This restaurant owner spends his free time fixing old cars and donating them to people in need

CNN —   When Eliot Middleton was a little boy, he followed his father around everywhere, watching the talented mechanic carefully fix car after car. Less than a year after his death, Middleton, 38, now a restaurant owner, is honoring his father’s legacy by fixing junk cars and donating them to people throughout rural South …

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How Might Politics Impact NC’s County COVID Vaccination Percentages?

By Michael Bitzer As with many things nowadays, partisanship and polarization has infected many aspects of our society; not just our political lives, but things that ‘normally’ one might consider apolitical. With the intensity of what we see in our polarized environment, pretty much any issue, especially those seen as a public policy, becomes framed …

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Old North State Politics: “Late” Absentee by Mail Voters: Who Are They?

By Michael Bitzer With the passage in the state senate of Bill 326, the move to require absentee by mail ballots by received by Election Day, instead of three days afterwards, has cleared half a legislative hurdle. This legislation was brought about due to the controversy over the extension in 2020’s election of receiving absentee …

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An Early Look at NC’s Primaries for the Open US Senate Seat

By Susan Roberts and Michael Bitzer Recent attention to former President Donald Trump’s endorsement of Representative Ted Budd (R-NC 13) for the Republican nomination to North Carolina’s U.S. Senate seat is instructive for several reasons. Beyond sending a cue to Republican primary voters of who the former president supports, perhaps most important aspect is the …

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Can You “Claim Credit” When You Voted Against The Bill? Yes. Yes You Can.

By Michael Bitzer Following passage of the American Rescue Plan Act, which contains the latest round of stimulus checks and other policy initiatives, Republican Representative Madison Cawthorn, of North Carolina’s Eleventh Congressional District, sent two tweets announcing several grants issued by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and funded through the ARA that would impact his …

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