07/19/2019
  • 12:10 am Three Bladen Softball Teams In State Tournaments This Weekend
  • 11:55 pm Bladen pre-kindergarten application days scheduled July 22-24
  • 11:37 pm Municipal races taking shaping as filing deadline is noon Friday
  • 10:31 pm July 18 Vineyard Golf Thundering Herd Results
  • 10:27 pm This Day in History for July 19
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Contributed But over half oppose the Popular Vote Interstate Compact RALEIGH, NC – The latest statewide Civitas Poll found that 43 percent of likely voters would like to retain the Electoral College for electing president, whereas 47 percent prefer to move to a popular vote. As the 2020 elections near, much attention has been given to […]

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) issued the following statement after voting against the “Green New Deal”: “The Green New Deal is an absurdly expensive and unserious policy proposal and the underlying problem is that it seeks to give the federal government more control over the American people, attempting to dictate the kind of […]

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Arguments have concluded at the U.S. Supreme Court in Rucho v. League of Women Voters of North Carolina, a partisan gerrymandering challenge to North Carolina’s congressional plan that was consolidated with Rucho v. Common Cause.  In addition to the two North Carolina cases, the Supreme Court also heard arguments in a Maryland partisan gerrymandering challenge, Lamone […]

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) signed a bipartisan letter urging the U.S. Department of Commerce to release its report on whether imported automobiles and auto parts threaten the country’s national security. Last year, Commerce self-initiated a “national security” investigation into automotive imports under Section 232 of the Trade Expansion Act of 1962. Under the statute, the […]

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC), a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, issued the following statement on the summary of Special Counsel Mueller’s report: “Robert Mueller should be commended for leading a fair and thorough investigation. In the end, the special counsel found there was no collusion and President Trump has been vindicated.” […]

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Here is a review of some of Governor Cooper’s work last week: On Tuesday last week, Governor Cooper announced that communities across the state will get $127 million for 96 drinking water and wastewater projects. The grants will help update aging infrastructure, prepare water facilities for future storms, and create new drinking and wastewater systems. […]

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Raleigh, NC — North Carolina Republican Party Chairman Robin Hayes has issued the following statement: “After two years of burdensome and overzealous investigations, costing the American taxpayer tens of millions of dollars, the Mueller Report has returned exactly what President Trump has been saying the entire time: No collusion. While President Trump has led our nation […]

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RALEIGH — The state’s seasonally adjusted February unemployment rate was 3.9 percent, increasing 0.1 of a percentage point from January’s revised rate. The national rate decreased 0.2 of a percentage point to 3.8 percent. North Carolina’s February 2019 unemployment rate decreased 0.3 of a percentage point from a year ago. The number of people employed […]

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By Charlotte Smith Bladen County officials met at the Mac Campbell, Sr. Terminal Building in Elizabethtown on Thursday, March 21 from 10 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. Election costs, highway widening, Parks, county planning, economic development, beaver management, board policies and procedures, diversity, inclusion and the county budget were some items on the Bladen County Board […]

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By Charlotte Smith North Carolina lawmakers introduced a bill, House Bill 283, also known as Conner’s Law, in early March 2019. The bill was presented by District 46, House Representative, Brenden Jones in honor of the late North Carolina Highway Patrol Trooper Kevin Conner. NC State Trooper Conner was a Columbus County residents and a […]

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By Erin Smith The Bladen County Commissioners have been working in Washington DC and in Bladen County with federal legislators for assistance to help the local rural communities. US Congressman David Rouzer spoke with the commissioners on Wednesday afternoon and the commissioners gave a report on the National Association of Counties annual Legislative Goals Conference […]

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Last week, U.S. Senators Thom Tillis (R-NC) and Chris Coons (D-DE), the Chairman and Ranking Member of the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Intellectual Property, sent a letter to the Acting Register of Copyrights raising concerns that a recent Supreme Court decision could prejudice American copyright owners and hinder the enforcement of constitutionally protected intellectual property rights. In Fourth Estate Public Benefit […]

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  On Monday, March 25, 2019 the Bladen County Republican Party annual convention will be held at the Powell Melvin Agriculture Building, 450 Smith Circle, Elizabethtown. Registration is from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. and the convention will begin at 7 p.m. Precinct meetings will be held at 6:30 p.m. The speaker will be Dallas […]

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) urged the Trump Administration to withdraw a proposed rule that could lead to changes to the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Mercury Rule. The letter led by Senators Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Tom Carper (D-DE) said that the proposed rule could lead to the undoing of the Mercury Rule, […]

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Chairman of the Bladen County Republican Party, Walter McDuffie has sent a letter to the North Carolina Board of Elections to dispute a request he said the North Carolina State Board of Elections made. McDuffie said the state requested the Bladen County Republican Party make new nominations for the local Board of Elections. Bobby Ludlum […]

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Senators Thom Tillis (R-NC), John Cornyn (R-TX), Chuck Grassley (R-IA), and Mike Crapo (R-ID) introduced the PROTECT Asbestos Victims Act, commonsense legislation that provides much-needed oversight of asbestos bankruptcy trusts to ensure victims receive fair and just compensation. “Asbestos bankruptcy trusts were created to compensate asbestos victims, not trial lawyers,” said Senator Tillis. “The PROTECT Asbestos Victims Act will […]

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The Bladen County Democratic Party will have its annual county convention on Saturday, March 23. The guest speaker will be Professor Irving L. Joyner. Joyner has worked as a professor at North Carolina Central University (NCCU) School of Law since 1982. From 1984 to 1992, Joyner served as the Associate Dean of NCCU School of […]

