03/21/2019
  • 11:57 am Bladen’s Best of the Best for 2019
  • 11:35 am Updated news about Bladen County Election Investigations
  • 6:38 pm Full day of problem solving for county officials
  • 4:19 pm Carter Farms- Job Vacancies
  • 3:46 pm Lock and Dam No. 2 Recreational Area will remain closed through late summer / early fall 2019
  • 3:42 pm New Host Campus for Governor’s School West
  • 3:33 pm $16.5 Million Awarded to Local Governments for Hurricane Recovery Work
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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senators Thom Tillis (R-NC) and Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) introduced a bipartisan Senate resolution that designates April 2019 as “Countering International Parental Child Abduction” month and instructs the federal government to educate state and local law enforcement about the issue and how to combat it. According to the Department of State, from 2008 to 2015 more than 9,000 […]

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By Jefferson Weaver Since last fall’s hurricane, I have fallen into the habit of taking a walk or two a day. Sometimes it’s for recreation and exercise, sometimes to check the fence line. Occasionally it’s to make sure the ne’er-do-wells haven’t returned. Often I am checking the ditches and canals for beavers and absentee that […]

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WASHINGTON, DC –  Today, Congressman Rouzer released the statement below following his vote against H.R. 268 — Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2019: “The supplemental appropriations bill brought to the floor today is nothing but a political ‘gotcha’ vote designed to go after Republicans by coupling disaster relief, which includes language that I have co-authored, with […]

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) co-sponsored legislation to ensure federal workers that are deemed “essential” and continue to work are paid despite the partial government shutdown. The Shutdown Fairness Act authorizes federal agencies affected by the current government shutdown to pay the dedicated personnel that are still working every day to serve thepeople of the United States. “Federal workers who are expected to continue […]

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) co-sponsored an amendment to the U.S. Constitution to impose term limits on members of Congress. The amendment would limit U.S. senators to two six-year terms and members of the U.S. House of Representatives to three two-year terms. “It is past time for members of Congress to amend the Constitution and […]

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) was selected to be on the deputy whip team for Senate Majority Whip Sen. John Thune (R-SD) for the 116th Congress. “This is a dynamic team, and I will rely on each of these men and women over the next two years. I’m thrilled to have the experience of Sen. […]

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Thoughts While Shaving

Try to be positive, but more bad news than good on any given day… Three in custody after third-generation trooper shot in Wilson County, NC late Monday….Good news, if you can call it good, is the trooper’s injuries are not life threatening No resolution to federal situation, thousands required to work, receiving no compensation while our leaders accomplish […]

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Raleigh, NC — As chair of the Health and Human Services committee, Sen. Pate has been instrumental combating the opioid epidemic and working with his colleagues to address this issue. Sen. Pate leaves with the respect and trust of his colleagues from across the aisle. He most recently served as Deputy President Pro Tempore. “Sen. Louis Pate […]

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) co-sponsored the Constitutional Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act, legislation that will allow individuals with concealed carry privileges in their home state to exercise those rights in any other state with concealed carry laws, while abiding by that state’s laws. The legislation was introduced by Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) and currently has 30 co-sponsors […]

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Davidson, NC – Local law firm owners Bob McIntosh and Larry Shaheen, Jr. announced the formation of Carolina Revaluation Services, a joint venture between their firms, to assist commercial and residential property owners with their property revaluation appeals. The practice area will cover all counties in North Carolina currently undergoing revaluation. “Revaluation letters with newly assigned […]

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By Erin Smith A letter sent to the NC State Board of Elections from a US House member indicates Congress may step in and resolve the disputed US House District 9 race.  Zoe Lofgren, a Democrat from California, is the Chairperson for the Committee on House Administration. She sent a letter to NC State Board […]

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William Brisson, North Carolina House Rep

By Erin Smith NC House Speaker Tom Moore has announced Representative William Brisson will be serving as a Chairman on the NC House Committee on Appropriations. “It kind of surprised me when he called my name,” said Brisson, who is a Republican representing NC House District 22 which includes Bladen County. He explained the Committee […]

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) issued the following statement on President Trump’s address to the nation regarding border security: “For decades, both parties have promised the American people they would secure our nation’s borders, promises that have gone unfulfilled. With the government partially shut down and the stakes high, if Congress can’t reach […]

