The Senate budget would transfer the SBI from the attorney general to the governor. That needs careful study says the Greensboro News & Record.
Tom Campbell says that human trafficking will continue growing until we stand up and make it becomes too risky and unprofitable to attempt.
The Wilmington Star-News says that North Carolina’s seawall ban has been good for the beaches and good for the tourism industry.
A deadline for legislation passes, and this turbulent session of the General Assembly has produced decidedly mixed results says the Raleigh News & Observer.
The Winston-Salem Journal writes that the complexity of tax reform translates into a bonanza for the political workers who conduct opposition research.
The N&O buries the one moment of real drama at the Democratic National Convention.
The world's media found the neo-Nazi meme in stories about the school shooting in France just too enticing.
In a Sunday piece, The Charlotte Observer employs all the steps used by the mainstream media to mislead readers.
May 21, 2013, By Barry SmithRALEIGH — Drivers of some of the most fuel-efficient cars in North Carolina could be hit with extra license registration fees. The proposed Senate budget would add $100 annually for electric vehicle registration and $50 annually for hybrid vehicles.
RALEIGH — As a powerful member of the Republican leadership in the N.C. House, Rep. Stephen A. LaRoque railed for years against big government and those who take taxpayer handouts. The former Kinston lawmaker was set to go on trial Monday on a dozen felony charges stemming from a pair of government-funded non-profit corporations federal prosecutors allege he used as personal piggy banks.
RALEIGH — N.C. Attorney General Roy Cooper is opposing a state Senate budget provision that moves much of an investigative unit from his department to one headed by an appointee of Republican Gov. Pat McCrory. Cooper, a Democrat, spoke against the idea Monday, alongside police chiefs and prosecutors who also oppose moving the State Bureau of Investigation to the Department of Public Safety, which includes all other law enforcement agencies.
WILMINGTON — In a history-making move, Brian Berger has been removed from the New Hanover County Board of Commissioners. Following a four-hour-long amotion hearing Monday afternoon, the commissioners voted to remove Berger from the five-member board. The vote was 3-2, with Berger and Commissioner Jonathan Barfield dissenting.
RALEIGH — In an interview with a local magazine published last week, former UNC-Chapel Hill Chancellor James Moeser complained that media coverage of an academic scandal that involved many UNC athletes was more about taking down championship banners than getting at what went wrong.
RALEIGH — In their quest to dismantle commissions and organizations created by Democrats in past years, N.C. Senate Republicans are taking aim at the granddaddy of them all: the state’s Rural Economic Development Center. The proposed Senate budget defunds the Rural Center, which received about $16.6 million in the state budget last year.
RALEIGH — Senate budget writers say their plan, rolled out Sunday night, doesn’t make many big spending changes - with one very large exception. The single largest increase by far in the Senate budget plan is an additional $584 million dollars plowed into Medicaid in the upcoming year. Next year, the increase will be $796 million. Senate leaders say that has to change.