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North Carolina's public employees retirement system is underfunded, bled more than $2 billion in red ink in the most recent 12-month period reported, and is outperformed by most other states, data show
Proponents of Charlotte's controversial "bathroom" ordinance - including the city's attorney - claim that stripping a 1985 facilities privacy provision from the city code was of no consequence.
Governor Pat McCrory announced today that the North Carolina Rural Infrastructure Authority (RIA) approved 31 grant and loan requests totaling $10,433,899. The requests include commitments to create a total of 622 new jobs.
On Monday afternoon the Charlotte City Council pulled discussion of a possible repeal of its nondiscrimination ordinance, which included a controversial provision allowing transgender people to use the bathroom of the gender with which they identify
Last week I discussed and endorsed the idea that, instead of trying to create a consumption tax by abolishing the income tax and reforming the sales tax, North Carolina should instead use the existing apparatus of the income tax to accomplish that same goal.
NC Speaker of the House, Paul "Skip" Stam, released an official statement offering to assist PayPal in finding a new state to do business in, since it has chosen to boycott NC
Diane Rufino writes an open letter to Governor Pat McCrory to thank him for his support and defense of HB2 ("Public Facilities Privacy & Safety Act")
If you believe the GOPe campaign rhetoric, they've got our state headed in a "conservative direction." *Wow. That sounds great. We must be cutting taxes and the size of government all over the doggone place. Right? (Um, right?)*
What started out as a mission to tweak a few districts to bring the 1st and 12th congressional districts in line has resulted in radical change for a lot more voters and some political favors (as well as hits).
Governor Pat McCrory paid respects to the late U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Antonin Scalia today as his body lay in repose in the Great Hall of the Supreme Court.
As storms continue to move across the state, Governor Pat McCrory is cautioning residents to remain alert during the overnight hours when storms can be most deadly.
Governor Pat McCrory has signed a proclamation calling the General Assembly to convene for an extra session and issued the following statement.
In recollecting 2015, I remember legendary CBS Newsman Walter Cronkite, who closed each evening's newscast by saying, "And that's the way it is..,".
Folks in New Hanover County have Tammy Covil. Out in the Asheville area, they've now got former county board of education member Lisa Baldwin.
The state Senate's big kahuna went in front of the biggest, most-prominent Common Core-loving, spend-more-and-more-and-more money crowd and told them a few things I am SURE they didn't want to hear.
Politicians never cease to amaze me. A few sessions back, I was treated to a barrage of b*tching from various Republican legislators about Skip Stam and Thom Tillis.
It appears - according to some email that got sent out today - that Tim and Phil are concerned about how the search for a new UNC president is going.
That's the question North Carolinians should be asking our legislators concerning the budget they just passed. Lawmakers came to Raleigh in January with the primary task of setting a new two-year budget prior to the beginning of the state fiscal year July 1.
Well, they did it. Thumbed their collective noses at those of us who voted to give them super-majorities in Raleigh.
This out-of-state labor union bus was spotted in downtown Raleigh moments ago dropping off more out-of-state paid protesters at the Moral Monday voting law rally outside the General Assembly.
Cooper Didn't Sign A Letter From 16 Bipartisan State Attorneys General To The EPA Requesting a Suspension Of The New Rules
In a campaign email last week, Attorney General Roy Cooper made it clear he wants to engage in a public debate about policy. But while the attorney general and Democrat candidate for governor made his support for Obamacare clear.
In his quest to restore the broken Democrat state machine in Raleigh, Roy Cooper continues to hope North Carolinians forget his record and history.
We've all heard about the new 'conservative' group of solar energy fans seeking to continue government subsidies of the solar industry.
That's a mighty apt take on the current environment on Jones Street, as supplied from one disgusted insider who confided in me.
The NC General Assembly was in session until 1:30 am hammering out Amendments to the budget, and it was passed 93-23, with 11 Republicans and 12 Democrats voting against and sent to the Senate.
This week, a bipartisan coalition of House and Senate members unveiled legislation that would allow dozens of eastern North Carolina communities to proceed with a critical sales agreement that will reduce electricity rates and spur job growth and economic development across eastern North Carolina.
This kind of thing happens a lot at the local level. Your county commissioners will claim they are holding the line on the property tax rate.
As Republicans begin their fourth year leading our state legislature it is fair to assess how they and we are doing under their control.
House speaker Tim Moore and the rest of the GOP leadership in Raleigh are crowing about how much better off we'll be now that they've approved an increase in the gas tax and the disbursement of even more corporate welfare.
Senator Bill Cook (R-District 1) filed a comprehensive property insurance reform bill, SB 208, Tuesday, March 10, 2015.
Having a dependable and safe waterway passage for commercial and recreational boats is of paramount importance.
Some of the honorables on Jones Street -- aided and abetted by the drive by media -- are still pushing that myth about how cash-starved the state is for road construction money.
From what Jones Street insiders are telling me, Cumberland County Rep. Rick Glazier (D) is the closest thing to a leader in the General Assembly's lower chamber. And HE is a leader of a distinct minority in the House.
It seems the folks on Jones Street have kicked off one heck of an orgy - apparently in honor of the box office success of '50 Shades of Grey.'
In 2011, the North Carolina Coastal Resources Commission submitted a report forecasting sea level rise along the coast for the next three decades.
Senator Bill Cook (R-District 1) and Senator Norman Sanderson (R-District 2) filed Senate Bill 113, on Tuesday, February 24, 2015, that gives the N.C. Ferry Division temporary authority to enter into contracts for the purchase of motor fuel at a guaranteed price.
I've never been a big fan of study commissions organized by politicians. They are almost always easy ways out for politicians looking to avoid having to take a tough stand on a controversial issue.
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