Legislative Activity

 

SB 125: Putting Teeth into Public Records and Open Meeting Laws

Let’s give three cheers for two North Carolina Senators. Last week state Sens. Thom Goolsby (R-New Hanover) and Tom Apodaca (R-Buncombe) sponsored legislation (SB 125) to make it a class 3 misdemeanor to violate public records and open meetings laws, which would at long last give those laws some teeth.…

 

Missing Connection: WRAL and Blueprint NC, $1.7 million in support

When reporting on Blueprint NC’s leaked documents, WRAL was all over the story, with one exception: It somehow failed to mention in any of its stories that the owners of the station are deeply entangled with the left-wing group and some of its allies. A strategy memo  from liberal policy…

 

Famed Economist: NC Can Get Ahead of the Curve

Famed economist Arthur Laffer provided real-world economic solutions at the Civitas Institute’s legislative training session recently in Raleigh. First, though he is best known for “the Laffer Curve” showing how tax cuts can bring in more revenue, and for advising President Reagan, he’s not about party or ideology, he said.…

 

Make Your Representative Work for You

What would the ideal job look like for you? Would it be one in which you had free rein to do whatever your heart desired and were paid regardless of your productivity? Or would you prefer a position in which you created value for yourself and others but were also…

 

Will Republicans Become a Lasting Majority in North Carolina?

As the rest of the South moved solidly Republican in recent decades, North Carolina held out, remaining reliably Democratic at the state and local level except for brief fits and starts. Election 2012 may have changed that — but Republican leaders will have to work hard to make the change…

 

2012 Short Session: Short, But How Sweet?

The 2012 short session has come to a close, marking a dramatic shift from legislative bienniums of the past, both in length and accomplishments.  When legislators returned in 2011, it was the first time in over 100 years that Republicans controlled both chambers. New leadership inherited a massive $2.5 billion…

 

Tea Parties Move to Next Step: Solutions

Tea Party gatherings April 14 in North Carolina showed that the movement is undergoing the necessary if sometimes difficult process of growing to meet further challenges. The “tax day” rally in Greensboro drew about five hundred people; a similar event in Raleigh attracted a sparser crowd. But it would be…

 

Civitas Action Scores Show Much More Conservative Legislature

The 2011 Civitas Action Conservative Effectiveness Scores and Rankings are in and they reveal a legislature much more conservative than in past years. Civitas Action compiles a list of votes that can clearly be defined as conservative or liberal and scores legislators accordingly. Legislators with the highest scores are considered…

 

What Do Statements of Economic Interest Reveal About Your Legislator?

The 2011 Statements of Economic Interest (SEIs) for North Carolina legislators are now available on the Civitas Institute’s website, Carolina Transparency. According to the North Carolina Commission on Ethics, “The State Government Ethics Act requires the disclosure of financial and personal interests” by state legislators and other covered persons. All…

 

Basnight’s Reign Underscores Need for Term Limits

After the 2010 election, North Carolina witnessed the end of the longest political regime in the state’s history: the 17 year reign of Senate President Pro Tempore Marc Basnight (D – Dare). The event serves as a sobering reminder of how skilled politicians can wield enduring power, and underscores the…

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