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Bladen County GOP to meet

The Bladen County GOP will conduct their monthly meeting on Monday, January 22nd, at 6 p.m. at San Jose restaurant in Elizabethtown.  There will be updated information regarding the annual convention in March. Everyone is encouraged to attend. Share:

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Congressman Pittenger: Pay Troops, not Congress

WASHINGTON – On Saturday, Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) became one of the first Members of Congress to co-sponsor legislation blocking Congressional pay during Senate Chuck Schumer’s government shutdown. “There are over 100,000 active duty military based in North Carolina.  Right now, they are defending our freedom while not knowing when they’ll next get paid,” said Congressman Pittenger.  “For Members of Congress to still receive pay during a government shutdown is unconscionable.  If Senate Democrats want a government shutdown, they better do it on their own time.” The Pay Our Protectors, Not Our Politicians Act: *Ensures members of the military and national security employees within the Department of Homeland Security receive …..

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Tillis Statement On Democrats Voting To Shut Down The Government

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) issued the following statement after Senate Democrats forced a shutdown of the federal government: “Tonight, I voted with nearly every single Senate Republican to keep our government open and fund our service members, veterans, seniors, and children who depend on CHIP. “Unfortunately, nearly every single Senate Democrat, led by Senators Schumer and Durbin, have been determined to shut down the government, and they got what they wanted. Their cynical, partisan political ploy will have real-world consequences for hardworking families in North Carolina and across our nation. “One of the most egregious parts of the Democrats’ shutdown is their counterproductive demands on immigration …..

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Congressman Pittenger: Schumer’s game hurts kids, military heroes

WASHINGTON – Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) issued this statement after Senate Democrats voted to shut down the federal government: “Senator Schumer created an artificial deadline for an unrelated issue and just led the shutdown of our government.  He’s playing a Washington swamp game.  Low-income children, our military, and Americans who need services from our government lost.  This is truly a Schumer Shutdown.” Share:

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Abortion is topic of Capitol Hill this week

By U.S. Congressman Robert Pittenger Monday marks Roe v. Wade’s 45th anniversary.  Since that ignoble decision, over 60 million precious, innocent babies have been intentionally killed by abortion in the United States. The Declaration of Independence states that we are all endowed by our Creator with certain inalienable rights, chief among them the right to life.  Scripture teaches us that every human being, no matter how old, is precious in the sight of God. As a Christian, father of four, and grandfather of ten, I cannot fathom how some in our country so disrespect life.  We know of babies who have survived abortion, only to be left to die of …..

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Court Orders Special Master’s Recommended Districts Incorporated into State Legislative Redistricting Plan

Court-ordered maps are now law GREENSBORO, N.C. – A panel of three federal court judges has issued a unanimous order that incorporates the recommendations of the court-appointed Special Master, Dr. Nathan Persily, into North Carolina’s state legislative districts.  The Dr. Persily was asked to alter nine state legislative districts after the Court identified that the 2017 legislatively-enacted plans that were supposed to remedy the racial gerrymandering identified in the 2011 plans failed to adequately remedy the constitutional flaws or otherwise violated state law.  The districts as ordered by the court are now the official state legislative districts of the state. “We appreciate the input and guidance of the Special Master …..

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Tillis Statement On Government Funding

TILLIS: “Democrats are justifying their support of a shutdown by creating arbitrary deadlines and demanding an immediate vote on the ‘Gang of Six’ immigration bill. It’s a disingenuous partisan political stunt considering they know full well that a vote would fail in both chambers, a result that would make a successful deal even harder to achieve moving forward. It’s even more disingenuous since they haven’t even introduced the bill or legislative text yet. It’s impossible to vote on a bill that doesn’t exist…. All members should look in a mirror and ask themselves if they’re in Congress to make a point or to make a difference. If they truly want …..

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Congressman Pittenger On Born Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act: ‘What Have We Become?’

WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) joined House Republicans to pass the Born Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act (H.R. 4712), which requires appropriate medical care be given to babies who survive abortion procedures. “What have we become as a nation that we must pass a law to stop abortionists from stuffing living, breathing babies into biohazard bags and tossing them in the trash?” asked Congressman Pittenger. “My body, my choice? What about the body of the baby? What about the baby’s choice? Those who defend killing a baby born alive have lost the capacity to love.” The Born Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act: · Requires any health care practitioner …..

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Supreme Court Grants North Carolina’s Application to Delay Redrawing of Electoral Maps, Putting Fair Elections in North Carolina in Jeopardy For 2018 Election

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the Supreme Court said North Carolina does not have to redraw its congressional voting maps by January 29, as a federal district court ordered on January 9 when it struck down the 2016 map as an unconstitutional partisan gerrymander. Campaign Legal Center (CLC) and the Southern Coalition for Social Justice (SCSJ) represent the League of Women Voters of North Carolina, in this legal challenge to state’s 2016 maps. North Carolina’s maps have been in dispute since 2012, and the Supreme Court invalidated the state’s 2012 and 2014 maps as a racial gerrymander. In 2016, North Carolina voters went to the polls with the current map, which the district court has …..

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No DACA No CR Bill Conference Call Update

Charlotte, NC- Please join our #DACA conference call update tonight @ 1900 (7pm EDT). We will also live stream on Facebook Christian’s update during the call. Now here is what you will need for the call: Dial-In Number: 641-715-3570 Participation Code: 388026 The call will begin promptly at: 1900 EDT and will last around 30 minutes. ***** OUR DEMOCRATIC MORAL FIBER COUNTDOWN HAS BEGUN! #NoCRWithOutDACA “We stand firm with Congressperson Keith Ellison, our Black Congressional Caucus, and our Hispanic Congressional Caucus who believe our #DACA neighbors deserve a clean #DreamAct now. “As we approach a possible government shutdown in three (2) days, I urge all of our declared #NCDP 2018 Democratic primary election …..

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Are Abortion Clinics Infrastructure?

  WASHINGTON – As hundreds of thousands of pro-life Americans prepare to March for Life in Washington, D.C., Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) and Senator James Lankford (R-OK) are requesting a Government Accountability Office investigation into the use of tax-exempt bonds to finance abortion clinics. “These tax-exempt bonds are designed to build up a community by supporting infrastructure, not tear down a community by subsidizing the willful termination of innocent life. Who in their right mind would consider an abortion clinic to be infrastructure? We intend to stop this egregious misuse of tax-exempt bonds,” said Congressman Pittenger. “The nation is divided on the issue of abortion, but the government should not …..

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Tillis & Lankford Joint Statement on Gang of Six Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Senators Thom Tillis (R-NC) and James Lankford (R-OK) issued the following joint statement on the “Gang of Six” legislation:   “Any successful immigration deal must be a balanced compromise that both provides a long-term solution for DACA youth and effectively secures our borders. Simply put, it needs to permanently fix both problems. As we have said from the beginning, any successful deal also needs buy-in from the White House. Unfortunately, the ‘Gang of Six’ proposal falls short since it fails to include even basic border security reforms.   “Threatening a government shutdown or demanding a vote on a bill that is doomed to fail is counterproductive. It …..

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Ericsson Announces Support For Congressman Pittenger’s National Security Legislation

WASHINGTON – On Wednesday, Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) received a letter from Ericsson, a major international networking and telecommunications company, expressing support for his Foreign Investment Risk Review Modernization Act (FIRRMA): “We commend you, and Senator John Cornyn, for spearheading the Foreign Investment Risk Review Modernization Act (FIRRMA). This legislation provides critical and overdue updates to the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) review process. Our world has changed a great deal since CFIUS was created more than four decade ago – there are new competitors, new challenges, and new concerns. And we must ensure there are adequate safeguards in place to properly vet and scrutinize the …..

