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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.


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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.

Raleigh – The North Carolina Democratic Party launched a digital ad campaign to hold vulnerable Republicans across the state accountable for their backroom budget, which prioritizes corporate tax cuts over better pay raises for teachers and more school funding.  The ads target vulnerable members in both chambers who put corporate tax cuts over public schools, bent over backwards to give the company responsible for dumping GenX into our waterways everything it requested, and made it harder for the state to fix the I-77 toll mess.

RALEIGH – NCDP Chairman Wayne Goodwin released the following statement after the State Board of Elections announced that the Constitution Party will have ballot access this fall:

“North Carolina Democrats welcome the Constitution Party to North Carolina’s ballot. Competition is the cornerstone of a strong democracy and organized parties are vital to creating and strengthening a representative system of government. With Democrats running in every single legislative district and more independent parties on the ballot, we are encouraged by the variety of choice voters will have at the polls this year.” 

North Carolina Democratic Party Chair Wayne Goodwin released the following statement in response to Governor Cooper’s veto of SB99, the General Assembly’s budget:

"North Carolina Democrats applaud Governor Cooper for standing up for public education and teachers across the state with today’s veto. Republicans in the General Assembly put corporate tax cuts before our teachers and polluters before clean water, creating a budget designed solely to save Republican seats in a blue wave year. North Carolinians deserve new representatives who will prioritize higher teacher pay raises, safer schools, and clean water before corporate donors. Come November, they'll have them.”


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