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Endorsements by National Right to Life, NC Right to Life and Family Research Council

As a Christian, father and grandfather, I believe that all life, regardless of age, is a sacred gift from God and must be protected. These aren’t just empty words – I have a 100% pro-life voting record from National Right to Life. In recognition of my exemplary pro-life record National Right to Life, North Carolina Right to Life and the Family Research Council Action Pac have all endorsed my campaign. For your convenience, I attached the official endorsement letters from all three organizations below. The recent funding bill that I voted for was a major pro life victory. The bill maintains every single existing pro-life policy, including the Hyde amendment, the Dickey-Wicker amendment, and …..

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Rifle Raffle Tickets

Please make your final push this weekend to sale your gun raffle tickets. The drawing will be at the Monday night, April 23 meeting at 6p.m. If you have sold any  please get them to the meeting that night. As a reminder the Gun is a Henry .45 Colt Long Rifle and tickets are 1 for $20. Please plan on being at the meeting Monday night at San Jose Restaurant. Share:

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Bipartisan Group of 66 Senators Send Letter To President Erdogan Demanding Release of Pastor Andrew Brunson

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, a bipartisan group of 66 senators, led by Senators Thom Tillis (R-NC) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), sent a letter to the President of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, demanding the release of wrongfully imprisoned American Pastor Andrew Brunson. Pastor Brunson has been imprisoned in Turkey since October 7, 2016. Last month, he was indicted on bogus charges related to terrorism and espionage, and faces up to 35 years in prison. In the letter to President Erdogan, the Senators noted that the indictment “is an absurd collection of anonymous accusations, flights of fantasy, and random character assassination…It is an insult not only to an unjustly imprisoned individual, but to …..

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Tillis Secures $53 Million for State Veterans Home Construction in NC

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC), a member of the Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, announced that he secured $53 million to fund three North Carolina State Veterans Home construction projects through the VA State Veterans Home Construction Grant Program. Last year, Senator Tillis led an appropriations letter to the Chairman and Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies Committee on Appropriations to urge them to provide robust funding for the VA State Home Construction Grant Program.   The $53 million will go toward the following projects: Salisbury, NC VA Home – $2.6 million for renovations to the day room, patio, main entrance, HVAC, electrical, flooring, …..

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BREAKING: Black Leadership Caucus Gives Endorsement to NC09 Democrat Christian Cano

  Charlotte, NC, 19 April 2018- 2016 North Carolina 9th Congressional District Democratic Nominee and 2018 Democratic Candidate announces that we have received the endorsement of the Black Leadership Caucus for our May 08, 2018 Democratic primary election. Early voting starts today, April 19, 2018. “We’ve worked hard to ensure a level playing field for our rich culturally diverse working-class and struggling neighborhoods. “I’m humbled that our actions, community involvement, and understanding of our real-world issues facing our neighbors of color have been recognized with the endorsement of the Black Leadership Caucus. This is a huge endorsement for us since it comes from actual leaders within our Black community.  Like I’ve shared so many times- …..

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CONGRESSMAN PITTENGER URGES HOUSE LEADERSHIP TO PROTECT ‘PARSONAGE ALLOWANCE’

WASHINGTON – Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) is urging House Republicans to take “any necessary legislative actions” to protect the 64-year-old “parsonage allowance” which helps pastors serve our communities.   In today’s letter to House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady (TX-08) and House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (VA-06), Congressman Pittenger highlights a 2017 federal court ruling against the longstanding parsonage allowance:   “Recently, an atheist-led group sued the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to eliminate a 64-year-old tax provision, the Parsonage allowance.  As you may know, the Parsonage allowance is a tax-exempt housing allowance under section 107 of the Internal Revenue Code for which clergy, and other religious leaders are …..

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Rouzer introduces bill to protect veterans credit

WASHINGTON, DC – After hearing from multiple veterans in the 7th District encountering issues with their credit, as a result of the Department of Veterans Affairs, Congressman Rouzer introduced H.R. 5500, the Veterans Credit Protection Act of 2018.  H.R. 5500 seeks to address the VA’s long history of delayed payments to outside service providers, including for emergency medical treatment. “There are many veterans across the 7th District and our country who have had their credit destroyed, through no fault of their own, as a result of mismanagement and delays at the Department of Veterans Affairs.  Unfortunately, I have discovered that the VA has a long history of either being significantly delinquent on paying …..

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Early voting for May 8 primary begins Thursday

RALEIGH, N.C. – In-person early voting for the May 8 primary election begins Thursday (April 19) in North Carolina. The 17-day early voting period – which ends Saturday, May 5 – allows any registered voter to cast an absentee ballot in person at any early voting site in their county. Early voting also offers “same-day registration,” which allows eligible individuals who aren’t yet registered in their county to register and vote at the same time. Statewide, about 290 early voting sites will offer more than 26,000 combined hours of voting before Election Day. To find early voting locations and schedules by county, go here.  Voters should bear in mind that the busiest early voting days are typically the first and last days. Voters …..

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CONGRESSMAN PITTENGER URGES HOUSE LEADERSHIP TO PROTECT ‘PARSONAGE ALLOWANCE’

WASHINGTON – Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) is urging House Republicans to take “any necessary legislative actions” to protect the 64-year-old “parsonage allowance” which helps pastors serve our communities. In today’s letter to House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady (TX-08) and House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (VA-06), Congressman Pittenger highlights a 2017 federal court ruling against the longstanding parsonage allowance: “Recently, an atheist-led group sued the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to eliminate a 64-year-old tax provision, the Parsonage allowance. As you may know, the Parsonage allowance is a tax-exempt housing allowance under section 107 of the Internal Revenue Code for which clergy, and other religious leaders are eligible. …..

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Eleven Federal North Carolina Lawmakers Earn Awards

Alexandria, VA – The American Conservative Union Foundation has just released its 47th Edition of its Annual Ratings of Congress. The guide ranks members of Congress based upon their commitment to conservative principles as demonstrated by their voting records in the first session of the 115th Congress. This session marks the first time in over a decade that Republicans control both chambers of the legislature and the presidency. “In the 2017 session, we saw Republicans come together to pass the most important corporate tax reform in decades, confirm a true conservative in Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court, and repeal the Obamacare individual mandate,” said ACU Chairman Matt Schlapp. “But conservatives must not rest on their …..

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Sen. Thom Releases Statement on the Passing of Former First Lady Barbara Bush

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) issued the following statement on the passing of former First Lady Barbara Bush: “Susan and I send our condolences to the Bush family. Former First Lady Barbara Bush was an incredible woman who exemplified class and was beloved for her sharp wit, humor and humility. America will greatly miss her.” Share:

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CONGRESSMAN PITTENGER’S STATEMENT ON THE PASSING OF BARBARA BUSH

WASHINGTON – Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) issued this statement on the passing of former First Lady Barbara Bush:   “Barbara Bush was truly one of a kind.  Her life will be remembered as one of grace, dedicated service to her country, and commitment to her family.  She was an inspiration and a role model to millions in the United States and around the world.  Suzanne and I send our prayers and deepest condolences to the entire Bush family.” Share:

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Billy Ward Meet and Greet

Event:  Meet and Greet When:  April 21, 2018 Who:  Billy Ward (Republican Candidate for Bladen County Sherriff in upcoming election). Where:  Tar Heel Town Bldg. 14867 Hwy 87 West, Tar Heel, NC Time: 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Refreshments will be available. Share:

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Rep. Brenden Jones Responds to Recovery Aid Money not Being Released

Raleigh, NC – On Monday, April 16th, Rep. Brenden Jones (R-Columbus, Bladen, Robeson) attended the House Select Committee on Disaster Relief.  A representative from the Department of Emergency Management presented information and answered questions pertaining to Hurricane Matthew recovery efforts. “After yesterday’s committee meeting, I am incredibly frustrated and concerned that Governor Cooper and officials responsible for administering these funds refuse to explain why they are not providing assistance in a reasonable amount of time,” stated Rep. Jones.  “Recent reports indicate that a $236 million grant intended to assist recovery efforts from Hurricane Matthew has yet to be spent by the Governor.  South Carolina is moving quickly on their recovery …..

