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The State of Things
1:07 pm
Fri March 28, 2014

Political Junkie Ken Rudin

  

Patrick Cannon resigned from his position as Charlotte Mayor after being arrested on public corruption charges this week. Political Junkie Ken Rudin tells us about other public corruption cases in politics. Host Frank Stasio talks with Rudin about the charges and other latest developments in North Carolina politics.

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Politics & Government
11:55 am
Fri March 28, 2014

How State Leaders Reacted To The Arrest of Charlotte Mayor Patrick Cannon

Former Charlotte Mayor Patrick Cannon speaking about AIG Insurance opening offices in Charlotte in March 2014. Gov. Pat McCrory, left, and other public officials attended the event.
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When the mayor of Charlotte, Patrick Cannon, was arrested this week on charges that he took bribes from undercover FBI agents, we wanted to know how the governor and state politicians reacted to the news.

The FBI's complaint, which said Cannon accepted $48,500 in cash and luxury expenses "in exchange for the use of his official position," quoted him saying he had direct access to Gov. Pat McCrory, who was mayor of Charlotte for 14 years, and Bob Rucho, a state senator from Charlotte.

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The State of Things
12:38 pm
Thu March 27, 2014

Political Leadership Under 40

Jane Kim is the supervisor of district six in San Francisco.
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Host Frank Stasio talks with Supervisor Jane Kim

  Jane Kim was only 33 years old when she became the nation’s first Korean-American district supervisor, representing San Francisco’s 6th District on the Board of Supervisors. Since her election in 2010, she has focused her work on homelessness, affordable housing and pedestrian safety. She speaks tonight at 5:30 pm at Duke University's Sanford School of Public Policy as part of the Connect2Politics speaker series, a program designed to promote engagement with politics among a younger audience.

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Politics & Government
7:21 am
Thu March 27, 2014

Road Repairs And Bridge Replacements Won’t Get Done If Congress Doesn’t Act

Highway construction in Central North Carolina
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Gov. Pat McCrory and his transportation secretary told members of the North Carolina Chamber of Commerce that the state is at risk of stalling 108 road and bridge construction projects this year if Congress doesn’t pass legislation to help pay for it.

The state Department of Transportation would stop issuing checks by August if congress doesn’t renew a 2012 law that pays for part of highway construction projects across the country, McCrory said. The bill would represent $1.1 billion to North Carolina to widen roads or repair or replace outdated bridges.

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Politics & Government
7:20 am
Thu March 27, 2014

Charlotte Mayor: 'I Hereby Give Notice Of My Resignation'

Patrick Cannon talked with a reporter about his first hundred days in office.
Credit Barbara Pinson Lash / My Fox 46 via Twitter

Patrick Cannon resigned as mayor of Charlotte on Wednesday, just hours after federal agents arrested him on public corruption charges. Host Frank Stasio talked with WFAE reporter Tom Bullock about the latest developments on The State of Things. 

Cannon offered a letter of resignation, noting he would step down immediately:

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Politics & Government
4:36 pm
Wed March 26, 2014

State Officials Expect Medicaid Shortfall This Fiscal Year

Credit Dave DeWitt

State officials say they expect a funding shortfall for the state’s Medicaid program this fiscal year.

Pam Kilpatrick is with the Office of State Budget and Management. She told state lawmakers what her office’s estimate was at a Health and Human Services oversight meeting this morning:

“The 120 to 140 million dollars would be the sum total of all the moving parts. That will be attributed as the department walks through the specifics,  and their methodologies, and they’re using more than one methodology to come up with this shortfall range.”

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Politics & Government
5:00 am
Wed March 26, 2014

State's Proposal To Overhaul Medicaid Has Advocates Hopeful

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Members of the General Assembly’s Health and Human Services committee are scheduled to meet today in Raleigh. One of the biggest tasks the committee faces is reforming Medicaid- the program that provides health care for people in poverty.

Earlier this year, state officials seemed to be advocating for a move to managed care. But a new proposal recently put forth by state health officials would build on the state’s current system of treating Medicaid patients.

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Politics & Government
8:47 am
Fri March 21, 2014

'It Will Look Profoundly Different When My Father Dies' - Nate Phelps, Son, Westboro Church Founder

Nate Phelps, son of Westboro Baptist Church founder Fred Phelps
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The pastor of the much-reviled Westboro Baptist Church, Fred Phelps, has died at age 84. Phelps' message became synonymous with hatred. The pastor and his family made it a point to carry signs at funerals saying, “Thank God for Dead Soldiers.” They showed up to events with signs that read, “God Hates Fags.”

Nate Phelps is the sixth of Fred’s 13 children. He describes his father as verbally and physically abusive. When he was 18, Nate ran away from home and from religion.

In recent years Nate found himself publicly squaring off with his father and siblings to reverse their legacy of intolerance. He lives in Calgary, Canada, where he has become a public speaker who champions LGBT rights and raises awareness about the connection between extreme religion and child abuse. He is currently writing a book about his life and is the subject of an upcoming documentary. He spoke with Dick Gordon in 2012. The story, "Son of a Bigot," was featured on Salon.com.

Listen to Nate Phelps' conversation with Dick Gordon from 2012:

Here are some highlights of the conversation:

What was your childhood like?

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Politics & Government
9:06 pm
Wed March 19, 2014

Proceeds From Coastal Drilling Should Be Shared With Coastal Counties, Council Member Says

A Suncor Energy oil rig in the Buzzard field, in the North Sea between England and Norway.
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A member of the council that’s been appointed to advise Gov. Pat McCrory on energy production wants North Carolina’s 20 coastal counties to be guaranteed a direct cut of royalties from off-shore gas drilling.

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The State of Things
11:22 am
Wed March 19, 2014

Sunshine Week Inspires Dialogue About Open Government

Sunshine Week encourages conversation about open government.
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An expert panel discuss the state of public records law in North Carolina

This week is Sunshine Week, a time when newsmakers and advocates push for increased transparency in government. North Carolina public records law gives citizens and journalists equal access to information and mandates that all requests be responded to "as promptly as possible."

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