McCrory finally barks back

by Scott Mooneyham There is no way around it: For governors to have vetoes overridden is not a good thing; to have them overridden by a legislature of the same political party is even worse. Gov. Pat McCrory suffered that fate on Wednesday when the state Senate, a day after...

Lawmakers fail to account for resistance to change

by Scott Mooneyham With another legislative session in North Carolina completed, the postmortems have begun, and most have not been very kind to the honorables. Many of the honorables, at least those in the Republican majority, are likely taking comfort from pats on the back by...

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...