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By Joy Warren The White Lake Board of Commissioners met Tuesday evening with a short agenda for the start of the new year. Bryon Scott (pictured) with Thompson, Price, Scott & Adams Auditing Firm presented the 2017/18 Fiscal Year Audit report. There were no surprises or problems noted. As the Commissioners were aware, the fund […]

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Bipartisan legislation co-sponsored by U.S. Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) to reauthorize the Victims of Child Abuse Act (VOCAA), which provides funding for Children’s Advocacy Centers that serve child victims and help law enforcement hold perpetrators accountable, was signed into law by President Donald Trump. “Children’s Advocacy Centers play an important role supporting children who […]

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senators Thom Tillis (R-NC), Chris Coons (D-DE), Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Cory Booker (D-NJ) announced they will re-introduce the bipartisan Special Counsel Independence and Integrity Act this week. The legislation would protect the current and any future Special Counsels from inappropriate removal or political pressure. The bill passed the Senate Judiciary Committee last Congress with an overwhelming […]

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Bipartisan legislation co-sponsored by Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) that would, for the first time, create a public health infrastructure across the country to combat Alzheimer’s disease and preserve brain health was signed into law by President Trump. “Successfully getting this legislation signed into law has a deep personal meaning for me, as I was a caregiver for […]

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – President Donald Trump signed bipartisan legislation co-introduced by Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) to ensure the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) reimburses veterans for missed or underpaid GI Bill housing benefits into law. The Forever GI Bill Housing Payment Fulfillment Act was introduced to address the VA’s failure to fully comply with updated Basic […]

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The Executive Director of the NC Republican Party was in Bladen County on Thursday night to talk with local Republican party leaders and to show support during the ongoing investigation into election fraud allegations in the 9th Congressional District. Woodhouse was in Bladen County on the same day Mark Harris, the Republican candidate for the 9th Congressional […]

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Jefferson Weaver

By Jefferson Weaver I do not know James Perry Garris, but I know a lot of men and women like him. My beautiful cousin Christen knows him, and thinks a lot of him, so that would be enough for me, even if he were not a firefighter and an EMT. Unfortunately, I have learned more […]

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WASHINGTON – The U.S. Supreme Court announced it will hear arguments in March 2019 in a challenge to North Carolina’s 2016 congressional map, which is one of the most egregious partisan gerrymanders in American history. It will also hear the Maryland challenge, in which Democrats discriminated against Republicans for their party affiliation in its 2011 maps, in March as […]

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By Dr. Mike Walden I make about 80 presentations across the state each year on a variety of economic topics. It’s one of the most enjoyable parts of my job at N.C. State University, by allowing me to become acquainted with many people and groups in almost every region of our beautiful state. Recently I […]

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Raleigh, NC — North Carolina Republican Party Chairman Robin Hayes has issued the following statement: “We applaud Congressman-Elect Mark Harris’ campaign for taking this important action to make sure the more-than 750,000 people in the Ninth Congressional District are represented in Congress. The North Carolina Republican Party fully supports this needed court action. “Given multiple opportunities for a […]

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Raleigh, NC — North Carolina Republican Party Chairman Robin Hayes has released the following statement: “The North Carolina Republican Party takes their obligations under the law and State Constitution seriously. Our unwillingness to participate in the creation of an unlawful ‘interim’ State Board of Elections results from a desire to ensure that any future investigation surrounding the Ninth Congressional […]

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“As a Member of Congress for the last six years, I am deeply grateful for the privilege of serving the 9th Congressional District. Regardless of the determination of the evidentiary hearing, I will not be a candidate in a possible primary election. “During my tenure in Congress, I focused on national security issues to protect our homeland. […]

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Contributed “Serving on state boards and commissions requires dedication and I appreciate these appointees stepping up to help us move North Carolina forward,” Gov. Cooper said. Gov. Cooper has appointed the following individuals to the North Carolina State Museum of Natural Sciences Advisory Commission: Anne Russel Caywood of Apex as a member at-large. Caywood is a services […]

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RALEIGH: Today, Governor Cooper sent a letter to the two major political party chairs requesting nominations for the State Board of Elections by close of business today. These members will serve until a new board is convened on January 31, 2019 per HB 1029. NC Republican Party Chair Robin Hayes stated publicly this afternoon that he […]

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Raleigh, NC — North Carolina Republican Party Chairman Robin Hayes has released the following statement: “The North Carolina Republican Party has encouraged the Mark Harris campaign to take immediate legal action in federal court to force the State of North Carolina to do what it is required to legally, constitutionally, and morally do: certify Dr. Mark Harris the […]

