Monday numbers

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0–number of new restrictions on a woman’s right to obtain an abortion that gubernatorial candidate Pat McCrory said he would approve if elected Governor during a 2012 debate. (YouTube.com) 1—number of words (“None”) in McCrory’s response to reporter Laura Leslie’s question on the subject during the debate: “If you’re elected Governor, what [Continue Reading…]


The Class of 2015 – Representative Howard Hunter, III

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Name: state Rep. Howard Hunter III (Democrat) Occupation: owner of Hunter’s Funeral Homes District: Bertie, Gates, Hertford and Pasquotank counties Lives in: Ahoskie (Hertford County) From: Murfreesboro Family: wife Wanda Hunter (a school counselor); four children, two in college and two in elementary school Campaign website: http://www.hunter4house.org/ Hobbies: Fishing, playing [Continue Reading…]


The Class of 2015 – Senator John Alexander, Jr.

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Name: state Sen. John Alexander Jr. (Republican) District: Wake County Occupation: Owns and runs a trucking company, Cardinal International Trucks Lives in: Raleigh From: Raleigh Family: wife Susan; 2 grown daughters Campaign website: http://www.alexanderncsenate.com/ Hobbies: hunting, playing golf. Previous elected offices?: None. Why did you run for office?   “I thought [Continue Reading…]


The Class of 2015 – Rep. Sam Watford

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Name: state Rep. Sam Watford (Republican) Occupation: General contractor, owner of Watford Construction Company District: Davidson County Lives in: outside of Thomasville From: outside of Thomasville Family: wife Karen (retired high school English teacher), two adult daughters. Campaign website: http://samwatford.com/ Hobbies: Has a private pilot license, enjoys flying when he has [Continue Reading…]


The Class of 2015 – Rep. Brad Salmon

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Name: state Rep. Brad Salmon (Democrat) Occupation: attorney (general practice attorney at Salmon Law Firm) and farmer (tobacco, soy beans, wheat and peaches) District: Harnett, Lee counties Lives in: Mamers (unincorporated community outside of Lillington) From: Mamers (family goes back several generations in area) Family:Single, no children. Campaign website: www.electbradsalmon.com Hobbies: [Continue Reading…]


The Class of 2015 – Sen. Tom McInnis

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Editor’s note: N.C. Policy Watch is chatting with some of the newest members of the N.C. General Assembly to offer a bit more insight on who they are and what they plan on doing this session in Raleigh. The 2015 session of the legislature gets underway January 14, 2015. Name: state Sen. [Continue Reading…]


NC Policy Watch top stories of 2014: Why the 2015 state budget undermines North Carolina’s competitiveness

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[Editor’s note: During the holidays, NC Policy Watch is taking a look back at 2014 by featuring some of our top news stories and commentaries from the past 12 months. We hope you will enjoy them and feel inspired to participate in the state policy debate in 2015.] State investments in education, health care, [Continue Reading…]