05/26/2019
  • 8:13 am Thoughts While Shaving for May 26
  • 11:37 pm Bladen County Dixie Youth Baseball: Elite 7, Reds 3
  • 11:32 pm Bladen Recreation 13-16 Fast-Pitch Softball: Slammers 9, Comets 6
  • 11:22 pm This Day in History for May 26
  • 9:34 am Bladen County Board of Commissioners hold special meetings
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RALEIGH – A three-judge panel of the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals has struck down North Carolina’s voter identification law, stating that it was “passed with racially discriminatory intent.” This reverses a lower-court’s ruling that previously upheld the law. Civitas President Francis De Luca said, “North Carolina’s common-sense voter ID law was passed to preserve […]

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United States Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) will be holding a town hall at the Union County Co-Op Extension and Agricultural Center (3230 Presson Dr. Monroe, NC 28112) on Thursday, August 4, from 5:30 p.m. until 7 p.m. He will be joined by Union County Sheriff Eddie Cathey and Union County Commissioner Richard Helms. Together, they […]

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Washington, D.C. – House Republicans unveiled a comprehensive plan to reform our nation’s tax code, grow the economy and make the IRS work for the American taxpayers.  This plan, referred to as “A Better Way for Tax Reform,” puts forth 47 ideas which focus on three principles: simplification, growth and IRS reform. “Our country deserves […]

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Following the outbreak of the Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI), Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) joined Senators Joni Ernst (R-IA), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Roy Blunt (R-MO), John Boozman (R-AR), Joe Donnelly (D-IN),  Al Franken (D-MN), Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND), and John Thune (R-SD) on a bipartisan letter addressed to United States Department of Agriculture […]

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If you go to the movies this summer, there’s a good chance you’ll be watching one of many superheroes. America loves a superhero- someone who embodies the best traits of the American spirit and is willing to sacrifice themselves for the greater good. Earlier this week, I had the privilege of addressing a superheroes convention: […]

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Washington, D.C. – House Republicans unveiled a comprehensive platform to repeal the President’s healthcare law and replace it with a step-by-step plan to provide every American access to quality, affordable healthcare.  This plan, referred to as “A Better Way to Fix Health Care,” would make 48 reforms to significantly improve our healthcare system and is […]

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CHARLOTTE – Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09), Chairman of the Congressional Task Force on Terrorism and Unconventional Warfare and Vice Chairman of the Financial Services Committee Task Force to Investigate Terrorism Financing, issued this statement following the deadly ISIS attack on a church in Saint-Etienne-du Rouvray, France: “The dastardly attack on a quiet church in Normandy, […]

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CHARLOTTE – VFW Commander-in-Chief John Biedrzycki has invited Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) to address the Veterans of Foreign Wars 117th National Convention on Tuesday, July 26th. Congressman Pittenger’s speech is scheduled for 8:10 a.m., just prior to the address by Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert McDonald and Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump. Congressman Pittenger will […]

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Washington, D.C. – House Republicans unveiled a comprehensive plan to uphold the Constitution by putting a stop to executive overreach, reining in regulations, imposing new limits on spending and increasing transparency for taxpayers.  This plan, referred to as “A Better Way to Do the People’s Business”, puts forth 31 ideas and is the product of […]

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Our Founding Father’s envisioned three, co-equal branches of government, with a purposeful division of powers among them. Yet over the past eight years, we’ve seen President Obama and his Executive Administration – including former Secretary Clinton – amass more and more power, ignoring the Legislative Branch and daring the Judiciary Branch to challenge him.  No […]

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By Dr. Mike Walden North Carolina Cooperative Extension Like many, I mourned the recent loss of Muhammad Ali. I watched Ali rise through the ranks of boxing’s heavyweight division and admired his skill and tenacity. Of course, I was also sad to see him in pain in the latter years of his life. Boxing is […]

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CHARLOTTE – Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) had this reaction to reports the NBA will move the 2017 All-Star Game out of Charlotte due to North Carolina’s bathroom privacy law: “Last week, I met with constituents from China who outlined the Chinese government practice of forcefully harvesting vital organs as part of their oppression of religious […]

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CHARLOTTE – On June 20th, more than 80 Members of Parliament, other high-ranking officials, and security experts from 29 nations gathered in Vienna, Austria, for the fourth Parliamentary Intelligence-Security Forum, organized and co-hosted by Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09). The forum focused on international efforts to intercept terrorism financing, cybersecurity, and Intelligence collaboration as part of […]

