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  • beachboater Oct 31, 4:19 p.m.

    Unfortunately, I don't know a lot about the judicial candidates. The judicial races are always hard to decide on.

    If Newby is a constitutionalist, I'm for him. Too many, including our current president, are trying to tear the constitution up and throw it away. The framers of the constitution were incredible forward thinkers.

    Can you imagine how they were able to create such a document that would withstand mostly intact for over 200 years? They were some super smart guys.

  • dixieboy Oct 31, 3:29 p.m.

    A few more days...

  • dontstopnow Oct 31, 1:16 p.m.

    These political stories are getting BORING. Hasn't there been enough news lately that trumps this sort of story and really who cares? Most have already voted so this sort of story is lame.

  • Damien Thorne Oct 31, 12:53 p.m.

    "Indeed......but if their opinions didn't matter we wouldn't need then at all."

    "LOL I do so love irony......"

    "What like Corporations being "people", that sort of thing? :)"

    "And ignorant "natural born" citizens can do likewise......I suggest Mississippi."---Grand Union

    Wow, such insight. I bet you have people writing up these ingenious replies don't you. These are far to clever to be your own.

  • btneast Oct 31, 12:50 p.m.

    It should say "corporate masters and rich and powerful fat cats" spending heavily on Newby.

    Oh puleeeeeze. What a tired and worn out , not to mention inaccurate, phrase. Corporations are made up of stockholders. If you have an IRA, you are likley a stockholder. Most retired scholteachers and other public servants retirements are funded through their stock holdings in these "evil" corporations. Are there some stupid companies out there that do some reprehensible stuff, sure. There are far more companies that are responsible and care about what future they are heading toward. Are you still stuck in a 60's college classroom?

  • kodac31 Oct 31, 12:49 p.m.

    WRAL--Why is it you failed to mention that PAUL NEWBY is the ONLY candidate in this race that has been publicly endorsed by BOTH Democrat & Republican Prior Chief Justices of the NC Supreme Court?!? That alone speaks volumes! Newby is vastly more experienced! He has served 8 years on the NC Supreme Court, & prior to that he served 20+ years as a tough Federal Prosecutor in North Carolina. Sam Ervin is pulling the old 'political expediency' game. Ervin hasn't even completed HALF of his first term as a NC Judge & yet already trying to jump on the Supreme Court again trying to use his Father's name. Ervin's onlu prior experience is serving on the NC Utilities Commission! The choice is clear-Newby has the overwhleming support of Democrats & Republicans b/c he is a proven excellent Judge! Newby has never allowed politics to sway his votes. He is a strict constructionist who believes in ruling on & appying the law as writen by the legislator. Newby is the best choice & has EARNED re-election

  • davidgnews Oct 31, 12:48 p.m.

    Nothing like the intellectual appeal of a hillbilly commercial.

  • Grand Union Oct 31, 12:12 p.m.

    'We need judges that are not ignorant and understand that they interpret the law, not legislate from the bench."

    Indeed......but if their opinions didn't matter we wouldn't need then at all.

    " This shows the complete disdain for the law on the left, they know their agenda is nothing but ignorance and hate"

    LOL I do so love irony......

    " and the only way to get it into law is to have judges that base their judgements on other than our constitution and legal precedent."

    What like Corporations being "people", that sort of thing? :)

    " Ignorant immigrants that do not like it are welcome to leave."

    And ignorant "natural born" citizens can do likewise......I suggest Mississippi.

  • Grand Union Oct 31, 12:05 p.m.

    "It seems to me that this is a binary issue, either outside spending should be allowed or it shouldn't."

    or perhaps it should be regulated.....

  • myersm1 Oct 31, 11:54 a.m.

    It seems to me that this is a binary issue, either outside spending should be allowed or it shouldn't. Currently the law allows it and both sides obviously support their candidates, no surprise. The candidates have no say in this and for either side to imply a lack of integrity or criticize the other for the outside support while also receiving it would seem disingenuous and hypocritical. This article focuses more on the details of Republican backed support but I imagine it could if desired find as many details past or present regarding Democratic support as well.