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By Joy Warren Eddie Madden, project manager for the White Lake Multi-Use Path, provided an update during the Tuesday evening meeting of the Town of White Lake Board of Commissioners. Excavation work and laying of stone has started along the N.C. 53 and part of U.S. 701. Construction crews began installation of pilings for the […]

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Contributed WASHINGTON, D.C. –  Today, Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) and David Rouzer (R-NC-07) applauded President Trump for signing the John D. Dingell, Jr. Conservation, Management, and Recreation Act, which includes a provision authored by Tillis and Rouzer to direct the Secretary of Interior to annually designate at least one city in the United States as an “American […]

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By Marsha Burney The Bladen County Commissioners struggled to agree on two different issues Monday night. On the first issue, Planning Director Greg Elkins presented the board with a consideration to rezone property located at 3785 Cromartie Road from residential/agricultural to commercial zoning. Elkins told the commissioners the Planning Board had met and made a […]

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) co-sponsored bipartisan legislation to eliminate the five-month waiting period before ALS patients can receive the Social Security Disability Insurance benefits they earned by contributing to Social Security. The ALS Disability Insurance Access Act introduced by Senators Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) and Tom Cotton (R-AR) would build on previous steps by Congress and […]

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WASHINGTON, D.C. –  U.S. Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) co-sponsored bipartisan legislation to combat the high rate of suicide among members of the National Guard and Reserve. Currently, members of the National Guard and Reserves undergo annual health assessments to identify medical issues that could impact their ability to deploy, but any follow-up care must almost always […]

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WASHINGTON, DC –  Congressman Rouzer released the statement below following House consideration of H.R. 1: “The new Democratic majority has made clear its top priority is putting in place measures to allow the federal government to interfere in our country’s election system forcing taxpayers to fund campaigns they may not support.  A ‘one size fits […]

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Contributed The Bladen County Democratic Party Convention will be held at the Bladen County Court House in the Superior Courtroom, on Saturday, March 23, 2019. The Convention will be called to order at 10:00 a.m. Irving L. Joyner will be the guest speaker for the convention. He has worked as a Professor at North Carolina […]

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WASHINGTON, D.C. –  Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) co-sponsored the bipartisan Honoring American Veterans in Extreme Need (HAVEN) Act this week to protect the economic security and well-being of veterans and their families who rely on disability benefits and may be experiencing financial hardship. Under current bankruptcy law, disability benefits paid by the Department of Veterans Affairs […]

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WASHINGTON, D.C. –  Today, Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) attended a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing and discussed issues military families are facing with on-base military housing.Last week, Senator Tillis toured homes on Fort Bragg with Secretary of the Army Mark Esper and participated in a listening session with military families. Tillis on touring military housing at Ft. Bragg: “I want […]

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – North Carolina Senators Thom Tillis and Richard Burr sent a letter to Director of the Executive Office for United States Attorneys Jim Crowell to express support for additional funding for the Middle District of North Carolina’s United States Attorney’s Office for the remainder of fiscal year 2019 and for all of fiscal year […]

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On Monday, March 25, 2019, the Bladen County Republican Party annual convention will be held at the Powell-Melvin Agriculture Building, 450 Smith Circle, NC 28337. Registration is from 6 pm to 7 pm and the convention will begin at 7 pm. Precinct meetings will be held at 6:30 pm. All registered Republicans are encouraged to […]

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By Joy Warren Pursuant to the Elizabethtown Zoning Ordinance, the Planning Board considered a 60-day moratorium for electronic gaming operations during their meeting on Monday evening. According to Chairman Bobby Kinlaw, the Board considered information presented and forwarded their recommendation to approve the moratorium. Billie Hall (pictured above), who is the Planning and Zoning Director, […]

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Plaintiffs in Rucho v. League of Women Voters of North Carolina filed their final brief with the U.S. Supreme Court today, just more than three weeks before the Court is slated to hear oral arguments in the partisan gerrymandering cases out of North Carolina and Maryland on March 26.  Lower court victories for the plaintiffs mark […]

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WASHINGTON, D.C. –  Senators Thom Tillis (R-NC), Tom Cotton (R-AR), Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), Kevin Cramer (R-ND), and Chuck Grassley (R-IA) introduced legislation that would bar known gang members and those convicted of dangerous crimes from entering the United States. Criminals with known gang associations  would be disqualified from taking advantage of our immigration laws and receiving […]

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Reidsville, NC- Jen Mangrum announced today that she will seek the office of North Carolina Superintendent of Public Instruction. She is currently an Associate Professor in the School of Education at UNC-Greensboro. Jen has more than a decade of classroom experience as well as a decade in teacher preparation at both NC State University and […]

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Contributed WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Senators Thom Tillis (R-NC) and Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) urged Attorney General Bill Barr to make full use of the International Parental Kidnapping Crime Act to combat international parental child abduction. Every year, several hundred American children are abducted by one parent and brought to a foreign country, where they are […]

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Contributed WASHINGTON, D.C. –  Today, U.S. Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) co-sponsored bipartisan legislation that would require the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) within one year of enactment declare per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) as hazardous substances eligible for cleanup funds under the EPA Superfund law, and also enable a requirement that polluters undertake or pay for remediation. […]

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By Dr. Mike Walden It’s March, and for most of my colleagues, neighbors and friends, this means only one thing – “March Madness” and the NCAA basketball tournament. This is a big deal in the country, but especially so in North Carolina where we have so many great teams. But I have to admit something. […]

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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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