Barry Smith

Posts by Barry Smith (page 16)

  • The solution to low-turnout second primaries: Instant runoffs

    They seemed thrilled when I walked in this morning. “We have a customer,” I heard one of the precinct officials at my Alamance County polling place say as I entered the polling place to cast my vote in the runoff primary around 10 a.m. “You’re No. 3,” that same official…
    Barry Smith, July 17, 2012
  • Perdue vetoes bill on death penalty; override sought

    Democratic Gov. Bev Perdue has vetoed the bill that sought to tighten up the Racial Justice Act. The bill, however, passed both chambers of the General Assembly by veto-proof margins, and legislative leaders have indicated they will seek a veto override. Said Perdue in her statement: “As long…
    Barry Smith, June 28, 2012
  • Parents 1, lunch police 0

    Sen. Jerry Tillman Score a victory for lunch boxes, and parents who pack them. The state Senate unanimously approved a bill that would remove “lunch police” inspection of meals prepared at home and sent with children to pre-school programs. “The lunch police… were looking into the…
    Barry Smith, May 31, 2012
  • Could another streamlined budget process be on the way?

    Sen. Phil Berger Senate President Pro-tem Phil Berger, R-Rockingham, on Tuesday said a budget accord similar to the one that transpired in 2011 could be in the offing this year. Last year, lawmakers broke tradition and didn’t send the budget to a conference committee. Instead, the…
    Barry Smith, May 29, 2012
  • Bipartisan eugenics bill introduced

    State House leaders of filed a bipartisan bill that would compensate victims of the state’s eugenics program. The amount victims would receive is $50,000 apiece. The bill is filed by Rep. Larry Womble, D-Forsyth, Speaker Thom Tillis, D-Mecklenburg, Rep. Earline Parmon, D-Forsyth, and Rep. Paul…
    Barry Smith, May 16, 2012