House and Senate leaders couldn’t meet their budget deadline of June 30, the end of the state fiscal year, so they approved a continuing budget resolution this week to give themselves 45 more days.
In many ways, Republicans and Democrats live in different worlds. I’ve made the point before that the Internet, while greatly beneficial in many ways, has allowed political factions to retreat into media cocoons where their preconceived notions are continuously reinforced and their manners atrophy.
Some troubling news about North Carolina’s economy made the headlines recently. Numbers for an economic concept called gross domestic product,” or GDP, were released for 2014. While North Carolina’s GDP increased in 2014, it rose much less than in the nation. The comparison was a 1.4 percent gain for the state vs. a 2.2 percent improvement for the nation. Does this mean it’s time to worry about the state’s economic rebound?
One of the most ironic things about U.S. presidents is how soon after they get comfortable with the job that it's over.
No one in authority has said why both houses of our legislature mysteriously, rapidly and overwhelmingly passed modifications to their 2013 election law changes or why Gov. Pat McCrory announced he would sign them into law. The trial challenging voter ID and other provisions was due to begin shortly and the changes left the judge, lawyers on both sides and the public trying to determine how to proceed.