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Tillis Statement in Honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) issued the following statement to commemorate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day: “I join my fellow North Carolinians in honoring the life and legacy of Dr. Marin Luther King, Jr., a patriot whose enormous contributions and sacrifices made America a more free, just and equitable nation.” Share:

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Actions speak louder than words

By U.S. Congressman Robert Pittenger Actions speak much louder than words. This is common-sense. Yet it seems to have been lost on some of the Americans responsible for foreign diplomacy over the past few decades. At the onset of the War on Terror, Pakistan stood poised to become a crucial U.S. ally. Pakistan shares a border with Afghanistan, has a relatively stable government, and a well-funded military. They feared the instability that could have been caused by the Taliban and Al-Qaeda. Initially, Pakistan signaled their intent to fully support our efforts. Given its crucial strategic importance in the War on Terror, the United States declared Pakistan as a non-NATO ally, …..

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Tillis and Warren Introduce Bipartisan Legislation To Protect Veterans from Predatory Home Lending

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senators Thom Tillis (R-NC) and Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) introduced the Protecting Veterans from Predatory Lending Act of 2018, bipartisan legislation that would protect veterans from targeted predatory home loan practices by requiring lenders to demonstrate a material benefit to consumers when refinancing their mortgage. Senators Dean Heller (R-NV), Jon Tester (D-MT), Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), Joe Manchin (D-WV), Richard Burr (R-NC), Brian Schatz (D-HI), Dan Sullivan (R-AK), Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), Tim Scott (R-SC), and Joe Donnelly (D-IN) are all original co-sponsors of the legislation.   The Department of Veteran’s Affairs (VA) home loan program was designed to provide veterans and servicemembers with the opportunity to purchase their own …..

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Protecting America: Congressman Pittenger supports legislation to “connect the dots” on terrorist plots

WASHINGTON – The U.S. House of Representatives today passed bipartisan national security legislation to renew the authority of Intelligence agencies to track the U.S. contacts of known terrorists. Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09), Chairman of the Congressional Task Force on Terrorism, supported the renewal. “If a known terrorist makes contact with someone in the United States, I think most freedom-loving Americans would agree we should know what that call was about,” said Congressman Pittenger. “Before 9-11, our Intelligence agencies didn’t have this tool.  We blocked them from connecting the dots.  We pretended like calls from a terrorist were just routine. “As Chairman of the Congressional Task Force on Terrorism, I have read classified …..

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Congressman Pittenger Writes U.S. Trade Representative On Behalf Of Bladen Manufacturer

  WASHINGTON – Today, Bladen County Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) wrote United States Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer on behalf of Clarkton’s Gildan Yarns. The Government of Colombia is proposing trade measures that would effectively block the import of T-shirts and socks made from U.S.-grown cotton and U.S. spun yarns. This follows November 2016 policy changes which arbitrarily increased the cost of imports, created unnecessary red tape, and did not follow international conventions. These policies have already been challenged by Panama through the World Trade Organization. Colombia claims these policies are aimed at combatting trade-based money laundering, which is commonly used to finance terrorist organizations. However, as Vice Chairman of the …..

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Congressman Pittenger Addresses U.S. House In Honor Of Monroe Police Heroes

  WASHINGTON – On Wednesday evening, Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) addressed the U.S. House of Representatives in honor of Monroe Police Officers Corey Helms and Dylan Cole. The two rookie officers risked their lives to rescue families from a burning home shortly after Christmas. Click here for full video of Congressman Pittenger’s speech in honor of Monroe, N.C. Police Officers Dylan Cole and Corey Helms. “Mr. Speaker, I rise today in honor of Officers Corey Helms and Dylan Cole of the Monroe, North Carolina Police Department, who on December 26th risked their lives to save two families trapped in a burning home. “Officer Helms was first to arrive but was …..

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Representative Robert Pittenger statement on redistricting

January 10, 2018 Contributed Today, Representative Robert Pittenger issued the following statement regarding the recent redistricting ruling: “A three judge panel with a majority of liberal appointees is seeking to usurp the NC General Assembly’s constitutional authority by improperly ordering the redrawing of North Carolina’s Congressional lines. Democrats can’t win elections so they strategically go to liberal appointed judges to change the maps to give themselves an advantage. The US Supreme Court should issue an immediate stay of this decision.” Share:

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Statement on Redistricting Ruling

Contributed We have received many questions from reporters, supporters, and concerned citizens about the impact of yesterday’s ruling by a three judge panel of the Obama-ridden United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit that found North Carolina’s current Congressional districts to be unconstitutional. While we disagree with this ruling and believe it to be another example of judicial activism run amok, based on what we are hearing from judicial and redistricting experts, as well as our legislative leaders, we feel confident that the Supreme Court will stay the ruling and our election will proceed as scheduled with no changes to the 9th Congressional District. I spent today in …..

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CONGRESSMAN PITTENGER: TAXPAYERS SHOULDN’T FOOT THE BILL FOR CRUEL AND UNNECESSARY DOG TESTING

 WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Pittenger met with constituents and their rescued Doberman dog as well as representatives from the White Coat Waste project, a watchdog group working to end wasteful and unnecessary taxpayer funded experiments on dogs and other animals.   Congressman Pittenger is a co-sponsor of H.R. 3197, the Preventing Unkind and Painful Procedures and Experiments on Respected Species Act (PUPPERS Act). This bipartisan legislation will prohibit the Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) from conducting outdated taxpayer funded medical research that causes significant pain or distress to dogs.    “Every year, the Federal Government allows billions of taxpayer dollars to be spent on cruel and unnecessary experiments on dogs and …..

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Tillis Discusses DACA and Border Security on MSNBC

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) appeared on MSNBC with Hallie Jackson to talk about reaching a deal to secure our borders and provide a solution for the DACA population.     Click HERE to watch the interview.   On President Trump’s meaning of the “wall”: “President Trump said more than once that he doesn’t view ‘the wall’ as a monolithic structure that goes over 2,000 miles, but instead it is a people, technology, and infrastructure approach. I hope the media recognizes that so we can dispel this myth that we are going to build the Western Hemisphere equivalent of the Great Wall of China.”   On President Trump’s desire to reach a deal: …..

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Analysis of N.C. Judicial Redistricting Proposal Finds Racial and Partisan Biases

Contributed DURHAM, N.C. – A white paper released today by the Southern Coalition for Social Justice documents some of the racial and partisan biases infecting the most recent judicial redistricting plan presented by a state legislative committee.  Draft judicial districts unveiled in the December meeting of the Senate Select Committee on Judicial Reform and Redistricting covered many of the same geographic areas as legislative districts found to be unconstitutional racial gerrymanders in some places and are likely to lead to an enormously disproportionate number of Republican judges being elected throughout the state.   “If enacted, the most recent judicial redistricting proposal would create layers upon layers of unconstitutionality in our …..

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Tillis Legislation to Help Veterans Applying for Commercial Driver’s Licenses Becomes Law

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Yesterday, bipartisan legislation co-introduced by U.S. Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) that streamlines and eases the burden on the process whereby active-duty military, reservists and veterans apply for their commercial driver’s license was signed into law.   “The brave men and women that serve in the U.S. military learn a wide-range of skills applicable to jobs once they enter the civilian workforce, but too often face unnecessary barriers that makes it harder for them to find jobs,” said Senator Tillis. “This legislation will allow our active-duty military, reservists, and veterans to apply the experience they gained serving our nation in a civilian capacity and not force them to go through a …..

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Rozier, Carroll remain chair, vice-chair of Bladen Board of Education

By Bethany Stephens The Bladen County Board of Education met Monday for its first session of 2018 where they nominated Vinston Rozier to remain chairman and Roger Carroll as vice chairman. Also, the board was presented gifts from various schools to show appreciation in recognition of School Board Appreciation Month. The Clarkton School of Discovery girls’ soccer team was recognized for finishing the 2017 season undefeated and for becoming the Bladen Five Conference champion. Additionally, the team allowed only three goals for the season. The team was coached by Jordan Raynor, a teacher and athletic director at CSD. Members of the team were: Addie Bowen, Maegan Burney, Cydney Campbell, Lilly …..

