Barry Smith

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  • Gov. Pat McCrory signs law allowing for armed security at Guard offices

    Gov. Pat McCrory Gov. Pat McCrory has signed a bill that would allow certain members of the National Guard to carry weapons in public places, such as recruiting centers and armories. “We must fulfill our obligation to protect those who protect us,” McCrory said. “This law will…
    Barry Smith, August 18, 2015
  • State government spending limit clears Senate, heads to uncertain fate in House

    A proposed constitutional amendment holding the growth in state government spending to the growth in population plus the inflation rate cleared the Senate Wednesday by a 31-14 party-line vote. The proposal would also lower the constitutional cap on personal income tax from 10 percent to 5 percent, and…
    Barry Smith, August 12, 2015
  • Gov. Pat McCrory appoints Valerie Johnson Zachary to the appeals court

    Gov. Pat McCrory has appointed Valerie Johnson Zachary of Yadkinville to the N.C. Court of Appeals. Zachary will fill the vacancy left by the recent retirement of Judge Sanford L. Steelman Jr. “Valerie Johnson Zachary brings to the Court of Appeals a first-class legal mind as well as…
    Barry Smith, July 9, 2015
  • FIRE gives UNC Chapel Hill a ‘green light’ for free speech

    Here’s some good news for my alma mater. UNC Chapel Hill has received a “green light” rating for free speech. The university previously had a “yellow light” rating because of a couple of concerns about freedom of expression on campus. The ratings are given by the Foundation for Individual…
    Barry Smith, July 7, 2015
  • Gov. Pat McCrory signs distillery sales bill

    Rep. Mike Hager Gov. Pat McCrory has signed the distillery sales bill, which will allow local distilleries to sell one bottle of spirits on premise for off-premise consumption to an individual once a year. Said House Majority Leader Mike Hager, R-Rutherford: “We heard from business owner…
    Barry Smith, June 19, 2015
  • Voter ID law gets relaxed, just a bit

    Rep. David Lewis The General Assembly just provided a little wiggle room for people who go to the polls next year and don’t have an acceptable photo ID. The bill, which was approved by lawmakers on Thursday, needs only Gov. Pat McCrory’s signature to become law.
    Barry Smith, June 18, 2015
  • Gov. Pat McCrory signs judicial retention bill into law

     Gov. Pat McCrory Soon your ballot will look a little different when you vote for justices on the N.C. Supreme Court. Gov. Pat McCrory signed into law a bill that provides for judicial retenttion for Supreme Court justices. After a justice faces a traditional election…
    Barry Smith, June 11, 2015
  • Distillery sales bill gains final Senate passage

    North Carolina distilleries moved a step closer to being able to sell a limited quantity of their spirits at their location Monday night. The state Senate approved a bill allowing them to sell a customer one bottle of spirits during a 12-month period. The bill passed by a 40-7…
    Barry Smith, June 1, 2015