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Sep 2, 2014

NC Politics in the News - September 2, 2014

THREE FROM MCGUIREWOODS CONSULTING RANKED AMONG N.C. LOBBYING ELITE

Three McGuireWoods Consulting senior vice presidents are ranked within the top 15 of “The Most Influential Lobbyists in the North Carolina General Assembly” for 2013 in a new survey by the North Carolina Center for Public Policy Research.
 
Harry Kaplan, a senior vice president and director of MWC, as well as a partner in McGuireWoods LLP, was ranked fifth for the second consecutive legislative session, and has now been ranked as one of the most influential lobbyists for 11 consecutive two-year sessions.
 
Johnny Tillett, a senior vice president for government affairs in Raleigh, was ranked ninth overall, and Jeff Barnhart was ranked No. 13.
 
The results were tabulated by ballots from last October through December by 63 members of the North Carolina House, 33 state senators, 159 registered lobbyists and lead legislative liaisons based in North Carolina and 36 news correspondents who cover the legislature in Raleigh.
 
A summary of the report can be viewed here.
 
 
ECONOMY
As many people celebrate the Labor Day holiday, some people are still looking to get back to work. According to the North Carolina Department of Commerce, unemployment numbers have improved from this time last year from 8.1% to 6.5%.
 
North Carolina business recruiters offered Toyota more than $100 million in incentives for the world's largest carmaker to move its North American headquarters to Charlotte rather than a Dallas suburb, but still lost out to a Texas offer half that size.
 
For two decades local government has turned to targeted sales taxes to help fund special projects – a convention center, football stadium renovations, a new uptown arena, new art museums, a baseball stadium and a light-rail line.
 
ELECTIONS
Now Democrat Kay Hagan and Republican Thom Tillis head into the ring at 7 p.m. Wednesday for their first debate (UNC TV), a head-to-head matchup that could shape the final nine weeks of the campaign.
 
North Carolina government has undergone a dramatic shift to the right. How voters feel about Republican control should shade Election Day results for the U.S. Senate and on down the ballot.
 
POLICY
Two local state legislators are joining the growing list of voices asking Gov. Pat McCrory to call the General Assembly back into session.
 
Pick a controversial law passed by the General Assembly, and then pick a court.
 
The General Assembly passed a law this summer that opponents of Common Core hope will derail its use in North Carolina's public schools. But the law doesn't mean the academic standards previously agreed to by more than 40 other states are automatically eliminated.
 
 
Please contact the Raleigh McGuireWoods Consulting team if you have any questions or comments:
Harry Kaplan, Senior Vice President
 
Jeff Barnhart, Senior Vice President
 
Franklin Freeman, Senior Vice President
 
John Merritt, Senior Vice President
 
Johnny Tillett, Senior Vice President
 
Kerri Burke, Vice President
 
Bo Heath, Vice President
 
Sarah Wolfe, Assistant Vice President
 
Katy Feinberg, Vice President, MWAdvocacy