The 9/11 terror attacks in 2001 were the deadliest ever to occur on American soil. The plane hijackings that struck the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and a Pennsylvania field killed nearly 3,000 people including 400 heroic first responders who fought to save lives.
The attacks dramatically changed the United States, ushering in an unprecedented level of security measures at home and started the War on Terror. But it also brought the nation together, unified in our grief and our resolve to treasure our freedom.
Although we cannot formally come together this year to remember, we will never forget those who lost their lives on that terrible day and those who have given their lives in the aftermath. ... See MoreSee Less
NC Chamber Names Rep. Ray Russell a 2019-2020 "Jobs Champion"
Ray Russell’s Strong Pro-Jobs Voting Record Recognized in State Chamber Report
The NC Chamber this week named NC Rep. Ray Russell a 2019-2020 Jobs Champion in its annual "How They Voted" report. "How They Voted" details state legislators’ voting records on bills identified as critical to preserving and enhancing North Carolina’s position in the national race for jobs. Rep. Russell was recognized as a "Jobs Champion" (the highest rating) for voting with the Chamber’s Jobs Agenda over 80 percent of the time during the 2019-2020 legislative biennium.
“In a COVID-19 world, supporting policies that promote healthy job growth is vital to our ability to relaunch economically and remain competitive with other states,” said Rep. Russell. “I am proud to be a 'Jobs Champion' for North Carolina and my district.”
NC Chamber President and CEO Gary Salamido had praise for Rep. Russell... “Following a strong, pro-jobs long session in 2019, legislators in 2020 showed an unprecedented level of bipartisanship in supporting our state’s response to COVID-19. We are grateful for Rep. Russell’s leadership in helping North Carolina navigate the unique challenges of the pandemic and put us squarely on a path to relaunching our state’s economy. We look forward to continuing to work with him to help chart a new course for our state.”
About the NC Chamber The NC Chamber works to research, develop, advocate, and communicate for solutions and policies that produce a nationally competitive business climate in North Carolina. For more information, visit ncchamber.com. ... See MoreSee Less
Ray Russell is passionate about democracy, decency, and transparency.
Ray Russell is an advocate for fair, non-partisan redistricting. Politicians have been choosing their voters for too long, gerrymandering up North Carolina into districts so that the majority can be outvoted by a minority of voters. He co-sponsored four bills on this subject, but the Republican leadership never gave any of them a chance to be heard on the Floor of the NC House.
Ray Russell wrote the NC Sunshine Act. The People’s Official Business should be conducted in daylight, not in back rooms where a handful of party bosses dictate what becomes law in NC. “Daylight is the best antiseptic.” North Carolina needs that antiseptic more than ever after many Raleigh Republican power-brokers have been convicted of fraud, corruption, misuse of campaign funds, and bribery during the past year.
For two years, Ray Russell has been a champion for Ashe and Watauga County citizens. He has helped countless constituents cut through bureaucratic red tape, get access to state services, advocated for fairness, and sought resources for local agencies and nonprofits.
Ray Russell is a communicator. He never “ran from tough votes”; Ray explained every controversial vote, often directly from the Floor of the House, through newsletters, emails, press releases, and social media. No one has conducted more Town Hall Meetings or worked harder to communicate with voters.
The simple story is that Ray Russell is a truth-teller. And he holds his colleagues to that same high standard. That level of honesty and integrity is what Ashe and Watauga County, North Carolina, and our country need from elected officials during difficult times with trust in short supply. ... See MoreSee Less
Ray has introduced several bills relating to the enviornment. He was primary sponsor on several bills that take steps to combat pollution. HB 1110, PFAS Studies, would “direct various agencies to study matters associated with PFAS contamination.” PFAS are “per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances,” or C8. They include a group of man-made chemicals that includes PFOA, PFOS, GenX, and several others. This bill would study PFAS contamination in the Cape Fear River. House Bill 566, or Polluter Pays, would require large polluters to pay an extra tax to help pay for management the contaminants. HB 632, called Hydraulic Fracturing/Statewide Ban, would ban hydraulic fracking in North Carolina. These bills are important pieces of legislation in the fight to address Climate Change. ... See MoreSee Less
Here is a visible satellite image valid at 2pm PDT showing the vast extent of the wildfire smoke. The area in the orange contour is smoke in the mid-upper levels of the atmosphere that has reached as far east as Michigan! The red contour is the dense smoke near the West Coast.
The @NCChamber released their list of “Jobs Champions.”
Several NC Democratic legislators running in competitive races earned this distinction: @BrewerforNC, @JoeSamQueenNC, @GoNCRichardson, @RayRussellforNC, @BrianTurnerNC, @Harper4NC, @ElectSamSearcy, and @MichaelKGarrett.
My resolve has not waivered. One year ago, on a day reserved for national unity and solidarity..here in NC a plot was laid and executed. History will judge those who cared more for power than integrity. And I will forever #refusetoyield https://twitter.com/demwrite/status/1171997073526251520