    At the end of the day, I believe concerns about money such as this boil down to the character of the person in the race. I have know Justice Newby personally for about 15 years and have nothing but the utmost respect for him. His character is without doubt beyond question and he will apply the law and Constitution as written without regard for any other factors as evidenced by his past service and record on the court.

  • baldchip Oct 31, 11:46 a.m.

    Truely-I beg to diffe with you on Republicans and courts. Look who the trial lawyers give their money to-DemocRATS!! Look at all of the suits filled by the enviro-wacho crowd to stop PROGRESS-like building new power plants, refineries, ...

    Most conservative judges look at the Constitution, not their feelings.

    Judge Newby is a fine man. I have met him several times. I will agree that I hate that classless add for Judge Newby. They could have done much better.

  • Damien Thorne Oct 31, 11:45 a.m.

    "He didn't get my vote.....We need Judges that realize this is the 21st Century not the 18th."----Grand Union

    We need judges that are not ignorant and understand that they interpret the law, not legislate from the bench. This shows the complete disdain for the law on the left, they know their agenda is nothing but ignorance and hate and the only way to get it into law is to have judges that base their judgements on other than our constitution and legal precedent. Ignorant immigrants that do not like it are welcome to leave.

  • The Yoda Oct 31, 11:29 a.m.

    We need Judges that realize this is the 21st Century not the 18th.
    says Grand Union

    If you hate our constitution so much Crabby, I'll be happy to buy you a ticket back to your 'homeland'. BTW, why did you leave there for my great country? Did they 'ask' you to leave or did you escape from there?

  • mayhem Oct 31, 10:14 a.m.

    It shouldn't say "conservatives" spending heavily on Newby. It should say "corporate masters and rich and powerful fat cats" spending heavily on Newby. Those are the interests with the big money, and they want to keep a 4-3 Republican majority on the state Supreme Court. That's just the way it is.

  • computer trainer Oct 31, 9:49 a.m.

    Judge Newby is a fair judge and has a lot of respect on both sides of the fence. And that cute banjo commercial is just so darn catchy! Scooby Dewby vote for Newby!!!

  • superflames Oct 31, 9:45 a.m.

    I don't know what all the hoopla is around this. It's not like some unknown personality is being pushed for state Supreme Court. Paul Newby is the incumbent. As the sitting chief justice he is on the record for many issues his court have dealt with.

    I remember when Paul Newby ran for Supreme Court a few years back. It was his first time running for that post. I actually met him once - shook his hand. He seemed like an outstanding individual, unassuming, no political posturing or anything like that.

  • Grand Union Oct 31, 9:28 a.m.

    "Judges have to base judgements on the laws...PERIOD. So it should not matter what party they come from."

    Judges are allowed considerable leeway and laws are often badly written.....and that can be a good or bad thing.

  • Grand Union Oct 31, 9:26 a.m.

    He didn't get my vote.....We need Judges that realize this is the 21st Century not the 18th.

  • Road-wearier Oct 31, 9:14 a.m.

    "so why is the GOP trying to buy this judge's seat?"

    Haven't you heard? Activist liberal judges are ruining America...or so the right would have you believe. Instead the right wants to pack the judiciary with their judges whom they do not consider 'activist'. Remember, a judge isn't 'activist' if he's doing things YOU like.

  • iwishihadariver Oct 31, 9:04 a.m.

    Judges have to base judgements on the laws...PERIOD. So it should not matter what party they come from...so why is the GOP trying to buy this judge's seat?

  • BubbaDukeforPresident Oct 31, 8:41 a.m.

    In matters of the law, our country needs to lean towards conservatism...OK, in matters of economics, social spending, jobs, education and pretty much everything else, Americans need to lean conservative. Anything else is not only unAmerican, it's stupid.

  • Banned4Life Oct 30, 7:01 p.m.

    Of course they will. After all, courts are the resort of folks attempting to thwart the Constitution and who don't like the will of the people, right? So might as well try and make sure the court votes the way WE want em to! If all other attempts fail, take em to court. Wait! Us Republicans HATE courts!

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