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A NEW GENERATION OF LEADERS: APPROXIMATELY 250 ATTEND ANNUAL SERVICE ACADEMY DAY EVENTS

WASHINGTON – This Saturday, Congressman Robert Pittenger held “Service Academy Day” events in Fayetteville and Charlotte for local students interested in attending West Point, the Naval Academy, the Air Force Academy, or the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy. Approximately 250 students, parents and teachers attended the events.   “Just as the Greatest Generation rose to the challenge to defeat the forces of evil and tyranny, a new generation faces new threats from rouge states and Radical Islamic terrorism,” said Congressman Pittenger. “How humbling and inspiring to see so many young people interested in answering the call to serve their country.” Local students who missed the event but are interested in attending a U.S. Service Academy …..

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CONGRESSMAN PITTENGER COMMENDS PRESIDENT TRUMP FOR CONTINUED CRACKDOWN ON CHINA’S ZTE CORPORATION

WASHINGTON – Today, President Trump’s Commerce Department banned U.S. companies from selling components to ZTE Corporation after the Chinese telecom giant violated terms of a March 2017 sanctions violations case. Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) started working in April 2016 to urge the Commerce Department to punish ZTE for violating U.S. law by selling embargoed equipment to Iran.  His efforts culminated in an $890 million fine imposed by Commerce Secretary Ross in March 2017.  “A nearly $1 billion fine wasn’t enough to get China’s ZTE to play by the rules,” said Congressman Pittenger.  “President Trump is standing up for America, the rule of law, and human rights today by banning U.S. sales to ZTE.  He …..

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CONGRESSMAN PITTENGER INFURIATED AT REPORTS GOVERNOR COOPER HASN’T SPENT FEDERAL AID FOR HURRICANE MATTHEW VICTIMS

WASHINGTON – Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) released the following statement after WBTV’s Nick Ochsner reported that Governor Roy Cooper’s Office of Emergency Management has not spent any of the $236 million in Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Community Development Block Grants appropriated to North Carolina last fall for Hurricane Matthew recovery efforts. “These revelations are shocking and infuriating, but much more so for the many Bladen, Robeson and Cumberland families still in desperate need of help and assistance. Hurricane Matthew recovery efforts have been a top priority of mine since I-95 was underwater,” said Congressman Pittenger. “We appropriated almost $200 million in additional disaster relief last December, and I led a successful effort to secure …..

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NC09 Congressional Candidates Christian Cano and Jeff Scott Agree to Facebook Live Debate

Charlotte, NC- 2016 North Carolina 9th Congressional District Democratic Nominee and 2018 Democratic Candidate announces that an agreement has been made with the 2018 North Carolina 9th Congressional District Libertarian Candidate Jeff Scott for a Facebook Live Congressional Debate on Tuesday, April 17, 2018, at 1800 in Mecklenburg County streamed live from Taco Mac South Park.  The event will be streamed live with a live audience in attendance at https://www.facebook.com/groups/NC09DEBATE/. This will mark the first time in North Carolina political history that a North Carolina Democratic Party Congressional Candidate and a 3rd party Congressional Candidate will debate prior to a North Carolina primary election. More details will be posted on the candidate’s respected social …..

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One Stop voting to start Thursday

By Erin Smith One Stop voting for the May Primary election is slated to begin on Thursday, April 19th. Voters in Bladen County will have four One Stop polling locations at which they can cast their ballots. They are The Bladen County Public Library, the Dublin Lions Club building, the East Arcadia Town Hall and the Bladenboro Historical Society building.  In Elizabethtown, the One Stop voting schedule at the Bladen County Public Library located at 111 S. Cypress Street is Thursday, April 19, and Friday, April 20, from 8:30 a.m. until 5 p.m.; Monday, April 23, through Friday, April 27, from 8:30 a.m. until 5 p.m.; Monday, April 30, through Friday, May 4, from 8:30 a.m. until 5 p.m.; and Saturday, May …..

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CONGRESSMAN PITTENGER’S STATEMENT ON PRESIDENT TRUMP’S DECISION TO LAUNCH AIR STRIKES AGAINST SYRIA

CHARLOTTE – Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) issued this statement regarding President Trump’s decision to launch military strikes against Syria:  “President Trump and our allies have demonstrated that we will not back down to the ominous threat of Iran, Russia, their proxy Bashar al-Assad, and the associated grievous human atrocities.  We must continue to stand up for American values at home and abroad.  Under President Trump, the message is clear:  if you cross the red line, the consequences will be swift and severe.”  Congressman Pittenger serves as Chairman of the Congressional Task Force on Terrorism and Vice Chairman of the Financial Services Subcommittee on Terrorism and Illicit Finance. Share:

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My View: Shocked from Opioid Task Force meeting

By Charlotte Smith Opioid abuse, mental health issues and sex trafficking are some of the issues we are facing in today’s communities. This past Tuesday, the fight against some of these evils were discussed and some action was taken to stop our cultural decline into decay. Bladen County’s local task force meeting took on a different form this month, which left some in attendance with more questions than answers. The problem still has many missing pieces at every level; local, state and national. Slow processes and lack of treatment, religious and educational support are discouraging. As folks gathered at the Bladen County Health Department to hear about the North Carolina …..

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NC Senior Democrats announce meeting 

The NC Senior Democrats will be in Bladen County on April 18, 2018 at 11:30 a.m. to organize the Bladen County Senior Democrats. We are inviting those neighboring counties (Sampson, Robeson, and Columbus to bring 5 founding members from each county to also organize their chapters. We have heard from some Democrats in the past that want to organize and we are inviting those interested to come out. We are planning on meeting at the San Jose Mexican Restaurant at 1320 West Broad Street (87 Business), Elizabethtown, NC. It should be a grand time. We are looking forward to meeting those Senior Democrats that are interested in forming chapters in their counties. We will …..

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Rep. Pittenger’s Weekly Column

Do you know that some local students actually compete for an honor that requires at least nine years of service and sacrifice? Every year, I am humbled and amazed to meet the outstanding local students who receive my Congressional appointments to West Point, U.S. Naval Academy, U.S. Air Force Academy, and U.S. Merchant Marine Academy.  Receiving a Congressional appointment is a tremendous honor, and it provides a full scholarship, but it also requires dedicating at least the next nine years in service to the United States of America. We are blessed to be served by such tremendous patriots. Roy Artolozaga is the starting middle linebacker and captain of the Sun …..

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Tillis, Cornyn, Manchin & Harris Introduce Bill to Improve GEAR UP College Success Program

WASHINGTON – This week, U.S. Senators Thom Tillis (R-NC), John Cornyn (R-TX), Joe Manchin (D-VA), and Kamala Harris (D-CA) introduced the GEAR UP for Success Act, legislation to improve the Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Program (GEAR UP). GEAR UP is a federal grant program that seeks to increase college awareness, readiness, and success for low-income and underrepresented students. North Carolina is currently the recipient of four GEAR UP grants: Appalachian State University $2.7 million per year that covers 9,500 students over 8 school districts in Western North Carolina $1.4 million per year that covers 5,100 students over 3 school districts in Western North Carolina UNC System Schools $4 million per …..

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OPINION: Everyone benefits by protecting Mueller — even Trump

I believe in the rule of law, regardless of who occupies the White House or which party leads the Justice Department. That is why in August I introduced a bill to create a judicial-review process to prevent the removal of a special counsel without good cause.  Over the past several months, Sen. Christopher A. Coons (D-Del.) and I have been working with Sens. Lindsey O. Graham (R-S.C.) and Cory Booker (D-N.J.), who introduced a similar bill, to reconcile the differences between the two proposals. This week, we introduced the compromise, the Special Counsel Independence and Integrity Act.  Last May, when the Justice Department named former FBI director Robert S. Mueller III as …..

