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Supreme Court strikes down 2 N.C. Districts for gerrymandering

Supreme Court strikes down 2 N.C. Districts for gerrymandering

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court struck down two North Carolina congressional districts on Monday, ruling that lawmakers had violated the Constitution by relying too heavily on race in drawing them. The Supreme Court has insisted that packing black voters into a few districts — which dilutes their voting power — violates the Constitution. Republicans in […]

Hise files new statement of organization – no amended campaign finance filings

Hise files new statement of organization – no amended campaign finance filings

RALEIGH – N.C. Senator Ralph has still not filed amended campaign finance reports that the State Board of Elections (SBoE) had extended his deadline to do so until May 5, 2017. A formal complaint about missing required information, overpayment of a loan, and missing PAC disclosures was filed two months ago. Hise belatedly filed notice […]

N.C. Senate cuts SNAP food assistance benefits

N.C. Senate cuts SNAP food assistance benefits

Press release from Roy Cooper Senate Republicans quietly inserted a provision in their budget to cut SNAP food assistance benefits for 133,000 North Carolinians last week, including 51,000 children. The cuts were not debated or mentioned by Republican leaders, and would not save the state any money, as the food assistance program is 100% federally […]

Another broken promise at Cleghorn Gun Club at Tryon Resort

Another broken promise at Cleghorn Gun Club at Tryon Resort

RUTHERFORDTON – The Cleghorn Gun Club is still causing noise problems for its neighbors. RC Catalyst received yet another notice of another broken promise to one of the Gun Club’s neighbors. Donna Hughes wrote us: … I was personally promised March 6th [2017] by Sharon Decker that they had decided that immediately the gun club would […]

Misspent campaign funds get prison time for former lawmaker

Misspent campaign funds get prison time for former lawmaker

WINSTON-SALEM — Former state Sen. Fletcher Hartsell was sentenced to eight months in prison for federal charges in the misuse of campaign funds. Hartsell converted approximately $210,000 of campaign funds for personal expenses over a period of 8 years. The U.S. Middle District Court of N.C. held the hearing Tuesday after the 70-year-old Concord lawyer […]

Supreme Court refuses to hear appeal in NC voter ID case

Supreme Court refuses to hear appeal in NC voter ID case

Supreme Court refuses to hear appeal in NC voter ID case The Supreme Court refused to hear North Carolina’s appeal of a lower court’s decision to strike down its voter ID law. The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals judge’s ruling striking down the controversial 2013 law will stand. Earlier a judge found that North Carolina’s ballot […]

Sen. Ralph Hise campaign finance investigation conflicts with committee

Sen. Ralph Hise campaign finance investigation conflicts with committee

RALEIGH –  As reported in March 2017, Sen. Ralph Hise, a Republican from Spruce Pine in Mitchell County, is under investigation by the state Board of Elections for campaign finance violations. Soon after that, Hise was named one of three Senate conferees to craft legislation that overhauls the state Board of Elections. Hise is the chairman […]

UPDATE: Senate Bill 343: Increase Teacher Supplement/Electronic Notice

UPDATE: Senate Bill 343: Increase Teacher Supplement/Electronic Notice

Senate Bill 343: Increase Teacher Supplement/Electronic Notice Sponsors: Trudy Wade (R-Guilford), Wesley Meredith (R-Cumberland), Dan Bishop (R-Mecklenburg) Status: Passed the Senate on April 25, 30–19 What It Does: Allows governments to post public notices online instead of in newspapers. Why It Matters: If this becomes law, it will be less expensive for the average person to […]

Republican NC US senator Richard Burr on Comey’s termination

Republican NC US senator Richard Burr on Comey’s termination

“I am troubled by the timing and reasoning of Director Comey’s termination. I have found Director Comey to be a public servant of the highest order, and his dismissal further confuses an already difficult investigation by the Committee. In my interactions with the Director and with the Bureau under his leadership, he and the FBI […]

U.S. Senator Thom Tillis (R-N.C.) on dismissal of FBI director

U.S. Senator Thom Tillis (R-N.C.) on dismissal of FBI director

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC), a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, issued the following statement on the dismissal of FBI Director James Comey: “Throughout his career, Director Comey has served the nation with distinction, and I have found him to be professional and responsive during my interactions with him. While Director Comey […]

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