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State Sen. Ronald Rabin said he was fairly satisfied with most of the work at the recent short session of the N.C. General Assembly, but something that didn’t happen still sticks in his craw.

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Records provided by the State Board of Elections & Ethics Enforcement indicate the first-quarter finance reports of Rep. John Sauls' campaign for re-election were received by the office May 17, and not May 1, as Sauls' camp has claimed.

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A copy of an email chain sent to The Herald by the campaign treasurer of Rep. John Sauls to show proof Sauls’ team sent in campaign finance reports to the N.C. State Board of Elections on time displays a timeline discrepancy.

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A push has started in the last few days to add Sanford to a local bill in the N.C. General Assembly that would allow voters to weigh in on a quarter-cent sales tax within city limits.

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The Republican leadership of the N.C. General Assembly released plans Monday evening to adjust the two-year state budget first introduced last year, including raises for teachers and state employees, as well as investments in school security and the state’s rainy day fund.

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State Rep. John Sauls said Friday he secured funding from the state budget to help a Sanford homelessness initiative.

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Gov. Roy Cooper unveiled his 2018-2019 fiscal year budget proposal Thursday afternoon, but the ink was still drying when it was rejected by legislative leadership.