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Raleigh, NC — North Carolina Republican Party Vice-Chairman Michele Nix has released the following statement: “The North Carolina Republican Party would like to thank our four State Board of Elections and Ethics Enforcement members for their service to the citizens of a North Carolina over the last two years. Stacy ‘Four’ Eggers IV, Jay Hemphill, Ken Raymond, and John […]

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RALEIGH, N.C. – The NC NAACP State Conference and six branches of the NC NAACP representing voters from across the state today filed suit in the U.S. District Court of the Middle District of North Carolina under the Voting Rights Act and the Fourteenth and Fifteenth Amendments of the U.S. Constitution challenging the North Carolina General […]

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RALEIGH: Today, Governor Roy Cooper announced 40 new appointments to various North Carolina boards and commissions. “Serving on state boards and commissions requires dedication and I appreciate these appointees stepping up to help us move North Carolina forward,” Gov. Cooper said. Gov. Cooper has appointed the following individuals to the North Carolina State Museum of Natural […]

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Senate unanimously passed bipartisan legislation co-sponsored by Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) to aid in the fight against human trafficking. The Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2017 would renew existing programs that make federal resources available to human trafficking survivors and establish new prevention, prosecution and collaboration initiatives to help bring the perpetrators to justice. […]

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By Dr. Mike Walden It’s that time of year when economists are looked to as fortune-tellers. The fortune, in this case, is our collective well-being tied to growth in the overall economy. Of course, no economist – no matter how well-trained – can perfectly predict the future of a $19 trillion economy like we have […]

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RALEIGH: Today, Governor Roy Cooper shared the following statement on a possible federal government shutdown: “If not resolved quickly, shutting down the federal government could harm a critical program that helps children and families and delay needed federal funds for hurricane recovery. I urge the federal government to act responsibly to prevent a shutdown.” Background: […]

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee and Chairman of the Subcommittee on Personnel, issued the following statement:   “Jim Mattis is the definition of an American Patriot. From his enlistment in the Marine Corps to his service as Secretary of Defense, he has always served our […]

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) applauded the President for signing the 2018 Farm Bill into law. The bipartisan legislation included multiple wins for North Carolina’s farmers, including legislation he co-sponsored that delists hemp as a controlled substance, allowing NC’s hemp farming industry to continue to grow. The bill also includes the Carryover Equity Act (S. 2384), legislation co-sponsored by Tillis […]

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Contributed Raleigh, NC — Bladen County Republican Party Chairman Walter McDuffie has released the following statement: “In releasing its case file regarding Bladen County and the 2016 elections, the North Carolina State Board of Elections has proven only one thing: the 2018 election fiasco could have been avoided if the State Board of Elections had […]

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Contributed WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) issued the following statement on the Administration’s intention to withdraw U.S. troops from Syria: “While I support the President’s goal of removing American troops from harm’s way, we need to make sure the withdrawal of America’s presence from Syria is done the right way, at […]

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Contributed WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) co-sponsored a bipartisan resolution calling for a prompt multinational freedom of navigation operation in the Black Sea and the cancellation of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline in response to Russia’s recent aggressive actions in the Kerch Strait and the Sea of Azov. “Russian aggression in […]

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Contributed RALEIGH, N.C. – Six voters challenging the state’s new photo ID requirements filed a lawsuit within minutes of the regulations becoming law. The complaint was filed in Wake County Superior Court along with a motion requesting a preliminary injunction, asking the court to halt the implementation of the law until the case can be […]

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Contributed Raleigh, NC — North Carolina Republican Party Chairman Robin Hayes released the following statement: “After several years of debate, North Carolina citizens voted to support voter ID in its state constitution. Despite the fact that voter ID is now required, Governor Cooper chose to ignore the people’s will and insulted more than two million […]

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) applauded passage of the First Step Act, once in a generation bipartisan legislation that reforms America’s criminal justice system. Senator Tillis worked hand in hand with Chairman Grassley, his Senate colleagues, and federal, state and local law enforcement on changes that would build additional support for the bipartisan legislation. A summary of the update can be found HERE.   “The […]

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Jefferson Weaver

By Jefferson Weaver Since I began writing this column years ago, many of you have been kind enough to request it every year. It’s embarrassing in a way, that folks begin asking me in November about the “Angel” column. Some say it’s even become part of their family traditions. I appreciate that, but I didn’t […]

