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Governor Pat McCrory issued the following statement on the shooting that occurred in Orlando overnight
Do state politicians have principles? To some cynical academics and activists, the only way this question can have an affirmative answer is to define the term the way comedian Groucho Marx famously did: "Those are my principles, and if you don't like them ... well, I have others."
The American Council of Trustees and Alumni (ACTA) advises trustees and alumni about higher education issues, identifies "oases of [educational] excellence," and examines graduation requirements at various colleges to answer the question "What Will They Learn?"
On June 7, 2016, the State of North Carolina held its primary election for the North Carolina Supreme and Superior Court, as well as the United States House of Representatives
Sunday morning, June 12, 2016, may seem like just any other Sunday morning at my headquarters in rural northeastern North Carolina; but, in a Gay night club known as "Pulse", in Orlando, Florida, many Americans lay dead and others dying.
In 1824, Rep. John Randolph from Virginia addressed Congress and condemned the high protective tariff that it was poised to pass, explaining how it would inflict great economic harm on the Southern states.
The thrill is gone. Carrying a concealed weapon for three weeks in the suburbs is boring.
NC Capitol Connection is posting election results. They are revealing about what voters really need
Well, it's over. For all the talk about the Trump Revolution and a desire to send The Establishment a message - we got very little action to support ANY of that.
At birth, we boarded the train of life and met our parents, and we believed that they would always travel by our side. However, at some station, our parents would step down from the train, leaving us on life's journey alone.
Last year I wrote about reclusive folks who enjoy Imaginary Friends on social media and about Robot Lovers.

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Government

On June 7, 2016, the State of North Carolina held its primary election for the North Carolina Supreme and Superior Court, as well as the United States House of Representatives. The following are the election results for yesterday's primary.

US House of Representatives District 2 - REP (Vote for 1) Precincts Reported: 158 of 158

Name on BallotPartyBalloutPercentGeorge HoldingREP16,99953.38%Renee EllmersREP7,52723.64%Greg BrannonREP7,32022.99%

US House of Representatives District 2 - DEM(Vote for 1) Precincts Reported: 158 of 158

Name on BallotPartyBallot CountPercentJohn P. McNeilDEM7,56446.13%Jane WatsonDEM3,84723.46%Steven E. HightDEM1,85611.32%Ron SanyalDEM1,74910.67%Elton R. BrewingtonDEM1,3808.42%

US House of Representatives District 3 - REP (Vote for 1) Precincts Reported: 236 of 236

Name on BallotPartyBallot CountPercentWalter B. JonesREP15,72264.83%Phil LawREP4,92920.33%Tay... (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.

Bills in each body would eliminate existing rules and curtail enactment of new ones unless first receiving approval from outside officials
RALEIGH The 2016 edition of regulatory reform is beginning to emerge as both the House and the Senate piece together their respective versions, which focus on curtailing costly rules and making the process of imposing regulations more accountable to the public.

"This effort here is to address unnecessary and over-burdensome regulations that our citizens have identified," Rep. Chris Millis, R-Pender, told the House Regulatory Reform Committee on Wednesday. "Each provision here is trying to remove unnecessary red tape."

Both the 20-page Senate version and the 39-page House version have a wide variety of proposals to... (read more)

Op-Ed & Politics

Press Release:
Raleigh, N.C. Governor Pat McCrory issued the following statement on the shooting that occurred in Orlando overnight:

"The shooting that occurred in Orlando was a tragedy, and something that should never take place in our country. Those who died were innocent victims of an inexcusable act of violence. My prayers go out to the victims' families as well as to Mayor Buddy Dyer and the City of Orlando as they try to comprehend this tragic event. I have reached out to Florida Governor Rick Scott offering my condolences and any assistance we as a state can provide. My Secretary of Public Safety Frank Perry will take part in a Homeland Security briefing at 12 noon to get more details on the situation and assess what action, if any, North Carolina needs to take."
Contact: Crystal Feldman govpress@nc.gov... (read more)
Publisher's note: This article appeared on John Hood's daily column in the Carolina Journal, which, because of Author / Publisher Hood, is linked to the John Locke Foundation.

