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Butterfield going on Rachel Maddow to talk about voting bill

Congressman G.K. Butterfield, a Democrat, will be interviewed o MSNBC's The Rachel Maddow Show Thursday evening on North Carolina's new voting law. The show airs at 9 p.m.

The Maddow Show has been highlighting the new North Carolina law signed by Gov. Pat McCrory last week, as well as decisions made by local county elections boards in Watauga and Pasquotank Counties that could effect students at Appalachian State University and Elizabeth State University.

Butterfield has asked the U.S. Justice Department to investigate whether the new law violates the federal Voting Rights Act.

Butterfield asks Holder to challenge NC election law

Rep. G.K. Butterfield reacted to the news that Gov. Pat McCrory had signed a bill changing North Carolina's election laws by sending a letter to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder asking him to use all available options to challenge the law.

In a statement the Democrat from Wilson said "With one stroke of his pen, McCrory has effectively reversed 30 years of progress and reinstated practices similar to the discriminatory ‘Southern strategy’ adopted by the Republican party in the 60s and 70s. Without question, today is a shameful day for Republicans in North Carolina.”

Butterfield opens Durham office

Rep. G.K. Butterfield will officially open his Durham office on Tuesday at an open house that will begin at 5:30 p.m.

Durham was added to the Wilson Democrat's district as a result of redistricting. The new office is located in the North Carolina Mutual Building at 411 West Chapel Hill Street, Suite 905.

He has hired Annette Taylor to lead the Durham office as director of community engagement. Butterfield also has offices in Wilson, and Weldon.

Butterfield to participate in Moral Monday protest

Democratic Congressman G. K. Butterfield of Wilson will join the Moral Monday protests at the Legislative Building to voice his opposition of the GOP-led legislature.

Butterfield, a former N.C. Supreme Court Justice, said “I've been deeply troubled by the severe and unilateral cuts being made by the Republican-led legislature in North Carolina. The cuts to health care, education and unemployment to name a few, disproportionately target low-income people, many of whom I represent in the U.S House of Representatives.''

He noted that he will be joined by many religious leaders on Monday including several Durham pastors such as the Rev. Jimmie Hawkins of Covenant Presbyterian Church and Re. William Turner of Duke University School of Divinity, and the Rev. Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove of St. John's Missionary Baptist Church.

Butterfield noted that he participated in the March on Washington in 1963.

“I have seen firsthand how peaceful, civil demonstrations can affect change,'' he said.

Price, Butterfield to host workshop for small businesses

Congressmen David Price and G.K. Butterfield will join with representatives of several government agencies to host a “marketplace'' workshop to help small businesses identify contracting opportunities with federal, state and local governments.

The day-long workshop will begin at 8 am on Wednesday May 29th at the Sheraton Imperial Hotel and Convention Center in Durham.

The woes of the campaign trail: Bermuda and the golf course

Congressman G. K. Butterfield will be holding a political fund raiser along the coast – well, actually, way off the coast, in Bermuda.

Butterfield, the Wilson Democrat, plans a fund raiser for Friday through Sunday at the Fairmount Southampton in Bermuda. Cost is $2,500.

Back at the USA, Sen. Richard Burr, a Republican from Winston-Salem, held a fund raiser Monday at the Robert Trent Jones Golf Club at Gainesville Virginia for his Next Century Fund political committee. The cost for the outing ranged from $1,000 to $2,500.

Hat tip: The Sunlight Foundation.

DOT Secretary LaHood in Goldsboro on Tuesday

U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood will be in Goldsboro Tuesday to tour the Gateway Transfer Center, Goldsboro Union Station, and the Streetscape Project.

He will accompany Congressman G. K. Butterfield of Wilson who is touring the district next week.

Butterfield will be in Wilson Monday, Goldsboro Tuesday, Washington on Wednesday, Roanoke Rapids and Tillery on Thursday and Rocky Mount on Friday.

Hagan ranks in Senate's ideological middle; Ellmers among most conservative

U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan ranks in the ideological middle, according to the latest rankings from the National Journal. The Democrat, who faces re-election in 2014, ranks the 48th most liberal of the 100 senators, or 52 most conservative, depending on how you look at it.

Her Republican counterpart U.S. Sen. Richard Burr is the 23rd most conservative member in the chamber, the nonpartisan national political magazine found. National Journal ranked the lawmakers on 116 votes that showed differences in ideological viewpoint in the 112th Congress.

Among Democrats in the House, Congressman David Price is the most liberal at No. 32, followed by Mel Watt (45), former U.S. Rep. Brad Miller (83), G.K. Butterfield (121). On the Republican side, former U.S. Rep. Sue Myrick was the 32nd most conservative, followed by Reps. Renee Ellmers (43), Virginia Foxx (55), Patrick McHenry (62), Howard Coble (153) and Walter Jones (242).

Butterfield to use new post to defend Obamacare from GOP attacks

Congressman G.K. Butterfield of Wilson has been appointed to a seat on the influential House Energy and Committee Subcommittee on Health, where he says he wants to protect the Affordable Care Act.

The subcommittee will give him jurisdiction over such issues as Medicare, Medicaid, private health insurance, public health, hospital construction, health information technology, privacy, cyber security, medical malpractice and drug abuse.

“My chief responsibility as a new member of the Health Subcommittee is to protect and defend the Affordable Care Act against Republicans' flagrant efforts to dismantle it,” Butterfield said in a statement.

“I played a leading role in the development of this landmark law that has given millions of uninsured and underinsured Americans access to affordable healthcare,” he said.

Democrats chose replacement for Rep. Bryant

A replacement for state Rep. Angela Bryant was chosen Tuesday morning, according to the Rocky Mount Telegram. Bobbie Richardson, who is director exceptional children services for Vance County schools, was picked by a committee of Nash and Franklin county Democrats.

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