Cooper Undermines Local Elections Administration

Governor Roy Cooper and his continued lawsuits against bipartisan election governance are causing chaos in upcoming local elections, such as in Morehead City, North Carolina. After the General Assembly enacted legislation to end partisan gamesmanship in election administration by evenly dividing the statewide and local election boards between the two parties, Governor Cooper has filed multiple lawsuits seeking to keep total control over ethics, elections, and lobbying within his own Democratic Party. The Governor has refused to appoint any board members to the State Board of Elections, which means vacancies on county boards of election are unable to be filled. Many of those boards, including in Carteret County, are without a quorum and cannot hear elections complaints or properly administer local elections. Instead of relying on a relatively quick, local process that is supposed to prevent litigation, voters and candidates now must rely on a slow-moving and confusing process through the statewide Court of Appeals to seek relief.  __ Read more

Lewis Champions Foster Care Reform Passed in 2017 Session

Raleigh, NC– Legislative leaders passed HB 630 Child/Family Protection and Accountability Act ('Rylan's Law") this past session in an effort to reform and modernize North Carolina’s child welfare system by creating a regional oversight system for county DSS agencies, by providing the state with greater authority to hold counties accountable for child outcomes, and by bringing in a third-party to implement whole-scale child welfare practice and governance reform. This legislation passed the North Carolina House of Representatives on June 14, 2017 and signed into law on June 21.  Read more

New Energy Law to Protect Customers, Power Economy in North Carolin

  Raleigh, N.C. – Major revisions to North Carolina's energy rules became law on Thursday, modernizing state policy to protect ratepayers with competitive costs and encourage the continued development of renewable power sources.  Read more

Mercatus Ranks Fiscal Health of NC

In George Mason University’s Mercatus Center study, North Carolina moved up to 15th from 21st in the overall ranking for the fiscal health of the States. This is largely attributed to the improvement of both our immediate cash solvency and long run solvency. Cash solvency refers to whether a state has enough cash to cover its short-term costs such as short-term debt, warrants, and accounts payable. North Carolina has between 1.28 and 2.46 times the amount of money needed to cover its short term costs. This differs from long run solvency, which refers to a state’s ability to handle long term fiscal risks. Since 2013, North Carolina has decreased long term liabilities from 22% to 17%, putting NC’s per capita long term liabilities at more than four times lower than the national average.  Read more

Foster Care Reform Now a Reality

Raleigh, N.C. – Legislative leaders passed HB 630 Child/Family Protection and Accountability Act this past session in an effort toreform and modernize North Carolina’s child welfare system by creating a regional oversight system for county DSS agencies, by providing the state with greater authority to hold counties accountable for child outcomes, and by bringing in a third-party to implement whole-scale child welfare practice and governance reform. Read more

House Overrides Veto, Compares Cooper’s Claims to Reality

Raleigh, N.C. –  The North Carolina House of Representatives voted to override Gov. Roy Cooper’s budget veto in a bipartisan vote Wednesday, enacting another round of middle-class tax cuts and a fourth consecutive teacher pay raise despite Cooper’s partisan rejection of the historic plan that includes a records savings reserve. “The governor chose partisanship over the people of North Carolina when he rejected middle class tax cuts and a fourth consecutive teacher pay raise,” Moore said, “but the General Assembly has delivered these priorities to North Carolinians without his support.” Read more

House Fulfills Job Growth Agenda, Adjourns

Raleigh, N.C. – The North Carolina House of Representatives adjourned the 2017 long legislative session of the state General Assembly on Friday after enacting a historic state budget, providing more middle class tax relief and fulfilling a job growth agenda that has produced record savings, revenue surpluses and rapid economic growth.  Read more

House Passes Budget that Cuts Taxes & Raises State Employee Pay

Raleigh, NC: Today, the North Carolina House debates a budget that focuses on returning tax dollars to the hard working families of our state while at the same time continues to invest in the rainy day fund to ensure future financial stability. In 2011, North Carolina Republicans promised a new day for North Carolina after inheriting a $2.5 Billion budget deficit. Pragmatic, conservative policies have helped foster a growing economy and have created an environment of economic prosperity for all North Carolinians.   Read more

House, Senate Leaders Announce $23 Billion State Budget Compromise

Raleigh, N.C. – Senate Leader Phil Berger (R-Rockingham) and House Speaker Tim Moore (R-Cleveland) held a joint press conference Monday to announce details of the roughly $23 billion budget and tax relief agreement reached between the state House and Senate. Read more

Lewis Responds to "cursory" and unworkable court opinion

Raleigh, NC: Today, the United States Supreme Court released an opinion that vacated in the District Court’s remedial order in Covington v. North Carolina and remanded the case back to the District Court for further proceedings consistent with their opinion. The opinion by the high court noted that the remedial order “should be vacated for the simple reason that the district court failed to meaningfully weigh any equitable considerations,” and “addressed the balance of equities in only the most cursory fashion.” Read more


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