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The current legislative session has been hailed in most quarters as a success, yet much remains to be done
Even though N.C. legislators left Raleigh on July 1, much earlier than in recent memory, the General Assembly had enough time to enact positive policy reforms
The federal government has just released another set of economic statistics - and they again show North Carolina has one of the fastest-growing economies in the United States
In spite of persistent, sustained efforts by grassroots Constitutional conservatives, a kangaroo court style proceeding removed Hasan Harnett as Chairman of the NC Republican Party on Saturday, April 30.
Politicians never cease to amaze me. A few sessions back, I was treated to a barrage of b*tching from various Republican legislators about Skip Stam and Thom Tillis.
The NC General Assembly was in session until 1:30 am hammering out Amendments to the budget, and it was passed 93-23, with 11 Republicans and 12 Democrats voting against and sent to the Senate.
Although I agree that other parts of the House budget are problematic, their K-12 education budget includes additional funding for a number of promising initiatives and research-based programs. Clearly, the Republican leadership recognizes that boosting student performance requires targeted...
Late last week, the NC House began to release some of the details of its budget in sub-committees. Shortly after lunch on Monday the House released its full budget plan to the public. The bill, House Bill 97, will be voted on in a full appropriations committee meeting today and then sent to the...
Last week the NC House voted unanimously to approve a bill (HB 183) that would repeal in its entirety a contentious piece of legislation known as the Map Act. As I explained in a previous newsletter, when the General Assembly passed the Map Act in 1987 its declared purpose was...
House speaker Tim Moore and the rest of the GOP leadership in Raleigh are crowing about how much better off we'll be now that they've approved an increase in the gas tax and the disbursement of even more corporate welfare.
Leaders have been telling us for more than a decade. We want the rest of the story, specifically how are we going to pay for them.
Our sources in the lower chamber on Jones Street tell us that the vote on the gas tax hike / "revenue stabilization" nonsense that passed the GOP-dominated Senate with flying colors will face much more drama in the House.
Steve Logan, former East Carolina University head football coach, recently remarked that things don't usually turn out well for head coaches. The same is often true for anyone who serves "at the pleasure" of someone or some group. UNC President Tom Ross is the latest example.
The National Rifle Association (NRA) recently announced their endorsement of supporting my re-election campaign to the North Carolina State Senate for District 1.
Senator Bill Cook (R-District 1) released the following statement after being declared the winner in this year's midterm election.
We heard this term bantered about when former state Rep. Richard Morgan and a handful of friends cut a deal with Jim Black and the Democrats to snatch a state House majority from the GOP.
On Friday morning September 5th US Congressman Walter Jones released through his chief of staff a resounding endorsement for Mattie Lawson for NC House of Representatives for District 6.
Exhausted legislators finally saw the closing gavel and heard the fat lady sing the "sine die," followed quickly by the Hallelujah chorus striking up the perennial tune, "There has to be a better way to run a state."
North Carolina state government is spending more money per person this budget year than ever before. A new John Locke Foundation Spotlight report documents that fact, which gets lost in ongoing debates about state budget "cuts."
In one of its last actions for the 2014 legislative session, the House defeated a Senate proposal to restructure county sales taxes, with a number of House members voicing concerns and voting against the economic development components included in H1224
Every once in a while we're blessed with a lone voice of common sense, out in the wilderness, trying to inject some common sense into the nonsense that is the Raleigh political circus.
They call this time of year the "dog days" of summer, long days filled with heat and humidity. When our legislature is still in session lawmakers get dog-tired, resulting in a lot of barking due to short tempers.
I have numerous pieces of legislation, including the state budget, on my radar, but here are a few key ones.
North Carolina's Civitas Institute does our state's preeminent rating of the legislature, analyzing the key bills and then looking at the voting records of each legislator on those bills as to whether they are liberal or conservative.
Republicans took over in Raleigh promising to change the culture -- No More Business As Usual. Now we have our Republican governor defending a pat worriedquestionable practice by claiming he's only doing the same thing Bev Perdue did.
It was late in the game. The House was at bat to take its cut at the state budget. The State Senate team had thrown them a wicked curveball. Did the House have the skill and the moxie to respond in this modern-day "Casey-at-the-bat" scenario?
Last year, the General Assembly passed a comprehensive law to require a photo ID at the polls and to reform North Carolina's outdated election code, which hadn't been changed in decades.
On April 14th Grass Roots North Carolina (GRNC) released recommendations by its political action committee, GRNC-PVF (Political Victory Fund), for NC candidates running in 2014 based on their voting record and responses to a questionnaire.
The meeting will allow Sen. Cook to hear from his constituents on the recent implementation of Common Core Standards in the N.C. Public School System.
Mattie Lawson, a candidate running for NC House in District 6, has won the endorsement of the Republican Liberty Caucus of North Carolina.
We've done some extensive reporting on the speaker's activities on Jones Street. Greg Brannon one of speaker Thom's opponents in the US Senate primary campaign has raised ethical questions about the state House's top man.
Elections can be viewed at many different angles, from analyzing voter turnout to interpreting vote totals.
The NC House speaker's fan club is beside itself over the Tillis for Senate campaign's $1 million ad buy.
Thom Tillis and Harold Brubaker have quite a special political bond. They are the only two Republican speakers of the North Carolina House since Reconstruction.
Following a narrow defeat in her run for NC House Representatives for District 6 in 2012, long-time Republican and Dare County resident Mattie Lawson has maintained an active role in local issues of concern to Eastern North Carolina citizens.
A long-time Republican, Mattie Lawson has just announced she will file to run for NC House District 6 to strengthen the conservative base in the NC General Assembly.
The Civitas Partisan Index has been updated to show the political balance of power in North Carolina as revealed in the 2012 elections.
On Thursday night at the Beaufort County Republican Club, former US Paratrooper Jeremy D. Adams announced his intention to seek the Republican nomination for North Carolina House of Representatives District 6 which includes Dare, Hyde, Washington and the majority part of Beaufort County.
State Representative Michael Speciale has announced that he will run for re-election to the North Carolina House of Representatives for District 3.
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