• News Article

    Senate passes sweeping tax cut package with 8 Democrats on board

    The North Carolina Senate passed a Republican-led tax reform package Wednesday evening in a quick, 36-14 vote that drew eight Democrats to cross the aisle and vote in favor of the bill. House Bill 334 would raise the standard deduction from $21,500 to $25,500 for joint filers, which would…

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    Election integrity bills advance in N.C. Senate

    Three bills comprising the thrust of legislative election integrity efforts advanced through the N.C. Senate Committee on Redistricting and Elections on Wednesday, June 9. Senate Bills 326, 725, and 724 were each approved by voice vote and referred out of committee. The first bill presented, Senate Bill 724, is…

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    Concealed carry bill heads to Cooper’s desk

    The N.C. legislature has passed a bill that would allow someone with a concealed carry permit to carry a handgun onto property that is both a church and a school, but only during non-school hours. The bill heads to the desk of Gov. Roy Cooper. Current law makes carrying a…

  • Opinion Article

    Getting North Carolina back to work

    It’s summertime in North Carolina. The weather is improving, COVID cases are declining, students have finished their school years, our favorite bars and restaurants are finally ready to open but are unable to fill critical positions on their staff. You don’t have to look far to see short-handed small businesses…

  • News Article

    Lawmakers to Cooper: Show us the science

    It has been 450 days since Gov. Roy Cooper put North Carolina under a state-of-emergency order due to the COVID pandemic.  State lawmakers are demanding concrete information on when it will end. On Tuesday, leaders in the N.C. House formally asked Cooper to provide the scientific data used to…