05/24/2019
  • 11:34 am Wilmington business owner sentenced after found guilty of involuntary manslaughter
  • 11:24 am Upcoming marriage of Caroline Kate Register To Brinson Robert Crotts
  • 11:05 am PUBLIC NOTICE Town of White Lake Proposed Fiscal Year 2019/20 Budget
  • 10:36 am You Decide: Is ‘NCFIRST’ Up to the Task?
  • 5:40 am Thoughts While Shaving for May 24
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WASHINGTON, D.C. –  U.S. Senators Thom Tillis (R-NC) and Chris Coons (D-DE), co-chairs of the Senate Human Rights Caucus, reintroduced 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 […]

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By Erin Smith If you live in North Carolina and ride a bicycle on the state’s roadways, you may soon have to register your bicycle. NC House Bill 157, called the DMV/Registration of Bicycles, calls for persons 16 years old or older, who ride a bicycle on publicly-owned streets or highways, to register their bicycle […]

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Thom Tillis (R-NC) and Chris Coons (D-DE), Chairman and Ranking Member of the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Intellectual Property, held their first subcommittee hearing of the116th Congress to examine the 2019 Annual Intellectual Property Report to Congress. The committee heard from the Honorable Vishal Amin, the Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator in the Executive Office […]

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RALEIGH: Governor Roy Cooper today announced new election dates to fill the seat in North Carolina’s Third Congressional District, which has been vacant since Congressman Walter Jones, Jr. passed away earlier this month. “People in eastern North Carolina need a voice in Congress,” Gov. Cooper said. “We’re moving ahead so they can choose their new representative […]

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WASHINGTON, D.C. –  U.S. Senators Thom Tillis (R-NC) and Tina Smith (D-MN) reintroduced their bipartisan legislation to secure health care benefits for “Atomic Veterans” who were exposed to harmful radiation when they cleaned up nuclear testing sites during the late 1970s. U.S. Representative Grace Meng (D-NY) reintroduced the House companion bill. The Mark Takai Atomic Veterans Healthcare Parity Act would allow veterans […]

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WASHINGTON, D.C. –  Today, Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) and a group of his colleagues introduced a bipartisan disaster relief package with the backing of President Trump, which would provide additional federal relief for North Carolina as it recovers from Hurricane Florence, as well as other states reeling from recent natural disasters. President Trump, working with this […]

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By Charlotte Smith The 2018 Candidate for the 9th District Congress, Mark Harris announced Tuesday afternoon he would not seek the elected seat in the new election coming soon. During the North Carolina State Board of Elections hearing over election fraud this month, Harris testified to his numerous health issues, which included multiple strokes. On […]

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Yesterday the National Review published an article stating the United States Senate failed to pass an Act to protect babies born alive after a failed abortion.  Yesterday also brought a press release from NC Senator Thom Tillis announcing his sponsorship and support of legislation to protect human life. The National Review stated the US Senate […]

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Washington Post By: Senator Thom Tillis February 25, 2019 President Trump has few bigger allies than me when it comes to supporting his vision of 21st-century border security, encompassing a major investment in technology, personnel and infrastructure, including new physical barriers where they will be effective. It is a vision that will take many years […]

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Mr. Robert Hester mentioned Bladen County Commissioners from 50 years ago recently in his Thoughts While Shaving. Someone sent us a photo of those local Commissioners from yesteryear. (L-R) Dan McLaurin   County Manager J. S. Singletary, Chairman Carl Suggs F. L. Tatum Ballard Carroll Edd Nye Hester said in his article, “Can you name the […]

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Tomorrow, February 26, 2019, U.S. Senators Thom Tillis (R-NC) and Chris Coons (D-DE), Chairman and Ranking Member of the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Intellectual Property, will hold a hearing to examine the 2019 Annual Intellectual Property Report to Congress. WHAT: Subcommittee on Intellectual Property Hearing on “Examining the 2019 Annual Intellectual Property Report to […]

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By Charlotte Smith More North Carolina amendments voted on by the people was tossed to the wayside on Friday due to a judge’s ruling. On Friday afternoon the news broke, Wake County Superior Court Judge G. Bryan Collins threw out the state’s constitutional amendment requiring a voter ID and the amendment implementing a cap on […]

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senators Thom Tillis (R-NC) and Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ), members of the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee, introduced the LEGION Act, bipartisan legislation that would extend American Legion membership to honorably discharged veterans who served since World War II. Currently, only veterans who served during periods of declared hostilities are able to join the American Legion. The […]