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We are still working on getting all the questions answered that were submitted at the Community Forum to Unite held at Bladen Community College last Wednesday, July 13th. Thus far we have answers back for the questions pertaining to law enforcement from the Sheriff’s Department. Click on the PDF below to see the questions and […]

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The Bladen County Board of Commissioners will meet on Monday night at 6:30 p.m. in the Commissioners Meeting room in the Bladen County Courthouse. There are numerous items on the consent agenda for approval. They include: Budget Amendments, County Attorney Invoices,Tax Releases and Refunds No. 6-16, Designation of Chairman Priest as Voting Delegate to NCACC […]

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) again joined Senators Dan Sullivan (R-AK), Joni Ernst (R-IA), and Steve Daines (R-MT) in a colloquy on the Senate floor to call on Minority Leader Harry Reid and Senate Democrats to end their filibuster of the FY 2017 Defense Appropriations Bill. Senate Democrats have voted repeatedly to […]

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My heart is heavy, for a lot of reasons. I wasn’t there for either the Minnesota shooting or the Baton Rouge incident. I don’t know why that young man in Dallas decided, in his own words, to hate white people, especially white police officers. Most of my career, I’ve been a police reporter. While I […]

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) applauded the Senate’s passage of legislation reauthorizing the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The bill now heads to the President’s desk. “I am pleased the Senate could come together and pass bipartisan legislation that takes needed steps to strengthen security at American airports, and also aims to decrease […]

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Everyone is on edge, but I believe that God has granted us the unique opportunity to display heaven on earth. On Thursday, July 28 th , from 6-8 pm, Mt. Zion A.M.E. Zion Church will host a Town Hall meeting to discuss improving relationships between one another as well as improving the relationship between law enforcement and the […]

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Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Rouzer announced his recent appointment by Speaker Paul D. Ryan to serve on a bipartisan conference committee charged with producing a final National Defense Authorization Act to fund the military and secure the homeland. “I’m honored Speaker Ryan appointed me to serve on the conference committee tasked with working out […]

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Wilmington, NC – Today, David Rouzer formally endorsed Presidential Nominee Donald J. Trump. “There are two choices in this presidential election: Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton.  Wipe away all the clutter and this election comes down to three key points that will determine whether the American dream survives.            We know […]

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Elizabethtown Town Council met in regular session Monday evening. Mayor Campbell presented a framed resolution and engraved miniature downtown street clock to Mrs. Mary Greene in memory and honor of Mr. Ben Greene who passed in 2015.  Mayor Campbell stated that “Mr. Greene was a kind and generous member of the Elizabethtown community and worked […]

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WASHINGTON – Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) had this reaction after learning of the attack on Dallas police officers: “The tragedy last night of the cowardly, deliberate shooting of Dallas police officers was an unconscionable act of murder. “Our valiant law enforcement officers risk their lives to protect us each day.  They run toward danger to […]

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This week, 422 Members of Congress joined together to pass the most significant reform of America’s mental health system in decades. In the aftermath of the tragedy at Sandy Hook, we learned the perpetrator had a long history of untreated mental illness.  This prompted an investigation into America’s mental health system by Congressman Tim Murphy […]

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC), a member of the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee, took the Senate floor and called on Senate Democrats to stop blocking the VA/Military Construction Appropriations bill, which also includes $1.1 billion in funding to combat the Zika virus. “This bill provides critical funding for veterans housing, their disability […]

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By Senator Thom Tillis The tragedy in Orlando last month was a direct assault on America and the values and freedoms we cherish. The perpetrator of this terrorist act pledged his allegiance to the Islamic State, and the specific location he targeted, a gay nightclub, was no coincidence considering the Islamic State’s hateful and violent […]

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC), a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, issued the following statement on his support for the Stop Dangerous Sanctuary Cities Act and “Kate’s Law”: “It is inconceivable that cities across the United States, including in North Carolina, blatantly ignore federal immigration laws and harbor dangerous criminals who are […]

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CHARLOTTE – This afternoon, Congressman Robert Pittenger will return to Washington to conduct the people’s business, as President Obama flies to Charlotte for a campaign rally. “From Paris to San Bernardino to Orlando to Istanbul, we are seeing radical Islamist terrorism strike across the globe with disturbing frequency.  President Obama’s foreign policy of appeasement and […]

