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DOWN TO THE WIRE … AND UNCERTAINTY

Legislative leaders have announced committees will be shut down this week as the race for adjournment intensifies. Abortion bills and local enabling acts for cities and counties topped the agenda for the few committee meetings. And while the representatives and … 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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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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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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POLLS VS. PEOPLE

Polls indicate the presidential race in North Carolina will be close…very close. Some polls give President Obama a two percentage points lead. Others indicated Mitt Romney will carry the state. Polls also are predicting a GOP sweep in all three … Continue reading

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HEALTHY DEBATE?

The selection of Rep. Paul Ryan as the GOP candidate for vice president was supposed to have signaled a healthy dialogue in the presidential candidate. A legitimate debate over the role federal government should play in restoring the health of … Continue reading

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ARE WE BUSINESS-FRIENDLY?

North Carolina consistently over the past two decades has been cited as a top state in which to do business. This month CNBC ranked us fourth (Texas with no income tax is first). Site Selection magazine has us second. But … 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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