Personal, corporate income tax cut passes NC Senate along party lines

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Apr 052017
 
The N.C. Senate voted 35-14 on Tuesday to cut corporate and personal income tax cuts, with all Democrats opposing the measure.
The N.C. Senate voted 35-14 on Tuesday to cut corporate and personal income-tax rates, with all Democrats opposing the measure. Senate Bill 325, titled “Billion Dollar Middle Class Tax Cut,” is expected to get a final vote on Wednesday and head to the House, where Republicans have proposed a less sweeping package of tax cuts. The Senate plan would reduce the personal income-tax rate from 5.499 percent to 5.35 percent while increasing the standard deduction from $17,500 to $20,000 for a married couple filing jointly, with similar increases for other tax-status categories. Because

a married couple making less than $20,000 wouldn’t owe any income taxes, the Senate estimates the change would take 94,000 families off the tax rolls.

“Under this plan, 99 percent of taxpayers would pay less or pay no state personal income taxes – and the bulk of the tax cut would benefit middle class and working families earning less than $50,000 per year,” Senate leader Phil Berger said in a news release after the vote. “Our previous tax cuts led to a booming North Carolina economy and helped generate 500,000 new jobs, and we hope Gov. Cooper will enthusiastically support this billion dollar middle class tax cut.” Source: Personal, corporate income tax cut passes NC Senate along party lines | News & Observer Read more here: http://www.newsobserver.com/news/politics-government/state-politics/article142700294.html#storylink=cpy
 Posted by at 12:23 pm

Bit by bit, Trump methodically undoing Obama policies

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Apr 032017
 

(AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

(AP) — Amid the turmoil over staff shake-ups, blocked travel bans and the Russia cloud hanging overhead, President Donald Trump is steadily plugging away at a major piece of his agenda: Undoing Obama.

From abortion to energy to climate change and personal investments, Trump is keeping his promises in methodically overturning regulations and policies adopted when Barack Obama was president.

It hasn’t all been smooth sailing.

Trump recently failed to fulfill his pledge to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, which continues to stand as Obama’s most recognizable domestic policy achievement. Trump and House Speaker Paul Ryan couldn’t persuade enough fellow Republicans to back new health care legislation last month. Ryan pulled the measure just before a scheduled House vote.

Trump has had better outcomes in other areas.

CLIMATE CHANGE

Trump signed an executive order last week to deliver on his pledge to unravel Obama’s efforts to curb global warming. The order launched a review of the Clean Power Plan, Obama’s chief effort to curb carbon emissions by restricting greenhouse gas emissions at coal-fired power plants. Trump also lifted a 14-month-old halt on new coal leases on federal lands. The Obama administration had imposed a three-year freeze on such leases in January of last year.

The executive order covers a range of other Obama-era rules, including requirements to factor the “social cost” of carbon emissions into all regulatory actions and to crack down on methane emissions at oil and gas wells. Business groups had complained to Trump, himself a businessman, that the rules were intrusive and expensive.

INTERNET PRIVACY

Trump is expected to sign a measure soon to block online privacy regulations the Federal Communications Commission issued during Obama’s final months in office. It’s a first step toward allowing internet providers to sell information about their customers’ browsing habits. The FCC rule was designed to give consumers more control over how companies like Comcast, AT&T and Verizon share information. Critics complained that the rule would have increased costs, stifled innovation and picked winners and losers among internet companies.

White House spokesman Sean Spicer says the rule represents the type of “federal overreach” that Trump pledged as a candidate to reverse.

ABORTION/FAMILY PLANNING

Trump is expected to sign legislation erasing another Obama rule, one that barred states from withholding federal family planning funds from Planned Parenthood affiliates and other clinics that provide abortions. The rule was finalized shortly before Obama left office in January.

The measure cleared the Senate last week with Vice President Mike Pence, who is also president of the Senate, casting the tie-breaking 51st vote in the 100-member chamber.

KEYSTONE XL OIL PIPELINE

Trump greenlighted the long-delayed project on March 24, reversing Obama’s decision less than 18 months earlier. After Trump invited TransCanada, the Canadian company building the $8 billion pipeline, to resubmit its application, the State Department approved the project, saying it would advance U.S. national interests. Obama had said the project would not.

