Representative Rick Catlin

Betsy Jordan / Rick Catlin

Republican Rick Catlin will return for a second term to the North Carolina House of Representatives.  Challenger Betsy Jordan lost District 20 to Catlin by a 24% margin. 

Representative Catlin says he received positive feedback regarding his first term while out on the campaign trail:

Betsy Jordan / Rick Catlin

In 2013, the North Carolina legislature eliminated medical expense deductions from the tax code.  The issue was the primary focus of a recent political debate held at a senior living community in Porters Neck.  The loss of the medical deductions was particularly contentious between the candidates for State House District 20, which covers the northern portion of New Hanover County.

Democrat Betsy Jordan challenged incumbent Rick Catlin for being part of the legislature that passed the 2013 budget:

At a Candidate Forum in WHQR’s M.C. Erny Gallery Monday night, a partnership of HQR News and WWAY Newschannel 3, Republican Incumbent Rick Catlin and Democratic Challenger Betsy Jordan told voters that they both value public education, the environment, and the film industry. 

Betsy Jordan / Rick Catlin

Betsy Jordan, who is Rick Catlin’s Democratic opponent for the North Carolina House of Representatives, has already identified her signature issue: film. WHQR’s Isabelle Shepherd reports.

District 20’s Republican incumbent, Rick Catlin, has voted to convert the film tax rebate to a grant program. But his challenger, Betsy Jordan, says this isn’t enough to keep North Carolina competitive in the film industry.

Dr. Robert Parr

The Coastal Policy Reform Act of 2013 has now passed both Chambers of the General Assembly and is headed to the Governor’s desk. 

Tonight the North Carolina House of Representatives will vote again on Senate Bill 10. The bill has made partisan waves and put House Republicans at odds with Senate Republicans. The bill eliminates several boards and commissions, and significantly cuts into term limits for current members. Board continuity is a major concern of both opponents and supporters.

The Cape Fear Economic Development Council opened their first conference of the year with the phrase: my 2013 New Year’s resolution is…

Six panelists plucked from diverse positions in the community explored the need for and the pathways to economic growth in the Greater Wilmington Area. 

And while they acknowledged the issues that keep them up at night, the words “collaboration” and “partnership” recurred as a common theme. 

Tax modernization:  it’s close to the top of the agenda for legislators when the General Assembly reconvenes in Raleigh at the end of January. 

On Thursday, local leaders from beach towns, the City of Wilmington, UNCW and Cape Fear Community College joined New Hanover County Commissioners and newly-elected state leaders for the first meeting of the local officials’ caucus.