Tag:North Carolina General Assembly

  • H.B. 500 left little but dregs for craft brewers

    Rep. Chuck McGrady, R, Henderson, tried hard to smile this week while presenting the plundered remnants of House Bill 500. The bill, which at first carried much hope and optimism for beer brewers, ended looking much like a Kmart toy aisle on the last day…

  • State budget crisis unlikely, fiscal expert says

    The Insider reported recently about a Fiscal Research Division analysis showing the Senate’s “Billion Dollar Middle Class Tax Cut” would lead to $600 million shortfalls in three of the next five years. Fiscal staff started from the assumption that state government would do all the same things the…

  • UPDATE: McCrory signs judicial reform bill

    UPDATE, 1:48 p.m. Friday: Gov. Pat McCrory has signed S.B. 4 into law. The bill, which the N.C. House passed by a 63-27 vote Friday afternoon, consolidates three state agencies into a new, bipartisan State Board of Elections and Ethics Enforcement, makes Supreme Court races partisan contests, and amends the Court of Appeals…

  • NC House Campaigns, Pt. 4

    The Piedmont Triad area of North Carolina, including large swaths of territory on both sides of I-85, has become one of the state’s most strongly contested political battlegrounds. This will be true in 2002 House races in at least three cases.