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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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Revealed at last: NC’s vast left-wing network

| January 25, 2015 | 1 Comment

by Jim Morrill, Charlotte Observer, January 23, 2015. According to the conservative Civitas Institute, they’re part of the “vast, shadowy network” that makes up “the radical liberal left in North Carolina.” They’re named in the institute’s latest project, “Mapping the Left,” a list of 140 organizations and 1,800 individuals “working to enlarge state government and […]

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NC Democrats have just $42,000 in the bank

| January 20, 2015 | 0 Comments

by Colin Campbell, News and Observer, January 19, 2015. The N.C. Democratic Party entered 2015 with just $42,700 in the bank – and just under $6,000 in its main account for day-to-day operations, according to financial reports filed with the state. The reports show the state party with less money on hand than in any […]

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Democrats hope to avoid further defections

| January 14, 2015 | 1 Comment

by Colin Campbell, Charlotte Observer, January 13, 2015. When a state House member from the Outer Banks changed his political party to unaffiliated last week, it represented one more blow for an endangered species at the legislature: the rural, moderate Democrat. State Rep. Paul Tine left the Democratic Party just in time for the start […]

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Session numbers

| January 14, 2015 | 2 Comments

by Patrick Gannon, The Insider, January 14, 2015. A few numbers to consider for opening day of the 2015 legislative session: 199.2: In millions of dollars, amount the General Fund is below the consensus revenue target through December, according to the Fiscal Research Division 6: New senators, including Sen. Michael Lee, R-New Hanover, who was […]

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