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Gov. Bev Perdue, a Democrat, vetoed the North Carolina state budget. But the Republican-led House and Senate overrode her veto, a sign of the GOP's growing political power in North Carolina. Photo by Travis Fain.
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June 22, 2011, 2 Comments

As Gov. Bev Perdue and other Democrats have said repeatedly, North Carolina is not the rest of the South. But following last year’s historic GOP takeover in the General Assembly, the Republican Party here has the momentum and the political advantages needed for a march to long-term political control.

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N.C. Senate bill directs health care agencies to provide more help to military returning from war but lacks funding

June 14, 2011, No comments

The bill previously had $1.4 million in it to hire people focusing on counseling and outreach at the state's seven National Guard family assistance ce ...

N.C. Rep. Roger West (center), a Republican who represents Cherokee, Clay, Graham and Macon counties, chats with state Rep. Bill Owens, D-Pasquotank, and lobbyist Zeb Alley during a break on the House floor this spring.

With legislation deadlines looming Thursday, N.C. House tackles bills dealing with guns, immigration, voter ID and more

June 8, 2011, 2 Comments

Thursday is the legislature's crossover deadline when bills are supposed to pass either the House or Senate to stay alive for the rest of this session ...

N.C. Sen. Tom Apodaca, R-Henderson, listens to state Sen. Martin Nesbitt, D-Buncombe, on the Senate floor in April 2011. Photo by Travis Fain.

GOP and Dem. legislators offer widely different takes on impact of North Carolina budget the House passed Saturday

June 6, 2011, No comments

Democrats have called the Republican-built state budget a "charade" and a Titanic-level disaster that will cause "irreparable harm" to public schools. ...