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This week, the world saw yet another horrifying terrorist attack in Istanbul. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all those affected. While we don’t know the full circumstances of those behind this attack, one thing is clear: between Brussels, Paris, San Bernardino, and Orlando, we are seeing radical Islamic terrorism strike across the globe […]

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By: Erin Smith The Bladen County Board of Elections met on Tuesday and voted to approved the One Stop Implementation Plan for the General Election on Nov. 8. but voted down the addition of Sunday voting hours. In a related matter, the Board received a letter from Democratic Party Chairman Zane Singletary requesting the Board […]

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CAIRO – Congressman Robert Pittenger, Chairman of the Congressional Task Force on Terrorism and Unconventional Warfare, had this statement in reaction to the attacks at the Istanbul airport: “Our thoughts and prayers go out to all those affected by the attacks in Istanbul,” said Congressman Pittenger (NC-09). “While we don’t know the full circumstances of […]

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Washington, D.C. – House Republicans unveiled a comprehensive plan to grow the economy by regulating smarter, delivering affordable and reliable energy, ending bailouts, putting students and workers first and cracking down on lawsuit abuse.  This plan, referred to as “A Better Way to Grow Our Economy,” puts forth 101 recommendations and is the product of […]

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Congressman Robert Pittenger departs Charlotte today for a series of important national security/counter-terrorism meetings in the Middle East. Over the next week, Congressman Pittenger will visit two Middle East countries, meet personally with two Heads of State, participate in seven additional national security/counter-terrorism meetings, discuss joint efforts to combat terrorism financing, and visit a refugee. […]

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I was always drawn to those “nickel toy” vending machines when I was a little kid. Of course, they were a quarter or more by the time I came along, but some folks still called them nickel toys. You still find a surprising number of them in the entryways of retail stores these days, along […]

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) had this statement following the Supreme Court’s decision to uphold a lower court ruling that President Obama’s amnesty plan for illegal immigrants is unlawful: “The Founding Fathers gave President Obama a clear job description, to take care that the laws be faithfully executed.  That means enforcing the law, […]

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Raleigh, N.C. – During a campaign stop in what has long been the least unionized state in the country, Hillary Clinton called for expanding the power of labor union bosses and promoting more collective bargaining while claiming North Carolina was on a “detour” since Governor McCrory took office. “Roy Cooper and Hillary Clinton are more […]

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) has returned to Washington after hosting a major international forum on terrorism financing, Intelligence cooperation, and civil liberties protections on Monday in Vienna, Austria. More than 100 Members of Parliament and other high-ranking officials from nearly 30 European nations, Argentina, South Korea, and Taiwan, joined Congressman Pittenger to […]

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By: Erin Smith The Bladen County Board of Commissioners met on Monday night and learned about the Planning Department and Planning Board and the duties and responsibilities of each. Bladen County Planning Director Greg Elkins told the board that in the early years of the planning department and planning board, time was spent developing ordinances. […]

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By Erin Smith The Bladen County Board of Commissioners will meet on Monday and address a light agenda. Bladen County Schools Finance Director Sharon Penny is scheduled to present an application to the Public School Building Capital Fund of the Nc Education Lottery. The project is for the replacement of a freezer/cooler at the Clarkton […]

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CHARLOTTE – Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) is traveling to Vienna, Austria this weekend to host the fourth Parliamentary Intelligence-Security Forum, with a primary focus on terrorism financing and cybersecurity issues. More than 125 Members of Parliament and other high ranking officials from 30 nations will participate.   “We will work on major issues dealing with […]

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The longer ISIS remains on the battlefield in Iraq and Syria, the more effective their propaganda and recruitment efforts will be. Allowing ISIS to remain on the battlefield will lead to a proliferation of ISIS-related or ISIS-inspired attacks around the world. While we do not yet know if ISIS directly recruited the Orlando terrorist, it […]

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Washington, D.C. – House Republicans unveiled a comprehensive plan to strengthen our national security by defeating radical Islamic terrorists, securing our borders, identifying new threats and restoring our influence abroad. This plan, referred to as “A Better Way to Keep Us Safe and Free,” is the product of several months of taskforce meetings and discussions. […]

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Dr. Mike Walden North Carolina Cooperative Extension Two important events happened in my life 40 years ago. I met my future wife. And I was an unwilling participant of the decade’s gas crisis. The first event went well – my wife and I have been married for 36 years. While the second event – the […]