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A couple of weeks ago, Senator Thom Tillis sent a letter to the U.S. Department of Commerce, the U.S. Department of the Interior, and the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, noting the “potential economic benefits coming from offshore energy production” but also noting the economic importance of North Carolina’s tourism and fishing industries. In his […]

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Due to extenuating circumstances, the meeting for Monday February 25 is rescheduled to Thursday, February 28th at 6 pm -San Jose. This meeting will be important to organize for the upcoming conventions. The Convention is set for March 25th at 6pm at the Powell Melvin building. The guest speaker will be Dallas Woodhouse.  We will […]

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RALEIGH: Governor Roy Cooper released the following statement on the State Board of Elections’ decision to call for a new election in North Carolina’s 9th Congressional District: “I thank the Board for unanimously doing the right thing. People must have confidence that their vote matters and this action sends a strong message that election fraud must […]

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By Erin Smith The NC State Board of Elections unanimously voted to hold new elections for the US Congress District 9 race, the Bladen County Commissioner District 3 race and the Bladen County Soil and Water District Board race. After four days of hearing testimonies and reviewing evidence, the NC State Board of Elections wrapped […]

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By Erin Smith Republican candidate Mark Harris asked for a new election on Thursday afternoon. Following the lunch break, Harris read a prepared statement into the record requesting a new election.  In his statement, Harris said he fell ill in late December/early January and on January 18th, he suffered two strokes and became septic. Harris said […]

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman David Rouzer announced details for a Hurricane Recovery Roundtable, an information session and overview of the critical recovery efforts led by non-profits and companies in the 7th District.  The roundtable will take place at the Ed Emory Auditorium, located at 165 Agriculture Drive, in Kenansville on Monday, March 4th from 6:00 p.m. to […]

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Thoughts While Shaving

A holiday for a retiree, or for this retiree, is, for the most part, just another day. I did monitor (listen & watched) much of the activities of the State Board of Elections hearing related to the November election for the 9th Congressional race in North Carolina, with much attention on Bladen and Robeson County.  My take away […]

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By Marsha Burney The Bladen County commissioners recognized Dr. Pearly Graham Hoskins at the board’s Monday night meeting. Dr. Hoskins served for 31 years as a physician at Bladen County Hospital and has recently retired. Commission Chairman Charles Ray Peterson read a resolution acknowledging and commending Dr. Hoskins’ contributions to the county and her citizens. […]

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) applauded the unanimous passage of bipartisan legislation he co-sponsored that would criminalize lynching, attempts to lynch, and conspiracy to lynch for the first time in American history. The Justice for Victims of Lynching Act was introduced by Senators Kamala D. Harris (D-CA), Cory Booker (D-NJ), and Tim Scott (R-SC). […]

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC), a member of the India Caucus, issued the following statement after a Pakistan-based terrorist group bombed and killed an estimated 40 Indian paramilitary police in Kashmir: “Today’s terrorist attack against Indian paramilitary police is a despicable act of violence, however I know it will not weaken the resolve […]

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By Jefferson Weaver I went looking for my mother the other night. Logically, I knew I wouldn’t find her; I won’t see her again until we meet in Heaven, but I looked for my father after his death, so to I had to look for my mother. I hadn’t intended to go on such a […]

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By Dr. Mike Walden My wife is not an economist, but she does sometimes ask me about economic issues. One of her most frequent questions is about Social Security. Although she is retired and eligible to receive Social Security benefits, on my advice she has delayed until her monthly payment will be much higher in […]

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC), Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Subcommittee on Personnel, held a joint committee hearing with the Senate Readiness and Management Support Subcommittee on the current condition of privatized military housing. Tillis and his Senate colleagues heard testimony from military family members, companies, and the Department of Defense on the […]

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Acting EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler announced that the EPA will move forward with additional regulatory actions as part of its comprehensive PFAS management plan. “I’m glad the EPA listened to the concerns raised by communities and state regulators across the country, including those in North Carolina, regarding PFAS contamination,” said Senator Tillis. “This management […]

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WASHINGTON, D.C. –  Today, North Carolina Senators Thom Tillis and Richard Burr sent a bipartisan letter led by Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) urging congressional leaders to promptly pass disaster supplemental funding legislation to help communities recover in the aftermath of recent natural disasters, including Hurricane Florence. In the wake of Hurricane Florence making landfall in North Carolina, Tillis and Burr immediately began working with the North Carolina Congressional […]

