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‘They Are Not a Priority’: Republicans’ Proposed Spending Plan Gets Early Criticism

As the NC General Assembly’s Republican House and Senate leaders announced their proposed budget Tuesday, state employees and others are shaking their heads.

Advocates say enhanced background checks for gun buyers under 21 might have stopped the mass shooting by an 18-year-old gunman in Uvalde, Texas. Photo by Jinitzail Hernandez
What the First Major Gun Safety Legislation Passed in Decades Means for North Carolina

The bill passed with support from North Carolina’s US Sens. Thom Tillis and Richard Burr, both Republicans who have received millions from groups that oppose legislation on firearms.

Sen. Thom Tillis, R-N.C., left, and Sen. Richard Burr, R-N.C., right, walk from a policy luncheon on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, July 8, 2015. Both GOP senators voted against legislation expanding benefits for veterans exposed to toxic chemicals in service. That includes NC vets exposed to toxic burn pits. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
U.S. Senate Passes Bipartisan Legislation to Aid Military — Without Tillis and Burr’s Support

North Carolina’s senators were two of only 14 members of the U.S. Senate to vote against advancing a measure aimed at helping members of the military exposed to toxic fumes.

America's central bank approved an historic interest rate hike Wednesday. But what does that mean for your groceries? (Shutterstock)
Here’s What the Historic Interest Rate Hike Has To Do With Your Groceries

 It’s the biggest single rate increase since Bill Clinton was president. But will it help? 

People attend a protest near Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, June 8, 2022, sponsored by Everytown for Gun Safety and its grassroots networks, Moms Demand Action and Students Demand Action, as gun violence survivors and hundreds of gun safety supporters demand that Congress act on gun safety issues. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
A Sliver of Hope on Gun Reform? Here’s What’s in the Bipartisan Gun Bill.

Gun reform has a long way to go before it’s passed. But 10 Democrats and 10 Republicans, including NC’s Burr and Tillis, are working on it behind the scenes.