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Raleigh, NC — North Carolina Republican Party Chairman Robin Hayes released the following statement: “This morning we received the terrible news that Tom Stark, the North Carolina Republican Party’s parliamentarian and general counsel, passed away last night from an apparent heart attack. This news comes as a complete and sudden shock. Tom was a dear friend, mentor, […]

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Raleigh, NC — The North Carolina Ninth Congressional District Republican Party has released the following resolution: WHEREAS: The people of North Carolina’s Ninth Congressional District deserve to be represented when the 116th Congress is sworn in on January 3, 2019. Dr. Mark Harris is currently the leader in this race. Absent clear and convincing evidence presented in public by […]

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During an interview recently on Fox Business Network’s Mornings with Maria, House Financial Services Committee Chairman Jeb Hensarling praised Congressman Pittenger’s leadership on the Foreign Investment Risk Review Modernization Act, protecting the U.S. from Chinese predatory investments. Share:

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) applauded Senate passage of bipartisan legislation he co-introduced to bolster U.S. government efforts to prevent genocide and other human rights atrocities around the world. This bill, named in honor of the courageous, inspiring Holocaust survivor and Nobel Laureate Elie Wiesel, strengthens the U.S. government’s capability to prevent, mitigate, and respond to genocide and other mass atrocities wherever […]

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) issued the following statement following the U.S. Solar Market Insight Report from Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables and the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) that section 201 solar tariffs played a role in the decline of utility-scale solar installations in the third quarter: “The growth of solar energy in North Carolina has […]

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) applauded passage of bipartisan legislation to reform the process to pursue claims of sexual harassment or other workplace discrimination experienced on Capitol Hill is headed to the president’s desk. The legislation would reform the dispute resolution process, protect workers, increase transparency and hold Members of Congress […]

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Contributed WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) applauded the unanimous passage of the Building Our Largest Dementia (BOLD) Infrastructure for Alzheimer’s Act, bipartisan legislation that would, for the first time, create a public health infrastructure across the country to combat Alzheimer’s disease and preserve brain health. The BOLD Act now heads to the House of […]

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Contributed WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) applauded the Senate’s unanimous passage of bipartisan legislation he co-introduced that secures new protections for minors and improves accountability measures in the federal juvenile justice grant program. “I applaud the Senate on passing this important bipartisan legislation to support juvenile justice and delinquency prevention because I’ve seen the […]

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By Charlotte Smith There will be a Town Hall held on Tuesday, December 18th about the Bladen County Primary Election’s missing ballots. The hosts of the event are the Democracy North Carolina, Progress North Carolina Action and Southern Coalition for Social Justice organizations. Also listed as hosting the event are the NC NAACP, NC Black […]

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State Board continues investigation into 9th Congressional District irregularities State Board continues investigation into 9th Congressional District irregularitiesRALEIGH, N.C. – The ongoing investigation into absentee voting irregularities and other alleged activities in the 9th Congressional District is the top priority at the State Board of Elections & Ethics Enforcement. The agency confirms that Leslie McCrae Dowless Jr. is a […]

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley praised Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) for his work to improve the First Step Act, bipartisan legislation to reform America’s criminal justice system. Senator Tillis worked with Chairman Grassley his Senate colleagues on changes that would build additional support for the bipartisan legislation.  The revised legislation further clarifies eligibility for earned […]

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WASHINGTON, DC –  Today, the House of Representatives passed the conference report to Accompany H.R. 2 – Agriculture Improvement Act sending the five-year farm bill to the President’s desk for his signature.  The 2018 Farm Bill conference report is the result of an agreement reached between both chambers of Congress that will strengthen the farm […]

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) applauded the unanimous Senate passage of bipartisan legislation he co-sponsored to reauthorize the Victims of Child Abuse Act (VOCAA), which provides funding for Children’s Advocacy Centers that serve child victims and help law enforcement hold perpetrators accountable. “Children’s Advocacy Centers play an important role supporting children who are victims of […]

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Bipartisan legislation introduced by U.S. Senators Thom Tillis (R-NC), Bill Cassidy (R-LA) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) to expand access to much-needed resources and investment for rural entrepreneurs to start and expand local businesses was included in the Farm Bill that passed the Senate earlier this week. The legislation now heads to the House of Representatives […]

