Moore County Republicans have scored Fox News contributor Tucker Carlson as keynote speaker for their Saturday, Sept. 25, fundraiser.

Invitations indicate that the cost is $100 per person. The event will be staged at the Pinehurst Country Club Member's Club and will begin at 6 p.m.

In addition to entertainment, the fifth annual Red, White and Blue Gala will feature a silent auction from 6 until 9 p.m. The reservation deadline is Sept. 17.

Carlson is co-founder and editor-in-chief of The Daily Caller and a senior fellow of the Cato Institute. He is a former co-host of CNN's "Crossfire" and MSNBC's "Tucker."

BIPARTISAN - Republicans and Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives have finally found a basis for agreement. The House on Wednesday gave unanimous approval to the "buy American" Berry Amendment.

The bill was sponsored by Congressman Larry Kissell, the 8th District Democrat. Congressman Howard Coble, the 6th District Republican, spoke in favor of the measure on the House floor Wednesday.

The Berry Amendment applies to existing legislation requiring the U.S. Department of Defense to buy American products -considered essential for -military readiness. The amendment extends the law to purchases by the Department of Homeland Security.

COBLE - In his remarks on the House floor, Coble said the amendment ensures a reliable domestic source for vital goods in wartime and that troops are equipped with the highest available essential materials.

"Economically, this requirement makes a lot of sense," Coble said. "Certainly the Berry Amendment is responsible for approximately 70,000 jobs, half of which are in the domestic textile industry. Conservative estimates from textile industry associations indicate another 21,000 jobs could be created by extending the Berry Amendment to the Department of Homeland Security."

The bill, H.R. 3116, is now before the Senate. It has the support of President Obama.

FISHERY - Agreement also came with legislation transferring the McKinney Lake Fish Hatchery from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to the state of North Carolina. The legislation was jointly introduced Tuesday by Sens. Richard Burr, a Republican, and Kay Hagan, a Democrat, and by 8th District Democrat Larry Kissell.

The bill bears no cost and has support from both the federal wildlife agency and the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission.

"My family and I love fishing in North Carolina's lakes, and this legislation will preserve fishing programs enjoyed by all North Carolinians across our great state," said Hagan. "The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has always effectively managed this hatchery, and it only makes sense that this important resource be transferred to the state."

Burr said, "The McKinney Lake National Fish Hatchery is an example of the abundant resources and research opportunities that North Carolina enjoys, and I'm pleased that our state will benefit from it for -generations to come."

Said Kissell, "It only makes sense that this incredible resource be transferred to the ownership of our state. It's important that we continue to reap the economic benefits of a healthy recreational fishing industry."

The hatchery, located between Southern Pines and Rockingham, is a warm-water hatchery used primarily for growing channel catfish for the state commission's Community Fishing Program.

ETHICS - The special meeting Thursday morning of the Moore County Board of Commissioners did not include ethics training, as previously announced.

Instead, the agenda -included an update by County Attorney Misty Leland on the state ethics legislation. The commissioners have already undergone the state-mandated ethics training, according to Laura M. Williams, clerk to the board.

Also on the agenda was follow-up action on a financial matter affecting the East Moore Water District.

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