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With the support of Congressman David Rouzer, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 5053, the Preventing IRS Abuse and Protecting Free Speech Act, to eliminate an unnecessary and confidential form non-profits are required to submit to the IRS. Currently, the IRS requires 501 (c) organizations to submit a Schedule B form with the names and […]

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Heat was in the air at the Bladen County Board of Commissioners’ Budget Workshop meeting Monday evening. The budget was approved, but important issues remain on hold until commissioners can agree. First on the agenda was community funding for the new fiscal year. The total budgeted for community funding was $5,675 according to County Manager […]

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Washington, D.C. – The office of Congressman David Rouzer is hosting three Resource Fairs for Senior Citizens to help answer questions seniors may have about benefits, legal matters, healthcare needs, and more.  These Resource Fairs will be taking place in Brunswick County, New Hanover County and Johnston County. Staff from the Social Security Administration will […]

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WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Robert Pittenger voted to freeze his salary and continue the 100 percent pay freeze for Members of Congress which has been in place since 2010. “Every week we are fighting against wasteful bureaucratic spending and President Obama’s tax and spend policies,” said Congressman Pittenger (NC-09).  “We are leading by example.  Not […]

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In the wake of 9/11, new laws and regulations were put in place to crack down on terrorism-related financing in the U.S. financial system. Finding their previous pathways blocked, terrorists and other criminal organizations have moved their illicit finance operations to new venues, including partnerships with Latin American drug lords. We must take action to […]

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New employment data shows the unemployment rate has fallen in all 100 counties since Governor Pat McCrory entered office in January 2013. The statewide unemployment rate also fell to an eight-year low in April of 2016. County unemployment rate have fallen faster outside of Wake and Mecklenburg counties on average. While the unemployment rate in […]

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This week, House Republicans unveiled a comprehensive plan to fight poverty by encouraging work, expanding opportunity and increasing government accountability.  This plan, referred to as “A Better Way to Fight Poverty,” is the product of several months of taskforce meetings and discussions. “For far too long, Washington has overpromised and under delivered for our poor.  […]

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A North Carolina veteran’s proposal to raise money for PTSD research and treatment took a major step forward this week when Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) secured the support of Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert A. McDonald. In a letter to Postmaster General Megan J. Brennan, Secretary McDonald writes, “The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) supports […]

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This morning, Vice Chairman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) questioned a panel of expert witnesses on necessary steps to block the emerging threat of terrorism financing via Latin American criminal organizations. Speaking to Mr. Mariano Federici, President of Argentina’s Financial Intelligence Unit, Vice Chairman Pittenger asked, “Mr. Federici, our objective is to assist you in any way […]

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By: Jefferson Weaver All my life, I’ve been prone to wandering. When I was a very little kid, I insisted on visiting the barn across the road from our house. It didn’t matter that the bull had put a man in the hospital a few weeks before; I shared my peanut butter and jelly sandwiches […]

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2016 JUNE PRIMARY ELECTION RESULTS U.S. HOUSE DISTRICT 9 Final unofficial results REPUBLICAN (1 seat) BLADEN DISTRICT Robert Pittenger 51 9,268 Mark Harris 196 9,126 Todd Johnson 508 8,118 N.C. SUPREME COURT Final unofficial results ASSOCIATE JUSTICE (1 seat) BLADEN STATE Robert H. Edmunds 577 234,142 Michael R. Morgan 925 167,221 Sabra Jean Faires 71 […]

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And the rain came down.  Tropical Storm Colin continues to move up the coast.  As of 6 a.m. today, the National Weather Service recorded over 1.25 inches at the Curtis Brown Airport in Elizabethtown since mid-afternoon Monday, with more likely today. Hopefully, hopefully, the 2016 presidential primary elections will be over, with one exception, by […]

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Todd Johnson, a conservative businessman and former Union County Commissioner, now leads in the race for the Republican nomination for the Ninth Congressional District. Likely GOP primary voters were asked for whom they would vote if the Republican Primary were held today.  31% said they would vote for Johnson or were leaning toward Johnson.  27% […]

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Pat McCrory pointed to right and said “the women’s restrooms are over here,” then pointed to his left “and the men’s restrooms are over here.” The crowd of about 200 gathered Saturday at Vineyard Golf Course at White Lake applauded and cheered loudly. “It sounds like most Bladen County people agree with me on that,” […]

