Who is minding the pork?

Capital Press Association by Scott Mooneyham As long as there is politics, there will be this thing that people refer to as pork. As the word is batted about, it is important to consider what pork is and what it is not. Pork, in a political context, implies fat, that there is...

Tax reform transforms into old debate

by Scott Mooneyham With the word “reform” in the air, the debate turned into an old one. For state Rep. David Lewis, a Republican and small business owner from Harnett County, it was about putting more money into the pockets of taxpayers, letting that money and...

No punches to teeth from McCrory

by Scott Mooneyham Within North Carolina political circles, stories abound regarding the hard lessons doled out by the political enforcers of earlier governors. Not too long ago, most governors understood that they needed a tough-as-nails enforcer to ensure that they got their...

Report questions pension fund’s future returns

by Scott Mooneyham When your job is managing the $80 billion state pension fund, you might welcome a report ranking that pension fund among the best prepared in the country. But a new report from Moody’s Investor Service is not receiving such a warm embrace from State...

McCrory administration tries to clear Medicaid system hurdle

by Scott Mooneyham It was never a secret in the state capital that one of the immediate messes that Pat McCrory would inherit as governor involved a new system to process Medicaid claims. For those not involved in health care, a computer billing system might seem a strange hurdle...
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