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White Lake Board Hears From State Agencies on Lake Water Issues

By Joy Warren After years of correspondence, calls and testing, two state agencies met with Mayor Goldston Womble prior to Tuesday’s January meeting of the Town of White Lake Board of Commissioners. Mayor Womble gave the standing room only crowd a concise overview from the last five years regarding the Town’s requests for assistance from state agencies. He made it clear that the Town has been very aggressive in seeking solutions to the water issues. Through five years of testing and studies there has been little help in determining the cause of the lake water discoloration or a solution for the rise in the PH level of the lake water, …..

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National Narcotic Officers’ Associations’ Coalition Commends Attorney General’s decision to rescind Cole Memo

The National Narcotic Officers’ Associations’ Coalition (NNOAC) applauds and commends US Attorney General Jeff Sessions for taking action today to rescind the “Cole Memo”, thereby restoring the ability of Federal prosecutors to enforce Federal drug laws. The NNOAC strongly opposed the action taken by the previous administration that restricted prosecutors’ ability to enforce the law against marijuana producers and distributors. According to NNOAC President, Bob Bushman, “One of the unfortunate consequences of the Cole Memo was the encouragement it provided to the marijuana industry to expand its reach, resulting in dramatic increases in marijuana use, marijuana-related traffic fatalities and the availability of marijuana in markets throughout our country”. “Given the …..

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Tillis Applauds President Trump’s Support for America’s Farmers

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) issued the following statement following President Donald Trump’s speech at the American Farm Bureau Federation’s 99th Annual Convention and the release of a new report by the Task Force on Agriculture and Rural Prosperity outlining various recommendations to improve life in rural communities:   “I applaud President Trump for his speech to the American Farm Bureau today showing his commitment to the agricultural industry and building on the work his administration has done over the last 12 months to uphold his promise to farmers across the country. Early last year, President Trump showed he was serious about agriculture having a seat at the table when …..

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Tillis Discusses a DACA-Border Security Deal on Fox News

“I think we can get a deal with Democrats and Republicans who are willing to recognize we need to solve the problem facing the DACA population and secure the border.” WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) appeared on Fox News Sunday Morning Futures with Maria Bartiromo to talk about reaching a deal to secure our borders and provide a solution for the DACA population. Watch the video here. On shutdown threats from Democrats over DACA: “Democrats, who have pushed the DREAM Act for 16 years and couldn’t produce an outcome when President Obama was in office and they had supermajorities, need to recognize that if they are …..

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A look back at the past Congressional year

By Congressman Robert Pittenger The New Year is traditionally a time to review and reflect on the triumphs and tribulations of the past year. In my view, 2017 was a turning point for America. Hidden behind the façade of media-induced frenzies was a year highlighted by accomplishments and progress on multiple fronts. After eight years of painful stagnation, America’s economy is energized again. With my full backing and support, Congress passed, and President Trump signed into law, the biggest tax cut bill in a generation. Hardworking Americans and middle-class families are going to see their tax rates shrink and their paychecks grow. By cutting the noncompetitive rates imposed on businesses, our …..

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Bladen County Democratic Party meetings

Bladen County Democratic Party meetings will be held on January 11, 2018 in the McDuffie Room of the Powell-Melvin Agricultural Building. Democratic Women of Bladen County will meet at 6:00 p.m. to elect officers and plan our agenda of activities for 2018.  Our group welcomes unaffiliated voters and men to join as us as well. All Bladen County Democrats will meet at 7:00 p.m. to organize our activities for the upcoming 2018 election season. Please call Democratic Party Chair Ben Snyder at 876-3565 or Democratic Women’s Secretary Patsy Sheppard at 862-3322 for more information. Share:

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Tillis Co-Sponsored Legislation Improving Veterans’ Access to Health Care Passes Senate

WASHINGTON, D.C. – This week, bipartisan legislation co-sponsored by U.S. Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) that seeks to improve veterans’ access to health care by expanding telehealth services – including mental health treatment – provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) unanimously passed the Senate. The Veterans E-Health & Telemedicine Support (VETS) Act was introduced by U.S. Senators Joni Ernst (R-IA) and Mazie Hirono (D-HI).   “Veterans currently receiving telehealth services must be physically present at a VA hospital or clinic, an unnecessary burden that prevents them from getting the  health care they need and deserve,” said Senator Tillis. “The VETS Act will allow veterans to receive these services from …..

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You Decide: Where’s The Economy Headed In 2018?

By Dr. Mike Walden January is my busiest month of the year for making public presentations. People want to know what the economy will be like in the year ahead. For businesses, economic forecasts are important for production and hiring plans. Government officials want to know what the economy will mean for their tax revenues and public expenditures. And, of course, the relative strength or weakness of the economy is one of the key determinants of the availability, types and pay of jobs for workers. I open my presentations by telling audiences economists are very good at predicting the past!  Although meant as a joke, there’s a large element of truth …..

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Tillis & Lankford Joint Statement On White House Meeting On DACA, Border Security

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Senators Thom Tillis (R-NC) and James Lankford (R-OK) issued the following joint statement on today’s meeting between President Trump and Senate Republicans on solutions for DACA and border security:   “Today’s meeting between the President and Senate Republicans was productive, and we are all on the same page when it comes to securing our borders once and for all and providing long-term certainty for DACA youth.   “Over the course of the last several weeks, we have negotiated in good faith with Senate Democrats on a DACA agreement. Unfortunately, our discussions on border security and enforcement with Democrats are much further apart, and that is key to …..

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Congressman Pittenger applauds President Trump for blocking Chinese acquisition

CHARLOTTE – On Tuesday, the Trump Administration, through CFIUS, blocked Ant Financial’s takeover of U.S. money-transfer business MoneyGram.  The Communist Chinese government is a significant shareholder in Ant Financial, and the company’s chairman is seen regularly with Communist leadership. Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) is leading efforts to strengthen the Committee on Foreign Investments in the United States (CFIUS), which advises the President on the potential national security impact of foreign investments, mergers, and acquisitions in sensitive industries. “The strength of America’s economy is vital to our national security,” said Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09).  “Giving China direct access to sensitive financial information, including remittances from dissidents living abroad and the ability to manipulate data …..

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Elizabethtown Council Recognizes Fire Department Promotions

By Joy Warren Bringing in the new year with a flurry of cold temperatures, the Elizabethtown Town Council held their rescheduled January meeting Tuesday evening. A pinning and swearing-in ceremony was conducted for newly promoted Fire Captains Hollis Freeman and Chad Sholar. Surrounded by family and fellow firefighters, Freeman and Sholar received their accolades. Chief Nick West acknowledged their commitment during the six week process and stated that both captains “show a high standard for leadership.” The Council made quick work of their administrative matters, delcaring three Reznor propane heaters as surplus property and authorizing the sale through GovDeals.com as well as agreeing to donate other deemed surplus property to …..

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Bladen commissioners issue invite to Chemours representatives

By Erin Smith The Bladen County Board of Commissioners met on Tuesday evening and requested to have the representatives from Chemours to meet with the County Commissioners to discuss the GenX issue. “I’ve been to several different meetings in reference to Chemours and the water problems that still exist out there,” Chairman Ray Britt said. “The last was at Gray’s Creek. Every one I’ve been to thus far, they take questions from you. Very few answers have been given. I’d like to request of the Commissioners that the Chemours representatives come meet with us as a board and if they can’t, then explain to us why they cannot.” He noted …..