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CONGRESSMAN PITTENGER TO HELP LOCAL STUDENTS CONNECT WITH WEST POINT, NAVAL ACADEMY, AND AIR FORCE ACADEMY

WASHINGTON – This month, Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) has announced Congressional appointments that will send several local students to West Point, U.S. Naval Academy, U.S. Air Force Academy, and U.S. Merchant Marine Academy. This Saturday, Congressman Pittenger invites local middle and high school students to find out if they have the “right stuff” to receive their own appointment in the future.  Congressman Pittenger has invited representatives and cadets from West Point, U.S Naval Academy, U.S. Air Force Academy, U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, and U.S. Coast Guard Academy to make presentations and be available for one-on-one meetings with local students.  Congressman Pittenger’s staff will also be available to discuss the rigorous nomination …..

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CONGRESSMAN PITTENGER DISAPPOINTED AFTER DEMOCRATS SINK BALANCED BUDGET AMENDMENT

WASHINGTON – This afternoon, Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) voted to pass H.J. Res. 2, Proposing a Balanced Budget Amendment to the Constitution of the United States. The resolution failed to gain enough Democrat support to reach the necessary two-thirds majority required for passage.  “Hardworking North Carolina families regularly make tough decisions to live within their means.  Budgeting is a fundamental life skill.  Yet Democrats continue to believe that Washington should live by a different set of rules,” said Congressman Pittenger.  “A balanced budget has long been a priority of mine, going back to my days in the North Carolina Senate when I identified over $1.5 billion in spending cuts.  In Congress, I have supported …..

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Rouzer joins Ag Committee in releasing 2018 Farm Bill

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman David Rouzer joined members of the House Committee on Agriculture in unveiling H.R. 2 — the Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018, commonly referred to as the 2018 Farm Bill, which funds vital farm programs through 2023.  The Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018 works to address the 5-year, 52 percent decline in farm income by providing certainty that a simple extension of current policy cannot provide.  “North Carolina is blessed to be one of the most agriculturally diverse states in our great country.  Unfortunately, farm families throughout America have had to weather a 5-year recession, depressed prices resulting in a 52-percent drop in net farm income.  The 2018 …..

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Register to vote for May primary

By Erin Smith Today is the final day for you to register to vote in the upcoming May primary. Bladen County Board of Elections Director Cynthia Shaw said those who wish to change their political party affiliation or who are needing to register to vote have until 5 pm today (Friday, April 13) to do so. Shaw also said North Carolina now recognizes the Green Party. She explained this means voters now have another choice for political party affiliation. Now you can register as Democrat, Republican, Libertarian or Green party. One other designation voters can choose is to remain unaffiliated. Shaw said this is also the time to update voter registration changes …..

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The wisdom of donkeys

By Jefferson Weaver After a lot of long, deep thinking, I’ve come to the conclusion that my donkeys are far smarter than many people. I am not the first to propose this philosophy, by any means; I find it interesting and significant that donkeys precede horses in the written word by about half a millennia, if you can refer some of those written languages as words. Cats seem to precede dogs by a slim margin, but let’s face it, man has told stories about evil beings since the earliest days around the campfire. And before you send me ugly letters, I love cats. I just understand their basic evil nature, …..

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CONGRESSMAN PITTENGER:  CFIUS REFORM IS A NATIONAL SECURITY NECESSITY

WASHINGTON – In this afternoon’s House Financial Services Monetary Policy and Trade Subcommittee hearing, Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) emphasized the national security importance of updating the Committee on Foreign Investment in The United States (CFIUS).   Congressman Pittenger’s bipartisan legislation to revamp and modernize CFIUS has been endorsed by President Trump, Treasury Secretary Mnuchin, Secretary Mattis, four former Secretaries of Defense, and a host of other experts, high ranking government officials and private companies. “Mr. Chairman, CFIUS reform is an urgent national security requirement,” said Congressman Pittenger in his opening statement.   “President Trump has endorsed this bill. Secretary Mattis requested the bill and endorsed it. Secretary Mnuchin and his team have worked closely …..

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VICE PRESIDENT MIKE PENCE TO JOIN CONGRESSMAN PITTENGER FOR TAX REFORM PANEL IN CHARLOTTE

WASHINGTON – Vice President Mike Pence will join Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09), Senator Thom Tillis, Lt. Governor Dan Forest, and other community leaders in Charlotte on Friday, April 20th for a panel discussion on the benefits of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.   “The average North Carolina family will see an additional $2,000 in their paychecks this year.  Local companies including Charlotte Pipe and Foundry, Bank of America, Aquesta, and SteelFab have announced employee bonuses and pay increases as a result of tax reform,” said Congressman Pittenger.  “We are honored to welcome Vice President Pence to Charlotte to share stories of how tax reform is helping hardworking families and local businesses.”   During the …..

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PRESIDENT TRUMP SIGNS LANDMARK ANTI-HUMAN TRAFFICKING BILL INTO LAW

WASHINGTON – Today, President Donald Trump signed the Allow States and Victims to Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act (H.R. 1864) into law, which was co-sponsored by Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09).   “We never should have had to address this issue.  That so-called businesses would seek to profit off of human trafficking, and exploit antiquated laws to shield themselves from legal responsibility, is incredibly disturbing,” said Congressman Pittenger.  “This landmark legislation will enable law enforcement personnel and victims to take action against websites that facilitate and enable human trafficking.”   The Allow States and Victims to Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act (H.R. 1864) allows states and victims to file criminal and civil actions against websites that violate federal …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

Thoughts While Shaving

Another successful Shriner’s Fish Fry yesterday.  Good food, nice weather and proceeds benefit Shriner’s hospitals providing medical care to youngsters, at not cost. Bladen roads are more dangerous than ever.  4 traffic fatalities in the past 4 days. Good to see an all-out-war on drug-use by numerous organizations.  Far too many are dying from drug overdose, more so among our younger residents.  One is too many. Thanks for the nice comments on ‘Thoughts’.  Much appreciated. The big sign is back out on West Broad Street, Elizabethtown reminding all of the Kids Appreciation Day sponsored annually by Elizabethtown Police Department.  It is a very popular event for youngsters.  You should see the excitement of …..

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CONGRESSMAN PITTENGER:  SPEAKER RYAN WORKED WITH PRESIDENT TRUMP TO MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN

WASHINGTON – Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) issued this statement after Speaker of the House Paul Ryan announced plans to retire at the end of his term: “Speaker Ryan is a true patriot who worked with President Trump to make America great again.  Together, we have accomplished a lot, including once-in-a-generation tax reform, rebuilding our military after President Obama’s years of neglect, and significant VA reform. This is a demanding job, and Speaker Ryan is making the right decision to go spend time with his kids while he still can.  He can retire knowing he and President Trump have worked together to make America stronger.”   Share:

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Tillis, Graham, Coons & Booker introduce merged legislation, the Special Counsel Independence and Integrity Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, US Senators Thom Tillis (R-NC), Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Chris Coons (D-DE), and Cory Booker (D-NJ) will introduce the Special Counsel Independence and Integrity Act. The new legislation merges two parallel efforts into one unified, bipartisan bill. In August of 2017, Senators Tillis and Coons introduced the Special Counsel Integrity Act, S. 1741, and Senators Graham and Booker introduced the Special Counsel Independence Protection Act, S. 1735. The bipartisan legislation introduced today harmonizes the Coons-Tillis bill and the Graham-Booker bill.   The Special Counsel Independence and Integrity Act: Codifies existing Department of Justice regulations to ensure that the Special Counsel can only be fired for good cause by a senior Justice …..

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White Lake Board Hears Update on Lake Water Clarity

By Joy Warren Mayor Goldston Womble provided an update on the status of the lake water clarity. The primary focus for the Town is still on the short-term solution for water clarity. Womble stated he received good news from NC Environmental Management Commission. The Commission has given the Town conditional approval for Aluminum Sulfate treatment. This treatment is deemed the most effective and efficient treatment and causes the alga to go to the bottom of the lake thus improving water clarity. The treatment is not harmful for human consumption. “This is the first time in this long struggle (since 2013) that we have received a positive response from the State”, …..

