I since re-opened it, and every new post - it requires moderation approval.
I went into forum options on the node, and made sure this:
Moderate all messages posted in this forum If enabled, a moderator will have to manually approve any messages posted in this forum.
I made sure that was not selected.
Is there any other place that would cause users to be in moderated mode?
I checked all permissions on usergroups, nothing in there says "moderation", so its not there.