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First off, the North Carolina Republican Party has a new leadership team: Chairman Michael Whatley and Vice Chair Miriam Chu! Congrats to them both on their election at the NCGOP Convention this past weekend. Chairman Whatley was congratulated separately by President Trump and Vice President Pence. If you missed the Chairman's first radio interview, check it out here. Around the state, people will be hosting watch parties to tune in live to the big Trump announcement on Tuesday evening. Details are at the bottom if you'd like to host your own. If you weren't able to make it to the Convention, there was almost certainly record attendance and there were a total of 1368 delegates. Amazing enthusiasm as we head into the 2019 municipals and 2020 primary season. Let's catch up on some things from the last couple weeks.

WHAT HAPPENED

STORIES FROM THE NATION

We'll begin with some campaign finance. There are some good groups out there, i.e. PACs and IE orgs, that do good work helping candidates. However, there are FAR more bad groups that take in lots of money and spend it on themselves instead of candidates. How many more votes could've been turned out for Republican candidates instead of people sending PACs money? Donate directly to candidates or political parties to get the most bang for your buck. National Review

Break out your popcorn, folks. If the results from the California Democrat forums are going to be anything like the upcoming primary debates, watching the Democrats stumble over themselves to appease the far-left socialist portion of their base is going to be entertaining. The Hill

Many of those in the GOP are concerned about the Party's direction and appeal to younger voters. As a millennial myself, it is important to me and others that the Party grow into the future and reach out to younger voters and minorities that may otherwise be drawn in by the false and dangerous promises of socialism. We can and should do better, but is it all doom and gloom? Read on. The Federalist

Much attention has been given to AOC's socialist pipe dream, the Green New Deal. There have been varying estimates on how much this would or any Democrat plan to address climate change would cost taxpayers. So, let's hear how much taxpayer money she wants to spend. The Hill

STORIES FROM NC

The Mecklenburg County Sheriff released an illegal immigrant on May 15th. Two weeks later, he was arrested again after an hours-long standoff with Charlotte police. Two days after the arrest, the Sheriff released him again despite an ICE detainer. Now, a US Attorney is getting involved. WBTV

Cooper and the Democrat Party have pushed to eliminate the Opportunity Scholarship program that benefits low-income families to help send their children to better schools. This grandmother has some serious words for Cooper and the Democrats who want to rip away one of the best options for low-income minorities regarding school choice. The Daily Signal

With an ICE-related bill moving through the N.C. Senate, the U.S. Senate is taking aim at the same thing. Sen. Tillis is a co-sponsor of a bill working its way through. What's in it? Spectrum News

There has been quite a bit of discussion regarding health care costs and how the state can introduce policies to increase access (no, expanding Medicaid is not one of them). So what are some of those ways? Carolina Journal

TRACKING YOUR REPRESENTATIVES

CONGRESS

The U.S. House actually passed a couple bills this week with bipartisan support: one aimed at reforming the IRS that should pass the Senate, and another to help increase protections for synagogues, churches, and mosques that have been targets of attack. That's about it for the good stuff as Democrats continue to punt on the immigration issue by passing additional protections for the DACA program and starting to turn the wheel regarding contempt lawsuits (that are entirely unpopular, but hey, thanks for the free advertising). In the Senate, Mitch McConnell continues to help the President and Republicans restructure the federal judiciary that will last for at least a generation by confirming more judges. As mentioned above, Sen. Tillis is a co-sponsor on a bill to strip cities of federal funding who refuse to honor ICE detainers. 

GENERAL ASSEMBLY

The conference committee has been named for the budget discussion and things have been progressing this week. The Senate is considering the ICE bill that was passed by the House a short while ago that would require NC sheriffs to cooperate with ICE detainers. The Senate Judiciary Committee discussed a bill to help streamline pistol permits through the sheriffs, which basically would allow those who acquire a permit to purchase a firearm to use that permit for up to 5 years instead of requiring a new permit for each one purchased. After the two devastating reports from the nonpartisan Program Evaluation Division regarding Cooper's dismal hurricane relief funding performance, the House reauthorized the Select Committee on Disaster Relief to get to the bottom of Cooper's incompetence. 

UPCOMING EVENTS

Third District Primary Runoff Dates:

Absentee ballot voting - Started May 24 (request an absentee ballot here)

Early voting begins - June 19 (visit your county's board of elections website for hours and locations)

Early voting ends - July 5

Election Day - July 9

Ninth District General Election Dates:

Absentee ballot voting begins - July 27

Early voting begins - August 21

Early voting ends - September 6

Election Day - September 10

The Orange County GOP will hold a Pig Pickin' BBQ and Fundraiser on June 29th! Check out their page for more details: Pig Pickin' BBQ Fundraiser

The East Wake Republican Club is holding their annual Red, White, & BBQ event on July 13th! This is always a fun event and has some star power in terms of candidates attending, so get your tickets here: Red, White, & BBQ

The Trump campaign has a big announcement this Tuesday evening! Want to host your own watch party? Tell us about it here: NCGOP Watch Party

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