John Bell

As state lawmakers begin a new legislative session Wednesday, a top House Republican says it's up to Gov. Roy Cooper and his fellow Democrats whether there will be a negotiated two-year budget plan or more stalemate. WUNC's talks with NC House Majority Leader Rep. John Bell.


Rep. John Bell (R-District 10) is the Majority Leader of the North Carolina House. Rep. Robert Reives (D-District 54) is the new Minority Leader for the 2021-22 session.
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North Carolina lawmakers start a new legislative session this week at a time when partisanship and bitterness nationwide have reached a peak.

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The Republican-controlled General Assembly again fell short Wednesday in overriding several of Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper's vetoes. The unsuccessful votes for the GOP mean directives within the governor's COVID-19 executive orders that keep many businesses closed remain intact.

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A lawyer connected to some members of the University of North Carolina Board of Governors misrepresented his connection to powerful people in state government for access to the damaging video footage of former East Carolina University interim chancellor Dan Gerlach.

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North Carolina House majority leader John Bell IV (R-Wayne) joins this edition of the podcast to discuss recent legislation, the current power dynamic with the Governor, and a special Congressional election. He also looks ahead to another major teacher rally planned for next month, and even offers his all-time hunting foursome.