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NC Legislature’s appointment power argued in landmark case

| March 6, 2015 | 0 Comments

by Jim Morrill, Charlotte Observer, March 5, 2015. A showdown between Gov. Pat McCrory and leaders of the North Carolina General Assembly brought two former governors to a Raleigh courtroom Thursday to hear lawyers argue what could become a landmark case. At issue is whether the legislature has the power to appoint members of certain […]

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McCrory pitches $21.5 billion budget

| March 6, 2015 | 0 Comments

by Mark Binker and Laura Leslie, WRAL, March 5, 2015. Gov. Pat McCrory’s $21.5 billion budget for the 2015-16 fiscal year would follow through on promises to raise the state’s minimum starting salary for teachers to $35,000 per year and plow more into efforts to recruit big companies to the state. The governor rolled out […]

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Governor to release budget proposals today

| March 5, 2015 | 0 Comments

by Lynn Bonner, News and Observer, March 4. 2015. Months before Gov. Pat McCrory set about building the spending proposal he’s set to promote on Thursday morning, its foundation shifted. A new state law has ended the decades-old practice of automatically building in numbers that account for expected growth, such as covering the cost of […]

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House revises gas tax plan

| March 4, 2015 | 1 Comment

by Bruce Siceloff, News and Observer, March 3, 2015. House leaders rolled out a plan Tuesday to drop the state gas tax to 36 cents per gallon in April and keep it from falling below 30 cents in July. And they promised to decide – this year – how to pump up the state’s anemic […]

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Tata defends DOT’s handling of icy roads

| March 3, 2015 | 0 Comments

by David Crabtree, WRAL, March 2, 2015. Freezing rain and black ice contributed to a 13-car pile-up and many other wrecks around the Triangle Sunday morning, leaving some drivers to complain that the accidents could have been avoided if the North Carolina Department of Transportation was better prepared. But Transportation Secretary Tony Tata said Monday […]

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Economic incentives to again test urban-rural divide

| March 2, 2015 | 0 Comments

by Gary Robertson, Associated Press, published in News and Observer, March 1, 2015. Division between urban and rural interests isn’t new to the General Assembly. But the fissure is getting a new look from Republicans now in charge of state government as North Carolina’s economic recovery continues. The Charlotte and Raleigh-Durham areas are outpacing the […]

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FCC OKs Wilson Greenlight broadband expansion

| February 27, 2015 | 2 Comments

by WRAL Techwire, February 26, 2015. The Federal Communications Commission is siding with Wilson against North Carolina, voting Thursday that the city’s Greenlight broadband service can be sold outside the city limits in a victory for so-called municipal broadband services. State lawmakers four years ago placed limits on cities and counties offering their own Internet […]

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Sec. of State Marshall seeks fee increase to protect crowdfunding investors

| February 27, 2015 | 0 Comments

by Colin Campbell, Under the Dome, February 26, 2015. N.C. Secretary of State Elaine Marshall asked state legislators this week to approve fee increases that would generate $2.68 million in new revenue. Marshall says her department needs 12 new positions, many of which would be financial investigators. She said the investigators will be needed when […]

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FCC moves to Net Neutrality, greater control over broadband

| February 27, 2015 | 1 Comment

by Anne Flaherty, Associated Press, published in News and Observer, February 26, 2015. Internet activists declared victory over the nation’s big cable companies Thursday, after the Federal Communications Commission voted to impose the toughest rules yet on broadband service to prevent companies like Comcast, Verizon and AT&T from creating paid fast lanes and slowing or […]

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Senate set to allow officials to opt-out on some marriages

| February 25, 2015 | 0 Comments

by Lynn Bonner, News and Observer, February 24, 2015. An effort to give state officials who object to gay marriages a legal means to avoid serving same-sex couples passed its first legislative hurdle Tuesday. A state Senate committee approved a bill that would allow magistrates to declare that they will not perform any marriages based […]

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