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Lunch Links — Weekend Catch-up Edition

After a long weekend, I’m just catching up — and perhaps you are too.

John Frank wrote an interesting piece this weekend looking at McCrory’s propensity for speaking off the cuff, and how that has generally hurt his public perception thanks to numerous inaccurate statements and comments. Like that time he said he mingled with Moral Monday protestors “all the time.” Or that time when he said the two 24-year-old DHHS staffers who make around $80k beat out all the other candidates…(who may not exist). Or that time he found $10 million to pay all the teachers with master’s degrees salary supplements. Just to name a few.

Edwin Peacock, the Republican candidate for Charlotte mayor, lost by 6,000 votes to Democrat Patrick Cannon last week — and Peacock’s blaming McCrory for the loss, saying he heard from a lot of folks worried that Peacock would just turn into another McCrory.

Tonight there’s a town hall event in Wilmington, part of the North Carolina Justice Center’s “Better Choices for North Carolina,” at which issues addressed will be health care, education, environment, consumer protection, voting issues, business and more. Details can be found here.

Finally, on a sad note, check out this crazy sad story my colleague Sarah alerted me to about a promising Iranian rock band that was ambushed in the wee hours yesterday in their home in Brooklyn. The rockers had sought musical freedom in the States only to see their lives cut short by a fellow Iranian musician. To think what could have been…

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