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Mint Hill police chief: no independent lab needed for SBI

Mint Hill Police Chief Tim Ledford, who is President of the North Carolina Association of Chiefs of Police, was apart of a legislative panel that voted Tuesday on reforms to improve the state crime lab.

The lab came under scutiny last summer after a report showed that 200 cases during a 16 year period were improperly […]

By |January 19th, 2011|Police, Raleigh|1 Comment

Civitas Poll: North Carolinians support tax cuts

The Civitas Institute released a poll today showing North Carolinians are in favor of tax cuts to spur job growth by a large number. According to the live caller poll of 600 likely voters, 77 percent said they would support cutting taxes to encourage job creation even if it may require additional cuts in government […]

By |December 21st, 2010|Raleigh|0 Comments

Rep. Brawley accepting page applications for 2011 legislative session

Want to be apart of history? If you are between the ages of 15 and 19 and are in good standing at your school, you could be a page for Rep. Bill Brawley for the upcoming session of the state legislature. Republicans have control of both the Senate and House for the first time in more than a century, so this session will not be typical by any means.
Pages are hosted for one week in Raleigh as they serve on the House floor, attend committee meetings, and learn how state government operates. […]

By |November 30th, 2010|Raleigh|0 Comments

Is Brawley anti-government?

Bill Brawley is already making waves in North Carolina politics despite  having been elected just a couple of weeks ago. On Sunday, he was quoted by a Charlotte Observer reporter in an article called “Lean Times: The New Normal.”
“We only have so much money,” he says. “We have to prioritize the spending. If that means some things that had been funded aren’t, it’s unfortunate. But it’s not something over which we have control.”
He’s then re-quoted by Chris Fitzsimon of NC Policy Watch, a left-leaning public policy organization. Fitzsimon argues that the Republican mission is inherently anti-government and that philosophy will lead to heavy cuts in services that will directly hurt people, especially those on the lower socioeconomic rung of the ladder. His solution to the $3 billion+ budget shortfall is to find additional revenue—in other words, raise certain taxes including cigarette, alcohol, and add a new tax on services. […]

By |November 16th, 2010|Politics 2010, Raleigh|0 Comments

Republicans take Raleigh; Now what?

It’s been a long time coming for Republicans in North Carolina. Tuesday marked the first time in a century that both the Senate and the House will have Republican majorities at the same time. (The Senate has been Democrat-controlled since the 1800s; the House had Republican majorities a few times in the 1990s.)
With the ball finally in Republicans court, where do they go from here?

Rep. Paul Stam, Republican Leader of the House, issued the following statement: “I am gratified by the confidence NC voters gave our candidates all across this great state. We pledge to bring much needed transparency to the legislative branch of state government as well as the necessary fiscal responsibility in managing our state’s impending budget crisis.”

Representatives Stam and Thom Tillis had previously provided the following list of Republican priorities for the legislative session to begin in January. […]

By |November 5th, 2010|Raleigh|2 Comments

Matthews resident Jim Black released from prison

Former N.C. House Speaker Jim Black was released from prison today in Georgia. Black was scheduled to be released in March of 2011, but will spend the last six months of his time in a halfway house.
Black pleaded guilty in 2007 to bribery and obstruction of justice charges. The Matthews resident was once one of […]

By |October 4th, 2010|Matthews, Raleigh|0 Comments