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Sen. Thom Tillis on why he expects his staffers to apply for other jobs

Sen. Thom Tillis (R-N.C.) was a management consultant before entering elective politics, and has used this background to help inform his decision-making as chairman of the Senate Armed Services Subcommittee on Personnel and to manage his Senate staff. In a conversation with Tom Fox, Tillis talked about how he promotes professional development of his employees and the approach he takes to ensure staff accountability. Fox is a guest writer for On Leadership and the vice president for leadership and innovation at the nonprofit, nonpartisan Partnership for Public Service. The conversation has been edited for length and clarity.   Tell me about your approach to managing your Senate staff. We get our staff members to …..

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Chemours, Opioids, retirement and more are up for discussion for Bladen County Commissioners

The New Year has arrived and tomorrow a lot of folks will return to work. The Bladen County Board of Commissioners will also start back working on some issues facing our communities. The Bladen County Board of Commissioners are scheduled to meet about some important topics on Tuesday, January 2nd. There first meeting will be held at 6:00 p.m. to discuss some tax matters. Then at 6:30 their regular scheduled meeting will take place in the County Commissioners Meeting Room of the Courthouse, located at 106 East Broad Street, Elizabethtown. Some of the items on the agenda are: Recognition of Ms. Bonnie Drew’s retirement Public Hearing to Receive Comments Regarding the …..

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Senators Tillis & Coons Issue Joint Statement On Protests In Iran

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senators Thom Tillis (R-NC) and Chris Coons (D-DE), co-chairs of the bipartisan Senate Human Rights Caucus, today issued the following joint statement on the continued protests in Iran:   “The Iranian people are bravely and peacefully taking to the streets to voice their rejection of a regime that has oppressed them and denied their basic human rights. The bipartisan Senate Human Rights Caucus stands in solidarity with the demands of the Iranian protestors and urges the Administration and Congress to continue supporting human rights in Iran.” Share:

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CONGRESSMAN PITTENGER ON IRAN PROTESTS:  U.S. PROVIDES MORAL CLARITY FOR THOSE SEEKING FREEDOM

CHARLOTTE – In a live Sunday afternoon interview with Fox News anchor Eric Shawn, Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) praised President Donald Trump’s support for the Iranian pro-democracy movement and discussed the importance of American leaders speaking out for freedom.   “We’re so grateful the President stood strong for those who are going to the streets in Iran seeking freedom.  I speak every summer at a major rally in Paris for those who are seeking freedom and regime change.    “We need to stand strong. The United States provides moral clarity for those seeking freedom throughout the world.  That’s so important.  They need to hear from us.  They want to hear from us.  It …..

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140 new jobs in Cumberland County

DHL Supply Chain, a leader in contract logistics and part of Deutsche Post DHL Group, plans to bring 140 jobs to Cumberland County in partnership with Campbell Soup Company, Governor Roy Cooper announced today. Together, the companies plan to invest more than $40 million in this project.   “DHL Supply Chain and Campbell chose Cumberland County for its skilled workforce, proximity to major transportation hubs, and favorable business climate,” Gov. Cooper said. “I’m proud to welcome them to North Carolina.”   DHL Supply Chain is partnering with Campbell to develop a distribution network of four centers across the country. Campbell plans to construct a 627,000 square-foot distribution facility with the …..

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Civil Rights, Housing Advocates Say Protect Access and Affordability in GSE Reform

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Leading civil and human rights organizations joined housing advocates today and sent a letter today to both the Senate Banking Committee and the House Financial Services Committee that stakeholders — now excluded  from current congressional discussions on reforming the nation’s housing system — be expanded to include all voices and perspectives.  Organizations seeking to advise the congressional committees are: The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, National Coalition for Asian-Pacific American Community Development, Center for Responsible Lending, National Fair Housing Alliance, NAACP, UNIDOS USA, National Urban League, and the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights.  The top policy concern of the organizations is to preserve the current system’s access …..

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President signs historic tax cuts and reform legislation into law

Washington, D.C. – Congressman David Rouzer released the statement below following President Donald Trump signing the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (H.R. 1) into law: “Today is truly historic.  For far too long, individuals, families and businesses have been burdened by an outdated and unfair tax code that has been a drag on our economy and has penalized hard work,” said Rep. David Rouzer.  “I applaud President Trump for signing this tax relief and reform bill into law so that hardworking taxpayers will finally have a tax code that respects the challenges they face and will deliver the relief they so richly deserve.  The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act will lower taxes and …..

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Senate Unanimously Passes Tillis & Heinrich Bill To Help American Consumers By Modifying Product Regulations

WASHINGTON, D.C. – This week, the Senate unanimously passed the Ceiling Fan Energy Conservation Harmonization Act, bipartisan legislation introduced by Senators Thom Tillis (R-NC) and Martin Heinrich (D-NM) that modifies the implementation of two upcoming regulations that would have passed on new costs to millions of American consumers if left unchanged. There are currently two efficiency requirement regulations on ceiling fans that will begin enforcement one year apart from each other: light bulbs in January 2019 and motors in January 2020. These misaligned dates could create a significant problem for the industry when multiplied over thousands of stores, supply chain lead times, redundant employee work hours, and the transition of inventory. …..

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You Decide: Is North Carolina’s Economic Shift Complete?

By Dr. Mike Walden In a few weeks I will celebrate the 40th anniversary of my job interview at North Carolina State University. I had left a snow-covered Ithaca, New York – home of Cornell University where I was finishing my Ph.D. degree – and exited the plane on the tarmac (yes, airline passengers did that in the good-ole-days) at RDU Airport. It was bright and sunny and 70 degrees. I thought to myself – I could get used to this! And I have. Next to marrying my wife, I can’t think of a better decision I’ve made in my life.  The four decades I’ve been in North Carolina have been …..

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Tillis, Grassley, Klobuchar Bill to Aid Families of Missing Autism, Alzheimer’s Patients Passes Senate

WASHINGTON, D.C. – This week, bipartisan legislation introduced by Senators Thom Tillis (R-NC), Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA), and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) to help families locate missing loved ones with Alzheimer’s disease, autism and related conditions unanimously passed the U.S. Senate. Kevin and Avonte’s Law (S. 2070), named in honor of two boys with autism who perished after wandering from safety, would also support training for caregivers to prevent and respond to instances of wandering and is now pending approval in the U.S. House of Representatives. “I’m pleased to see the Senate unanimously pass Kevin and Avonte’s Law, which will support training for caregivers to prevent and respond to missing individuals with …..

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$375 million in Retroactive Disaster Relief Available to North Carolin and Other States

WASHINGTON – Today, the U.S. House of Representatives approved the Emergency Disaster Aid Package (H.R. 4667) in response to Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria. Following a November 13th letter from Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) and the entire North Carolina Congressional delegation to House Leadership, approximately $375 million of the funding approved today will be made available to North Carolina and other states still recovering from previous disasters. “Most folks don’t realize Lumberton, Fayetteville, Elizabethtown, and other southeastern North Carolina communities are still rebuilding following Hurricane Matthew,” said Congressman Pittenger.  “Knowing the House would vote this year to help Texas, Florida, and Puerto Rico, I made sure House Leadership was aware of the unmet needs in North …..

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Congressman Pittenger: Hold nations accountable for anti-U.S. votes at U.N.

WASHINGTON – Today, the United Nations General Assembly voted to condemn President Donald Trump’s reality-based decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09), who has worked for several years to push back against anti-U.S. and anti-Israeli voting blocs at the U.N., issued this statement: “Once again, many of our ‘friends’ at the U.N. are voting against the United States and Israel.  We should look closely at holding these countries accountable with respect to the significant U.S. foreign aid they receive. “Jerusalem has been Israel’s capital since the time of King David.  Israel’s legislature and courts are in Jerusalem.  Why should we continue to pretend otherwise?” Congressman …..

