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Jason Saine will begin a fourth term representing District 97 in January. Saine, a Republican, expects to remain on the Finance Committee as Senior Co-Chair pending approval from the Speaker of the House.

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In addition to the federal, state and local races that will be featured on the 2018 general election ballot, North Carolina voters will also be tasked with deciding the fate of six proposed amendments to the state constitution.

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While the nation’s attention has shifted to Hurricane Michael and the destruction left in its wake along the Florida panhandle, the recovery efforts continue along the North Carolina coast in the communities hit hardest by Hurricane Florence last month. 

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There is one month until Election Day, when McAdenville Democrat David Wilson Brown will attempt to unseat Rep. Patrick McHenry, whose tenure as Lincoln County’s representative in Congress is approaching 15 years. 

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With Florence finally making its way further inland after dumping torrential rain across the Carolinas throughout the weekend, the state will soon be able to start truly assessing the damage left in its wake. 

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The North Carolina Department of Transportation recently released its list of regional impact projects that are likely to be funded over the next decade. 

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The power struggle among North Carolina’s top elected officials has been playing out in court throughout the summer, with Gov. Roy Cooper, a Democrat, sparring against the Republican leaders of the GOP-dominated legislature. 

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Last week, a panel of Superior Court judges ruled to remove two proposed amendments to the state’s constitution from November’s ballot after they found that the language being used to describe the amendments to voters was misleading. 

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A recent push for the incorporation of Denver will eventually have to make its way through the state legislature, which is where a similar proposal died nearly 20 years ago. 

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The North Carolina General Assembly’s Republican leadership has come under fire in recent weeks as a result of several proposed amendments to the state’s constitution that, as of right now, will appear on November’s general election ballot. 

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The Lincoln County Board of Elections submitted a pair of early voting plans to the state board, which announced its decision following a lengthy meeting on Aug. 5.

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The North Carolina legislature returned to Raleigh yesterday for a special session to remove the short captions that would have appeared on November’s ballot, summarizing each of the six proposed constitutional amendments that will be decided by voters.

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Republican lawmakers in the North Carolina General Assembly have proposed an amendment to the state Constitution that, if passed through the legislature and then approved by voters in November, would cap the personal income tax rate at 5.5 percent. 

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The Fiscal Year 2019 state budget bill that passed both chambers of the North Carolina legislature last week includes well over $1 million set aside specifically to aid Lincoln County and the City of Lincolnton. 

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More than 60 teachers from the Lincoln County Schools district stepped away from their classrooms and boarded buses to attend the “March for Students and Rally for Respect” in Raleigh on Wednesday, the opening day of the General Assembly’s legislative session.

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The 2018 party primary elections in Lincoln County are scheduled for Tuesday, with numerous Republican candidates vying for various federal, state and local seats, but only one race between local Democrats. 

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Incumbent Lincoln County state Sen. David Curtis has been targeted through a series of attack ads paid for by a political action committee working to elect former Shelby Mayor Ted Alexander in Senate District 44. 

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The newly formed North Carolina General Assembly House Select Committee on School Safety — of which Lincoln County state Rep. Jason Saine is a member — has been split into two subcommittees, with one focusing on mental health and the other examining physical safety and security. 

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A slew of candidates filed for office shortly before the deadline and the field for the 2018 Lincoln County primary elections is now set in stone.

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A slew of hopeful candidates flocked to the Lincoln County Board of Elections office on Monday at noon, when the filing period for the 2018 election officially opened.

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Lincoln County state Rep. Jason Saine, North Carolina House Speaker Tim Moore and several other state legislators hosted the Canadian Minister for Science, Kirsty Duncan, and the Canadian Consul General to the Southeast United States, Nadia Theodore, on Wednesday morning.

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Legislation passed last year to reduce class sizes across the state has come under fire with local school districts now scrambling to come up with the money in next year’s budget to hire more teachers.

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A longtime school counselor in Gaston County has shifted her attention to an upcoming campaign for an opportunity to represent House District 110 in the North Carolina General Assembly.

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After his visit to the Lincoln County School of Technology on Monday, North Carolina Superintendent of Public Instruction Mark Johnson said that the school was a great model to bring back to Raleigh to structure funding for similar schools across the state.

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A panel of federal judges has ruled that the North Carolina General Assembly failed to remedy unconstitutional racial gerrymandering with their redrawing of the state’s election district lines.