Barry Smith

Posts by Barry Smith (page 7)

  • Senate leader Phil Berger previews the upcoming short session

    The ambitious agenda laid out by Senate President Pro-tem Phil Berger, R-Rockingham, for the upcoming legislative session Sen. Phil Berger made me wonder if the short session will really be short. The session begins on Wednesday. Berger said lawmakers’ time in Raleigh could be managed well. Here…
    Barry Smith, May 8, 2014
  • Thanks, early voters, for making primary day smoother

    Voting went smoothly at the Albright precinct in Alamance County Tuesay. (CJ photo by Barry Smith) Casting my ballot went quite smoothly as I walked into the polling place at Mt. Hermon Community Center in southern Alamance County this morning. I guess I have early voters to thank for…
    Barry Smith, May 6, 2014
  • Remember to vote in your correct precinct

    Headed to the poll on Tuesday? If you’re like me, you prefer to go to your regular polling place rather than cast a ballot during early voting. One of the changes in the elections law that may affect some voters is a requirement that you now must vote in your…
    Barry Smith, May 5, 2014
  • Court of Appeals refuses to lift injunction blocking Opportunity Scholarships

    The N.C. Court of Appeals has refused to take up the preliminary injunction against the Opportunity Scholarships law issued by Superior Court Judge Robert Hobgood before the case goes to trial. The next step is the N.C. Supreme Court. In February, Hobgood granted a motion by…
    Barry Smith, April 3, 2014
  • American Insights poll shows McCrory approval at 43 percent; he leads Cooper by 6

    A new American Insights poll shows GOP Gov. Pat McCrory with a 43 percent job approval rating among registered voters, with 40 percent disapproving. “Our signature survey suggests that North Carolina voters are not as sour on our state’s leaders as previously thought,” said AI Insights Director Pearce…
    Barry Smith, March 4, 2014
  • New ‘Republican leaning’ poll shows Democrat Hagan with a slim lead

    Last week, a new North Carolina-based polling organization released its first poll — which it dubbed its “signature poll” showing a tight race for this year’s U.S. Senate race in North Carolina The American Insights Poll shows that incumbent Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan holds a slim lead over…
    Barry Smith, March 3, 2014
  • There’s no ‘plain’ language of the N.C. Constitution banning vouchers

    I keep hearing opponents and advocates of Opportunity Scholarships – aka vouchers – say that the plain language of the N.C. Constitution is on their side. The thing is, the section of the Constitution they are using – Article IX Section 6 – is not written in plain, simple English.
    Barry Smith, February 26, 2014
  • Belgian company won’t make waffles, will get corporate welfare

    Gov. Pat McCrory has announced that a Belgium company will be locating its North American manufacturing headquarters to High Point. No, the Belgian company won’t be making waffles. Yes, the company will be getting corporate welfare. McCrory and Commerce Secretary Sharon Decker announced that BuzziSpace Inc., which manufacturers…
    Barry Smith, February 19, 2014