Cooper again extends North Carolina’s mask mandate

By John Trump Carolina Journal News Service RALEIGH — Democrat Gov. Roy Cooper issued his first executive order of the pandemic in March 2020, at the time implementing a interminable state of emergency, a move that’s typically reserved for hurricanes and other natural disasters. On Friday, June 11, Cooper issued yet another order in the long series.…

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Senate passes sweeping tax cut package with 8 Democrats on board

by John Trump, Carolina Journal News Service RALEIGH — The North Carolina Senate passed a Republican-led tax reform package Wednesday evening in a quick, 36-14 vote that drew eight Democrats to cross the aisle and vote in favor of the bill. House Bill 334 would raise the standard deduction from $21,500 to $25,500 for joint filers, which…

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North Carolina legislative chambers agree to spending amount

By John Trump Carolina Journal News Service RALEIGH — With the end of the state’s fiscal year just three weeks away, the N.C. House and Senate have reached a deal for the next budget. After weeks of closed negotiations, N.C. Senate and House leaders have agreed to a top-line spending number of $25.7 billion in the first…

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Senate won’t confirm Cooper’s pick to lead environmental agency

by John Trump, Carolina Journal News Service RALEIGH — North Carolina relies on a single pipeline for its natural gas, making it uniquely vulnerable to disruptions, shortages, and even more nefarious problems. “North Carolina’s future, not to mention lights, heat, and air conditioning in millions of homes, is at risk because of the state’s full reliance on…

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Bill that helps N.C. distillers clears House, heads to Senate

by John Trump, Carolina Journal News Service RALEIGH — A bill advancing decades’ long work to reform the state’s liquor monopoly passed in the N.C. House and heads now to the Senate. House Bill 890 is an all-encompassing measure that, basically, helps distillers to succeed in a crowded, growing, and competitive industry. It also works to level…

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ABC omnibus bill moves forward, but it’s far from complete

by John Trump, Carolina Journal News Service RALEIGH — A House committee discussion over an omnibus alcohol bill amounted to yet another debate involving people wanting to free regulations on spirituous liquor and those wanting to tighten the state’s stranglehold. House Bill 890, after an hour-long discussion Monday, May 10, moved out of the House Alcoholic Beverage…

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Bills loosening, expanding alcohol rules advance in N.C. House

by John Trump, Carolina Journal News Service RALEIGH — The N.C. House committee on Alcoholic Beverage Control moved several bills Wednesday, May 5, including measures to expand growler sizes, to allow alcohol service on charter buses, and to set up “social districts.” House Bill 781, Bring Business Back to Downtown, generated much discussion before moving to the…

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Senate votes to place time limit on governor’s emergency powers

by John Trump, Carolina Journal News Service RALEIGH — North Carolina’s governor would face a new 10-day limit on unchecked use of emergency powers, under a bill approved Tuesday on a party-line vote in the state Senate. Senate Bill 346 spells out that executive orders lasting longer than 10 days would require approval from the 10-member Council…

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N.C. House backs bill to end twice-a-year time changes

by John Trump, Carolina Journal News Service RALEIGH — The N.C. House has approved a measure that could pave the way for ending the state’s twice-a-year ritual of setting clocks forward and back. After less than five minutes of discussion, House members voted 99-16 to approve House Bill 307. It could lead to the end of spring…

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House committee set to debate bill fully reopening bars, restaurants

by John Trump, Carolina Journal News Service RALEIGH — A House Judiciary committee is scheduled Tuesday, April 13, to take up a bill that would fully reopen bars and restaurants, as long as they follow specific safety guidelines. Restrictions on N.C. businesses continues, even though more than 40% of the state’s adult population has been vaccinated, according…

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