LOVELL: Resolution

LOVELL: Resolution

Recently, the Wall Street Journal published an article advising “How to Avoid Being Boring at 60”. The essay was authored by Rob LaZebnik, co-executive producer of “The Simpsons. This may explain everything. The suggested resolutions included: “make an announcement on an airplane”; “make a shirt” and “take a sound bath”. Seriously? These stultifying suggestions are ridiculous, no matter one’s age. The New Year tradition of making sound resolutions to improve personal and community enrichment is as old as the Babylonians. That tribe began the ritual by honoring their gods, “promising to pay their debts and return borrowed farming equipment.” The…
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HORZEMPA: NC crime: a need for data-driven, targeted solutions

HORZEMPA: NC crime: a need for data-driven, targeted solutions

We’ve all felt the fear as we see media coverage hyper-focusing on crime-ridden cities like Philadelphia, San Francisco, and New York City. In North Carolina, even one crime victim is too many, but the emotional fearmongering of local and national media often dominates news and public opinion. We all want to know: Are our cities safe? What are the facts? Recent reports are debunking the perception that North Carolina is a state plagued by increasing violent crime while also exposing the complex issues shouldered by some of our biggest cities. According to the most recent FBI report, The 2022 Crime…
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HUDSON: Defending your energy security

HUDSON: Defending your energy security

As the trees in the Sandhills begin to show the first signs of fall, we are reminded that colder weather is near. Like many of you, my family faced last winter’s high energy prices and I am left wondering how they will be this year—especially as costs continue to climb. Just like many states across the country, North Carolina is currently seeing another steep rise in the price of gas and energy. In the last month, energy prices have increased 5.6% and gas prices in North Carolina have spiked 16 cents higher per gallon than they were one year ago.…
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HUDSON: Back to school season in the Sandhills

HUDSON: Back to school season in the Sandhills

What would you do with an extra $700 in your pocket each month?  Unfortunately, that is the cost of  “Bidenomics” and inflation—but it shouldn’t have to be that way.  The opportunity to work hard and pursue a better life for your family has always been at the bedrock of our nation. However, inflation continues to make it difficult for hardworking families to make ends meet and afford goods and services.  Did you know the average American household now spends $709 more a month than they did two years ago for the same goods and services? Average monthly mortgage payments are…
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HUDSON: Protecting our veterans & honoring our fallen heroes

HUDSON: Protecting our veterans & honoring our fallen heroes

As the representative of the largest Army base in the world, making sure our community’s veterans, troops, and their families get the support they deserve is among my top priorities. At the end of July, the House passed the FY24 Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies Appropriations bill. This legislation will strengthen our commitment to our veterans by fully funding veterans’ health care programs, benefits, and other critical VA programs. This legislation is also providing nearly $800 million above President Biden’s budget request for military construction to improve our national security. I was able to secure large wins for…
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Accountability on the issues impacting you

Accountability on the issues impacting you

President Ronald Reagan famously said, “A nation that cannot control its borders is not a nation.” President Joe Biden’s open border policies have fueled a historic surge in illegal immigration and the flames of our ongoing border crisis. Since Biden took office, there have been over 5.6 million illegal crossings encountered at our Southern border, and while approximately 1.6 million illegal immigrants have escaped apprehension that we know of. According to Customs and Border Protection, 144,500 illegal immigrants were encountered at the Southern border in June alone—a 186% increase from the number of June encounters during the last administration. To…
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HUDSON: Defending your rights and celebrating our nation

HUDSON: Defending your rights and celebrating our nation

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” Since our nation’s founding 247 years ago, life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness have defined the American dream. In the Declaration of Independence, our Founding Fathers set the goal of building a land where all could live freely and peacefully. As your Congressman, I will always defend your rights from those who seek to destroy life, threaten our liberties, or endanger your pursuit of…
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HUDSON: One step toward a fiscally responsible future

HUDSON: One step toward a fiscally responsible future

$95,000. That’s more than the average household income for an entire family in North Carolina. It’s also your share of our nation’s astonishing $31 trillion debt. When I think about my seven-year-old son being saddled with a $95,000 bill before he even enters the 2nd grade, I can’t help but be worried about his future and all our children and grandchildren. While our national debt is nothing new, out-of-control spending from Washington the last two years has accelerated this crisis to a five-alarm fire. In fact, since President Joe Biden took office in January 2021, he and House Democrats have…
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HUDSON: Protecting our nation’s financial and national security

HUDSON: Protecting our nation’s financial and national security

“There can be no security anywhere in the free world if there is no fiscal and economic stability within the United States.” - President Ronald Reagan President Reagan understood the importance of getting America’s economy in order. Yet our crippling debt, now at over $30 trillion, continues to threaten our standing in the world and must be addressed. President Joe Biden refused to negotiate for more than 100 days to address the debt. Our country cannot afford to default on our debt due to Washington Democrats’ political games. Under Speaker Kevin McCarthy, House Republicans have raised the debt limit in…
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HUDSON: Working for you

HUDSON: Working for you

“How does this impact you?” That’s the question I ask myself before considering every bill I introduce, cosponsor, or vote on as your Congressman. With our new Republican majority in place, we have hit the ground running this year—and we will not slow down. From stopping soft-on-crime policies, defending the Second Amendment with my Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act, protecting our strategic oil reserves, standing up to socialism and the Chinese Communist Party’s use of a spy balloon over U.S. territory, and voting to end COVID-19 vaccine mandates—House Republicans have delivered results for you and families across the country. Following a…
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