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Here's Rep. McGrady's 2,113-word explanation of the veto override episode

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While admitting to feeling "very conflicted" about the House's successful override of Gov. Roy Cooper's budget veto on Wednesday, state Rep. Chuck McGrady lays out a 2,000-word account of what happened and concludes that no House rules were broken.   Read Story »

Tags: Chuck McGrady | Gov. Roy Cooper | 2020 elections | 2020 gubernatorial election | partisanship

Henderson County Business

McGrady's bill to reform 'antiquated, inefficient' liquor laws advances

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Following a major victory last week with the passage of Senate Bill 290, state Rep. Chuck McGrady pushes on today in  his efforts to modernize North Carolina’s Alcoholic Beverage Control system. The House ABC Committee, which he co-chairs, will hear his bill (House Bill 971).   Read Story »

Tags: Chuck McGrady | ABC stores

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'Redistricting: What Happens Now?' is topic for panel

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McGrady's distillery reg reform bill advances

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RALEIGH — A measure that North Carolina craft distillers are counting on to help them thrive and, in some cases, simply survive is moving in the General Assembly.   Read Story »

Tags: Chuck McGrady | alcohol laws | liquor laws | ABC stores

Henderson County News

McGrady's craft beer bill cruises

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RALEIGH — A move to ease restrictions for N.C. craft brewers who want to distribute their own beer is on the verge of becoming law.   Read Story »

Tags: Chuck McGrady | craft beer industry

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McGrady announces retirement from House

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Saying he never got the chance to enjoy public lands he helped save, state Rep. Chuck McGrady announced that he is leaving public life to hike and camp in the woods.   Read Story »

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McGrady files bill broadly changing state liquor laws

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RALEIGH — A bill filed Tuesday in the N.C. House would dramatically revamp how the state governs liquor sales and distribution, including a provision allowing for Sunday sales.   Read Story »

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In what could be his last battle, McGrady tackles redistricting, liquor laws

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RALEIGH — Glancing over a House calendar, Chuck McGrady pronounced the taking of the annual members’ photo — “it’s always like herding cats” —the most challenging part of the afternoon floor session.   Read Story »

Tags: Chuck McGrady | NC Legislature | redistricting | 2020 elections | liquor laws | Tim Moffitt

Henderson County News

Don't miss this week's Hendersonville Lightning

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You won't want to miss this week’s Hendersonville Lightning.   Read Story »

Tags: Chuck McGrady | Grey Hosiery Mill

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Budget includes 6.5% teacher pay raise, local appropriations

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Seven years ago, when the recession forced the Legislature to make deep budget cuts, landslide mapping in Western North Carolina was among the victims.   Read Story »

Tags: Chuck McGrady | NC Legislature | Chuck Edwards | Cody Henson

Henderson County Business

McGrady to co-chair pollution investigation

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State Rep. Chuck McGrady, the go-to specialist on environmental legislation in the state House, has been appointed to co-chair of a commission that will look into an industrial plant's discharge of the chemical GenX into the Cape Fear River in Bladen County.   Read Story »

Tags: Chuck McGrady | water quality

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McGrady's class-size fix cruises in 114-0 vote

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State Rep. Chuck McGrady on Thursday celebrated a rare victory for a substantive piece of lawmaking — a unanimous vote by the House for a bill that rolls back the Legislature’s budget-busting class-size requirement.   Read Story »

Tags: Chuck McGrady | Chuck Edwards

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DuPont, Ag Center, WNC crime lab, Muddy Sneakers get money in House budget

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Funding for buildings and personnel at DuPont State Forest, a new pavilion at the ANC Ag Center, $1 million to equip the new crime lab at the WNC Justice Academy in Edneyville and money to expand a learning in nature program founded in Henderson and Transylvania counties are among the appropriations in the 2016-17 budget the state House approved and sent on to the Senate this week, Rep. Chuck McGrady said.   Read Story »

