Raleigh, N.C. — Lawmakers are heading back to Raleigh this week, so our Today @NCCapitol post is back in streamlined form to help you keep up with the action in Raleigh.
DIX DEAL: It appears the long-running negotiations over what to do with the Dorothea Dix property on the edge of downtown Raleigh may finally be coming to a close. WRAL News reported Friday that the Raleigh City Council will hold a special meeting Monday morning to discuss the property. There has been persistent chatter all weekend that a deal is all but done, and Rep. Duane Hall, D-Wake, wrote on Twitter Sunday, "We have a deal on Dix Park! Press conference tomorrow at noon." A source in Gov. Pat McCrory's administration confirmed that there would be a news conference on Monday to discuss the property's future. Both McCrory and Raleigh Mayor Nancy McFarlane said in December that they hoped a deal would be done before the end of 2014.
ETHICS COMPLAINT: The liberal group Progress NC Action says it will file a 50-page ethics complaint against McCrory Monday claiming he failed to fully disclose potential conflicts of interest on state-mandated disclosures. The complaint will mention recent stories involving Tree.com stock and his ownership of Duke Energy stock.
NO MEETINGS: The General Assembly will convene in Raleigh on Wednesday, but there are no legislative meeting scheduled for Monday.
Lawmaker leaves Democrats to work with legislative majority ICYMI: Republicans said Friday that they would allow Rep. Paul Tine, a Dare County lawmaker who served his first term as a Democrat, to caucus with the GOP during the upcoming legislative session. Tine announced his decision to switch his party affiliation and seek admission to the GOP caucus last week.
FROM THE WEEKEND: Amid the rush of office moves, angling for committee assignments and pomp that marks the beginning of the legislative session, another tradition shows top lawmakers have at least one eye on the next election before they even start governing in earnest. Invitations to campaign fundraisers are circling around Raleigh, including a joint event for Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger and House Speaker-designee Tim Moore on Tuesday, the day before lawmakers are due to officially be sworn into office and officially organize themselves.
FROM ELSEWHERE: The Charlotte Observer had a long profile of presumptive state House Speaker Tim Moore over the weekend. One of the better tidbits: Moore was cast as “Radar” O’Reilly in a high school presentation of “M*A*S*H.”