RALEIGH Do state politicians have principles? To some cynical academics and activists, the only way this question can have an affirmative answer is to define the term the way comedian Groucho Marx famously did: "Those are my principles, and if you don't like them ... well, I have others."

But for anyone who has watched politicians do their jobs up close and personal, it's hard not to conclude that most of them spend most of their political careers advancing what they perceive to be principled positions on public policy. They don't put their votes up for sale to the highest bid from potential donors.

Money flows from interested parties to politicians, of course - and this is true across the political spectru... (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:
 Raleigh, N.C. The North Carolina Republican Party (NCGOP) today released the following statement on the May jobs report:

 "May's atrocious jobs report is another reminder of why we cannot afford four more years of Obamanomics. A Hillary Clinton presidency would ensure four more years of stalled economic growth and stagnant wages. Not only is the number of Americans in the labor force the smallest it's been since 1978 but 12 times the number of Americans gave up looking for a job as those who found one. Republican leadership in North Carolina has made our state's economy the fastest growing in the nation in spite of the failed Obama policies that have kept struggling Americans from finding work. North Carolina's economic growth is evidence we need Donald Trump in the White House to create jobs and turn our economy around." — NCGOP Chairman Robin Hayes
Con... (read more)

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The Region

Press Release:
Once the anxiety of finding a job is over, it is easy to settle into a position. If one can find a way to live off the income and manage the workload of their new job, it can be easy to stay in that position for years. Jo Linda Cooper had settled into a position at National Spinning.

"Money is not everything. It means a lot to work at a place where you're treated well," she said. She was able to make ends meet off and enjoyed the people that she worked with. Then one day National Spinning shut its doors. A 20-year career was suddenly over.

Cooper met Clay Carter, an employee of Beaufort County Community College in charge of human resources development. Carter worked with displaced workers whose jobs had been moved overseas and trained them to engage with the workforce with a new set of skills. Starting at BCCC in 2004, she got a number of associate degrees, including ... (read more)

The Arts

First Person Defender BCN link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fwTc2Gd4d3A&index=4&list=PLscB-49EdZcuKOrDogPOGkeTde5OqGTT3

The thrill is gone. Carrying a concealed weapon for three weeks in the suburbs is boring. Listening to the news, there are no stories of an old Vet saving a lady in distress or preventing a robbery. I have more fun watching Hickok45 YouTube gun training and evaluations. I am tempted to go downtown Friday night and use a remote ATM to stir up some action.

Gun store education reveals small pocket pistols are 22 LR, 25, or 32 Caliber; mid-size wallet holster types are 380 and larger belt holster types are 38 and 9mm. Real cowboys want larger toys like 357 magnums nearly impossible to conceal.

Conclusion: Home protection is very important and avoiding hazardous situations, people; neighborhoods. Weapons carry may be a waste of my retirement money. But now I ... (read more)
Author Unknown: I think this is Free Verse poetry.

At birth, we boarded the train of life and met our parents, and we believed that they would always travel by our side. However, at some station, our parents would step down from the train, leaving us on life's journey alone.

As time goes by, some significant people will board the train: siblings, other children, friends, and even the love of our life.

Many will step down and leave a permanent vacuum. Others will go so unnoticed that we won't realize that they vacated their seats! This train ride has been a mixture of joy, sorrow, fantasy, expectations, hellos, goodbyes, and farewells.

A successful journey consists of having a good relationship with all passengers, requiring that we give the best of ourselves. The mystery that prevails is that we do not know at which station we ourselves will step down. Thus, we must try to tra... (read more)

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Living

Press Release:
 GREENVILLE The Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University and Vidant Medical Center have appointed two acclaimed specialists to key leadership positions. Drs. Blase Carabello and Andy Kiser bring international experience and a new level of expertise in cardiovascular care to the East.

 Carabello joins the ECU Department of Cardiovascular Sciences as chief of cardiology at Brody and director of the East Carolina Heart Institute (ECHI) at the medical center.

 He is recognized worldwide in the field of valvular heart disease. He specializes in the care of patients with complex valvular heart disease and general internal medicine. He co-authored the AHA/ACC Guidelines for the Treatment of Valvular Disease from 1998 to 2016.

 Carabello earned his MD degree from Temple University. He completed his training in both internal medicine and cardiolo... (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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