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NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WECT) – Hundreds piled into a town hall meeting Tuesday night to learn about a movement aiming to "defund Obamacare."
Heritage Action hosted the event with a panel that included doctors, candidates and other Republican leaders.
Several speakers spoke to the need for people to urge their elected leaders to support measures that would stop the Affordable Care Act in its tracks. They want Senators and Representatives to leave out the act when allocating money in their next continuing resolution.
Some in the crowd took issue with Senator Richard Burr, a Republican, who reportedly does not support the defunding movement. The NC GOP passed a resolution supporting it.
Chairman Claude Pope said that someone should speak up if an issue is that vital, but agreeing with an elected representative 80% of the time is still a good representative.
"Even if it's the most conservative Republican in the world," he said. "There are still some things that we're going to disagree on."
Don't forget about film incentives
One issue that the party and several local lawmakers disagree on is the future of film incentives. Both Democrats and Republicans from the Cape Fear area have shown support for incentives and the regional film industry.
Pope said Tuesday night that the NC GOP does not support any form of incentives, including those for the film industry.
"To target one industry is un-American," said Pope.
Representatives Rick Catlin (R – New Hanover) and Chris Mills (R – Pender) showed that local support for incentives is not unanimous. The two added their names to a bill that essentially ended incentives. The bill did not make it out of committee.
At the time, Catlin said he didn't think the bill would go any further, but he wanted to begin the discussion of reform. Tuesday, Pope pointed to tax reform as a solution to the film incentives that are set to expire at the end of 2014.
State lawmakers passed a tax reform plan this year. Pope said the key is lowering the income tax rate so the state won't have to "buy-off companies coming here."
"You get that rate down to zero," he said. "You tell the film industry, "You're welcome to come to North Carolina...but we're not going to write you a check."
Leaders in the TV and film industry have said talk of reforming film incentives is already affecting future productions locating to North Carolina.
Tuesday, March 11 2014 7:45 AM EDT2014-03-11 11:45:32 GMT
HAMPSTEAD, NC (WECT) – Rep. Chris Millis (R-Pender County) is the only local Republican member of the NC House not to endorse House Speaker Thom Tillis (R-Mecklenberg) in his bid for U.S. Senate. TillisMore >>
Rep. Chris Millis of Pender County is the only member of the local GOP delegation in the state House not to endorse Rep. Thom Tillis in his campaign for U.S. Senate. Click on the story to see why Millis is not endorsing Tillis or any other candidate in the GOP field.More >>
Friday, March 7 2014 8:10 AM EST2014-03-07 13:10:59 GMT
SWANNANOA, N.C. (AP/WECT) - State Sen. Martin Nesbitt, who this week stepped down as minority leader because of illness, has died. He was 67. Senate Democratic Caucus Director Ford Porter said NesbittMore >>
Just days after stepping down as the Senate Minority Leader in the General Assembly, state Sen. Martin Nesbitt (D-Buncombe) passed away from stomach cancer.More >>
Wednesday, March 5 2014 8:03 AM EST2014-03-05 13:03:49 GMT
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - North Carolina state Sen. Martin Nesbitt has stepped down as the Senate's minority leader because of a recent medical diagnosis. Sen. Dan Blue is taking his place. The Senate DemocraticMore >>
State Sen. Martin Nesbitt (D-Buncombe) has stepped down from his position of Minority Leader because of a health issue. Sen. Dan Blue (D-Wake) will be filling the role.More >>
Sunday, March 2 2014 10:02 AM EST2014-03-02 15:02:31 GMT
WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) – A flurry of final-day filings on Friday added candidates to races for seats in Washington DC, Raleigh and southeastern North Carolina. New Hanover County Commissioner JonathanMore >>
Several last-minute filings set up primary challenges for candidates seeking office in Raleigh and Washington, DC. Nearly all Sheriffs in southeastern North Carolina will also have primary challenges in 2014.More >>
Friday, February 28 2014 12:00 AM EST2014-02-28 05:00:12 GMT
FLORENCE, SC (WECT) – Will Breazeale, the 2008 Republican nominee for North Carolina's 7th Congressional District seat, has decided not to run for the same office in 2014. In a news release sent out lateMore >>
Will Breazeale, who won the GOP nomination in the 7th Congressional District in 2008, has decided not to make another run for the office in 2014.More >>
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