Author Archives: Stephen
The past few weeks have been fairly quie … ContinuedRead full article….
The clock on the wall is mocking me. I … ContinuedRead full article….
I admit it, I was a skeptic. This whole … ContinuedRead full article….
In the early morning it can be pretty quiet around here. Walking to my office, the echo of my shoes on the hard floor follows me down the hallway. The air is cool and crisp, contrasting the growing heat outside. It’s calm, almost serene. It doesn’t last long.Read full article….
That is about the best way I can describe it. The crossover deadline here at the Legislature has come and gone and fortunately (or unfortunately) I was afforded ringside seats for most of it.Read full article….
Few things happen quickly at the Legislature. Debates on seemingly noncontroversial bills can last for hours on the House floor. Committee meetings are hardly ever short, even when there are only a few bills to discuss. And above all else, budgets take forever to pass. Or so it used to be.Read full article….
Priorities differ at the Legislature, which can often lead to long debates and infighting. Keeping everyone on message is critical to efficiently running the Speaker’s Office. But effectively coordinating the priorities of all 67 Republican members of the NC House, or at minimum the 61 needed to guarantee bill passage, for an entire session is as likely as pigs sprouting wings and flying. Fortunately, Speaker Thom Tillis has a drawer full of winged piglets within easy reach.Read full article….