Tarboro NC – Breaking News “Local D.A. Howard Boney Jr. to Retire”

Per the NC General Statue 163 – 10 the Governor will appoint the next D.A.

Sources tell The DCN that longtime District Attorney Howard Boney Jr. will retire on May 1, 2009. Boney serves the 7th Prosecutorial District which includes Edgecombe, Nash and Wilson Counties.

The DCN received some calls over the weekend asking about the process for appointing the D.A. It appears that just because the current D.A. is a Democrat the Edgecombe, Nash and Wilson Counties Democratic Parties do not have a say in the appointment or do they? Do the Prosecutorial Committee which consist of two members from Edgecombe, Nash and Wilson Counties meet to choose a candidate? If that is the case, the Governor has the last say so. However I am still waiting for a response from several folks who I have contacted to confirm this.

So there you have it.

§ 163‑10.  Filling vacancy in office of district attorney.

Any vacancy occurring in the office of district attorney for causes other than expiration of term shall be filled by appointment of the Governor. An appointee shall hold his place until the next election for members of the General Assembly that is held more than 60 days after the vacancy occurs, at which time an election shall be held to fill the unexpired term of the office: Provided, that when the unexpired term of the office in which the vacancy has occurred expires on the first day of January succeeding the next election for members of the General Assembly, the Governor shall appoint to fill that vacancy for the unexpired term of the office. (1901, c. 89, ss. 4, 73; Rev., s. 4299; C.S., s. 5920; 1967, c. 775, s. 1; 1973, c. 47, s. 2; 1977, c. 265, s. 2; 1981, c. 504, s. 16; 1985 (Reg. Sess., 1986), c. 920, s. 7.)

Raleigh NC – Dems think Burr may be vulnerable

RALEIGH — Republican Sen. Richard Burr says he has little doubt that this is the calm before the storm and that next year North Carolina once again will be the focus of a national battle for control of the U.S Senate.

“With the bull’s-eye that organizations have put on North Carolina Republicans’ backs, there is going to be more money spent in North Carolina than anybody can ever fathom in the next election cycle,” he says. (News & Observer)

Hartford Connecticut – Just Say ‘I’m Willing To Think About It’

Jack Cole was driving from Norwich to Hamden with his latest convert in an emerging movement to legalize marijuana. Just so happens that the new recruit is a retired cop. No, he’s not undercover.

Actually, it’s no surprise that former Manchester Capt. Joseph Brooks signed up for Law Enforcement Against Prohibition, a Massachusetts-based advocacy group of which Cole is executive director. Most of the 12,000 members are law enforcement types who share at least one thing in common: They want to make marijuana legal. (Hartford Courant)


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Washington DC – The First Puppy Makes a Big Splash

Who let the dog out?

That’s the Washington mystery du jour.

The identity of the first puppy — the one that the Washington press corps has been yelping about for months, the one President Obama has seemed to delight in dropping hints about — leaked out yesterday. This despite White House efforts to delay the news until the big debut planned for Tuesday afternoon. (Washington Post)