Archive: 2017 General Assembly

  • Special legislative election: a slam dunk for Democrats?

    If you’re a North Carolina political junkie, it must seem like Christmas came in July. Whether Tar Heel politicos’ stockings are filled with lumps of coal may depend on what happens Wednesday in Greensboro. That day a panel of three federal judges finally will hear attorneys for the General…

  • Multilingual notaries in demand, hard to find

    Spanish-speaking customers frequently came to Concepto Latino in Durham for notary public services. Then Washington politics had an indirect hand in elevating the volume. “I know that when President Trump started initiating his immigration actions a lot of people were bringing in letters to notarize,” showing they were in the…

  • State election/ethics board stays put, for now

    A legal battle between Gov. Roy Cooper and Republican leaders in the General Assembly over the creation of the Bipartisan State Board of Elections and Ethics Enforcement is bypassing the Court of Appeals. The next stop is the N.C. Supreme Court. An order…

  • Many fights, few wins in Cooper’s first legislative session

    When Roy Cooper was elected governor of North Carolina, he faced an uphill battle to fulfill any of his campaign promises. Republicans held a supermajority in the General Assembly, essentially taking away Cooper’s veto power — his main form of leverage. Then in a special session before Cooper was inaugurated, legislators passed several measures further limiting Cooper’s power. They removed the governor’s ability…

  • Cooper vetoes bill that newspaper industry has called a job killer

    Gov. Roy Cooper has vetoed a bill that would change the way local governments issue public notices and referred to the measure as an attack on newspapers. It was Cooper’s eighth veto this year. In his veto message, Cooper, a Democrat, said the Republican-led General Assembly “used the levers of big government to…

  • New Bern trailing the field in Sunday alcohol sales

    New Bern has given opponents of Senate Bill 155 — teetotaling lawmakers and religious leaders — a reason to flash a crooked smile. Those who wrung their hands and told of dark times to come should North Carolina pass a law allowing 10 a.m. Sunday alcohol…

  • Salamido: N.C. Chamber forming litigation division to protect commercial interests

    In 2011, Gary Salamido joined the North Carolina Chamber, a nonpartisan business advocacy organization, as vice president of governmental affairs. Salamido heads the chamber’s lobbying efforts at the North Carolina General Assembly, representing the interests of 35,000 businesses that employ 1.26 million workers across the state.   Before joining the Chamber, Salamido spent 19 years with GlaxoSmithKline, the final decade as GSK’s director of state…