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Apr 13, 2018

New courts panel chairman succeeds beleaguered House member

RALEIGH (AP) A former appeals judge now in the legislature is the new chairman of a panel that recommends legislation on North Carolina’s courts. Gov. Roy Cooper’s office confirmed April 12 he appointed Democratic Rep. Joe John of Raleigh last week. He succeeds Rep. Duane Hall of Raleigh, who resigned in March after only a few […]

Aug 15, 2016

North Carolina House majority leader resigning from chamber

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A top leader for House Republicans is leaving the North Carolina General Assembly three months before he was likely to keep his legislative seat on Election Day. House Majority Leader Mike Hager of Rutherfordton said Monday he was resigning effective Tuesday from his seat in the foothills. In an interview, he cited […]

Aug 14, 2014

NC lawmakers returning to try to adjourn session

RALEIGH — Most of the North Carolina legislature is returning to Raleigh by week’s end to try to wrap up its three-month work session. The full Senate prepared to convene late Thursday to take up an adjournment resolution that likely will set out what legislation Republicans in the chamber want to consider later in the […]

Jul 31, 2014

Lawmakers in last-minute moves over NC budget

RALEIGH — Legislative budget-writers struggled Wednesday to finalize an annual spending document for North Carolina four days after leading lawmakers announced a deal and a day after describing its main points. Chief Senate budget negotiator Sen. Harry Brown, R-Onslow, said a final document would not be complete until late Wednesday. Senators planned to hold the […]

Jul 10, 2014

NC House makes concession on lottery advertising

RALEIGH— North Carolina House negotiators made a key budget concession Wednesday following a series of tense exchanges and a walkout by Senate Republicans objecting when school leaders were brought in to bolster the House position on preserving funds for teacher assistants. The House members agreed to give up on expanding lottery advertising spending to generate […]

Jun 26, 2014

NC House Republicans roll out new spending bill

RALEIGH— North Carolina House Republicans and Gov. Pat McCrory united Wednesday to try to force the Senate’s hand in sluggish state budget negotiations by pushing a scaled-back spending plan that focuses largely on raising teacher and state employee salaries. But that alliance only seemed to further fracture relations with GOP senators, who remained convinced the […]

Jun 19, 2014

House committee approves medicinal oil from pot

RALEIGH, N.C.— Stephen Carlin wept Wednesday after a House committee approved a measure to legalize hemp oil manufactured from a marijuana plant to treat people like his daughter, who suffers from a severe form of epilepsy. Carlin’s daughter, 5-year-old Zora, could be one of thousands of North Carolinians to use hemp oil extract to help […]

Jun 12, 2014

NC House takes up $21B state government budget

RALEIGH— The North Carolina House is ready to debate government spending adjustments for next year that differ from the Senate’s proposal on education and health care. House members prepared for several hours of floor debate Thursday before the first of two required votes on the $21 billion plan. The second vote should follow Friday morning. […]

May 22, 2014

Former NC lawmaker Gulley dies

MATTHEWS – Former North Carolina Rep. Jim Gulley of Matthews has died at age 75. Matthews Mayor Jim Taylor confirmed that Gulley died Tuesday after a long illness. Gulley represented southeastern Mecklenburg County from 1996 until he retired in 2010. Former Mayor Lee Myers said Gulley loved his home town, where he was elected to […]

May 15, 2014

NC General Assembly returns to work, as do GOP critics

RALEIGH — North Carolina lawmakers returned to work Wednesday, met by some interest groups calling for the GOP-controlled legislature to reverse course. “We are not in the middle of a Carolina comeback, we are in the middle of a Carolina setback,” said the Rev. William Barber, the head of the state conference of the National […]

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