This week in state politics we thought it would be a quiet week, between the passage of the House budget on May 22nd and the (expected) unveiling of the Senate budget next week, but it certainly did not lack for action or excitement. Bills dealing with guns, liquor, abortion, immigration and gay marriage were considered, two Gubernatorial vetoes were addressed and Republican Presidential contenders converged on Raleigh for the state GOP convention. The halls of the General Assembly were filled with citizen activists – many supporting or opposing the omnibus gun bill, some pushing for driver’s licenses for undocumented immigrants and, on Tuesday, over 500 workers from the solar industry (complete with hardhats and work vests) supporting the renewable energy tax credits included in the House budget. Read the full report here.