Politics & Government

Politics & Government
5:50 pm
Fri November 8, 2013

NC Department Of Transportation Won’t Give Local Governments More Input On Project Planning

Credit Dave DeWitt

The State Board of Transportation reiterated on Thursday its decision to lower local governments' voice on spending state transportation dollars.

The 19-member board voted unanimously to split localites' input on projects with the analysis of state transportation engineers who oversee the department's 14 divisions, said chairman Ned Curran. 

“I just can’t accept that one party has better knowledge than the division engineer because this is what division engineers do for a living,” Curran said.

A law proposed and passed by the state legislature this year, called the Strategic Mobility Formula, said the Department of Transportation's analysis would account for 70 percent of the decision on regional projects and 50 percent on local projects. Local input -- including views from metropolitan planning organizations and elected officials -- would account for the remaining 30 and 50 percent.

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The State of Things
11:16 am
Fri November 8, 2013

Political Junkie Ken Rudin Talks Tea Party Challenge to GOP

Credit Lawrence Jackson, whitehouse.gov.

Some North Carolina Republicans could face Tea Party challenger who think incumbents are not true conservatives.

Both U.S. Representatives Renee Ellmers and Robert Pittenger are under attack for not hewing close enough to the Tea Party line. Host Frank Stasio talks about the fallout of these battles with political junkie Ken Rudin.

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The State of Things
11:12 am
Fri November 8, 2013

Voter Identification Faces Uphill Battle

Credit Credit NC General Assembly

The election this week was the last in North Carolina before some provisions of a voter ID law go into effect.

The U.S. Department of Justice is suing the state over its new law, asserting that it may have a chilling effect. Proponents of the law say it is necessary for an even playing field.

Bob Hall, executive director of Democracy North Carolina, said the problem with the law isn't just the provision requiring an ID to vote,

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Politics & Government
5:00 am
Fri November 8, 2013

U.S. Representative Howard Coble Will Not Seek Re-election

Credit US House of Representatives

North Carolina’s longest serving Republican in the House of Representatives says he will not run for re-election.

Congressman Howard Coble of the sixth district first won his seat in 1984, and has been re-elected ever since then. Coble says he is mentally sharp, but some problems have made him change his mind about running again.

 Coble held a news conference at Guilford County’s Republican headquarters yesterday, recorded by WXII-TV. The 82-year-old said his back and skin cancer issues have begun to catch up with him.
 

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Politics & Government
5:00 pm
Thu November 7, 2013

Howard Coble Says He Will Not Seek Re-election

6th District congressman Howard Coble says he will not seek a 16th term in the U.S. House.
Credit Jeff Tiberii

U.S. Rep. Howard Coble says his 15th term in Congress will be his last.

The 82-year-old Republican announced Thursday in Greensboro he won't seek re-election in 2014, opening the seat for the first time in three decades.  Coble said he's mentally sharp, but recent back problems and skin cancer worry him about whether he can keep up with a 2014 campaign.

"I just fear that I would be limited physically and serve no good purpose," Coble said at a news conference Thursday at Guilford County GOP headquarters, where an audience of about 200 gave him a standing ovation.

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The State of Things
11:40 am
Thu November 7, 2013

Aid Worker Chronicles Journey Chasing Chaos

Credit Broadway Books

Jessica Alexander began her career as an aid worker with idealistic eyes.

But the day-to-day realities of helping rebuild disaster areas made her realize aid work is a profession with its own challenges and pitfalls. She traveled the world, helping people in Darfur, Sierra Leone and Haiti. She chronicles her journey in her memoir, “Chasing Chaos: My Decade In And Out of Humanitarian Aid” (Broadway Books/2013). Host Frank Stasio talks with Jessica Alexander about her new memoir.

She will be at Quail Ridge Books in Raleigh tonight at 7:30.

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The State of Things
12:09 pm
Wed November 6, 2013

The Status of Women in Eastern North Carolina

Credit iwpr.org

    

Earlier this year the Institute for Women’s Policy Research conducted a study regarding the status of women and girls in North Carolina, commissioned by the North Carolina Women's Council

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Politics & Government
8:12 am
Wed November 6, 2013

Cannon, Robertson, Vaughan And Bell Winners On Election Day

Several of North Carolina’s largest cities are getting new mayors. 

Democrat Patrick Cannon will be the next mayor in Charlotte. He defeated Edward Peacock and replaces Anthony Foxx, who served two terms as mayor of the state’s largest city before being named the US Secretary of Transportation earlier this year.

Nat Robertson is the new mayor in Fayetteville. He beat Val Applewhite by just a few hundred votes to fill an open seat.

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Politics & Government
9:33 pm
Tue November 5, 2013

NC Proposes One-Drug Injection In Executions

Death row inmates are housed at Central Prison in Raleigh. No executions have been carried out in North Carolina since a 2006 legal challenge to the death penalty.
Credit North Carolina Department of Public Safety

The North Carolina agency responsible for managing executions in the state has changed its procedures  to  use a one-drug lethal injection, potentially affecting litigation that for years has challenged the state’s use of a three-drug mix as cruel and unusual punishment.

 The Department of Public Safety changed in late October its procedures to use in executions only the drug pentobarbital, said department spokesman Pamela Walker. Late last week, the attorneys in a case centering on the state’s use of a three-drug solution asked the North Carolina Court of Appeals for the 10th Judicial District to postpone a hearing scheduled for today so they could review the new procedures. 

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Politics & Government
5:00 am
Tue November 5, 2013

Local Elections To Be Decided Today

City center of Fayetteville, NC. Voters there will elect a new mayor on Tuesday
Credit City of Fayetteville

Municipal elections take place Tuesday across the state. Just a fraction of registered voters are expected to help decide mayoral races, city council candidacies and one significant school bond measure.

The education referendum is on the ballot in Johnston County. There voters will decide whether or not to allocate $64 million for a school construction bond. Johnston is the second fastest-growing district in the state and leaders say money is needed to provide for the additional student population. There is no organized opposition to the measure.

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