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Predatory lending allies in Congress seek to eliminate consumer bureau rule aimed at payday lending debt trap

On December 1, 2017, members of the U.S. House of Representatives introduced a proposal known as the Congressional Review Act (CRA) to repeal the new payday and car title lending rule finalized by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) in October. The announcement to roll back this important consumer protection comes off the heels of the payday lenders’ latest assault to dismantle the consumer bureau. The CRA was introduced by payday lending allies Rep. Dennis Ross (R-Fla.), along with Rep. Alcee Hastings (D-Fla.), Tom Graves (R-Ga.), Henry Cuellar (D-Texas), Steve Stivers (R-Ohio), and Collin Peterson (D-Minn.). CRA in a Nutshell A CRA resolution is a fast-track legislative tool that Congress …..

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A promise made, a promise kept

By Congressman Robert Pittneger Promise made, promise kept.  This week, House and Senate Republicans, working with President Trump, delivered on our promise to give tax relief to hardworking American families. Right now, roughly half of Americans live paycheck-to-paycheck.  The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act is focused on boosting take-home pay for hardworking American families by doubling the standard deduction, doubling the child tax credit, and preserving important middle-class deductions for charitable contributions, mortgage interest, medical expenses, and retirement savings.  All of this means the typical North Carolina family will see an extra $2,000 in their paychecks each year. Our conservative Republican tax reform will also boost the economy and create …..

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Congressman Pittenger: Obama let terror group off the hook

WASHINGTON – This weekend, POLITICO reported bombshell allegations that the Obama Administration obstructed a major investigation into terror-group Hezbollah as part of securing the Iran Nuclear Deal. Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09), who serves as Vice Chairman of the House Financial Services Subcommittee on Terrorism and Illicit Finance, on Monday wrote House Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Trey Gowdy (SC-04) requesting an immediate investigation. Today, Congressman Pittenger addressed the U.S. House of Representatives on the “shocking and infuriating” allegations. “I rise to express my outrage at a detailed report by POLITICO which included testimony that President Obama and his Administration obstructed a major DEA investigation into Hezbollah because they wanted to secure the Iran deal. “These …..

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Tillis Supports Senate Passage of Tax Reform Legislation

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) voted in favor tax reform legislation that passed the Senate. The House is expected to vote on the legislation today and will head to the President’s desk to be signed into law. “This tax reform package fulfills a long-standing promise to deliver tax relief that benefits hard-working Americans across our nation. Starting early next year, most North Carolina families will notice bigger paychecks as the federal government withholds less of their hard-earned money because of newly lowered tax rates and a significantly larger standard deduction. This historic legislation also provides a major boost to American businesses and makes our private sector even …..

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Congressman Pittenger on Final Passage of Tax Reform Bill

WASHINGTON – Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) released the following statement after the House of Representatives voted 227-203 to pass the finalized version of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (H.R. 1): “This is truly a historic day. The House of Representatives just passed the finalized version of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, a transformational, job creating overhaul of our outdated and broken tax code. This is a tax cut for the Middle Class and the millions of hardworking Americans fighting to build a better life for themselves and their children. “We are nearly doubling the standard deduction, increasing the Child Tax Credit and slashing tax rates so that all Americans …..

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House passes historic tax reform conference report, heads to Senate for final vote

Washington, D.C. – Today, with the support of Congressman David Rouzer, the House of Representatives passed arguably the biggest tax cut and reform package in history.  The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (H.R. 1) overhauls the tax code to bring back jobs from overseas, improve America’s competitiveness in the global economy, and create a much more dynamic economy that will naturally generate increased wages.  This legislation provides historic tax relief for American workers, families, and job creators. “For far too long, individuals, families and businesses have been forced to comply with an outdated and burdensome tax code that penalizes their effort and hard work and has been a drag on our …..

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Bladen Commissioners discuss lawsuit

By: Charlotte Smith The Board of Bladen County Commissioners had a long agenda Monday evening. Tax matters, finances, Sheriff’s needs, and a lawsuit were only some of the items for the group to cover. Charles Ray Peterson was recognized for his work as Chairman of the Board of Commissioners during the past year. Peterson accepted the plaque with a jolly smile in his Christmas suit. After the moment of silence, prayer, and recognition was over the commissioners got down to business. The commissioners discussed their feelings about the Opioid Epidemic. They listed who they felt had blame in the game besides the pharmaceutical companies. On a few of the commissioner’s …..

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Congressman Pittenger Calls for Investigation into Obama Admin interference with Hezbollah Investigation

WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) sent a letter to Chairman Trey Gowdy of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform urging an investigation into the Obama Administration’s alleged interference in a multi-agency investigation into Hezbollah’s illegal drug dealing, money laundering and arms running. “Now, it appears in order to secure his deeply flawed Iran Deal, President Obama and his administration shielded the Iran-backed terror group Hezbollah from a major US multi-agency investigation targeting Hezbollah’s global criminal operation which included drug dealing, money laundering and arms running,” said Congressman Pittenger. “These revelations are shocking and infuriating. “While American soldiers were bravely fighting ISIS terrorists, with some paying the ultimate price, …..

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Congressman Pittenger: China targeting our tech, we must react

Pittenger legislation endorsed by Treasury Secretary, Defense Secretary,   and Attorney General as President Trump prioritizes IP Theft in National Security Strategy WASHINGTON – Today, President Donald Trump announced an “America First” national security strategy which specifically targets the theft or strategic acquisition of intellectual property and sensitive technology by China and other adversarial foreign powers. New legislation from Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) and Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn (R-TX) would address that issue by modernizing the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS), which hasn’t been substantially reformed since the Ford Administration. “Chinese investment in the United States has grown from $4.5 billion in 2010 to $46 billion last …..

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PITTENGER: OBAMA ADMINISTRATION LET DRUG DEALING HEZBOLLAH TERROR GROUP OFF THE HOOK

WASHINGTON – Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) released the following statement after learning of the Obama Administration’s interference of a DEA operation targeting Hezbollah and their illicit drug dealing activities.  “The nexus between terrorist organizations, including Hezbollah, and Latin American drug cartels is a subversive alliance which provides hundreds of millions of dollars to global jihad. The witnesses providing account of the Obama administration derailing and stonewalling the prosecution of this illicit funding investigation has resulted in the most serious consequences of the misguided and injudicious actions of President Obama and his team,” said Congressman Pittenger. “Last month, I hosted a forum in Buenos Aires for 220 Members of Parliament and government officials …..

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Congressman Pittenger: Obama Admin Let Hezbollah Off The Hook

WASHINGTON – Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) released the following statement after learning of the Obama Administration’s interference of a DEA operation targeting Hezbollah and their illicit drug dealing activities. “The nexus between terrorists organizations, including Hezbollah, and Latin American drug cartels is a subversive alliance which provides hundreds of millions of dollars to global jihad. The witnesses providing account of the Obama administration derailing and stonewalling the prosecution of this illicit funding investigation has resulted in the most serious consequences of the misguided and injudicious actions of President Obama and his team,” said Congressman Pittenger. “Last month, I hosted a forum in Buenos Aires for 220 Members of Parliament and government officials …..

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Treasury Secretary, Attorney General, Other Experts Endorse Pittenger’s National Security Legislation

WASHINGTON – Two Trump Administration Cabinet officials, a former senior level intelligence official, an influential Chinese watchdog and a major industry stakeholder have announced their support for Congressman Robert Pittenger’s Foreign Investment Risk Review Modernization Act (FIRRMA). TREASURY SECRETARY MNUCHIN: “I support the goals of FIRRMA, which will help to ensure that CFIUS has the tools necessary to protect the national security of the United States, while simultaneously maintaining our open investment environment. I stand ready to work with Senators Cornyn, Feinstein, and Burr, Congressman Pittenger, the committees of jurisdiction, and other Members of Congress as this important legislation advances,” said U.S. Department of Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin. (Secretary Steven Mnuchin, 12/14/2017) …..

