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From Staff ReportsJuly 22, 2013 

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N.C. Gov. Pat McCrory

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Gov. Pat McCrory plans to sign the sweeping tax bill into law Tuesday.

The Republican will hold a 1 p.m. bill signing ceremony for House Bill 998 at the governor’s mansion, joined by House Speaker Thom Tillis and Senate leader Phil Berger.

The three Republicans agreed to a tax plan a week ago Monday, and lawmakers rushed to pass it into law even as concerns mounted about who will benefit and who will lose under the measure. Under the bill, the state’s three-tiered income tax structure would vanish, replaced by a flat personal income tax at 5.75 percent in 2015. The corporate tax would drop to 5 percent.

Iran letter gets House support

U.S. Reps. David Price, D-N.C., and Charlie Dent, R-Pa., got nearly one-third of the members of the House of Representatives to sign on to a letter to President Barack Obama, urging him to renew diplomatic efforts with Iran now that the country has a new president-elect.

The letter says that the actions of President-Elect Hassan Rouhani will speak louder than words. It adds:

“Even so, we believe it would be a mistake not to test whether Dr. Rouhani’s election represents a real opportunity for progress toward a verifiable, enforceable agreement on Iran’s nuclear program that ensures the country does not acquire a nuclear weapon. In order to test this proposition, it will be prudent for the United States to utilize all diplomatic tools to reinvigorate ongoing nuclear talks.”

The letter was sent to the president on Friday. The letter doesn’t take a position on sanctions or the possible use of military force but makes clear that a large number of members of the House are hoping for a way to prevent Iran from getting a nuclear weapon that doesn’t lead to another war.

The letter was signed by 131 House members. Besides Price, two other North Carolina congressmen signed it: Reps. Howard Coble of Greensboro and Walter Jones of Greenville, both Republicans.

Emerging Issues honor

The White House will honor Anita Brown-Graham, the Institute for Emerging Issues director at North Carolina State University, on Tuesday for her innovation in tackling some of the state’s biggest issues.

Brown-Graham will receive the title of “Champion of Change,” given through a program President Barack Obama created to highlight the accomplishments of people and organizations working toward a better future. She is being recognized for building high-tech tools to help health workers and disaster-response crews, involving communities in their government and enhancing government transparency, among other things, according to a press release.

The Institute for Emerging Issues brings experts together to improve North Carolina’s competitiveness, aiming to solve problems in job creation, environmental and health issues, and more.

Adams gets boost

An organization that supports female candidates is boosting state Rep. Alma Adams’ campaign to replace U.S. Rep. Mel Watt in the 12th District.

EMILY’s List announced Monday it is putting Adams, a Democrat, “on the list,” which is a step short of an endorsement. The designation gives Adams access to the national group’s members for fundraising and campaign support. The political action committee raises money for female candidates who support women’s rights and access to abortion.

Adams is serving her 11th term representing Greensboro after being appointed in 1994 and winning 10 election contests.

Staff writers John Frank, Renee Schoof and Annalise Frank

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