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Political notebook: McCrory outpaces Cooper locally in fundraising

As Democratic gubernatorial candidate Roy Cooper continues to raise more money than incumbent Pat McCrory across North Carolina, local fundraising numbers show the opposite is true in Rowan.

Fundraising figures release this week show McCrory raised $3.2 million through the second quarter of 2016. By comparison, Cooper raised $5.12 million during the same period.

Historically a red county, the latest finance reports for Cooper and McCrory show Rowan residents are overwhelmingly supporting the incumbent — at least financially. McCrory received more donations from Rowan residents. More than Cooper, McCrory also received high-dollar donations from locals, according to the latest campaign finance reports.

Cooper’s donations from Rowan County residents were mostly limited to Salisbury. McCrory also received a majority of his donations from people with Salisbury addresses.

Cooper’s largest local contribution came from local philanthropist Fred Stanback, who gave Cooper’s campaign $5,100, according to the latest finance reports. McCrory received a number of contributions for $5,100, which was the highest single contribution amount he received.

Locals with Salisbury addresses who gave Cooper $100 or more during the latest reporting period include:

• M. Reid Acree gave Cooper’s campaign $500.

• Dan Basso gave a total of $325.

• Lawana H. Ford gave a total of $100.

• Betty Maclean gave $100.

• David Mayberry gave $100.

• Joseph Carl Morris gave $150.

• Edward Norvell gave a total of $3,200.

• Fred Stanback gave $5,100.

• Nancy Stanback gave $100.

• Richard Travis gave $100.

• Martha K. West gave $100.

Salisbury residents who gave McCrory $100 or more during the latest reporting period include:

• Greg Alcorn gave $5,100 to McCrory’s reelection campaign.

• Jake Alexander gave a total of $1,500 during the reporting period.

Including other periods, Alexander has contributed a total of $2,500 to McCrory’s reelection campaign.

• Pedro Alvarez gave a total of $100

• Matthew C. Barr gave $1,000 during the reporting period

Barr has contributed a total of $3,000.

• Lester Bradway gave $100

• Tyrus Cobb Jr. who gave $175

Cobb has contributed a total of $450

• James Corpening gave $100

• Beverly Dillard gave $2,000

• Thom Dillard gave a total of $2,302 in in-kind contributions

• Paula Domske gave $500

Domske has contributed a total of $600.

• Mike Eason gave $100

• Thomas Eller gave $100

Eller has contributed a total of $200

• Paul Fisher gave $1,000

Fisher has contributed a total of $1,500

• Dianne Greene gave $250

Greene has contributed a total of $350

• William J. Healy gave $100

• John Holshouser Jr. gave $125

Holshouser has contributed a total of $200

• David Hurst gave $100

In total, Hurst has contributed $350

• George Kluttz gave $125

In total Kluttz has given $250

• Susan Kluttz gave $1,000

Kluttz has contributed a total of $7,000. She serves as McCrory’s Secretary of Cultural Resources.

• John Leatherman gave $500

Leatherman has contributed a total of $600

• Harold K. Roberts Jr. gave $5,100

Roberts has contributed a total of $7,100

• D. Kenan Smith gave $2,500

Smith has contributed a total of $3,500

• Martha H. Smith gave $5,100

Smith has contributed a total of $10,200

• Tom E. Smith gave $5,100.

Smith has contributed a total of $10,200.

• Charles Taylor Jr. gave $1,000

Taylor has contributed a total of $2,000

• T.D. Thompson gave $125

Thompson has contributed a total of $375

• Paul Weisler gave $500

Weisler has contributed a total of $2,000

Ford ranked among most conservative members of NC legislature

Recently released ratings for North Carolina legislators show Rep. Carl Ford, R-76, scored a perfect 100 from conservative group Civitas Action.

Ford and 32 other members of the N.C. House scored a perfect 100. Civitas determines its ratings by analyzing legislators’ votes.

Ford was the only local legislator to score a perfect 100. Rep. Harry Warren, R-77, scored a 50 out of 100 in the Civitas ratings. Sen. Andrew Brock, R-34, was tied for third with a number of others in the N.C. Senate. Civitas gave Brock 80 out of 100. Sen. Tom McInnis, R-25, also scored 80 out of 100.

In wake of Dallas shooting, Tillis introduces ‘Back the Blue Act’

U.S. Sen. Thom Tillis, R-N.C., joined two Texas senators this week to introduce a bill that would increase criminal penalties for people who kill or conspire to kill law enforcement officers.

In a news release about the measure, Tillis said the killing of five police officers in Dallas demonstrates why many law enforcement officers go to work without knowing whether they’ll return home safely.

“Our law enforcement officers risk their lives to protect ours, and the Back the Blue Act will enact new laws that offer them much-needed support and will make criminals think twice before targeting them,” Tillis said. “Additionally, the Back the Blue Act takes a critically important step toward building and strengthening relationships between law enforcement and the communities in which they serve.”

Some provisions of the bill introduced by Tillis, Cruz and Cornyn include:

• Creating a new federal crime for killing, attempting to kill or conspiring to kill a federal law enforcement officer or federally-funded public safety officer. It would carry a mandatory minimum sentence of 30 years and the possibility of the death penalty.

• Creating a new federal crime for interstate flight to avoid prosecution for killing, attempting to kill, or conspiring to kill a federal judge, federal law enforcement officer or federally funded public safety office. The crime would carry a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years.

• Allowing law enforcement officers to carry firearms into federal facilities where possession is otherwise prohibited. Some regulation would apply.

• Clarifying that the murder or attempted murder of a law enforcement officer or first responder is an aggravating factor when the federal death penalty is being considered.

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