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Editorial: Trump’s behavior reflect his abuse of high office – WRAL.com

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CBC Editorial: Monday, Jan. 6, 2020; Editorial #8496
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The day after Christmas the president of the United States sent a tweet to his 68 million followers. It included a name that many, largely among fringe Alt-Right ideologues, have sought to link to a whistleblower. This whistleblower’s complaint about President Donald Trump’s conduct during a July 25 phone call with the Ukrainian president revealed inappropriate behavior and sparked the presidential impeachment…

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How impeachment trials have put the spotlight on North Carolina senators – Asheville Citizen-Times

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Republican U.S. Sens. Richard Burr and Thom Tillis are about to join a small but elite group: North Carolina senators who have voted in a presidential impeachment trial.

A Senate trial could take place as early as January after the House voted late last month to impeach President Donald Trump, though House Speaker Nancy Pelosi…

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My 2020 vision for the coming year – Richmond County Daily Journal

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Barring some unforeseen economic happening or weather-related event, politics will be North Carolina’s number one story in 2020.

It starts early, as lawmakers return to Raleigh January 14th in hopes of finally resolving the months-long budget standoff. North Carolinians are weary from the partisan political wrangling between the governor and legislature, understanding it has held up pay raises, Medicaid reforms and all manner of other appropriations.

Let’s hope it is resolved before the March 3rd primary elections. Candidate filing deadlines expired just before Christmas, so get…

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Tillis, McCrory lead GOP primary poll – Laurinburg Exchange

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RALEIGH — U.S. Sen. Thom Tillis, R-N.C., and former N.C. Gov. Pat McCrory lead the pack in the latest Civitas Institute poll focusing on the Republican primary.

Interestingly, McCrory has yet to file for the governor’s seat, though he hasn’t ruled out running.

Harper Polling, on behalf of the conservative Civitas Institute, surveyed 500 likely Republican primary voters from Dec. 2-4. Respondents were reached via phone. The margin of error is plus or minus 4.38%.

Tillis is miles ahead of his primary challenger, Sandy Smith. Eleven percent of respondents said…

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NC Republicans hold Hall of Fame awards – North State Journal

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RALEIGH — The North Carolina Republican Party Hall of Fame banquet was held Saturday, Dec. 7 at the North Raleigh Hilton.

The NC GOP’s Hall of Fame started in 1982 and became a biennial event beginning in 1985.

U.S. Sen. Thom Tillis, Congressman Ted Budd (NC-13) and Congressman Mark Walker (NC-6), were in attendance as special guests, along with Tommy Hicks, co-chairman of the RNC, and Dr. Ralph Reed, the founder of the Faith and Freedom Coalition.

Awards given out at the event included the Charles R. Jonas Award, which honors commitment to the party through an elected position, and…

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Top Raleigh news: University police investigate sex assault claim; abandoned cars a danger; more – Hoodline

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Here’s what you need to know about what’s happening in Raleigh.

Sen. Tillis: ‘I’m a definite no’ on removing President Trump from office

U.S. Sen. Thom Tillis (R-North Carolina) filed to run for re-election Monday, saying he’ll vote against removing President Trump from office if the House impeaches him. 

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Raleigh sees 29th homicide of 2019; most since 2008

A weekend of deadly shootings in Raleigh marked the 29th homicide in the Capital City this year. The only year where there were more homicides was when 35 people were killed in 2008.

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North Carolina Sen. Thom Tillis says he’s a ‘definite no’ vote on Trump impeachment – The State
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North Carolina Sen. Thom Tillis says he’s a ‘definite no’ vote on Trump impeachment – The State

U.S. Sen. Thom Tillis cemented his support for President Donald Trump amid impeachment proceedings as the incumbent Republican senator filed to run for a second term. Trump is accused of withholding aid to Ukraine contingent on the country investigating Trump’s presidential rival, former Vice President Joe Biden. U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi formally called for articles of impeachment last week. If the House adopts articles of impeachment, they would then go to the Senate for a trial. The Republican-controlled Senate would have to vote with a two-thirds majority to convict the president and remove him from office.
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Jamaican-born professor confirmed as US District Court judge – Jamaica Observer

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Jamaican-born professor confirmed as US District Court judge

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NORTH CAROLINA, United States (AP) — The nation’s longest federal court vacancy ended last Thursday after nearly 14 years of foot-dragging and politics as the US Senate confirmed a Jamaican-born university professor to a North Carolina trial court seat in a bipartisan vote.

