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Governor Easley in town

READ MORE: Gov. Easley visits New Hanover County
The governor came to New Hanover County today and we had the chance to ask him about hot topics around the state right now. Gov. Easley discussed everything from his opinions of Nifong and Thomas Wright to the state budget. The first topic addressed was the budget. Gov. Easley's primary focus is to get the House and the Senate to agree on a budget. Gov. Easley said, "We'll get back together today and see if we can't get them to come together on at least some agreement on major issues, education, I think in particular is very important." When he was asked about Mike Nifong the governor says while Nifong says he'll resign, that hasn't happened yet. He supports the State Bar's decision to take away Nifong’s license to practice law. Gov. Easley said, "It's very important to recognize the amount of discretion and power that the constitution gives to district attorneys. It has to be used wisely and judiciously and if it is not, it has to be taken away immediately, so the process worked here." About a month ago, Governor Easley asked for Thomas Wright's resignation. He still feels the State Representative should step down. Gov. Easley said, "Campaign reports, and the other bank records...either they match up or they don't. If they don't, you've got a problem. He's been marginalized; he's not able to help us down here in this area. We really need to move on." On hurricane preparedness, the governor is working hard to make sure the state is ready. He emphasizes that residents need to be prepared as well. Easley says, "Nothing works unless the people work with us. So get your plan in place, get your hurricane preparedness kit go online and look at NC ready." Don’t forget the evacuation plan. A new book about the Governors of North Carolina has been published. Governor Easley is taking heat about his chapter in the book. His press office had editorial review. Critics say staffers re-wrote the passages about him, to portray him in a more positive light. The governor joked that it probably would have been easier to write his section after his term was history.

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