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WASHINGTON, D.C. –  Today, U.S. Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) applauded the unanimous passage of bipartisan legislation he co-sponsored that will strengthen partnerships between federal agencies and the country’s more than 100 Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). The HBCU Propelling Agency Relationships Towards a New Era of Results for Students (HBCU PARTNERS) Act was introduced by Senators Tim Scott (R-SC) and Chris […]

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senators Thom Tillis (R-NC), Gary Peters (D-MI), David Perdue (R-GA), and Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) introduced the Fostering Innovation Act of 2019, bipartisan legislation that would provide commonsense regulatory relief for many innovative companies that are in scientific and medical research fields. Currently, emerging growth companies (EGCs) are exempt from certain regulatory requirements for five years after their […]

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By Joy Warren A packed room heard an update on the Lake Water Restoration project during Tuesday night’s White Lake Board of Commissioners regular meeting. Mayor Goldston Womble introduced the team of scientists who have been working on short-term and long-term solutions to the lake water clarity — Dr. Diane Lauritsen with LIMNOSCIENCE, Dr. John […]

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WASHINGTON, D.C. –  Today, the Senate passed The Natural Resources Management Act, which includes a provision authored by Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) to direct the Secretary of Interior to annually designate at least one city in the United States as an “American World War II Heritage City,” with Wilmington, North Carolina likely to be among the first […]

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman David Rouzer released the statement below following the passing of Congressman Walter B. Jones: “I am deeply saddened to learn of the passing of our dear friend and colleague, Congressman Walter B. Jones.  He humbly served the great people of Eastern North Carolina in the state legislature and in Congress for more […]

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Raleigh, NC — Following the news that Representative Walter Jones has passed away at the age of 76, North Carolina Republican Party Chairman Robin Hayes released the following statement: “Walter Jones was a man of decency, honor, and upstanding moral character. He and I used to travel together back and forth from North Carolina when I had […]

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RALEIGH: Gov. Cooper released the following statement today on the passing of Rep. Walter Jones: “I am grateful for the life and service of my longtime friend Congressman Walter Jones Jr. He was a public servant who was true to his convictions and who will be missed.” Share:

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) issued the following statement on the passing of Congressman Walter B. Jones, Jr.: “Congressman Walter B. Jones, Jr. was the true embodiment of a public servant. He will be long remembered for his tireless advocacy for Eastern North Carolina, which he loved dearly, and for always following his […]

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WASHINGTON, D.C. –  Today, Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) sent a letter to the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Commerce, the Acting Secretary of the U.S. Department of the Interior, the Acting Director of the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, and the Assistant Secretary for Oceans and Atmosphere at the Department of Commerce, requesting additional information on the […]

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Alexandria, VA—The American Conservative Union Foundation (ACUF) has just released its ratings of the 2018 meeting of the North Carolina General Assembly. ACUF’s Ratings—both federal and state—are an initiative of ACUF’s Center for Legislative Accountability. These ratings are designed to reflect how over 8,000 of the nation’s elected officials view the role of government and illustrate the […]

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) and Representative Bill Flores (R-TX) re-introduced the Hatch-Waxman Integrity Act 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. This bill will restore balance and integrity to the patent system and ensure drug manufacturers have the proper incentives to continue developing life- […]

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) co-sponsored bipartisan legislation that would improve the GEAR UP federal grant program by giving grant recipients increased flexibility to cater to local students’ needs, reducing administrative burdens for grant recipients, and ensuring a more fair and competitive application process. The GEAR Up for Success Act was led by John Cornyn (R-TX) […]

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) signed a bipartisan letter urging the Trump Administration to stabilize the Medicare Advantage program, which provides quality health care to 21 million seniors and individuals with disabilities. The senators wrote to Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator Seema Verma requesting she consider how to strengthen the program, innovate with technology and ensure […]

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Rouzer released the statement below following President Donald Trump’s State of the Union Address: “President Trump laid out a visionary agenda for a strong, secure and more prosperous America.  Tremendous progress has already been made on many fronts.  And if every member of Congress would be willing to come to the table […]

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) issued the following statement in response to the State of the Union address: “I appreciated President Trump’s call for more bipartisan cooperation. The American people are sick and tired of people on the far-right and far-left drowning out those in the middle who want to get things done. […]

