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TRIAD – Voters from across the region head to the polls today to determine which candidates survive and advance. Winners in today’s Republican, Democratic and unaffiliated primaries will punch their ticket to the Nov. 2 general election. Perhaps the highest-profile contest in the region involves the Republican primary for Davidson County sheriff, where incumbent David Grice is trying to hold off a challenge from former sheriff Gerald Hege and retired State Highway Patrol Trooper Terry Price. Controversy has surrounded the volatile campaign because Hege relinquished the office six years ago after pleading guilty to felony counts of obstruction of justice. The Republican sheriff’s primary winner will take on Democrat Thomas Evans Jr. in the fall. Contested races for sheriff also are taking place in the Democratic and Republican primaries in Guilford County and in the Republican primary in Randolph County. Six of the 16 state legislators in the area face primary challenges, and primaries are taking place in two Guilford County legislative districts where the incumbent is retiring after this year. Another high-profile area race involves the Republican primary in the 6th Congressional District, where 13-term Rep. Howard Coble faces a challenge from four fellow Republicans – Cathy Brewer Hinson of High Point, Dr. James Taylor of Moore County, Jeff Phillips of Greensboro and Guilford County Commissioner Billy Yow. Coble is facing his first primary challenge since initially running for the office in 1984. The Republican nominee takes on Democrat Sam Turner of Salisbury in the general election. DON DAVIS JR. | HPE The higher-than-normal number Political signs are lined up near a polling place in the Triad Monday. of contested primaries today means voters may have more chances than normal for a second go-around in the runoffs next month. Polls for today’s primary election open at 6:30 a.m. and close at 7:30 Contests that aren’t decided by p.m. For more information, call your local board of elections office at a certain margin would be deterGuilford County Board of Elections in Greensboro at 641-3836 or High mined June 22 through what’s forPoint at 845-7895; Randolph County at 318-6900 or Davidson County mally called the second primary. 242-2190. A candidate needs in excess of 40 Unaffi liated voters can choose to vote in either the Democratic or percent of the vote today to avoid a Republican primary, but not both. Registered Democratic voters can’t second primary, said Gary Bartlett, participate in the Republican primary, and registered Republicans can’t director of the State Board of Eleccast ballots in the Democratic primary. tions in Raleigh. Typically, North Carolina holds at least one statewide second primary and a handful raise the possibility of a wider slate ence at Wake Forest University. of local runoffs, he said. The num- of runoff races June 22, said John firstname.lastname@example.org | 888-3528 ber of contested primaries does Dinan, professor of political sci-
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many seats on its outdoor patio as it does inside. “It’s going to be a big part of our business,” he said about the warm weather. “The cold weather really is probably why smokers weren’t out that much this winter (after the ban was passed).” His patio already has been full on recent nights, he said. “With smokers, you have some people who want to be able to drink and smoke at the same time,” he said. “If they aren’t able to, they’ll probably stay at home. I think the warmer weather may make things a little bit easier.”
