General Assembly (page 2)

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    Speaker candidate Moore hits a home run

    Representative Tim Moore is one the candidates for Speaker of the N.C. House.  I have not examined the education policy priorities of the other folks vying for the position, but I think they would have a difficult time topping Rep. Moore. In a pamphlet distributed to members of the House,…
    Terry Stoops, November 13, 2014
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    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
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    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
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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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    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
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    Tax Foundation, ALEC highlight tax changes in N.C.

    The Tax Foundation has highlighted a new American Legislative Exchange Council report touting the tax cuts enacted by the N.C. General Assembly earlier this year. The Tax Foundation page mentions the “headline-grabbing beneficial reforms” in North Carolina and other states. The 17-page ALEC report notes some of the…
    Barry Smith, November 25, 2013
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    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
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    Supreme Court upholds state’s Internet sweepstakes ban

    The N.C. Supreme Court has reversed a lower court’s ruling and upheld the state’s ban on Internet sweepstakes. In a unanimous opinion, Justice Robin Hudson said that the General Assembly in its attempt to ban the machines was regulating conduct, and not protected free speech. Sweepstakes companies,…
    Barry Smith, December 14, 2012