by YES! Weekly staff

Hagan’s tricky relationship with labor

A word of advice for the reporter on the campaign trail: Keep the audio recorder running. Nuance is everything when candidates outline their positions on the issues. The candidate has the difficult task of differentiating herself from her opponent while at the same time taking care to avoid alienating key constituencies. One errant word can throw off the delicate balance the candidate strives to achieve. And getting it right provides no guarantee that candidates won’t make an issue of the report. Such was the case apparently when the Greensboro News & Record published a story stating that Democrat Kay Hagan, candidate for US Senate, favored “a federal law that would force states like North Carolina to accept collective-bargaining agreements with public employees.” A subsequent statement from Hagan completely contradicted the report. “Once I’m elected to the US Senate, I want you to know that I will never support a bill at the federal level that mandates states allow collective bargaining of state government employees,” Hagan wrote. “I truly believe that’s a state’s rights issue.” At press time, neither the Hagan campaign nor News & Record reporter Mark Binker had returned calls. — JG

Couldn’t stand the weather

Landmark Communications, parent company of the News & Record, announced last week the sale of one of its largest holdings, the Weather Channel, to a “consortium made up of NBC Universal and the private equity firms The Blackstone Group and Bain Capital,” the N&R reports. The channel, which has been on the block since January and is a favorite of grandparents everywhere, reportedly sold for about $3.5 billion to a party comprised of NBC Universal, the Blackstone Group and Bain Capital. — BC

Critic slams stereotype

Godfrey Cheshire, who besides posessing the classiest name I have ever typed has also won awards for film criticism in the Triangle’s Independent Weekly, has made a film about his ancestral home in Raleigh, a farm called Midway. The film, Moving Midway: A Southern Plantation in Transit, details the family’s struggle to relocate the farmhouse in a time of expansion and sprawl and culminates with a family barbecue of sorts reuniting the ancestors of both plantation owners and slaves. AO Scott, in The New York Times, calls it, “a fascinating and complicated story of regional identity.” — BC