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1. WLOS: Senate confirms Allison Jones Rushing to the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals
"The U.S. Senate has confirmed Flat Rock native, Alison Jones Rushing as a judge on the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of appeals.
Allison Jones Rushing was nominated by President Donald Trump in August for the lifetime appointment. She was confirmed Tuesday by a vote along party lines.
The 4th Circuit hears federal appeals from Virginia, Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina and West Virginia.
Rushing is a partner at Williams & Connolly, a Washington law firm, and interned at the Alliance Defending Freedom, a Christian legal group. The group is known for the cases it has supported before the Supreme Court, including the case of a Colorado baker who refused to bake a cake for a gay wedding and the Hobby Lobby ruling that allowed companies to opt out of covering contraceptives for their employees because of their religious beliefs."
2. NCVC: North Carolina Governor Cooper and Attorney General Stein join lawsuit challenging Trump administration's new Protect Life Rule
Attorney General Josh Stein and Governor Roy Cooper are forcing North Carolina to join states like Oregon, New York, California, Vermont, and Colorado in their lawsuit against the Trump Administration’s new Title X rule. Their actions make North Carolina the only Southern state to join a lawsuit that ensures taxpayers are forced to continue filling the coffers of the abortion industry.
3. CAROLINA JOURNAL: Governor Cooper's new budget wants to phase out the Opportunity Scholarships
"Cooper announced his $25.2 billion General Fund budget proposal Wednesday, March 6. In it, he recommends restoring pay bumps for teachers with a master’s degree in the subject they teach and suggests experience-based raises for school principals. Restoring master pay would cost the state $6.8 million in recurring funds."
"Once again the governor recommends phasing out the Opportunity Scholarship program. Cooper’s budget would fund existing obligations for the program, but the budget wouldn’t allocate money for future scholarships.
Mike Long, president of Parents for Educational Freedom in North Carolina, said Cooper’s recommendation to stop future funding of the Opportunity Scholarship program is disappointing yet not surprising.
'What is Governor Cooper’s message to the thousands of new families applying for the Opportunity Scholarship?' Long said in an emailed statement. 'It tells them he is not interested in making real investments in their families and children for a determined North Carolina, but instead the governor is determined to protect the education establishment over them.'"
🎂 Masterpiece Cakeshop's Jack Phillips has won his battle against the anti-religious bias and bullying of the Colorado Civil Rights Commission!
"Congratulations to Jack Phillips. The latest phase of his long ordeal has come to an end. Congratulations to my friends and former colleagues at the Alliance Defending Freedom. They secured justice for their client. And now let’s hope that progressive governments have learned the right lesson.
I’m not optimistic. There will be more cases like this — at least until courts decisively teach the radical cultural left that its bigotry may not attain the force of law."
5. MARK WALKER: Congressman Walker talks the talk, and walks the walk.
Congressman Walker has filed three bills in Congress that are worth highlighting. We're grateful for Congressmen like Walker who represent our state and values at the highest public stage:
- Walker, House Administration Republicans attempt to ban ballot harvesting in H.R. 1.
- Walker to introduce "Student-Athlete Equity Act" to allow NCAA players to have publicity rights
- Walker re-introduces LIFT for Charities Act to maintain non-filing tax status for charities and churches
WEEKLY PRAYER: LIFE
LORD, we recognize that you are Sovereign over all creation. We recognize you made man from the dust, and in your mercy crowned creation with man and woman made in your image. What a wonder it is that you would bestow upon us this blessing and responsibility!
We pray LORD that we would not take this for granted. We pray that both this great responsibility, and this great dignity, may motivate us to love you more, love our neighbor more, and love ourselves more.
Father, we pray over the efforts of Governor Cooper and Attorney General Stein to sue President Trump on behalf of our state, and maintain Planned Parenthood's funding. Would you direct these efforts to failure? We pray this not in a spirit of vengeance or ill-will, but in the name of all those precious unborn babies and mothers whose lives will be blessed by a defunded Planned Parenthood. LORD, this would be a great blessing to those victims, as well as all the value-driven taxpayers whose consciences are torn by seeing their tax dollars fund tragedy!
"And Moses said to the people, 'Fear not, stand firm, and see the salvation of the Lord, which he will work for you today. For the Egyptians whom you see today, you shall never see again. The Lord will fight for you, and you have only to be silent.'” (Exodus 14:13-14)
North Carolina Values Coalition