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  • Lawmakers Consider Moves Easing Retiree Debt

    RALEIGH — A legislative oversight committee on Wednesday voted to consider measures aimed at reducing the $25.5 billion unfunded liability in the state retiree health benefit fund. Kiernan McGorty, principal program evaluator for the legislature’s Program Evaluation Division, said options to reduce the liability include increasing taxpayer subsidies to the…

  • NCGOP Calls On Cooper To Enforce Immigration Laws

    RALEIGH – State GOP Executive Director Dallas Woodhouse on Thursday called on Democratic Attorney General Roy Cooper to support legislation passed by the General Assembly prohibiting local governments in North Carolina from establishing sanctuary cities that restrict enforcement of immigration laws. Cooper is expected to seek the Democratic nomination for…

  • Governor Names More State Properties For Disposal

    RALEIGH — Gov. Pat McCrory’s office on Tuesday announced plans to put two state properties on the market. One is in the state capital and the other in McCrory’s home city of Charlotte. These are in addition to two historic homes near the Executive Mansion that the governor’s office said…

  • McHenry Explains Shift From Rabble-Rouser to Policymaker

    RALEIGH — Republican U.S. Rep. Patrick McHenry, who serves the 10th Congressional District, said the single term he served in the state House more than a decade ago — along with his first term in Washington — taught him what to do, and what not to do. “My concerted effort…

  • Conservatives Campaign Against Death Penalty

    RALEIGH — A group of conservatives opposed to the death penalty have started raising awareness of their cause to state leaders. They hosted a press conference Sept. 22 at the Legislative Building, hoping the conversation eventually can reach the level it achieved in Nebraska, which repealed capital punishment earlier this…

  • House Revolt Nearly Sinks Primary Bill

    RALEIGH — The effort to move North Carolina’s consolidated primary to March 15, 2016, barely cleared the state House as 19 Republicans joined most Democrats in opposing the measure because of a change in campaign finance law tacked onto the bill at the 11th hour. The bill passed the House…

  • NCGA Moves Charter School Operation To State Board

    RALEIGH — Legislation creating a state Office of Charter Schools and shifting management of those alternative public schools from the Department of Public Instruction to the State Board of Education has cleared the General Assembly and awaits Gov. Pat McCrory’s signature. Superintendent June Atkinson, who oversees DPI, says the change…

  • Consolidated March Primary More Likely

    RALEIGH – Legislative election law writers continue working toward having a combined primary on March 15, 2016, allowing voters to cast ballots for president and nominate their party favorites for other statewide and local offices. Details may be completed next week, said Sen. Bob Rucho, R-Mecklenburg.

  • Expert: N.C. Election Lawsuit Has National Implications

    RALEIGH — The federal government’s lawsuit against North Carolina election laws could have “extraordinary ramifications for the United States,” an election law expert told a Tuesday meeting of the Campbell Law School Federalist Society. Former Justice Department attorney Christian Adams said plaintiffs in the case essentially are taking the position…

  • Budget Deal Boosts Starting Teacher Salaries, Gives Others $750 Bonuses

    RALEIGH — The budget provides $750 one-time bonuses for state employees and other teachers, ends transfers from the Highway Fund to the General Fund to pay for the State Highway Patrol, gives troopers and correction officers an additional bump in pay, and provides money affording additional students from lower income families…