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#ncga: Are you ready for some welfare? (Corporate welfare, that is. $45 MILLION.)

The “conservative revolution” rolls on.  We’ve obtained a draft of a bill (dated February 4) being drafted and pushed by legislative leaders (read REPUBLICANS) seeking $45 million bucks worth of corporate welfare from my wallet and yours. Last session, rebellious elements within the House Republican caucus…

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#ncga: Snail’s pace. David Lewis. (Let the grumbling begin !!!)

It sounds like the advent of the Tim Moore era in the state House is not all kumbaya and sweet-smelling roses. A number of my sources who have been around Jones Street for years are noticing an apparently much slower pace in organizing things this…

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The Dorothea Dix debacle

Gov. Pat McCrory has announced a deal to sell the former Dorothea Dix hospital property to the City of Raleigh.  The $52 million deal — if finalized — would transform the property that once held the state’s leading mental health treatment facility into a city…

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#ncga: Look who’s back in town!

They’re already making a mess in DC.  And just as we’re coming down from the trauma of THEIR return, the Raleigh crowd is deciding to put in an appearance at our expense.  Yes, ladies and gentlemen, the honorables — and, in some cases, we are…

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#NCGA: Hager’s push for caucus-driven leadership ruffling some feathers

    Incoming House majority leader Mike Hager is trying to open up the decision making process in the General Assembly’s lower chamber.  Typically, the big decisions in that chamber have been made behind closed doors by the speaker and a handful of close advisers…

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#ncga: Tim Moore makes his case for Speaker

Next weekend, state House Republicans will be huddling to ID their picks for House and caucus leadership positions for the upcoming legislative session.  With the departure of Thom Tillis for DC, all eyes are on the race for speaker. A crowd of legislators has big…

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Sizing up the Post-Thom era on Jones Street

Now that it’s clear that Mr. Big Boy Pants is headed to DC, it’s time to start sizing up the battle to fill the leadership void at the top of the state House food chain. State Rep. Justin Burr has just thrown his hat into…

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Easley, Perdue toadie still thriving in state govt in McCrory era

Dan Gerlach has been a major player in North Carolina Democrat circles for some time.  He was a senior adviser to former Gov. Mike Easley (D) and former Gov. Bev Perdue.  Former state senate president president pro tem Marc Basnight (D) and Easley (D) orchestrated…

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#ncga: The dawn of the post-Tillis era

With Mr Big Boy Pants stepping down from the speaker’s dais to seek a “promotion” to DC, a huge power void has been created on Jones Street.  It’s looking pretty clear that the GOP will still own the General Assembly when the smoke clears in…

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#NCGA: Oh, yeah. Here’s where the gas tax money goes.

We’ve posted previously about our frustration over paying an obscenely high gas tax while being told by Raleigh politicians that there is no money to maintain existing or build new roads. Some internal docs at NCDOT are shedding some light on what happens to all of…