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Governor McCrory Names Allen Next Chairman  of the N.C. Industrial Commission

Governor McCrory Names Allen Next Chairman of the N.C. Industrial Commission

RALEIGH, N.C. - Governor Pat McCrory has designated Charlton L. Allen of Iredell County as the next Chairman of the North Carolina Industrial Commission. Allen will succeed current Industrial Commission Chairman Andrew T. Heath, who will become State Budget Director effective February 1st. “Charlton Allen will continue the high standards of leadership and excellence of Chairman Andrew Heath at the Industrial Commission,” Governor McCrory said. “I am proud to have these dedicated public servants on our team.” Governor McCrory previously appointed Allen as a member of the Industrial Commission in 2014.  Allen is a graduate of the University of

Legislators Visit Vidant Medical Center in Greenville

Legislators Visit Vidant Medical Center in Greenville

Raleigh, NC – On Thursday, Speaker Tim Moore (R-Cleveland) along with Representatives Josh Dobson (R-McDowell), Susan Martin (R-Wilson, Pitt), and John Bell (R-Wayne) visited the Vidant Health Medical Center in Greenville. Representative Greg Murphy, MD, a practicing Urologist at Vidant, helped lead the tour and discussion. Vidant Health is a non-profit hospital system made up of hospitals, physician practices, home health, hospice, wellness centers and other health care services serving approximately 1.4 million people in 29 counties in Eastern North Carolina. “Vidant is a thriving healthcare provider that is expanding to meet the critical

Troxler discusses national ag policy in Washington

Troxler discusses national ag policy in Washington

RALEIGH – Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler was in Washington, D.C., Sunday to Tuesday to discuss national agricultural policy with other commissioners, secretaries and directors of agriculture from across the country. The National Association of State Departments of Agriculture’s annual Winter Policy Conference will bring together leaders to discuss pressing issues and federal policy affecting agriculture. Troxler plans to discuss topics such as disaster relief for farmers affected by weather and other disasters; implementation of the Food Safety Modernization Act; and agriculture infrastructure. Other items on the conference agenda include the Trans-Pacific Partnership, conservation and biotechnology. “Farmers in

Veteran Population and Economic Impact  Growing Again in North Carolina

Veteran Population and Economic Impact Growing Again in North Carolina

RALEIGH, N.C. -- More military veterans are choosing to make North Carolina their home, thanks, in part, to efforts by Governor Pat McCrory to make North Carolina the most veteran friendly state in the nation. “Veterans come to North Carolina with a desirable skill set,” Governor McCrory said. “They’re leaders, they know how to get a job done and they are disciplined. Veterans are a major asset to our economy and many will go on to be respected leaders in our communities and state.” North Carolina now has the 8th largest veteran population in the country according to

Tillis Applauds Committee Passage Of Legislation To Protect America From Intellectual Property Theft

Tillis Applauds Committee Passage Of Legislation To Protect America From Intellectual Property Theft

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC), a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, recently applauded the Committee’s passage of the Defend Trade Secrets Act, of which he is an original cosponsor. Trade secrets and other forms of intellectual property can be easily stolen, often at the direction of a foreign government or for the benefit of a foreign competitor. A recent report from The U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission concluded that China is dependent upon trade secret theft for innovation. Intellectual property theft endangers American jobs and threatens incentives for continued American investment

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  • Opinion:  The Fiscal Costs Of Medicaid Expansion

    Opinion: The Fiscal Costs Of Medicaid Expansion

    by Katherine Restrepo This past Monday evening, I spoke on a panel at Wake Forest University's School of Law on whether North Carolina should expand Medicaid, the medical assistance program originally designed for low-income parents, children, elderly, blind, and disabled. Despite the enthusiastic, overwhelmingly pro-expansion crowd (and expansion-leaning fellow panelists), I was pleased to be given the chance to state my case as to why Obamacare's Medicaid expansion presents some very real long-term fiscal and human costs for the state. In this week's newsletter, I give you the fiscal impact. You can

  • Opinion:  Beware the Buried Lede

    Opinion: Beware the Buried Lede

    by Mitch Kokai A reporter at one of the state’s larger newspapers recently requested comments for an article based on a news release. The topic: underemployment in North Carolina. Since the journalist’s request eschewed specific questions and asked instead for “thoughts on this report’s finding,” it was important to read beyond the release’s headline and opening paragraph and delve into details. Why? It would have been easy to fall victim to one of the communications world’s most cringe-worthy errors: burying the lede. It’s an all-too-common phenomenon in which a news

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