Tags: Chuck McGrady | DuPont State Forest | Muddy Sneakers

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Redistricting was 'no plum assignment,' McGrady says

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State Rep. Chuck McGrady says he didn’t view his appointment to a special redistricting committee as a plum assignment because he’s never specialized in map drawing and was unenthusiastic about a week of off-season committee work in Raleigh.   Read Story »

Tags: Chuck McGrady | 2016 election | 2016 legislative session

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Craft brewers toast McGrady

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Used to be, alcohol and laws didn't mix in the North Carolina General Assembly.   Read Story »

Tags: Chuck McGrady | craft beer industry

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McGrady to run for re-election

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State Rep. Chuck McGrady plans to seek re-election to a fourth term in the North Carolina House, ending speculation that he might retire after the long 2015 legislative session.   Read Story »

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McGrady, Apodaca still mum on re-election

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Speaking to a business group last week, State Rep. Chuck McGrady touted the achievements of this year’s legislative session, predicted a shorter and less substantive session next year and stopped short of answering the question most on the minds of political spectators.   Read Story »

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N.C. schools chief, McGrady to get 'muddy sneakers'

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State Schools Superintendent June Atkinson and state Rep. Chuck McGrady of Hendersonville will trade their suits in for sneakers Monday as they accompany Sugarloaf Elementary students on a learning expedition in DuPont State Recreational Forest as part of the school’s participation in Muddy Sneakers’ environmental education program.   Read Story »

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County could lose Capitol clout

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After years of political famine, Henderson County has feasted for two years on power. The county has an unusual supply of clout, thanks to the seniority and position of Sen. Tom Apodaca and the fast rise of state Rep. Chuck McGrady.   Read Story »

Tags: Chuck McGrady | NC Legislature | NC Sen. Tom Apodaca | 2016 election

Henderson County News

N.C. budget brings benefits to area

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More doctors-in-training for Western North Carolina, money to solve the “doughnut hole” in DuPont State Forest, preserving historic tax credits, land conservation funding and the possibility of construction money for community colleges are among the positives for Henderson County in the state budget and bond issue as the state legislative session winds down, local lawmakers said.   Read Story »

Tags: Chuck McGrady | NC Sen. Tom Apodaca

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McGrady sees long slog to budget deal

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It’s not August but Chuck McGrady is feeling the dog days of the North Carolina Legislature.   Read Story »

Tags: Chuck McGrady | NC Legislature

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McGrady on crutches for six weeks

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Chuck McGrady might have had reason to predict he'd get hurt on the job — just not this job.   Read Story »

Tags: Chuck McGrady | NC Legislature

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McGrady: 'We've got to do it right' on coal ash

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State Rep. Chuck McGrady, a lawyer by training, is one of the best explanatory writers in elective office.   Read Story »

Tags: Chuck McGrady | NC Sen. Tom Apodaca | coal ash

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Pay raises, coal ash top agenda, McGrady says

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As the General Assembly convened its annual session, state Rep. Chuck McGrady predicted that lawmakers will fund a raise for teachers and state employees, pass legislation that orders coal ash ponds to be closed and tweak two laws that are currently under challenge in the courts — teacher tenure and school vouchers.   Read Story »

Tags: Chuck McGrady | NC Legislature | 2014 election

North Carolina Politics

McGrady to help shape state schools budget

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State Rep. Chuck McGrady has won a key role in state budget making for schools.   Read Story »

Tags: Chuck McGrady | NC Legislature | NC Sen. Tom Apodaca | NC Rep. Chuck McGrady | NC Rep. Chris Whitmire

Henderson County Politics

PEP lobbyist: McGrady last in GOP in business survey

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During a local campaign forum PEP executive Larry Rogers told business leaders that state Rep. Chuck McGrady "ranked last of the Republicans relative to the business community."   Read Story »

Tags: Chuck McGrady | farming | business | PEP | industry | NC Legislature