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Senators Tillis & Coons Statement on Reuters Journalists Arrested in Burma

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senators Thom Tillis (R-NC) and Chris Coons (D-DE), co-chairs of the Senate Human Rights Caucus, released the following statement about the Reuters journalists who were arrested in Burma on Tuesday: “As co-chairs of the Senate Human Rights Caucus, we are gravely concerned about the arrests of two Reuters journalists, Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo, in Burma who were writing stories about the crisis in Rakhine State following the military’s brutal crackdown on the Rohingya. We join the U.S. Embassy in Burma in calling for the Burmese government to explain the arrests and allow access to the journalists. Freedom of the press is a fundamental democratic value and critical to …..

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America’s national debt is in the danger zone

By U.S. Congressman Robert Pittenger America is in the midst of a serious crisis, and one you won’t hear about on cable news. America’s national debt now exceeds $20 trillion and we are still borrowing $1 million every minute.  Yet, Washington just keeps spending dollars it doesn’t have. Not only is this unsustainable, it’s also very dangerous. The former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Admiral Michael Mullen, is on record that America’s national debt is our most significant national security threat. And it is easy to see why.  The government is forced to spend 6.5 percent of our annual budget on interest payments.  That is $266 billion in …..

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Bladen GOP to have Christmas gathering

The Bladen County GOP will conduct their annual Christmas gathering on Monday, December 18th, between 5 p.m. & 7 p.m. at San Jose in Elizabethtown.  There will be hors d’oeuvres, drinks and a cash bar.   Share:

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Tillis Chairs Hearing on Traumatic Brain Injury/Concussions in Service members

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 updating the subcommittee on research, diagnosis, and treatment for traumatic brain injury/concussion in service members. “Since 2000, the Department of Defense diagnosed over 370,000 service members with traumatic brain injury, with the majority of them diagnosed in non-deployment settings. This is not a unique problem within the Department of Defense however– it is a national problem,” said Senator Tillis. “Last year alone, there were about 2.5 million emergency room visits related to concussions in the United States, and medical experts believe there were many more concussed individuals who …..

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Tillis & Burr Support Army’s Decision to Place Security Force Assistance Brigade at Fort Bragg

WASHINGTON, D.C. – North Carolina Senators Thom Tillis and Richard Burr applauded the Department of the Army’s recent announcement that the second of six Security Force Assistance Brigades (SFAB) will be activated at Fort Bragg, North Carolina in January 2018. SFABs are specialized units whose core mission is to conduct advise-and-assist operations with allies and partners. The Army stated the decision to station the second SFAB at Fort Bragg was based on strategic considerations including projected time to activate and train an SFAB, presence of senior grade personnel to man the unit, and required facility costs. “Fort Bragg is the tip of the spear for the U.S. military and continues to be one …..

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UNANIMOUS: Pittenger legislation to help those with little/no credit approved by key House committee

WASHINGTON – The House Financial Services Committee today gave unanimous approval to Congressman Robert Pittenger’s legislation designed to give hardworking Americans more opportunities to build good credit on their own merit. The bipartisan Credit Access and Inclusion Act (H.R. 435) was introduced by Congressman Pittenger (R-NC) and Congressman Keith Ellison (D-MN) in January. “This truly bipartisan effort could end credit invisibility, providing tens of millions of hardworking Americans more affordable credit and insurance,” explained Congressman Pittenger to his colleagues on the Financial Services Committee.  “This bill will also greatly expand lending, enabling small businesses to expand, increasing household wealth and generating economic growth.  This legislation would allow those Americans with credit invisibility to establish a …..

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Statement from Anita Earls on the Lawsuit Filed Yesterday Challenging the Elimination of Judicial Primaries in North Carolina

RALEIGH, N.C. – A lawsuit was filed yesterday by the North Carolina Democratic Party, challenging the General Assembly’s elimination of all judicial primaries in North Carolina.  The primaries were cancelled when the legislature overrode Governor Cooper’s veto of Senate Bill 656 on October 17, 2017.  The lawsuit seeks a preliminary injunction from the federal court to allow political parties to hold primaries in elections that were made partisan by another act of the legislature in March 2017. Anita Earls, a Democratic candidate for Associate Justice of the North Carolina Supreme Court, issued the following statement after the lawsuit was filed: “I fully support the Democratic Party’s effort to protect the right to vote …..

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GOP says the Democrats are coming

Contributed North Carolina Democrats announced nine new candidates for the House of Representatives — part of their statewide effort to break our majority and seize control of the government in Raleigh. North Carolina voters don’t want more liberal “solutions” from Democrats, and they certainly don’t want Roy Cooper loyalists running the legislature. We can’t sit back and let them sneak their way in the back door like they did last year. We’ve got to take the fight to them early — and often. Since Roy Cooper has taken office, he’s done everything he can to drag North Carolina into the left-wing “resistance.” He wants to raise our taxes, force our …..

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White Lake Board Hears Update From Cape Fear Valley Health

  By Joy Warren Dr. Roxie Wells, Associate Chief Medical Officer with Cape Fear Valley Health, updated the White Lake Board of Commissioners at their Tuesday evening regular meeting. Dr. Wells stressed the importance for rural communities to have access to care. The hospital is looking forward to the new clinic scheduled to be constructed in White Lake. “I am committed to this community and to quality healthcare for the community,” stated Dr. Wells. Mayor Goldston Womble thanked her for coming and stated the Town is looking forward to working with the hospital. Womble administered the Oath of Office for re-elected commissioners Tim Blount, Paul Evans and Mike Suggs. Tom …..

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NDAA Signed Into Law; Includes Upgrades to NC Military Installations and Quality of Life Improvements for Service members & Military Families

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) applauded the President for signing the FY2018 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) into law. The legislation included several key provisions introduced by Senator Tillis that make critical improvements to Camp Lejeune and Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, provide an across the board pay raise for service members, and implement important reforms that will make life easier for military families. Senator Tillis chairs the Armed Services Subcommittee on Personnel, which has oversight over half of the Pentagon’s budget. On a bipartisan basis, Senator Tillis and his subcommittee colleagues secured an across the board 2.4% pay raise for our Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines. “I applaud …..

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Tillis Names New State Director, Deputy State Director

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) announced that Kim Canady Barnes will serve as his next State Director and Luke Blanchat will serve as his Deputy State Director. Barnes will be replacing current State Director Jordan Shaw, who was recently named as Executive Vice President for the consulting firm OnMessage Inc. Barnes has served as Senator Tillis’ Deputy State Director since he took office in 2015, and has managed the Senator’s regional office in Raleigh, responsible for overseeing casework and correspondence with federal agencies to assist North Carolinians. Blanchat has served as Senator Tillis’ Director of Economic Development, based out of the Senator’s regional office in Charlotte. Blanchat previously …..

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Martin (Tony) Denning declares his candidacy for NC House

Today I am formally announcing my candidacy for the Democratic Primary for North Carolina House District 22. At present House District 22 is comprised of Bladen County and a portion of Sampson County. Currently the courts and the North Carolina Legislature are determining the final district lines for House 22. I am a native of Sampson County and currently reside in Bladen County.  In 1975 I graduated from Lakewood High School and I am a member of the Class of 1979 from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Additionally, I completed post-graduate work at Fayetteville State University. It has been my pleasure to serve as an educator in …..

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Charlotte Catholic student receives prestigious appointment to US Merchant Marine Academy

CHARLOTTE – Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) is honored to announce that Carmen Adamson, a senior at Charlotte Catholic High School, has received a prestigious appointment to the United States Merchant Marine Academy. Ms. Adamson is a Cadet 2nd Lieutenant with the Civil Air Patrol, sings in the Charlotte Catholic Honor Women’s Choir, and coaches tennis for local children. “As I combed through various schools, I found that the average college life of sororities, parties, and internships seemed pointless to me.  On the other hand, everything in the military serves a purpose and has a meaning,”explained Ms. Adamson.  “I yearned to do the important work that only the military and its academies could offer …..

