Myrick skeptical about U.S. involvement in Libya

Back in the 1980s, covert operations by the US military to help spread Democracy around the world were the cornerstone of Conservative ideals. Even in the early 2000s, as George W. Bush pushed for a war in Iraq that was based on faulty evidence, the GOP applauded the effort and supported the war fully.

Fast forward to a Democrat in the White House and the GOP seem to have lost their thirst for military intervention in the world. Sue Myrick released this statement last week about the Obama administration’s push to support the rebels in Libya:

“A few weeks ago, Congress passed a resolution stating that no members of the US Armed Forces shall be used on the ground in Libya, and requesting detailed information regarding US interest in Libya, especially as it relates to the War Powers Act.  The Administration has delivered this information to Congress, stating that the War Powers Act does not apply as our military’s role in Libya is limited because we’re operating under NATO.

Myrick goes on to say that the United States providing 70 percent of the coalition’s intelligence capabilities and refueling assets for aircraft are not what she considers a limited involvement in Libya.

“Seventy percent isn’t limited.  Providing a majority of the resources to continue airstrikes isn’t limited. To me, that’s a pretty aggressive role, and as such, the Administration should be required to bring all further action in Libya before Congress for authorization.  As Speaker Boehner has indicated, the House will be looking at the legislative options available to us in the coming days.”

 

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Tucker: design bill lacks ‘teeth’

The Mint Hill Times

Sen. Tommy Tucker

A bill that would limit the guidelines municipalities can have in dictating the look of homes is now in committee in the state house. If passed, it could have repercussions for municipalities across the state.
Senate Bill 731, named the Zoning/Design and Aesthetic Controls bill, passed the senate on May 17 by a vote of 38-10. It was introduced by Mecklenburg County Senator Dan Clodfelter and seeks to “clarify when a municipality or a county may enact zoning ordinances related to design and aesthetic controls.”
The bill is now in committee in the state house awaiting a vote that will send it to the floor. Representatives will then vote again and send it back to the senate for the final vote.
State Senator Tommy Tucker (Dist. 35), who represents the Mint Hill area, said the version of the bill that came of the senate was softened and lacked the “teeth” it once had. He said that is why he voted for it.
“The paragraph that was limiting to municipalities was taken out,” he said. “This is a gut check for both entities—builders and municipalities.”
He said there has been very little response to the bill from the public or towns and acknowledged that towns don’t always know what’s happening in Raleigh.
Both Mint Hill and Matthews town leadership crafted a letter that voiced opposition to the bill. It will be sent to state legislators who represent the area. Continue reading

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Tucker: ‘We have the resources to become energy independent’

Tommy Tucker (R-35), who represents the Mint Hill area in the North Carolina Senate, released this video about an energy bill he is co-sponsoring with Bob Rucho and Harry Brown.

The bill, predictably called the Energy Jobs Act, will make off shore drilling for natural gas possible in the state, as well as other energy exploration.


 

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Myrick responds to the death of Osama Bin Laden

Despite a time of hyper-partisanship, politicians across the nation are putting aside differences to congratulate the troops and intelligence personnel who found and killed Osama Bin Laden over the weekend. US Representative Sue Myrick (NC-09) released this statement today:

“We owe a debt of gratitude to our troops and our intelligence officials for finally bringing Osama Bin Laden to justice, and I want to thank them for their tireless work and untold sacrifice in keeping our country safe.

“However, as the President said last night, we must not waiver in our commitment to bring an end to terrorism around the world, especially in the Arabian Peninsula and Yemen where al-Qaeda continues to gain strength. While we can celebrate the end of Osama Bin Laden’s reign over al-Qaeda, we must remain vigilant in our efforts to ensure the safety and security of the American people”.

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Lottery winner signs check over to mother-in-law

If only all mothers-in-law could be so lucky. Last week, Paula Milwood, a store clerk from Gastonia, was excited to see that her son-in-law scratched off the top prize in the N.C. Education Lottery’s $200,000 Cash game just a day after her grandson was born. Moments later, she was shocked when he handed her the winning ticket, saying “You keep it.”

“He just handed it to me and said I deserved it,” Milwood said. “He told me that I would know what to do with it. I didn’t know what to say.” The ticket was purchased at the Kingsway on Kendrick Road in Gastonia, where Milwood works. She plans to use her winnings, worth $136,001, to purchase a home for her family and possibly season passes to Carowinds amusement park.

“I feel like a big weight has been lifted,” Milwood added. “This is fantastic.” As of Monday afternoon, three top prizes remain to be claimed in the $200,000 Cash game.

In other lottery news, Carolina Cash 5 players in the Charlotte area need to check their numbers. One ticket matched all five numbers (9 – 11 – 14 – 31 – 37) in the Thursday, April 21 drawing and is worth $773,609. The jackpot had rolled since the April 9 drawing. This is the highest top prize in the game since the June 4, 2010 drawing when two players from Mebane and Hillsborough split the $823,652 prize. The largest single-winner Carolina Cash 5 claim occurred in November, 2007 when a player from Greenville matched all five numbers and won $856,988.

 

 

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Myrick has many questions about U.S. involvement in Libya

It should come as no surprise U.S. Representative Sue Myrick (NC-09) was not a big fan of President Barack Obama’s speech last night on Libya. In a statement released today, she said the U.S. needs a clear concise plan as the U.S. and other countries ramp up involvement in the Muslim country.

“Conflicting reports and interviews have been coming from members of the Administration on what exactly the goal is regarding Libya and how to achieve it. Last night’s speech from President Obama didn’t really help in finding an answer. We don’t need speeches; we need a clear, concise plan. We need to know the extent of U.S. involvement, the ultimate goal, and how long U.S. involvement will last in order to accomplish this goal. Success in Libya needs a definition. Continue reading

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