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RALEIGH - NC Insider: New state law will mean fewer places to vote early in some counties

Director of Elections Viola Williams: "But I really wish, before the bill had even been pushed through, that they would have gotten the opinions of the people who are directly involved."

Raleigh – Ahead of the deadline for the second quarter 2018 fundraising reports, a look back at the first quarter results shows that Democratic challengers are already outraising, outworking, and outhustling Republican incumbents.
Across the state, Democratic challengers outraised 30% of GOP incumbents and open-seat challengers (34 out of 116 total seats held by GOP incumbents or open) in Q1 2018; of that total, one fourth (22 out of 91) of Republican incumbents were outraised by their Democratic challenger.

Raleigh – Legislative Republicans are rushing back to Raleigh to grab power from the scariest thing imaginable to Republicans – a bipartisan board running an open transparent process. Their reason? That a bipartisan commission (out of their control) with an open and transparent public process is politicized:

WASHINGTON – Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) released the following statement applauding Congressional negotiators for agreeing upon a final version of the Foreign Investment Risk Review Modernization Act (FIRRMA, H.R. 4311). FIRRMA is landmark national security legislation that strengthens how the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) reviews the national security risks of potential foreign investments.

CHARLOTTE - The following press release was forwarded by congressional candidate Mark Harris:

Dear Friends, 

Every day we are seeing that this 9th District Congressional race is far more important than just a campaign for a seat in the U.S. House. This is the epicenter of the culture war that's facing our nation.

RALEIGH:  Over half a dozen constitutional amendments will be on the ballot this November thanks to Republicans’ “Hail Mary” attempt to turn out conservative voters and save their seats in November. These amendments include…
… Capping the income tax, which could lead to higher sales taxes, hitting working families the hardest, and hamstringing education funding.

… Requiring ID to vote, targeting minority and low-income communities. The amendment is vague, giving no insight into what kind of photo ID will qualify.

… Giving Republicans the power to appoint judicial vacancies so they can rig our judiciary and pack the courts with judges that are amenable to their power grabs and harmful policies.

Raleigh – First, Republicans hid at the bottom of a constitutional amendment a breathtaking measure to grab power from the executive branch, one that would give them exclusive control over how people can vote, the cost of their energy bill, and the quality of their drinking water.

Thursday, 19 July 2018 05:01

Mark Harris Named Republican "Young Gun"

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CHARLOTTE - CNN is reporting that the National Republican Congressional Committee has named Mark Harris to their exclusive “Young Guns” program! 
According to House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy, this is due to the solid campaign we’re running in the 9th District and the outpouring of financial and grassroots support we have received since the primary.

Raleigh – Republicans have repeatedly shown that their priorities lie with desperately trying to hold onto their super-majorities and not with our students, teachers, and public schools, editorial boards and columnists around the state agree. Republicans are pushing vague and undefined changes to our state constitution that make it harder to vote, handcuff future generations ability to invest in public schools, and undermine the balance of powers all because they’re afraid of losing this November. North Carolina needs to vote down these constitutional amendments and break the super-majority to bring new legislators to Raleigh who put schools before power.

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