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Gallup: One in Four Americans Consider Abortion a Key Voting Issue

July 7, 2020

WASHINGTON, D.C. — According to a recent survey by Gallup, just under half of U.S. adults (47%) say the issue of abortion will be just one of many important factors in their vote for a candidate for a major office, while 25% do not consider it a major issue. At the same time, the 24% of U.S. adults who say they will vote only for a candidate who shares their views on the issue is, along with last year, significantly higher than most other years in the trend. The questions were asked as part of Gallup’s annual Values and Beliefs…

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Tillis: Paycheck Protection Program Helped Save One Million North Carolina Jobs

July 7, 2020

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — A news release from Senator Thom Tillis’ campaign highlighted a Raleigh News & Observer article yesterday which states that the bipartisan Paycheck Protection Program that Senator Tillis championed has helped save over one million North Carolina jobs. According to The News & Observer article, “loans for under $150,000 retained 497,003 jobs and loans for over $150,000 retained 696,313 jobs.” The release adds that “Senator Tillis has voted to extend the Paycheck Protection Program multiple times and worked across the aisle to reform it so that more North Carolina businesses could have access to its funding.” Additional highlights…

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Cooper vetoes one bill, allows another to become law without his signature

July 7, 2020

RALEIGH, N.C. — Governor Roy Cooper vetoed one bill and allowed another to become law without his signature on Monday. Cooper vetoed the Senate Bill 168, entitled DHHS & Other Revisions. Cooper said, “Senate Bill 168 includes a provision to change the handling of public records by the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner which could have the unintended consequence of limiting transparency in death investigations. While I believe neither the Department of Health and Human Services which proposed it, nor the General Assembly which unanimously passed it had any ill intent, the concerns that have since been raised make it…

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UNC President-elect Peter Hans’ performance pay could set national example

July 7, 2020

by Emma Schambach, Carolina Journal News Service RALEIGH — Incoming University of North Carolina System President Peter Hans has accepted a $400,000 base salary — significantly less than the earnings of some peers and predecessors. But the pay, outlined in a five-year contract, is accompanied by hefty, performance-based bonuses. If executed correctly, the contract could be a great model for universities nationwide, says Richard Vedder, economist and professor emeritus at Ohio University. But the plan needs more work. The UNC Board of Governors has discussed incentive pay since 2015, when UNC hired Buck Consulting — a New York human resources…

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North Carolina COVID-19 numbers as of July 6

July 7, 2020

RALEIGH, N.C. — According to a release from the N.C. Department of Health & Human Services, North Carolina’s COVID-19 numbers as of 12:05 p.m. on Monday, July 6 are:  NC Cases  NC Deaths  NC Tests Completed   NC Currently  Hospitalized  74,529  1,398  1,051,846  982 More data is available online at covid19.ncdhhs.gov/dashboard.

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Secretary of State Elaine Marshall Receiving Lake Public Service Award

July 7, 2020

RALEIGH, N.C. — N.C. Secretary of State Elaine Marshall has been chosen to receive the Chief Justice I. Beverly Lake Jr. Public Service Award from the North Carolina Bar Association. She is the 15th recipient of the award. Marshall has served as the N.C. Secretary of State since 1997. When she was elected in 1996, she became the first woman elected to an executive branch office in North Carolina, and she is the first woman to receive this award. “Service defines us as a nation and society, and it’s a tremendous honor to be recognized for this work,” Marshall said.…

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Dominion Energy and Duke Energy cancel the Atlantic Coast Pipeline

July 6, 2020

RICHMOND, Va. and CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Dominion Energy (NYSE: D) and Duke Energy (NYSE: DUK) today announced the cancellation of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline (“ACP”) due to ongoing delays and increasing cost uncertainty which threaten the economic viability of the project. Thomas F. Farrell, II, Dominion Energy chairman, president, and chief executive officer, and Lynn J. Good, Duke Energy chair, president, and chief executive officer, issued the following joint statement: “We regret that we will be unable to complete the Atlantic Coast Pipeline. For almost six years we have worked diligently and invested billions of dollars to complete the project…

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Cooper signs Medicaid transformation bill, ending years of wrangling

July 6, 2020

by Julie Havlak, Carolina Journal News Service RALEIGH — Gov. Roy Cooper on Thursday signed a Medicaid transformation bill that ends years of wrangling with legislators over the issue. Transformation privatizes the management of the state’s Medicaid program. The state will pay five managed care companies $30 billion over five years to cover 1.6 million low-income North Carolinians. Senate Bill 808 is designed to insulate the state from overspending on Medicaid. Republicans hoped to save money and secure better health outcomes by privatizing the program’s management. Under the current system, providers bill the state for services, and the state pays.…

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Poll: Voters Strongly Support Mount Rushmore, Historic Statues

July 5, 2020

According to a recent poll by Rasmussen Reports, a super-majority of voters still rally around Mount Rushmore and historic statues around the country that may be out of line with modern-day sentiments. Overall levels of support were down compared to 2017, and there is growing support among those under 40 to do away with them. The survey found that 75% of likely U.S. voters do not believe that Mount Rushmore should be closed or changed because two of the four presidents it honors – George Washington and Thomas Jefferson – were slave owners. Seventeen percent (17%) believe the iconic memorial…

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Elon Poll: Most North Carolinians support mask mandate, but less worried about virus now

July 4, 2020

ELON, N.C. — A new survey by the Elon University Poll has found broad support for the statewide mandate that masks be worn in public spaces to help prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus 2019, with 74 percent of the state’s residents supporting the measure recently imposed by Gov. Roy Cooper. However, the survey found that less than half of North Carolinians — 46 percent — say they always wear a mask in public spaces, with another 19 percent said they wear a mask in public “most of the time.” The survey, conducted June 24-25, also found shifting opinions about the…

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