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Bladenboro board hears concerns about McLean Park

By Erin Smith The Bladenboro Town Board heard concerns about McLean Park during their meeting on Monday night. Town Commissioner Sarah Jane Benson asked Town Administrator John O’Daniel for an update regarding McLean Park. “I was wondering what the status is of lightning out at McLean Park. Did we ever find out what we could and could not do or what was available?” asked Benson. O’Daniel said, “I talked with Four County. I’ve given them what we are looking for and they are working on putting together a proposal.” Benson also asked about the status of the replacement of the swings and repairs of the bleachers at Wateree Park. O’Daniel …..

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Congressman Pittenger Hosts Major Multi-National Forum

WASHINGTON – Thursday, Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) hosted over 160 Members of Parliament, Ambassadors, Intelligence officials and industry experts from 53 countries for the 10th Parliamentary Intelligence-Security Forum. The high level multi-national gathering featured expert discussion on issues relating to terrorism financing and cybersecurity issues. “The United States and the nations of the free world share the bond of a common enemy, one that seeks our destruction. Previous freedom loving generations came together to fight the Nazis and defeat the forces of evil. Now we must do the same. The threat of terrorism is unlike anything we’ve seen. The ruthless brutality of modern day terrorism is unfathomable. They want nothing more …..

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Executive Branch Will Also Meet with New NC NAACP Leadership

RALEIGH– Eleven days ago we delivered letters to the leaders of the three independent branches of the government of North Carolina. Yesterday Chief Justice Mark Martin responded to our request for a meeting with him to discuss how the NC NAACP can work with the Judiciary Branch in reforming the criminal justice system and other issues we have in common. This morning Gov. Roy Cooper’s office also responded. As the leader of the Executive Branch, he has agreed to meet with the NC NAACP to discuss criminal justice reform and other issues the NC NAACP is concerned about. The N.C. Constitution provides these three co-equal branches of our Government shall …..

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You Decide: Can Good Behavior Sometimes Cost You More?

By Dr. Mike Walden There’s an old saying stating, “no good deed goes unpunished.” I was reminded of it during a recent radio call-in program where I was the guest. The topic was the conservation of resources, like water or electricity, something that is encouraged and applauded. However, a caller related a story where he conscientiously reduced his water usage during a dry summer, only to be “rewarded” with an increase in the price per gallon he paid. He said since then, he has ignored all calls to conserve. I understand the caller’s frustration. When we change our lifestyle to achieve a common goal – like reducing water use – …..

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Congressman Pittenger on Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act

WASHINGTON – Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) issued this statement after the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act (H.R. 38):   “The 2nd Amendment guarantees Americans the right to bear arms. The freedom of speech isn’t restricted by state lines, and neither should our 2nd Amendment rights.   “Millions of Americans have met the extensive requirements necessary to receive a concealed carry permit. However, some states severely restrict the ability of these law abiding citizens to exercise their right to carry.  Such restrictions infringe upon our 2nd Amendment rights.   “To address this troubling problem, I co-sponsored and voted for the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act, which ensures that every state in …..

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Senators Tillis & Coons Introduce Bipartisan Resolution Honoring Human Rights Day

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Thom Tillis (R-NC) and Chris Coons (D-DE), co-chairs of the Senate Human Rights Caucus, today introduced a resolution in the United States Senate honoring Human Rights Day and the 69th Anniversary of the 1948 ratification of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. “I am proud to introduce the Human Rights Day resolution that honors the adoption of the historic Universal Declaration of Human Rights affirming the rights of individuals and setting the standard for human rights protections,” said Senator Tillis. “As co-chair of the Senate Human Rights Caucus, I will continue to work on behalf of those who advocate for basic human rights and ensure that the United …..

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Rouzer praises Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as capital of Israel

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman David Rouzer released the statement below following President Donald J. Trump’s press conference recognizing the city of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. “I strongly support President Trump’s move to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.  For thousands of years the historic and national identity of the Jewish people has been under attack by extremists and others wishing to cause harm and destruction to the people of Israel. Jerusalem has always been the rightful capital of Israel.  I’m very grateful that President Trump not only recognizes this fact, but has the courage to act on it.  I urge our allies in the Middle East and …..

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Tillis Supports Decision to Declare Jerusalem as the Capital of Israel

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) issued the following statement after President Trump declared Jerusalem as the capital of Israel: “I applaud President Trump for reaffirming our commitment to our greatest ally in the Middle East by recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, following through on years of advocacy on the part of leaders from both parties. The United States and Israel have a special relationship that is rooted in shared common principles and core values, and the President’s defining action will further strengthen the bond between our two great nations.”   Share:

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Congressman Pittenger on Jerusalem Embassy

WASHINGTON – Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) issued this statement after President Trump announced his decision to follow existing law and move the United States Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem: “Jerusalem has been Israel’s capital since the time of King David.  Jerusalem’s legislature and courts are in Jerusalem.  Why should we continue to pretend otherwise?” asked Congressman Pittenger.  “Would we be okay with other countries insisting our capital was somewhere other than Washington?  President Trump’s common sense decision is grounded in reality.” Congressman Pittenger has traveled to Israel four times as a Member of Congress, meeting with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, President Shimon Peres, and local leaders to discuss joint efforts to defeat …..

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Letter to the Editor: African migrants being auctioned in Libya

And Now African Migrants Auctioned in Libya. What’s Next? Over the last few days, my phone got filled with video footages, showing African migrants detained in Libyan concentration camps, where they’ve been auctioned for daily labor, beaten, and worked to death. One video shows an African migrant lain on his stomach on a single bed, legs tied at the ankles with a rope, arms tied around his back. Bleeding immensely from torture, he can barely murmur a word to beg a respite. His abductor, a Caucasian, yells at him in a mix of broken English and Spanish, “look in the camera!” Thus, telling him to ask his relatives back in …..

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Elizabethtown Wells Show No Concentration of Gen-X

By Joy Warren Elizabethtown Town Council met in regular session Monday evening and heard a report from Public Works Director Pat DeVane regarding testing of the Town’s wells. DeVane stated that “the wells were tested for Gen-X and 4 related compounds with no measurable concentration of the compounds.” He will continue to keep up-to-date with the information from the State, but, as of right now, “the Town’s water supply is safe”. After a public hearing, Council approved an ordinance to reduce the speed limit to 20 mph on McLeod Street at the entrance to Bladen Medical. Safety of McLeod Village residents was a concern as residents are walking or riding …..

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Congressman Pittenger: Tax relief is on the way

WASHINGTON – Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) released this statement on the House of Representatives passage of a motion to go to conference on the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (H.R. 1): “Tonight, with my vote and support, the House of Representatives took a big step towards delivering pro-growth, job creating tax cuts as we advanced our motion to conference with the Senate,” said Congressman Pittenger. “Regrettably,  Freedom Caucus leadership sought to hold this critical legislation hostage and voted against tonight’s bill. “With passage, we can now work with our colleagues in the Senate to take the best of our respective bills and produce a unified final version for President Trump to sign into law. After years of suffering under a burdensome and oppressive tax code, historic tax relief is …..

