Why cut spending when you can just holler for Mo’ Money?

We thought we saw the shape of things to come in that Revenue Laws Committee meeting on Jones Street earlier this week. The meeting featured a presentation from the UNC School of Government bemoaning how tough things are financially for local governments.  It clearly looked like the table was being set to wheedle a bailout out of the “honorables.” Judging from Gov. Pat McCrory’s comments to local govt leaders today, it appears we were not far off in our reading of the political tea leaves:   We would hope that our “conservative revolutionaries” in Raleigh would use this opportunity to…

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#ncga: A ploy to ratchet up state spending?

  I stumbled across something interesting yesterday while nosing through cyberspace.  State Rep. David Lewis (R-Harnett) released some documentation for the legislature’s Revenue Laws Committee meeting yesterday.  (Even though they are out of session, the “honorables” are still poking around and making mischief.)  As you may have noticed, one of the documents was  a pdf entitled “Local Government Functions.”  Click on that link and you find a presentation compiled by someone from the UNC School of Government.  Here are some of the more interesting tidbits contained in the file: For 2012-13, North Carolina county governments took in a grand total…

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#ncga: Jones Street pressure sent Decker packing

The governor’s office is spinning commerce secretary Sharon Decker’s resignation as a chance for her to seek bigger and better opportunities. But a well-placed source of mine from Jones Street says the honorables sent a loud-and-clear message to Team McCrory on Blount Street that Madame Secretary had to go:  “The public-private partnership is not working.  She was wanting to have a special session on all of these incentives and handouts that none of us were thrilled with.  She and her team at Commerce were just not even close to being on the same page as we were.  If she hung…

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Opening Pandora’s box

Then-speaker Thom Tillis, Skip Stam, the Black Caucus, and The John Locke Foundation were all quite passionate about passing reparations for people sterilized by the state of North Carolina from the 20s to the 70s.  Some of us who were skeptical of that push were worried about the precedent that could be set by approving payments like this.  Well, the reparations finally got approved, and — apparently — a new group of people has been inspired:  The N.C. Democratic Party is calling on state lawmakers to pay descendants of people victimized by the 1898 Wilmington Race Riot. The party’s State…

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#ncga: The brave new world of the House GOP (A rightward shift?)

A rightward shift.  That’s how two sources – who both had votes in today’s leadership vote — described the final results to me.  You can read and watch the accounts by drive-bys, but it’s always interesting to hear the inside story from people who know the players and took part in the wheeling and dealing. Women: My sources tell me that there was a special interest in ensuring a respectable level of representation for women within the House leadership — since that demographic has grown so dramatically over the last couple of election cycles. Wake County’s Marilyn Avila was elected deputy…

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#ncga: Moore of the same, or someting Moore?

I wasn’t surprised that Tim Moore was tapped by his GOP House colleagues Saturday to be the next speaker of the North Carolina House.  I WAS surprised that he got the nod on the first ballot against FIVE other candidates.  Here’s what Moore had to say on Saturday post-victory: “With a successful November election behind us and new leadership in place, I am anxious to continue to do the work the people elected me to do and to continue to implement policies in the Long Session that move our state forward. I am committed to improving North Carolina through greater economic opportunity,…

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The UN influencing North Carolina’s sea level rise report?

We’ve reported extensively on the on-going saga with the Coastal Resources Commission and their, um, “struggle”  to comply with the legislature’s instructions to produce a balanced, science-based sea level rise report. Some people’s eyes may glaze over in sheer boredom from this topic.  But it’s very important to folks who own property along the coast.  The contents of that sea level rise report will greatly influence property insurance rates and planning and zoning rules along the coast for years to come. The environmental movement claims that dramatic sea level increases are in store for coastal North Carolina, and that dramatic restrictions…

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#ncga: We don’t need no (new) regulations

We don’t need no education  regulations We dont need no thought control price controls No dark sarcasm  nosy bureaucrats in the classroom  our business Teachers Politicians, leave them kids  folks alone It’s widely accepted that voters in November sent a message loud and clear:  Butt out.  And what have Republicans in Raleigh taken away from all that?: North Carolina legislators expect to consider new state regulations in 2015 for fast-growing “sharing economy” companies such as Uber and Airbnb. The businesses – which allow anyone to become a taxi driver or innkeeper through an online app – don’t face the same rules as traditional…

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(*SIGH*) That’s OUR Pat.

It’s amazing. It used to be the kiss of death for a politician when he or she blatantly disrespects their base.  But, hey — Thom Tillis did it, and he’s now a US senator.  Pat McCrory looks like he’s following Thom’s lead.  Who knows? Maybe conservatives will hold their nose for him in 2016 like they did for Thom earlier this month.  In a horrible piece of judicial overreach, Richard Burr’s favorite federal judge overturned the marriage amendment to the state constitution.  What was our fearless leader’s response?  Belly-up, full submission.  A federal judge had just stepped in and made…

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#NCGA: House leadership races? (We’ve got the inside scoop.)

The Republican majority will huddle next weekend to pick leaders for the chamber AND for their caucus.  Since they are a majority in the General Assembly’s lower chamber, the Republican picks will be quite the big dogs in the upcoming sessions. The candidates to replace Thom Tillis on the speaker’s dais have been bandied about cyberspace and the drive-by media.  Thanks to some really-inside sources, we have a comprehensive roster of the candidates being considered by the GOP caucus next weekend.  (Of course, we’re going to offer up our opinions / analysis on the candidates.  That is, after all, what…

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