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September 19, 2016

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McGuireWoods Consulting News

McGuireWoods Consulting is pleased to announce that D. Bowen “Bo” Heath will become the new group leader of the North Carolina state government relations practice. Harry Kaplan, the former practice group leader, will transition into the role of senior advisor where he will continue to serve clients and develop new business opportunities.

“This is a well-deserved honor and speaks volumes about Bo’s contribution and importance to the North Carolina practice,” said L.F. Payne, president of McGuireWoods Consulting. “I’d also like to thank Harry for his contributions and unmatched dedication to the North Carolina practice, which has more than tripled its revenues during his tenure.”

Heath, who is also an attorney and a partner with McGuireWoods LLP, represents a diverse group of clients on a range of issues including energy, property and casualty insurance, education, gaming, healthcare and tax before the state legislature, local governments and executive branch agencies.

Kaplan joined McGuireWoods Consulting in 2007 and for the past nine years worked tirelessly to lead and grow the North Carolina practice.

“I’m very proud of, and support, Bo, who started as an intern here in 2007,” said Kaplan.  “He has advanced through hard work and dedication and it is a great honor to have him become McGuireWoods Consulting’s first home-grown practice leader.  I am very confident in his abilities to both successfully lead and continue to grow the North Carolina government relations practice.”

2016 Elections

WRAL-NEWS: Just a few seats could shift balance of power in NC

While the presidential and gubernatorial races get lots of airtime and arguments on Facebook, it is members of the General Assembly who have the most direct impact on life and law in North Carolina.

WILSON TIMES: ‘Elections have consequences’: Coleman, Forest offer competing visions for NC’s future

North Carolina lieutenant governor candidates’ diametrically opposed viewpoints took center stage from the start of a Tuesday night debate at Barton College, with the first questions broaching the topic of House Bill 2. 

NEWS & OBSERVER: NC Supreme Court election could change ideological tilt

As key pieces of the legislative agenda get scrutiny in the courts, partisan organizations and politicians are focusing on the race for the one seat up for grabs on the North Carolina Supreme Court.


WRAL-NEWS: NC Education Lottery raises $634 million in fiscal 2016

The N.C. Education Lottery is reporting it raised $634 million in fiscal year 2016 to help support education programs in North Carolina.

Health Care

NEWS & OBSERVER: Blue cross fined $3.6M by NC for billing, enrollment problems

The N.C. Department of Insurance has levied a record $3.6 million fine against Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina for widespread problems that led to billing and enrollment errors for Blue Cross customers since January.

In the Courts

WRAL-NEWS: Legislative leaders seek appeal on maps at US Supreme Court

North Carolina legislative leaders and other state officials want the U.S. Supreme Court to review last month’s lower-court ruling striking down nearly 30 General Assembly districts as illegal racial gerrymanders.

State & Local Government

NEWS & OBSERVER: Governor’s office: HB 2 repeal possible if Charlotte drops LGBT ordinance first

Gov. Pat McCrory could call lawmakers into session as soon as this week to repeal House Bill 2 — but only if the Charlotte City Council first drops the ordinance that prompted it, his office confirmed Friday.

WSPA-NEWS: Local NC parks and recreation get grants
Gov. Pat McCrory announced Tuesday that grants totaling $8.4 million from the Parks and Recreation Trust Fund will be awarded to 32 local governments to help fund land acquisition, development and renovation of public park and recreation areas.

BURLINGTON TIMES NEWS: Governor try to ease path to gas supply

The governors of both Carolinas have issued executive orders designed to ease the impact on gasoline supplies and prices following a pipeline spill earlier this month in Alabama.


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Franklin Freeman
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Bo Heath
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John Merritt
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Kerri Burke
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Assistant Vice President 

Sarah Wolfe
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