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Tonight, U.S. Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) welcomed North Carolina natives Pastor Andrew Brunson and Norine Brunson as his guests to the State of the Union. Throughout 2018, Senator Tillis worked to help secure the release of Pastor Brunson, who was facing an effective life sentence in Turkey, accused of crimes he did not commit. […]

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By Erin Smith The NC State Board of Elections is set to meet on Thursday, February 7, at 10 a.m. at the Dobbs Building in Raleigh and one of the topics will be the appointment of County Board of Election members.  Bladen County Board of Elections Director Valeria McKoy said, “No not yet,” when asked if the […]

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By Joy Warren An oversight in the Town’s Zoning Ordinances was corrected during the Monday night session of the Elizabethtown Town Council meeting. A text addition of “automobile sales, new and used” as a permitted use in District C-1 General Commercial was approved by the Council. The use was inadvertently left out of the list […]

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By Erin Smith The Bladen County Commissioners and Board of Education are working together to create a Memorandum of Understanding concerning shelter coverage overtime compensation from Hurricane Florence. Bladen County Schools Superintendent Dr. Robert Taylor and Bladen County Schools Finance Officer Sharon Penny appeared before the commissioners during the February 4th meeting to request $42,636.96. A […]

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) announced that North Carolina natives Pastor Andrew Brunson and Norine Brunson will be his guests to the State of the Union address on Tuesday, February 5th, 2019. Throughout 2018, Senator Tillis worked to help secure the release of Pastor Andrew Brunson, who was facing an effective life sentence in Turkey, accused […]

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By Erin Smith Residents throughout the 9th Congressional District gathered at the Elizabethtown Middle School Gymnasium for a Rally for Fair Elections on Saturday. As speaker after speaker took the stage, they whipped the crowd into frenzy waving signs and chanting, “This is what democracy looks like.” In all, 19 speakers addressed the crowd during […]

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By Jefferson Weaver We were halfway watching the late-night news, trying not to nod off before the weather, when I sat bolt upright. A house in Wilmington had burned; no one was injured, thankfully, but like so many old houses built of pine, the structure was completely engulfed when firefighters arrived. The home was destroyed. […]

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) cosponsored legislation introduced by Senators Joni Ernst (R-IA), Chuck Grassley (R-IA), Ben Sasse (R-NE), Deb Fischer (R-NE) and 10 other colleagues to allow federal law enforcement to detain illegal immigrants criminally charged with killing or seriously injuring another person. The legislation was re-introduced in honor of Sarah Root, who […]

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senators Thom Tillis (R-NC), Marco Rubio (R-FL), and Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) introduced the Threat Assessment, Prevention, and Safety (TAPS) Act of 2019 (S. 265), bipartisan legislation that would create a task force of experts to provide recommendations for a national strategy to keep communities safe from targeted violence through threat assessment and […]

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The Bladen County Republican Party will meet Thursday, January 31, 2019, at 6 p.m. at San Jose Restaurant in Elizabethtown. Items to discuss include setting up the upcoming Convention in March, updates on Mark Harris’ status and updates on the NC Board of Elections status. Share:

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) issued the following statement in response to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs reaching a major milestone in the implementation of the VA MISSION Act, landmark legislation passed last year that strengthens health care services at the VA. “The publication of the new access standards required by the VA MISSION Act, which greatly improve upon the […]

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) introduced the Corolla Wild Horses Protection Act, legislation that would provide responsible management of the wild horse population around Corolla, North Carolina and the Outer Banks. Representative Walter Jones (R-NC) introduced companion legislation in the House of Representatives in previous Congresses and has been a long time champion of protecting the Corolla wild horse […]

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) co-sponsored bipartisan legislation to combat the epidemic of murdered and missing Native women and girls by improving the federal government’s response to addressing the crisis. Savanna’s Act would increase coordination among all levels of law enforcement, increases data collection and information sharing, and empowers tribal governments with the resources they need in cases […]

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RALEIGH: Today, Governor Roy Cooper released the following statement on the agreement to reopen the federal government : “Today’s agreement finally ends President Trump’s unnecessary shutdown and alleviates anxiety for thousands of working families in North Carolina, and for all who rely on the federal government to inspect our food, ensure safe travel, test water […]

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WASHINGTON, D.C. –  Today, Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) issued the following statement: “The end of the partial government shutdown provides much-needed relief to federal workers who have demonstrated tremendous dedication to the country throughout this political stalemate. “It is vital that we do not end up in the same spot three weeks from now, which will […]