HIGH POINT – City electricity customers could see a 4.8 percent rate increase starting June 1. The change, combined with a state-mandated charge to help finance renewable energy initiatives, would increase the monthly bill of an average residential electric user by $5.20, to $113.37. The City Council on Monday opted to set a public hearing for May 17 on the proposed increase, which is being recommended by city staff to cover an estimated 4.8 percent rise in the price of wholesale power the city purchases through ElectriCities, the electric co-op of which High Point is a member. City officials are recommending approval of the increase by the council for utility statements going out on or after June 1. Officials said they expect additional electric rate bumps of about 5 percent over the next couple of years. “We’ve been on a downhill trend the last few years. Looking at our industrial customers, I don’t expect their loads to go up,” said City Manager Strib Boynton. “I would expect (continued increases) would happen until the economy rebounds and demand picks up.” ElectriCities’ costs are up because the cost of nuclear fuel, property taxes on the South Carolina nuclear plant where the city’s power is generated, and other operating and capital costs have continued to rise, according to Boynton. In addition, ElectriCities’ energy demand was down 3.9 percent in 2009
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Restaurants expect smokers to return as temps heat up BY PAM HAYNES ENTERPRISE STAFF WRITER
HIGH POINT – Before the cold weather came to an end and signs of spring arrived, Linda Buckner, manager at Bimini’s Oyster Bar and Grill, placed a kerosene heater outside of the restaurant after the state’s smoking ban was passed. The small source of warmth was enough to keep smokers around for the winter while non-smokers gathered inside, Buckner said. “It worked,” she said. “All of our loyal customers who smoke are still here.” Now that warmer weather is here, other restaurant owners have hopes the sunshine may bring back some smokers who left the restaurant and bar scene after the ban was passed. “It goes without saying that it will play a role,” said Luke Martin, assistant manager at Liberty Steakhouse and Brewery on Mall Loop Road. “As it continues to get warm, our patio will be full.” The ban allows smoking on most outdoor patios as long as they have less than three walls and a roof. Martin said the restaurant sees the largest mixture of smokers and non-smokers during the restaurant’s lunch hours. Warm temperatures seemingly could allow the patio to become what once was the smoking section in the restaurant, he said. “It may bring some smokers back out,” he said. “I don’t know how big the effect will be, but it will help.” Allen Andrews, owner of Harrison’s Restaurant on N. Main Street, said his restaurant has about as
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Advocates want tougher animal cruelty laws BY PAT KIMBROUGH ENTERPRISE STAFF WRITER
HIGH POINT – A group of local animal advocates on Monday asked the City Council to consider toughening local ordinances dealing with animal cruelty. About 25 members of a newly formed nonprofit called Triad Laws for Paws attended the council’s regular meeting and pledged to work with the city in enacting measures such as an anti-tethering ordinance in the wake of cases like one that occurred in High Point last
The council’s Public Safety Committee will take up the issue, along with a proposed resolution in support of a proposed state law that would toughen penalties for people who “maliciously torture” maim, beat or otherwise harm an animal. Supporters of “Susie’s Law” named the proposed legislation after a puppy who was burned and beaten in a Greensboro case in which the offender did not get an active sentence for animal cruelty. “This is for when you get a dog or animals to fight or maim them on purpose,” said Councilman Mike Pugh. “You can
month, when three dogs that apparently starved to death were discovered in the backyard of a Terrel Drive home. Ginny Wiltsey, executive director of the Humane Society of the Piedmont, spoke to the council and showed several photos depicting dogs running at large and various cases of animal abuse. “This is a public safety issue,” said Wiltsey. “We are concerned about our community and the treatment of animals. Those dogs that starved to death and decomposed in the backyard, where were our zoning people, the people we send to do inspections?”
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take an animal and chain it and starve it to death and it doesn’t fall under Susie’s Law; it’s a misdemeanor.” Wiltsey said that the group has existing ordinances from other cities that it will offer the committee for guidance when it takes up the issue, possibly next month. “I have dogs and love my dogs,” said Councilman Latimer Alexander. “We don’t want to do too much with animal laws if we can’t enforce what we’ve got.” firstname.lastname@example.org | 888-3531
FBI: Ex-SC sheriff dealt drugs from police SUV COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) – A South Carolina sheriff dealt drugs from his police SUV and when state and federal agents gave him a list of possible drug dealers in his county, he immediately started calling to tip them off or extort money to get them off the list, according to the FBI. The FBI tapped thenLee County Sheriff E.J. Melvin’s phone starting in March, and caught him saying he was going to arrange for a traffic stop on a drug dealer, take some of the cocaine he expected to find for himself and use the rest as evidence, according to a sworn state-
NEW YORK (AP) – Lynn Redgrave, an introspective and independent player in her family’s acting dynasty who became a 1960s sensation as the unconventional title character of “Georgy Redgrave Girl” and later dramatized her troubled past in such onewoman stage performances as “Shakespeare for My Father” and “Nightingale,” has died. She was 67. Her publicist Rick Miramontez, speaking on behalf of her children, said Red-
ment from an FBI agent released Monday. Melvin was arrested Saturday and remained in jail Monday after a preliminary hearing. Melvin resigned his office the day he was arrested. A spokesman said Gov. Mark Sanford will appoint an interim sheriff. Melvin and six others were charged with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute five kilograms or more of powder cocaine and 50 grams or more of crack cocaine. If convicted, the former sheriff faces a mandatory 10 years in prison and could face up to life behind bars.
