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WELCOME 2014

The economy, while improving, promises to be the top issue for the elections. And the elections…there will be some surprises, with resignations and new candidates popping up. Continue reading

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December Legislative Report

HAPPIER NEW YEAR, THEY HOPE With the end of 2013 in sight, North Carolina government officials already are looking to 2014 for a fresh start. And that includes legislators, the governor and his cabinet, and the congressional delegation. The Republican-led … Continue reading

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SUMMERTIME … AND THE LIVING IS EASY(IER)

Committee meetings are shorter. Some bills are adopted with little or no discussion. With Republicans holding overwhelming majorities in both Chambers, Democratic voices are mostly muted. Continue reading

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END IN SIGHT?

The 2013-14 state budget is now in the hands of House and Senate conferees. This is almost the last step in the process, but this year it is complex and the negotiations may be brutal. The Senate version is far … Continue reading

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BRISK PACE

As the Legislature ends its third week in the 2013 session, major legislation is sailing through the House and Senate. Gov. Pat McCrory already has signed two major bills: (1) requiring public schools to create diplomas for graduating seniors to … Continue reading

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WHO SAID CONSERVATIVE MEANS DULL?

North Carolina’s Republican-dominated General Assembly is pushing full steam ahead with an agenda embraced by conservatives. But boring, it is not. Both the House and the Senate have pushed through bills that have major consequences for the business community. But … Continue reading

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NEW DAY FOR NC

For the first time since Reconstruction, Republicans hold control of all branches of government in North Carolina. Except for the presidential race which resulted in a narrow margin for Mitt Romney, the majorities for legislative candidates were decisive. Governor Pat … Continue reading

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WE HAVE … ER, HAD … A BUDGET

This morning Gov. Perdue announced she will veto the $20.4 billion budget adopted by the General Assembly. She has opposed cuts to public education and had asked leaders of the House and Senate to consider adding $200 million for classroom … Continue reading

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THEY’RE BAAACK

The House and Senate of the North Carolina Legislature return July 13 for another special session. The top priority is to approved new congressional and legislative districts for the next decade as mandated by the 2010 census. The process is … Continue reading

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YOUR TURN, MY TURN

When representatives of the Governor’s budget team presented her $19.2 million proposal, the General Assembly appropriations committees had their chance to weigh in. And they did. The presentations, of course, were civil. But the response of chairs was something like, … Continue reading

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