Under the guise of saving a few bucks on printing costs, Republican Majority Leader Skip Stam of Raleigh and Democrat Bill Owens of Pasquotank have teamed up to sponsor a bill that would allow municipalities to forgo publishing of any and all public notices in newspapers. H 472 allows local governments in North Carolina to post public notices on their website in lieu of having them printed in newspapers. Limiting the public’s access to public information is (more…)


Outer Banks Voice is reporting that the race for Marc Basnight’s Senate seat is heating up. According to OBV, Commissioners Judge and Tillett are interested as is former Chamber of Commerce President Paul Tine. Rep. Tim Spear’s name was mentioned but I’ve been told by a few insiders that (more…)

Representative Bill Owens (NC House District 1) has failed to report all of his real estate holdings on his Statement of Economic Interest (SEI), as required by North Carolina law.  The law requires public servants to disclose all personal financial interests over $10,000 so as to avoid potential conflicts of interest.  According to online public records, Representative Owens has not disclosed property owned by him in (more…)

A Civitas poll conducted this week in NC House District 1 shows challenger John Woodard (R) in the lead over incumbent Bill Owens (D), (more…)