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grave died peacefully Sunday night at her home in Kent, Conn. Children Ben, Pema and Annabel were with her, as were close friends. “Our beloved mother Lynn Rachel passed away peacefully after a seven year journey with breast cancer,” Redgrave’s children said in a statement Monday. “She lived, loved and worked harder than ever before. The endless memories she created as a mother, grandmother, writer, actor and friend will sustain us for the rest of our lives. Our entire family asks for privacy through this difficult time.” Redgrave was diagnosed with breast cancer in December 2002. Her death comes a year after her niece Natasha Richardson died from head injuries sustained in a skiing accident and just a month after the death of her older brother, Corin Redgrave.
compared to the previous year, which has translated into lower surplus power sales to co-op members. For average commercial customers, the proposed increase would amount to a monthly hike of $28.83, to $640.12 and $79.18, to $1,642.76 for industrial users. According to Boynton, High Point and the other 18 cities in ElectriCities’ Agency 1 group initially expected to see a 9 percent wholesale rate increase this summer but reduced the amount of the hike through aggressive cost cutting and debt restructuring. “While no one likes rate increases, I am also very
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pleased that we have been able to greatly minimize Agency 1 and, in turn, High Point rate increases the past few years, compared to the significantly higher rate increases experienced by customers of Duke Energy, Eastern Agency, Progress Energy, Dominion and TVA,” Boynton said. He added the city’s estimated 4.8 percent increase in wholesale power costs equals a rise of about $3.9 million, to $85 million, in next year’s budget. Wholesale power is expected to represent 77 percent of the city’s $110.4 million 2010-11 Electric Fund budget. email@example.com | 888-3531
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MILWAUKEE (AP) – The Milwaukee Bucks’ rallying cry – “fear the deer” – turned into a punchline Sunday afternoon when two deer burst through the glass doors of a Menomonie restaurant as patrons watched a Bucks playoff game. The first deer apparently hurt itself, bloodying its snout and
– becoming dazed, said Jay Ouellette, general manager of the Stout Ale House. Two customers were able to safely wrestle it to the ground. The other deer fled into a private room. Cornered deer can be dangerous because they kick and bite, but a restaurant worker managed to wrestle that animal down as well, Ouellette said.
“I could tell it was starting to get a little anxious,” he said. “There was definitely the possibility of injury.” The incident happened about 12:20 p.m. – shortly after the Bucks started Game 7 of their playoff series against Atlanta. There were about 30 customers in the restaurant at the time, many watching the game.
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Four arrested in teenâ€™s murder Charlotte-Mecklenburg police have arrested four men and are looking for a fifth person in the murder of a 17-year-old West Mecklenburg High School senior who was shot to death 24 hours earlier. Police say the four men in custody face murder charges in the death of Deandre Demacus Kidd, who had been planning to attend the senior prom in two weeks and graduate next month. He was shot to death inside a car about 4 a.m. Sunday, after he and three other people stopped at a west Charlotte fast-food restaurant for an early-morning snack. Police have not said what might have led to the shooting, and whether the victim knew those who fired shots at the car he was in. Police say the three men arrested Monday morning were Cameron Edward Butler, 20; Larry Jamar Gilchrist, 19; Craig Alan Leverette Jr., 18; Billy Danzel Williams, 18.
