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Best arguments for and against joint primaries
RALEIGH – The General Assembly decided to hold both the presidential primary and the traditional statewide primary elections on March 15, 2016. A bill to do that sits on Gov. Pat McCrory’s ...

Slow going on Jones Street
RALEIGH — A top state senator told reporters last week that the General Assembly could have moved faster this year, both on the state budget and on the 2015 legislative session, which began back ...

State initiates building boom
RALEIGH — Anyone looking objectively at the work of the 2015 General Assembly — both in its new budget and in a related bill to authorize $2 billion in construction bonds — would con ...

Winners of the House budget debate
RALEIGH – On last week’s Domecast, the state government podcast of the News & Observer and the Insider, we asked legislators who they believed made the best cases for and against the $ ...

Nothing new about attacks
RALEIGH — Think politics has taken a nasty turn? You’re certainly not alone. Too many politicians and activists resort too often to personal insults and character assassination rather t ...

North Carolina's budget process is broken
What took so long? That’s the question North Carolinians should be asking our legislators concerning the budget they just passed. Lawmakers came to Raleigh in January with the primary task of ...

Budget builds up savings
RALEIGH — The North Carolina General Assembly seems poised to pass a budget for the 2015-17 biennium that spends some $22 billion a year on General Fund programs, appropriates more than $50 bill ...

Cringe-worthy quotes we'll hear during budget debate
RALEIGH – If all goes as planned, the House and Senate will vote on a state budget this week, two and a half months after the fiscal year began. That means hours of floor debate by dozens of leg ...

McCrory's takes on barbecue, football, state
RALEIGH – The most entertaining interview I’ve heard with Gov. Pat McCrory had nothing to do with state politics – or very little at least. It was mainly about barbecue and footba ...

With the end near, a quick session recap
RALEIGH – With a state budget compromise nearing completion, the 2015 long legislative session soon will come to an end. Here are 10 highlights of the session on Jones Street so far this year: ...

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