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Try something new? I'm all for it. But whether you are talking about changing your diet, changing your career, or changing your government's public policy, it's often a good idea to proceed in stages.
State Senator Bill Cook (R-District 1) voted today in support of the Senate version of the state budget, which cuts taxes, controls the growth of government spending, bolsters the state's savings, and dramatically increases teacher pay.
The following quote may be attributed to Alliance Defending Freedom Legal Counsel Kellie Fiedorek regarding North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory's lawsuit filed Monday against the U.S. Department of Justice concerning the state's student privacy law, known as HB2.
The North Carolina Department of Commerce's N.C. Competes for Jobs tour will bring senior Commerce officials to regions across the state for a series of economic development sessions.
In late February, the Charlotte city council passed a so-called antidiscrimination law, scheduled to go into effect on April 1, aimed at protecting what, in their view, are the rights of those in the gay, lesbian, and transgender community.
The following quote may be attributed to Alliance Defending Freedom Legal Counsel Kellie Fiedorek regarding the North Carolina General Assembly's bipartisan passage of the Public Facilities and Security Act, which invalidates a city of Charlotte ordinance
North Carolina has long faced challenges with aging infrastructure - and with a rapidly growing population, our state's needs are also rapidly growing.
We hear a lot of lip service from Republicans in Raleigh about the beauty of the free market.
A settlement agreement has been finalized today, Monday, June 15, 2015, which will allow the North Carolina Department of Transportation to replace the aging Herbert C. Bonner Bridge over the Oregon Inlet with a new parallel bridge.
Yesterday, legislation urging all coastal community colleges to offer courses on commercial fishing and aquaculture was signed into law.
The office of Senator Bill Cook (R-District 1) released on Monday, June 08, 2015, a letter that he along with twenty two other State Senators signed pleading for assistance from the North Carolina Congressional Delegation with stabilizing Oregon Inlet.
It was an honor and a privilege last week to welcome members of our armed forces - including men and women from North Carolina's National Guard - to the General Assembly as a part of our Military Appreciation Day.
A little more than two years ago, North Carolina had an albatross strangling our economy.
Senate Bill 374 (Modify For-Hire License Logbook Requirement) a bill that I crafted passed unanimously in the Senate and the bill has been sent to the House. In this legislation, the for-hire coastal recreation fishing licenses are altered to a voluntary requirement.
As the state tax filing deadline passed this week, the vast majority of North Carolinians will keep more of their own tax dollars due to policy decisions made by the Republican General Assembly during the past two legislative bienniums.
Apparently, General Maximus has unleashed hell upon the powers-that-be within the North Carolina General Assembly.
Legislators are spinning us that a lot of road work needs to be done statewide, but there just isn't enough money out there to do it.
The "conservative revolution" in Raleigh is telling us the state is so cash-poor that it can't afford some vital road repairs and construction.
Extraterritorial jurisdictions have been a source of controversy for years. Muncipal leaders and their advocates LOVE them. They gain influence over territory and residents who can't even vote for them.
The writer of Ecclesiastes was correct. For everything there is a season and a time for every purpose under heaven.
I wasn't surprised that Tim Moore was tapped by his GOP House colleagues Saturday to be the next speaker of the North Carolina House.
A rightward shift. That's how two sources - who both had votes in today's leadership vote - described the final results to me.
There must be something in the water in the Triangle. Those folks keep finding the wussiest left-wing girlie-men possible - cloning them - and electing them to public office. Think Homer Simpson's neighbor Flanders.
Time was political candidates didn't spend all their money and energies telling us what a contemptuous scoundrel their opponent was.
Jobs remain the most important issue facing North Carolina. Our government does not create jobs; however, it creates the environment in which job creators flourish.
I presented Senate Bill - SB 788, to the Senate Finance Committee on Tuesday, July 15, 2014.
At this time, the budget is still under discussion at the North Carolina General Assembly. The Senate offered a compromise to the House of $171 million to be earmarked toward their top priorities of Medicaid and teacher assistants.
At the beginning of every legislative session it is good to take stock of where North Carolina is and where it is headed.
Just try to implement some kind of frugality in public education budgets. You'll get all kinds of teeth-gnashing, wailing and crying about starving tha lil' chil'ren.
Elections can be viewed at many different angles, from analyzing voter turnout to interpreting vote totals.
Representative Paul Tine announced his re-election bid for the North Carolina General Assembly today. Tine will run for re-election in House District 6, which covers Dare, Hyde, Washington, and parts of Beaufort County.
In September, craft brewers and beer distributors were knocking heads over state regulations some viewed as favoring the interests of large beer distributors over these small brewers.
Different families have different traditions. Some go caroling. Some go on trips. Hoods would rather buy Park Place, conquer Middle Earth, or wipe out zombie infestations
Called by the North Carolina General Assembly in 1789, the Fayetteville Convention was the second meeting to consider ratification of the Federal Constitution in North Carolina.
enate President Pro Tempore Phil Berger (R-Rockingham) and House Speaker Thom Tillis (R-Mecklenburg) issued the following joint statement Monday in response to a handful of representatives from liberal special interest groups calling for an expansion of Medicaid.
Absurd headlines are springing up in newspapers all across North Carolina stating: "Tax Credit Costs $336 Million in State Revenue."
As the debate rages over photo voter ID, it is fascinating to listen to the arguments against the proposed law. The opposition continues to repeat the same old lines used back in 2005 when Georgia passed a similar photo ID bill.
From taxes and spending to regulation, education, and transportation, the 2013 session of the North Carolina General Assembly proved historic in producing...
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