N.C. House Speaker Tim Moore (R-Cleveland) paid a visit Thursday morning at the Marion Depot, where he met with local Republican Party leaders, elected officials and members of the public.

A native of Kings Mountain, Moore has been the speaker of the N.C. House of Representatives since 2015. He represents the 111th N.C. House District and he was first elected to the House in 2002. Thursday morning, Moore talked about such topics as the controversy over redistricting in North Carolina.

“The rules keep getting changed on us because of decisions made in the courts,” he said. “Every time we had to redraw the lines, we followed the rules.”

He also urged fellow Republicans to raise funds to counteract the big money that is going to support Democratic candidates. “(Democrats) want to see the Republicans in the minority in the N.C. Senate and the N.C. House,” he said. “It’s important we get out and fund raise.”

He warned about national figures such as former President Obama and billionaire Michael Bloomberg putting big money into state races. Moore also talked about how the state General Assembly passed a 3.9% pay raise for teachers but Gov. Roy Cooper vetoed the budget over the expansion of Medicaid.

“(Cooper) wants to expand Medicaid basically to anyone who wants it,” he said.

Later Thursday morning, Moore joined business leaders from four counties (McDowell, Mitchell, Avery and Yancey) for an economic roundtable discussion in Spruce Pine.

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