Myrick: No Gitmo detainees in NC, please.

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Not in our backyard. That is US Representative Sue Myrick’s (NC-09) message to Congress. She introduced a bill this week to stop prisoners from Guantanamo Bay from being sent to North Carolina.  It does this by prohibiting federal funds from being used to transport detainees to, and housing them within, the state.

“This legislation sends a clear message that we don’t want enemy combatants and terrorists housed in our backyard,” Rep. Myrick said. Continue reading

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Goodall offers senate seat–literally–for Duke-Carolina tickets

State Senator Eddie Goodall, who represents the Mint Hill area in the North Carolina Senate, is offering his [singlepic=636,320,240,,right]senate seat for tickets to next week’s Duke-Carolina basketball game. Goodall put his leather senate seat, stitched with his name and the Senate seal, on Ebay is exchange for the tickets. The chair is worth about $700. Goodall knows because he bought the chair from the State when the  senate offices were redecorated. A 2007 law prohibits using the senate seal for commercial purposes. Goodall said the whole thing is just an elaborate joke and he wouldn’t go near tickets if someone actually offered them to him.

“In real life, I want to keep my Senate seat,” said the retired CPA, who played a season of basketball at UNC Charlotte. But “maybe if politicians could laugh at ourselves more, people wouldn’t laugh at us as much.”

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N.C. Smoking ban legislation heats up

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Tired of going into smoke filled restaurants? The North Carolina legislature is kicking around the idea of a sweeping smoking ban that could allow municipalities to have the power to eliminate smoking from public places. Senator Eddie Goodall, who represents Mint Hill, Union County and some of Matthews, is hesitant to support ban.

“We’ve got to be so careful about chipping away from individual decisions that people can make for themselves,” said Sen. Eddie Goodall, R-Union. “You (already) clearly have a choice when you walk into a restaurant to determine whether they allow smoking or not.”

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Myrick to vote no on stimulus plan

US Representative Sue Myrick (NC-09) announced that she will vote against the stimulus plan when it comes to the House Floor today.
“Why are we going to spend $825 billion on a plan that won’t achieve its goals?” said Rep. Myrick. “Instead, let’s get this money back to taxpayers and businesses who help grow the economy and create jobs.” Continue reading

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Myrick to speak today in support of Lance, Inc and its fine peanut butter products

Lance crackers is a North Carolina institution. That’s why Rep. Sue Myrick is going to bat for them on the floor of Congress this afternoon. Here’s what she is going to say:

“Madam Speaker –
I rise today to stand behind Lance Inc., a snack food company based in my district.
Lance is the #1 seller of peanut butter crackers in US grocery stores.  It operates manufacturing plants in seven states.  Lance products can be found in grocery stores, convenience stores, hospitals, schools and vending machines across the country.
Lance products have not been affected by the nationwide peanut butter recall caused by the salmonella outbreak.  Continue reading

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