Barry Smith

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  • 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.
    Barry Smith, September 9, 2014
  • Opportunity Scholarships stay denied; case likely to return to Court of Appeals

    The Opportunity Scholarships legal wrangling continues. On Tuesday, the N.C. Supreme Court dismissed an effort to put a ruling by Superior Court Robert Hobgood declaring the voucher program unconstitutional until the case can be appealed. Instead, the states high court remarked that the effort to “stay” Hobgood’s…
    Barry Smith, September 2, 2014
  • Opportunity Scholarship supporters ask appeals court to put order on hold

    Voucher supporters have file an emergency motion to put Superior Court Judge Robert Hobgood’s ruling halting vouchers on hold until the case is decided on appeal. “The Superior Court’s action has thrown the educational future of these students into turmoil,” the brief asking for the “temporary stay” reads. The…
    Barry Smith, August 22, 2014
  • Hagan, Tillis in a dead heat in U.S. Senate race

    An analysis by GOP-leaning American Insights shows the U.S. Senate race in North Carolina at a dead heat, with incumbent Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan garnering 42 percent of those polled and challenger GOP state House Speaker Thom Tillis with 42 percent. Pearce Godwin, Insights director, noted…
    Barry Smith, August 8, 2014
  • Gov. Pat McCrory taps B.W. Collier to lead SBI

    B.W. Collier Gov. Pat McCrory wasted no time appointing an acting head of the State Bureau of Investigation. Hours after signing the budget, which contained a provision transferring the SBI from the Justice Department to the Department of Public Safety, McCrory appointed Bernard “B.W.” Collier II as its acting…
    Barry Smith, August 7, 2014
  • Rep. Tim Moore files July 25 sine die resolution

    Rep. Tim Moore Is there light at the end of the tunnel? Maybe. Rep. Tim Moore, R-Cleveland, and chairman of the House Rules Committee has filed a July 25 sine die resolution. That, the approval of a Common Core repeal bill acceptable to Gov.
    Barry Smith, July 16, 2014
  • Gov. Pat McCrory says he’ll sign bill replacing Common Core

    Gov. Pat McCrory says he will sign the bill replacing Common Core with North Carolina standards, which just cleared the General Assembly. McCrory said in a statement: “I will sign this bill because it does not change any of North Carolina’s education standards. It does initiate a…
    Barry Smith, July 16, 2014
  • State officials hopeful that unemployment debt will be paid off early

    Dale Folwell It’s looking like North Carolina businesses will pay off their unemployment insurance debt to the federal government three months earlier than anticipated. According to a Division of Employment Security press release, the debt owed to the federal government to pay off borrowed unemployment benefit funds dropped…
    Barry Smith, July 14, 2014