Politics & Government

Politics & Government
4:56 pm
Wed January 28, 2015

'North Carolina Cannot Leave Rural Counties Behind'

Laurinburg, Scotland County, N.C.
Lance McCord Flickr/Creative Commons

The North Carolina Legislature is back in town and ready to get to work for the year.  During this "long session" lawmakers will likely take up a number of important topics including Medicaid and teacher pay.  But what do you do if you represent a county that is oftentimes overlooked?

Representative Ken Goodman does just that.  Goodman represents Scotland County which is in one of the poorest parts of the state.

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Politics & Government
7:53 am
Wed January 28, 2015

NC Attorney General Knocks GOP Lawmakers

Credit N.C. Democratic Party

Attorney General Roy Cooper says he'll continue to criticize Republican policies during the legislative session that begins Wednesday, hinting once again hinting that he might run for governor in 2016.  
 

At a luncheon held by the women’s group Lillian's List, Cooper told a few hundred Democrats that he supports issues such as abortion rights and expanding Medicaid in North Carolina.

He hasn't announced his candidacy for governor, but he’s widely seen as the most likely Democrat to try to unseat Republican Gov. Pat McCrory.

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Politics & Government
1:30 pm
Tue January 27, 2015

Google Fiber Coming To North Carolina, Here's What To Expect

Google Fiber is officially coming to North Carolina. The news was announced Tuesday in Raleigh. Charlotte, and Raleigh-Durham will both benefit from the service.

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Politics & Government
7:43 am
Tue January 27, 2015

Ex-NC Lawmaker Pleads Guilty To Federal Theft Charge

Stephen LaRoque served as co-chair of the North Carolina House of Representatives' powerful Rules Comittee before he was indicted in 2012 by the U.S. Attorney's office in Raleigh.
Credit North Carolina General Assembly

Stephen LaRoque, a former high-ranking member of the North Carolina House of Representatives, pleaded guilty to aiding and abetting theft at a federal court in Greenville on Monday.

LaRoque, who resigned his house seat after he was indicted in 2012, entered a plea as part of a deal with the U.S. Attorney’s Office, allowing him to avoid a trial originally scheduled for next week. He will pay $300,000 in restitution and faces up to 10 years in prison, the attorney’s office said in a statement. Sentencing is scheduled for May 12.

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The State of Things
11:32 am
Fri January 23, 2015

Hits From This Week's Headlines In North Carolina

Rep. Renee Ellmers (R-NC)
Credit http://beta.congress.gov/

Another battle over abortion regulations played out in Washington this week. This time, the conflict was within the Republican Party over a bill in the House that would have banned abortions beyond 20 weeks of pregnancy.

Rep. Renee Ellmers (R-NC) led the opposition, but put her support behind a new measure that would cut all federal funding for the procedures.

Meanwhile, a North Carolina judge heard arguments about new proficiency standards for public schools. He's considering whether they meet the constitutional mandate of a "sound, basic education."

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The State of Things
12:03 pm
Thu January 22, 2015

Death Rides The Rails

A train carrying crude oil derailed causing a massive explosion in the Canadian town of Lac-Mégantic in July 2013.

  

Railroads across America carry hundreds of billions of dollars of toxic materials every year. 

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Politics & Government
9:11 am
Fri January 16, 2015

Greensboro Leaders, Owners Conflicted About New Security Ordinance

Chemistry is a bar and club, with a dance floor, DJ, and weekly drag shows. Owners at this establishment, and others, say new proposed regulations are unnecessary and costly.
Credit Drew Wofford

  Elected officials in Greensboro are working to create a security ordinance for entertainment venues.

Calls for new regulations came after several violent incidents at nightclubs in recent months.  Late last year, a man was stabbed in the neck at a lounge near UNC-Greensboro. Another person was killed when shots were exchanged outside of a downtown nightclub.

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Politics & Government
6:17 pm
Thu January 15, 2015

Legislative Subcommittee Endorses State Panel Taking Over Medicaid

Credit Tulane Publications via Flickr/Creative Commons

A legislative subcommittee has endorsed a measure that would take oversight of the state's Medicaid program away from the Department of Health and Human Services.

The subcommittee approved the measure Thursday.
 

It would place an eight-member board in charge of the state's Medicaid program. The group would run Medicaid with a set amount of funds, given by the legislature every year. That means it would have the power to increase or reduce services for patients.

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Politics & Government
6:01 pm
Wed January 14, 2015

NC's Republican Legislative Leaders: A Peek At Their Priorities

Speaker of the House Tim Moore and Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger on the first day of this year's legislative session.
Credit Jessica Jones

State lawmakers gathered in Raleigh Wednesday for the first official  day of this year’s legislative session. Members elected the Republican leaders of both chambers, Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger and a new Speaker of the House, Tim Moore. They say their priorities include continuing tax reform and job growth by making the state more business friendly.

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The State of Things
12:13 pm
Wed January 14, 2015

The North Carolina General Assembly Convenes For 2015

The North Carolina legislative office building.

Lawmakers returned to Raleigh today to begin preparation for their first legislative session of the year. 

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