FLETCHER – The final weekend of the WNC Youth Livestock Expo wrapped up at the WNC Ag Center in Fletcher. The youth livestock shows were held in place of the N.C. Mountain State Fair, which was canceled this year due to COVID-19. Competitions featuring dairy cattle, meat goat, poultry, swine, wool-breed sheep, beef, dairy goat,…

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — Last week, Congressman Patrick McHenry (NC-10), the top Republican on the House Financial Services Committee, introduced new legislation to expand the category of workers that can benefit from equity compensation to the critical gig workforce. H.R. 8280, the Gig Worker Equity Compensation Act, which complements the Pandemic Unemployment Insurance extended to gig…

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Last week, U.S. Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) and a bipartisan group of senators called for enforcement action to address practices of pharmaceutical companies that threaten to undermine the 340B Drug Pricing Program during the COVID-19 public health emergency. The 340B program requires drug companies to sell discounted prescription drugs to safety net hospitals,…

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by Rick Henderson, Carolina Journal News Service RALEIGH — The day after the state announced a settlement with Democratic super-litigator Marc Elias likely gutting absentee ballot protections, the State Board of Elections’ two Republican members resigned. They suggested they were tricked into going along with a plan to let the board’s director negotiate settlements out…

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by Lindsay Marchello, Carolina Journal News Service RALEIGH — A settlement in an election lawsuit strips absentee ballot protections, opening the door for election fraud, one election analyst says. Parties in the North Carolina Alliance of Retired Americans v. North Carolina State Board of Elections filed a joint motion calling on a judge to approve…

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RALEIGH, N.C. – The N.C. Property Rights Coalition has placed three billboard messages in the Raleigh area thanking law enforcement professionals for their service. One billboard is on South Saunders Street at I-440, one faces east on I-440 near Brentwood Road and one faces west on I-440 near Yonkers Road. “Private property rights are one…

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — Last week, Reps. Ted Budd (R-NC) and Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) introduced the Make PPE in America Act. The bill requires the Defense Logistics Agency to issue longer-term contracts to make Personal Protective Equipment in America. The Senate co-sponsors were Sens. Rob Portman (R-OH) and Gary Peters (D-MI). ​ Rep. Budd said in a…

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Last week, Congressman Greg Murphy, M.D. (NC-03) introduced the Veterans National Traumatic Brain Injury Treatment Act. The bill would direct the Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs to create a pilot program for Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) to treat Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). While serving…

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