Sen. Richard Burr

Sen. Richard Burr

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In victory for Biden, U.S. Senate OKs $1.2T bipartisan infrastructure bill

North Carolina's Tillis and Burr defy Trump by helping to craft compromise legislation The U.S. Senate passed 69-30 on Tuesday a sweeping bipartisan $1.2 trillion infrastructure package, a milestone for one of President Joe Biden’s priorities after months of negotiation.

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At the state GOP convention in Greenville, Donald Trump’s fade to black continues

He’s baaaack. Well, sort of. Former President Donald Trump emerged from his self-imposed Florida/New York internal exile this past Saturday evening by delivering a typically rambling and narcissistic speech at the 2021 North Carolina Republican Party convention in Greenville. It was his first such appearance since leaving the White House in January.

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Transgender Health and Human Services nominee draws tirade from Republican senator at confirmation hearing

Sen. Richard Burr also criticizes Dr. Rachel Levine for slow vaccine rollout in her state of Pennsylvania WASHINGTON — Pennsylvania’s former top health official at her Senate confirmation hearing Thursday faced a tirade from a Republican senator about gender-affirmation surgery for minors, as well as criticism about the state’s response to the pandemic.

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A dark day for the party of Lincoln

Censure of Richard Burr marks another step in the decline of the GOP It's easy to forget sometimes, but political parties usually evolve over time. For much of its early history the Democratic Party was – particularly in the South – the home of racism and white supremacy.

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Special report: Trump acquitted as Senate falls 10 votes short; Burr a surprising “aye”

Tillis joins 42 Republicans in voting to acquit as seven others join 48 Democrats and two independents in adjudging Trump guilty WASHINGTON — The U.S. Senate voted on Saturday to acquit former President Donald Trump on a charge of inciting the deadly Jan. 6 insurrectionist attack on the U.S. Capitol, concluding his second impeachment trial with the same verdict as his first impeachment.

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Proposed Catawba casino for NC has momentum, but many hurdles still to overcome

A proposed casino resort near Kings Mountain could be a jackpot for the Catawba Indian Nation, based just over the border in Rock Hill, SC. Consideration of the issue has already provided a boon to state and congressional Republicans connected to the project.

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Voting rights legislation named for John Lewis stalled in Congress

Democrats ranging from presidential nominee Joe Biden to party officials in Georgia are pushing for Congress to restore a key element of the Voting Rights Act as a way to honor civil rights icon John Lewis. The late Georgia congressman was a leader in getting Congress to pass the landmark law in 1965. But so far, few Republicans seem willing to go along and legislation is stalled in the GOP-controlled Senate, even as the November elections approach.

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