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Mary Price Harrison

She’s only been a member of the legislature since 2005, but Democrat Pricey Harrison has signed her name to more bills than colleagues with four times her tenure.
2008-08

Muzzling the tax bite

Seven years ago, North Carolina lawmakers were starved for cash. A slowing economy put the state budget temporarily in the red, leaving a shortfall exceeding $1 billion. Legislators responded by turning the dogs loose on tax scofflaws.
2008-08

James O'Brien

2008-07

Pull of the public purse strings

The last time North Carolina legislators decided to borrow money with voter-approved general-obligation bonds, the late Harlan Boyles was state treasurer. These days, the honorables issue more-expensive certificates of participation— $554 million just last year.
2008-07

Regional Report Triangle July 2008

For years, Durham has played Raleigh’s little brother, tagging along and getting less attention. It’s Raleigh-Durham International Airport, not the other way around. Until a few years ago, they were part of the same metropolitan statistical area, in which Raleigh, of course, got top billing. When national magazines compile best-of lists, they usually think of Raleigh first.
2008-07

Rolling in the “D’oh!”

One of the many unhealthy similarities between journalists and politicians is that both run the risk of becoming wedded to a particular policy or point of view. Intellectual flexibility is a desirable quality in both professions, yet intoo many cases when the circumstances change … Oh, hell. Enough of the throat clearing and pussyfooting. I need to just man up here and say it: The state’s Global TransPark might prove to be a success after all.
2008-07

Regional Report Charlotte June 2008

It’s not always good to be No. 1. In April, the waterway that courses through the center of the Charlotte region was at the top of America’s Most Endangered Rivers, compiled by American Rivers, a Washington, D.C., advocacy group.
2008-06

Regional Report Eastern June 2008

Imagine a city the population of Greenville — about 75,000 — springing up in Eastern North Carolina in the next three years. That’s what military buildups in the region will amount to, and while one expert calls base expansions “the biggest economic-development announcement in 40 years,” the news has sobering consequences.
2008-06

Stoplight up ahead

Each day, tractor-trailers unload goods at warehouses or stores in and around Charlotte. For many, the stop marks a brief foray into North Carolina. They’ve come from Charleston, S.C., or Savannah, Ga., or distributioncenters set up along interstate highways to serve those ports.
2008-06

Firming up lobbyists

For as long as anyone has kept track, the most influential lobbyists in Raleigh have been colorful characters who rose to the top of their trade on their connections and ability to schmooze prickly legislators.
2008-05

Going into labor

My daddy was a union man, but he didn’t cut a particularly proletarian figure in the custom-tailored suit and Sinatra-style, short-brim fedora he favored upon shedding his blue twill uniform for a night on the town. Then again, the Plumbers and Pipefitters union had been part of the American Federation of Labor — “skilled craftsmen, the aristocracy of labor,” he was quick to remind us - before its merger with the Congress of Industrial Organizations in 1955.
2008-04

Minding market forces

Perhaps you look at the embarrassing debacle in Roanoke Rapids involving the publicly financed theater overseen by Randy Parton and think, “Well, when you lie down with third-tier country singers, you get up with a huge debt andpublic scorn.” I look at that same mess and think, “Did we learn nothing from Global TransPark and the North Carolina Information Highway?”
2008-04

North Carolina's dry heaves

Landscapers and lawn-care companies feel picked on these days. They really shouldn’t. They may soon have plenty of company when it comes to how water, or the lack thereof, affects businesses in North Carolina.
2008-04

A moderating influence

Every four years, North Carolina Republicans talk about ending the Democrats’ stranglehold on political power in the state. And every four years, Democrats usually beat them back.
2008-03

Economic outlook

Despite some winter rain, North Carolina is still mighty dry. In mid-January, more than half the population was subject to mandatory water restrictions. An additional 25% was under voluntary restrictions. How has the drought affected the state economy?
2008-03

More

In a piece he recently wrote for The Washington Post, David Simon — the former cops reporter who is the creative force behind what many consider the best-written show on television — recalls what it was like as one of the “starry-eyed acolytes of a glorious new church, all of us secular and cynical and dedicated to the notion that though we would still be stained with ink, we were no longer quite wretches[.]”
2008-03

Regional Report Charlotte March 2008

Hey, Mecklenburg County: You snooze, you lose. Gaston County has taken center stage as the possible site of a detention center for illegal immigrants after the project’s main proponent, Rep. Sue Myrick, announced that “insurmountable obstacles” were dragging out the process in her home county.
2008-03

2008 Legal Elite

The ballots are in — North Carolina lawyers select the best of the profession in more than a dozen categories.

2008-01

Economic outlook

The impact of blacks on the state economy should grow by more than a third between 2004 and 2009, according to a study done by the Frank Hawkins Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise at UNC Chapel Hill and funded by the North Carolina Institute of Minority Economic Development. But if Tar Heel businesses don’t wise up, gains by blacks could end up in other states, says James H. Johnson Jr., a study co-author and professor of entrepreneurship at Carolina.
2008-01

Legal Elite - Antitrust

Away from the office, you can find me at Christ Episcopal Church, where I have been on the vestry, served as senior warden and have been a fifth-grade Sunday-school teacher for 18 years. I have been exposed to a generation of children and have greatly enjoyed their perceptiveness, their intelligence and their lack of cynicism. They have taught me far more than I have taught them.
2008-01