Approval came nearly a decade after TransCanada applied to complete the 1,700-mile (2,735 kilometers) pipeline to carry oil from tar sands in Alberta, Canada, to refineries along the Texas Gulf Coast.

Trump says the project will reduce costs and reliance on foreign oil, and create thousands of jobs. Obama had said it would undercut U.S. credibility in international efforts to tackle climate change.

DAKOTA ACCESS PIPELINE

Under Obama, the Army Corps of Engineers had declined in December to allow pipeline construction under South Dakota’s Lake Oahe on grounds that alternate routes needed to be considered. Native American tribes had sued to block construction, arguing that the pipeline threatened their water supply and cultural sites.

The project has moved forward again under Trump, who acted shortly after taking office. In February, the Army Corps of Engineers abandoned further study and granted an easement that was needed to complete the pipeline. Energy Transfer Partners immediately began drilling under the lake.

FUEL EFFICIENCY STANDARDS

The Trump administration is re-examining federal requirements governing the fuel efficiency of cars and trucks. In 2012, the Obama administration set fuel economy regulations for model years 2017-2025 and agreed to complete a midterm evaluation by next year. Then, days before Obama left office, the Environmental Protection Agency decided to keep stringent requirements it had set in place for model years 2022-2025.

The auto industry balked. Trump announced in Michigan that he’s putting the midterm review back on track. His decision has no immediate effect but requires the EPA to determine no later than April 2018 whether the 2022-2025 standards are appropriate.

TRANS-PACIFIC PARTNERSHIP

Obama was his administration’s biggest cheerleader for the sweeping agreement involving the U.S. and 11 other Pacific Rim nations. But the Senate needed to ratify it, and bipartisan opposition basically doomed it before he left office.

As a candidate, Trump railed against this agreement and pledged to withdraw from it, saying he was a better negotiator and could strike better deals. Shortly after taking office, he directed the U.S. trade representative to withdraw and said he would pursue individual deals with the other countries.

ABORTION/MEXICO CITY POLICY

Trump reinstated a ban on providing federal money to international groups that perform abortions or provide information about them. Obama had lifted the ban when he took office in 2009.

Known as the “Mexico City Policy” or, by critics, as the “global gag rule,” the regulation has been a political volleyball, instituted by Republican administrations and rescinded by Democratic ones since 1984. Trump signed it one day after the 44th anniversary of the Supreme Court’s 1973 Roe vs. Wade decision that legalized abortion in the United States. The policy also prohibits taxpayer funding for groups that lobby to legalize abortion or promote it as a family planning method.

PERSONAL FINANCE

Trump has instructed the Department of Labor to delay an Obama-era rule that would require financial professionals who charge commissions to put their clients’ best interests first when advising them on retirement investments. The “fiduciary rule” was aimed at blocking consultants from steering clients toward investments with higher commissions and fees that can eat away at retirement savings. The rule was to take effect this month. The financial services industry argued that the rule would limit retirees’ investment choices by forcing asset managers to steer them to low-risk options.

Undoing the rule was part of a promised assault by Trump on banking rules enacted after the Great Recession. He has directed the Treasury secretary to review the 2010 Dodd-Frank financial oversight law, which he has said is a disaster. The law’s aim was to keep banks from repeating practices that many blamed for the financial meltdown.

 Posted by at 12:56 pm

Key Senate Leader: ‘Sufficient’ Responses Received On Trump Wiretap Claim

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Mar 142017
 

President Trump, Senator Burr (R-NC)

Although the Department of Justice has asked for more time to respond to a House request for evidence related to President Donald Trump’s claim he was wiretapped during his presidential campaign, the chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee said he has received “sufficient” responses about the accusation. “I’ve talked to all the appropriate people,” said Sen. Richard Burr, R-N.C.

