Politics & Government

Politics & Government
8:08 am
Sat March 15, 2014

NC Says Good-Bye To Earned Income Tax Credit, Only State To Do So In 30 Years

Close to one million North Carolina families help make ends meet with the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC).
Credit Community Action Partnership of Riverside County

There are just a few more weeks before tax season wraps up.  And many low to moderate income North Carolina families are being reminded this is the last tax season they can claim the state Earned Income Tax Credit or EITC.

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The State of Things
12:28 pm
Fri March 14, 2014

The Future Of The North Carolina Democratic Party

North Carolina Democratic Party logo
Credit www.ncdp.org/

Experts discuss the future of the North Carolina Democratic Party

The North Carolina Democratic Party recently appointed Casey Mann as its new executive director. She inherits some financial difficulties stemming from the cessation of tax checkoffs for political parties while the party struggles with internal divisions. She also talks about how the Citizens United case has introduced nationally-funded messages in state races.

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Politics & Government
5:00 am
Fri March 14, 2014

Latest Complaint On Durham PD Says Investigators Make Inappropriate Payments To Drug Informants

Credit Durham Police Department

Durham city officials are looking into a complaint that police made inappropriate payments to drug informants.

An advocacy group says police paid informants and didn’t disclose it, which is required by law.

Attorneys from the Southern Coalition for Social Justice also say police unfairly target black and Hispanic people. The department denies any wrongdoing.

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Politics & Government
5:38 pm
Thu March 13, 2014

Have Time? You Can Help Search For Missing Airplane Online

The Tomnod interface is very easy to use
Credit Tomnod

"To map the world live is to change it live, before it's too late."

Patrick Meier is an expert in "Crisis Mapping." He's been blogging about a unique opportunity - a place where regular people can help with the search for the downed Malaysian airliner:

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The State Of Things
5:10 pm
Thu March 13, 2014

Between Two Buttons: Ken Rudin On NC Politics

Nick Galifianakis Buttons from Ken Rudin's Collection
Credit Ken Rudin

  Everybody is gushing over Zach Galifianakis's  mock interview with President Obama:

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The State of Things
12:32 pm
Thu March 13, 2014

Questions About Informant Payments By Durham Police

Steve Schewel, Durham City Council Member
Credit City of Durham/Durhamnc.gov

    

Two local advocacy groups released documents showing the Durham Police Department made payments to informants in criminal matters.

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Politics & Government
5:00 am
Thu March 13, 2014

Durham Police Paid Criminal Informants 'Conviction Bonuses,' Attorneys Say

Credit Durham Police Department

An advocacy group says the Durham Police Department has been paying bonuses to crime informants for help in the conviction of suspects.

Attorneys from the Southern Coalition for Social Justice have obtained police records that they say show nine people were convicted in drug cases where an informant was paid for his testimony.

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The State of Things
11:11 am
Wed March 12, 2014

The Dixie Highway And How The South Was Built

Dixie Highway Road Building and the Making of the Modern South, 1900 to 1930
Credit uncpress.unc.edu / UNC Press

Professor and author Tammy Ingram talks about her new book, 'Dixie Highway: Road Building and The Making of the Modern South 1900-1930

    

Before the 20th century, Southern roads were little more than rubble and dirt. Traveling from county to county was difficult and state to state was near impossible. The Dixie Highway, constructed in 1915, shifted control and funding of road regulations from local government to state and federal authorities. 

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The State of Things
12:22 pm
Tue March 11, 2014

New Leadership And Internal Struggles At The North Carolina Democratic Party

North Carolina Democratic Party Logo
Credit NCDP / NCDP

News and Observer political reporter John Frank talks about recent developments in the North Carolina Democratic Party
After losing control of the legislature and the governor’s mansion, the North Carolina Democratic Party is looking to regroup. This week, interim executive director Casey Mann was selected for the permanent role. Mann takes the helm as the party struggles with internal division about its direction. 
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Politics & Government
7:40 am
Tue March 11, 2014

Remembering Senator Martin Nesbitt

Credit NCGA

State Senator Martin Nesbitt will be laid to rest today near his hometown of Asheville.  The Democratic leader of the Senate died last week of stomach cancer after more than three decades in the legislature. WUNC's Capitol Bureau Chief Jessica Jones and WCQS news director David Hurrand joined Eric Hodge to talk about Sen. Nesbitt's legacy.

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