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N.C. legislation updates – April 21, 2017

N.C. legislation updates – April 21, 2017

The Democratics filed House Bill 858 Wednesday that establishes a Medicaid expansion through hospital assessment that would pass through the General Fund. The Democratic strategy is very similar to House Bill 662 sponsored by four House Republicans. Several academic studies have determined that expanding Medicaid could benefit more than 500,000 North Carolinians. The bill also […]

Political tidbits

Political tidbits

A state House committee will debate a proposal to require vehicles driven by unlicensed drivers to be towed away from a traffic stup unless a licensed driver is available to drive the car away. House Bill 341, sponsored by Rep. George Clevland, (R-Onslow) is to be heard in the Judiciary Committee on Wednesday. NC Rep. […]

SB343 – online legal ads & public notices proposed

SB343 –  online legal ads & public notices proposed

RUTHERFORD COUNTY, N.C. — Current state law requires that local governments publish public notices in a local newspaper with general circulation in their area. However, that could change in the near future. Sen. Ralph Hise is among the lawmakers in the N.C. General Assembly who is sponsoring legislation to require that public and other legal […]

HB 780 Uphold Historical Marriage Act will not be heard this session

HB 780 Uphold Historical Marriage Act will not be heard this session

RALEIGH – N.C. House Speaker Tim Moore issued a statement Wednesday saying House Bill 780, which would bar same-sex marriages in North Carolina and refuse to recognize such marriages, would not move out of committee and was dead for this session. Here’s Moore’s statement: “There are strong constitutional concerns with this legislation given that the […]

Carolina Cares: Four NC GOP file bill to extend Medicaid health-insurance coverage

Carolina Cares: Four NC GOP file bill to extend Medicaid health-insurance coverage

RALEIGH – Four North Carolina Republicans in the state House have filed a bill to extend Medicaid health-insurance coverage to more adults. North Carolina under Republican control has been among the holdouts against expansion since the Affordable Care Act provided that option. Thirty-one states and the District of Columbia have expanded Medicaid  removing millions from the […]

Idiom for today: The proof is in the pudding…

Idiom for today: The proof is in the pudding…

Commissioner Michael Benfield brought this idiom up in conversation after Monday night’s meeting. He and several others pondered just where we get these sayings we use every day. The “proof is in the pudding” is better understood when it is said in its entirety. “The proof of the pudding is in the eating.” The shorter version […]

RC Indivisible meets on Thursday evenings

RC Indivisible meets on Thursday evenings

Rutherford County Indivisible’s weekly Thursday night meeting. You are invited to their meeting at 5:15 p.m. at The Shak in Forest City. Call 312-459-2811 for additional details.

Rutherford County’s $873,509 ARC grant at risk

Rutherford County’s $873,509 ARC grant at risk

WNC – President Donald Trump’s proposed federal budget, “America First: A Budget Blueprint to Make America Great Again,” could mean bad news for North Carolina. The proposed budget calls for the elimination of funding for  the Appalachian Regional Commission, “a regional economic development agency that represents a partnership of federal, state and local government. residents living in any […]

Media groups push back after fake news defined US elections

Media groups push back after fake news defined US elections

By AREK SARKISSIAN USA TODAY Network The Baltimore Gazette had its share of scoops leading up to the 2016 presidential election. But one stands out: Every presidential race since John F. Kennedy’s election was rigged. That blockbuster story spread quickly across social media, with readers praising the Gazette for having the guts to report “the […]

NC Sen. Ralph Hise campaign money discrepancies

NC Sen. Ralph Hise campaign money discrepancies

RALEIGH – The blog of Greg Flynn presents interesting and potentially important material regarding the campaign funds of N.C. Senator Ralph Hise showing excess loan repayment to himself and consistently filing reports with incomplete information. Among Hise’s constituents in District 47 are Rutherford County, Polk County and McDowell County. Below are excerpts from Flynn’s blog […]

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