According to police spokeswoman Officer Rosalyn Harrington, each man has been charged with one count of murder; three counts of attempted murder; and one count of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill, inflicting serious injury. Police say they are looking for Titus Isaiah Campbell, 19. Three other people â€“ two males
Charlotte police still are looking for a fifth suspect, 19-year-old Titus Isaiah Campbell. and a female â€“ were in the car with the victim. Maurice Wilson, a cousin of Kidd, also was sitting in the back seat and was struck by gunfire. He was taken to Carolinas Medical Center and underwent surgery Sunday. Family members have told reporters the injuries are serious. Another cousin, Rakeem Mc-
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Primary drawing small turnout despite voter anger RALEIGH (AP) â€“ North Carolina voters angry with Congress have only been trickling to the polls for Tuesdayâ€™s primary that could alter the stateâ€™s leadership on Capitol Hill. Some 170,000 people cast ballots in early voting, roughly one-third the number that appeared during the one-stop period for the presidential primary two years ago. Thereâ€™s been no sign of a tea party surge, as Republicans have comprised just 33 percent of voters so far â€“ similar to last election and to the statewide breakdown of party registration. â€œItâ€™s disappointing that more people are not tuning into the importance of the
primary election,â€? said Bob Hall, executive director of elections watchdog Democracy North Carolina. â€œItâ€™s the place where candidates are filtered out. The vote actually has tremendous weight.â€? North Carolinians have expressed discontent with elected officials and particularly Congress; an Elon University poll released two weeks ago showed 69 percent of state adults said they disapproved of the way Congress was doing its job. That has yet to translate into mobilization at the ballot box, however. Gary Bartlett, the executive director of the State Board of Elections, said officials were hoping to see more early voters.
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Illegal Mexicans are still coming, taking our jobs I haven’t written in quite some time so I thought I’d remedy that. To get to the point, I wonder what’s going to happen to fellow North Carolinians who have lost their jobs or who are laid off to what our president and our governor call a bad economic situation. I can sympathize with every N.C. citizen who is out of work, because I’m one of them. I’m not sure my company is ever going to bring me back, and I’m sure that the other guys feel the same. Problem is that even though we are barraged with the news about government help with creating new jobs, they ignore the real reason! As I write this, more and more illegals are coming to North Carolina to work. Many have come from California since their governor canceled medical benefits and made it harder for them to obtain driver’s licenses! My problem, as well as for others, is that these illegals aren’t being stopped. They are everywhere – painters, dry wallers, landscaping. You name it and they are working while we can’t even get a job flipping burgers. American citizens are drawing unemployment while these Mexicans are slowly but surely taking over this state. What is our governor doing to stop them? Nothing! I’m sick and tired of our government allowing these illegals to take our jobs and those companies
who have simply left the state for sweat shop labor profits. It’s got to stop! North Carolinians are losing everything because of the inability to stop the invasion. We as Americans have got to rise up and let our so-called leaders know what we think! Nuff said. ROY WOODMANSEE High Point
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I would like to respond to Daniel Shirley’s letter (April 9) supporting Obama’s health care takeover. His letter is indicative of the illogical and emotional selfishness propelling the drive for more government-provided health care. The same arguments being espoused today were used for the passage of Medicaid and MediMississippi governor was care, and both programs have been mismanaged and looted by on the scene after tornado politicians until bankruptcy and I see the governor of Mississippi insolvency are in the very near future. was on the scene one-half hour To expect our government to after a tornado struck. Our govermanage health care is not only nor avoided visiting our tornadooverly optimistic, it is fanatically stricken area for fear of it not naive. The government (especial“looking good” to out-of-towners ly a Democratic Party controlled coming to the furniture market (like the whole world hangs on ev- one) will continue to waste our ery move Beverly Perdue makes). tax dollars and loot any system it creates at the expense of job Maybe if Mississippi had the growth and individual freedoms. furniture market and we just had To expect working taxpayers to hardworking, taxpaying citipay for more health care (other zens, we might have rated a little than what they already provide higher on the governor’s scale of with the health department, importance. social services, all emergency Perdue did make it to the furniture market three weeks later, all rooms and various free clinics) is unbelievably selfish. To quessmiles, everything is great! JACK C. LITTLE tion an individuals’ right to “keep High Point his (own) money” is a statement
