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MORNING CALL: A Kinder, Gentler GOP

The new General Assembly in 2019 will not only look different, but it could also act differently. The N&O's Colin Campbell noticed the lack of fireworks during the recent lame-duck session, "Their lame-duck session has been lacking the fireworks I’d expected in the last hurrah of veto-proof GOP rule. The main agenda item was voter ID. And with a...

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MORNING CALL: The Saga Continues

Some big developments this weekend in the 9th district. On Friday afternoon, Congressman-elect Mark Harris announced on Twitter that he would be open to a new race if election fraud was, in fact, found in the 9th district race... http://bit.ly/2EeYExl Early Friday night, The vice chairman of the Bladen County Board of Elections, Jens Lutz, has resigned his position, Jens Lutz confirmed...

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MORNING CALL: Unconceding

Dan McCready, the 9th district Democratic congressional candidate, has officially retracted his concession, "I didn’t serve overseas in the Marines just to come home to N.C. and watch a criminal, bankrolled by my opponent, take away people’s very right to vote,” McCready said. “Today I withdraw my concession and call on Mark Harris to end his silence and...

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MORNING CALL: Silent Sam’s House

Yesterday, the UNC Board of Trustees announced their plans for the Silent Sam statue.  Let's just say they if they had swung any harder and missed we would have felt the breeze in Wilmington... The News & Observer reported on the plan, "The cost for the new building, which would have state-of-the-art security, is $5.3 million, plus $800,000 in...

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MORNING CALL: 9th Goes National

Now that all the craziness in Florida has wrapped up, the eyes of the nation turn to North Carolina. On Saturday, once again, the state Board of Elections declined to certify the results of the 9th congressional district race... http://bit.ly/2Sno27C Instead of certifying the results, the BOE is going to hold a hearing.  The News & Observer explains, "The board’s evidentiary...

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MORNING CALL: Boom Boom Powell

President Trump can't take credit for yesterday's market climb.  All the glory goes to Jerome Powell. Even though Fed Chair, Jerome Powell, offered nothing to dispel market expectations of another rate increase at their December meeting.  He did give hope that the rate hikes may be close to an end. Powell said, "interest rates are 'just below' broad estimates of...

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MORNING CALL: Doubling Down

Two weeks ago, capitalists and socialists united against New York City offering incentives to Amazon for their HQ2 scam.  Apparently, North Carolina lawmakers saw that and had the idea to replicate it. The Senate Finance Committee has approved Senate Bill 820, which would raise the amount of corporate handouts to large companies considering moving their headquarters to North Carolina... http://bit.ly/2BBR7GT...

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MORNING CALL: GM and Tariffs and Trump, Oh My!

President Donald Trump was not happy with GM yesterday after they announced a plan to cut 14,800 jobs and shutter three North American plants... https://on.wsj.com/2FRyVxo Trump said he had talked Sunday night with General Motors Co. CEO Mary Barra.  In an interview with the Wall Street Journal, President Trump said he told Ms. Barra that she should stop making cars in China and...

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