Members of the N.C. congressional delegation say they’re ready to compromise on some hardened positions to reach a deal that would prevent the country from plunging over the “fiscal cliff.” Failing to reach an agreement by the end of the year would trigger tax hikes and massive cuts in spending on federal programs.
N.C. Rep. Howard Coble is the latest Republican who says he’s willing to buck one of the party’s sacrosanct pledges to not raise taxes. Read full story here.
More political headlines:
--N.C. Supreme Court Justice Patricia A. Timmons-Goodson, the first and only female African-American to serve on the state’s highest court, is resigning her position. Gov. Bev Perdue, a Democrat who will leave office after next month, is intent on making the replacement even though if it means she rescinds an executive order she signed to do it.
--More than three weeks after the election, U.S. Rep. Mike McIntyre finally locked up victory Wednesday, as a recount solidified his slim lead over state Sen. David Rouzer for the congressional seat he has held for 16 years.
--The same state lawmakers who passed a law making it impossible for workers to find out whether their employers carry workers’ compensation insurance are now promising to reverse course.
--A former Durham prosecutor who now works at the state legislature was sanctioned by the State Bar.
--U.S. Rep. Renee Ellmers wants to name the historic Century Post Office in downtown Raleigh the Jesse Helms Federal Building and United States Courthouse, honoring the late conservative Republican senator.
--Erskine Bowles and Alan Simpson aren’t optimistic that Congress and the White House would strike a deal to avoid going over the so-called fiscal cliff.