Tag:N.C. General Assembly

  • N.C.’s bottom line in pretty good shape, says budget officers’ report

    North Carolina’s fiscal policy is relatively strong when compared to much of the country. A 2017 survey by the National Association of State Budget Officers found state governments have collected less revenue than expected after tax season. North Carolina, though, has done pretty well. NASBO says governors are recommending spending increases averaging 1 percent in…

  • Good government built on honesty and openness

    “Sunlight is said to be the best of disinfectants.” Credited to Louis Brandeis from Harper’s Weekly in 1913, it was true then, and it’s true today. Shedding light on government leaves it transparent, open, accessible, and accountable. It’s also harder to do bad things when you know someone is watching. I’ve…

  • Cooper’s selective constitutionalism in redistricting fight

    Before Gov. Roy Cooper and his surrogates accuse the N.C. General Assembly of “thumbing its nose at the North Carolina Constitution and the U.S. Supreme Court,” the governor might want to reflect on his own actions in connection with legislative electoral redistricting. The best place to start involves a question:…

  • NCGA roundup: Local cops could get whistleblower protections

      RALEIGH — Local police in North Carolina would have whistleblower protections under a bill introduced in the state House. “If you have whistleblower protections throughout government, to not have these fellows also covered just wasn’t copacetic,” said Rep. Chris Malone, R-Wake,…

  • Lawmakers return to Raleigh, immediately get to work

    Lawmakers began filing bills, assigned committee members, and remembered a former state representative as the N.C. General Assembly returned to the state capital after a two-week break. Democratic leaders laid out an agenda they hope the Republican majority might consider. Sen. Dan Blue, D-Wake, and Rep. Darren…

  • House Democrats name Jackson minority leader

    RALEIGH — House Democrats have selected Rep. Darren Jackson as their minority leader for the 2017 session of the General Assembly. Jackson, an attorney from Wake County, was elected to his fifth term in the state House in November. He has been a leading critic of the state’s transgender…

  • If it’s politics, it’s fine

    Ten words from a single U.S. Supreme Court justice just might have derailed an effort to end partisan gerrymandering through judicial fiat. “If it’s politics, it’s fine; if it’s race, it’s not.” Justice Elena Kagan, an Obama appointee, uttered that line during oral arguments Monday in McCrory v.