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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by Julie Havlak, Carolina Journal News Service RALEIGH, N.C. — On August 26, Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper proposed a $25 billion General Fund budget to expand Medicaid, increase unemployment benefits, give teachers higher bonuses, and cut funding to Opportunity Scholarships. Republicans immediately blasted Cooper’s spending plan, calling it a risky “spend now, pray later” proposal.…

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RALEIGH, N.C. — State Representative David R. Lewis (R-Harnett) has resigned from the N.C. House, effective immediately, according to multiple media reports. North State Journal reported that Lewis is expected to plead guilty to two federal charges in federal court.

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DUNN, N.C. — On Friday, Representative David R. Lewis (R-Harnett) announced that he will be withdrawing his name from the November General Election ballot, finishing out his term after 18 years of public service to the State of North Carolina and the people of Harnett County. Rep. Lewis offered the following statement: “Since 2003, I’ve…

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by Dr. Terry Stoops A Union County teacher recently declared, “This might be rude, but I don’t care about parent child care issues. That should not be a valid reason for opening schools. #ihave3” Of the 367 comments to that Facebook post, a sizable majority agreed. “It’s time to hold parents accountable for raising the…

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by Rick Henderson, Carolina Journal News Service RALEIGH, N.C. — The turmoil surrounding COVID-19 derailed much of the work the General Assembly had done before the pandemic. Battles over redistricting reform, tax relief, teacher pay, and hemp legislation disappeared from the headlines. But lawmakers have left Raleigh and plan to return in September. The 10-day…

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