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Three N.C. House members rated as "hostile" to taxpayers
 
If you follow state politics, you have no doubt heard of crossover day on the legislative calendar.
If you follow state politics, you have no doubt heard of crossover day on the legislative calendar.
 
N.C. senators are moving forward an omnibus criminal justice reform bill that would make a wide range of changes to state law in response to recent cases of rioting, violence against first responders, and accusations of police brutality.
N.C. senators are moving forward an omnibus criminal justice reform bill that would make a wide range of changes to state law in response to recent cases of rioting, violence against first responders, and accusations of police brutality.
 
Bill would eliminate provisions that broadly criminalize rules violations of certain occupational licensing boards
Bill would eliminate provisions that broadly criminalize rules violations of certain occupational licensing boards
 
Hines' move heads off a primary against incumbent Rep. Virginia Foxx, NC-5
 
A new lawsuit filed Friday, May 7, in Carteret County would end Gov. Roy Cooper’s ability to issue executive orders linked to the COVID-19 pandemic.
A new lawsuit filed Friday, May 7, in Carteret County would end Gov. Roy Cooper’s ability to issue executive orders linked to the COVID-19 pandemic.
 
Occupational therapists who move to North Carolina would have an easier time getting back to work under a bill in the General Assembly.
Occupational therapists who move to North Carolina would have an easier time getting back to work under a bill in the General Assembly.
 
The N.C. Senate is now considering the House's bill that would require open access to lessons plans and instructional material being taught in public schools.
The N.C. Senate is now considering the House's bill that would require open access to lessons plans and instructional material being taught in public schools.
 
One measure passing the committee directs the Legislative Research Commission to study ABC rules in other states
 
The state House wants Congress to reject proposals for packing the U.S. Supreme Court.
The state House wants Congress to reject proposals for packing the U.S. Supreme Court.
 
The Senate is close to approving a trio of health care bills aimed at reducing costs and increasing transparency in the system.
The Senate is close to approving a trio of health care bills aimed at reducing costs and increasing transparency in the system.
 
With the legislature’s crossover deadline a little more than one week away, the N.C. House is tackling multiple bills during the session that reconvened this afternoon.
With the legislature’s crossover deadline a little more than one week away, the N.C. House is tackling multiple bills during the session that reconvened this afternoon.
 
NC's disorganized and confusing criminal code creates havoc for some people encountering the system
 
The N.C. House committee on Alcoholic Beverage Control moved several bills Wednesday, May 5, including measures to expand growler sizes, to allow alcohol service on charter buses, and to set up “social districts.”
The N.C. House committee on Alcoholic Beverage Control moved several bills Wednesday, May 5, including measures to expand growler sizes, to allow alcohol service on charter buses, and to set up “social districts.”
 
The N.C. Senate has already passed its own version of a bill to outlaw collusive settlements.
The N.C. Senate has already passed its own version of a bill to outlaw collusive settlements.
 
“It really is as bad as you think, if not worse … The culture on campus is poisoned,” Carolina Review editor Bryson Piscitelli said
“It really is as bad as you think, if not worse … The culture on campus is poisoned,” Carolina Review editor Bryson Piscitelli said
 
Slow school reopening, dropping enrollment, and union influence on health policy may mean new energy for the school choice movement
Slow school reopening, dropping enrollment, and union influence on health policy may mean new energy for the school choice movement
 
Vote sets up a potential compromise version with the House
 
Are nurse anesthetists overpaid by 74%? Are telemarketers underpaid by 25%?
Are nurse anesthetists overpaid by 74%? Are telemarketers underpaid by 25%?
 
Republican leadership in the General Assembly has introduced legislation to increase penalties for rioting across North Carolina.
Republican leadership in the General Assembly has introduced legislation to increase penalties for rioting across North Carolina.
 
The economy is rigged, but not in the way Bernie Sanders thinks — capitalism is not the problem.
The economy is rigged, but not in the way Bernie Sanders thinks — capitalism is not the problem.
 
When is losing the entire value of your property due to government regulation, not an “undue hardship”?
When is losing the entire value of your property due to government regulation, not an “undue hardship”?
 
It’s hard to get away from an object that’s sticky.
 
Legislation introduced in this session of the General Assembly seeks to reduce restrictions created by certificate of need laws, which critics say reduce access to health care and increase costs.
Legislation introduced in this session of the General Assembly seeks to reduce restrictions created by certificate of need laws, which critics say reduce access to health care and increase costs.
 
