Tuesday, September 28, 2021


Does North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper's criminal-justice reform go far enough? Plus, Congress is running out of time to prevent a shutdown and default, and Oregon tackles climate change.


The nation's murder rate is up, the Senate votes on raising the debt limit, the DEA warns about fake prescription painkillers, a new version of DACA could be on the way, and John Hinckley, Jr. could go free next year.


A new Oklahoma museum honors tribal nations, while Iowa's history is back on the blacktop; mixed news on COVID-19 comes with a warning about unconventional drugs; and electric cars and buses are coming to rural America.

NC Constituents Rally for Tillis to End Shutdown


Thursday, January 10, 2019   

RALEIGH, N.C. – Concerned voters are asking U.S. Sen. Thom Tillis, R-N.C., to help end what they're calling a crisis created by the government shutdown.

As 800,000 federal workers forgo another payday, North Carolina constituents are looking to their junior senator to support a bipartisan solution to fund the government.

Sarah Whitehill, whose husband works for a federal agency, signed a letter sent to Tillis' office this week, calling the shutdown "scary" and "devastating."

Whitehill says Tillis should show more concern for the livelihoods of families affected by the loss of pay.

"I want to see my husband back at work,” she stresses. “It's clear from the fact that the Senate managed to pass a spending bill nearly unanimously just prior to the shutdown starting, that they have the votes to override President Trump's veto.

“I want them to actually put these bills to a vote, and get the government back up and running."

In a statement on Tuesday, Tillis' office said he does not support voting on the House-approved spending bill until President Donald Trump signs off on the deal.

Gerald Givens, president of the Raleigh/Apex chapter of the NAACP, says the shutdown is also hurting groups such as small businesses and people with disabilities.

He sees it as holding North Carolinians hostage, and says Tillis ought to speak up.

"We've gone from a man-made crisis at the Southern border to a man-made crisis in almost every airport and government institution in America,” Givens stresses. “His voice matters in the United State Senate. He's a representative of all of North Carolinians, and people in North Carolina are also being hurt by this as well."

Since the shutdown, the Transportation Security Administration says there have been higher than normal numbers of airport workers in Charlotte and Raleigh-Durham calling in sick rather than working without pay.

Karen Ziegler, an organizer for the social justice group known as Tuesdays with Tillis that is critical of the senator, is requesting a town hall meeting.

"The president and Sen. Tillis seem completely indifferent to the needs of everyday people,” she states. “Also, we're really concerned about the humanitarian crisis at the border, but this is a crisis that the president has 100 percent created, and we need Sen. Tillis to talk about that."

Tillis is up for reelection in 2020. He has not addressed the group's protests directly, but in an earlier statement on immigration reform, he said, "Congress has failed to produce a solution because too many members have caved to extreme voices."

get more stories like this via email

Public schools need to minimize arrests at schools by using emergency mental-health teams instead of police officers to address behavioral incidents at school, according to a Sentencing Project report. (Adobe stock)

Social Issues

ARLINGTON, Va. -- As a Northern Virginia school system transitions away from using police officers in schools, a new report suggests COVID stimulus …

Social Issues

DES MOINES, Iowa -- In five weeks, voters in many Iowa cities will cast their ballots for local elections, and the Secretary of State's office is …

Social Issues

AURORA, Colo. -- School districts across Colorado had to get creative to ensure families could access critical meals during pandemic-related closures…

Companies behind a proposed natural-gas plant for Wisconsin hope to break ground by 2025. (Adobe Stock)


SUPERIOR, Wis. -- Legal proceedings continue involving a proposed natural-gas plant for northwestern Wisconsin. The plans have been approved by state …


PORTLAND, Ore. -- Draft rules are out for a program designed to confront climate change in Oregon, but organizations say it does not go far enough to …

West Virginia families have struggled to find and keep work, pay rent and bills, and care for kids and older relatives, and anti-poverty advocates say the pandemic has made things worse. (Adobe Stock)

Social Issues

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said lawmakers are slated to vote on the $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill Thursday…

Health and Wellness

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- A veterinary drug doctors call unsafe for treating COVID-19 has caused the deaths of two people in New Mexico, according to the …

Social Issues

RALEIGH, N.C. -- North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper signed sweeping criminal-justice reform into law this month that is meant to hold police more …


Phone: 303.448.9105 Toll Free: 888.891.9416 Fax: 208.247.1830 Your trusted member- and audience-supported news source since 1996 Copyright 2021