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Tillis & Burr Announce Additional $189 Million for Hurricane Matthew Recovery

  WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, North Carolina Senators Thom Tillis and Richard Burr announced that North Carolina has been awarded an additional $189 million to go towards Hurricane Matthew recovery. These funds were secured by the North Carolina delegation in the Senate budget agreement passed in February. The Department of Housing and Urban Developmentannounced today that North Carolina would receive $168 million in disaster mitigation grants and the Department of Transportation announced North Carolina would receive $21 million in disaster assistance.   In total, North Carolina has been awarded over $1.4 billion in federal funds through Congressional appropriations and grants.   “Hurricane Matthew caused billions of dollars in damages and forced many families across Eastern North …..

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CONGRESSMAN PITTENGER HONORS ‘QUIET HERO’ WHO HELPED MAKE BILLY GRAHAM’S MINISTRY POSSIBLE

WASHINGTON – This afternoon, Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) addressed the U.S. House of Representatives in honor of Stephanie Wills, whom he described as “one of the quiet heroes” who helped make possible the worldwide ministry of Dr. Billy Graham. “Mr. Speaker, over the past few weeks I have joined many of our colleagues to rise in honor of Dr. Billy Graham.  Today, I rise in honor of one of the quiet heroes who helped make his worldwide ministry possible.   “Ms. Stephanie Wills served as Billy Graham’s secretary – she always refused fancier titles – for over forty-five years, traveling the world to help Dr. Graham at each crusade and at …..

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PITTENGER TAKES NEXT STEP IN INTERSTATE 74 INITIATIVE

WASHINGTON – As part of the bipartisan effort he is leading to upgrade U.S. 74 into an interstate, Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) has officially requested a comprehensive study of all interstate conversion projects completed nationwide within the past five years along with an analysis of the economic impact on surrounding counties.   On March 16th, Congressman Pittenger sent a letter to Chairman Mario Diaz-Balart of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing, and Urban Development, and Related Agencies officially requesting funding for the study be included in appropriations legislation for Fiscal Year 2019. A copy of the letter can be viewed here: https://goo.gl/9fKA9o   “Many Southeastern North Carolina communities have been hit hard …..

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Elizabethtown Council Scratches Hearing on Prohibition of Handguns at Public Parks

By Joy Warren After approving the Elizabethtown Town Council Agenda without 2 listed items, Council members decided not to hold a public hearing and vote regarding a Code of Ordinance Amendment for Prohibition of the Carrying and Display of Handguns, Firearms and Other Weapons at Certain Public Locations. Council member Paula Greene stated “I think this issue needs more discussion during a work session and the full participation of the Council.” The request for the revision to the current Code of Ordinances came at the request of several parents and concerned citizens who wanted to prohibit weapons (concealed or open carry) in local parks such as Leinwand, Lloyd, Browns Creek, …..

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The latest from Raleigh and District 46

May is quickly approaching, which means the end to interim and the beginning of “short session,” which is every election year. While long session in non-election years begins in January, short session typically begins in April or May. This year we are coming back in to session on May 16th. I’m looking forward to getting back in to the swing of regular legislative business, but just because we’ve been in the interim doesn’t mean we haven’t made great progress towards growing our community. Here are some of the highlights of the last few months: At the front of everyone’s minds the last few months has been the pressing issue of …..

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FROM NCAA DIVISION II NATIONAL SEMIFINALS TO NAVAL ACADEMY: CHARLOTTE CATHOLIC GRAD ACHIEVES GOAL

CHARLOTTE – Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) is proud to announce Charlotte Catholic High School graduate Josh Brodowicz has achieved his lifelong goal of receiving an appointment to the United States Naval Academy. Mr. Brodowicz is a point guard for the Queens University Royals, who on March 22nd lost to Northern State in double overtime during the NCAA Division II national semifinals. His father graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1984, and his older brother graduated last year. “After failing to receive a nomination for the second consecutive year in 2016, I was devastated. I truly thought that my chances of going to the Naval Academy were over. I did …..

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Say no to Chinese access to advanced military technology

Congressman Robert Pittenger Should American companies give China access to advanced military technology? The answer should be “no,” but surprisingly it’s legal and has occurred many times.  Essentially, American companies are helping one of America’s adversaries catch up. What’s the deal?  China’s economy is booming but largely closed to foreign investment.  So China dangles a lucrative carrot in front of American companies, offering access to business opportunities in China in exchange for the transfer of sought-after technology. Officially, this is all for civilian projects.  But China does not operate by the rule of law.  As a communist country, the state controls nearly every aspect of civilian life.  As such, the …..

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State Board Releases New Voter Registration Form as Deadline Approaches

RALEIGH, N.C. – The Bipartisan State Board of Elections & Ethics Enforcement has released a newly designed voter registration application form, which includes the option of registering with the North Carolina Green Party.   The new application is available for download through the State Board website here. Detailed instructions are included with the form. Hard copies soon will be distributed to county boards of elections and other agencies and organizations that provide voter registration services.   The State Board recently recognized the Green Party as an official political party in the state. The new registration form allows voters to register with the Democratic, Green, Libertarian or Republican parties. Voters can also register …..

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SUN VALLEY MIDDLE LINEBACKER RECEIVES RARE DOUBLE APPOINTMENT TO WEST POINT AND MERCHANT MARINE

CHARLOTTE – Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) is excited to announce Sun Valley High School senior Roy Artolozaga has received Congressional appointments to both West Point and the United States Merchant Marine Academy.   Mr. Artolozaga is the starting middle linebacker and captain of the Sun Valley varsity football team, works part-time for his family business, and is a member of the National Honor Society.   “The United States of America has given my parents the ability to build themselves up, earn a meaningful living and provide for their children.  There is no doubt in my mind that this is the greatest  country in the world and I firmly believe in its …..

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Tillis, Heinrich, Hudson, & Butterfield Legislation to Help American Consumers Signed Into Law

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Yesterday, the Ceiling Fan Energy Conservation Harmonization Act, bipartisan and bicameral legislation introduced by Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) and Martin Heinrich (D-NM) in the Senate and Representatives Richard Hudson (R-NC-08) and G.K. Butterfield (D-NC-01) in the House, was signed into law. The legislation modifies the implementation of two upcoming regulations that would have passed on new costs to millions of American consumers if left unchanged. Previously, there were two efficiency requirement regulations on ceiling fans that would begin enforcement one year apart from each other: light bulbs in January 2019 and motors in January 2020. These misaligned dates would have created a significant problem for the industry when multiplied …..

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INDEPENDENCE HIGH SCHOOL “ORDER OF THE PATRIOT” RECIPIENT ACHIEVES GOAL OF AIR FORCE ACADEMY

CHARLOTTE – Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) is honored to announce Independence High School graduate Trey Shuford has received a prestigious appointment to the United States Air Force Academy. Mr. Shuford is an Eagle Scout, served as the Independence Air Force JROTC Cadet Colonel, and received the Independence High School “Order of the Patriot” award for overall excellence. “I saw my first aircraft at the age of six, while on a Cub Scout trip to the U.S.S. Yorktown and Fort Sumter,” explained Mr. Shuford.  “It was a Grumman F6F Hellcat – the U.S. Navy’s standard fighter during World War II.  I remember this so vividly because it had a ‘bad word’ in the name.  …..

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WEDDINGTON HIGH SCHOOL EAGLE SCOUT RECEIVES APPOINTMENT TO AIR FORCE ACADEMY

WASHINGTON – Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) is honored to announce that Weddington High School senior Luke Hardy has received a prestigious appointment to the United States Air Force Academy.   Mr. Hardy is an Eagle Scout, a member of three distinct honor societies, and volunteers for programs that provide sports opportunities for children with disabilities.   “The Boy Scout Oath states, ‘as an American I will do my best to do my duty to God and my country and to obey the scout law; to help other people at all times; to keep myself physically strong, mentally awake and morally straight,” said Mr. Hardy.  “I believe that attending the United …..

