Politics & Government

Politics & Government
5:00 am
Mon January 24, 2011

Public to Weigh In on Insurace Rate Increases

The North Carolina Department of Insurance will hold a public comment session in Raleigh this morning on possible insurance rate increases. The North Carolina Rate Bureau, which represents all the insurance companies doing business in the state, filed a request to raise rates an average of 20.9 percent for this year. Kerry Hall is a spokeswoman for the Insurance Department.

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Politics & Government
4:25 am
Wed January 19, 2011

Raleigh May Ban Smoking In Parks

The city of Raleigh is one step closer to banning smoking in public parks.

The City Council voted 6-to-2 to move towards a ban on smoking in city parks. The ban would apply to city parks like Pullen near NC State’s campus, but not to Moore and Nash Squares downtown, which are state parks.

Mayor Charles Meeker proposed the ban, saying it is a health and litter issue. The two council members who voted against it say it will be too difficult to enforce.

Raleigh will spend about $25,000 to put no smoking signs up at all city parks.

Politics & Government
4:50 am
Fri January 7, 2011

FDA Starting To Regulate Tobacco

The US Food and Drug Administration will require certain tobacco products introduced or changed after February of 2007 to be reviewed by the agency. Tobacco companies will have until March 22nd to apply for products to be approved as “substantially equivalent.” That means the products pose no added risk to smokers than products already available in early 2007.

David Howard is a spokesman for the Winston-Salem-based R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company:

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Politics & Government
4:00 pm
Wed January 5, 2011

Ellmers Sworn In

Renee Ellmers
Credit Ellmers campaign

North Carolina's newest Congresswoman, Renee Ellmers, was sworn in Wednesday along with the rest of the 112th Congress. Ellmers, who's a Republican, defeated longtime Democratic incumbent Bob Etheridge in the 2nd district. This is the first elected office she's ever held. She says all the pomp and circumstance is great, but she's ready to get to work. Her first priority is repealing the President's healthcare reform bill.

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Politics & Government
5:00 pm
Tue January 4, 2011

Basnight Steps Down

Marc Basnight
Credit Laura Leslie

The longest-serving Senate Leader in North Carolina history is stepping down later this month.

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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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