Barry Smith


Posts by Barry Smith (page 6)

  • Plenty of drama without film incentives

    Think of all the drama. The House brings in non-members to bolster its position in the budget impasse. Then senators stage a walkout. Now the governor is threatening a veto if the Senate version is adopted. It’s looking like we’ve got plenty of drama in the capital city without film…
    Barry Smith, July 10, 2014
  • Common Core repeal clears the Senate; the House is next

    Sen. Jerry Tillman The Senate just passed the conference report that would repeal the Common Core standards. The vote was 33-12. All it lacks is an affirmative vote by the House, which will likely come next week, before going to the desk of GOP Gov. Pat…
    Barry Smith, July 10, 2014
  • For the GOP-led General Assembly, there’s no common opponent

    Republicans in the General Assembly seemed to do better at getting a budget passed on time when they had a common opponent. In 2011, when the GOP first swept into power, controlling both chambers of the General Assembly, lawmakers not only passed a budget, but overrode Democratic…
    Barry Smith, July 1, 2014
  • Gov. Pat McCrory pushes for charter school open records

    Gov. Pat McCrory Good news came from Gov. Pat McCrory’s office on Monday when he struck a blow for open government. He asked the General Assembly not to pass a bill that would exempt the names of charter school employees from public records, and threatened to veto…
    Barry Smith, July 1, 2014
  • Which word is more offensive, ‘Redskins’ or ‘Washington’?

    Half the Senate membership – all Democrats – has signed a letter urging political correctness from NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. Those signatures include Sen. Kay Hagan, North Carolina’s junior senator who is seeking re-election this year against Republican state House Speaker Thom Tillis and Libertarian Sean Haugh. The senators,…
    Barry Smith, May 22, 2014
  • Privilege tax cap heads to the Senate

    The effort to cap local privilege license taxes at $100 cleared the House on Wednesday and now heads to the Senate. Representatives did clarify that ATM machines were not to be considered businesses for the purpose of privilege licenses. While the bill caps the tax, it also broadens who…
    Barry Smith, May 21, 2014
  • Sen. Terry Van Duyn declares support for redistricting reform

    Sen. Terry Van Duyn If the GOP majority in Raleigh ever decides to pursue redistricting reform, they’ll have an ally in Sen. Terry Van Duyn. Van Duyn, a Buncombe County Democrat, was recently appointed to the Senate to take the seat left vacant when Sen. Martin Nesbitt,…
    Barry Smith, May 19, 2014
  • Keith Crisco’s death mourned by Democrats, Republicans alike

    Reactions from both major political parties to the death of Keith Crisco came in not long after news reports confirmed that the former commerce secretary and 2nd Congressional District Democratic candidate had died. Randy Voller, chairman of the state Democratic Party, released the following statement: “I got to know Secretary…
    Barry Smith, May 12, 2014