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Rep. David Rogers, Sen. Ralph Hise Violate Legal & Ethical Mandates for PD Creation Outside of Public View

After the most recent article in the RC Catalyst series examining the state of our local government, additional information has been obtained regarding David Roger’s involvement in establishing the Public Defender’s Office. This information further illuminates the efforts to conceal the creation of this office, the identities of the officials involved, and the financial benefit […]

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Government Officials Engage in Illicit Actions Enriching Themselves at Costs to the Community

In comments made in response to the most recent article by RC Catalyst regarding actions facilitated by the Judicial Council, former Superior Court Judge Laura “Suzy” Bridges implicated a number of local officials in engaging in actions expressly prohibited by North Carolina State ethics laws. THE CREATION OF THE PUBLIC DEFENDER’S OFFICE As previously reported, […]

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Corruption within District Legal System?

As previously reported, information regarding former Chief Judge Randy Pool’s misconduct and abuses of power with respect to many women appearing before him continues to surface throughout our judicial district. Although additional details regarding the scope and scale of Judge Randy Pool’s actions will be discussed in a forthcoming article, many in the community have […]

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NC Senate Passes “No Patient Left Alone Act”

PRESS RELEASE: North Carolina General Assembly Senator Warren Daniel FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contacts: SenateRepubliciansPress@ncleg.net 6-19-2020 Senate Passes “No Patient Left Alone Act” Raleigh, NC – The North Carolina Senate today passed the No Patient left Alone Act, which allows hospitalized patients to designate one visitor who would be permitted access to their room in accordance […]

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Karen Powell, FHD Director: Duties and Powers of Enforcement for Covid-19

May 21,2020 In my on-going informational series about Foothills Health District today I want to focus on who our health director is and what her duties are, as well as answer a few questions that had been sent to me concerning the recent incident in Spindale with Carolina Cafe.  To do this I referenced NC […]

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Who Are “The Guardians”  (Foothills Health District)

  May 19,2020 In late January of this year it was acknowledged that Covid-19 entered our country. The nation suddenly found itself in the grip of a pandemic. The government turned to national health experts across the country to help, they in time turned to State health officials who then turned to local health department […]

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“Between A Rock And A Hard Place” (Carolina Cafe vs Governor Cooper’s Executive Order)

May 16, 2020 Thursday we had an issue where a small business, Carolina Cafe in Spindale, opened up to inside diners in violation of Governor Cooper’s Executive Order 118 “Limiting Operations of Restaurants and Bars…..”  The owners (Mike Spina and Linda Fortner)  posted on Facebook  that they were going to open for inside dining using […]

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Covid-19 & the Demand for Medicaid

As the global coronavirus outbreak and its economic fallout tighten their grip on the United States, all signs point to a spike in demand for Medicaid, the health care program for low-income Americans that is jointly funded by states and the federal government. Anticipating a surge in Medicaid costs for states at a time when […]

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Column: Unaffiliated voters voting in either primary wield the power in RC

RALEIGH, N.C. —The Unaffiliated voters are wielding power already in this 2020 Primary Election. Unaffiliated voters may choose which primary they wish to vote in. One consideration for their choice of party ballot is whether their votes make more of a difference in LOCAL or National Elections. Another consideration is the deceptive mailing made to […]

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Judicial changes coming for Rutherford & McDowell Counties

JUDICIAL DISTRICT 29A — Judge Laura Powell will be hanging up her robe on Nov. 1 as she takes the helm as Public Defender (PD) for the district. The PD position was approved as part of the 2018-2-19 N.C. budget and covers both Rutherford and McDowell counties. The bill specified that the Office of Indigent […]