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The words "ambitious state budget" must test well in polls and focus groups
This week in North Carolina, the Burr campaign will highlight Senator Burr's work to provide states with more federal funding so they can decide on the most effective ways to help students receive a quality education and to give teachers the resources they need to educate the next generation
Governor Pat McCrory issued the following statement on this morning's shooting deaths of police officers in Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Governor McCrory is holding Duke Energy accountable and cleaning up coal ash ponds once and for all, Roy Cooper let this problem fester for more than 28 years during his career as a top lawmaker and as attorney general. Instead of ever addressing coal ash
The results of the Democratic Party - with the assistance of Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton and other race hucksters - setting up Hillary Clinton as the black voters big Bwana (Swahili, from Arabic abuna "our leader") is shortening lives and preventing young African Americans from climbing out
Charles Krauthammer said it best: "Well last night, Cruz delivered the longest suicide note in American political history".
Accountability -- and our outdated concept of it -- is a topic Andy Smarick of the Fordham Institute artfully explores in recent blog post "Public Accountability vs. Consumer Accountability".
What happened to head of the FBI, James Comey? He was supposed to be this "pillar of integrity" and yet has now been cuckolded by the likes of Durbin, B.H. Obama, Loretta Lynch and other denizens of D.C.
The States, acting voluntarily and in convention, entered into the Union by adopting a social compact, the US Constitution. The features of a compact provide great protection for American liberty.
It is with great pleasure that the Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University and Vidant Medical Center welcome Dr. David A. Axelrod to their surgery faculty and staff
The halfway mark of this event-filled year is a good time to reflect on the first six months in North Carolina. We would say the year's theme to date has been protest
I've enjoyed reliving our vacation by writing about our Viking ship and the historical perspective we gained while traveling. If those topics haven't sparked your interest, this description of the sights along the way is bound to do the trick.

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Government

Publisher's note: The author of this post is Barry Smith, who is an associate editor for the Carolina Journal, John Hood Publisher.

Berger, Moore say Roy Cooper "refused to do his job" by failing to file documents naming legislative leaders as parties in appeal
RALEIGH While the Wake County Board of Elections voted along party lines to appeal a 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruling throwing out local school board and county commissioner districts, state legislative leaders are fighting to get back in as defendants in the case.

On Thursday, Senate leader Phil Berger, R-Rockingham, and House Speaker Tim Moore, R-Cleveland, issued a statement saying they plan to file a motion to intervene in the lawsuit and appeal the ruling by a three-judge panel of the 4th Circuit, saying Attorney General Roy Cooper refused to provide an adequate defense of the maps for the state. The decision by... (read more)
Publisher's note: The author of this post is Barry Smith, who is an associate editor for the Carolina Journal, John Hood Publisher.

Longtime legislator notes that General Assembly lawyers were not allowed to defend local districts at appeals court
RALEIGH While officials are mulling a request from a federal judge to submit new district maps for Wake County commissioner and school board elections, one longtime lawmaker says the U.S. Supreme Court could allow this year's elections to be held under the disputed plans.

"Hopefully, the [House] speaker and the [Senate] president pro tem will attempt to intervene and ask the Supreme Court to do a stay," said Rep. Paul "Skip" Stam, R-Wake.

Stam noted that House Speaker Tim Moore, R-Cleveland, and Senate leader Phil Berger, R-Rockingham, previously had been listed as defendants in the lawsuits challenging the maps. However, Stam said Moor... (read more)

Op-Ed & Politics

Publisher's note: The author of this post is Mitch Kokai, who is Director of Communications for the Carolina Journal, John Hood Publisher.

RALEIGH The words "ambitious state budget" must test well in polls and focus groups.

At least that's what one might presume after hearing left-of-center politicians and pundits repeatedly describe North Carolina's latest General Fund budget plan as "not ambitious."

Unable to rely on old standby clichés such as "draconian cuts" or "risky schemes," critics have latched onto a lack of "ambition" as their chief complaint about the $22.3 billion General Fund budget signed into law for 2016-17. The proof? Its spending increase isn't large enough.

Building up the state's savings reserve account? Adding more relief for the vast majority of taxpayers who rely on the income tax's standard deduction? Not as high a priority, so the argument seems to go,... (read more)
Press Release:
This week in North Carolina, the Burr campaign will highlight Senator Burr's work to provide states with more federal funding so they can decide on the most effective ways to help students receive a quality education and to give teachers the resources they need to educate the next generation of our country's leaders. A few recent successes include:

More Funding For North Carolina Schools: In 2015, Senator Burr led the charge in Congress to fix how federal education dollars for teacher salaries are allocated to schools. Because of his work, North Carolina now will receive $24 million more in federal funding to hire more, and better-trained, teachers.

