Politics & Government

Politics & Government
6:35 am
Wed March 4, 2015

Job Incentive And Gas Tax Bills Make It Out Of Committees Alive

House lawmakers were busy on Tuesday, approving two measures in committee, while blocking a proposal by a leading Republican.
Credit Jorge Valencia

State legislators sparred over job incentives and a change to the gas tax during finance and appropriation committees meetings Tuesday. The bills eventually made it out.

There was opposition from both liberals and some conservatives over the tax breaks designed to lure jobs.

Secretary of Commerce John Skvarla told one committee nobody likes incentives, but that the state must be competitive. The Governor has been pushing for extended and expanded incentives.

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The State of Things
12:05 pm
Tue March 3, 2015

SCOTUS Takes Another Look At Obamacare

Supreme Court building, Washington, DC, USA. Front facade.
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The U.S Supreme Court will take up a case this week that potentially puts half a million North Carolinians at risk of losing their subsidized health insurance through the Affordable Care Act.

In King v. Burwellthe high court will examine whether the federal government can assist in paying insurance premiums for all Americans or if it can only offer funds in states that have created their own health care exchanges.

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The State of Things
12:31 pm
Mon March 2, 2015

UNC Board of Governors Close Academic Centers

Protesters disrupt UNC board debate about poverty center.
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Over the protests of students, the UNC Board of Governors moved forward with tuition and fee increases, as well as the controversial decision to close three academic centers in UNC system.

Guest host Phoebe Judge talks with WUNC reporter Dave Dewitt about the decisions and the outcries from faculty and students about the Center on Poverty, Work, and Opportunity at UNC Chapel Hill; the Center for Biodiversity at East Carolina; and the Institute for Civic Engagement and Social Change at North Carolina Central.

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The State of Things
12:15 pm
Mon March 2, 2015

A Lifetime Of Diplomacy: Ambassador Thomas Pickering

Ambassador Thomas Pickering
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Ambassador Thomas Pickering began his career in the foreign service more than 40 years ago. He has served as ambassador to many countries including Jordan, El Salvador, Israel, Nigeria, India and the Russian Federation.

He served as the United States ambassador to the United Nations and as undersecretary of state for political affairs at the State Department. Recently, Ambassador Pickering led the department panel’s investigation into the 2012 attack in Benghazi.

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Politics & Government
10:35 am
Mon March 2, 2015

Debating Presidential Primary Position For NC In 2016

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Some Republicans are calling on leaders at the General Assembly to again change when the state will hold its presidential primary.  Two years ago lawmakers decided to make the primary earlier - on the first Tuesday after South Carolina's, next February. State GOP Chairman Claude Pope now wants the primary moved to March 1st. He says the national Republican Party is threatening to take away delegates from North Carolina for the earlier primary. Republican state Senator Andrew Brock disagrees.

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Politics & Government
2:00 am
Thu February 26, 2015

NC Senate Renews Fight Against Same-Sex Marriage

Wake County Chief Magistrate Dexter Williams (far right) officiated at some of North Carolina's first same-sex marriages last October, including the wedding of Chad Biggs (left) and Chris Creech.
Credit Jorge Valencia

The North Carolina Senate approved on Wednesday a plan to allow magistrate judges who oppose same-sex marriage on religious grounds to refuse to preside over any wedding.

The proposed legislation, which passed on a mostly party-line 82 to 16 vote, is a direct response to federal court rulings in October of 2014 that struck down North Carolina’s constitutional ban on same-sex unions.   

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Politics & Government
8:33 am
Wed February 25, 2015

Incentives Bill Filed At Snowy Capitol

A long-awaited jobs incentive bill was filed by House Republicans on Tuesday.
Credit Jeff Tiberii

House Republicans filed an economic incentives bill at the General Assembly Tuesday.

This proposed measure would double the amount of incentive money available for the Job Development Investment Grant program, also known as J-DIG. Legislators want to make $45 million  in job incentives available over the next two years. The measure would require all employers seeking grant money to provide health coverage for all of its full-time employees; and, it would change the name of the program.

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The State of Things
12:11 pm
Fri February 20, 2015

The Legacy Of Malcolm X

Malcolm X waiting for a press conference to begin on March 26, 1964.
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The messages of civil rights leader Malcolm X still resonate 50 years after his assassination.

Conversations about Islam in America, police shootings and freedom of the press are as relevant in 2015 as they were on the day of his death: February 21, 1965.

Duke University and UNC-Chapel Hill start a two-day conference to examine the legacy of Malcolm X today.

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The State of Things
12:31 pm
Thu February 19, 2015

Board of Governors Panel Recommends Elimination Of Centers

UNC System Board of Governors recommended the elimination of three campus-based centers.
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 A panel of the UNC System Board of Governors recommended the elimination of three campus-based centers and on-going assessment of 13 others yesterday. 

The working group suggested the closure of the Center on Poverty, Work, and Opportunity at UNC-Chapel Hill; the NC Center for Biodiversity at East Carolina University; and the Institute for Civic Engagement and Social Change at NC Central University. 

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The State of Things
12:29 pm
Fri February 13, 2015

Political Junkie Ken Rudin

Political Junkie Ken Rudin

The governor and the legislature are at odds over changes at the Department of Transportation concerning layoffs and the gas tax. 

Plus, President Obama chose North Carolina native Loretta Lynch to fill the attorney general position, but her confirmation hearings have been delayed. 

Host Frank Stasio talks with political junkie Ken Rudin about these stories and other political news around the state.

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