Politics & Government

Politics & Government
6:45 am
Tue November 8, 2011

Taxes on Ballot in Durham, Orange Today

Voters go to the polls today for municipal elections across the state. In Durham and Orange Counties, they will decide on sales tax measures in addition to picking candidates.

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Politics & Government
6:45 am
Tue November 8, 2011

Greensboro Voters Choose Mayor, Council Today

Voters are casting ballots in local elections across the state today. Greensboro voters will pick a mayor and City Council.

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Politics & Government
6:40 am
Tue November 8, 2011

Lawmakers Pass Redistricting Corrections

State lawmakers have voted to restore omissions in redistricting maps that left out about half a million voters.

Lawmakers voted mostly along party lines yesterday to pass bills that restored the missing census blocks. A software problem in the program used to draw the maps caused the issues. Republican representative David Lewis said debating these bills is completely unlike the heated discussions over drawing the maps earlier this year.

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Politics & Government
1:38 pm
Wed November 2, 2011

Hagan, Burr Divided on Infrastructure Bill

North Carolina's Democratic U.S. Senator Kay Hagan is calling on Congress to pass another piece of President Obama's jobs bill. The president divided his first proposal into pieces after it failed to get the 60 votes needed in the Senate. The first piece was also voted down last month. Mr. Obama urged lawmakers to pass the second part earlier today. It's a $50 billion proposal that would go toward infrastructure projects. Hagan says the investment would support businesses in North Carolina.

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Politics & Government
10:00 am
Wed November 2, 2011

Durham Transit Referendum Goes Before Voters

On Tuesday, Durham County voters will decide whether to approve a sales tax increase that would help fund big improvements to public transit. Public transportation advocates across the Triangle have been working for years to plan a comprehensive network of buses and trains to make the area more commuter-friendly.

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Politics & Government
6:25 pm
Mon October 31, 2011

State Senator Jim Forrester Dies

Jim Forrester
Credit NC General Assembly

A state senator who led the fight against gay marriage has died. Republican Jim Forrester of Gaston County suffered health problems before checking in to a hospital this weekend.

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Politics & Government
7:00 pm
Thu October 27, 2011

NAACP Asks Justice Department to Block Redistricting Maps

The North Carolina N-double-A-C-P has submitted a comment letter to the U.S. Department of Justice, asking it not to pre-clear the proposed redistricting maps drawn earlier this year in the General Assembly. Reverend William Barber heads the state's N-double-A-C-P. He says the maps pack black voters into a small number of districts to dilute their statewide influence.

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Politics & Government
9:18 am
Tue October 18, 2011

President Obama Begins Day in Greensboro

President Obama continues a bus tour through North Carolina today. Will Michaels reports.

Mr. Obama speaks today at Guilford Technical Community College near Greensboro. His three-day bus tour started yesterday in Asheville. It's the third time the president has visited North Carolina since June. He spoke at a high school in Wilkesboro before making other stops in Marion and Boone. Mr. Obama again touted his jobs bill. He said he would break up the legislation into smaller parts and ask Congress to approve them individually.

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Politics & Government
8:25 am
Wed October 12, 2011

McFarlane Wins Raleigh Mayoral Race

Raleigh voters have elected the city's first new mayor in a decade-- City Council member Nancy McFarlane.

McFarlane beat Billie Redmond and Randall Williams with 61 percent of the vote. She says she's thrilled to be the city's next leader.

Nancy McFarlane:" It's a huge honor and it's very humbling to know that that many people have faith in you. It's also very exciting to know that that many people share a vision of Raleigh and where we're going to go. "

Politics & Government
8:20 am
Wed October 12, 2011

Raleigh Voters Pass Bonds

Voters in Raleigh approved transportation and affordable housing bonds by about two-thirds of the vote.

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