Politics & Government

Politics & Government
6:00 am
Thu March 17, 2011

Voter ID Bill Causes Controversy In Legislature

A bill that would require voters to present photo identification cards at the polls is causing controversy in the state legislature.

A bill in the legislature that would require North Carolinians to show a photo ID at the polls has become a flashpoint of controversy among lawmakers. The measure’s Republican sponsors say the bill aims to fight voter fraud and ensure that every vote is counted. But Democrats believe the proposal is a regressive measure aimed at keeping many of their supporters away from the polls.

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Politics & Government
5:10 pm
Mon March 14, 2011

Meeker's State Of The City

Raleigh Mayor Charles Meeker gave his annual State of the City address today. Speaking at a Rotary Club meeting, Meeker summarized some of the city’s recent successes, including hosting the NHL All-Star game. He also laid out goals to continue expanding efforts at sustainability and transportation. Meeker says with unemployment rates dropping and sales stabilizing, it’s time to look ahead.

 

Politics & Government
5:00 pm
Mon March 14, 2011

Duke Energy Provides Credit To DNC

Duke Energy Corporation is providing a $10 million line of credit for next year's Democratic National Convention in Charlotte. The credit was required by the Democratic National Committee as part of the agreement to bring the convention to the Queen City. The contract also says the convention's host committee must raise more than $36 million to cover production expenses. 

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Politics & Government
4:30 am
Fri March 11, 2011

Jetties Bill Gets OK In Senate

State senators have tentatively agreed to allow building new jetties along the Outer Banks.

Politics & Government
6:05 am
Thu March 10, 2011

GOP Seeks To Override Governor's Vetoes

State lawmakers tried to override two measures the governor has already vetoed during this legislative session.

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Politics & Government
5:00 am
Wed March 9, 2011

Sales Tax A Key Part Of Budget Debate

Whether to continue a temporary increase in the sales tax is a key point of debate between legislative Republicans and Democratic Governor Bev Perdue as they work to close the gap in the state budget. Jessica Jones reports.

North Carolina is facing one of the largest potential budget shortfalls in its history. Right now it amounts to 2.4 billion dollars, but that number could change. Two years ago, the Democratic-controlled legislature enacted temporary tax increases- including a one cent sales tax increase- to help balance the state budget. But Republican leaders who’re now in control say they don’t need the tax increase this time.

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Politics & Government
4:55 am
Wed March 9, 2011

GOP Objects To Perdue Plan To Pay Tax Refunds

Governor Perdue plans to move nearly five hundred million dollars into the state's general fund to help pay tax refunds.

The governor says reserves are running low and that's why she needs to borrow from about a dozen different pots of money in order to pay North Carolinians their tax refunds. Republicans have cried foul, saying the governor has chosen to use money they'd like to access to ease the state's impending budget shortfall. Thom Tillis is the Speaker of the House:

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Politics & Government
4:10 pm
Tue March 8, 2011

Governor Borrows $500 Million For Tax Refunds

Governor Bev Perdue plans to borrow five hundred million dollars from several state accounts to help pay tax refunds.

Governor Perdue says there's not enough money in the state's rainy day fund to cover the cost of all the tax refunds the state has begun to process. But she says there is enough money in about a dozen other funds that she can use.

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Politics & Government
4:00 pm
Mon March 7, 2011

Pullen Park to Remain Closed Over the Summer

Credit Michael Zirkle Photography, Raleigh Historic Districts Commission, National Park Service

An old water line no one knew about has delayed the reopening of Raleigh’s Pullen Park. Renovations have been taking place for several years and planners hoped the park would be open this summer. But the water line combined with cold weather have pushed back the reopening. David Shouse is a senior park planner with the Raleigh Parks and Recreation Department.

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Politics & Government
5:00 pm
Thu March 3, 2011

Lawmakers Scrap High School EOG Tests

State lawmakers have passed a bill that would drop four end-of-course tests currently required for students in high school.

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