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GOP megadonors fill Tillis’ campaign coffers

WASHINGTON – GOP megadonors and allies of President Trump are helping Sen. Thom Tillis bulk up his campaign war chest as he heads into a 2020 re-election race that promises to be one of the most expensive in ...
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U.S. House approves bill to boost minimum wage to $15 per hour

The U.S. House on Thursday voted to hike the federal minimum wage to $15 per hour by 2025.  The measure has little chance of being enacted by the GOP-led Senate, but will be widely touted by Democrats heading into the 2020 campaign season. The current federal minimum wage is less than half of that amount -- it has been stalled at $7.25 since 2009. This month marked a record for the longest period without raising the minimum wage since it was enacted.

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Environmentalists scoff as Burr joins conservation club

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.) on Wednesday joined his GOP colleagues on Capitol Hill in announcing the formation of a new conservation caucus.  The kickoff of the Roosevelt Conservation Caucus comes after President Trump gave a speech...

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North Carolina Dems back U.S. House effort to study reparations

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. House is slated to hold a hearing Wednesday on legislation that would establish a commission to consider reparations for the descendants of slaves. Two North Carolina Democrats -- Reps. G.K. Butterfield (1st) and Alma Adams (12th) -- are among the bill’s 57 co-sponsors.

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GOP Rep. Patrick McHenry takes on ‘Auntie Maxine’ in Congress

WASHINGTON -- Rep. Patrick McHenry has been representing western North Carolina in the U.S. House since he was 29 years old. The 10th District Republican, now 43, has long been considered a rising star among House GOP lawmakers. He’s worked in leadership as Republicans’ chief deputy whip, and he’s often labeled as an aspiring Speaker of the House. He’s got a lifetime rating of 93 percent from the American Conservative Union. Now, he’s got a new platform...

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U.S. House passes climate bill in a rebuke to Trump; NC delegation splits on partisan lines

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. House on Thursday approved legislation that would force the administration to remain in the Paris climate accord, despite President Trump’s plans to exit the pact. The bill from Rep. Kathy Castor (D-Fla.) was passed largely along party lines by a vote of 231-190.

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GOP wants to move on, but Dems aren’t done with Mueller report

WASHINGTON — Congressional Republicans and the Trump administration want to move on from Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation, now that a redacted version of the report has been released to the public. But Democrats are just getting started. ...
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Senators decry Trump administration’s ‘lack of urgency’ on PFAS like GenX

WASHINGTON -- The Trump administration has failed to act swiftly enough to protect the public from harmful contaminants present in drinking water throughout the country, U.S. senators told senior administration officials Thursday.

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Tillis flips back to Trump camp on national emergency

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Thom Tillis made a stunning reversal on Thursday, declaring he would support President Trump’s emergency border wall declaration after vowing to oppose the president. The North Carolina senator was expected to be among the Republican defectors who helped push a resolution opposing Trump’s move to bypass Congress to secure billions of dollars for a border wall.

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Richard Burr in the spotlight as Senate’s Trump-Russia investigation inches toward a conclusion

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Richard Burr is in the awkward position of investigating whether his ally in the White House colluded with Russia to meddle in a U.S. election. As the Republican chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, the North Carolina Republican is overseeing an effort to assess Russian interference with the 2016 presidential election that elevated President Donald Trump to the White House.

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