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The words "ambitious state budget" must test well in polls and focus groups
Governor Pat McCrory issued the following statement on this morning's shooting deaths of police officers in Baton Rouge, Louisiana
This week in North Carolina, the Burr campaign will highlight Senator Burr's work to provide states with more federal funding so they can decide on the most effective ways to help students receive a quality education and to give teachers the resources they need to educate the next generation
Governor McCrory is holding Duke Energy accountable and cleaning up coal ash ponds once and for all, Roy Cooper let this problem fester for more than 28 years during his career as a top lawmaker and as attorney general. Instead of ever addressing coal ash
The results of the Democratic Party - with the assistance of Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton and other race hucksters - setting up Hillary Clinton as the black voters big Bwana (Swahili, from Arabic abuna "our leader") is shortening lives and preventing young African Americans from climbing out
Charles Krauthammer said it best: "Well last night, Cruz delivered the longest suicide note in American political history".
Accountability -- and our outdated concept of it -- is a topic Andy Smarick of the Fordham Institute artfully explores in recent blog post "Public Accountability vs. Consumer Accountability".
What happened to head of the FBI, James Comey? He was supposed to be this "pillar of integrity" and yet has now been cuckolded by the likes of Durbin, B.H. Obama, Loretta Lynch and other denizens of D.C.
The States, acting voluntarily and in convention, entered into the Union by adopting a social compact, the US Constitution. The features of a compact provide great protection for American liberty.
The halfway mark of this event-filled year is a good time to reflect on the first six months in North Carolina. We would say the year's theme to date has been protest
I've enjoyed reliving our vacation by writing about our Viking ship and the historical perspective we gained while traveling. If those topics haven't sparked your interest, this description of the sights along the way is bound to do the trick.
I borrow mightily from Don Mclean's resonate metaphor at the nexus of his classic anthem "American Pie", when I beg you to notice the abrupt change in the national wind, a noxious air; so foul that it may forever stain the fabric of our once mighty Republic.
Microaggression - that's a fancy term many radical college students and administrators are using these days as a means to supposedly call out racism and protest unsafe and hostile environments for minorities
A new study authored by energy expert Dr. Timothy Considine of the University of Wyoming finds that North Carolina's 12 percent renewable portfolio standard (RPS) will increase electricity prices by 42 percent by 2020, and cost the Tar Heel State up to 50,000 jobs.

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Government

Publisher's note: The author of this post is Barry Smith, who is an associate editor for the Carolina Journal, John Hood Publisher.

Berger, Moore say Roy Cooper "refused to do his job" by failing to file documents naming legislative leaders as parties in appeal
RALEIGH While the Wake County Board of Elections voted along party lines to appeal a 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruling throwing out local school board and county commissioner districts, state legislative leaders are fighting to get back in as defendants in the case.

On Thursday, Senate leader Phil Berger, R-Rockingham, and House Speaker Tim Moore, R-Cleveland, issued a statement saying they plan to file a motion to intervene in the lawsuit and appeal the ruling by a three-judge panel of the 4th Circuit, saying Attorney General Roy Cooper refused to provide an adequate defense of the maps for the state. The decision by... (read more)
Publisher's note: The author of this post is Barry Smith, who is an associate editor for the Carolina Journal, John Hood Publisher.

Longtime legislator notes that General Assembly lawyers were not allowed to defend local districts at appeals court
RALEIGH While officials are mulling a request from a federal judge to submit new district maps for Wake County commissioner and school board elections, one longtime lawmaker says the U.S. Supreme Court could allow this year's elections to be held under the disputed plans.

"Hopefully, the [House] speaker and the [Senate] president pro tem will attempt to intervene and ask the Supreme Court to do a stay," said Rep. Paul "Skip" Stam, R-Wake.

Stam noted that House Speaker Tim Moore, R-Cleveland, and Senate leader Phil Berger, R-Rockingham, previously had been listed as defendants in the lawsuits challenging the maps. However, Stam said Moor... (read more)

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Op-Ed & Politics

Publisher's note: The author of this post is Mitch Kokai, who is Director of Communications for the Carolina Journal, John Hood Publisher.

RALEIGH The words "ambitious state budget" must test well in polls and focus groups.

At least that's what one might presume after hearing left-of-center politicians and pundits repeatedly describe North Carolina's latest General Fund budget plan as "not ambitious."

Unable to rely on old standby clichés such as "draconian cuts" or "risky schemes," critics have latched onto a lack of "ambition" as their chief complaint about the $22.3 billion General Fund budget signed into law for 2016-17. The proof? Its spending increase isn't large enough.

