DAN MACREADY AND MARK HARRIS TRADE PUNCHES IN CONGRESSIONAL DEBATE: “His presence will be another vote for Nancy Pelosi,” said Harris. “Dan, Pelosi and the Democrats will wreck this economy.” McCready, a veteran, countered by turning the question back to the race at hand. “You’re not running against Nancy Pelosi, you’re running against a United States Marine,” McCready said. The race has attracted national attention and big spending, as Democrats try to flip a seat that’s been held by Republicans for more than five decades. The 9th District stretches from southeast Charlotte to Lumberton and Fayetteville. Along the way, the 9th District runs through conservative suburbs in Union County, small towns like Rockingham and rural counties such as Anson and Bladen.
GOVERNOR COOPER ASKS FOR $1.5 BILLION TO DEAL WITH FLORENCE RECOVERY: Preliminary damage estimates from the storm are nearly $13 billion, Cooper said. That's about what the damage estimates were from hurricanes Matthew and Floyd combined. Much of the figure is based on computer mapping for floodwaters and wind, not in-person inspections that are still ongoing three weeks after the storm. The governor said he'll ask for a $750 million "down payment" from the state legislature when it comes into special session next week. Close to half the money would come from the state's rainy day fund and much of the rest from a budget surplus the state has run over the last year. The governor said the funding won't require a tax increase. The remainder would come from the State Highway Fund to repair roads damaged in the storm and from the lottery fund to address school repair needs. More than 100 K-12 public schools remain closed due to Florence damage.
CHATHAM COUNTY GOP TIGHT-LIPPED ABOUT $100,000 DONATION FROM INDICTED INVESTOR: The executive committee of the Chatham County Republican Party met Tuesday night at Central Carolina Community College, where Lindberg’s donation was discussed. Treasurer Gayle Daniel would not comment on the meeting. Terry Schmidt, a vice-chair, when reached by phone Wednesday said “No thanks” and hung up. John Palermo was GOP chairman when the party received Lindberg’s donation and also made smaller donations where he listed Eli Global as his employer. Palermo stepped away from his leadership role with the Chatham County Republican Party in September, Bock said. Efforts to speak with Palermo for this story were unsuccessful. Lindberg’s donation represented about half of the $200,876.63 in total donations the Chatham County Republican Party received from individuals in the first six months of the year, according to a campaign finance report.
POST-KAVANAUGH SUPREME COURT TO DECIDE FATE OF DETAINED IMMIGRANTS: Justice Stephen Breyer seemed perhaps the most sympathetic to the arguments of immigrants in the case. The immigrants, mostly green-card holders, say they should get hearings where they can argue for their release while deportation proceedings against them are ongoing. Breyer noted that the United States “gives every triple ax murderer a bail hearing.” While members of the court’s conservative majority seemed more inclined than its liberal members to back the government, both of President Donald Trump’s appointees asked questions that made it less clear how they might ultimately rule. The issue in the case before the justices has to do with the detention of noncitizens who have committed a broad range of crimes that make them deportable. Immigration law tells the government to pick those people up when they are released from federal or state prisons and jails and then hold them without bond hearings while an immigration court decides whether they should be deported.
TRUMP STILL WANTS TO SELL WEAPONS TO SAUDI ARABIA IN SPITE OF JOURNALIST'S ASSASSINATION: Saudi royal guards, intelligence officers, soldiers and an autopsy expert were part of a 15-member team from the kingdom that targeted missing writer Jamal Khashoggi, Turkish media said Thursday. The Washington Post contributor vanished last week while visiting the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul. The reported details, coupled with more-direct comments from Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, appear aimed at gradually pressuring Saudi Arabia to reveal what happened to Khashoggi, while also balancing Ankara's need to maintain the kingdom's investments in Turkey and relations on other issues. In Washington, President Donald Trump expressed reservations over withholding American arm sales over the writer, even as prominent American lawmakers increasingly criticize Saudi Arabia — America's longtime security ally in the region.