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LESSONS HE TAUGHT

The long shadow of the late Keith Crisco reminded the legislative community in the North Carolina General Assembly that civility still works. His unexpected death Monday affected people of both political camps that kindness, tolerance, and humor gets results. A … 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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CROSSOVER WEEK

This Thursday is the deadline for bills to live or die. To survive, a bill must have passed at least one chamber to be considered by the other. In other words, a bill must have been approved by either the … Continue reading

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GOOD START

The N.C. Senate has started the budget process and thanks to Senator Jerry Tillman (R-Randolph) appropriations for the Manufacturing Solutions Center and the Textile Technology Center are intact. Sen. Tillman also is promoting our requests for additional funds to implement … 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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AWAY WE GO

Next Wednesday, the House and Senate members for the 2013-14 General Assembly will gather in Raleigh to take the oaths of office. The next two weeks will be dominated by ceremonies with the inauguration of Gov. Pat McCrory and on … Continue reading

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HELLO…ANYONE THERE?

It’s early summer, but the campaigns are matching the record heat of the weather. Poll results are reported weekly and they vary widely. One recently had former Charlotte Mayor Pat McCrory defeating Lt. Gov. Walter Dalton by 12 percentage points. … 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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