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Meyers Park Senior Receives Prestigious Appointment to West Point

 CHARLOTTE – Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) is honored to announce Myers Park High School senior Henry Thompson has received an appointment to West Point.  Mr. Thompson teaches beginner lacrosse to children at the YMCA, tutors peers in calculus and physics, and served as a summer intern in Congressman Pittenger’s Washington office. “The United States Military not only represents the greatest leadership and personal development organization in the world, but more importantly, it offers the opportunity to defend and serve the nation to which I am so indebted,” said Mr. Thompson.  “I have heard the call to serve, and I plan on answering it.” Mr. Thompson is the son of Kevin …..

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National Right To Life Praises Pittenger’s Pro-Life Record

WASHINGTON – On Thursday, March 29th, the National Right to Life Committee sent a letter commending Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) on his 100% pro-life voting record and his work on the FY2018 Omnibus, which was passed by Congress on March 22 and signed by President Trump on March 23, 2018.    “As a longtime advocate for the sanctity of life, I am thankful to National Right to Life for their efforts and for working closely with me on pro-life matters. The funding bill I recently voted for is another major pro-life victory. The bill does not designate a single dollar for Planned Parenthood and maintains all existing pro-life policies, including the …..

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ONGRESSMAN PITTENGER JOINS CHARLOTTE RABBI IN CELEBRATION OF PASSOVER  

CHARLOTTE – Every year just prior to the Passover celebration, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu sells the Israeli Government’s “chometz” (products derived from certain grains) to comply with Torah law during Passover. Today, Congressman Robert Pittenger had the honor of purchasing chometz from Rabbi Chanoch Oppenheim and the congregation of the Charlotte Torah Center.   Congressman Pittenger with Rabbi Oppenheim of Charlotte   “America shares a special and lasting relationship with the nation of Israel, and I was humbled to join Rabbi Oppenheim for today’s purchase of the chometz,” said Congressman Pittenger.  “Suzanne and I send our warmest greetings to our Jewish friends in Charlotte, Israel, and around the world.  Chag Sameach!”   …..

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Outstanding success for Bladen GOP meeting

Contributed Bladen County Republicans (BladenGOP) hosted their annual GOP convention on Monday, March 26 th at the Powell-Melvin Agricultural Hall, and, judging from the reactions and comments from convention attendees, it was clearly an outstanding success! Keynote speaker for the crowded convention was Mr. Chuck Smith of Virginia, whose background experience includes the practice of law for over 37 years, and which includes a combined military career in both the U.S. Marine Corps and the U.S. Navy, retiring as a Navy Commander and a member of the U.S. Navy JAG Corps. Mr. Smith also enjoys several board or foundation positions within Virginia, and Virginia Beach, as well. (see his website …..

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NATO Observer Group: Keeping Watch on Moscow from the US Senate

Recently, in our joint capacity as co-chairs, we were proud to announce the reestablishment of the bipartisan Senate NATO Observer Group, to champion NATO’s current missions and strategic developments – as NATO keeps a sharp watch for rising threats from Moscow.   The Senate NATO Observer Group was first established in 1997, by then-Senate leaders Republican Trent Lott of Mississippi, and South Dakota Democrat Tom Daschle. This Observer Group proved instrumental in helping guide Senate approval of NATO aspirant countries from Eastern and Southern Europe no longer under the thumb of the Soviet Union.   Today, there is an added urgency for the Senate, as well as legislatures across the …..

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Pittenger – weekly column

Jesus told the people of Nazareth that “He has sent me to proclaim that captives will be released, that the blind will see, that the oppressed will be set free, and that the time of the Lord’s favor has come” (Luke 4:18-19, NLT). This Easter weekend, as we celebrate the Resurrection, I am reflecting on those in our community who still need to be set free. People like Maria, who was trapped in human trafficking when she answered an ad for an “aspiring actress.”  Rosa was snatched from a gas station while waiting on a ride.  Antonia dreamed of owning a bakery before falling victim to human trafficking. These are …..

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Former Tillis Senior Advisor Wilkie Named Acting VA Secretary

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC), a member of the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee, issued the following statement after President Trump nominated Admiral Ronny L. Jackson as VA Secretary and announced that Robert Wilkie, a former senior advisor to Senator Tillis, will serve as Acting VA Secretary:   “Robert Wilkie—my friend, former senior advisor, and proud North Carolina native—is an outstanding choice by the President to lead the transition at the VA. I can’t think of anyone who is as capable, sincere, and passionate about serving and caring for the brave men and women who have worn the uniform.   “I had a positive working relationship with Dr. Shulkin, …..

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Commissioners receive preliminary look at budget requests

By Erin Smith The Bladen County Board of Commissioners held a preliminary budget meeting on Tuesday evening. This was the first glimpse of the budget requests made several of the county’s agencies. Commissioner Russell Priest was unable to attend the meeting. Bladen County Manager Greg Martin told the board county staff have not yet received the preliminary budget requests from the Bladen County Board of Education and Bladen Community College. “As you all well know the school system is not legally required to submit a budget request until May 15th,” said Martin. He began the evening by reviewing the 2017 audited fund balance with the board. Martin said the unassigned (available) funds are …..

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MARVIN RIDGE HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATE RECEIVES PRESTIGIOUS NAVAL ACADEMY APPOINTMENT

CHARLOTTE – Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) is honored to announce Marvin Ridge High School graduate Nathan Utesch has received an appointment to the U.S. Naval Academy.   Mr. Utesch received the 2016 North Carolina High School Athletic Association’s “Heart of a Champion” award, volunteered to serve the disabled at the Joy Prom, and was a four-year varsity letterman for the Marvin Ridge swim and dive team.   “I am an American,” said Mr. Utesch.  “I believe in the freedom for which our country stands.  As much as I believe that freedom is a necessary human right, I know that it must be fought for and defended in this world.  The United States military …..

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Charlotte Catholic Graduate Receives Prestigious West Point Appointment

CHARLOTTE – Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) is honored to announce Charlotte Catholic High School graduate Charlton Epperson has received a prestigious appointment to the United States Military Academy at West Point. Mr. Epperson is currently a member of the Honors College at the University of Alabama and was Captain of the Charlotte Catholic cross country team. “It is the valor and prestige Service Academy graduates have bestowed upon these Institutions, not the brick and mortar, but the flesh and blood that the graduates of Service Academies have paid that always inspired me and given a sense of awe and a desire to serve,” said Mr. Epperson, who is the son of James …..

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State Board Recognizes N.C. Green Party, Appoints County Board of Elections Members

RALEIGH, N.C. – The Bipartisan State Board of Elections & Ethics Enforcement on Tuesday appointed four members to each of the 100 county boards of elections and unanimously recognized the North Carolina Green Party as an official political party in the state. Recognition of the Green Party means voters now have another choice of party affiliation when registering to vote. Voters may register with the Democratic, Green, Libertarian or Republican parties, or they can register as unaffiliated. It also means that Green Party candidates, chosen by convention in 2018, will appear on ballots in this year’s Nov. 6 general election. The State Board is updating and will distribute new voter registration forms that include …..

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Senator Tillis Visits Pastor Andrew Brunson at Turkish Prison

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) announced that he met with imprisoned American pastor Andrew Brunson Monday at Buca Prison in Ismir, Turkey. Pastor Brunson is originally from Black Mountain, North Carolina, and has been imprisoned on false charges since October 7, 2016. Senator Tillis issued the following statement on his visit with Pastor Brunson: “Pastor Brunson is strengthened by his love for his family and his faith in God, but his health has deteriorated. He has lost 50 pounds and spends 24 hours a day in a cell with limited human contact.  He is attempting to visit a doctor this week, which involves him being handcuffed and transported with several …..