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Yesterday, Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC), Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT), and Representative Bill Flores (R-TX) introduced the Hatch-Waxman Integrity Act of 2018 in the Senate and House of Representatives. The legislation would help ensure that alternative procedures for challenging drug patents do not tilt the playing field contrary to Hatch-Waxman’s design and make sure that drug manufacturers have the proper incentives to continue developing life-saving medications. […]

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By Joy Warren Dr. Diane Lauritsen with LIMNOSCIENCES presented an update to the White Lake Town Board of Commissioners at the Tuesday evening meeting. She discussed with the Lake partners what actions might need to be taken to provide more data with respect to the potential for nutrients already in the lake bottom. Internal Loading […]

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) supported the passage of the bipartisan Farm Bill Conference Report, which includes several provisions secured by Senator Tillis. The bipartisan report passed the Senate and will now head to the House for final passage. “This year has truly been one of the most challenging in recent memory for North […]

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) applauded President Trump for signing the Amy, Vicky, and Andy Child Pornography Victim Assistance Act into law. The bipartisan legislation recognizes the unique kind of harm caused by child pornography and requires restitution in a manner that will support victims. The legislation helps child pornography victims seek restitution from defendants and gives […]

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Washington, D.C. – This week, the House of Representatives unanimously passed Congressman David Rouzer’s bill, H.R. 6118, to direct the Department of Interior to designate one city per year as a nationally recognized “American World War II City.”  Due to the hard work and dedication of Wilmington native Captain Wilbur D. Jones, Jr., USNR (Ret.), who is […]

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senators Thom Tillis (R-NC) and Chris Coons (D-DE), co-chairs of the Senate Human Rights Caucus, introduced a resolution to establish a John S. McCain III Human Rights Commission, modeled after the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission in the U.S. House of Representatives. If passed, the resolution would create a bipartisan commission to examine […]

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03/15/2019 Biggest GOP field since 2012 to compete in North Carolina’s 9th district primary  03/14/2019 Search warrants released in North Carolina election probe Republican 9th District hopefuls seek to avoid ‘family feud’ | Charlotte Observer Unsealed warrants show FBI probed 9th District issues before ’18 election | WRAL.com 03/13/2019 Warrants released in NC’s 9th District […]

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The Bladenboro Town Board will meet Monday at 7 p.m. in the Town Hall. The board is scheduled to conduct a public hearing for a proposed rezoning request for the property located at 15498 NC Highway 131. The board will consider consent agenda items, which include approval of agenda items, approval of minutes, approval of […]

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) co-sponsored the First Step Act, bipartisan legislation to reform America’s criminal justice system. The First Step Act combines prison reform proposals that overwhelmingly passed in the House of Representatives earlier this year with sentencing reform provisions from the broadly bipartisan Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act, which was approved by the Senate Judiciary […]

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By Dr. Mike Walden Many consider the National Football League (NFL) to be the most successful professional sports organization in the world. To many, having an NFL team is a signal a city and region have arrived and are in elite company. This is one reason why NFL franchises sell for in the multi-billions of […]

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WASHINGTON – Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) will host over 300 Members of Parliament, Senators, Ambassadors, and other officials from 80 nations for the 12th Parliamentary Intelligence-Security Forum on Thursday, December 6th.   First conceived in 2014 to help restore U.S.-European relations in the wake of the Edward Snowden revelations, the forum has grown into a premier global […]

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By Jefferson Weaver There are times when, like Miguel Cervantes’ famous and misunderstood character, I find myself incensed by man’s inhumanity toward man, the sheer idiotic desire to make misery out of mirth. Unlike Ol’ Mike’s hero, I have no plans to mount a broken-down horse, grab a battered, rusty sword and go fight windmills […]

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Raleigh, NC — North Carolina Republican Party Chairman Robin Hayes has released the following statement: “Per usual, Governor Cooper takes a bad situation and makes it worse by continuing to erode confidence in the neutrality of the Board. Democrat Joshua Malcolm is the most partisan member of the NCSBE from either party. As highlighted by The Charlotte Observer, it was Mr. […]

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By Joy Warren During the Monday evening meeting of the Elizabethtown Town Council, George Hopkins was recognized as the 2018 “Employee of the Year.” Hopkins works in the Public Services Department. Town Manager Eddie Madden said “George undertakes the jobs he may be assigned with a smile each day. During Hurricane Florence, he stayed at […]

