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May 30

Republican Senators Respond to Stein’s Attempt to Deflect Blame for Rape Kit Backlog

Raleigh, N.C. – A group of Republican senators responded Wednesday to news reports that, in spite of current Gov. Roy Cooper failing to clear a backlog of untested rape kits in North Carolina during his sixteen years as attorney general and then falsely claiming to have done so, his successor is now attempting to shift the blame for […]

May 29

House, Senate Budget Agreement Prioritizes Public Education, Teacher Pay Raises, Tax Relief

Raleigh, N.C. – North Carolina House and Senate leaders on Monday evening announced their agreement on adjustments to the current two-year state budget. As a result of Republicans’ pro-growth economic policies, North Carolina has its fourth consecutive revenue surplus this year, enabling lawmakers to make targeted adjustments to the biennial budget passed last year in order […]

Feb 14

Legislative Leaders to Embattled Roy Cooper: Recuse Yourself Immediately

Raleigh, N.C. – Citing multiple conflicts of interest, Senate Leader Phil Berger (R-Rockingham) and House Speaker Tim Moore (R-Cleveland) are calling on Gov. Roy Cooper to recuse himself from taking action on legislation that would divert nearly $58 million away from a controversial extra-governmental fund he negotiated and instead give it to poor, rural eastern North Carolina school […]

Feb 8

Lawmakers announce plan to phase in smaller K-3 class sizes

Raleigh, N.C. – Republican state lawmakers on Thursday unveiled an aggressive effort to improve student outcomes in the early grades by phasing in smaller class sizes and lower student-to-teacher ratios in kindergarten through third grade classrooms, providing millions of additional state dollars to fund special subject area teachers and eliminating the state’s Pre-K waiting list. The co-chairs of the […]

Feb 7

Senate Introduces Bill to Provide Meaningful Solution on GenX

Raleigh, N.C. – Sens. Michael Lee (R-New Hanover), Bill Rabon (R-Brunswick), Wesley Meredith (R-Cumberland), Trudy Wade (R-Guilford) and Andy Wells (R-Catawba) have introduced legislation to make available an extensive network of world-class scientists, over one hundred mass spectrometers, and other resources within the University of North Carolina system to analyze water samples and conduct research […]

Dec 1

Redistricting Committee Chairs Respond to Persily’s Overt Political Agenda

Raleigh, N.C. – North Carolina House Rep. David Lewis (R-Harnett) and Sen. Ralph Hise (R-Mitchell), chairmen of their respective chambers’ redistricting committees, responded Friday after a California professor revised his proposed legislative maps to incorporate most of the Democrat plaintiffs’ requested changes. “Earlier this week, the (Raleigh) News & Observer analyzed the original maps drawn […]

Nov 17

Sen. Lee Commends DEQ for Finally Taking Action Against Chemours

Raleigh, N.C. – Sen. Michael Lee (R-New Hanover) issued the following statement Thursday: “For months, we have called on Gov. Cooper’s administration to do the right thing, and we are glad they’re finally taking the needed steps to hold Chemours accountable. The news reports that Chemours deliberately withheld information about yet another spill of GenX […]

Oct 27

Redistricting Committee Leaders Respond to Latest Covington Filing

Raleigh, N.C. – North Carolina House Rep. David Lewis (R-Harnett) and Sen. Ralph Hise (R-Mitchell), chairmen of their respective chambers’ redistricting committees, responded to the latest order in the Covington legislative redistricting case: “Similar to this same federal court’s order for a special election in North Carolina that the U.S. Supreme Court reversed, this unusual and vague order […]

Oct 17

Proposed Constitutional Amendment Could Increase Judges’ Accountability to Voters

Raleigh, N.C. – In response to polling showing strong voter support for more frequent elections for judges by an almost 40 point margin, statements from Democrat legislators, and Democrat Gov. Roy Cooper’s recent flip-flop on merit selection and support for judicial elections, Senate Rules Chairman Bill Rabon (R-Brunswick) filed legislation Tuesday to give voters in […]

Oct 9

Legislative Leaders Respond to Governor’s Veto of Electoral Freedom Act

Raleigh, NC – Rep. David Lewis (R-Harnett) and Sen. Ralph Hise (R-Mitchell), chairmen of their respective chambers’ elections committees, responded to Gov. Roy Cooper’s veto of Senate Bill 656, the Electoral Freedom Act of 2017. “Gov. Cooper’s veto is disappointing, though perhaps it’s unsurprising that the plurality winner of the closest gubernatorial election in North […]

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