Tag:N.C. General Assembly

  • One way to draw the maps: Just follow the rules 

    Rules are important. Whether it’s a sporting event, a corporate meeting or a board game, rules set the parameters of the interaction. Without rules there’s confusion, uncertainty, ambiguity with participants jockeying for an advantage.   Nowhere are rules as important as in apportioning districts to ensure fair and equal representation in government. Our state…

  • Control? For N.C. ABC, business is booming

    The N.C. Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission has released its initial 2018 annual report, the pages of which are filled with colorful photos of smiling people and happy numbers. Proponents of our ABC system make so much of the commission’s power and propensity to “control”…

  • Cooper’s $58 million pipeline agreement under the microscope

    From the time it was announced in January, the agreement between Gov. Roy Cooper and the companies building the Atlantic Coast Pipeline  invited questions about its constitutionality, legality, and practicality. North Carolinians are poised to get answers when work by a subcommittee of the Joint Legislative Commission on Governmental…

  • Weathering the storm through bold leadership 

    If we learned one thing during the devastation and recovery from Hurricanes Florence and Michael, it’s that setting aside more than $2 billion in savings for a rainy day was a very good idea. But that $2 billion didn’t just magically appear. It came from hard decisions, focused…

  • After the storm: N.C. a model for the rest of the country 

    Recovery from Hurricane Florence will be long and hard. But as the waters recede, the strength of North Carolinians shines.   We’ve been here before. From 1851 to 2018, North Carolina has been hit by 65 hurricanes. Hurricane Hazel in the 1950s set a benchmark, and Hurricanes Fran, Floyd,…

  • Municipalities getting into the education business 

    In North Carolina, state law empowers county commissions to oversee school facilities and the collection and appropriation of local tax dollars to school districts. Unlike other states, cities and towns in North Carolina have few direct responsibilities for the public schools in their jurisdiction. Traditionally, municipalities have undertaken infrastructure, zoning, and…

  • House passes proposed amendments by wide margins; Senate is next

    Two replacement constitutional amendments have sailed through the House, but whether voters ever see them is far from decided. The Republican-led General Assembly made clear it doesn’t intend to shift thousands of state board appointments from the governor to the legislature or to severely weaken the…