Senator Burr

North Carolina State Legislature
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The chair of the North Carolina Republican Party has been arrested on bribery and conspiracy charges. Robin Hayes, along with political donor Greg Lindberg and two others were indicted as part of an ongoing investigation into their alleged effort to influence the state insurance commissioner.

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Lawmakers returned to Capitol Hill last week for a short session before the November election. Their priorities include passing a spending bill to avert another government shutdown and coming up with a funding plan to fight the Zika virus. The pressure is on to adjourn the session quickly to allow embattled incumbents, like North Carolina’s Sen. Richard Burr, time to campaign in their home states.