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NC NAACP Statement on the Recent Tax Bill 

NC NAACP Statement on the Recent Tax Bill RALIEGH– The NC NAACP stands with and defends all who are colored by the sin of discrimination. Those who have created and lobbied for the US Senate Tax “Reform” Bill–including Acting-President Trump–are guilty of not one, but three sins: 1.The sin of oppression:​ The bill is a scam and a sham.  To reform something means to improve it. The bill improves the lives of the ultra-wealthy, and of the massive corporations who have funded the campaigns of many who occupy seats in the government; The centerpiece of the bill slashes​  corporate tax rates​ from 35 to 20 percent.  ​But for the 99% who are purportedly represented by our government, the bill  will …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

Thoughts While Shaving

Late night college football score – Clemson 38 – Miami 3. Other scores of interest: Ohio State 27 – Wisconsin 21 Georgia 28 – Auburn 7 Oklahoma 41 – TCU 17 Confused about claims by our elected officials?  Google FactCheck.  Yesterday, topics included: 1) Websites that have published fake or satirical stories 2) President Trump recent claims during speeches 3) Sen. Warren’s claim of being part native American 4) Michael Flynn activities 5) Nancy Pelosi claims 6) Rep. Kevin Brady, Chairman of US House tax writing committee, claims Check the site and make your own conclusions. Check our Sports section for info on West and East Bladen student athletes who …..

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Senate Passes Tax Reform Bill, Both Chambers Head to Conference Committee

Washington, D.C. –  Today, the United States Senate passed their version of a tax reform bill paving the way for both chambers to go to a conference committee where differences in the House and Senate versions will be ironed out to produce a final tax reform bill. “For too long, we have been forced to comply with an outdated, expensive and burdensome tax code that works against the vast majority of working Americans,” said Rep. David Rouzer.  “Passage of tax reform by the United States Senate is a huge victory for the American people, our economy, and country.  The respective House and Senate versions of tax cuts and reform respect hardworking …..

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Congressman Pittenger on Senate’s Passage of Tax Reform Bill

CHARLOTTE – Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) released this statement after the Senate’s passage of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act: “Are you tired of Uncle Sam picking your pocket?  We’re putting an end to that.  Early this morning, the Senate followed our lead in the House and passed conservative tax reform to let you keep more of your paycheck, create jobs, and transform the economy. “On Monday, I’ll work to help take the next step, as the House conferences with the Senate and we can take the best of both bills and send the final legislation to President Trump.” Early Saturday morning, the Senate passed the Tax Cuts and Jobs …..

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Tillis Statement on Senate Passage of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) issued the following statement after the Senate passed its tax reform proposal, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act: “Today, the Senate voted to take us one step closer to historic tax reform that will lead to bigger paychecks for hardworking Americans, and will make our nation more competitive at the global level. In the coming days, differences between the House and Senate versions of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act will be resolved and improvements will be made, and I’m confident the end result will deliver on our promise to provide much-needed tax relief for the American people.” Share:

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Congressman Pittenger: Upgrade Highway 74 to interstate

U.S. 74 is the primary highway through North Carolina’s 9th Congressional District.  While some folks only know it as the route to the beach, this vital corridor connects challenged rural communities to economic and transportation assets in Charlotte and the port in Wilmington. What if we could turn Highway 74 into an economic development asset that helped recruit new jobs and opportunities to our local communities? Currently, Highway 74 is a mixture of freeway, rural highway, and city street.  Drivers face congestion and countless stoplights.  The lack of adequate transportation infrastructure has stifled business investment and job growth in many communities along Highway 74. That is why I think it …..

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Congressman Pittenger: End Congressional “hush fund”

WASHINGTON – Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) has introduced bipartisan legislation to prohibit the use of taxpayer money for settlements in connection with sexual harassment or sexual assault involving Members of Congress. The legislation was introduced Thursday in partnership with Congressman Ron DeSantis (FL-06). “Sexual harassment is wrong.  Expecting taxpayers to pay hush money to hide your misdeeds is outrageous,” said Congressman Pittenger.  “Members of Congress should be held to a higher standard, and Members of Congress should be held accountable for their actions.” The Congressional Accountability and Hush Fund Elimination Act: ·       Prohibits the use of taxpayer money to pay settlements or awards for sexual harassment or assault claims ·       Requires public disclosure of payments previously made by …..

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Congressman Pittenger on Kate Steinle verdict

WASHINGTON – Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) released this statement after learning illegal immigrant Jose Zarate had been acquitted of the murder of American citizen Kate Steinle: “Whether or not the shooting was intentional or a tragic accident, Jose Zarate would not have been able to kill Kate Steinle if not for San Francisco’s dangerous ‘sanctuary city’ policy.  This is what happens when you try to score political points by ignoring the law and allowing dangerous criminals to go free. “As a father, I hurt for Kate’s family.  Working with President Trump, I am committed to ending sanctuary cities and restoring the rule of law.” Kate Steinle was walking with her father …..

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Tillis Co-Sponsors Bipartisan Legislation to Enhance Compliance, Ensure Accuracy of Existing Background Check System for Firearms Purchases

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) has co-sponsored bipartisan legislation introduced by Senators John Cornyn (R-TX), Chris Murphy (D-CT), Tim Scott (R-SC), and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) to ensure federal and state authorities comply with existing law and accurately report relevant criminal history records to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS). The Fix NICS Act penalizes federal agencies who fail to properly report relevant records and incentivizes states to improve their overall reporting. The bill also directs more federal funding to the accurate reporting of domestic violence records. “The Fix NICS Act is commonsense, bipartisan legislation that strikes the right balance between addressing legitimate public safety concerns and protecting the Second Amendment rights …..

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CONGRESSMAN PITTENGER APPLAUDS PASSAGE OF MANDATORY HARASSMENT TRAINING FOR U.S. HOUSE

“Please Pray for Your Leaders” WASHINGTON – This afternoon, the U.S. House of Representatives unanimously adopted House Resolution 630, “Requiring each Member, officer, and employee of the House of Representatives to complete a training in workplace rights and responsibilities each session of each Congress.” Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09), who already requires his staff to complete anti-harassment training, strongly supported the resolution: “Sexual harassment is wrong, and reports of this behavior on Capitol Hill deeply trouble me.  My office has always had a zero-tolerance policy on sexual harassment, and I am thankful the full House joined together today to require this training for all Members, officers, and employees. “Please pray for us.  …..

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Congressman Pittenger on Mulvaney appointment

CHARLOTTE – Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) issued this statement on President Trump’s decision to appoint Mick Mulvaney as Acting Director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau: “Richard Cordray and his cronies are fighting hard to maintain a leadership structure which the D.C. Court of Appeals has already ruled to be unconstitutional.  That should concern every American.  Why do liberals think our economy and personal finance should be ruled by an unaccountable, unconstitutional bureaucrat? “President Trump and Acting Director Mulvaney are committed to protecting American consumers, but doing so the American way, with oversight and accountability.  This is a win for ordinary Americans.” As a Member of House Financial Services Committee, Congressman …..

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Reelect James “Jim” McVicker Bladen County Sheriff Golf Tournament At Vineyard Golf

On Saturday, December 9 a fund raising golf tournament will be held to support the reelection campaign of Bladen County Sheriff Jim McVicker. The tournament registration will be held at 9 a.m. with a starting time of 10 a.m. It will be a Captain’s Choice event with a entry fee of $400 per team. Sponsorships are available in the denominations of (Gold) $500, (Silver) $250, and (Bronze) $100. Personal checks only will be accepted. There will be a car given away for a hole-in-one on a designated hole. A long drive contest and a closest to the pin contest will also be held. Door prizes will be given away with free gifts and a lunch available. …..

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Rep. Pittenger’s Weekly Column

By the time you’re reading this, I hope you’ve picked your turkey, prepared your stuffing and mash potatoes and removed your Pecan pie from the oven. Thanksgiving is a special time of year where we can all put aside the stresses of everyday life and instead enjoy the company of loved ones, the taste of good food and, of course, watch football. This day is also a reminder that no matter the challenges we face or the obstacles that lie ahead, we all have something to be thankful. Personally, I have much to be grateful for this Thanksgiving. Let us all give thanks to the God of our Fathers, who …..

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