State Politics

NC legislature’s appointment power argued in landmark case

A showdown between North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory and leaders of the General Assembly brought two former governors to a Raleigh courtroom Thursday to hear lawyers argue what could become a landmark case. At issue is whether the legislature has the power to appoint members of certain commissions or whether the governor has sole authority.

State Politics

McCrory pitches a stay-the-course budget

Gov. Pat McCrory unveiled his proposed $21.5 billion budget Thursday, describing it as a conservative approach that makes cuts where needed in order to put money where it will have the most impact. The governor tried to keep the spotlight on education, emphasizing that more than $1 billion will have been spent on teacher pay during his first term in office, if the budget is adopted by the General Assembly. He said 56 percent of the budget would go to education.

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