Barry Smith

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  • AFP sets its agenda for 2015 General Assembly

    Americans for Prosperity will be encouraging the N.C. General Assembly to continue pushing back against environmental regulation, offering more patient-centered freedom in health care, continuing to push for tax reform, and providing for more educational freedom during the 2015 legislative session. AFP released its 2015 agenda on…
    Barry Smith, January 15, 2015
  • Were N.C. political leaders singing in harmony?

    They weren’t quite singing Kumbaya at the General Assembly during Wednesday’s opening day ceremonies and press conferences, but the tone was a bit more harmonious than it’s been in recent months. Democrats and Republicans displayed a spirit of bipartisanship in the election of leaders – with Rep.
    Barry Smith, January 14, 2015
  • Rep. Paul Tine leaves the Democratic Party; he’ll caucus with the GOP

    Rep. Paul Tine Rep. Paul Tine has announced that he is leaving the Democratic Party, switching his voter registration to unaffiliated, and will be caucusing with House Republicans. Tine, who hails from Dare County and represents District 6, said he has been a Democrat since he first registered…
    Barry Smith, January 7, 2015
  • Voter suppression? You can’t prove it by this year’s turnout

    People trying to prove that election laws passed by the General Assembly last year amount to minority voter suppression are going to have a hard time with this one: African American voter turnout increased in this year’s general election compared to the latest midterm election in 2010. According to…
    Barry Smith, December 16, 2014
  • Hey, Congress, why not repeal the federal asset forfeiture law?

    Here’s a good idea for the new GOP Congress: Get rid of the federal civil forfeiture law. How this law remains on the books is beyond me. Bit seems wrong to me — and just plain un-American — to be able seize property from innocent people. But under federal law,…
    Barry Smith, November 11, 2014
  • O’Keefe video shows campaign workers coaxing ‘non-citizen’ to vote

    James O’Keefe’s organization, Project Veritas, has uncovered campaign workers in Mecklenburg County encouraging an undercover reporter posing as an illegal immigrant from Brazil to vote. The worker tells campaign workers – not local or state elections officials – that she has a driver’s license and is registered to vote,…
    Barry Smith, October 30, 2014
  • NC will have 366 early voting sites for 2014 election, more than any other off-year election

    The State Board of Elections announced that there will be 366 one-stop voting sites for this year’s general election. That’s the highest number for any non-presidential election year. This years total is just two off from the most for any election. In 2008, North Carolina had 368 early voting…
    Barry Smith, September 25, 2014
  • 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…
    Barry Smith, September 15, 2014