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North Carolina ratings changes offer a taste of redistricting to come – Roll Call

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Ten years is long enough to forget the chaos of covering campaigns during redistricting. But North Carolina, bless its heart, was kind enough to offer us an early taste of the upcoming craziness of a redistricting cycle.

First, new congressional lines can put new pressure on members.

One day GOP Rep. Mark Walker was coasting to reelection in North Carolina’s 6th District, where Donald Trump received 56 percent of the vote. The next day, the congressman found himself in a district Hillary Clinton carried with 59 percent, according to Daily Kos Elections.

It’s a good example of how quickly…

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Sen. Tillis: “I’m very confident” winning possible primary – Hartford Courant

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U.S. Sen. Thom Tillis said on Monday he’s “very confident” that he’ll win any Republican primary he may be in — a reference to a North Carolina GOP congressman mulling an 11th-hour statewide challenge of him due to recently redrawn House maps.

Speaking to reporters after filing candidate paperwork at the State Board of Elections, Tillis said he hasn’t spoken to U.S. Rep. Mark Walker specifically about Walker’s immediate political future.

A Walker spokesman said last week that the Greensboro Republican may challenge Tillis for the party’s Senate nomination or one of two GOP House…

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Sen. Tillis: ‘I’m very confident’ of winning possible primary – Mooresville Tribune

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Thom Tillis said on Monday he’s “very confident” that he’ll win any Republican primary he may be in — a reference to a North Carolina GOP congressman mulling an 11th-hour statewide challenge of him due to recently redrawn House maps.

Speaking to reporters after filing candidate paperwork at the State Board of Elections, Tillis said he hasn’t spoken to U.S. Rep. Mark Walker specifically about Walker’s immediate political future.

A Walker spokesman said last week that the Greensboro Republican may challenge Tillis…

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Political fights for 2020 begin to emerge after first week of filing – Carolina Public Press

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Buncombe County voters wait in line to cast primary ballots outside Leicester Elementary School on March 15, 2016. Candidate filing for the 2020 primary elections in North Carolina has been open since Dec. 2 and will end at noon Dec. 20. Colby Rabon / Carolina Public Press

With legal challenges to the state’s congressional and legislative maps closed, candidate filing for North Carolina’s 2020 election cycle opened last week, setting in motion what promises to be a contentious year of campaigns up and down the ballot.

The three-week filing period opened Dec. 2, after an unusually quick…

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Edwards wins in Louisiana – Politico
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Edwards wins in Louisiana – Politico

Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards won reelection in Louisiana, defeating Republican Eddie Rispone, even after President Donald Trump went all out for the Republican candidate.
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GOP senators hit by early wave of outside money ahead of 2020 – POLITICO

This year’s early barrage is not coming from the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee or the super PAC Senate Majority PAC, the main players in Democratic Senate campaigns. Instead, the top spenders are a band of nonprofit organizations that formed just this year, which can raise and spend unlimited amounts of money and do not have to disclose information about their donors. Each of the new nonprofits is incorporated in the state they are running ads in and run by local Democratic operatives, and none of the groups have any clear ties to national Democratic groups.
The Democrats’ Senate strategy has a red state problem – The Week
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The Democrats’ Senate strategy has a red state problem – The Week

.....Democrats shouldn't get ahead of themselves in their celebration, because these results don't reveal any material change in the overall landscape. Virginia has become a must-win for Democrats, not a swing state, and Kentucky is still emphatically Trump country. These victories confirmed the main pattern of 2018: The Democrats are gaining increasing support in once Republican suburban areas, but they are making little or no headway in rural white counties..
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The Political Corruption Legalized by the Supreme Court – The New Republic

