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GOP majority moving agenda along quickly

Posted March 21, 2013
Updated March 22, 2013

— With a majority in the state House and Senate and the sitting governor in Pat McCrory, Republican leaders are able to move legislation from idea to law more quickly this spring than in recent memory.

A bill to change unemployment benefits and another to limit the authority individuals communities have over housing design moved quickly. A move to renegotiate deal brokered by outgoing Gov. Bev Perdue to lease the Dorothea Dix property to the city of Raleigh got a big approval Thursday in the Senate Appropriations Committee. 

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David McLennan, political science professor at William Peace University, said having a single party with control of legislative and executive branches makes it easier to move the agenda along. There is less of a veto threat than the one posed by Perdue when she butted heads with the GOP-majority legislature.

The Republican caucus is sticking to a game plan. "They knew many of the bills they were going to file, arguments they were going to make," McLennan said. 

That leaves them feeling organized, energized, strong and aggressive, he said.

Democrats, now in the minority, may speak out, but they are often overruled. 

"It may not slow down the legislative process, but it puts Republicans on record, it puts Democrats on record," McLennan said.

Lawmakers will use that record to bolster their own case or bash an opponent when the next election cycle rolls around.

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  • cruzinlong Mar 25, 2013

    yeah, it's hurry up and screw us all up, haste makes for bad decisions and boy are they racking THOSE up !!

  • ylisabet2 Mar 23, 2013

    Yep...no resistance has led to the passsage of some dumb laws..Bill S06..for instance! While I am not an advocate for using wildlife (stuffed or otherwise) for these types of events, I would like to commend the event organizers at the Tallapoosa, Ga ‘Possum Drop’ for not using a live opossum at their annual NYE event! Unfortunately, my home state of North Carolina is not nearly as progressive as our neighboring state! Our NC legislators and event organizers for the Brasstown, NC event are clearly not ‘up to speed’ regarding animal rights …. totally disregarding them as ‘sentient beings.’ Just because you do not understand a species does not make it ‘dumb’….it merely reflects our inability to fully understand it! That reflects our ignorance…not theirs!!! Empathy, Compassion, Respect for Wildlife …this is the message we should be sending our young people. What’s the point of saving our planet for future generations if they don’t understand the other

  • free2bme Mar 22, 2013

    Election time should be interesting in NC. This Rep NC legislature has disappointed many and most people are ready for election day. The polls should be crowded in NC 2014 and 2016.

  • uscnnc Mar 22, 2013

    Potential companies are noting NC Republicans breaking contracts, and know there's no trusting them.

    And which companies would that be? Please share your info.

  • jackjones2nc Mar 22, 2013

    Potential companies are noting NC Republicans breaking contracts, and know there's no trusting them.

  • WooHoo2You Mar 22, 2013

    You mean we should just look the other way as a failed Governor makes and last minute flailing attempt at some sort of legacy by giving away 10's of millions of dollars of taxpayer money??- Pirate01

    The governor was well within the limits of her authority and the government was leasing government land to the government for the taxpayers to use….who exactly was getting the “10's of millions of dollars of taxpayer money???”

  • goldenosprey Mar 22, 2013

    " Which if the Republicans had run a Conservative candidate in the past 2 Presidential cycles would have won." Pirate1

    LOL!!!!

    Repubs would not have won in NC if not for Art Pope and fiends buying the election.

  • Rebelyell55 Mar 22, 2013

    Barry gave Joe a raise, but Im sure you were OK with that

    Crumps Br0ther
    March 22, 2013 11:00 a.m...........Nope I sure ain't. Also remember "assumption is the mother of all screw ups"

  • Pirate01 Mar 22, 2013

    "any private business should think twice about dealing with the state of north carolina when the general assembly has shown themselves to not think twice about breaking a lease.
    archmaker"

    You mean we should just look the other way as a failed Governor makes and last minute flailing attempt at some sort of legacy by giving away 10's of millions of dollars of taxpayer money?? That is the kind of responsibility private business looks for in a government.

  • Crumps Br0ther Mar 22, 2013

    Look at the raises they've given themselves. Special benefits etc. At a time that most are struggling.
    Rebelyell55

    Barry gave Joe a raise, but Im sure you were OK with that

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