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Meadows makes waves with move to unseat Boehner

Meadows makes waves with move to unseat Boehner

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Congressman Mark Meadows, a Republican who represents North Carolina's 11th district, is making waves on Capitol Hill.  On Tuesday Meadows filed a motion to  "vacate the chair," which The Washington Post says would force the election of a new speaker if successful, effectively removing current Speaker John Boehner, also a Republican, from the position..  The Washington Post adds that "such a challenge has never before succeeded in the House, and only once before -- 105 years ago -- has it been attempted." "It's really more about trying to have a conversation on making this place work,

Governor McCrory Announces Appointments

Governor McCrory Announces Appointments

RALEIGH, N.C. -- Governor Pat McCrory announced the following appointments on Wednesday: North Carolina A&T University Board of Trustees Tim Rice (Guilford County) - Rice retired as the CEO of Cone Health at the end of 2014. He was the Cone Health CEO for 10 years and has been with the organization for more than 35 years where he started as a pharmacist. This is a reappointment. Toby Brodie (Texas) - Brodie worked as the Superintendent for Brodie Contractors, Inc. in Raleigh until March 2015. He was responsible for managing and controlling assigned projects. He started that role in

N.C. Homeschooling Hits 100,000 Enrollment Milestone

N.C. Homeschooling Hits 100,000 Enrollment Milestone

by Barry Smith RALEIGH — Homeschooling reached a milestone in North Carolina in the 2014-15 school year. The number of students enrolled in homeschools in the state topped 100,000. Officially, the N.C. Division of Non-Public Education lists 106,853 students in homeschools, up from 98,172 the previous year, or a 9 percent increase. In 1985-86, the first year homeschooling was legal in North Carolina, 809 students were educated at home. Of the 67,804 homeschools in the state, 41,522 are considered religious while another 26,282 are deemed independent. “It’s no longer

Governor McCrory Re-Appointed to Executive Committee of National Governors Association

Governor McCrory Re-Appointed to Executive Committee of National Governors Association

RALEIGH, N.C. -- Governor Pat McCrory has been re-appointed to the Executive Committee of the National Governors Association. “I’m honored to have the confidence of my fellow governors to serve on this important committee,” Governor McCrory said. “The states are more than the laboratories of democracy. The states are now the level of government where things are getting done for the people, and there’s no better example of that than the economic comeback that’s occurring in North Carolina.” The nine-member Executive Committee supervises the association's operations and has general authority over all policy

North Carolina meets all air quality standards for first time since 1997

North Carolina meets all air quality standards for first time since 1997

RALEIGH – The Environmental Protection Agency has officially recognized the Charlotte metropolitan area as complying with the 2008 federal air quality standard for ozone, a milestone capping years of improvements in air quality across North Carolina. North Carolina is now in attainment for all pollutants in all areas across the state. The EPA published a notice in the Federal Register Tuesday announcing its final action to redesignate Charlotte as a maintenance area for the 8-hour ozone standard, meaning that it now meets the standard but must continue programs aimed at ensuring future compliance. The EPA also announced that it

Opinion Columns & Editorials

  • Opinion:  NC Economy Compares Well

    Opinion: NC Economy Compares Well

    by John Hood Remember a couple of years ago, when North Carolina’s unemployment rate was falling rapidly? Critics of the Republican-led legislature and Gov. Pat McCrory denied that the state’s labor market was truly getting better. Instead, they said, discouraged workers were simply dropping out of the workforce, which had the artificial effect of making North Carolina’s unemployment rate look better. This was never a particularly good argument, either when made by critics of Republicans in North Carolina or critics of Democrats in Washington. As I pointed out at the time, no guesswork is needed

  • Opinion:  Pensions at the state and local levels

    Opinion: Pensions at the state and local levels

    by Sarah Curry There are approximately 90,000 state and local governments in the United States.  Most of these entities provide a defined benefit pension plan for public employees as part of their overall compensation.  State governments employ 5.3 million people and local governments employ 13.8 million, with 14.2 million of those being full-time employees eligible for publically supported pensions. North Carolina, like every other state in the country, offers a pension to its public employees.  In addition, local state and city governments within North Carolina also offer pensions for their employees.  The rating agency

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