Bev Perdue

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    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
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    Cheri Beasley picked for N.C. Supreme Court seat

    Cheri Beasley North Carolina has a new Supreme Court justice. She’s Cheri Beasley, who currently serves as a judge on the N.C. Court of Appeals. Gov. Bev Perdue made the announcement of Beasley’s appointment on Wednesday. Perdue exempted herself from her own executive…
    Barry Smith, December 12, 2012
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    Perdue exempts herself, but not McCrory, from executive order on judicial appointments

    Does it strike anyone else as odd that Gov. Bev Perdue is rescinding the same executive order she issued regarding judicial appointments? Well, she’s not really rescinding it. She’s exempting herself from it. She apparently thinks that incoming Gov.-elect Pat McCrory and future governors should be bound by the…
    Barry Smith, December 10, 2012
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    Top legislative issues take issue with Perdue’s Dix proposal

    The top leaders in the General Assembly, both Republicans, have taken issue with Democratic Gov. Bev Perdue’s efforts to transfer the Dorothea Dix campus to the city of Raleigh for a major city park. House Speaker Thom Tillis, R-Mecklenburg, said: “The Dorothea Dix campus is a historically…
    Barry Smith, November 27, 2012
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    Is Perdue’s Executive Order Unconstitutional?

    As I have discussed, Governor Perdue issued an executive order creating a commission made up of special interests and political and partisan insiders to identify three potential judges, one of whom the Governor is required to nominate, when a judicial vacancy occurs. Is this executive…
    Daren Bakst, January 18, 2012
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    Correcting the context of the proposed sales tax hike

    Governor Bev Perdue’s new push for an increase to the sales tax has come packaged with two misleading assertions (to put it gently). Terry Stoops, JLF’s education specialist, already did an excellent job explaining that the purported 49th placing for per-pupil education funding lacks solid basis.
    Fergus Hodgson, January 17, 2012
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    Gov. Perdue and the “49th in per-pupil spending” myth

    According to the News & Observer, Governor Perdue wants to raise taxes because “North Carolina has fallen to 49th in the nation in per-pupil funding.”  Last year, I discussed the problems associated with per-pupil expenditure rankings.  Here is part of what I wrote for my July 26, 2011…
    Terry Stoops, January 17, 2012
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    Send In the Chinese!

    On the front page of the New York Times* and the Chronicle of Higher Education today is a story about Chinese students in American universities. Much of the story is about the troubles that both sides are having with the relationship: the Chinese are sometimes getting ripped off…
    Duke Cheston, November 3, 2011