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McCrory Presents $330,000 Check For Montford Point Marines Memorial PDF Print E-mail
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By Administrator   
Tuesday, 02 August 2016 13:46
Governor Pat McCrory’s Secretary of Military and Veterans Affairs presented a check for $330,000 to the Montford Point Marine Association to fund the completion of a memorial to the nation’s first black Marines who served at Montford Point at Camp Lejeune. Secretary Cornell Wilson presented the check at a ceremony on Thursday in honor of the first phase of the Montford Point Marines Memorial in Jacksonville.
 
“The 20,000 Marines who trained at Montford Point served our country with courage and honor,” said Governor McCrory. “This memorial will be a constant reminder of the important role they played in our nation’s military.”
 
The Marine Corps began accepting black service members in 1941 by Executive Order of President Franklin D. Roosevelt.  Black recruits trained at Montford Point from 1942 to 1949.
 
“North Carolina is proud to be able to provide the funding needed to finish this memorial,” said Secretary Wilson. “As a Marine myself, I am grateful to these men who helped blaze the trail for me and my fellow Marines.”
 
The check presentation was part of the 51st National Convention of the National Montford Point Memorial Association (NMPMA). The funding was included in the state budget signed by Governor McCrory earlier this month.
 
Enochs Picked For Court of Appeals Seat PDF Print E-mail
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By Administrator   
Tuesday, 02 August 2016 13:42
Wendy Enochs of Greensboro has been appointed by Governor Pat McCrory to fill a vacant Court of Appeals seat. The vacancy was created by the resignation of Judge Martha Geer, who resigned on May 13, 2016. Enochs will serve the remainder of Judge Geer's term, which runs through December 31, 2016. 
 
Enochs is currently the Chief District Court Judge for Guilford County. She has served in this role since May 2011 and has been a district court judge for 21 years. She regularly presides in all courtrooms including criminal, civil, juvenile, traffic and specialty courts.
 
Chief Judge Enochs has served on various statewide committees including the Chief Justice's Judicial Ethics Commission and the Juvenile Justice Judicial Committee. She currently serves on the Governor's Crime Commission, the Family Court Advisory Committee and the District Court Judges' Board of Governors. She also implemented the first Mental Health Court in Guilford County in 2008. 
 
Chief Judge Enochs received her Bachelor of Science degree in Economics from UNC Greensboro in 1988 and her Juris Doctor from Campbell University School of Law in 1991. 
 
This seat is on the ballot in November. The winner of the election will begin a full eight year term on January 1, 2017. Chief Judge Enochs is not a candidate for the seat.
 
NC Will Appeal Reversal Of Voter ID Law PDF Print E-mail
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By Donna Martinez   
Friday, 29 July 2016 15:40
Governor Pat McCrory and House Speaker Tim Moore and Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger said they will appeal the federal Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals decision to overturn North Carolina's 2013 election reforms including the requirement for a photo identification to vote. 
 
"Photo IDs are required to purchase Sudafed, cash a check, board an airplane or enter a federal court room. Yet, three Democratic judges are undermining the integrity of our elections while also maligning our state. We will immediately appeal and also review other potential options."
 
House Speaker Tim Moore and Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger said they would appeal the ruling to the U.S. Supreme Court.
 
"Since today’s decision by three partisan Democrats ignores legal precedent, ignores the fact that other federal courts have used North Carolina's law as a model and ignores the fact that a majority of other states have similar protections in place, we can only wonder if the intent is to reopen the door for voter fraud, potentially allowing fellow Democrat politicians like Hillary Clinton and Roy Cooper to steal the election," Moore and Berger said in a joint statement. 
Last Updated on Friday, 29 July 2016 15:58
 
First Connect NC Bonds Hit The Market PDF Print E-mail
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By Administrator   
Wednesday, 27 July 2016 12:32
The inaugural sale of the first $200 million of the $2 billion Connect NC bond to support investments in our state’s education, parks, National Guard and water and sewer infrastructure was conducted on Wednesday. 
 
“This is a great day for North Carolina as we are one step closer to breaking ground on long-term infrastructure projects across the state to support our growth and quality of life for generations to come,” said Governor Pat McCrory who championed the Connect NC effort. “As one of only ten states in the nation with an AAA credit rating,  we are proud to report that North Carolina has experienced a strong demand for our bonds.” 
 
Citigroup Global Markets Inc. submitted the lowest of six bids offering a historically low interest cost of 2.08 percent. Projects will begin receiving funds in mid-August.
 
Earlier this month, all three major bond rating agencies—Moody’s Investor Services, Standard and Poor’s and Fitch Ratings—assigned an AAA bond rating, the highest possible, to North Carolina’s first issuance of the Connect NC bond. Rating agencies attribute the strong bond rating to North Carolina’s continued and diverse economic expansion, ample reserves and long history of conservative financial management. 
 
Today’s bond sale is another encouraging sign for North Carolina’s economy. Since 2013, North Carolina is home to one of the fastest growing economies in the nation, revenues are up above projections, unemployment is down to pre-recession levels and more than 300,000 new jobs have been added.
 
About Connect NC
 
The Connect NC bond will invest $980 million into the state’s 17 universities. The vast majority of these improvements will build facilities that will improve teaching and research in the science, technology, engineering and medical fields. An additional $350 million will go to the community colleges, primarily for new construction, repairs and renovations on its 58 campuses.   
 

Another $309.5 million will be awarded to smaller cities and towns to build and repair water and sewer systems. These investments are crucial to retaining and attracting new jobs outside of the state’s metro areas. First Connect NC Bond Sale Takes Advantage of Historically Low Interest Rate

 

Last Updated on Wednesday, 27 July 2016 12:58
 
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