If you think Republican legislators aren't scared to death of public school teachers and parents, think again. That's why they're planning to wrap up the short session "no later than June 10," which just happens to be the last day of classes in all of North Carolina's public schools (except for year round schools). Yes, legislators will be scurrying out of Raleigh like rats before they risk the ire of few hundred thousand pissed off educators.
Tom Tillis, of course, is totally irrelevant because of his US Senate bid, and Pat McCrory totally irrelevant because he is Pat McCrory. That leaves only two people who matter: Art Pope and Phil Berger, in that order. Neither man gives a flying flip about public schools or teachers, and neither has a plan to address the growing unrest in the teachers' ranks.
Brad Salmon announced Saturday that he will be a candidate for the NC house district 51 seat currently held by Mike Stone. Salmon made his announcement at a Harnett County Democratic Men's Club meeting held in the Barbeque community in western Harnett County. The 51st district includes western portions of Harnett County and most of Lee County.
Salmon is a lifelong resident of the Mamers community where his family has farmed for generations. A product of the Harnett County public schools, he is a graduate of both North Carolina State University and Campbell University, where he obtained his law degree. Salmon continues to farm while practicing law in Lillington.
With control of the House, Senate and Governor’s mansion, the North Carolina Republican Party pushed through a variety of bills this past session.
Voter identification, abortion restrictions, unemployment benefit cuts and a variety of other laws galvanized the GOP base and spurred negative reaction and protests from opponents. How did the party seize control and can it maintain its hold on power?
Host Frank Stasio talks about the state of the North Carolina GOP with Becki Gray, vice president for outreach at the John Locke Foundation; Brian Balfour, director of policy at the Civitas Institute; and Marc Rotterman, a GOP political consultant.
“North Carolinians continue to be closely divided on Kay Hagan,” said Dean Debnam, President of Public Policy Polling. “But she’ll get a break if she can run against the leadership of an extremely unpopular GOP legislature.”
Raleigh, N.C.— The unpopularity of the North Carolina General Assembly may be starting to take a toll on the Republican Party’s chances of ousting freshman Sen. Kay Hagan next fall. Last month, she led eight Republicans tested against her by margins of only four to nine points. In this month’s poll, that has shot up an average of six points.
The legislature still has a lot to do before it adjourns, but now that Republicans have agreed on a tax plan, the legislature can now move to finalize the other big money bill, the budget.
Sen. Pete Brunstetter, lead negotiator for the Senate, said the budget subcommittee chairmen have finished their work and now the "big chairs" as they're called are working through the differences in the House and Senate budgets. Each chamber passed $20.6 billion budgets, but they differ in the policy details.
Brunstetter said he doubts there will be a compromise budget made public this week because House and Senate negotiators have a lot to talk about.
"We're making best speed, but there's a lot of stuff," the Winston-Salem Republican
Submitted by Martha Brock on Tue, 04/02/2013 - 7:50am
From the Fayetteville Observer editorial:
Why would state Rep. Edgar Starnes and Sen. Jerry Tillman want North Carolina to be the next Florida? That's what they would turn us into, in the 2016 presidential election.
The Republican lawmakers have filed bills that cut the early-voting period from two weeks to one and eliminate same-day voter registration.
Starnes' bill also would halt early voting on Sundays and ban straight-ticket voting.
We know most lawmakers aren't historians, but what happened in Florida last November is such recent history that it almost still qualifies as news. But Starnes and Tillman are ignoring it, which may doom us to relive it.
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