so bizarre it hardly warrants intelligent response, but at least it proves that this paper only edits for spelling and not content. Simple explanation for why government heath care will not work – money. Never mind the arguments like freedom vs. tyranny or socialist vs. democracy. This nation is multi-trillions in debt to communist and tyrannical countries. There is only a finite amount of taxes that can be paid by the taxpayers, yet we are the ones so slandered by the health-care advocates – working taxpayers who slave away for the “benefit of society.” Working taxpayers are the only ones who make society possible, and to attack them as having “something wrong” with them for objecting to funding more health care for strangers (at the expense of their own families’ health care) is juvenile, selfish and unfortunately typical of the pro-Obama mentality. KEITH BOST Lexington
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ur regular Tuesday columnist John Hood of the John Locke Foundation today raises a discussion we touched on late last year when the Tea Party/anti-incumbent/no Obama health care movements gained steam. We speculated that results in some of today’s party primaries may well provide keen insight into the voting public’s political mood and the strength of those various new groups. We’re more convinced today than we were back then that some of these primaries will give us clues. And none may tell us more than the GOP 6th District U.S. House primary that pits 13-term incumbent Howard Coble against four challengers – Billy Yow, James Taylor, Jeff Phillips and Cathy Brewer Hinson (John Mangin dropped out). Coble perhaps hasn’t had that many challengers, including Democrats, in the last three or four elections combined. All four candidates really don’t seem to be running against Coble as much as they are running against Washington, the Democrats and President Obama and in general pushing their own political policy agendas. But they all are going to have a core constituency of voters who will cast their ballots this year without marking Coble’s name. If the affable Coble gets less than 60 percent of the vote today, we’d say there’s great unrest in the land. But there are some other area GOP primaries to watch to gauge voter discontent, especially with longtime incumbents. In N.C. House 78 in Randolph County, 17term incumbent Harold Brubaker is being challenged by County Commissioner Arnold Lanier. In Davidson County, 10term incumbent Jerry Dockham faces a challenge from Denton businessman Dick Johnson. But no matter which candidate you decide to support, we urge that you get out and vote today. The polls are open from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., and there’s no valid excuse for not voting.
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What will results of the party primaries tell us?
he 2010 political primaries are here, and millions of North Carolinians are breathless with anticipation to discover the nominees for dozens of competitive federal, state and local races. OK, so perhaps I exaggerate slightly. Are there large numbers of voters following the primaries closely? No. But it’s still likely that a couple million North Carolinians will vote today, judging by the turnout in recent nonpresidential election years. Whatever their level of knowledge about candidates for Congress, Legislature, county commission, judge and school board, these primary voters are about to make some important decisions. It has become a bit of a cliché to ascribe abiding significance to upcoming elections. Is the next election truly the most important in your lifetime? Maybe – until the next one comes along. The truth is, every election matters. Every election either reinforces or overturns recent political trends, giving politicians the power to act in ways that you will either really like or really hate. Still, I would argue that the 2010 cycle deserves special attention for several reasons: • It will test the depths of the political reaction to the Obama administration’s efforts to turn America sharply to the Left, toward a European-style welfare state. In other words, is the Tea Party movement for real or for show? • It will test whether the 2008 surge in voter registration was a unique phenomenon, a response to the historic possibility of electing the nation’s first black president, or the beginnings of a permanent change in electoral participation. In other words, will all those new voters show up for the mid-terms? • It will test whether state Republicans have
the talent, resources and drive necessary to seize a unique opportunity to unseat the Democrats as the governing party of North Carolina. Never before have GOP prospects looked so good so early in an election cycle to win the General Assembly. In OPINION other words, will they sustain their momentum into NovemJohn ber? Hood • It will test whether the cycle ■■■ will produce a normal or abnormal recovery for the party out of power, in this case the Republicans. In other words, will 2010 resemble 1990 or 1998? Or will it be a political earthquake like 1994 or 2006? If Democrats do a good job of turning out their base and changing the subject from issues that are killing them (health care) to issues where they have a better shot (financial regulation), perhaps they’ll lose a couple dozen seats in the U.S. House and half a dozen in the U.S. Senate. They will have paid a significant price for being in power during tough times – but they’ll stay in power. That’s the best-case scenario for them. But if Republicans do a good job of keeping the focus on health care and the weak employment recovery – reflecting and focusing the public’s ire against bailouts, pork-barrel, debt and Obamacare – they could well gain 50+ seats in the House, easily giving themselves control, and approach a majority in the Senate. It all begins with the primaries. JOHN HOOD is president of the John Locke Foundation and publisher of CarolinaJournal.com.
