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RALEIGH, NC (AP) - Farmers and sheriffs are trying to influence North Carolina legislators before they consider a veto next week on a bill involving a federal database to ensure that new employees can legally work in the country.
Gov. Pat McCrory released comments Friday from several sheriffs who want his veto on HB 786 upheld, including Sheriff Chris Batten of Columbus County.
"We as law enforcement executives owe it to our citizens that have elected us to serve and protect them, to stand up for what is right, not just politically correct, and protect the citizens in our counties," Batten is quoted as saying in the email release from McCrory's office. "Let's take a stand and do what is right and support our governor. He has vetoed a bill that he felt would jeopardize the public safety which we are sworn to protect and it is my opinion we owe it to the citizens of our counties to support his decision."
Lt. Gov. Dan Forest also released a statement Friday, backing McCrory's veto of the Reclaim NC Act.
"The General Assembly wrote this law and they have the power and the numbers to override the veto. But I respectfully ask that they not do so," Forest said in the statement. "The Governor sees the same thing I see in the bill, a loop hole that will be exploited by some unscrupulous employers to reclassify non-agricultural workers as "seasonal" for the purposes of evading the E-Verify law. If we allow this loophole to stand, we are consenting to employers hiring illegal aliens in place of the North Carolina citizens we were sent here to represent. The General Assembly could accept the veto and correct the loophole in the next session. At the end of the day, the voting citizens of North Carolina will be the judge of us all. If this loophole stands, it happened on our watch and we are responsible. As Republicans we stand for the Rule of Law. It is who we are and what we believe. If we allow the Rule of Law to be circumvented in such an open fashion, we will be held accountable by the general public… and we should. As President of the Senate, I do not have a vote, unless there is a tie. If I could vote, I would vote to uphold the Governor's veto."
The North Carolina Farm Bureau and other agriculture groups want the veto overridden. They wrote letters to legislative leaders saying without the bill some crops may not be harvested and farms may close.
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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