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NC lawmakers to look at federal health care law (access required)

RALEIGH — Republicans in the General Assembly have been hostile to the federal health care overhaul for years. Now, their leaders are convening a committee to examine the law’s effects upon North Carolina’s economy and insurance market. Senate leader Phil Berger, R-Rockingham, ...

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UPDATED: NC Democrats want long-term jobless aid revived (access required)

RALEIGH — U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan said Monday she’s pushing North Carolina to rejoin the rest of the states to help the long-term unemployed with emergency unemployment benefits. But Republican legislative leaders – including one who wants to unseat her this fall – ...

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NC Senate budget-writer Brunstetter to resign (access required)

RALEIGH — A key budget-writer in the North Carolina state Senate said Thursday he’s leaving the General Assembly next month to become a top executive at a large hospital system. Sen. Pete Brunstetter, R-Forsyth, said he’ll resign effective Dec. 15 ...

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Samuelson named to state Environmental Review Commission (access required)

N.C. Rep. Ruth Samuelson, R-Mecklenburg, has been appointed co-chair of the state Environmental Review Commission by Speaker Thom Tillis, the state announced. She joins Rep. Mike Hager, R-Rutherford, and Sen. Brent Jackson, R-Johnston, who was appointed by Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger.

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