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Press Release:
Raleigh, N.C. Governor Pat McCrory issued the following statement on this morning's shooting deaths of police officers in Baton Rouge, Louisiana:

"This tragic incident involving the killing of police officers in Baton Rouge is another example of the danger our law enforcement officers face every day in communities across our nation. Ann and I are praying for the families of these fallen officers who were murdered while simply doing their job. Now more than ever it is time to show our support for those men and women in law enforcement who put their lives on the line every day to protect us."
Contact: Crystal Feldman govpress@nc.gov... (read more)
Press Release:
This week in North Carolina, the Burr campaign will highlight Senator Burr's work to provide states with more federal funding so they can decide on the most effective ways to help students receive a quality education and to give teachers the resources they need to educate the next generation of our country's leaders. A few recent successes include:

More Funding For North Carolina Schools: In 2015, Senator Burr led the charge in Congress to fix how federal education dollars for teacher salaries are allocated to schools. Because of his work, North Carolina now will receive $24 million more in federal funding to hire more, and better-trained, teachers.

Expanded Tax Deduction... (read more)

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Community

I am not a veteran. I only have the greatest respect for those who have served, unsurpassed by all professions that keep America safe and strong.
A Moore County man who was on probation for domestic violence charges is accused of killing his live-in girlfriend, whose body was found Wednesday near the entrance to the county landfill, authorities said.

Business

Publisher's note: The purpose for me putting this promotional post on the front page of BCN is multi-fold. First, this is a substantial representation of where i have spent a good bit of time for the first 1 1/2 months of this year. Plus, I have spent substantial time on the digital marketing of this property, including the genesis of the new and improved Deatherage & Associates.

Secondly, and this is a big second here, I have been toying with this concept of total marketing, employing BCN as a traffic generator, now that we have built BCN into the top online publication originating from northeastern North Carolina, and using other dynamic online publications, yet to be unveiled. In the initiation of this concept, we will begin by using Beaufort County Now's "The Marketing of Things" section, which we will provide to our best customers and clients. More about all that later, as I... (read more)

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The Region

Publisher's note: The author of this post, Kelly Setzer, is a contributor to ECU News Services.

This year's North Carolina Literary Review (NCLR), now on its way to readers throughout the state, celebrates the 25th issue of the publication.

Opening the issue is an interview with the editor, Margaret Bauer, who reflects on how NCLR has grown over the past quarter century and the importance of writing in North Carolina. "North Carolina has countless great writers, and many of the best writers in the country have North Carolina connections," she said.

Other highlights include poetry by James Applewhite, Debra Kaufman and Florence Nash; a short story by Jim Grimsley; an essay by Ed Southern entitled "Why We Are 'The Writingest State'"; and an interview with Lee Smith and Jill McCorkle.

Southern, the executive director of the North Carolina Writers' Network, said the publication se... (read more)

The Arts

Press Release:
AOP to present the 2016 Hands on Arts Fall Festival. Join us at the Hands On Festival on September 24, 2016 at the Turnage Theater in historic downtown Washington, NC.

Mark your calendar and plan to join the first Annual Fall Art Festival presented by Arts of the Pamlico in Historic Downtown Washington, NC.

Artwork by juried fine artists and craftspeople exhibiting original works of art in many different categories will be available for purchase, including painting, photography, pottery, jewelry, woodwork and more. Artists' booths will be in the Turnage Theatre and Main Street.

In addition, this festival will offer artist workshops and demonstrations, a children's Art Market for art entrepreneurs ages 8-18 and a "kid zone" featuring face painting, storytelling, games and crafts. It will also highlight many of the very talented local musicians who will be performing ... (read more)
All aboard, the train is leaving the station bound for what Hillary has called the TRUMP PARTY. Within the next few days, the Republican nominee will be selected. Unless there is some significant maneuvering and chicanery, Donald Trump will be the nominee. I have decided to go 'ALL IN' and put my full support on the movement. Accordingly, I have started a Market Exchange Traded Fund, which will be designated by symbol THSX (Trump Hair Spray Exchange) and traded on the BTExchange. The fund will be build based on the stock of multiple companies that are in the business of manufacturing or selling Hair Spray. It is sure to be a growing trend. Be the first to invest in the growing opportunity. Those who get in on the ground floor are guaranteed a windy ride for the next few weeks until November 2016.
The number to call is BR549
Or you can contact me via email at thebobbytony@gmail.com
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Living

Who are Job's Warriors?
A ministry of men who support the body of Christ (the church)

They come from many denominations, seeking to serve Christ

They seek to step up as men of God, serving their risen Savior, their individual families, their communities, their nation, their world

They seek to lead their families as Christ led the Church; leading by example and not by dominance or abuse

They seek to minister to each other and to other men, knowing that we are created in God's image

They seek to stand firm in God's Word and to denounce images and treatment that lead to the degradation of the women of the world, knowing that they, also, are created in the image of God.

Core Beliefs

Jesus Christ is the Savior of the world and the only way to God (John 3:16; John 14:6)

The Holy Trinity - Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (John 14:15 - 18)

That marriage is between one man and on... (read more)


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