Legislative Activity

 

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…

 

Constitutional Amendments in the September Session

The legislature has already had a successful session, overriding several of Gov. Perdue’s vetoes and approving redistricting maps for both U.S. Congress and the state legislature.  On September 12, the legislature will meet again in a special session lasting an estimated three days to discuss potential constitutional amendments.  These amendments…

 

Guilford County Redistricting Draws Unfair Criticism

This article originally appeared in the Greensboro News & Record “Counterpoint,” on 8/10/11 Recently the state legislature crafted a redistricting plan for the Guilford County Board of Commissioners. Unfortunately, most of the awareness has been created by the plan’s opponents, whose shrieking, hyperbolic letters are much ado about nothing. The…

 

New Maps Rankle Old Majority

So the maps are out, and not surprisingly, so are the hecklers. The General Assembly recently released the legislative redistricting maps that will be in place for the next decade.  These maps have been met with  an understandable fury of protest by Democrats who will soon face Republican-drawn districts for…

 

Tourists Tamed by Precarious Pumps

Last spring, several of my friends and I drove to Florida for vacation. I had no idea the drive would turn out to be a highly calculated pilgrimage from gas station to gas station, plotting every stop with the precision of a paranoid mapmaker. Oh how naïve I was. Imagine…

 

Government Size on the Rise? Lobbying a Telltale Sign

Here in North Carolina, lobbying is becoming a microcosm of our state’s government.  The number of lobbyists located in the state has steadily grown over the past fifteen years.  The question is why? North Carolina defines lobbying as “influencing or attempting to influence legislative or executive action through direct communication…

 

Bev’s Vetoes: Politics over Principle

“This bill is a dangerous intrusion into the confidential relationship that exists between women and their doctors,” she said.  “The bill contains provisions that are the most extreme in the nation in terms of interfering with that relationship. Physicians must be free to advise and treat their patients based on…

 

Top Possible Veto Overrides

Several possible veto overrides are in the air as legislators reconvene later this month to discuss Gov. Bev Perdue’s record-breaking 15 vetoes.  The question remains as to whether both chambers have the three-fifths majority needed to bypass the Governor’s signature and ratify these bills into law. Below are the top…

 

The Veto Governor

Gov. Bev Perdue has declared repeatedly that she wants to be remembered as North Carolina’s “jobs governor”, but the 2011 legislative session has cemented her place in history for a completely different reason: her vetoes. Perdue has vetoed more legislation than every previous governor combined. A governor previously mocked for…

 

Wisconsin Union Battle: Framing the Debate in North Carolina?

Amidst the controversy surrounding recent legislation that would have affected the North Carolina Association of Educators (NCAE), people are regrettably misinformed.  Gov. Bev Perdue’s veto of legislation banning automatic dues payments from NCAE members’ paychecks exposed several prevailing misconceptions. First, the NCAE has certain self-interests. The NCAE is a lobbying…

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