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Hurricane Florence is affecting all of us, whether you're on the coast or in the mountains. Please visit the Hurricane Florence page on the NCGOP website for information and resources here. That being said, it's still important to keep everyone up to date regarding this past week. 

WHAT'S HAPPENING

STORIES FROM DC

The U.S. economy continues to hum along splendidly, and the U.S. Census Bureau is out with a report that middle-class income rose above $61,000 for the first time and the poverty rate declined as "the benefits of a strong economy lift the fortunes of more Americans": The Washington Post

It's no secret that many Americans distrust the press. The New York Times is out with a hit piece that tried to blame Ambassador Nikki Haley and the current State Dept. for $52K curtains purchased by the Obama admin in 2016. They've already backtracked, but the damage has been done: Townhall

Speaking of hit jobs, the Recap last week addressed Sen. Kamala Harris' deceptive video of Kavanaugh's statements. Both PolitiFact AND The Washington Post's Fact Checker rated her video as false. Sen. Harris is "rapidly gaining a reputation as the most dishonest Senator": Washington Examiner

The senior Senator of California Dianne Feinstein is out with an 11th-hour smear against Kavanaugh. It's a letter that she's supposedly had since July, never questioned Kavanaugh about in open or closed-door hearings, and won't let her fellow Democrats read: National Review 

In a relatively under-covered story, a GOP Congressional candidate was attacked at a fair. The man, after making disparaging remarks about the President and the GOP, pulled a knife: The Sacramento Bee

Hurricane Matthew, in addition to causing havoc in North Carolina, devastated Puerto Rico. A big report shows that nearly a million boxes of bottled water are sitting unused on a runway after they were allegedly transferred from FEMA to the central government: New York Post

STORIES FROM NC

I spent a lot of time in eastern NC for college and work. There is some serious flooding down that way, so please be careful and heed the warnings of local officials: ABC 11

The Weather Channel has an extremely useful simulation regarding storm surge. Watch the video to understand why rising storm surge is so dangerous: The Weather Channel

Duke Energy has a useful website to report power outages and see where they are currently happening. View that here: Duke Energy 

If you are ordered to evacuate, don't wait. Get out. The rising storm surge could reach far inland. Here's a list of shelters in eastern NC that people can go to: WCTI

When the state begins the recovery process, the state is well-prepared with a record $2 billion in it's Rainy Day Fund thanks to the current crop of legislators: The News & Observer

When it comes to the Rainy Day Fund, remember that Roy Cooper and Democrats argued that we should be spending those reserves instead of saving it for times like today: Carolina Journal

CANDIDATE SPOTLIGHT

U.S. CONGRESS

This week we'll highlight Second District incumbent George Holding. Holding attended Wake Forest University where he studied Classics and Law. After graduation he practiced law, then served on the staff of United States Senator Jesse Helms in Washington. In 2006, after serving as an Assistant U.S. Attorney, he was appointed to serve as U.S. Attorney by President Bush. Visit his campaign website here.

NC HOUSE

First for the House this week is Rep. Brenden Jones of District 46. Rep. Brenden Jones is a Columbus County native and graduate of Waccamaw Academy in Whiteville. He has been married to his high school sweetheart, Angela, for over 20 years. They live in Tabor City with their two daughters. In addition to his role at the North Carolina General Assembly Rep. Jones is a member of the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB), the nation’s leading small business advocate. Rep. Jones also serves on the Tabor City Committee of 100, and as a member of the Columbus County Jobs Foundation (formerly the Committee of 100) and the Southeastern Community College Board of Trustees. Jones has been a leading voice holding Governor Cooper accountable for his poor Hurricane Matthew response. Check out his campaign website here.
   
Next up is Jarrod Lowery, running in House District 47. Jarrod is a lifelong resident of Robeson County and enrolled citizen of the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina. While attending Purnell Swett High School, he served on the Student Council and as Student Body President. Directly after graduating from high school, Lowery joined the United States Marine Corps Reserves, which is where his lifelong commitment of service to my country and community grew. He graduated from UNC-Pembroke with a bachelors in Political Science and a minor in history. View his campaign website here.

NC SENATE

Let's highlight Senate Majority Leader Harry Brown. Brown is the Senate Majority Leader and a successful businessman from Jacksonville, NC. Harry helped engineer the Republican majority in the State Senate, and is one of the strongest advocates in Raleigh for small businesses across the state. In the Senate, he is a chief budget writer as Chair of the Appropriations Committee, and is a former chair of the Senate Commerce Committee. Senator Brown owns three car dealerships, and holds an MBA from Campbell University. Learn more about him here.

UPCOMING EVENTS

NC House District 41 candidate E.J. Wilder has an event coming up headlined by Rep. David Lewis. Details are here: A Night Of Leadership

Can't get out to knock doors but can make some phone calls? The Mecklenburg GOP has some phone banking events coming up! View their list of events here: Mecklenburg GOP Events

Tomorrow was supposed to be the National Day of Action, but that has been postponed until next weekend for NC. You can still sign up here: National Day of Action

VOTING TOOLS

As of today, we're 53 days away from Election Day, 46 days until absentee ballot request deadline, 33 days until early voting starts (Oct. 17), 28 days until voter registration ends, and 7 (!) days until absentee voting starts. 

If you're not registered to vote, or need help registering someone to vote, go here: https://www.ncsbe.gov/Voters/Registering-to-Vote

If you're registered, check to make sure: https://vt.ncsbe.gov/RegLkup/

Check your polling location: https://vt.ncsbe.gov/PPLkup/

Request an absentee ballot: https://www.ncsbe.gov/absentee-voting-mail

Additional voting tools: https://www.ncsbe.gov/Voters/Voter-Tools

Another voting tool is here: https://vote.gop

 

There have been four reported deaths so far. Please be safe this weekend. Don't drive into rising water. Evacuate if you're ordered to. Better to be safe than sorry. Let's all be ready to assist with the recovery effort in the very near future.

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