Politics & Government

Politics & Government
3:29 pm
Tue February 10, 2015

Proposed Tax Cut Could Eliminate 500 NC Jobs And Actually Increase Taxes

Credit Laura Candler

Lawmakers at the General Assembly have re-written a bill that would mean short-term savings on gas but could eventually lead to higher taxes and the elimination of 500 jobs.

During a meeting of the Senate Finance Committee Tuesday, Republicans said this would cut the gas tax and stabilize an uncertain gas tax revenue stream situation.

"And we need to stabilize the volatility of the gas tax," said bill sponsor Bill Rabon. "That guarantees us adequate funds to maintain our roads, improve our roads and meet our transportation needs."

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The State of Things
12:18 pm
Thu February 5, 2015

The State Of The State

North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory
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  Governor McCrory took the dais for his state of the state address last night. 

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Politics & Government
10:09 am
Thu February 5, 2015

The 'State Of The State' Through The Tweets Of Capitol Reporter Jorge Valencia

Jorge Valencia is WUNC's Capitol Reporter.

WUNC's Capitol Reporter Jorge Valencia was at Governor McCrory's State of the State speech Wednesday. He live-tweeted the proceedings:

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Politics & Government
7:28 am
Thu February 5, 2015

'A North Carolina Plan': McCrory Delivers State Of The State

Gov. Pat McCrory
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Governor Pat McCrory is calling for Medicaid reform, a $1 billion transportation project, and fewer tests for students.  McCrory delivered his State of the State address to lawmakers last night in Raleigh.

The governor’s 80-minute speech before a packed house chamber on Wednesday offered more praise and pomp than policy and proposals.

He touted the first two years of his administration before laying out an occasionally detailed vision about what he hopes is next.

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Politics & Government
7:57 am
Wed February 4, 2015

State Representatives Push Non-Partisan Redistricting Reform

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A coalition of Democratic and Republican state representatives wants to cede their responsibility to draw North Carolina's electoral districts, to non-partisan staff or a non-partisan commission.

They say they want to take politics out of the process, but similar efforts have failed for more than 20 years.

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Politics & Government
1:24 pm
Tue February 3, 2015

Senate Bill: $275,000 To Common Core Commission, $675,000 to Coal Ash Commission

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State Senators are allocating money to fight a lawsuit and fund commissions. Here's how the money would be spent:

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The State of Things
12:20 pm
Tue February 3, 2015

Why North Carolinians Struggle To Find Affordable Housing

View from the hilltop at Carver Pond Apartments on Meriwether Drive in Durham, North Carolina
Credit Ildar Sagdejev

  In North Carolina, two million families live without adequate housing. 

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Politics & Government
10:04 am
Sat January 31, 2015

NC's Photo ID Voting Requirement May Be Challenged In Trial This July

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Voting rights advocates argued in a Wake County court on Friday that a new state law requiring voters to show photo identification at polling stations is unconstitutional because it will create a barrier to voting, keeping primarily minorities from the ballot.

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The State of Things
12:19 pm
Fri January 30, 2015

Political Junkie Ken Rudin

Ken Rudin

The North Carolina General Assembly is back to work in Raleigh and lawmakers are filing dozens of bills.

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Politics & Government
6:02 pm
Wed January 28, 2015

Bill Would Allow Magistrates In N.C. To Choose Not To Marry Same-Sex Couples

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At the North Carolina State Legislature, Senate Leader Phil Berger introduced a bill Wednesday that would allow magistrates across North Carolina to opt-out of performing same-sex marriages. He wants government officials such as magistrates and registers of deeds, who object to same-sex marriage, to receive protection.

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