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The weather could not have been better for the last day of early voting in Bladen County. According to Cynthia P. Shaw, with the Bladen County Board of Elections, 566 people cast their votes, including one-stop and mail absentee votes returned. If you didn’t cast your votes yet for Judges, and a Congressional seat there […]

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Veterans Affairs rules require traumatic brain injury exams be administered by a neurologist, neurosurgeon, psychiatrist, or physiatrist, yet a recent investigation found nurses or physician assistants had been used to diagnose traumatic brain injuries for nearly 25,000 veterans nationwide, including 3,000 in North Carolina. Unfortunately, these types of problems at the VA have become all […]

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Following a letter from Congressman Robert Pittenger urging stiffer penalties against Chinese state-affiliated companies which violate Iran sanctions laws, the Commerce Department has issued a subpoena to Huawei Technologies.  According to The New York Times, Commerce is seeking documents related to Huawei’s alleged role in selling embargoed technology to the Iranian government.  Huawei is closely […]

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Dr. Mike Walden North Carolina Cooperative Extension Politicians of all parties and persuasions have one thing in common on the campaign trail: They are talking about economic growth. Actually, they’re talking about the lack of robust economic growth and solutions for making the economy stronger. It’s not that the economy isn’t improving; it is. In […]

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RALEIGH – North Carolina hit another milestone in Medicaid reform Wednesday when Gov. Pat McCrory signed an application that will pave the way for an innovative North Carolina solution. The governor’s proposal will transform Medicaid to provide improved outcomes for patients, communities and providers at a more predictable cost for taxpayers, the governor’s office said […]

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Photos by Kenneth Armstrong Representatives of 12 North Carolina counties met Wednesday at Cape Fear Vineyard & Winery in the Elizabethtown Industrial Park for the 48th Annual Meeting of the Southeastern Economic Development Commission.  U.S. Senator Richard Burr was the keynote speaker. Pam Bostic, SEDC Executive Director called the meeting to order and Chairman Gary […]

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CHARLOTTE – In response to media reports that Human Rights Campaign is pressuring the Federal Aviation Administration to withhold money from North Carolina over HB2, Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) today announced he will introduce an amendment to block that threat. “The Human Rights Campaign would do well to back off,” said Congressman Pittenger. “The continued […]

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While I no longer live in the 9th Congressional District, I believe it’s important that Republican Primary voters consider the risk they would take in nominating Congressman Robert Pittenger. We cannot afford to hand this seat over to the Democrats. Robert Pittenger is currently under investigation by the FBI for a loan made to his […]

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Charlotte, NC – Candidate for 9th District Congress Mark Harris will visit early voting locations in Cumberland, Bladen, Robeson, Richmond, Scotland, and Anson Counties tomorrow, May 31st. Harris will greet voters from outside the polling places and will be available for press. Harris will visit early voting locations in Union and Mecklenburg Counties on Thursday. […]

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President Obama is attempting to bully North Carolina into complying with his radical agenda. This week, I took legislative action to block him. On Wednesday, I introduced an amendment which specifically prohibits the Obama Administration from withholding certain federal money awarded to North Carolina. My amendment passed 227-192, with full support from North Carolina’s Republican […]

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WASHINGTON – Tonight, Congressman Robert Pittenger took action to block President Obama’s bullying of North Carolina. The Obama Administration has made multiple threats to withhold federal funding from North Carolina as punishment for the state’s new anti-discrimination law, despite that law’s full compliance with federal law, and despite the fact that federal lawsuits remain unresolved. […]

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WASHINGTON, DC – The House Appropriations Committee on Tuesday adopted language proposed by Congressman Robert Pittenger requiring the Secretary of Commerce to study National Weather Service radar coverage gaps and quickly develop a plan to fix deficiencies. The language is included in the Commerce, Justice, and Science appropriations bill which will be voted on by […]

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MONROE – Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) has secured support from 129 Members of the U.S. House and Senate urging the U.S. Postal Service to approve North Carolina Navy veteran Garland Denny’s proposal for a “Stamp Out PTSD” semipostal stamp. In their joint letter to U.S. Postmaster General Megan Brennan, written by Congressman Pittenger, the bipartisan coalition states: “As […]

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CHARLOTTE – Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09), Chairman of the Congressional Task Force on Terrorism and Unconventional Warfare, issued this statement in remembrance of Armed Forces Day:   “Today, on Armed Forces Day, we pay honor and tribute to our valiant soldiers who have protected our freedoms for the past 240 years. God bless our soldiers, and […]

