Sunday, August 31 2014 3:28 PM EDT2014-08-31 19:28:29 GMT
Disturbing pictures of an injured kindergartner from Pascagoula have made a mother's call for action go viral online.More >>
Disturbing pictures of an injured kindergartner from Pascagoula have made a mother's call for action go viral online. Friends and family of a Pascagoula kindergarten student have created a Facebook page and GoFundMe.com account claiming the girl was attacked on the playground this week by another student.More >>
WASHINGTON (AP) – North Carolina Congressmen Mike McIntyre (NC7) and Walter B. Jones (NC3) spurned leaders of their parties during Thursday's votes to elect a House Speaker.
Rep. Jones, who represents parts of New Hanover and Pender counties, did not vote for Rep. John Boehner (R-OH). Jones instead cast his ballot for David Walker, the former Comptroller General of the United States. According to Jones' office, Walker also served as President Ronald Reagan's Assistant Secretary of Labor, and head of the Government Accountability Office (GAO).
"America cannot afford to continue down the path we're on," Rep. Jones said in a news release. "The debt is strangling this nation. I know Speaker Boehner has done the best he could, but this House of Representatives was elected to stop the spending, and time and again, opportunities have been missed. David Walker is a man who I believe would do what needs to be done to save America: stand up to President Obama, cut the deficit and balance the budget."
Boehner was relected as Speaker, getting 220 votes.
McIntyre is one of two House Democrats who voted for Rep. Jim Cooper (D-TN) for Speaker, not Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA). "Congressman Jim Cooper is common-sense fellow Blue Dog legislator who is an expert in the budget and fiscal issues facing our nation," McIntyre said in an e-mail to WECT requesting a comment. "He would bring a renewed emphasis to help Congress balance the budget and begin paying down our nation's debt. In addition, he is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a fellow Morehead Scholar."
In past re-election campaigns, McIntyre's opponents have criticized his votes for Pelosi as Speaker.
The elections came as the 113th Congress was sworn in on Capitol Hill.
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Retiring Seventh District Congressman Mike McIntyre was inducted into The Order of the Long Leaf Pine, the highest civilian honor bestowed in the state of North Carolina. McIntyre received a certificateMore >>
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Friday, August 29 2014 7:30 AM EDT2014-08-29 11:30:47 GMT
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Local lawmakers' request for a special session is being met with some opposition tonight. Reps. Ted Davis & Susi Hamilton of New Hanover County believe a session focused solely on economic development is needed. But one conservative group is opposing the need for lawmakers to meet again to increase the JDIG program.More >>
Thursday, August 21 2014 7:37 AM EDT2014-08-21 11:37:34 GMT
Republican leaders in the General Assembly say they have reached a compromise deal on implementing new coal ash regulations, and forcing Duke Energy to close all 33 of its coal ash ponds across North Carolina. AccordingMore >>
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Monday, August 18 2014 9:51 PM EDT2014-08-19 01:51:31 GMT
The Film and Entertainment Grant Fund proposal will go back in front of state lawmakers tomorrow and Wednesday, after House and Senate conferees made slight changes to the proposal already approved inMore >>
It appears lawmakers are moving forward with a grant fund that will replace the current Film Incentive Tax Credit that has been in place to lure film and television productions to North Carolina.More >>
Monday, August 18 2014 5:30 PM EDT2014-08-18 21:30:44 GMT
Governor Pat McCrory is appointing Senior Associate Justice Mark Martin as the new Chief Justice of North Carolina's Supreme Court. Judge Martin will replace the current Chief Justice, Sarah Parker, whoMore >>
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