The current K-12 education system is failing our students. Just 36 percent of eighth grade students read at grade level and only 35 percent are proficient in math. Unfortunately, state and local attempts to improve student achievement have been hampered by an enormous federal footprint. Parents and education leaders have lost much of their decision-making authority to Washington bureaucrats, and the Secretary of Education has bullied states into adopting the Obama administration’s pet projects. By U.S. Rep. Virginia Foxx
On Friday, the GOP-led Watauga County Board of Elections held another vote to nominate former Watauga County GOP chair Matthew Snyder to be the next elections director in the county. Chair Luke Eggers and Sec. Bill Aceto, the two Republicans on the board, vote again because of potential procedural concerns regarding the initial vote to nominate Snyder. Eggers and Aceto teleconferenced in to the meeting they scheduled. The vote was 2-1 with Democrat Kathleen Campbell in opposition. By Jesse Wood
April 9, 2015. U.S. Sen. Richard Burr stopped by the High Country on Thursday afternoon. He spoke to a few dozen community and business leaders in an informal setting at Charleston Forge, a local furniture manufacturer based in the industrial park in Boone. By Jesse Wood
On Thursday, Kathleen Campbell, the sole Democrat on the three-member Watauga County Board of Elections, emailed a letter to her fellow, across-the-aisle members, Chair Luke Eggers and Secretary Bill Aceto, about the upcoming meeting on March 12. Campbell also sent the letter to members and officials with the State Board of Elections. Campbell’s concerns revolved around agenda items “director recommendation” in open session and “personnel” in closed session.
By Jesse Wood
March 3, 2015. Inside are statements from a few of our representatives in U.S. Congress on Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s addressing Congress about Iran.
Feb. 27, 2015. Each year Washington imposes thousands of pages of rules and regulations on America’s local governments and small businesses. Hidden in those rules are costly mandates that stretch state and city budgets and make it harder for employers to hire.
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The Watauga County Board of Elections met on Wednesday, and the major topic of discussion – at times heated – was Watauga County Elections Director Jane Ann Hodge’s upcoming retirement.
BY JESSE WOOD
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Rep. Virginia Foxx, R-N.C., today voted in favor of legislation to repeal Obamacare in its entirety. H.R. 596, which passed the House of Representatives by a vote of 239 to 186, also calls on the relevant House committees to submit legislation within each committee’s jurisdiction to find alternative health care reforms.
The Watauga Branch of the NAACP, along with the local Forward Together Movement, is chartering a bus to the HKonJ People’s Assembly and Moral March on Raleigh taking place Saturday, Feb. 14. The march, last year deemed the largest civil rights march in the South since Selma, will begin at 10 a.m., between South St. and MLK Jr. Blvd. and will proceed to the doorstep of the State Capitol.
On Jan. 6, 2015, I was sworn in to my sixth term in the U.S. House of Representatives. Serving the people of North Carolina is a profound honor, and I am grateful for the opportunity to represent the 5th District in Congress. It is always a tremendous privilege to take the oath of office and pledge to “support and defend” the Constitution of the United States.
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Rep. Virginia Foxx, R-N.C., today announced that her office in Boone has moved to a new location in order to better serve residents of North Carolina’s 5th District. The office is now located at 400 Shadowline Drive, Suite 205, Boone, NC 28607, and can be reached by phone at (828) 265-0240.
Gov. Pat McCrory released the following statement after North Carolina’s unemployment rate decreased to 5.5 percent in December, adding more than 15,000 jobs over the month and 191,800 since the governor took office: “While we are seeing more and more positive news on our economy, we must continue making the tough decisions that will move our state forward in a positive direction.”
Rep. Virginia Foxx, R-N.C., today voted in favor of legislation that would permanently prohibit the use of federal funds to pay for abortion or abortion coverage. H.R. 7, the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion and Abortion Insurance Full Disclosure Act, passed the House by a vote of 242 to 179.
It looks like U.S. Rep. Virginia Foxx got another autograph from President Barack Obama after his 2015 State of the Union address earlier in the week. In 2010, Foxx tweeted that she received his autograph after Obama addressed the House Republican caucus.
BY JESSE WOOD
President Barack Obama held the 2015 State of the Union address last night. Watch the entire speech inside and read responses from U.S. Reps. Virginia Foxx and Mark Meadows and others.
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Rep. Virginia Foxx, R-N.C., today voted in favor of legislation that would defund President Obama’s executive actions on immigration in their entirety. H.R. 240, which would fund the Department of Homeland Security for the remainder of fiscal year 2015, passed the House by a vote of 236 to 191.
Rep. Virginia Foxx, R-N.C., today praised passage of legislation to change Obamacare’s 30-hour definition of “full-time employment” and restore the traditional 40-hour workweek. “From adjunct professors to hourly workers, I have heard from constituents across North Carolina’s 5th District who have one thing in common – their hours are being reduced,” said Foxx.
Rep. Virginia Foxx, R-N.C., was sworn in to her sixth term as the representative of North Carolina’s 5th Congressional District on Tuesday. In taking the oath of office, Foxx swore to “support and defend” the Constitution of the United States.
Reps. Virginia Foxx, R-N.C., and Loretta Sanchez, D-Calif., today introduced legislation to shed light on how federal policies impact the budgets of state and local governments and private sector employers. The Unfunded Mandates Information and Transparency Act, H.R. 50, would fix loopholes within the bipartisan regulatory reform act known as UMRA.
Retired Lincoln County newspaper publisher Ken Fortenberry will run as a Libertarian candidate for governor of North Carolina in 2016 on a platform that calls for an end to the War on Drugs, lowering the state’s legal drinking age to 18 and cutting state income taxes.
Rep. Virginia Foxx, R-N.C., today announced that Col. Vickie Hughes of Boone will serve on her Service Academy Nomination Board. “Each year I have the honor of nominating outstanding students from across northwest North Carolina to attend our nation’s excellent military academies,” said Foxx.
Come the first of the year, the Town of Boone won’t lose its authority over the extraterritorial jurisdiction (ETJ). On Monday, a three-judge panel of N.C. Superior Court judges unanimously granted the town a preliminary injunction preventing the law from taking effect until the constitutionality of the law is eventually decided in court.
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For owner Don Cox, Bald Guy Brew is where the love of coffee and humanity meet, and like many businesses, roasting coffee started out as a passionate hobby. Cox came to Boone in the ‘80s to go to Appalachian State University. After graduating he left for higher education and travelled the world, which eventually led him to meet people growing coffee beans in Mexico. He travelled some more, including working with genocide survivors in Rwanda and doing leadership development in Peru. Along the way, he continued to connect with people whose families grew coffee.
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Since I was first elected to Congress in 2004, I have heard from thousands of constituents across North Carolina’s fifth district. In recent years, there has been an understandable note of frustration in their voices over the direction that our country is headed. These folks know all too well the struggle to find a job and pay the bills.
The report—authored by researchers at George Washington University in Washington, D.C., and funded by the Cone Health Foundation and the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust—includes data for all 100 North Carolina counties, and concludes that nearly 500,000 currently uninsured residents could gain coverage if the state closes the Medicaid coverage gap.