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The current legislative session has been hailed in most quarters as a success, yet much remains to be done
Even though N.C. legislators left Raleigh on July 1, much earlier than in recent memory, the General Assembly had enough time to enact positive policy reforms
The federal government has just released another set of economic statistics - and they again show North Carolina has one of the fastest-growing economies in the United States
State Senator Bill Cook (R-District 1) voted today in support of the final bipartisan state budget compromise with the House of Representatives and Governor Pat McCrory
State Senator Bill Cook (R-District 1) voted today in support of the Senate version of the state budget, which cuts taxes, controls the growth of government spending, bolsters the state's savings, and dramatically increases teacher pay.
Senator Bill Cook (R-District 1) and Senator Norman W. Sanderson (R-District 2) filed Senate Bill 812 (Ferry Tolling/Replacement Funds) Wednesday, May 4, 2016 legislation that would remove tolls on the three North Carolina ferry routes that have them now
The North Carolina Department of Commerce's N.C. Competes for Jobs tour will bring senior Commerce officials to regions across the state for a series of economic development sessions.
Former Democrat NC House Speaker Joe Mavretic: Repeal of Charlotte Bathroom Ordinance "Good Move," Senate Democrats "Did Not Have The Courage To Stand And Vote"
The North Carolina Republican Party (NCGOP) released the following statement in response to Attorney General Roy Cooper's refusal to defend North Carolin
The office of Sen. Bill Cook (R-District 1) announced Wednesday, December 09, 2015 the interim committees that Cook will serve on before returning to Raleigh for the short legislative session.
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.
Sen. Bill Cook (R-District 1) announced Friday, Nov. 20, 2015 that five key projects in Senate District 1 will be completed sooner as a result of major transportation funding reforms passed by the North Carolina General Assembly in 2015.
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.
North Carolina has long faced challenges with aging infrastructure - and with a rapidly growing population, our state's needs are also rapidly growing.
A settlement agreement has been finalized today, Monday, June 15, 2015, which will allow the North Carolina Department of Transportation to replace the aging Herbert C. Bonner Bridge over the Oregon Inlet with a new parallel bridge.
Yesterday, legislation urging all coastal community colleges to offer courses on commercial fishing and aquaculture was signed into law.
The office of Senator Bill Cook (R-District 1) released on Monday, June 08, 2015, a letter that he along with twenty two other State Senators signed pleading for assistance from the North Carolina Congressional Delegation with stabilizing Oregon Inlet.
It was an honor and a privilege last week to welcome members of our armed forces - including men and women from North Carolina's National Guard - to the General Assembly as a part of our Military Appreciation Day.
A little more than two years ago, North Carolina had an albatross strangling our economy.
Senate Bill 374 (Modify For-Hire License Logbook Requirement) a bill that I crafted passed unanimously in the Senate and the bill has been sent to the House. In this legislation, the for-hire coastal recreation fishing licenses are altered to a voluntary requirement.
Clark Twiddy, a Dare County resident, was elected by the Senate on Thursday, April 16, 2015 to serve on the North Carolina State Board of Community Colleges for a term of six years.
As the state tax filing deadline passed this week, the vast majority of North Carolinians will keep more of their own tax dollars due to policy decisions made by the Republican General Assembly during the past two legislative bienniums.
Leaders have been telling us for more than a decade. We want the rest of the story, specifically how are we going to pay for them.
Steve Logan, former East Carolina University head football coach, recently remarked that things don't usually turn out well for head coaches. The same is often true for anyone who serves "at the pleasure" of someone or some group. UNC President Tom Ross is the latest example.
Senator Bill Cook (R-District 1) is scheduled to be sworn in for a second term to the North Carolina State Senate.
The National Rifle Association (NRA) recently announced their endorsement of supporting my re-election campaign to the North Carolina State Senate for District 1.
Senator Bill Cook (R-District 1) released the following statement after being declared the winner in this year's midterm election.
Senator Bill Cook (R-District 1) issued the following statement today, Thursday, Dec. 04, 2014, after the North Carolina Board of Transportation released a draft of the State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP).
Exhausted legislators finally saw the closing gavel and heard the fat lady sing the "sine die," followed quickly by the Hallelujah chorus striking up the perennial tune, "There has to be a better way to run a state."
North Carolina state government is spending more money per person this budget year than ever before. A new John Locke Foundation Spotlight report documents that fact, which gets lost in ongoing debates about state budget "cuts."
In one of its last actions for the 2014 legislative session, the House defeated a Senate proposal to restructure county sales taxes, with a number of House members voicing concerns and voting against the economic development components included in H1224
Both chambers passed Senate Bill – SB734, (Regulatory Reform Act of 2014) with bipartisan support on Friday, August 15, 2014.
Today, Saturday, August 02, 2014, the House passed a $21.25 billion state budget. The Senate passed the same bipartisan state budget on Friday, August 01, 2014.
The Senate on Thursday passed a revised version of H1224 (Local Sales Tax Options/Econ Devpt Changes) that changes county sales tax authority.
On Thursday, July 24, 2014, I presented Senate Bill - SB788 (Town of Duck Eminent Domain) and Senate Bill - SB877 (Exempt Time Shares/Rule Against Perpetuities) to the Committee on Rules, Calendar, and Operations of the House.
McCrory rift with Senate may stall NC budget. Ya Think ???? That was the eloquently succinct and prescient headline atop the latest missive from McClatchy-Charlotte's genial geriatric Jim Morrill.
That was an example of the kind of commentary we got during debate on traffic cameras in the North Carolina Senate.
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