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Advocates wary of scant budget details

| July 29, 2014 | 1 Comment
Advocates wary of scant budget details

by Laura Leslie, WRAL, July 28, 2014. As lawmakers work out details of the $21 billion budget deal struck this weekend, advocates for groups at the center of the stalemate are voicing skepticism about the information revealed so far. House and Senate leaders announced via Twitter Saturday night that they had agreed on a “framework” that would […]

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Hagan sidesteps Democratic Party turmoil

| July 23, 2014 | 0 Comments
Hagan sidesteps Democratic Party turmoil

by Derek Willis, The Upshot, New York Times, July 22, 2014. Having lost its grip on political power in North Carolina, the state’s Democratic Party has the chance to prove its mettle by helping Kay Hagan retain the Senate seat she won in 2008. But internal party disputes have prompted Ms. Hagan to set up an alternative […]

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Rift in Raleigh stalling budget

| July 21, 2014 | 0 Comments
Rift in Raleigh stalling budget

by Jim Morrill, Charlotte Observer, July 20, 2014. The feud has been a running subtext to North Carolina’s legislative session, with threats and perceived insults occasionally flaring into headlines. Now some say it may be contributing to the state’s budget impasse. Tension between Republican Gov. Pat McCrory and GOP Senate leaders, particularly President Pro Tem […]

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Washington Post profiles Art Pope

| July 21, 2014 | 0 Comments
Washington Post profiles Art Pope

by Mates Gold, Washington Post, July 19, 2014. Art Pope is one of the most generous donors to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, having lavished millions on his alma mater. The retail magnate is also one of the university’s staunchest critics — so much so that he has directed millions into creating […]

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Tillis, House leaders outline budget differences with Senate

| July 12, 2014 | 0 Comments
Tillis, House leaders outline budget differences with Senate

by Mark Binker, WRAL, July 11, 2014. After a week that featured a veto threat from the governor, the distribution of lumps of coal and the spectacle of Senate budget negotiators walking out on their House colleagues, it maybe should not have come as a surprise that House leaders canceled their open budget negotiating session scheduled for Friday morning. After all, […]

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McCrory threatens to veto Senate budget

| July 11, 2014 | 0 Comments
McCrory threatens to veto Senate budget

by Lynn Bonner, Charlotte Observer, July 10, 2014. The state Senate on Thursday produced a new budget offer that Gov. Pat McCrory threatened to veto because the proposal includes the 11 percent teacher raises that he and House Republicans say will come at the cost of too many other state responsibilities. The House issued another […]

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Senate drops tenure from teacher raise proposal

| July 9, 2014 | 0 Comments
Senate drops tenure from teacher raise proposal

by Lynn Bonner, News and Observer, July 8, 2014. Senate Republicans are willing to drop the requirement that teachers give up tenure to get 11 percent raises this year, a major concession in budget negotiations for a chamber that’s been trying for several years to erase the job protection. Sen. Harry Brown, a lead budget […]

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Outside spending, ‘dark’ money fuel NC Senate race

| July 5, 2014 | 1 Comment
Outside spending, ‘dark’ money fuel NC Senate race

by Jim Morrill, Charlotte Observer, July 4, 2014. Almost no Senate race in the nation has reported more outside spending than North Carolina – and that’s just the tip of a financial iceberg. Unreported “dark money” has poured into the race on both sides, more than doubling the amount reported to the Federal Election Commission. […]

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Lawmakers move closer to compromise on state budget

| July 3, 2014 | 0 Comments
Lawmakers move closer to compromise on state budget

by Jim Morrill and John Frank, Charlotte Observer, July 2, 2014. House and Senate negotiators began to break their budget logjam Wednesday, clearing the way for negotiations on teacher pay and lottery money – and possible adjournment. “Today was a good day,” said Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger. Negotiators met in a rare public […]

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Spaulding accuses Democratic Party chair of dismissing him

| June 28, 2014 | 0 Comments
Spaulding accuses Democratic Party chair of dismissing him

by Winston-Salem Chronicle, June 26, 2014. Ken Spaulding, a former member of the N.C. House of Representative, and others are upset about N.C. Democratic Party Chairman Randy Voller’s seeming coronation of Attorney General Roy Cooper as the next governor of North Carolina. Spaulding, a Democrat who announced his plans to run for governor in 2016 […]

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