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State budget talks making little progress

| July 30, 2015 | 0 Comments

by Laura Leslie and Mark Binker, WRAL, July 29, 2015 Nearly a month after the state budget expired, and with their extension deadline looming, House and Senate budget negotiators are talking to the public more than to each other. On Wednesday afternoon, the House budget committee held yet another public meeting to discuss the differences […]

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Clinton comes to Raleigh for $2,700 per plate dinner

| July 23, 2015 | 0 Comments

by Adam Owens, WRAL, July 22, 2015. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton made a quick stop in North Carolina Wednesday evening for a private fundraiser at the home of a north Raleigh couple. The invitation suggests a donation of $2,700 per person to Clinton’s presidential campaign. Political science expert, David McLennan said he expects the […]

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Brown, McCrory at odds over tax shift

| July 22, 2015 | 2 Comments

by Barry Smith, Carolina Journal, July 21, 2015. State Senate Majority Leader Harry Brown and Gov. Pat McCrory waged a war of words Tuesday over the Onslow County Republican’s proposal to rework the way local sales taxes are allocated. “We believe our current sales tax system needs reform,” said Brown at a noon press conference. […]

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Expert: NC election laws crafted to discriminate against blacks

| July 20, 2015 | 2 Comments

by Michael Hewlett, Winston-Salem Journal, July 20, 2015. An expert testified Friday that state Republican legislators intentionally crafted North Carolina’s election law in a way that would disproportionately burden black and Hispanic voters, a charge that attorneys representing the state and Gov. Pat McCrory strongly deny. The law, known as the Voter Information Verification Act, […]

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Budget negotiators named; McCrory talks to GOP legislators

| July 17, 2015 | 0 Comments

by Gary Robertson, Associated Press, published in Washington Times, July 16, 2015. North Carolina legislators wrapped up their first week back after a week off with little to show toward getting the already late state budget finalized next month. By Thursday, both the House and Senate had announced their negotiators to forge a compromise on […]

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GOP claims union backing ‘Moral Monday’

| July 14, 2015 | 0 Comments

by Mark Binker, WRAL, July 13, 2015. The North Carolina Republican Party used a news conference in Winston-Salem Monday morning to spotlight what party leaders say is an unseemly connection between labor unions and the “Moral Monday” movement. “Out-of-state unions are really behind Moral Mondays,” Republican Party Chairman Hasan Harnett told reporters. This claim came as a federal […]

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House Speaker Moore hired as Cleveland County Attorney

| July 11, 2015 | 0 Comments

by Jim Morrill, The Charlotte Observer, July 10, 2015. N.C. House Speaker Tim Moore said Friday that he sought clearance from state ethics officials before taking on a new job as Cleveland County attorney. County commissioners hired the Kings Mountain Republican at their meeting this week. His contract calls for a retainer of $25,000 and […]

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Voting rights trial opens Monday

| July 10, 2015 | 1 Comment

by Sharon McCloskey, NC Policy Watch, July 9, 2015. Trial is set to get underway on Monday in the cases challenging North Carolina’s election laws, nearly two years since state legislators passed and the governor signed what many have called the most restrictive voting provisions in the nation. It’s not going to be a quick […]

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Former Raleigh Mayor to seek Labor post

| July 9, 2015 | 0 Comments

by Laura Leslie, WRAL, July 8, 2015. Former Raleigh mayor Charles Meeker is planning a 2016 run for state commissioner of labor. Meeker, 61, served as mayor of Raleigh from 2001 to 2011 after serving several terms on the City Council in the 1980s and 1990s. He announced in 2011 he wouldn’t seek a sixth […]

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Social Security facing looming insolvency

| July 6, 2015 | 1 Comment

by Mitch Kokai, The Locker Room, July 6, 2015. Matthew Philips documents for Bloomberg Businessweek the poor long-term outlook for Social Security’s disability benefits. An audit by the Office of the Inspector General released on June 4 estimates that from 2003 to 2013, 45 percent of all SSDI beneficiaries were overpaid. That cost SSDI almost $17 billion, though $8 billion of that […]

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