Battle lines forming after state budget signed

August 9, 2009

By Benjamin Niolet
Posted: Sunday, Aug. 09, 2009

RALEIGH After seven months, 27,000 bills, 460 new laws and a $19billion state budget, lawmakers are ready to go home.

But they have to wonder if they will find the welcome mat waiting for them.

The 2009 legislative session is expected to come to an official close early this week. But for Democrats, who have long controlled state politics, the session’s end represents the start of a long and important season.

All 170 seats in the House and Senate will be up for grabs next year, and the party in control after the polls close will be in a powerful position. That’s because, in 2011, the legislature will redraw legislative and congressional district lines that will help the party in power solidify its grip on power for the next decade.
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Local representatives to General Assembly on listening tour

March 29, 2009

As the state legislature goes to work on the budget for the next fiscal year, forecasts are dire and cuts may be deep, explained Sen. Steve Goss and Rep. Cullie Tarleton last Friday during a visit to Ashe County. Nobody will be immune to cutbacks as the state prepares to severely tighten its fiscal belt.

Goss and Tarleton are conducting a dual listening tour throughout their constiuency to hear what the people have to say and answer questions about the state’s economic predicament. Facing a $3.5 billion shortfall in the next budget, Gov. Bev Perdue is looking at widespread appropriation of funds from available resources, including the education lottery, freezing of projects, and cutbacks wherever possible.

Goss & Tarleton Among Leading Supporters of Proposed Smoking Ban

March 5, 2009

We saw this on and thought we’d share.

measure has been introduced in the North Carolina General Assembly that would ban smoking in all public places.  Current law only prohibits smoking in state government buildings. The new measure would expand the current law so as to include all “public places and places of employment.”  Representative Cullie Tarleton is a co-sponsor of the bill in the House and Senator Steve Goss is a sponsor of the bill in the Senate.

$12 Million…Sure, No Problem.

March 3, 2009

Steve Goss & Cullie Tarleton must not watch the news.  With the State of North Carolina almost a billion dollars in debt, and an economic decline they’ve decided to spend.  In fact they want 12 Million dollars to buy out a private company.  Call up Geithner and have him turn the machines on for some Stimulus money, we can stimulate those private jobs into State ones… 

State set to take over large tract of local attraction By Scott Nicholson

N.C. Rep. Cullie Tarleton (D-93) and N.C. Sen. Steve Goss (D-45) are co-sponsors of bills that would formally establish Grandfather Mountain as a new addition to the state park system.

The bills have been submitted to both houses of the N.C. General Assembly, according to the N.C. Division of Parks and Recreation, and are the next steps in the plan announced last year in which the state will take over much of the land surrounding the well-known attraction and biosphere preserve.

Goss & Tarleton tell you what to do…and where to do it.

March 3, 2009

Listen to Me!

Senator Steve Goss and Representative Cullie Tarleton know (or think they do) what’s best for you.  The two legislators have decided to tell Small Business Owners that they can’t smoke in their establishments.  Regardless of personal freedom, these two continue to destory the rights of small business owners.  Email these guys and tell them now is not the time to keep hurting small business. &

State smoking ban up for a vote By Scott Nicholson  

A ban on public smoking inNorth Carolina is headed for a possible General Assembly vote, with Watauga County legislators lining up as sponsors for the bill.

Rep. Cullie Tarleton (D-93) one of 26 House of Representatives co-sponsors and Sen. Steve Goss (D-45) one of 14 Senate sponsors for the bill, which was debated by the House Committee on Health Thursday without a vote.