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Frankenstein Bill Rises from Grave, Revokes Boone Jurisdiction Rights, Ignites Controversy.

Frankenstein Bill Rises from Grave, Revokes Boone Jurisdiction Rights, Ignites Controversy.

According to a new bill passed into law on Wednesday, the western NC city of Boone will lose its rights of extraterritorial jurisdiction (ETJ), seriously limiting the power the city has on residents outside city limits. The bill in question (SB865) passed a House vote 65-47, and the Senate 35-14.…

Moral Monday Price Tag Grows – Now at $10 Billion

Moral Monday Price Tag Grows – Now at $10 Billion

Demands Would Increase Taxes by $4,000 Per Family of Four As more information becomes available about the demands of the “Moral Monday” protestors, and their leaders in the state chapter of the NAACP, the price tag for their wish list grows exponentially. Estimates now reach an eye-popping $10 billion to…

SB 817: Right Problem; Wrong Solution

SB 817: Right Problem; Wrong Solution

Last week Sens. Warren Daniel (R-Burke County), Jeff Tarte (R-Mecklenburg) and Ronald Rabin (R-Harnett County) filed a bill (SB 817) to change legislators’ terms from two to four years. The bill also limits the number of consecutive terms that legislators could serve to four. (There currently are no limits.) The…

A ‘To Do’ List for the Legislature

A ‘To Do’ List for the Legislature

It has been said, “No man’s life, liberty or property are safe while the Legislature is in session.” That should be the guiding principle for all legislative sessions: convene, get the work done and go home. I think 2014’s short session of the North Carolina General Assembly will be quick…

 

Legislative Follow Up to Questions about Prisoner Health Care

There are many questions that are asked in legislative meetings and many times the staff notes that they will have to follow up with those questions at a later meeting. Some of these questions were answered at the March Joint Legislative Oversight Committee on Justice and Public Safety meeting. At…

 

Medicaid Expansion: A Quick Primer

In North Carolina, most news coverage on the Affordable Care Act (ACA), also known as Obamacare, has focused on the massive technical failures of the federal exchange website. But there is another healthcare issue that is heating up all over the country: Medicaid expansion. This article should help provide some…

 

Portrait of a Hit Piece

Bill Moyers – for many years an advocate on television for liberal causes — recently gave North Carolina a lesson in how to disguise bias and distortions as news, and we should pay attention to how he did it. Moyers & Company, his outfit, recently put out a TV/online program…

Who’s Been Naughty and Who’s Been Nice?

Who’s Been Naughty and Who’s Been Nice?

Which North Carolina politicians made the respective lists?

Ten New Laws Passed in 2013 You Should Know About

Ten New Laws Passed in 2013 You Should Know About

Ten New Laws Passed in 2013 You Should Know About The 2013 North Carolina state legislative session was a memorable one. The passage of historic and long-overdue reforms to state taxes, election laws and education made headlines throughout the year. This article is not intended to recap those highly publicized…

 

Troubles With 911 Part II: The Solutions

Last week the issues surrounding the 911 system in the state were brought to light. But what does the Board do from here to fix those issues and make sure the outages are kept to a minimum and that no calls go unanswered? There are a couple of possible solutions.…

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