Expanded Tax Deduction For Teachers: Also in 2015, Senator Burr led the efforts on a bipartisan amendment that would extend and expand the Educator Expense Deduction that provides teachers with tax relief for any personal ... (read more)

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Community

News Release:

Sheriff Ernie Coleman and the Beaufort County Sheriff's Office is proud to partner with Kingdom Builders. Kingdom Builders is a local street ministry that has been handing out sleeping bags to people in need for the past year. A total of 20 sleeping bags have been given out since the program started.

Most of the effort has been in and around Washington but Kingdom Builders would like to reach more of Beaufort County. Dr. Frank Sheldon, representing Kingdom Builders met with Sheriff Ernie Coleman and Chief Deputy Charlie Rose. During the meeting it was decided that Kingdom Builders would provide sleeping bags to the Sheriff's Office. Patrol Deputies will keep a sleeping bag in their patrol vehicle and will give the sleeping bags to those that are in need, whether they are homeless or because of other circumstances. The sleeping bags will be replaced once given ou... (read more)

Business

Press Release:

Mebane Walmart Distribution Center will create 550 jobs
Mebane, N.C. Governor Pat McCrory helped open a new $100 million Walmart Distribution Center in Mebane that will create 550 jobs. In December 2013, Governor McCrory announced the distribution center's plans to create 450 jobs. At today's grand opening, the governor, local officials and others celebrated Walmart's plans to exceed those initial job projections.

"Walmart's announcement that it is exceeding its initial job creation estimates shows that North Carolina has the workforce companies need and the infrastructure and business climate to compete," said Governor McCrory. "This is more evidence that North Carolina's economy is strong."

The Mebane Walmart Distribution Center will be used to supply and distribute perishable food products for more than 55 Walmart stores in North Carolina and Virginia. This part... (read more)

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The Region

Press Release:
Beaufort County Community College is offering "Business Marketing for Creative Entrepreneurs" in Hyde County. In this small group working session, participants will begin with the basics, and apply their newfound knowledge to the specifics of their individual businesses. Developing a collection, professionally presenting creative work for sale, finding the balance between originals and reproductions and pricing for profitability will be discussed.

Jean Skipper will also help participants tell their story, communicate in written and oral form, design effective marketing and sales materials and analyzing the benefits of exclusivity. Participants will learn to manage wholesale relationships, manage consignment relationships, participate in trade shows, use online sales venues and maximize social media opportunities.

Skipper has been working and teaching full-time sinc... (read more)

The Arts

Press Release:
AOP to present the 2016 Hands on Arts Fall Festival. Join us at the Hands On Festival on September 24, 2016 at the Turnage Theater in historic downtown Washington, NC.

Mark your calendar and plan to join the first Annual Fall Art Festival presented by Arts of the Pamlico in Historic Downtown Washington, NC.

Artwork by juried fine artists and craftspeople exhibiting original works of art in many different categories will be available for purchase, including painting, photography, pottery, jewelry, woodwork and more. Artists' booths will be in the Turnage Theatre and Main Street.

In addition, this festival will offer artist workshops and demonstrations, a children's Art Market for art entrepreneurs ages 8-18 and a "kid zone" featuring face painting, storytelling, games and crafts. It will also highlight many of the very talented local musicians who will be performing ... (read more)
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Living

Press Release:
Dr. David Axelrod GREENVILLE, N.C. It is with great pleasure that the Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University and Vidant Medical Center welcome Dr. David A. Axelrod to their surgery faculty and staff.

Axelrod joins the ECU Department of Surgery as professor of surgery, vice-chair for Quality, and as chief of surgical immunology and transplantation, having recently been chief of transplant at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center in New Hampshire and liver transplant surgeon at the Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts. He is a nationally-recognized leader in the field of transplant surgery, outcomes research and quality initiatives for improvement in patient care.

Axelrod earned his medical degree from Duke University School of Medicine in Durham. He also earned an MBA in health care management from Duke University Fuqu... (read more)

Announcements

Mrs. Gloria S. Sawyer, age 63, a resident of 6863 Free Union Church Road, Pinetown, died Tuesday, March 27, 2012, at her home.

Arrangements will be announced by Paul Funeral Home of Belhaven.... (read more)

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