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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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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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McCrory amends ethics report to show others paid for seven trips

| March 10, 2015 | 1 Comment

by Andrew Curliss, News and Observer, March 9, 2015. Gov. Pat McCrory on Monday filed new ethics disclosure forms that show seven previously unreported trips valued at about $13,000 in 2013. The governor’s office said late Monday it is gathering information about previous years and “will be updating past SEI forms.” “We are in the […]

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After contentious meeting, Charlotte’s LGBT ordinance fails 6-5

| March 3, 2015 | 1 Comment

by Ely Portillo and Mark Price, Charlotte Observer, March 2, 2015. Controversial bathroom provision removed before City Council’s final vote After a contentious meeting on Monday, Charlotte City Council voted down the most controversial ordinance it has considered in years, a nondiscrimination proposal that would have added sexual orientation and gender identity to protected categories. […]

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Tillis and Burr oppose Lynch as Attorney General

| February 27, 2015 | 0 Comments

by Jim Morrill and Michael Doyle, Charlotte Observer, February 26, 2015. The nomination of Loretta Lynch as U.S. attorney general cleared a major hurdle Thursday and now moves to the full Senate, where the two senators from her native state plan to fight it. Lynch’s nomination won approval from the Senate Judiciary Committee despite the […]

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Patsy Keever to lead Democrats

| February 8, 2015 | 0 Comments

by Lynn Bonner, News and Observer, February 7, 2015. Patsy Keever of Asheville was elected state Democratic Party chairwoman Saturday, taking over at a time of financial challenges and deep interparty divisions as the 2016 election cycle begins. Keever defeated four other candidates for the post. She succeeds Randy Voller, who spent two controversial years […]

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SEANC Executive Director’s spending decisions draw fire

| February 8, 2015 | 2 Comments

by Joseph Neff, News and Observer, February 7, 2016. In March 2014, the State Employees Association of North Carolina wrote a check for nearly $19,000 to Perspective Concepts LLC, a defunct computer company in Washington, D.C. But the check was cashed by Perspective Landscape Concepts, a new Apex company that was also working at the […]

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Draw districts without politics? Talks under way

| February 3, 2015 | 3 Comments

by Benjamin Brown, The Insider, February 2, 2015 Republicans in 2011 carved North Carolina into new districts from which public officials are elected, creating 170 areas for state lawmakers and 13 for members of Congress in a required effort to maintain balanced populations. Democrats and left-leaning groups complained that the new maps intentionally deflated their […]

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Q & A with Berger

| February 2, 2015 | 0 Comments

By Associated Press, published in Greensboro News-Record, January 31, 2015. When Phil Berger first arrived at the General Assembly in 2001, it was hard to envision the Eden attorney would become one of North Carolina’s most powerful politicians. Democrats had held uninterrupted power in the Senate since the 1898 elections. Berger was just one of […]

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Berger and Moore: Governor doesn’t have power to control appointments

| January 27, 2015 | 0 Comments

by Craig Jarvis, News and Observer, January 26, 2015. Gov. Pat McCrory doesn’t have the legal authority to control the majority of appointments to commissions that the General Assembly creates, attorneys for legislative leaders argue in a court document filed Monday. Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger and House Speaker Tim Moore are asking a […]

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