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Big weekend coming up with NFL conference championship games and tomorrow's Day of Action. Sen. Cory Booker dropped out of the Presidential race, which means there was more diversity in the 2016 GOP field at this point than Democrats are now. House Democrats were so somber about sending the articles of impeachment over to the Senate that Speaker Pelosi had signature pens made for the occasion. New trade deal signed with China while in NC, Senate Democrats choose financial support from Cooper over their constituents. Let's roll.

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WHAT HAPPENED

STORIES FROM NC

First, some international perspective. Most, if not all, of you have heard about the wildfires raging in Australia. It's being blamed on climate change, but is that why? Hint: it isn't. The Spectator

Let's go with the two most extreme candidates remaining in the Democrat primary. First, the stock market has exploded since the beginning of 2017 and almost everyone's portfolio  regardless of household income is doing well. What happens if socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders inexplicably wins? The New York Sun

Second, nearly every Democrat candidate (or Democrats in general) complain about the President overreaching with executive authority, although they were strangely silent for about 8 years between 2009 and 2016 (anyone know why? Bueller?). So what would Senator Elizabeth Warren - who's full of potentially unconstitutional ideas - do on her first day in office? Bloomberg

Appointed to finish out the late Sen. McCain's term, Sen. Martha McSally - the first female fighter pilot to fly in combat - is in the Senate to chew bubble gum and kick (choice word for rear end), and she's all out of bubble gum. She called out CNN reporter Manu Raju yesterday, and she's taking no prisoners regarding the Democrat Senators running for President. RedState

STORIES FROM NC

This is the third time I'm posting a story related to this narrative because it's that important. Democrats are coming for the state legislature and coming with tens of millions of dollars. If you're not able to donate to your state legislator, please go help them on the ground by knocking doors or making phone calls. Hold the line. POLITICO

When the NCGA convened this week, Senate Democrats had a choice: stand with Cooper or stand with teachers. Undoubtedly swayed by campaign donations, Democrats stood with Cooper and upheld the veto of teacher pay raises. This year, we're going to make them pay. NC Civitas

You've probably already seen the Facebook post, but if you haven't, the Bladen County Board of Elections held its normal meeting this week. One of the Board members asked to add the Pledge of Allegiance to the agenda. The Cooper-appointed Democrats refused and when a spontaneous Pledge broke out from the crowed, they refused to stand and then threatened to arrest those who do in the future. Bladen Journal

When it comes to local school boards, CMS is one of the worst. All one has to do is look at the long list of instances of them strong-arming or threatening local communities, e.g. the board threatening the towns that supported a school choice bill. The CMS superintendent Clayton Wilcox resigned last year, and it seems like the FBI is getting involved. The Charlotte Observer

TRACKING YOUR REPRESENTATIVES

CONGRESS

Outside of the pomp and circumstance surrounding the supposedly somber transfer of the articles of impeachment, the House literally did nothing this week with the exception of two bipartisan bills: one that addresses veteran homelessness and another that this Recap mentioned a while back - insider trading.

The Senate confirmed Peter Gaynor as the head of FEMA. They also passed the USMCA, the new North American trade agreement that took the House almost a year to pass. The trade agreement was passed in an overwhelming bipartisan vote, 89-10. 

GENERAL ASSEMBLY

The NCGA was in session only for a day but did pass two meaningful bills in near-unanimous fashion. One bill reduced the threshold for the state medical expense deduction on your taxes and the second righted a wrong because of Cooper's incompetence: funding scholarships for children of military veterans. Senate Democrats chose to stand with Cooper and the undoubtedly forthcoming campaign donations by standing up for his veto of teacher pay raises. Apparently, nothing is better than something. Good luck with that during campaign season.

UPCOMING EVENTS

Coming up tomorrow is the annual North Carolina Right To life prayer breakfast and subsequent march in downtown Raleigh. It's the premiere pro-life event in North Carolina. Check it out: NCRTL Prayer Breakfast

Also tomorrow is the RNC/Trump Victory Campaign's Day of Action! Sign up here to find your nearest location: National Day of Action

On January 19th is the BLEXIT rally with Candace Owens! Details are here: BLEXIT Charlotte Rally

Join Diamond & Silk and Civil Rights Leader Clarence Henderson on Monday January 20th for a discussion on the transformation of the black community, and a keynote address from a special guest! You can register here for the Black Voices For Trump event: Black Voices For Trump - Raleigh, NC

January 26 - February 1 is School Choice Week! Check out their page to find some events near you and stay tuned for additional events. NC School Choice Week

Make sure to visit the NCGOP Events page to see more events than what's listed there. There are several events coming up in counties that feature lots of local candidates that are in primaries. If you don't want to walk into the booth during primary voting this February and March, go check out these events to hear from candidates.

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