Politics & Government

Politics & Government
6:35 am
Wed March 2, 2011

Future Of Earned Income Tax Credit In Doubt

Advocates for women's and children's issues gathered at the General Assembly yesterday. One bill they oppose is a change to the state's earned income tax credit.

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Politics & Government
5:00 pm
Thu February 24, 2011

Senate Expands "Castle Doctrine" on Deadly Force

A Senate bill saying residents would be presumed to have properly used deadly force in the case of a home, car or workplace invasion has tentatively passed the state Senate. State law currently only deals with home invasions. Democratic Senator Dan Blue of Raleigh voted against the measure, because it expands the definition of a home and a workplace to include tents. Blue says a number of homeless people live in tents they erect in downtown Raleigh.

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Politics & Government
4:50 am
Thu February 24, 2011

Charter School Bill Passes Senate

State senators have tentatively approved a bill that would eliminate North Carolina's current cap on charter schools. The schools receive public money, but they function independently of local districts. Right now only one hundred charters are allowed to operate in the state at any given time. Democrats introduced a number of amendments on the Senate floor they said would help more at-risk children attend charters. But they were outvoted by the Republican majority.

Democrat Gladys Robinson is from Greensboro:

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Politics & Government
5:00 am
Wed February 23, 2011

Governor Vetoes Budget Bill

Governor Bev Perdue has vetoed the first bill approved by the new Republican majority at the legislature.

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Politics & Government
5:45 pm
Thu February 17, 2011

Governor Proposes $19.9 Billion Budget

Governor Bev Perdue released her proposed budget in Raleigh earlier today. The $19.9 billion plan would protect existing teacher and teacher assistant jobs, but it would eliminate about ten thousand other state jobs through cuts and through the reorganization of state agencies. Jessica Jones reports.

Governor Bev Perdue released her proposed budget in Raleigh earlier today. The $19.9 billion dollar plan would protect existing teacher and teacher assistant jobs, but it would eliminate about ten thousand other state jobs through cuts and through the reorganization of state agencies.

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Politics & Government
4:43 pm
Wed February 16, 2011

State Senate Approves Block to Federal Health Care Law

The state Senate has passed a bill that would block the federal requirement that everyone have health insurance or face a penalty. The measure passed easily by 30 to 18 today. Republican Senator Austin Allran of Hickory says the measure accomplishes three things-first, it says people in North Carolina should not be required to have a health insurance policy or be a member of a health care plan.

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Politics & Government
5:00 am
Tue February 15, 2011

Governor Delivers State of the State Address

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North Carolina's Governor, Bev Perdue, gave her second State of the State address to legislators last night. The Governor did her best to be optimistic, despite the specter of an enormous projected billion-dollar budget shortfall looming in the background.

North Carolina's Governor, Bev Perdue, gave her second State of the State address to legislators last night.

The Governor did her best to be optimistic, despite the specter of an enormous projected billion-dollar budget shortfall looming in the background. While she praised tough decisions that have already been made to cut costs, Governor Perdue said difficult choices will be required to keep the state in the black. Jessica Jones reports from the state capitol.

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Politics & Government
5:00 am
Mon February 14, 2011

Charter School Bill Would Lift Cap

A bill in the state Senate would abolish the current limit of one hundred on charter schools in North Carolina.

For years, advocates of charter schools have pressed legislators to pass a law that would allow more charters to operate in North Carolina. The schools receive public money, but they function independently of local districts. Right now only one hundred of them are allowed to operate at any given time in the state. But the new Republican-controlled legislature is likely to eliminate that limit completely. And that would make some charter school advocates very happy.

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Politics & Government
4:55 am
Mon February 14, 2011

Governor To Deliver State of the State

The Governor plans to address state legislators tonight in her annual State of the State Address.

Politics & Government
5:00 am
Tue February 8, 2011

Perdue At Emerging Issues Forum

Bev Perdue

Governor Bev Perdue says North Carolina's health care system needs better coordination in order to be more efficient and deliver better care.  Perdue spoke at the annual Emerging Issues Forum in Raleigh yesterday. This year, state and national experts are discussing health care innovation.  In her speech, the governor highlighted North Carolina innovations, such as a 2 million dollar federal grant towards a statewide I-T effort. The project will screen for dangerous medication interactions in older patients who get prescriptions from many doctors:

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