Watch the freshmen

Watch the freshmen

ShareBack in 1994, Republicans steamrolled Democrats and ushered in a new class of freshmen legislators in North Carolina and Congress. With their victory, that freshman class completed the Reagan Revolution and changed politics in Washington and Raleigh. This year,...
Leaving nothing on the table

Leaving nothing on the table

ShareBack in the day, North Carolina had a long session of the legislature in odd numbered years and short session of the legislature in even years. During the long session, the General Assembly passed a budget that would serve the state for two years. It was based on...
A look at a GOP primary poll

A look at a GOP primary poll

ShareI got a glimpse of a poll in a GOP legislative primary and it should give Republican incumbents a shudder. It’s just one district, but there’s an indication that their base is not happy with their elected officials. That feeling could hurt turnout in both the...
Shifting the tax burden

Shifting the tax burden

ShareThe Republican who introduced a bill that allows municipalities to offer a .25¢ sales tax exposes the folly of the GOP tax cuts over the last few years and the negative impact they’re having on North Carolina’s most struggling communities. Instead of providing...
Leaving nothing on the table

Cringe-worthy crossover bills

ShareCrossover and the end of session are when bad things happen in the legislature. This week is crossover, the period in the legislative session where any bill must have passed at least one chamber to stay alive. Bills are flying, people are tired and shenanigans...
Uncharted territory

Uncharted territory

ShareNorth Carolina is in uncharted political territory. Not in well over 100 years has a GOP-controlled legislature welcomed a Democratic governor. When the Republicans took power in 2010, Democrat Bev Perdue still had two years left in her term. In 2012, the...

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