That isn’t enough for the president. Politico reported last week that Trump is using his network of donors to bolster senators who defend him while ignoring those who don’t. The news outlet pointed to a recent fundraising pitch from Trump’s re-election campaign that invoked the impeachment fight while offering to split the donations with three GOP senators facing re-election next year: Colorado’s Cory Gardner, Iowa’s Joni Ernst, and North Carolina’s Thom Tillis. “If we don’t post strong fundraising numbers, we won’t be able to defend the President from this baseless...
Cornyn Introduces Bill To Curb Mass Shootings – KFI AM 640
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Cornyn Introduces Bill To Curb Mass Shootings – KFI AM 640

U.S. Senator John Cornyn of Texas and other Senate Republicans are backing a bill to reduce mass shootings and improve public safety. Cornyn introduced the Response Act following recent shootings in El Paso and Midland-Odessa. The bill is endorsed by numerous mental health and police organizations. Senators Martha McSally (R-AZ), Thom Tillis (R-NC), Joni Ernst (R-IA), Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), and Tim Scott (R-SC) are cosponsors.
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Biden surges in NC cash race among 2020 Dems – ncpolicywatch.com

Former Vice President Joe Biden surged ahead in fundraising in North Carolina over the last three months, far outpacing the other Democrats who are vying for the presidential nomination. Biden’s campaign made significant gains in fundraising from July through September in North Carolina. In that three-month span, the campaign raised $263,687 from North Carolina donors, twice what they had previously brought in from the state.
NCAA made wrong call on name and image rights, Burr says – News & Observer
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NCAA made wrong call on name and image rights, Burr says – News & Observer

Sen. Richard Burr on Thursday criticized the NCAA for its recent announcement that it would open the door to allowing college athletes to profit off their name, image and likeness — and defended himself against “ignorant” critics. Burr, a North Carolina Republican who played defensive back at Wake Forest in the 1970s, created an online firestorm earlier this week when he said he’d bring forth legislation taxing the value of scholarships if players were to “cash in.” “If college athletes are going to make money off their likenesses while in school, their scholarships should be treated like income. I’ll be introducing legislation that subjects scholarships given to athletes who choose to “cash in” to income taxes,” Burr tweeted on Oct. 29, attracting more than 33,000 comments online, many of them blistering.
Illness linked to tick bite kills ex-N. Carolina Sen. Kay Hagan at 66 – NBC News
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Illness linked to tick bite kills ex-N. Carolina Sen. Kay Hagan at 66 – NBC News

Former North Carolina Sen. Kay Hagan died Monday at the age of 66, NBC News has confirmed. Hagan, a Democrat, served one term in the Senate from 2009 to 2015 after defeating Republican Sen. Elizabeth Dole in 2008. She lost her seat in her first re-election race, in 2014, to Thom Tillis. Prior to her time in Congress, she served a decade in the North Carolina state Senate. In a statement to NBC News, Hagan’s family said Hagan had died after a three-year battle with encephalitis, a brain inflammation that can be fatal.
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Former U.S. senator Kay Hagan, North Carolina Democrat, dies at 66 – The Washington Post

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A family representative, Ross Harris, said the cause was complications of Powassan virus, which can cause encephalitis. Ms. Hagan had been diagnosed with the tick-borne virus in 2016. The day before her death, she visited with former vice president Joe Biden, who is seeking the Democratic nomination for president.

In a statement, Biden called Ms. Hagan “a champion for North Carolina and a fierce defender of all its citizens,” adding that “she was a crucial partner” in passing the Affordable Care Act and the 2009 economic stimulus package.

