Barry Smith


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  • Senate approved bill would provide $11 million for charter schools

    The Senate approved a bill that would restore about $11 million a year in local funding to charter schools across the state. The provision was included in a bill, sponsored by Sen. Jerry Tillman, R-Randolph, that makes modifications to North Carolina’s charter school laws. A proposal known…
    Barry Smith, April 29, 2015
  • Sen. Ted Cruz talks foreign policy, Clinton, Rubio, Obamacare before JLF speech

    GOP presidential contender Ted Cruz speaks with reporters Monday. (CJ photo by Don Carrington) Before U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, and an announced candidate for president spoke to the John Locke Foundation’s headliner luncheon, he took a few moments to speak with reporters gathered outside the North…
    Barry Smith, April 13, 2015
  • NC trying to decide if it will join appeal of FCC’s muni-broadband ruling

    Tennessee has sued the Federal Communications Commission, saying the regulatory agency overstepped its authority when it voted in February to override state laws placing restrictions on municipal broadband. North Carolina is one of the states that has similar laws. A spokeswoman for Attorney General Roy Cooper said the AG’s…
    Barry Smith, March 25, 2015
  • Could NC’s controversial Map Act be on its way out?

    Rep. Rayne Brown The House Transportation Committee on Tuesday took the first step toward making the Map Act history by giving it a favorable report. The bill, sponsored by Rep. Rayne Brown, R-Davidson, now goes to the House Finance Committee for further review. Brown said she toured…
    Barry Smith, March 24, 2015
  • Eminent domain amendment goes to the Senate

    Rep. Larry Pittman The proposed eminent domain amendment to the N.C. Constitution cleared its final hurdle in the state House Tuesday, passing that chamber by a 113-5 vote. If approved by the Senate and ratified by the voters, the amendment would add the following two sentences to the…
    Barry Smith, February 10, 2015
  • Once again, the House approves an eminent domain amendment

    The eminent domain constitutional amendment got overwhelming support from the state House on Thursday. It passed that chamber by a 111-4 vote, significantly more than the three-fifths majority required to pass. A final House vote is set for Tuesday. If it passes there, it will go to the Senate,…
    Barry Smith, February 5, 2015
  • Raleigh council sends Airbnb issue to committee

    Not so fast. The Raleigh City Council on Tuesday sent the issue of whether Airbnb can continue to operate to its Law and Public Safety Committee. Airbnb is a part of the emerging “sharing economy.” It’s been described as sort of a “Hotel Uber.” Potential guests can go…
    Barry Smith, January 20, 2015
  • Eminent domain constitutional amendment filed in the House

    The first substantive bill of the 2015 session of the General Assembly is one that we’ve seen before. It’s an eminent domain constitutional amendment. An eminent domain amendment to the N.C. Constitution has been a frequent topic in the General Assembly since the 2005 Kelo v. New…
    Barry Smith, January 15, 2015