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Lawmakers have work to do on stopgap spending plan

| June 26, 2015 | 0 Comments

by Gary Robertson, Associated Press, printed in Asheville Citizen-Times, June 26, 2015. North Carolina lawmakers are less than a week away from a new fiscal year and they don’t yet agree fully on how state government should operate during expected prolonged budget and tax negotiations. The House and Senate adjourned Thursday for the weekend without […]

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Kay Hagan won’t run in 2016

| June 24, 2015 | 1 Comment

by Emily Cahn and Niels Lesnlewski, Roll Call, June 23, 2015. Former North Carolina Sen. Kay Hagan will not be mounting a challenge to her former GOP colleague, Sen. Richard M. Burr. Hagan, who was defeated by Thom Tillis in 2014, has been making calls to inform donors she will not be running for the seat that comes up in 2016, two sources […]

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Medicaid revamped, TAs cut in Senate budget

| June 16, 2015 | 0 Comments

by Laura Leslie and Matthew Burns, WRAL, June 15, 2015. Thousands of teaching assistants would be eliminated from classrooms statewide over the next two years, the Medicaid program would be handled by a mix of managed care organizations and groups of health care providers and not all state employees would receive raises under the Senate’s […]

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‘Main Street’ Democrats look to the middle for voters

| June 15, 2015 | 1 Comment

by Jim Morrill, The Charlotte Observer, June 14, 2015. With their party on the wrong side of Republican super-majorities in the N.C. General Assembly, growing numbers of Democrats are looking for relevance and success where the party found it before – in the center. Last week, three more House Democrats, including Reps. Becky Carney and […]

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NC GOP picks first Black leader

| June 7, 2015 | 0 Comments

by Colin Campbell, The Charlotte Observer, June 6, 2o15. The N.C. Republican Party has elected Hasan Harnett as its new chairman Saturday, naming a successor to Claude Pope. Harnett, a businessman and author from Concord, served as campaign manager for GOP congressional candidate Vince Coakley last year. Coakley lost to Democrat Alma Adams in a […]

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McCrory rallies GOP faithful despite quarrels with lawmakers

| June 7, 2015 | 0 Comments

by Mark Binker, WRAL, June 6, 2015. Gov. Pat McCrory knows he’s not everyone’s cup of tea, even within his own party. “Even as Republicans in this room, we don’t always agree on everything,” McCrory said as the North Carolina GOP held its annual convention in downtown Raleigh Saturday afternoon. “But there’s a very important […]

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McCrory says not breaking promise on abortion access

| June 5, 2015 | 0 Comments

by Jim Morrill, The Charlotte Observer, June 4, 2015. Gov. Pat McCrory said Thursday he’s not breaking a campaign promise by signing an abortion bill, despite what critics say. Asked during his 2008 campaign what, if any, restrictions to abortion he would support as governor, McCrory replied, “None.” “I have followed that promise,” he told […]

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Top legislative leaders cast doubt on transportation bonds

| June 3, 2015 | 1 Comment

by Mark Binker, WRAL, June 2, 2015. Both Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger and House Speaker Tim Moore said Tuesday that any bond package that comes out of the General Assembly this year will likely be smaller than the $3 billion sought by Gov. Pat McCrory. The governor has pitched a bond package that would be divided roughly evenly […]

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House budget prompts tax, spending disagreements with Senate

| May 19, 2015 | 0 Comments

by Colin Campbell, The Charlotte Observer, May 18, 2015. State senators and House members could spend the coming weeks debating income taxes and spending levels after the House’s budget proposal – released Monday – highlighted divisions between Republicans in the two chambers. The House’s draft would increase general fund spending by $1.3 billion, or 6.3 […]

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House would spend nearly $1 billion more than McCrory

| May 19, 2015 | 0 Comments

by Rick Henderson and Barry Smith, Carolina Journal, May 19, 2015. The General Fund budget proposal released Monday by GOP state House leaders for the two-year budget cycle starting July 1 would increase spending by nearly $1 billion more than the increase recommended in March by Gov. Pat McCrory, a fellow Republican. The proposal received a chilly […]

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