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By Erin Smith Several Bladen County elected officials took their oaths of office on Monday afternoon. Bladen County Resident Superior Court Judge Douglas Sasser administered the oaths of office along with Bladen County Clerk of Superior Court Niki Dennis. While the Swearing in ceremony was conducted in the Bladen County Superior Court Room for the […]

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – North Carolina Senator Thom Tillis is continuing his bipartisan effort to support North Carolinians recovering from Hurricanes Florence and Michael with a direct appeal to Senate leadership urging support for disaster assistance for North Carolina farmers and the state’s agriculture community. In a letter to Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Tillis requested that Congress provide supplemental […]

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) issued the following statement on the passing of former President George H. W. Bush: “George H.W. Bush will be long remembered for dedicating his life to protecting and bettering the country he loved, from his heroic service as a Navy pilot during WWII, to his steady leadership as […]

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Raleigh, NC — North Carolina Republican Party Chairman Robin Hayes has released the following statement: “Last night we lost a great man. George Herbert Walker Bush was a man of honor and character. He is the true embodiment of the notion that public service is a noble calling, serving this country as a World War II aviator, […]

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RALEIGH: Today, Governor Roy Cooper shared a statement on the passing of President George H.W. Bush. “President George H.W. Bush was a true statesman dedicated to serving the country he loved and leading the charge for a more compassionate and united world,” said Governor Cooper. “We are grateful for his commitment to patriotism and public service. May […]

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By Charlotte Smith A hearing was held today in Raleigh by the North Carolina State Board of Elections in regards to “numerous irregularities and concerted fraudulent activities related to absentee by mail ballots and potentially other matters.” After the meeting today it was announced by officials, Bladen County absentee votes are under investigation and may […]

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Raleigh, NC — North Carolina Republican Party Chairman Robin Hayes has released the following statement: “The Charlotte Observer editorial board is right: ‘An election certification is being held up. The person behind the delay is being a bit coy about it. The public is in the dark. That needs to change — and soon.’ Further, are ‘the issues [being] raised widespread enough […]

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Raleigh, NC — North Carolina Republican Party Chairman Robin Hayes released the following statement: “The North Carolina State Board of Elections and Ethics Enforcement has a legal and moral duty to certify Congressman-Elect Mark Harris’ winning bid for Congress on Friday.  If not, immediate court action will follow. “There are simply not enough absentee ballots in question […]

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Jefferson Weaver

By Jefferson Weaver Imagine, if you will, a big yellow bus filling with children at the end of the day, with laughter and talk and the occasional greeting for Mrs. Baker, the bus driver. The doors closed with a familiar hiss as Mrs. Baker checked the list by the camera that records every vehicle beside […]

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By Dr. Mike Walden Two topics of interest to most people are taxes and public spending. So whenever I find research focusing on these two areas – especially if they’re applied to North Carolina – I think it’s worthy of mention. Two new studies recently came across my desk fitting this profile. One looked at […]

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Rev. Dr. T. Anthony Spearman, Rev. William J. Barber, II, People Directly Impacted by Voter Suppression and Hurricane Florence, and Moral Leaders and Advocates to Hold Moral Day of Action In Raleigh, NC. [RALEIGH, NC] —  On Tuesday, November 27th at 10:00am ET at BICENTENNIAL MALL, 1 E. JONES STREET, RALEIGH, NC the NC NAACP, Repairers of the Breach, The NC Poor People’s […]

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WASHINGTON, Nov. 19, 2018 — U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) Administrator Richard Fordyce announced today that William “Bill” Beam has been appointed by the Trump Administration to serve as Deputy Administrator of Farm Programs (DAFP). Beam was sworn in on Oct. 22, 2018.  As Deputy Administrator, Beam will be responsible for […]

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RALEIGH: Governor Roy Cooper today announced that North Carolina native Sarah Bolton has joined his administration in the role of Policy Director. Bolton, a Raleigh native and graduate of Appalachian State University, was previously the Education Policy Director for the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions and the Senior Policy and Budget […]

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By Erin Smith The general election is over and local vote canvassing is complete. Some candidates still have signs displayed in the county. According to North Carolina General Statute 136-23 (b), political signs are permitted up to ten days after the election. The statute reads, “During the period beginning on the 30th day before the […]

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) issued the following statement on the FDA’s recent announcement on tobacco and vapor products: “I applaud the FDA’s commitment to developing a robust plan to combat underage use of e-vapor products. However, I hope the FDA revisits some of its actions affecting traditional products that have been marketed […]

