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U.S. Supreme Court Puts 2017 Special Elections On Hold PDF Print E-mail
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By Administrator   
Wednesday, 11 January 2017 14:24
North Carolina's 2017 special legislative elections ordered by the 4th Circuit Court Appeals are on hold thanks to the United States Supreme Court. 
 
The delay is so the Supreme Court can review an appeal to the special elections filed by North Carolina's Republican legislative leaders. The full Supreme Court will begin its review on January 19.   
 
A 4th Circuit panel ordered  a 2017 election was justified ruling “while special elections have costs, those costs pale in comparison to the injury caused by allowing citizens to continue to be represented by legislators elected pursuant to a racial gerrymander.”
In their appeal, Republicans argued that holding special elections is an extreme remedy.
 
Senate Leader Phil Berger (R-Rockingham) and House Speaker Tim Moore (R-Cleveland) issued the following joint statement Tuesday after the U.S. Supreme Court halted a lower court’s ruling to throw out the results of the 2016 legislative elections.
 
“We are grateful the U.S. Supreme Court has quashed judicial activism and rejected an attempt to nullify the votes of North Carolinians in the 2016 legislative elections.”
 
Berger and Moore pointed out that the legislative districts that are being challenged were pre-cleared by the Obama Justice Department and twice upheld by the North Carolina Supreme Court.
 
Former Senator Kay Hagan Recovering From Encephalitis PDF Print E-mail
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By Administrator   
Saturday, 07 January 2017 08:46
Former Sen. Kay Hagan is back in North Carolina recovering from encephalitis.
 
Hagan, 63, became ill Dec. 8 and was initially hospitalized in Washington D.C. 
 
The following statements have been released:
 
“After being hospitalized in Washington, DC last month, Kay is now in Chapel Hill. She is recovering from encephalitis, an inflammation of the brain. While she is not fully responsive, her doctors have not seen anything that precludes her recovery, but recovery will be a long process. The Hagan family appreciates the outpouring of concern, support, and prayers they have received and thanks everyone in advance for respecting their privacy as Kay continues to recover.” – Family spokesperson
 
“We are grateful to have Kay back in North Carolina as she recovers. Thank you for your thoughts, your prayers, your kind gestures, and your concern. We all know how strong Kay is and we know she’s made stronger by the community she’s got supporting and rooting for her. Our family is deeply appreciative of every email, phone call, and letter we’ve received. We are optimistic for her recovery, but recognize that her recovery will be a long process.” – Hagan’s husband, Chip Hagan
 
“We are not certain at this time how Kay Hagan developed encephalitis, an inflammation of the brain. The type of encephalitis she has is typically caused by a virus. Tests are still being run to determine what caused the infection, and these tests will provide us with more certainty about where and how she contracted this disease. Development of encephalitis from viral infection is a very rare event, occurring in a small percentage of people annually around the world. The symptoms of acute encephalitis can range from a headache to unresponsiveness, however, even patients with a prolonged period of poor responsiveness early in the disease, can slowly recover over a period of months.” –  Dr. William Powers. 
 
Hagan, a Democrat, served 10 years in the N.C. state and in 2008 defeated Elizabeth Dole for a a seat in the United States Senate. In 2012, Hagan was defeated by Thom Tillis
 
McCrory Says HB2 Deal Proves Transgender Ordinance Was About Politics, Not Protection PDF Print E-mail
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By Donna Martinez   
Monday, 19 December 2016 11:11

Raleigh, N.C. - Governor Pat McCrory's Press Office issued the following statement from Press Secretary Graham Wilson:

"Governor McCrory has always publicly advocated a repeal of the overreaching Charlotte ordinance. But those efforts were always blocked by Jennifer Roberts, Roy Cooper and other Democratic activists," said Graham Wilson, Press Secretary. "This sudden reversal with little notice after the gubernatorial election sadly proves this entire issue originated by the political left was all about politics and winning the governor’s race at the expense of Charlotte and our entire state. As promised, Governor McCrory will call a special session."

Last Updated on Tuesday, 20 December 2016 11:11
 
Observer - McCrory Headed To D.C. PDF Print E-mail
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By Administrator   
Wednesday, 14 December 2016 10:55
The Charlotte Observer is reporting Gov. Pat McCrory will head to Washington D.C. to serve in the Trump administration. 
 
The paper quotes a source close to Donald Trump’s transition. 
 
McCrory met with Trump in New York City. The Republican governor, who last week conceded defeat to Democrat Roy Cooper, appeared with Trump at several rallies. Last month in Wilmington, Trump called him a “loyal Trump supporter from Day One.”
 
Speculation puts the governor at the Federal Emergency Management Agency or in the Transportation, Commerce or Energy departments. 
 
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