Category Archives: NC General Assembly

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AI Poll: Kay Hagan opens up a nine point lead over Thom Tillis

A new American Insights Poll shows incumbent Democratic U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan opening up a 43 percent to 34 percent lead over GOP House Speaker Thom Tillis in the race for a seat that could help tilt the partisan balance of the Senate. Libertarian Sean Haugh has 5 percent. While 64 percent of the respondentsContinue Reading

A Special Session for Economic Incentives…..?

This is what our friends at the Tax Foundation have to say about the rumblings that there could possibly be a special session called by the legislature to discuss economic incentives.  Instead of special breaks for big corporations, maybe an equal and fair across the board tax for everyone is what would really attract businessContinue Reading

U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation awards a C to NC schools

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation just published Leaders & Laggards: A State-by-State Report Card on Educational Effectiveness, which ranks states on nine indicators of K-12 performance, accountability, and transparency. North Carolina received a C overall.  In the Southeast, Kentucky, Florida, and Virginia were the only other states that did not receive a D orContinue Reading “the facts are being twisted”, a project of the Annenberg Public Policy Center, examined the oft-repeated claim that Republican U.S. Senate candidate Thom Tillis cut $500 million from the state education budget. Here is the overall assessment from’s Robert Farley: In the NEA Advocacy Fund ad, the teacher says Tillis, while state House speaker, “cut $500 million fromContinue Reading

Why is Haywood the only county that elects its Tax Collector?

Positions in local governments are sometimes elected or appointed, depending on the position and the jurisdiction. Tax collectors are typically an appointed position, with the exception of Haywood County. Haywood County is the only county in North Carolina that still elects its Tax Collector. This was made possible by a law passed in the GeneralContinue Reading

New Carolina Journal Online features

Dan Way reports for Carolina Journal Online on the political and constitutional implications of a separation-of-powers dispute between Gov. Pat McCrory and state legislative leaders. Jon Sanders’ Daily Journal exposes the folly of fast-food workers’ attempt to more than double the government-mandated minimum wage.

Attorney Bob Orr says ‘no gamesmanship’ in Opportunity Scholarships timing

Bob Orr, one of the plaintiffs’ attorneys in the lawsuit challenging Opportunity Scholarships, said there was no attempt to strategically calculate the timing of the legal action to try to disrupt the program in its first year. “It’s certainly no gamesmanship on the part of the plaintiffs,” Orr said Tuesday. In a CJ Online article,Continue Reading

Deja Vu All Over Again

Wait, did you say something about  “Propaganda machines on the Right” trying to convince us/people that the folks running the General Assembly support public education? Just joshing, man.  Fight the power!