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Senate adds new tax cut to fiscal equation

| March 28, 2015 | 0 Comments

by Barry Smith, Carolina Journal, March 27, 2015. Senate leaders punctuated a week of tax policy talk by introducing a $1 billion tax cut of their own. Earlier in the week, Senate Majority Leader Harry Brown, R-Onslow, introduced a bill changing the way local sales tax revenues would be disbursed, a move favoring rural counties […]

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NC SPIN episode # 856 – Air Date 3/29/15

| March 27, 2015 | 0 Comments

Topics this week are: Eminent Domain, Different Means to Economic Development, #TellUsSomethingWeDontknow Joining Moderator Tom Campbell this week are Dan Blue, Political Consultant, Chris Fitzsimon, Director of NC Policy Watch, John Hood, President, The John Locke Foundation and Doug Raymond, Political Consultant.  

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Senators float tax cut idea

| March 27, 2015 | 0 Comments

by Mark Binker, WRAL, March 26, 2015. A trio of senior state senators rolled out a bill Thursday they said could save state taxpayers $1 billion annually, but it’s unclear how this measure fits with the flurry of tax bills making their way through the General Assembly. Sens. Bob Rucho, R-Mecklenburg, Bill Rabon, R-Brunswick, and […]

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House, Senate reach gas tax compromise

| March 27, 2015 | 0 Comments

by Mark Binker, WRAL, March 26, 2015. State House and Senate leaders have reached an agreement to revamp North Carolina’s gas tax that will cut what drivers pay at the pump starting April 1 while averting a much steeper decline that would have taken place this summer. The current gas tax is 37.5 cents per […]

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Dix deal in question

| March 27, 2015 | 0 Comments

by Colin Campbell, News and Observer published in The Insider, March 27, 2015. A bill filed late Thursday by three Republican senators would put the 308-acre Dorothea Dix property up for bid, likely revoking a deal reached between Raleigh leaders and Gov. Pat McCrory to create a park. Senate Bill 705 calls for ensuring “the […]

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After SPIN! – “How has the Legislature changed since you were first elected?”

| March 26, 2015 | 0 Comments

After SPIN! – “Question to Joe Mavretic – As a former House Speaker and longtime member of the legislature you have watched the transformations in our legislative process. We’d like to hear your views as to how things have changed and whether the people’s business is being done more openly and efficiently today than it […]

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After SPIN! – “Should DWI laws be tougher in NC?”

| March 26, 2015 | 1 Comment

After SPIN! – “Question to Peg O’Connell: Representative Darren Jackson wants to tighten up the DWI laws. Currently, someone previously convicted of DWI can have a .04 blood alcohol content. Jackson says if they have been convicted twice in the past 10 years they can’t have any alcohol in their system or be convicted of […]

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Proposed law would outlaw holding cellphone while driving

| March 26, 2015 | 3 Comments

by Bryan Mims, WRAL, March 25, 2015. A state lawmaker wants to close a loophole that makes it very difficult for law enforcement officers to enforce North Carolina’s ban on texting while driving. North Carolina is one of 40 states that have laws against texting while driving. Yet, people still send and read text messages behind […]

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After SPIN! – “Is Gov. McCrory not reporting more income a breach of ethics?”

| March 25, 2015 | 0 Comments

After SPIN! – “Question to Chris Fitzsimon: There was quite a stir about Governor McCrory not furnishing details about the income he received from Lending Tree and from his brother’s consulting business. Now his failure to report information about funding provided him to attend political meetings is being called into question. Supporters say this is […]

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After SPIN! – “Was NC Republican Chairman Claude Pope asked to step down?”

| March 25, 2015 | 0 Comments

After SPIN! – “Question to John Hood: North Carolina Republican Party chairman Claude Pope announced that he wouldn’t seek another two year term in office, saying he wanted to spend more time with his family and his business. One right-leaning blogger suggests that Pope stepped down because he was “shown the door.” What do you […]

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