Not much will change for Mint Hill in congressional redistricting

Myrick's district is shown in green and Kissell's is in purple.Rep. Sue Myrick (Dist. 9) will still represent the Mint Hill area according to the GOP-drawn congressional redistricting maps for North Carolina. However, Myrick’s district will change slightly. Her district, which currently pulls from suburban Mecklenburg County, Union County and Gaston County, will add southern Iredell County and drop Gaston County. The change shouldn’t affect her chances of getting reelected.
Just north of Mint Hill, Rep. Larry Kissell, a Democrat whose congressional district includes parts of 10 counties including Stanly, Union and Carbarrus, will lose a large group of African Americans to Rep. Mel Watt’s 12th district. The result could spell trouble for Kissell. In 2008, 52 percent of District 8 voted for Barack Obama. With the new district, the number falls to 44 percent.

Meetings will be held across the state Thursday to give residents a chance to voice their opinions about the new redistricting map. In the Charlotte area, the meeting will be held at the UNC Charlotte J. Murrey Atkins Library, Room 143, 9201 University City Blvd., Charlotte. The meeting lasts from 3-9 pm.

 

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Bill Brawley says nothing illegal about GOP fundraiser

As Republicans in North Carolina held a fundraiser in Raleigh yesterday, a crowd of demonstrators stood outside calling the event a “pay for play” dinner with lobbyists.
Rep. Bill Brawley, who serves the Mint Hill and Matthews area, told WTVD that Democrats held the same type of fundraisers when they were in power:

The only difference between this and what has happened for years is the Republicans are in the majority.

Brawley spoke with reporters before heading into the event. He told WRAL that he had never been protested before. “This is great,” he said.

Democrats will hold a similar fundraiser July 12.

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Tucker, other senators, seek change in state constitution

Tommy Tucker, who represents the Mint Hill area in the North Carolina state senate, is partnering with Sens. Tom Apodaca of Henderson County and Pete Brunstetter of Forsyth County in an attempt to change the state constitution so that the governor would run with a lieutenant governor as a team. This is similar to the way the president and vice President run on one ticket. The bill would also limit legislature leadership to three consecutive two-terms.

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Myrick votes to repeal health care law

In a largely symbolic act, Rep. Sue Myrick voted yesterday to repeal the health care law that was passed last year. Myrick represents the Mint Hill area in the U.S. House of Representatives. The law has surprisingly become more favorable to the American people according to recent polls.

Thirty-nine percent believe the health plan that Obama signed into law last year is a good idea, versus another 39 percent who think it’s a bad idea.

But those saying it’s a good idea is at its highest level since September 2009, and those saying it’s a bad idea is at its lowest level since June 2009.

The poll also finds that 46 percent of respondents are opposed to repeal (with 34 percent strongly opposed), while 45 percent support the repeal effort (with 35 percent strongly in favor).

Yet, a majority of the House still voted in favor of repeal. The bill has little if any chance of passing the Senate.

“There’s a lot in this law that I’m against,” Myrick said. “It’s going to cost us more jobs. It’s a nightmare for our deficit. It will negatively impact doctor-patient relationships with more regulations. The individual mandate to purchase insurance violates the Commerce Clause of the US Constitution.”

“By repealing this law, we can go back to the drawing board and work on things that will lower the cost of health care, like allowing insurers to sell coverage across state lines, making coverage portable, addressing medical liability reform, and improving health insurance high-risk pools so that those with pre-existing conditions can get coverage. These are things on which the public agrees, and we should work together, as Americans, to make sure that we truly reform our health care system.”

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Brawley to be sworn in next week in Matthews

Bill Brawley, the newly elected N.C. Representative for District 103 (which includes Mint Hill) will take the oath of office January 5th in Matthews. The event will be held at 7 pm at the Matthews Town Hall in the Commissioners Meeting Room and is open to the public.

Brawley takes the place of Jim Gulley who served more than a decade as the state representative for this area. Gulley chose not to seek another term because of health reasons.

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Is Brawley anti-government?

Bill Brawley is already making waves in North Carolina politics despite  having been elected just a couple of weeks ago. On Sunday, he was quoted by a Charlotte Observer reporter in an article called “Lean Times: The New Normal.”

“We only have so much money,” he says. “We have to prioritize the spending. If that means some things that had been funded aren’t, it’s unfortunate. But it’s not something over which we have control.”

He’s then re-quoted by Chris Fitzsimon of NC Policy Watch, a left-leaning public policy organization. Fitzsimon argues that the Republican mission is inherently anti-government and that philosophy will lead to heavy cuts in services that will directly hurt people, especially those on the lower socioeconomic rung of the ladder. His solution to the $3 billion+ budget shortfall is to find additional revenue—in other words, raise certain taxes including cigarette, alcohol, and add a new tax on services. Continue reading

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