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We've heard some tough talk. Everyone is beating their chest getting ready for the upcoming elections.
Politicians never cease to amaze me. A few sessions back, I was treated to a barrage of b*tching from various Republican legislators about Skip Stam and Thom Tillis.
Few are surprised our legislature came up to the deadline to pass a new state budget and was forced to pass a continuing resolution. It's a regular occurrence.
Leaders have been telling us for more than a decade. We want the rest of the story, specifically how are we going to pay for them.
Steve Logan, former East Carolina University head football coach, recently remarked that things don't usually turn out well for head coaches. The same is often true for anyone who serves "at the pleasure" of someone or some group. UNC President Tom Ross is the latest example.
Our sources in the lower chamber on Jones Street tell us that the vote on the gas tax hike / "revenue stabilization" nonsense that passed the GOP-dominated Senate with flying colors will face much more drama in the House.
We're seeing a lot of chest-thumping from a lot of folks talking about what a player he or she thinks she is on Jones Street. But we're finding that a surprising number of legislators are having a challenging time making it to the floor TO VOTE.
A Lincoln County Republican legislator has introduced legislation allowing local politicians a little more leeway to raise taxes.
Just like Jason Voorhees. You kill off B-corps in the General Assembly, and they rise from the dead.
I've got a newfound sense of respect for John Bell. We took it to him TWICE yesterday. Instead of ducking and running, or just badmouthing us in private, the Goldsboro Republican (and third-ranking House member) decided to go head-to-head with The Daily Haymaker.
Well, the GOP has officially surrendered their advantage in the area of taxes. After so many decades montyhallas the low / anti-tax party, the GOP majority on Jones Street pushed through increases in the state gasoline tax.
AFP-NC's Donald Bryson has labeled the House's action on the budget as "reverse Robin Hood."-
Big-time GOP donor and conservative activist Bob Luddy generated a few tremors this week with THIS EMAIL.
The Left has had a field day blaming a whole lot of terrible things on the fact that Confederate flag imagery even exists.
Last week the NC House voted unanimously to approve a bill (HB 183) that would repeal in its entirety a contentious piece of legislation known as the Map Act. As I explained in a previous newsletter, when the General Assembly passed the Map Act in 1987 its declared purpose was...
Although I agree that other parts of the House budget are problematic, their K-12 education budget includes additional funding for a number of promising initiatives and research-based programs. Clearly, the Republican leadership recognizes that boosting student performance requires targeted...
Late last week, the NC House began to release some of the details of its budget in sub-committees. Shortly after lunch on Monday the House released its full budget plan to the public. The bill, House Bill 97, will be voted on in a full appropriations committee meeting today and then sent to the...
I got a call yesterday from someone - very familiar with the inner workings of the state House Republican Caucus - who had just read my item on Democrat Paul Tine's departure from the Democrat Caucus.
House speaker Tim Moore and the rest of the GOP leadership in Raleigh are crowing about how much better off we'll be now that they've approved an increase in the gas tax and the disbursement of even more corporate welfare.
Today I am announcing that I am changing my party affiliation to Unaffiliated. This has been a difficult decision as I have been a Democrat since I first registered to vote.
Senator Bill Cook (R-District 1) released the following statement after being declared the winner in this year's midterm election.
The NC General Assembly was shut down for about two weeks due to snow and other bad weather. The Bill submission deadline was not extended due to the weather, so we are jumping through hoops now to get our Bills into Bill Drafting before the submission deadline on March 18th.
The NC General Assembly was in session until 1:30 am hammering out Amendments to the budget, and it was passed 93-23, with 11 Republicans and 12 Democrats voting against and sent to the Senate.
The NC General Assembly was shut down for about two weeks due to snow and other bad weather. The Bill submission deadline was not extended due to the weather, so we are jumping through hoops now to get our Bills into Bill Drafting before the submission deadline on March 18th.
The NC General Assembly was in session until 1:30 am hammering out Amendments to the budget, and it was passed 93-23, with 11 Republicans and 12 Democrats voting against and sent to the Senate.
Our sources in the lower chamber on Jones Street tell us that the vote on the gas tax hike / "revenue stabilization" nonsense that passed the GOP-dominated Senate with flying colors will face much more drama in the House.
On Friday morning September 5th US Congressman Walter Jones released through his chief of staff a resounding endorsement for Mattie Lawson for NC House of Representatives for District 6.
Some internal docs at NCDOT are shedding some light on what happens to all of that money we shell out at the pump. For 2013-14, NCDOT got $4.4 BILLION in funding.
In one of its last actions for the 2014 legislative session, the House defeated a Senate proposal to restructure county sales taxes, with a number of House members voicing concerns and voting against the economic development components included in H1224
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