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  America faces serious threats from radical Islamist terrorism.  As well, we face grave peril as President Obama chose to give Iran a clear path to nuclear weapons, and increasingly provocative action from Russia, China, and North Korea. President Obama has allowed the military to fall to its lowest preparedness level since before World War […]

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By: Congressman David Rouzer Every year, on the last Monday in May, our nation pauses to pay tribute to all those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country.  Memorial Day is a day to honor and memorialize our fallen heroes for their courageous fight for freedom, liberty and security.  It is also a time […]

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By: Jefferson Weaver Once upon a time, I knew a little kid named Jimmy. His parents were neighbors of ours, and Miss Rhonda was asked to babysit him one time. Just once, mind you. My beloved has always had an incredible touch with little kids, and at five years old, Little Jimmy was just the […]

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Washington, D.C. – Congressman David Rouzer released the following statement following the passage of Fiscal Year 2017 National Defense Authorization Act, an authorization bill considered by Congress every year to set funding levels for the military to continue its operations and remain a global leader: “As a Congress, it is our obligation to ensure our […]

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Dr. Mike Walden I’m up to my neck in jobs. However, don’t contact me for a job; I don’t actually have any to hand out! Instead, I’ve been looking closely at jobs in North Carolina — what kinds they are and how they have been changing. Our job market is constantly churning, meaning there are […]

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WASHINGTON – In fulfillment of his Constitutional obligation to “provide for the common defense,” Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) tonight joined a bipartisan majority to pass the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2017(H.R. 4909).   “America faces serious threats from radical Islamist terrorism, President Obama’s decision to give Iran a clear path to nuclear […]

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WASHINGTON – In honor of National Police Week, Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) today recognized local police officers for the important, often sacrificial work they perform on a daily basis to keep our community safe. “Mr. Speaker, I rise today in honor of the incredibly brave men and women in blue who serve and protect our […]

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RALEIGH – The Civitas Institute has released the following statement from Civitas President Francis X. De Luca: “We at Civitas urge our state and educational leaders to reject President Obama’s latest attempt to overstep his lawful role, ‘fundamentally transform’ the nation, and impose a radical agenda on every school in the state and nation. North […]

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Congressman David Rouzer recently introduced H.R. 5015, the Combat-Injured Veterans Tax Fairness Act of 2016, to ensure veterans who suffered service-ending combat-related injuries are not being wrongfully taxed on their severance packages from the Department of Defense (DoD). Under federal law, veterans who suffer combat-related injuries and who are separated from the military are not […]

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RALEIGH – Beginning today, voters in North Carolina will have access to an online voter guide for the June 7 primary. The eleven-page guide prepared by the State Board of Elections is designed to inform voters of key election dates, primary candidates for N.C. Supreme Court, voter ID requirements and exceptions. “We hope voters use […]

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Our community faces a drug epidemic few know about. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 6.5 million Americans abuse prescription drugs. This prescription drug abuse often leads to addiction to harder drugs like heroin. Together, there has been a 200% increase in opioid drug overdose deaths since 2000. Seventy-eight Americans die […]

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Washington, D.C. – This week, with the support of Congressman David Rouzer, the House of Representatives passed a total of 18 bills seeking to address and combat the opioid epidemic sweeping the nation. The bills were passed with strong bipartisan support. “Opioid abuse has become a growing problem for Southeastern North Carolina and a significant […]

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WASHINGTON – Today, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest announced the Obama Administration will not withhold funding from North Carolina while HB2-related lawsuits are decided in federal court. Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09), who earlier this week wrote Education Secretary John King requesting immediate assurances that federal education funding would not be curtailed, had this statement: […]

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WASHINGTON – In a speech broadcast nationally by C-SPAN, Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) today addressed the U.S. House of Representatives in memory of Pineville Volunteer Firefighter Richard Sheltra. “Firefighter Sheltra died a hero while battling a fire on April 30th, but he was a hero long before he volunteered to step into that burning building. […]

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By: Jefferson Weaver I had to say ‘no’ to a fellow the other day, and I heard my father. The details of the refusal aren’t important; what matters is that we parted on good terms. My friend’s firm has some ties that I find not just questionable, but downright wrong, and it would have been […]

