Barry Smith


Posts by Barry Smith (page 9)

  • Gov. Pat McCrory calls lawmakers back for veto session on Sept. 3

    Following constitutional dictate, GOP Gov. Pat McCrory has called the N.C. General Assembly back to Raleigh for a reconvened session on Sept. 3. The General Assembly will consider McCrory’s vetoes of two bills – one that would require drug testing for Work First applicants, and one that would…
    Barry Smith, August 22, 2013
  • Frank Perry, new DPS secretary, gets a shorter title

    Frank Perry The man who has been the interim Department of Public Safety secretary will get his title shortened. The “interim” has been removed from Frank Perry’s title. Gov. Pat McCrory has selected Perry to be the department secretary. He was appointed to the interim post earlier…
    Barry Smith, August 21, 2013
  • Vetoes will bring lawmakers back to Raleigh, maybe

    The action taken by Gov. Pat McCrory on Thursday, vetoing two bills, means that he might have to call the General Assembly back to Raleigh. The N.C. Constitution says that if the governor vetoes a bill after the General Assembly has adjourned, he’ll have to call them back…
    Barry Smith, August 15, 2013
  • Gov. Pat McCrory vetoes e-verify bill

    Gov. Pat McCrory Gov. Pat McCrory wasted no time in vetoing his second bill, one requiring contractors and sub contractors for state, county, and city governments to use the federal e-verify system to hire employees (HB 786). McCrory said the bill was anti-jobs and would make it…
    Barry Smith, August 15, 2013
  • Gov. Pat McCrory uses his veto stamp against drug testing for welfare bill

    Gov. Pat McCrory has vetoed his first bill. It’s the bill requiring drug testing for Work First applicants (HB 392). In a press release, McCrory said:  “While I support the efforts to ensure that fugitive felons are not on public assistance rolls, and to share information about them…
    Barry Smith, August 15, 2013
  • Black conservative group lauds new voter ID law

    Horace Cooper While the NAACP is filing a lawsuit against the state’s new voter ID and broad election law changes, a group that identifies as black conservatives is hailing the new law as a “constitutional safeguard that helps prevent vote fraud.” Horace Cooper, co-chairman of Project 21,…
    Barry Smith, August 14, 2013
  • Gov. Pat McCrory signs voter ID bill into law

    Gov. Pat McCrory Gov. Pat McCrory has signed the voter ID bill into law. In a press release, McCrory said: “North Carolinians overwhelmingly support a common sense law that requires voters to present photo identification in order to cast a ballot.  I am proud to sign this…
    Barry Smith, August 12, 2013
  • Renee Ellmers won’t run for Hagan’s Senate seat; she’ll seek re-election to Congress

    Renee Ellmers Second District Congresswoman Renee Ellmers has decided against running for the U.S. Senate seat now held by U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan, D-N.C. Ellmers, a Republican, will instead seek re-election to her congressional seat. Ellmers issued the following statement: “After a great deal of reflection and…
    Barry Smith, July 30, 2013