July 21, 2010
GOP amendment to defund pricey highway signs defeated
By Rick Henderson
RALEIGH — The U.S. House of Representatives last week defeated a measure that would have prevented additional funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to pay for highway signs touting projects the so-called stimulus act has underwritten.
The five Republicans in North Carolina’s congressional delegation voted to defund spending on the signs. All eight Tar Heel State Democrats — including self-described moderate Reps. Bob Etheridge (2nd), Mike McIntyre (7th), Larry Kissell (8th), and Heath Shuler (11th) — voted to continue using tax dollars on the signs.
March 11, 2009
Voting Rights Act doesn’t apply unless minority is majority
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Published: March 10, 2009
WASHINGTON – The Supreme Court limited the reach of the Voting Rights Act yesterday, a decision that could make it harder for some minority candidates to win election when voting districts are redrawn.
In a 5-4 decision, the justices ruled that a portion of the law aimed at helping minorities elect their preferred candidates applies only in districts where minorities make up more than half the population
February 26, 2009
Published: February 26, 2009
The Democratic-controlled House pushed through a $410 billion bill yesterday that increases spending on domestic programs, bristles with earmarks and chips away at policies left behind by the Bush administration.
The vote was 245-178, largely along party lines.
Republicans criticized the bill as too costly — particularly on the heels of a $787 billion stimulus bill that President Obama signed last week. But Democrats jabbed back.
November 20, 2008
, Staff Writer
Imagine your car’s odometer as a taxicab meter.
A special transportation committee on Wednesday approved a package of money-raising proposals, including a tax on North Carolina car owners based on the number of miles their vehicle travels each year.
November 20, 2008
Jerry Meek, who for the past four years has presided over a resurgent state Democratic Party, said he plans to step down as party chairman at the end of his term in January.
“It’s unlikely I could do anything in six years that I didn’t do in four,” Meek said.
June 6, 2008
, Staff Writers
State Lottery Commission Chairman John McArthur said Thursday that proposed 5 percent raises for lottery employees encourage a better-run lottery….