The voter ID process seems simple. You show your ID, you vote. It’s not that simple says Patrick Gannon.
While the sprawling Senate Bill 338 contains interesting economic development proposals, it also contains wildly irresponsible elements says the Charlotte Observer.
Tom Campbell writes that we can surely find a solution that will please most people and not shortchange our children’s education.
The DACA program is a good step toward immigration reform, but it may have stumbled with fatal consequences in a North Carolina case says the Greensboro News & Record.
Some North Carolina civic leaders must feel they’re trying to listen to someone talk out of both sides of his mouth. Only it isn’t a person. It’s state government says the Raleigh News & Observer.
A news outlet’s willingness to own up to its mistakes says a lot about its credibility.
Professors do future journalists and the reading public no favors by teaching students that a left-wing narrative trumps the facts.
News outlets shirk their duty when they fail to acknowledge important stories.
March 27, 2015, By Barry SmithRALEIGH — On Thursday, Sens. Bob Rucho, R-Mecklenburg, Bill Rabon, R-Brunswick, and Jerry Tillman, R-Randolph, introduced a bill that would cut the personal income tax rate over two years from 5.75 percent to 5.5 percent. It also would cut the corporate income tax rate from 5 percent to 4 percent over the same time period.
RALEIGH — House and Senate leaders announced a deal Thursday to gradually cut a few pennies off the state gas and diesel fuel tax over the next two years – starting next week – and to cancel a much more substantial cut that would have cost the state Department of Transportation hundreds of jobs and more than $400 million in revenues.
RALEIGH — State Senate Republican leaders said they would push again this year to further lower personal and corporate income rates – taking a step beyond the GOP tax overhaul package passed two years ago. They filed a bill Thursday that they said amounts to $1 billion in additional tax cuts.
RALEIGH — A bill filed late Thursday by three Republican N.C. senators would put the 308-acre Dorothea Dix property up for bid – likely revoking a deal reached between Raleigh leaders and Gov. Pat McCrory to create a park. Senate Bill 705 calls for ensuring “the fair sale” of the former psychiatric hospital campus by using the state’s standard procedure for surplus property.
WINSTON-SALEM — A state senator from Mecklenburg County has filed a bill what would open up the last round of eugenics compensation payments to victims who were involuntarily sterilized by counties. The state has already sent out a first round of payments to victims who were sterilized by the state eugenics board, and a second and final round of payments is set to go out later this year.
RALEIGH — A bill to define and license three-wheeled cars, or “autocycles,” whizzed through the state House on Thursday, passing a Finance Committee vote and two floor votes with little debate. The vehicles are enclosed like a car, with a steering wheel, safety belts, air bags and a roll cage in case of accidents. They have a three-cylinder engine and can carry a driver and an additional passenger in a rear seat.
RALEIGH — A House committee approved a bill this morning that would shrink the Trinity City Council, after hearing arguments from the legislation sponsor about an out-of-control government body. The committee members narrowly defeated an attempt to add a referendum to the legislation, which would have allowed local voters to make the final decision about changes to the council.
GREENSBORO — A bill filed in the N.C. Senate Thursday would limit political activity by school employees, including teachers and administrators. Sen. Andy Wells, R-Catawba, the bill’s primary sponsor, said school boards across the state have different rules on the time, manner and type of political activities in which school employees can engage.
RALEIGH — Former Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum said during a Thursday visit to the North Carolina General Assembly that he plans to decide by late spring or early summer whether to make another run at the presidency in 2016. Santorum, who was in the Triangle for a speaking engagement, stopped by the Legislative Building at the invitation of Rep. Jason Saine, R-Lincoln, and quickly launched into what frequently sounded like a stump speech on the campaign trail.
RALEIGH — The State Board of Elections has dismissed all four complaints filed against New Hanover County Board of Elections Chairman John Ferrante. Though some members mentioned that the behavior can be concerning, the issue is not within the scope of the board's authority, it concluded Thursday.
CHARLOTTE — A surprise $2 billion drop in Mecklenburg County’s property values happened because the consultant, Pearson Appraisal Services, put off the most questionable assessments until the end, the county tax assessor said Thursday. Since the fall of 2013, Pearson has been re-examining all county property to correct mistakes from the 2011 revaluation.