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High Speed Rail Funds Race Ahead

April 19, 2011 – 8:21 am
High Speed Rail Funds Race Ahead

By Brian Balfour | Civitas Institute
RALEIGH – House Bill 422, No High-Speed Rail Money from Federal Government, has been under attack by major media outlets, special interest groups, and big-spending politicians in Raleigh. True …

Voters Say Sign the Bill

April 18, 2011 – 12:16 pm
Voters Say Sign the Bill

Raleigh, N.C. – Sign the Unemployment/No Government Shutdown bill is the message from voters to Democratic Governor Bev Perdue according to a new SurveyUSA poll released today by the Civitas Institute.
According to …

Budget Claims Are Beyond Belief

April 18, 2011 – 12:12 pm
Budget Claims Are Beyond Belief

By John Hood
RALEIGH – If there was a prize for political exaggeration, critics of the Republican state budget plan would already be preparing their acceptance speeches.
Let’s begin with some numbers. North Carolina faces a projected …

Hagan Visits Storm-Ravaged Areas in NC

April 18, 2011 – 7:11 am

STAFF REPORTS | LINCOLN TRIBUNE
RALEIGH, N.C.– U.S. Senator Kay R. Hagan  (D-NC) on Sunday visited storm and tornado-ravaged areas in North Carolina. Hagan toured the wreckage at the Lowe’s in Sanford, where employees …

Davis Garage Pits Downtown Businessman Against Transit Planners

April 17, 2011 – 9:19 am
Davis Garage Pits Downtown Businessman Against Transit Planners

W-S debates location of transit hub and compensation to owner
By Sam A. Hieb | Carolina Journal
WINSTON-SALEM — Take a look around Davis Garage, and you’ll see more than a few reminders of its former …

Perdue to veto unemployment benefits

April 16, 2011 – 10:36 am
Perdue to veto unemployment benefits

STAFF REPORTS | LINCOLN TRIBUNE

RALEIGH, N.C. – Workers suffering from long term unemployment may not have a friend in Governor Beverly Perdue.
After the Republican controlled General Assembly met on Saturday morning to ratify a bill …

Time for a Smarter Start to Childcare Investment

April 15, 2011 – 2:39 pm
Time for a Smarter Start to Childcare Investment

By Andrew Henson | Civitas Institute
Throughout the heated discussion surrounding the future of North Carolina’s early childcare programs Smart Start and More at Four – amplified by well organized  squadrons of parents, Smart Start administrators, …

Highlights of the House GOP Budget Proposal

April 14, 2011 – 3:50 pm
Highlights of the House GOP Budget Proposal

General Assembly Republicans take aim at several Perdue priorities
By Anthony Greco | Carolina Journal
RALEIGH — Republicans in the six House Appropriations Subcommittees rolled out their budget proposals Tuesday afternoon. Party leaders say the plan …

Bill Would Take Map-Drawing Process Away From Politicians

April 14, 2011 – 3:39 pm
Bill Would Take Map-Drawing Process Away From Politicians

Proposed law would take effect after 2020 census
By David N. Bass | Carolina Journal
RALEIGH — A bipartisan coalition of lawmakers and activists are touting a bill that would take redistricting out of politicians’ hands …

Fat Pipe Dreams in North Carolina

April 14, 2011 – 10:41 am

By Richard Bennett | From Innovation Policy Blog
There’s a big fight going on in North Carolina over rural broadband. Representative Avila and Senator Apodaca have introduced bills that would place some fairly light …

House Passes NCGA Leadership Term-Limits Amendment

April 12, 2011 – 11:10 am
House Passes NCGA Leadership Term-Limits Amendment

Measure now goes to Senate; would be on the ballot in 2012
By David N. Bass | Carolina Journal
RALEIGH — After a two-week delay, Republicans in the N.C. House barely cobbled together enough Democratic support …

Voters Say Photo ID Would Improve Integrity of Elections

April 11, 2011 – 11:48 am
Voters Say Photo ID Would Improve Integrity of Elections

Raleigh, N.C. – Requiring voters to show a government-issued photo ID would improve voting security according to those responding to the most recent Civitas Institute poll.
Sixty-nine percent of North Carolina voters …

Budget starts taking shape as Republicans debate federal rail funding

April 11, 2011 – 11:22 am
Budget starts taking shape as Republicans debate federal rail funding

NCGA Preview: Week of April 11
By Anthony Greco | Carolina Journal
RALEIGH – This week, the General Assembly begins tackling the budget for the next two-year cycle in earnest, as the House Appropriations Subcommittees …

Taxpayers To Be Railroaded

April 10, 2011 – 10:22 am
Taxpayers To Be Railroaded

By John Hood

RALEIGH – Repeat after me: Federal money is no gift.
Virtually every dollar arriving from “Washington” to state and local governments in North Carolina has either been collected in taxes from North Carolinians …

Republican Attorneys Form Association to Provide Research and Opinion Content on Legal Issues Shaping North Carolina

April 9, 2011 – 7:15 am

STAFF REPORTS | LINCOLN TRIBUNE

Raleigh, NC – The North Carolina Republican Attorneys Association released the findings of a recent survey of North Carolina voters covering various legal issues facing the North Carolina General …

Voters Oppose Cities Using Taxes and Debt for Broadband Systems

April 8, 2011 – 4:59 pm
Voters Oppose Cities Using Taxes and Debt for Broadband Systems

Raleigh, N.C. – Over half of North Carolina voters, 54 percent, oppose cities building broadband internet systems that would be controlled by the city and supported with tax dollars according to a new …

Perdue, Berger Cross Swords Over Who is More Jobs-Focused

April 8, 2011 – 7:28 am

GOP pegs budget gap at $2.5 billion, not $1.9 billion as Perdue claims
By David N. Bass | Carolina Journal
RALEIGH — Gov. Bev Perdue and the N.C. Senate’s top leader engaged in a round …

An Eminent Domain Amendment Likely To Accomplish Nothing

April 7, 2011 – 10:31 am
An Eminent Domain Amendment Likely To Accomplish Nothing

By Daren Bakst | John Locke Foundation
RALEIGH – The new House eminent domain amendment almost certainly will accomplish nothing.  There’s no teeth to the amendment for it to take a bite out of eminent domain …

NC Voters Want Taxpayer Bill of Rights to Limit State Spending

April 5, 2011 – 7:58 am
NC Voters Want Taxpayer Bill of Rights to Limit State Spending

Raleigh, N.C. – Amidst a record budget deficit, 67 percent of North Carolina voters support a Taxpayer Bill of Rights that would tie annual spending growth to population plus inflation in order …

Debate Heats Up Over State Health Plan and Tort Reform

April 4, 2011 – 6:32 am
Debate Heats Up Over State Health Plan and Tort Reform

Charter schools and voter ID temporarily moved to General Assembly back burner
By Sara Burrows | Carolina Journal
RALEIGH — The General Assembly spent several hours this week in testy debates on whether state employees should …

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