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Oversight committee considers ways to reduce retiree health fund debt

| October 8, 2015 | 0 Comments

by Barry Smith, Carolina Journal, October 8, 2015. A legislative oversight committee on Wednesday voted to consider measures aimed at reducing the $25.5 billion unfunded liability in the state retiree health benefit fund. The Legislative Program Evaluation Oversight Committee is looking at potential options, such as shifting retirees to Medicare Advantage plans, a move that […]

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Voter ID challenge back in court later this month

| October 6, 2015 | 0 Comments

by Michael Hewlett, Winston-Salem Journal, October 5, 2015. The voter ID law will be back in federal court later this month. U.S. District Court Judge Thomas Schroeder plans to hold a hearing Oct. 23 to get an update on efforts to settle the legal claims against the photo ID requirement. The N.C. NAACP, the U.S. […]

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Court of Appeals candidates must list party affiliation

| September 30, 2015 | 0 Comments

by Mark Binker, WRAL, September 29, 2015. Candidates running to be judges on the North Carolina Court of Appeals will be required to list their party affiliations on the ballot under a bill headed to Gov. Pat McCrory.  House Bill 8 would have originally required all judicial races be fully partisan, complete with party primaries. […]

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Lawmakers amend parallel party legislation

| September 30, 2015 | 0 Comments

by Mark Binker, WRAL, September 29, 2015. Top Republican Party officials and senior GOP lawmakers made a show Tuesday of patching of differences sparked when the General Assembly created a new form of fundraising apparatus meant to support those running for legislative seats.  Lawmakers plan to finish their work for the year some time on […]

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Conservatives to GOP field: Defy us at your own peril

| September 27, 2015 | 1 Comment

by Steve Peoples and Jill Colvin, Associated Press, published on, September 26, 2015. The Republican Party’s conservative wing, pumped up by House Speaker John Boehner’s stepping down, is warning the 2016 presidential candidates that defying its wishes will come at their peril.  Religious activists forcefully conveyed this message Saturday: embrace our uncompromising stance against […]

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Woodhouse chosen as NC GOP ED

| September 27, 2015 | 0 Comments

by Mark Binker, WRAL, September 27, 2015. Dallas Woodhouse, a longtime conservative operative who has led two high-profile nonprofit groups, has been tentatively tapped as executive director of the North Carolina Republican Party, multiple GOP sources said Saturday night via social media.  Two of the state party’s top organizing groups, the Central Committee and the […]

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GOP leaders divided by bill to let leadership set up own fundraising

| September 26, 2015 | 0 Comments

by Mark Binker, WRAL, September 25, 2015. Lawmakers on Thursday passed House Bill 373, which would move North Carolina’s primaries for all offices up for election in 2016 from May to March 15. The shift in dates is designed to make North Carolina an earlier, and therefore more important, player in the presidential primaries.  That section […]

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Ross resigns to consider Senate run

| September 24, 2015 | 0 Comments

by Laura Leslie,, September 23, 2015. Former Wake County Democratic state lawmaker Deborah Ross has resigned as attorney for Triangle Transit Authority to “focus” on a possible 2016 challenge to Republican U.S. Sen. Richard Burr. Ross said Wednesday that she has not yet made a decision about the Senate race, but she told WRAL […]

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Corporate tax cut could be delayed

| September 17, 2015 | 0 Comments

by Dan Way, Carolina Journal, September 16, 2015. A new round of tax cuts in the $21.735 billion state budget for 2015-16 may prevent the state from lowering the corporate income tax rate to 3 percent in 2017 because tax collections are projected to be $74.7 million lower than a revenue target set two years […]

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Sales tax increase to help rural counties

| September 16, 2015 | 0 Comments

by Dedrick Russell, WBTV, September 15, 2015. North Carolina’s republican lawmakers are responding to a newly-created tax that will help counties survive. Legislators have approved the placement of a tax on goods and services they say will create $84.8 million to be distributed to counties that need extra support. “We are 100 counties,” Representative Craig […]

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