Politics & Government

Politics & Government
7:00 am
Sat January 1, 2011

New Rules For Officials, ABCs In 2011

NC State House
Credit NCGA

The New Year today brings some new state laws with it, including tighter ethics rules for public servants.

Starting today,  members of powerful state boards and commissions have to disclose campaign donations they made and any fundraising they did for the officials who appointed them.

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Politics & Government
2:00 pm
Fri December 31, 2010

New State Laws For 2011

NC State House
Credit NCGA

The New Year tomorrow will bring with it some new consumer protection laws and tax credits.

As of tomorrow, state law will ban lenders from auctioning off the foreclosed homes of active duty servicemembers.  Insurance companies will be required to provide hearing aids for children.  And real estate appraisal management companies will come under stricter state oversight.

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Politics & Government
9:00 am
Wed December 22, 2010

SAS Lab Helps State And Local Governments

North Carolina joins other state and local governments in fighting fraud and crime thanks to technology developed at SAS Institute.

Governor Bev Perdue thanked SAS over and over for its expertise in advanced analytics technology.  She says in these tough economic times it saves the government money to be able to improve public safety and reduce fraud.

Perdue says she remembers taking her concerns about Medicaid fraud to SAS:

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Politics & Government
9:00 am
Tue December 21, 2010

2010 Census Results

Today, the first round of 2010 U.S. Census results will be released. States are anxiously waiting to find out if they get a new congressional seat or not.

I guess you can say today is Apportionment Day. Apportionment is the process dividing the 435 seats in the U.S. House of Representatives among the 50 states.

Wayne Hatcher is the Census Regional Director based in Charlotte.

" In 2000 the state of North Carolina gained one additional district, the 13th district for the state.  It’s a big deal to gain a district, it’s a big deal to lose a district as well."

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Politics & Government
3:40 pm
Fri December 17, 2010

DREAM Act Gets No Support From Senators

The U.S. Senate may take up the DREAM Act tomorrow. The immigration reform bill aimed at students is likely to be opposed by both North Carolina senators.

The Dream Act is a bi-partisan bill first introduced in Congress in 2001. It passed the U.S. House last week  It allows the children of illegal immigrants to attend college or enter the military, with the opportunity to pursue a path to legal citizenship. 

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Politics & Government
4:45 pm
Thu December 16, 2010

Perdue Undecided On Video Gambling

Gov. Perdue
Credit Laura Leslie

Governor Bev Perdue says she has not yet ruled out the possibility of asking lawmakers to legalize and regulate internet gambling.

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Politics & Government
5:00 am
Thu December 16, 2010

Perdue To GOP: Walk The Walk

Perdue
Credit Laura Leslie

The new Republican majority hasn’t even taken power in the statehouse yet, but Governor Bev Perdue is already asking them for favors.  At a hearing Wednesday, Perdue urged lawmakers to limit the length of their sessions, and set up an independent panel to handle redistricting.

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Politics & Government
4:45 am
Thu December 16, 2010

GOP Seeks Current-Year Cuts

Thom Tillis
Credit NC General Assembly

The state legislature isn’t back in session till January. But incoming Republican leaders are asking Governor Bev Perdue to start cutting spending now.

At a special budget meeting Wednesday, leaders of state agencies painted a grim fiscal picture, projecting that next year’s revenue will fall around $3.7 billion short.  That means lawmakers will either have to raise revenue or cut spending by about 20%.

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Politics & Government
3:30 pm
Tue December 14, 2010

Senate Dems Stay With Nesbitt

Sen. Martin Nesbitt
Credit NCGA

Asheville Democrat Martin Nesbitt will be leading the Senate Democrats in their first session as a minority party in more than a century.

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Politics & Government
4:45 am
Tue December 14, 2010

Senate Dems To Choose Leaders

State Senate Democrats will meet in Raleigh today to do something they haven’t done in more than a century – choose a minority leader. 

Current President Pro Tem Marc Basnight has led the Senate for 18 years -- the longest-serving legislative leader in state history. But last month’s elections put an end to his tenure. When the Senate convenes in January, Democrats will be in the minority for the first time since Reconstruction.

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