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CHARLOTTE – Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) had this reaction to Attorney General Loretta Lynch’s announcement of an Obama Administration lawsuit against North Carolina: “Today, President Obama and Attorney General Lynch proudly announced they will defy the Constitution’s careful separation of powers by creating a new law via press conference rather than legislative process. President Obama […]

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CHARLOTTE – Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) issued this statement after learning Attorney General Loretta Lynch will announce “law enforcement action” against North Carolina: “Is Attorney General Lynch preparing a raid by the thought police? How far will President Obama go to bully the State of North Carolina into agreeing with his radical views? “The Constitution proscribes a […]

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By Congressman Robert Pittenger Garland Denny was a patriotic, selfless, and persistent local veteran. Mr. Denny dedicated his retirement years to promoting several outside-the-box, creative ideas to increase funding for veterans services without increasing the tax burden, wisely recognizing that Washington bureaucrats don’t have all the answers. One of his ideas was to create a […]

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Dr. Mike Walden The year was 1978. A young, newly hired economics professor was making one of his first public presentations to a group in Washington, N.C. The professor quickly learned locals referred to their town as “Little Washington,” to distinguish it from the nation’s capital. He was also told Little Washington was founded years […]

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Governor Pat McCrory released his 2017 fiscal year proposed budget April 27, making adjustments to the second half of the 2016-2017 biennium, including a 2.8 percent overall spending increase. Highlights include increasing the Savings Reserve Account, commonly referenced as the “rainy day fund,” by $300 million to a total of $1.4 billion; targeted pay increases […]

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Interesting news over the past few hours.  Disruptions at East Bladen and Dublin School; a bear visits Elizabethtown;  and Willie Corbett, a quadriplegic BCC student was honored by the NC Community College system with the Dallas Herring Achievement Award. This weekend, Relay for Life is set for Saturday at Elizabethtown Middle School, Elizabethtown Police Department will hold their annual […]

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By: Erin Smith The Bladen County Board of Elections met on Tuesday morning and got a look at the new voting precinct map for the redrawn Congressional districts that take effect with June 7 primary election. The June 7 primary will feature the Congressional races and a nonpartisan judges race. Board of Elections Director Cynthia […]

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Tuesday May 17, 2016 4:00 p.m. 1 st Absentee Meeting Tuesday May 24, 2016 4:00 p.m. 2 nd Absentee Meeting Tuesday May 31, 2016 4:00 p.m. 3 rd Absentee Meeting Tuesday June 6, 2016 4:00 p.m. 4 th Absentee Meeting Tuesday June 7, 2016 8:30 a.m. ELECTION DAY 2:00 p.m. Final Absentee Meeting 6:30 p.m. […]

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Raleigh — A new Civitas poll reveals how voters in NC currently feel about leading presidential and statewide candidates, including strong support for Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, and the Public Facilities Privacy & Security Act (HB2). Civitas President Francis De Luca said, “This is our first statewide poll of all likely voters in 2016 […]

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Today, more than 45 million Americans live in poverty. That’s about 1 in every 7 Americans. Unfortunately, our current welfare system traps many of these individuals in an inescapable poverty loop that disincentivizes those in poverty from seeking a better and independent life. The framework of our current welfare system is based on President Lyndon […]

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WASHINGTON – Congressman Robert Pittenger and the U.S. House of Representatives today voted to block President Obama’s controversial “fiduciary” rule, which bipartisan experts had warned would lead to higher costs and less access for retirement and financial planning services. “Who thinks bureaucrats at the Department of Labor are a good source for retirement planning advice?” […]

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 WASHINGTON – Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) recently became aware that the Commerce Department suspended trade sanctions on ZTE Corporation related to the sale of embargoed equipment to an Iranian government-controlled entity which could be used to oppress human rights.  Today, Congressman Pittenger led a group of 23 Members of Congress demanding answers from the Obama […]

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Wilmington, NC – This week Congressman David Rouzer received the Award for Conservative Excellence by the American Conservative Union (ACU) for his leadership and conservative voting record for the first session of the 114th Congress.  This is the ACU’s top award for Members of Congress who vote most consistently with the ideals articulated in the […]

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By: Erin Smith A bill has been filed in the North Carolina Senate seeking to reinstate North Carolina’s Sales and Use Tax Holiday. The annual Sales Tax Holiday was repealed by the General Assembly in 2014. The proposed bill seeks to reinstate North Carolina’s Sales Tax Holiday for school-related supplies in its entirety. The bill […]

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