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A promise of hope

By Jefferson Weaver The pictures tell part of the story, but never the whole thing. My Sister the Troll in an Easter dress and hat holding a fat toddler – me – on the porch of our home in Keener. An older version of me (not quite as fat) singing in church. My father, brother Mike and myself in aprons cleaning up after a big family dinner. A friend sitting in the center of a group of little kids telling the story of Resurrection Day. My nieces racing across my in-laws’ yard, hunting eggs we assiduously hid a half-hour before. The pictures tell some of the story of Easter, but …..

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Tillis & Coons Statement on Special Counsel Robert Mueller

WASHINGTON D.C. – Today, U.S. Senators Thom Tillis (R-NC) and Chris Coons (D-DE), the bipartisan co-authors of the Special Counsel Integrity Act, released the following statement: “We have heard from constituents – Republicans, Democrats, and Independents alike – who agree that Special Counsel Robert Mueller should be able to conduct his investigation without interference.  This should not be a partisan issue.  We introduced the Special Counsel Integrity Act because we believe that the American people should have confidence in the Department of Justice’s ability to conduct independent investigations and its commitment to the rule of law. We urge President Trump to allow the Special Counsel to complete his work without impediment, which …..

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CONGRESSMAN PITTENGER HONORS NATIONAL CHAMPION WRESTLER FROM INDIAN TRAIL

MONROE – Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) recently addressed the U.S. House of Representatives in honor of Indian Trail’s Michael Macchiavello, who on March 17th won the NCAA Division 1 national wrestling championship. CLICK HERE for full video of Congressman Pittenger’s March 22nd speech in honor of Michael Macchiavello, Indian Trail’s national champion wrestler. “Mr. Speaker, I rise today in honor of North Carolina State University senior Michael Macchiavello, who on March 17th won the NCAA Division 1 national wrestling championship at 197 pounds.   “Mr. Macchiavello is a graduate of Sun Valley High School in Indian Trail, North Carolina, where he was a 4-A state champion wrestler in 2013, when …..

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CONGRESSMAN PITTENGER IN THE WALL STREET JOURNAL: ‘DANGEROUS TO ALLOW’ CHINA TO ACQUIRE SENSITIVE TECH

CHARLOTTE – The Wall Street Journal on Monday published Congressman Robert Pittenger’s response to corporate opponents of his bipartisan national security legislation: “Contrary to the inference by IBM’s Christopher Padilla and GE’s Karan Bhatia (Letters, WSJ.com, March 16th), in the very first paragraph of “How China Pushes the Limits on Military Technology Transfer” (WSJ.com, March 14th) I clearly state that IBM and GE’s business dealings with China are legally permissible under current law.  And that’s the problem.  Their legal joint ventures with Chinese state-owned enterprises openly transferred dual-use technologies to China and created unnecessary risks related to the transfer of additional military-applicable technologies.   “This, along with the substantial pushback …..

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Senate Resolution Would Weaken Protections in Auto Lending Discrimination 

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) has introduced a Congressional Review Act (CRA) resolution, S.J. Res 57, which would undo the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s (CFPB) 2013 indirect auto lending guidance. This important guidance is a key step to limit discriminatory impact of dealer interest rate markups in the auto lending industry. The resolution has 15 Republican cosponsors. The announcement to eliminate this important consumer protection comes off the heels of a recent investigative report released by the National Fair Housing Alliance (NFHA) detailing the ongoing racially discriminatory practices that exist in the auto lending market. In their findings, NFHA uncovered that more than half the time white borrowers with weaker …..

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Congressman Pittenger to Display Local High School Artwork in U.S. Capitol

WASHINGTON – Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) is excited to once again showcase talented local student artists through the 2018 Congressional Art Competition. Open to high school students in North Carolina’s 9th Congressional District, the first-place artwork will be displayed in a busy corridor of the U.S. Capitol complex for one year. “Our community has much to be thankful for, including many talented high school artists and their dedicated teachers, as well as the parents who support their dreams,” said Congressman Pittenger. “We display the first-place entry in a corridor visited by thousands of people every day, and my staff and I always make sure to point it out to visitors.” …..

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Letter to the Editor: 355th Birthday – The Always Ready, Ready Team of the North Carolina National Guard

The North Carolina National Guard celebrates its 355th birthday on the 24th of March, 2018.  Our founding documents, the 1663 Carolina Charter, authorized the levying and mustering of men to defend the people and property of the Carolinas.  Since that day, an unbroken chain of North Carolina Guardsmen has continued to rally to the unit guidons that comprise the modern-day, North Carolina National Guard.  Today’s National Guard is grounded in our Constitution and tightly woven into our American heritage.  Initially established to thwart tyranny and internal threats to the early colonies, it is now a vital component of the Total Joint Force comprising nearly half of our Army and Air Forces’ …..

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U.S. House Approves Congressman PIittenger’s Request to Continue Assistance for Lumberton

WASHINGTON – The U.S. House of Representatives today approved Congressman Robert Pittenger’s request to continue Lumberton’s eligibility for certain U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) grant and loan programs.    The City of Lumberton has previously benefited from USDA economic development programs.  However, a small increase in Lumberton’s population meant the city no longer qualified, despite ongoing needs.    Over the past year, Congressman Pittenger has worked with the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture and Rural Development to create flexibility with the population thresholds to allow deserving communities, such as Lumberton, to continue receiving assistance.   Congressman Pittenger’s request was included in the FY2018 federal funding legislation approved today by the …..

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CONGRESSMAN PITTENGER STANDS WITH PRESIDENT TRUMP: VOTES TO FUND BORDER WALL, SUPPORT OUR MILITARY, AND COMBAT OPIOID EPIDEMIC

WASHINGTON – Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) today stood with President Donald Trump by voting to start funding a border wall, rebuild America’s military, and provide significant federal funding to combat the opioid epidemic.   “President Trump promised to make America great again.  This legislation rebuilds our military, gives our troops the biggest pay raise in 8 years, starts work on a border wall, steps up the fight against opioids, and extends multiple pro-life policies.  We have the greatest fighting force in the world, but for too long they were asked to do more with less.  President Trump and I are committed to making our troops a priority,” said Congressman Pittenger.   The FY18 …..

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Rouzer Applauds Trump Administration’s Opioid Initiative

WASHINGTON, DC – This week, President Donald Trump announced the “Initiative to Stop Opioid Abuse and Reduce Drug Supply and Demand” in an effort to curb the opioid epidemic.  The initiative aims to reduce drug demand and over-prescribing, is designed to help cut off the supply of illicit drugs, and focuses resources on those struggling with addiction.  Following the announcement, Congressman David Rouzer released the statement below: “Opioid addiction is a horrific problem for North Carolina and the rest of the country.  It represents one of the most significant challenges our communities, parents, law enforcement officers, local health departments, treatment facilities, and schools — among others — have ever faced.  Unfortunately, no …..

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CONGRESSMAN PITTENGER RECEIVES U.S. CHAMBER “SPIRIT OF ENTERPRISE AWARD”

WASHINGTON – Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) today received the U.S. Chamber of Commerce “Spirit of Enterprise” Award in recognition of his efforts to pass tax reform, regulatory reform, and legislation that supports small businesses and start-ups. It’s a good time to be doing business in America, thanks to a slate of legislative accomplishments that laid the groundwork for more economic growth and job creation,” said Thomas J. Donohue, president and CEO of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.  “These efforts to advance commonsense, growth-oriented legislation will help Main Street American businesses thrive.  We commend Congressman Pittenger for his commitment to promoting and protecting American free enterprise and economic prosperity.”   “Hardworking …..

