Opinion (417)

Tuesday, 05 June 2018 05:01

NCDP Questions Republican Funding Decisions

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Raleigh – Republicans are transparently using the budget process to try to save one of the most vulnerable Republican senators in the state, Jeff Tarte, by shoveling money for classroom supplies to schools in his district – and his district only. This “SweetTarte Deal” pits schools against each other and is so overly partisan and unequal that the nonprofit selected to dole out the money doesn’t want anything to do with it.

Raleigh – Republicans announced their secretive budget but even before diving into the specifics, newspapers from across the state blasted Republicans’ political cowardice and priorities. Republicans are terrified of facing voters this fall who are frustrated and angry after a decade of Republican efforts to rig our state for their wealthy donors and corporations instead of investing in the middle class and public education. Since coming back to town, Republicans have made clear that their priorities lay with protecting their seats and continuing to stack the deck for corporations, and only breaking the majority will bring new priorities to the General Assembly.

ROCKINGHAM - Back many, many years ago when I was a child, my Dad played for a church softball team for a few years. Our home church didn’t have a team of its own so Dad was allowed to play with another church team. I cannot remember the name of the church since it’s been so long ago, but I know we did visit that church on at least one occasion and it was way out in the country outside of Candor, NC.

RALEIGH – Republican leaders announced last week that instead of working through the normal legislative channels, including offering the minority party chance for input and allowing opportunities for amendments, they are ramming through their budget in a conference report with no Democratic input, no chance for amendments, and no opportunity to clean up any mistakes or hear from the public.

HAMLET - Yesterday, Monday, May 28th, was this year’s designated date upon which we as a nation officially remembered and honored members of our armed forces who gave their lives in defense of our country. 

RALEIGH – Lt. Governor Dan Forest, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, and North Carolina Republicans are hosting an event today to celebrate North Carolina becoming the first state with broadband access in all public schools – even though every single Republican voted against the creation of the program more than 10 years ago.

RALEIGH – Under Governor Cooper’s leadership, North Carolina is moving in the right direction, more people believe the state is back on the right track in a “complete turn-around” from seven months ago, and voters want a Democratic legislature, according a new poll from Spectrum News.

Wednesday, 23 May 2018 05:05

"Litterbug, Litterbug, Fly Away Home ... "

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HAMLET - "Litterbug, litterbug fly away home,
Your house is on fire and your children are gone." 

Perhaps that is a loose explanation as to the situation on a daily basis for some of the travelers who use Old Laurinburg Road east of Hamlet in traversing back and forth to their respective destinations – they are all experiencing emergencies of some type and simply don’t have time to wait till they get to their own trashcans to dispose of their personal waste material on their own property.

RALEIGH - North Carolina Democratic Party Chairman Wayne Goodwin released the following statement after Governor Cooper outlined his budget proposal offering common ground solutions for North Carolina:

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