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Foxx Editorial: It’s Time to Reduce the Federal Footprint in America’s Classrooms

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

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Elections Board Held Special Meeting Friday To Keep Clock Running on Snyder’s Nomination

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

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Democrat on Watauga Board of Elections Voices Concerns About March 12 Meeting

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

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Foxx: Shining Light on the Regulatory Process

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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Foxx Votes to Repeal Obamacare in its Entirety

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.

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Watauga NAACP Chartering Bus To HKonJ People’s Assembly and Moral March Rally in Raleigh Feb. 14

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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.

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U.S. Rep. Virginia Foxx: Getting Back To Work

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.
BY U.S. REP. VIRGINIA FOXX

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Foxx Announces New Office Location in Watauga County

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.

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Gov. McCrory on December Unemployment Report

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.”

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Business Spotlight: Bald Guy Brew Continues To Do Good Locally & Globally, New Location Atop Beech Mountain

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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.
BY JESSE WOOD
Photo by Ken Ketchie

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Virginia Foxx Editorial: America’s New Congress

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.

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