of the CoastLine Candidate Interviews, we hear from the three Democrats seeking seats on Brunswick County’s Board of Commissioners.

There are five members on the Board – one representing each district in Brunswick County.  The four-year terms are staggered, and elections are held every two years.  This year, Districts 3, 4, and 5 are in play. 

Today, we continue with our CoastLine Candidate Interviews, and on this edition, we’ll hear from two of the three Republicans seeking seats on Brunswick County’s Board of Commissioners.

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Besides the addition of classrooms and schools to address overcrowding concerns, the bond money would go towards updating technology.  That’s according to Deanne Meadows, Assistant Superintendent for Brunswick County Schools:

"You have to continue to upgrade and update your technology resources.  We are on a seven-year rotation right now.  It really should be five years that we take a computer and we trade it out for an upgrade."

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Marty Mentzer is running as a Democrat to represent District 4 of Brunswick County’s Board of Education.  As a retired teacher with over two decades of experience, she says her number one issue is increasing teacher pay and morale. 

Marty Mentzer says state cuts to education spending have discouraged teachers.  But she says local actions could help pick up the slack left by state lawmakers:  

On this edition of the CoastLine Candidate Interviews, we’ll hear from the two Democrats seeking seats on Brunswick County’s Board of Education.

There are five members on the Board – one representing each district in Brunswick County.  The four-year terms are staggered, and elections are held every two years.  In 2016, Districts 1, 2, and 4 have open seats.  No Democrats filed for District 1, however, which means that Republican Ed Lemon has no formal opposition.  Write-in candidates are permitted.

On this edition of the CoastLine Candidate Interviews, we meet one of three Republicans seeking three seats on Brunswick County’s Board of Education.

There are five members on the Board – one representing each district in Brunswick County.  The four-year terms are staggered, and elections are held every two years.  In 2016, Districts 1, 2, and 4 have open seats.  No Democrats filed for District 1, however, which means that Republican Ed Lemon has no formal opposition.  Write-in candidates are permitted.

Republican Catherine Cooke is running for her third term on the Brunswick County Board of Education, representing District 2. She’s challenged by Democrat Sharon Woodard Crawford.  The two candidates are split on the topic of the $152 million school bond.

The last Brunswick County school bond was passed in 1999, and there’s still some remaining debt to be paid off.  The new bond proposal would pay for the construction of Town Creek Middle School, an early college high school, and new classrooms. 

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On this edition of the CoastLine Candidate Interviews, we meet Representative Frank Iler, the Republican from Brunswick County who has served North Carolina’s House District 17 for three-and-a-half terms and is seeking a fourth.  We had also booked his Democratic challenger, Charles Warren.  Mr. Warren let us know a couple of days earlier that he could not appear due to an emergency. 

Republican Gerald Benton is challenging Democratic incumbent Susi Hamilton for North Carolina House District 18.  As the future of film in the state hangs in limbo, the two candidates differ in how they’d approach incentives.

Gerald Benton says film only benefits two counties in North Carolina: Mecklenburg and New Hanover.  If he were to push for the return of a tax incentive, he says he’d be indebted to the other 98 counties in the state:

David Rouzer

On this edition of the CoastLine Candidate Interviews, we’re talking with David Rouzer.  He’s North Carolina’s  Republican Congressman from Johnston County in the 7th District who has served one term and is seeking a second.  Before winning a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives, David Rouzer served in the North Carolina Senate for two terms – representing the 12th district. 

Republican David Rouzer is running for a second term representing North Carolina’s 7th District in the U.S. House of Representatives. He’s challenged by Wesley Casteen, a Libertarian-turned-Democrat. 

The candidates are divided on energy policy.   

Wesley Casteen does not support offshore drilling for oil or natural gas.  Even if the state could enter into a revenue-sharing agreement with the federal government, he doesn’t think the economic benefits would outweigh the risks:

On this edition of the CoastLine Candidate Interviews, we meet North Carolina Representative Susi Hamilton, a Democrat from New Hanover County, who has held the seat for three terms and is seeking a fourth. 

But first, we hear from her Republican challenger this November – Gerald Benton. 

