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Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

Johnson applauds new teacher pay raise bill

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State Rep. Jake Johnson on Thursday applauded an education budget that would direct an additional $245,488,949 in pay raises for teachers and other school personnel.   Read Story »

Tags: NC Legislature | teachers

Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

Moffitt announces campaign for open state House seat

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Republican Tim Moffitt, a former two-term state representative, announced Monday that he would run for the North Carolina House District 117 that will become open with the retirement of Rep. Chuck McGrady. District 117 covers the northern half of Henderson County, including Hendersonville, Laurel Park, Mills River and Fletcher.   Read Story »

Tags: NC Legislature | 2020 NC House 117

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ERA advocates embark on push for support

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FLETCHER — One by one, four women who support the Equal Rights Amendment stood up in public to share personal stories that showed the need for the ERA.   Read Story »

Tags: NC Legislature | Democratic Party | Republican Party | Equal Rights Amendment | ERA | women\\\'s rights

Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

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 Four Seasons Politics

Party ID change could backfire on GOP

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RALEIGH — Chris Anglin was a relatively unknown late addition to a state Supreme Court race. The General Assembly propelled him into the spotlight by passing Senate Bill 3.   Read Story »

Tags: NC Legislature | 2018 NC Legislature | 2018 NC House 113 | 2018 NC Senate 48 | N.C. General Assembly

Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

Closed door budget-craft eliminates amendments

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Henderson County News

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 Four Seasons Politics

State House passes local bills

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A bill that would make it easier for the Hendersonville City Council to raise its pay passed the state House and went to the way to the Senate on Monday.   Read Story »

Tags: NC Legislature | Balfour Education Center

Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

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 Four Seasons Politics

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

Henderson County Opinion

LIGHTNING EDITORIAL: GOP raises city dwellers' taxes

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When they were in the minority, back bench Republicans used to howl at interference from Raleigh.   Read Story »

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Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

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

Henderson County Business

ECO sets forum on environmental 'rollback'

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ECO, Environmental and Conservation Organization, will host a public forum on Thursday, Jan. 23, at 6:30 at the City Operations Center to focus on what it described as a rollback of environmental protections in North Carolina.   Read Story »

Tags: NC Legislature | ECO | environment | Environmental & Conservation Organization

Henderson County Politics

Rick Wood kicking off campaign Jan. 11

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Henderson County School Board member Rick Wood will kick off his campaign for state Senate with a pancake brunch on Saturday, Jan. 11, at Mills River United Methodist Church, 137 Old Turnpike Road.   Read Story »

Tags: NC Legislature | NC Sen. Tom Apodaca | Rick Wood

Henderson County Politics

Voicing public school support, Edwards challenges McGrady

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A retired law officer who says the North Carolina Legislature handed out $50 million in private school vouchers while cutting classroom teaching assistants, the State Highway Patrol and other services, is running for the Republican nomination for the state House seat held by Rep. Chuck McGrady.   Read Story »

Tags: NC Legislature | NC Rep. Chuck McGrady | 2014 election

North Carolina Politics

Apodaca reappointed to legislative research panel

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Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger has reappointed Sen. Tom Apodaca as the Senate chairman of the Legislative Research Commission for the 2013-14 biennium.   Read Story »

Tags: NC Legislature | NC Sen. Tom Apodaca

Henderson County Politics

Citing NC's 'race to the bottom,' Wood will challenge Sen. Apodaca

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Henderson County School Board member Rick Wood said today he is running against state Sen. Tom Apodaca in an effort to turn around what he called the Legislature's "race to the bottom" in education funding.   Read Story »

Tags: Henderson County politics | NC Legislature | NC Sen. Tom Apodaca | Rick Wood | 2014 election

Henderson County Politics

McGrady gets legislative oversight posts

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State Rep. Chuck McGrady has been appointed to committees that will provide oversight of education, environment, transportation and workforce development issues and may introduce legislation on those topics when the Legislature reconvenes in 2014.   Read Story »

Tags: NC Legislature | NC Rep. Chuck McGrady | transportation

North Carolina Politics

McCrory rebuts N.Y. Times 'demolition derby' editorial

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Gov. Pat McCrory is rebutting a New York Times editorial that castigates the Republican agenda in Raleigh, saying his "focus on pragmatic problem-solving is now fueling North Carolina's comeback to prosperity."   Read Story »

Tags: NC politics | NC Legislature | Gov. Pat McCrory

North Carolina Opinion

LIGHTNING EDITORIAL: Repealing the right to know

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The North Carolina Legislature continues its assault on the people's right to know, consumer protection and newspapers' role in broadly reaching a community audience.   Read Story »

Tags: NC Legislature | Hendersonville Lightning | NC Rep. Chuck McGrady

Henderson County Business

Triple threat could cost Pardee $54 million

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The triple threat of deep Medicare reductions, sequestration cuts scheduled to take effect Friday and the state Legislature's refusal to expand Medicaid coverage to cover non-payers could cost Pardee Hospital $54 million over the next 10 years, the hospital CEO said Wednesday.   Read Story »

Tags: Pardee Hospital | NC Legislature | Affordable Care Act | Pardee CEO Jay Kirby

Henderson County Politics

McGrady named 'County Caucus' chair

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State Rep. Chuck McGrady, who served one and a half terms as a Henderson County commissioner, has been named chair of the newly created County Caucus by legislative leaders.   Read Story »

Tags: NC Legislature | NC Rep. Chuck McGrady

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

North Carolina News

Keep TVA money in mountains, petition says

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A Democratic House candidate from Polk County is rallying support for a petition to ensure that money from a TVA settlement be spent in Western North Carolina.   Read Story »

Tags: NC Legislature | TVA

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