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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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STAGE IS SET

We are one week from opening day of the General Assembly. When legislators convene, work is on the immediate horizon. The ceremonial celebration was held two weeks ago. Bills will flow immediately and committees will be meeting within the first … Continue reading

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POLITICS AND THE BUDGET

This week the N.C. House of Representatives approved a $20.5 billion budget for 2012 – 13. The budget is slightly more than that for the current year, but better than expected revenues enabled the lawmakers to pass on the governor’s … Continue reading

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ROUND ONE FOR ELECTIONS

It was “pay back” for some legislators during the recent primaries. Democrat Rep. Jim Crawford, a 14-terms veteran, was defeated by Rep. Winkie Wilkins with whom he was double-bunked during the recent redistricting. Crawford was one of five Democrats who … Continue reading

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REGULATORY RELIEF

Where does it begin? With the president? With congress or legislators? With the governor? Answer: most likely with bureaucrats. And that’s the hard and discouraging truth. Individual members of congress have been heard to lament that bureaucrats in regulatory agencies … Continue reading

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SHAKE UP AND SHAKE OUT

The likelihood of massive turnover in the North Carolina General Assembly is confirmed with recent announcements. Rep. Bill Owens, a powerful from, is calling it quits and recently Rep. of nearby, has said “no more.” Both were among the Democrats … Continue reading

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