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WASHINGTON, DC –  Today, Congressman Rouzer released the statement below following President Trump’s announcement to temporarily reopen the government: “The agreement announced today by the President to temporarily reopen the government provides Democrats with yet another opportunity to come to the table and negotiate in good faith.  It is my hope that we are finally […]

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senators Thom Tillis (R-NC) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), co-chairs of the Senate North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Observer Group, issued the following joint statement in response to the Greek parliament’s vote ratifying the Prespes Agreement, which recognizes the renamed Republic of North Macedonia. The agreement ends a 27-year dispute between the nations and will […]

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) co-sponsored the Pay Our Coast Guard Act, bipartisan legislation introduced by Senator John Thune (R-SD) that would ensure the U.S. Coast Guard receives funding during the government shutdown. As a branch of the Department of Homeland Security, the U.S. Coast Guard has been severely affected by the shutdown, including approximately 42,000 active-duty, […]

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Raleigh, NC — A story out from Charlotte Observer reporter Jim Morrill confirms that Joshua Malcolm, former Chair of the defunct North Carolina State Board of Elections, will not be nominated to serve on the new NCSBE. The new Board will be appointed on January 31, 2019, and expects to set a date for an evidentiary hearing regarding the Ninth Congressional District investigation […]

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) issued the following statement on the Senate voting on two separate proposals to end the shutdown: “President Trump’s proposal to re-open the government and take a positive step to secure our borders and provide a degree of certainty to the DACA and TPS populations is a good faith effort […]

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Thom Tillis (R-NC) and Angus King (I-ME) sent a bipartisan, bicameral letter to Congressional Leadership urging them to provide a meaningful solution for the H-2B temporary guest worker program in any government funding agreement. “As all of you are aware, we have been working in a bipartisan, bicameral fashion for years to […]

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Thom Tillis (R-NC) and Brian Schatz (D-HI) sent letters to the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), Department of Homeland Security (DHS), and Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) seeking more information on how they plan to prepare law enforcement officials to effectively access and analyze digital evidence in support of criminal investigations. The […]

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RALEIGH, N.C. – Today, the Civitas Institute released the results of its annual North Carolina School Choice Poll, which surveyed registered voters regarding their opinion on school choice issues. The week of January 20-26 is National School Choice Week. The compelling findings send a clear signal that North Carolinians of all ages, races, and political […]

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Jefferson Weaver

By Jefferson Weaver There’s a whole lot of talk these days about toxic masculinity, whatever that is. I am of the opinion that many of today’s problems come from a lack of masculinity. Society has taught men that we are inherently bad. We are often painted as barely one step above Australopithecus, club-wielders incapable of […]

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Contributed Raleigh, NC — North Carolina Republican Party Chairman Robin Hayes has released the following statement: “Nothing about today’s court hearing changes the fact that Congressman-Elect Dr. Mark Harris won the election. He received more legal votes and no public evidence has shown the outcome is in doubt. We are confident that Dr. Harris will be certified by […]

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The Bladen County Republican Party  will meet on Thursday, January 31, 2019, at 6 p.m. at San Jose Restaurant in Elizabethtown. We will be discussing the upcoming Convention that will be held in March.  Our tentative date for the Convention is Monday, March 25, 2019. We have many things that need to be addressed to […]

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) issued the following statement on the President’s proposal to end the partial government shutdown through a compromise on border security funding and protections for DACA and TPS recipients: “I commend President Trump for his leadership in proposing a commonsense compromise to end the current political stalemate. The President’s […]

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By Charlotte Smith As of Friday, January 18, the North Carolina and Bladen County registered voters’ lists have decreased by the thousands since December 2018. On December 29th, there were 23,338 registered voters in Bladen County and 7,139,604 registered voters in North Carolina. Now there are 21,221 registered voters in Bladen County and 6,564,003 registered […]

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By Dr. Mike Walden My wife retired a dozen years ago after working three decades as an elementary school teacher.  Her daily routine now involves a trip to the nearest wellness facility for exercise as well as conversation – hopefully not at the same time! One thing she chronically complains about is the increased traffic […]

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Raleigh, NC — North Carolina Republican Party Chairman Robin Hayes released the following  statement in response to the story that former Bladen County Board of Elections Vice Chairman Democrat Jens Lutz engaged in absentee ballot irregularities: “In our press conference this week, we stated Congressman-Elect Mark Harris should be certified. Now, the evidence shows exactly why Democrats were quick […]

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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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