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Democrat Steve Unger is challenging Republican incumbent Chris Millis in North Carolina’s House District 16, which includes Pender County and the northwest corner of Onslow County.  Unger says transportation infrastructure is his number one issue, and that transportation issues need to be looked at regionally, not just county by county:

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·      Government Center, 230 Government Center Drive, Suite 34

·      CFCC Health Sciences Building, 415 N. 2nd Street

·      Northeast Regional Library, 1241 Military Cutoff Road

·      Senior Resource Center, 2222 S. College Road

·      Carolina Beach Town Hall, 1121 N Lake Park Blvd

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A little over a month ago, North Carolina Representative Holly Grange was sworn in to office, after Rick Catlin stepped down from his role representing House District 20.  She has no Democratic challenger in November.  The Republican wants to ease regulations and licensing requirements to promote small business in the state.

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On this edition of CoastLine Candidate Interviews, we meet Steve Unger, the Democrat who is challenging Chris Millis, the Republican incumbent, in North Carolina’s House District 16, which includes Pender County and the northwest corner of Onslow County. 

This is the second time Steve Unger has challenged Chris Millis for the seat. 

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On this edition of CoastLine, we’re taking the time to learn about two of the bonds that will appear on the November ballot.  One of those bonds would bring improvements and some facilities to the Brunswick County Schools System.  The other would develop and enhance parks and green space within the City of Wilmington. 

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During the upcoming election, Brunswick County voters will be asked to vote on a $152 million school bond referendum. 

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On this edition of CoastLine Candidate Interviews, we meet North Carolina Representative Holly Grange, a Republican from New Hanover County who was appointed to the seat in August after Rick Catlin announced he was stepping down.  Holly Grange won the March primary in a contest with current New Hanover County School Board member Tammy Covil.  She has no Democratic Challenger in November. 

Hurricane Matthew Breaks Local Record

Oct 8, 2016
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Hurricane Matthew has set a new local record.  According to a tide gauge near downtown Wilmington, the water level of the Cape Fear River climbed to 8.21 feet today.  This beats Hurricane Hazel's record of 8.15 feet, set back in 1954. 

Hurricane Hazel was a Category 4 storm that lashed the coasts of North Carolina over sixty years ago.  But today, a combination of the storm surge and rainfall draining into the river basin led to the highest water level ever recorded by the National Weather Service’s downtown water gauge. 

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Hurricane Matthew has made landfall in northeastern South Carolina.  WHQR’s Isabelle Shepherd reports the National Weather Service in Wilmington, which covers fourteen counties in the region, has issued a Flash Flood Emergency Warning in Horry County.  

Citizens are asked NOT to call 911 to report downed trees, power lines or flooding.

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Republican Senator Michael Lee is running for a second term representing North Carolina’s Senate District 9.  Though the legislature approved a 4% increase in teacher pay this past session, Lee says the state still has a long way to go.

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From the National Weather Service in Wilmington, NC

UPDATED:  2:46 PM ADVISORY — SUNDAY, OCT. 9, 2016            

The National Weather Service has canceled all alerts, watches and warnings for the late unlamented Hurricane Matthew. Cleanup and power restoration are proceeding today, aided by cool dry weather (some would call it a perfect fall day).

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Republican Representative Ted Davis is unchallenged in his bid for a third term in North Carolina’s House District 19, which encompasses the southern half of New Hanover County.  Davis wants to fix the current Medicaid system before the state expands the program. 

In 2013, Representative Ted Davis voted for a bill banning Medicaid expansion.  That bill passed, and North Carolina is still one of 19 states that has not expanded the health care program.  Davis says he’s always willing to reconsider his decisions in the legislature, but Medicaid has cost the state money in the past:

Comedian Paula Poundstone of NPR’s Wait! Wait! Don’t Tell Me notoriety is coming to Wilmington this Friday.  She recently spoke with me about one critical revelation regarding alcohol, why the HB2 controversy won’t keep her out of North Carolina, and lessons the Democrats still need to learn. 

RLH:  You’ve grappled very publicly with substance abuse.  You even joked that you didn’t get the advantage of the second A in AA…

PP:  No, I did not.  I was actually court-ordered to Alcoholics Anonymous on television…

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Democrat Andrew Barnhill is challenging Senator Michael Lee for North Carolina Senate District 9, which covers most of New Hanover County.  While Michael Lee has come out in support of offshore exploration for natural gas, Barnhill strongly opposes all drilling off the North Carolina coast.

Paula Poundstone is at her best when she is unscripted.  As a panelist on the NPR news quiz show Wait! Wait! Don’t Tell Me, she writes only two sections in advance:  Bluff the Listener – in which contestants try to identify the real news story – and the last joke of the show. 

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