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Tuesday, 26 June 2018 05:04

The Mandela Effect

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WILMINGTON - Nelson Mandela, the globally respected anti-apartheid activist, is widely known for his 27 year imprisonment within his home country of South Africa.  He was locked up due to his civil disobedience demonstrations in an effort to establish equality for all of his country’s citizens.

Recently, Mandela has garnered Internet fame as the original example of a strange (and sometimes spooky) phenomenon.

Raleigh – NCDP Chair Wayne Goodwin continued his rural listening tour this month, stopping in Cumberland, Bladen, Duplin, and Sampson counties to hear from rural North Carolinians and to share North Carolina Democrats' positive agenda for our state, “Our Carolina Promise.”


WASHINGTON – Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) issued this statement after reviewing a USA Today report uncovering very low ratings for a nursing home facility run by the Salisbury VA Medical Center: 

“Throughout my time in Congress, I have regularly and consistently received complaints about care and service at Salisbury VA medical facilities.

This new report by USA Today, if accurate, is alarming and offensive to all veterans, and follows other previous reviews with highly unfavorable outcomes. 

“My expectation is that the new Salisbury VA Director will ‘inspect for what you expect’ and take corrective action.

Last year, I helped pass VA accountability legislation to make it easier to fire and demote incompetent employees. 

“As always, veterans in the 9th District are welcome to call my office to receive assistance cutting through VA red tape."

"We are honored to serve veterans.” 

9th Congressional District veterans needing assistance from Congressman Pittenger should call 704-362-1060.


Editor’s note:  The Richmond Observer strives to provide fair and objective coverage of any and all political issues, situations, and/or developments, regardless of party affiliation.  As part of this commitment, the Observer is offering this press release for your review.  It is also our policy to print news release material in its original format, as it was received, with minimal, if any, editorial adjustments. 


Raleigh – Republican Representative John Blust took his Republican colleagues to task over how Republicans have broken the General Assembly in a discussion around the NC Farm Bill, blasting them for being beholden to a single special interest, for not standing up against a broken process, and for breaking the General Assembly.

Raleigh – Republicans are speeding at a breakneck pace to clear their docket, pass any final far-right pet projects and power grabs, and get out of Dodge because they’re afraid of a coming blue wave – even if that means letting lobbyists and special interests write their bills.
Last night saw a flurry of “gut and amend” bills, crafted in secret by lobbyists, and rushed through with little sunlight. From the NC Insider: 

CHARLOTTE - The following press release letter was distributed by the Mark Harris for Congress campaign:

Dear friends,

I just finished a conference call with Representative Patrick McHenry (NC-10), Deputy Majority Whip of the US House of Representatives. A number of our donors were also on the call. Congressman McHenry talked about our campaign for North Carolina’s Ninth District. While doing so, he reiterated his excitement and enthusiasm for this fall’s campaign and our opportunity to win this seat.

Raleigh – What do you do when your “monster” elections bill is ruled unconstitutional and found to target minorities with “almost surgical precision”? If you’re a North Carolina Republican, you revive it piece by piece.
In 2013, Republicans passed a “monster” voter suppression bill that cut early voting and required voters to show specific types of photo ID — restrictions that disproportionately affected minorities.
Now, the core tenets of that bill are back.

Raleigh – DC and Raleigh Republicans are trying to further upend people’s health insurance by undercutting protections against preexisting conditions that help ensure millions of North Carolinians with preexisting conditions can’t be denied health insurance or priced out.

Raleigh – Today, the North Carolina Democratic Party announced its full slate of statewide judicial endorsements at a press conference at the NCDP headquarters. The endorsements were voted on by the NCDP State Executive Committee following the state convention this past weekend.

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