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CONGRESSMAN PITTENGER HONORS FOREST HILLS HIGH SCHOOL STATE CHAMPIONSHIP BASKETBALL TEAM

WASHINGTON – Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) today addressed the U.S. House of Representatives in honor of the Forest Hills High School state champion basketball team.     “Mr. Speaker, I rise today in honor of the state champion Forest Hills High School Basketball Team, who on March 10th won the North Carolina High School Athletic Association 2-A championship. This is their first basketball championship in school history. “Yellow Jackets junior guard Jai Rorie made four free throws in the final 14 seconds to lead his team to a 63-59 victory. Congratulations to the team: Brandon Barrier, Dillon Wright, Cam Richardson, Jaquan Williams, Asiah Byrd, Trey Belin, Jaleel McLaughlin, Tanner Lowery, …..

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President Trump asks for death penalty for drug dealers

By Erin Smith President Donald Trump unveiled his Opioid Plan on Monday in New Hampshire. His proposed plan includes an awareness campaign, reducing the amount of drugs available, and making proven treatment options more readily available including expansion of treatment programs. President Trump also requested Congress approve $6 billion in new funds for fiscal year 2018-19 to combat the opioid crisis, according to the BBC. President Trump also called for initiating the use of the death penalty for drug dealers “where it is appropriate.” United States Attorney General Jeff Sessions did agree after President Trump’s speech on Monday to consider seeking the death penalty in drug cases where he felt …..

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Tillis & Shaheen Statement on Russian Cyberattacks on U.S. Nuclear, Water and Electric Systems

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senators Thom Tillis (R-NC) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), co-chairs of the Senate NATO Observer Group, issued the following statement after the Trump administration announced that some U.S. nuclear, water and electric systems have been subject to Russian cyberattacks and could have been sabotaged: “These attacks are a sobering reminder of the work that desperately needs to be done to bolster our nation’s cyber defenses,” said Tillis and Shaheen. “The Kremlin is launching a myriad of hybrid attacks to weaken and undermine Western nations, particularly NATO members, and the United States is no exception. Many frontline NATO nations have made great strides in improving their cyber defenses …..

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America is already in a trade war

By Congressman Robert Pittenger The pundit class and Washington lobbyists have loudly warned that President Trump’s new tariffs on imports of steel and aluminum will provoke a trade war. Yet here are the facts: America’s worldwide trade deficit is $566 billion annually. Of this, our trade deficit just with China is $375 billion. News flash: America is already in a trade war, and we are losing. Those who live in Washington’s swamp simply want to perpetuate the status quo. This is not just an economic issue, but also a national security issue. Aluminum is used to manufacture the Armored Multi-Purpose Vehicle, the Amphibious Assault Vehicle, the Bradley Fighting Vehicle, the …..

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You Decide: How Can Affordable Housing Be Increased?

By Dr. Mike Walden Our residence really sets the stage for much of our lives. Before getting married, I lived in five different apartments in a span of five years. The year would change, and I would change apartments, always trying to move closer to work and improve the quality of my residence. The first home my wife and I bought was a drafty 1,000-square-foot house far from work and with limited nearby shopping. With our larger and more accessible home today, we’re much happier. In a limitless world, each of us would have a residence close to our work and to shopping and amenities, with modern upgraded space and …..

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Congressman Pittenger to co-host Veterans’ Affairs hearing in Fayetteville

FAYETTEVILLE – Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) will co-host a House Veterans’ Affairs Committee field hearing on Friday, March 23rd, in Fayetteville. Members of the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee will be in Fayetteville to examine Department of Veterans Affairs community care programs, including the Choice program. “On average, my staff is working on 500 separate cases for local veterans,” said Congressman Pittenger.  “Problems with the VA Choice program – both access for patients and prompt payment for providers – are one of the top issues we hear about.  This hearing will be an important opportunity to discuss necessary strategies to improve service.” The field hearing will take place on Friday, March 23rd, 10 a.m., …..

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Tillis, Cornyn, Grassley Introduce the PROTECT Asbestos Victims Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Senators Thom Tillis (R-NC), John Cornyn (R-TX), and Chuck Grassley (R-IA) introduced the PROTECT Asbestos Victims Act, commonsense legislation that provides much-needed oversight of asbestos bankruptcy trusts to ensure victims receive just compensation. “Asbestos bankruptcy trusts were created to compensate asbestos victims, not trial lawyers,” said Senator Tillis. “The PROTECT Asbestos Victims Act will reform the asbestos bankruptcy trust system by adding in layers of oversight, accountability and transparency, which in turn will help eliminate fraud and ensure that trusts are able to compensate present and future asbestos victims.” “Those affected by asbestos-related diseases deserve compensation free from mismanagement by the bankruptcy system,” said Senator Cornyn. “This legislation would criminalize the submission of …..

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Congressman Pittenger: China is Exploiting National Security Deficiencies

WASHINGTON – This morning, Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) publicly highlighted deficiencies in the current Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) review process which are being exploited by our adversaries.  Potential reforms to CFIUS were the focus of today’s House Financial Services Monetary Policy and Trade Subcommittee hearing. Congressman Pittenger has introduced major bipartisan legislation to revamp and modernize CFIUS. “Our adversaries, the Chinese government in particular, are aware of CFIUS’s deficiencies and are actively exploiting them,” said Congressman Pittenger in his opening statement. “Specifically, the Chinese government has used weaponized foreign direct investment to evade our safeguards and review processes in order to acquire state of the art, military-applicable technologies …..

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Students learn to walk up, not out

Yesterday students across the nation participated in a political Walkout in reference to the political gun control debate. Bladen County School’s students took the opportunity to make the day about making a positive change instead of making a political statement. “It’s an Honor Walk – not a Walkout,” Bladen County Schools posted on their Facebook page. The agenda of the organized lesson was teaching students to honor and respect lives and to take time to be nice to others. In an orderly and respectful manner Bladen County Schools’ students at East Bladen High School, Elizabethtown Middle School, Clarkton School of Discovery, Tar Heel Middle School, Bladenboro Middle School and West …..

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Tillis Supports Passage of Economic Growth Legislation That Includes Tillis-Warren Bill Protecting Vets from Predatory Lending

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC), a member of the Senate Banking Committee, applauded the Senate passage of the Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief, and Consumer Protection Act, bipartisan legislation to improve our nation’s financial regulatory framework and promote economic growth. Included in the legislation is theProtecting Veterans from Predatory Lending Act of 2018, bipartisan legislation Tillis introduced with Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), which would protect veterans from targeted predatory home loan practices by requiring lenders to demonstrate a material benefit to consumers when refinancing their mortgage. “Passage of this bill is proof that Congress can come together in a bipartisan basis and pass meaningful legislation on behalf of the American people. The inclusion of bipartisan …..

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Congressman Pittenger on Mike Pompeo: ‘An Exceptionally Bright Individual’

CHARLOTTE – Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) issued this statement on President Trump’s choice of CIA Director Mike Pompeo as Secretary of State: “President Trump’s choice of Mike Pompeo as Secretary of State will provide him a very clear assessment of prevailing threats and a constructive analysis of how to secure the United States.  Mike Pompeo is an exceptionally bright individual who will effectively articulate America’s positions while engaging our allies to join us.” Congressman Pittenger and Director Pompeo worked together in Congress on national security legislation to defeat radical Islamic terrorists.  More recently, Congressman Pittenger has sought Director Pompeo’s input on legislation to block the strategic Chinese acquisition of sensitive technology …..

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Bladen Commissioners hear about fish passage project for Cape Fear River

  By Erin Smith The Bladen County Board of Commissioners met on Monday night and heard an update from Steve Dial, Dawn York and Keith Walls regarding the Lock and Dam Fish Passage project. York is a Coastal Biologist with Dail Cordy and Associates and is working on the Lock and Dam Fish Project. “Tonight we wanted to give you a brief update on where we are with the fish passage project,” said York. She explained to the board that all three of the William O. Huske Lock and Dams Numbers 1, 2, and 3, which are located in Bladen County, are all meant to have a comprehensive watershed strategy …..

