NC House speaker takes all comers at Q-and-A's

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PITTSBORO, N.C. (AP) — The first-year leader of the North Carolina House says there's no ulterior motive as to why he's been traveling this state over the past four months.

Republican House Speaker Thom Tillis of Mecklenburg County has made 24 stops on a town hall tour in which he's been taking questions from audience members from Wilmington to Murphy. He ultimately wants to do 50 meetings.

Tills says he wants to talk about the accomplishments of the Republican-led Legislature, help people understand tradeoffs between spending cuts and taxes and encourage civil political discourse. While some audience members in Pittsboro last week praised Tillis, others criticized the GOP agenda on taxes, education and environmental regulation.

Registered Democrat Bert Bowe (bo) said he appreciated Tills' willingness to visit and take questions.

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