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Friday, 07 August 2020 13:17

OP-ED: Census too costly to ignore

To say that our state, our nation, and our world have changed dramatically in the past few months would be an understatement. At the NC Rural Center and the NC Counts Coalition, we know how much our work and the communities we serve have changed — and will change — because of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

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ROCKINGHAM — Richmond County’s state representative is calling on two local congressmen to extend unemployment benefits as the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic continues.

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Tuesday, 21 July 2020 12:48

COLUMN: The REAL ID Act ravages our liberty

National ID cards have been atop the command-and-control political wish list for decades. In the 1990s, Republican Congresses shot down efforts to move toward national identification cards. However, after 9/11, “everything changed” and politicians seized the chance to unleash far more snooping and create potentially hundreds of millions of dossiers on American citizens.

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As a political junkie, I get lots of email pleas from politicians and political advocacy groups. Today, I got one from U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY). Well, not exactly. That’s what the “from” header said, but the message was signed “Team AOC” and delivered via Daily Kos.

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Tuesday, 11 February 2020 15:04

COLUMN: Yes, the ERA has been ratified

On Jan. 15, Virginia became the 38th state to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment. According to the U.S. Constitution, that makes the ERA part of "the supreme law of the land."

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RALEIGH — U.S. Rep Mark Meadows, an 11th District Republican, has held his seat since 2011, and he chaired the conservative House Freedom Caucus.

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Friday, 20 December 2019 12:10

Meadows out, McCrory to focus on 2022

RALEIGH — Two major figures in N.C. Republican politics have announced they will not run in the 2020 elections. U.S. Rep. Mark Meadows will not seek re-election in the 11th District. Former Gov. Pat McCrory will not try to reclaim his old job.

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As the U.S. House of Representatives took up the Affordable Care Act, aka ObamaCare, in 2010, then-Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-CA, famously told her fellow members of Congress "we have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it."

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U.S. President Donald Trump recently declared a "national emergency" under which he intends to divert money from the U.S. Department of Defense's budget and use it to build a wall on the US-Mexico border.

No biggie, Trump said as he announced the "emergency." Happens all the time (59 other times since 1976, to be exact). Purely routine.

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RALEIGH — Figuring out the logistics for a special election to fill the vacancy left by the passing of Rep. Walter Jones Jr., R-3rd District, won’t be easy, said Gerry Cohen, former special counsel to the General Assembly.

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