The high price tag leaves a bad taste for some
The high price tag leaves a bad taste for some
 
Experts say reform would open door for safer, more convenient care
 
Nine of the top schools in North Carolina are, technically, schools of choice, according to recently released rankings of the best schools in the country.
Nine of the top schools in North Carolina are, technically, schools of choice, according to recently released rankings of the best schools in the country.
 
Gov. Roy Cooper’s Department of Revenue did not do enough to get “Extra Credit” grants to low-income families eligible for them, a new audit finds.
Gov. Roy Cooper’s Department of Revenue did not do enough to get “Extra Credit” grants to low-income families eligible for them, a new audit finds.
 
Lawmakers in the North Carolina House fast-tracked a bill today that would allow businesses that received Payroll Protection Program loans from the federal government to have any expenses the funds were used for deducted from state tax.
Lawmakers in the North Carolina House fast-tracked a bill today that would allow businesses that received Payroll Protection Program loans from the federal government to have any expenses the funds were used for deducted from state tax.
 
Legislation to expand school choice in North Carolina is on the move in both chambers of the General Assembly, after both the N.C. Senate Education Committee and Rules Committee OK’ed a measure to increase the dollar value of Opportunity Scholarships and open them to more families.
Legislation to expand school choice in North Carolina is on the move in both chambers of the General Assembly, after both the N.C. Senate Education Committee and Rules Committee OK’ed a measure to increase the dollar value of Opportunity Scholarships and open them to more families.
 
Senate Bill 360 is meant to resolve the type of situation that evolved in 2020 with actions taken by N.C. State Board of Elections Director Karen Brinson Bell.
Senate Bill 360 is meant to resolve the type of situation that evolved in 2020 with actions taken by N.C. State Board of Elections Director Karen Brinson Bell.
 
Survey shows slight majority of Republican likely voters would supported a similar measure.
Survey shows slight majority of Republican likely voters would supported a similar measure.
 
Just one day after Congressman Ted Budd announced he would in fact run for the U.S. Senate, the soon-to-be-open 13th Congressional District already has Republican candidates eyeing the GOP-leaning seat.
Just one day after Congressman Ted Budd announced he would in fact run for the U.S. Senate, the soon-to-be-open 13th Congressional District already has Republican candidates eyeing the GOP-leaning seat.
 
A measure that would require a healthcare facility to notify patients of any out-of-network care they receive is moving through the Senate.
A measure that would require a healthcare facility to notify patients of any out-of-network care they receive is moving through the Senate.
 
The N.C. House on Wednesday, April 28, in 77-42 vote approved the Kickoff College Sports Act, which would allow full capacity attendance at outdoor college stadiums.
The N.C. House on Wednesday, April 28, in 77-42 vote approved the Kickoff College Sports Act, which would allow full capacity attendance at outdoor college stadiums.
 
Gov. Roy Cooper, a Democrat, decreed Wednesday, April 28, that he will lift the mandate on masks for people outside, but that the indoor mandate will remain at least until June 1.
Gov. Roy Cooper, a Democrat, decreed Wednesday, April 28, that he will lift the mandate on masks for people outside, but that the indoor mandate will remain at least until June 1.
 
Lt. Gov. Mark Robinson testified in Washington D.C. Thursday, passionately arguing that people of all races and backgrounds are fully capable of obtaining voter identification and participating in a secure voting system.
Lt. Gov. Mark Robinson testified in Washington D.C. Thursday, passionately arguing that people of all races and backgrounds are fully capable of obtaining voter identification and participating in a secure voting system.
 
The Senate Redistricting and Elections Committee on Wednesday, April 21, approved Senate Bill 360, which would require legislative leaders to sign off on any deal settling a lawsuit in which the General Assembly is a party.
The Senate Redistricting and Elections Committee on Wednesday, April 21, approved Senate Bill 360, which would require legislative leaders to sign off on any deal settling a lawsuit in which the General Assembly is a party.
 
A recently introduced Senate bill would authorize and regulate sports betting in North Carolina beyond the tribal casinos with the revenue primarily going to schools and economic development.
A recently introduced Senate bill would authorize and regulate sports betting in North Carolina beyond the tribal casinos with the revenue primarily going to schools and economic development.
 
The North Carolina House has passed a bill that would give individual school districts more flexibility to set their own calendars.
The North Carolina House has passed a bill that would give individual school districts more flexibility to set their own calendars.
 
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