New NC political party?

RALEIGH

North Carolina First movement spokesman Greg Rideout said Friday the Service Employees International Union and State Employees Association of North Carolina are leading the effort. The union groups must collect more than 85,000 signatures by June 1 to be a certified party and get candidates on the November ballot.

Rideout said votes against the health care bill by Reps. Health Shuler, Mike McIntyre and Larry Kissell played a role in the effort. The national union gave more than $1 million to the state Democratic Party for the 2008 elections.

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