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Bladen County GOP County Convention announced

The Bladen County Republican 2018 Convention date is Monday, March 26, 2018,  at the Powell Melvin Agricultural building, 450 Smith Circle, NC 28337. Registration will be from 6-7 p.m., precinct meetings will begin at 6:30 p.m. and the Convention will begin at 7 p.m. Share:

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Fighting the Opioid Epidemic

By Congressman Robert Pittenger Today roughly 100 Americans will lose their life to an opioid overdose. Opioid and prescription drug abuse is ravaging our country and our local community.  The Centers for Disease Control reports that opioid overdose deaths have increased over fivefold since 1999.  In fact, drug overdoses are now the leading cause of injury death in the United States. Here in North Carolina, 1,567 of our friends and neighbors died of an opioid overdose in 2015.  Wilmington has the highest opioid abuse rate in the nation.  Fayetteville, Jacksonville, and Hickory are in the top 25. These aren’t just statistics.  We all know someone who has been personally impacted …..

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Bladen Democratic Party convention March 24

The Bladen County Democratic Party will hold its annual convention on Saturday, March 24 at 10:00 a.m. in the Superior Courtroom of the Bladen County Courthouse. Democratic candidates for local and state officers are invited to participate in the convention. Candidates are welcome to make a short speech and to participate in a question-and-answer session. For information, call Democratic Chairman Ben Snyder at 910-876-3565. Share:

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Tillis Statement on the President’s Tariff Announcement

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) released the following statement regarding today’s announcement from the President on steel and aluminum tariffs: “Recent tax cuts and continued regulatory relief are driving positive economic growth and bolstering consumer confidence. Congress and the White House should be doing everything in their power to build off of tax reform and keep this momentum going. While I’m supportive of punishing bad actors who abuse trade policy, our response needs to be methodical and surgical so we aren’t inadvertently punishing America’s allies and sparking retaliatory tariffs that could slow down our economic momentum.” Share:

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Tillis Chairs Hearing on Domestic Violence and Child Abuse in the Military

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC), chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee’s Subcommittee on Personnel, held a hearing to receive testimony on domestic violence and child abuse in the military. “Domestic violence and child abuse are significant problems that cause immense harm to our society and within our military services,” said Senator Tillis. “We must do more work to address the many factors – relationship, community, and societal factors – that may lead to domestic violence and child abuse. We must also develop evidence-based prevention strategies and implement comprehensive support programs to help victims.” “While the data show that the military’s domestic violence and child abuse incidence rates are …..

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Congressman Pittenger on tariffs: “We Are Already In A Trade War”

CHARLOTTE – Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) had this reaction to President Donald Trump’s announcement of tariffs on foreign imports of steel and aluminum: “We are already in a trade war and we are losing, with a $566 billion global trade deficit, over $375 billion to China alone.  President Trump is smart enough to do something about it.  He is likely the best negotiator we have ever had in the White House.  The President knows how to negotiate from a position of strength.  Yes, we need free trade, but hardworking Americans also deserve fair trade.  That’s the goal.” Congressman Pittenger serves on the House Financial Services Subcommittee on Monetary Policy and Trade, …..

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Tillis Bill Protecting Vets from Predatory Lending Included in Banking Reform Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) announced that the Protecting Veterans from Predatory Lending Act of 2018, bipartisan legislation he introduced with Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), was included as a provision in the Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief, and Consumer Protection Act, bipartisan legislation currently being considered by the Senate. The Protecting Veterans from Predatory Lending Act of 2018 would protect veterans from targeted predatory home loan practices by requiring lenders to demonstrate a material benefit to consumers when refinancing their mortgage. “Over the last few years, a few bad actors have taken advantage of the VA home loan program and began targeting veterans and service members to generate profit and fees at their expense, often leading …..

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Tillis & Burr Announce $19.9 Million TIGER Grant Awarded to Raleigh

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, North Carolina Senators Thom Tillis and Richard Burr announced the North Carolina Department of Transportation will receive a $19.9 million Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grant for Raleigh, NC. The project eliminates a railroad crossing by lowering the Blue Ridge Road from its current ground level to instead pass under the North Carolina Railroad (NCRR). It also reconfigures existing nearby intersections and adjacent access roadways. “I want to thank Secretary Chao and the Department of Transportation for awarding Raleigh this substantial grant through the competitive TIGER program,” said Senator Tillis.“This grant will go a long way to ensure North Carolina’s citizens are safe while ensuring the North Carolina Railroad …..

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Tillis, Members of Congress Introduce Bipartisan, Bicameral Legislation to Help Restore and Rebuild Our National Parks

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) joined a group of eight senators and two representatives to introduce a bipartisan, bicameral bill that will use revenues from energy production on federal lands to help pay for the over $11 billion maintenance backlog at our national parks. That backlog includes $215 million for projects in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park as well as the $35.2 million in outstanding debt owed to Swain County for rebuilding the North Shore Road.     CLICK HERE to watch Senator Tillis speak.   Joining Senator Tillis are Senators Lamar Alexander (R-TN), Angus King (I-ME), Steve Daines (R-MT), Martin Heinrich (D-NM), Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) Joe Manchin (D- WV), Cory Gardner (R-CO) …..

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Brisson discusses new hunting rules, teacher pay

Contributed Representative William Brisson has submitted a newsletter addressing legislative concerns for Bladen and the surrounding areas. Brisson discusses new hunting legislation adopted by the North Carolina Wildlife Commission. These new rules will take effect on August 1, 2018. The rules would affect deer hunting and bear hunting among other things. He also looks at North Carolina teacher salaries which are increasing. Read Rep. Brisson’s newsletter for the week of March 6th, 2018. Share:

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Senate Advances Bill that Weakens Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform & Consumer Protection Law

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the U.S. Senate voted to advance S. 2155, a banking deregulation bill that if enacted would constitute the largest-ever roll back of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010. The Dodd-Frank law was enacted in the wake of the biggest financial crisis since the Great Depression. Click here for a short summary of S. 2155. Center for Responsible Lending Senior Legislative Counsel Yana Miles issued the following statement: “The financial crisis led to a Great Recession that cost millions of Americans their jobs, homes, and savings. This bill would allow for the return of many of the same reckless financial practices that caused the …..

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Tillis Congratulates Naval Medical Center Camp Lejeune on its Verification as a Level III Trauma Center

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) congratulated Naval Medical Center Camp Lejeune for receiving verification as a Level III Trauma Center. The announcement from the American College of Surgeons (ACS) comes in the wake of Senator Tillis hosting a roundtable in Jacksonville, NC in May 2017, where he brought together regional civilian trauma leaders and Camp Lejeune medical leaders with the goal of becoming a Trauma Center. At that same roundtable, Senator Tillis was pleased to announce that “Naval Hospital Camp Lejeune” was becoming “Naval Medical Center Camp Lejeune,” a major step to receiving the Trauma Center designation.   Since the announcement, the medical center designation has paved …..

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Pittenger applauds new “Conscience and Religious Freedom” effort

WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) led 16 Members of Congress in publicly thanking the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for new efforts to protect the freedoms of conscience and religion for American families and medical workers. “We are pleased with HHS’s new proposed rule to enforce these conscience protections, which were ignored under the previous administration,” wrote Congressman Pittenger and his colleagues in a letter to HHS Secretary Alex Azar. “The Department’s decision is necessary because it ensures that individuals involved in any HHS funded or administered program will not have to compromise on their deeply held beliefs or participate in activities such as abortions or assisted suicide.  …..

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Bladen County Commissioner, Ashley S Trivette facing new charge

By Erin Smith A Bladen County Commissioner is now facing allegations of misdemeanor child abuse. BladenOnline.com has learned that Ashley S. Trivette, a Republican who represents District 3 on the Bladen County Board of Commissioners, is facing a charge of misdemeanor child abuse in Brunswick County. According to court records, she is scheduled to appear in Brunswick County Superior Court on April 10, 2018. She is also scheduled in Brunswick County Superior Court on April 2, on charges of DWI and expired registration card/tag. We’ve made attempts to reach out to Mrs. Trivette at Healthworks Fitness and Wellness and were told she has stepped away from managing it. We have …..

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