Ms. Hagan, a former vice president at what is…

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Political Notebook: Sen. Tillis, Reps. Budd, Hudson introduce Immigration Detainer Enforcement Act – Salisbury Post – Salisbury Post

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U.S. Sens. Thom Tillis, R-N.C., and Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, and Reps. Dan Bishop, R-9, and Ted Budd, R-13, announced Friday that they will introduce the Immigration Detainer Enforcement Act this week. 

The bill will clarify the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s detainer authority; establish the authority of states and localities to maintain custody of an immigrant in cases in which a detainer has been issued; and incentivize cooperation between law enforcement agencies and DHS through the reimbursement of certain detention, technology and litigation costs.

Tillis said…

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North Carolinians remember the life and legacy of US Senator Kay Hagan – The Progressive Pulse

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Former U.S. Senator Kay Hagan passed away Monday at the age of 66.

Hagan served in the Senate from 2009-2015 having defeated Republican incumbent Elizabeth Dole in the 2008 election. Hagan narrowly lost her own re-election bid in 2014 to current Senator Thom Tillis. Prior to her time in Washington, Hagan spent six years in the North Carolina Senate representing Guilford County.

After leaving public life, Hagan faced many health challenges stemming from a tick-borne virus.  One of her last appearances was in June at a ground-breaking ceremony at Piedmont Triad International…

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President Trump: Islamic State group leader dead in US military assault – WWAY NewsChannel 3
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President Trump: Islamic State group leader dead in US military assault – WWAY NewsChannel 3

Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the shadowy leader of the Islamic State group who presided over its global jihad and became arguably the world’s most wanted man, is believed dead after being targeted by a U.S. military raid in Syria. President Trump said in a statement to the nation from the White House’s Diplomatic Room that on-site DNA confirmed “al-Baghdadi is dead” — fulfilling the top national security priority of his administration.
Mitt Romney explains how he came up with the Pierre Delecto Twitter name, says his son made the fake account – USA TODAY
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Mitt Romney explains how he came up with the Pierre Delecto Twitter name, says his son made the fake account – USA TODAY

Sen. Mitt Romney laughed off being outed as the owner of an anonymous Twitter account, telling USA TODAY in an interview that he didn't put much thought into the account's name when his son created it for him eight years ago. Twitter user Pierre Delecto was found out to be Romney after the Utah senator and GOP presidential candidate mentioned using a private account.....
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Cornyn’s gun control bill is weak, but it’s something [Editorial] – Houston Chronicle

Cornyn and five other Republican senators — Tim Scott of South Carolina, Martha McSally of Arizona, Thom Tillis of North Carolina, Joni Ernst of Iowa, and Shelly Moore Capito of West Virginia — have introduced the RESPONSE (Restoring, Enhancing, Strengthening, and Promoting Our Nation’s Safety Efforts) Act. It includes some good ideas, including measures to encourage internet service providers to share information about potentially violent users with law enforcement agencies, increase the number of federal/local task forces investigating illegal firearms sales, and help states increase mental health and crisis intervention programs.
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‘A very dark moment for the Trump White House’: GOP senators are increasingly unwilling to do the president’s dirty work – AlterNet

A Republican source close to Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told a reporter of impeachment Wednesday, “This is shaping up to be a very dark moment for the Trump White House.” It may sound almost too good to be true, but signs are definitely emerging that Republicans realize Donald Trump is in a heap of trouble and is growing less defensible by the day. In fact, the Senate GOP’s No. 2—the guy tasked with whipping votes—said as much Wednesday morning. Acknowledging the damning nature of the cascade of testimony from career public servants, South...
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Voter registration deadline set for Friday – Wakeweekly

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The final day to register to vote in Wilson County’s Nov. 5 municipal elections is this Friday. 

Applications are due for residents who: have not previously registered in Wilson County, have had a name change, want to change party affiliation, have been placed in an inactive voter registration file or have moved within Wilson County since previous registration. 

Forty-two candidates are vying for 42 seats in Wilson County cities and towns including Wilson, Black Creek, Elm City, Lucama, Saratoga, Sharpsburg, Sims and Stantonsburg.

Registration…

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