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senators Thom Tillis (R-NC) and Chris Coons (D-DE), co-chairs of the Senate Human Rights Caucus, issued the following statement in response to Vice President Pence’s criticism of Burma’s treatment of the Rohingya: “As co-chairs of the Senate Human Rights Caucus, we have repeatedly condemned the persecution of the Rohingya Muslims in […]

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – This weekend, U.S. Senators Thom Tillis (R-NC) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) will lead a bipartisan delegation to participate in the 10th annual Halifax International Security Forum in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Tillis and Shaheen are the co-chairs of the recently re-established Senate North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Observer Group. They will join 300 delegates from around the […]

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Contributed WASHINGTON, DC – Today, U.S. Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) introduced the Corporate Governance Fairness Act, bipartisan legislation that would strengthen corporate governance and help ensure that investors may confidently rely on the advice of proxy advisory firms by requiring the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to regulate all major proxy advisory firms under […]

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By Joy Warren During the Tuesday evening meeting of the Town of White Lake Board of Commissioners regular session, the Mayor and Board recognized and honored the service to the Town and surrounding communities by all first responders and White Lake Volunteer Fire Department members. A resolution was approved and presented to Chief Dale Brennan […]

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By Dr. Mike Walden North Carolina was once known as a state of small towns. The reason was the state economy. Led by the “Big Three” of tobacco, textiles and furniture, the economy was organized around small towns. Farmers took their crops and livestock to the closest town for processing and sale. Textile mills often […]

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The 2018 General Election is over, hallelujah!.  Check our news page for results of local political races.  And, for a complete rundown of all races, local, state and federal, Google NC State Board of Elections. Best I can tell, nationwide, Democrats take over leadership in the US House of Representatives and Republicans strengthen their position in the […]

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Looking for election results? Bladen Online will post returns Bladen Online will post election returns from the Bladen County Board of Elections tonight as soon as numbers are available. Polls close at 7:30 p.m. Check back shortly after the polls close for results of contested races on the home page and a full list of […]

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By Joy Warren During the Monday noon work session, Elizabethtown Town Council members heard an initial report from Scott Sigmon with W.K. Dickson and Associates. Sigmon is a Special Projects Engineer and he presented his preliminary findings on the cemetery. During the evening meeting, Council approved the scope of work for Sigmon so an in-depth […]

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Last updated: Nov. 7, 2018 (All precincts reporting) BLADEN COUNTY SHERIFF VOTES (i) Jim McVicker (R) 6,930 Hakeem Brown (D) 5,543 BLADEN COUNTY LOCAL SALES AND USE TAX VOTES Against 8,415 For 3,977 REGISTER OF DEEDS VOTES (i) Beverly T. Parks (D) 7,138 Jason Britt (R) 5,455 COUNTY COMMISSIONER DISTRICT 1 VOTES (i) Arthur Bullock […]

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By Jefferson Weaver I had two devices demanding attention, an aching leg, and a car whose stubbornness challenged Mabel the Donkey. I was dramatically late for work, and the only thing in the mailbox was a rightfully insistent demand that a bill be paid. The dogs and cats were behaving as they usually do when […]

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Districts ordered to be redrawn in the next regular legislative session for use in 2020 RALEIGH – A three-judge state court panel today issued a unanimous ruling declaring four state House Districts in Wake County to be unconstitutional.  The panel agreed that the unnecessary redrawing of state House Districts 36, 37, 40, and 41 violated the […]

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Contributed RALEIGH: Governor Roy Cooper today announced two judicial appointments to the North Carolina Superior Court. “Our state depends on experienced, dedicated public servants like these appointees to fill critical roles in our justice system,” Gov. Cooper said. “I appreciate their commitment to serving the people of North Carolina.” Gov. Cooper appointed Stephan Futrell as […]

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The Bladen County Board of Elections will hold an Absentee Meeting on Tuesday, October 30, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. at the Bladen County Board of Election Office located at 301 S. Cypress St. Elizabethtown, NC  28337. Bobby R. Ludlum, Chairman Bladen County Board of Elections Share:

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Staff report Some totals are in for early voting in Bladen County. However, some residents are still trying to decide exactly how to vote on the proposed Constitutional Amendments featured on the ballots this election. There are six proposed Constitutional Amendments on the ballot. While the “act requiring photo identification to vote” is pretty clear cut […]

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