“I would say from our conversations, what we’ve gotten are sufficient answers,”

he added. Although the House Intelligence Committee had imposed a Monday deadline, Burr noted that, “The House operates differently than I do.”Burr said associates of Trump supporter Roger Stone could be brought before the committee due to Stone’s connections with a hacker known only as “Guccifer 2.0” who has claimed credit for hacking the emails of the Democratic National Committee.
Source: Key Senate Leader: ‘Sufficient’ Responses Received On Trump Wiretap Claim
 Posted by at 12:31 pm
Mar 132017
 

Rep. Mark Brody


Representative Mark Brody wants to investigate if the two organizations violated their tax-exempt status by engaging in political or lobbying activities.
In a Facebook post, (Rep. Brody) (he) wrote, “The NCAA and ACC have allegedly engaged in excessive lobbying activities that exceeded their respective charters by using economic retaliation against N-C for the purpose of forcing the General Assembly to adopt social legislation that is not connected to their core mission. I believe the NCAA and the ACC have stepped out of bounds and, to the best of my ability, will never allow the General Assembly to relinquish its legislative authority over the internal affairs of the State or succumb to economic extortion to and from either the NCAA or the ACC.”

Rep. Brody says he will introduce the legislation Monday.

Source: NC lawmaker to file bill to investigate NCAA, ACC over HB2 opposition | WNCN
 Posted by at 11:56 am

Gov. Cooper (State of the State) speech likely looks for agreement

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Mar 132017
 
  RALEIGH, N.C. — Gov. Roy Cooper and legislative Republicans have spent the few months since Cooper was elected fighting in court over gubernatorial powers and Medicaid. When attorney general, Cooper criticized GOP legislation his office was obligated to defend and was blasted by lawmakers for giving up on some appeals. Hostility should give way to decorum when Cooper delivers Monday night his first State of the State address to a joint session of the General Assembly. But don’t expect enthusiasm from many Republicans who comprise the veto-proof majorities in the Senate and House and remain suspicious of Cooper’s goals. “If he’ll find ways to work with us I’m more than willing to do it,” said Rep. Justin Burr, R-Stanly, “but I’m not going to sit here and stand by while he tries to cram his left-wing agenda down the throat of North Carolinians.”
Source: Despite GOP rows, Cooper speech likely looks for agreement: WRAL.com  
Editors Note: It is just an amazing juxtaposition when reading N&O articles about President Trump and fawning adoration by reporters of Gov. Cooper who has little if any accomplishments in his years of elected office. Fortunately his is not even the slightest hurdle in the way of GOP NCGA majorities.
 Posted by at 9:57 am

A magazine ranked all 50 states. How did North Carolina do?

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Mar 122017
 
A U.S. News and World Report study finds NC is in the middle of states on key measures.
…Republicans, who controlled the legislature and governorship the past four years, can note how highly North Carolina government is rated. The Tar Heel State was ranked the fourth best in the country in government, with the report citing the state’s high credit rating, its pension funding, transparency and integrity. North Carolina stood out in the report – among the top 10 states – in such categories as mental health, four-year college graduation rate, college tuition and fees, pre-K quality, level of juvenile incarceration, parole completion, and gender equality.
 
Here is a link to read the full report without the News & Observer liberal slant


Report on North Carolina.
 Posted by at 6:35 pm

Save the Date: Lt. Governor Dan Forest in Union County

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Sep 162016
 

SAVE THE DATE:
Tuesday, October 4th 6-8pm

Andy & Nancy Anderson
Representative Dean & Anne Arp
Dan & Leslie Barry
Representative Mark & Lisa Brody
Larry & Shirley Helms
Representative Craig & Lorraine Horn
Tom & Kelly Palombo
Brian & Catherine Rogers
Senator Tommy & Dianne Tucker
Frank & Stephanie Turek
Richard Yang

Lt. Governor Dan Forest

Invite You To Attend an Evening Reception
In Support Of
Lieutenant Governor Dan Forest

Tuesday, October 4th 6-8pm
Henry Hall Wilson House
1301 E Franklin St
Monroe, NC 28112
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Co-Chair $5,100
Host $2,500
Co-Host $1,000
Patron $500
Individual $100
Click Here to Sponsor

Or:
To Join the Host Committee as a Co-Chair, Host, Co-Host or Patron, or to RSVP as an Individual,
Please contact Heather Whillier (828) 284-2858 or heather@danforest.com

HQ Open House – Saturday, 9/10!

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Sep 012016
 
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Join us for an Open House at our new HQ! Meet and greet your Republican candidates, pick up yard signs and other campaign materials. Come hungry! Refreshments will be served!

When:
Saturday, 9/10/2016, 4:00 – 6:00PM

Location:
104 Indian Trail Road, Indian Trail
Next to Johnny K’s Restaurant
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