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Video shows Pakistan Taliban boss alive KABUL â€“ The leader of Pakistanâ€™s Taliban appeared in a video Monday threatening attacks against the U.S. three months after American and Pakistani officials believed he died in a U.S. missile strike. Hakimullah Mehsudâ€™s emergence occurred as a suicide bomber attacked the gate to a CIA base where seven agency employees were killed last December. The Pakistan Taliban claimed responsibility for that bombing.
Court convicts Pakistani in Mumbai siege MUMBAI, India â€“ An Indian court on Monday convicted the only surviving gunman in the bloody 2008 Mumbai siege, ruling Mohammed Ajmal Kasab was guilty of murder and waging war for his role in the attacks that left 166 people dead and deeply shook India. Two Indians accused of helping plot the violence were acquitted. The verdict also implicated Pakistanis still at large in the attacks, which is likely to complicate recent attempts by Islamabad and New Delhi to rekindle formal peace talks.
Guns with diamonds, gold seized in Mexico MEXICO CITY â€“ Mexican soldiers have seized an arsenal of gold-plated, diamond-encrusted weapons believed to belong to the Valencia gang, allies of the powerful Sinaloa drug cartel, prosecutors said Monday. Photos of the weapons show that most of the 31 pistols found in a raid on a home in western Mexico had gold or silver-plated grips or glittered with diamonds â€“ customized weapons favored by some drug gangsters.
Egyptian police beat pro-freedom protesters CAIRO â€“ Egyptian police on Monday beat antigovernment protesters who were demanding an end to the countryâ€™s 30year emergency law that restricts civil freedoms in the latest challenge to the authorities from the streets of Cairo. The scuffle erupted after several hundred policemen, dressed in black uniforms, pushed back about 150 protesters who had gathered in the downtown and tried to break through a security barrier. ENTERPRISE NEWS SERVICE REPORTS
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Clinton: Time for strong Iran penalties UNITED NATIONS (AP) â€“ U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, accusing Iran of â€œflouting the rules,â€? called Monday for a strong international response to Tehranâ€™s alleged development of a nuclear weapons program. Earlier in the day, the first in a monthlong conference reviewing the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty, Iranâ€™s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad rejected such allegations, saying Washington has offered not â€œa single credible proof.â€?
Because of suspicions Iranian uranium enrichment is designed to produce bombs, the U.S. is negotiating with other Security Council nations here to impose a fourth round of U.N. economic sanctions against Iran. Clinton proposed that the nonproliferation treaty be strengthened by introducing â€œautomatic penaltiesâ€? for noncompliance, rather than depending on such drawn-out council diplomacy. Iranâ€™s actions have â€œplaced the future of the nonproliferation
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regime in jeopardy,â€? she said. The secretary of state also announced a new U.S. initiative on stockpile â€œtransparencyâ€? that would provide previously undisclosed details about the size of the U.S. nuclear arsenal. Iranâ€™s Ahmadinejad addressed delegations of 189 treaty nations. As the Iranian president spoke, the U.S. delegation, of workinglevel staff, walked out of the General Assembly hall, as did several European delegations, including the French and British.
BAGHDAD (AP) â€“ The Iraqi prime ministerâ€™s coalition cried foul just one hour into a partial vote recount that began Monday and demanded the process be halted, the latest political tussle delaying the formation of an Iraqi government in the aftermath of the close election. The recount of roughly 2.5 million votes cast March 7 in the capital was demanded by Shiite Prime Minister Nouri al-Malikiâ€™s State of Law coalition, which narrowly lost to a bloc led by former prime minister Ayad Allawi that enjoyed heavy Sunni support. It has further stalled any formation of a government, raising fears that violence will increase as U.S. forces withdraw this summer. Raider Visser, who closely follows Iraqi politics for the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs, said it is doubtful the recount will alter the outcome.
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