Politics & Government

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

NC House Chamber Gets Makeover; Legislators Say They Didn't Know About It Or $125K Cost

The NC House Chamber is undergoing renovations that are expected to be complete before the General Assembly is back in January.

Some North Carolina legislators say they were surprised and upset to hear that their House Chamber is undergoing renovations.

They say they didn’t green light the $125,000 expense, and that it didn't go through the legislative services commission. The project received approval from the office of House Speaker Thom Tillis, who is transitioning to U.S. senator.

“Quite a surprise,” said House Republican Representative Julia Howard. “I am shocked that they’re taking the red curtains down, that’s a piece of our history. It does disturb me.”

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Politics & Government
8:43 am
Tue November 11, 2014

Study: 1 In 10 NC Inmates Are Held In Solitary Every Day

North Carolina Central Prison in Raleigh
Credit Dept. of Public Safety

Staff from North Carolina prisons frequently use solitary confinement to discipline inmates, even though it’s costly and ineffective at decreasing violence, according to a new study from the UNC School of Law.

About nine percent of state inmates were being held in long-term solitary confinement on multiple dates between 2012 and 2014. That's higher than the rate of six percent in Texas and the federal prison system and the rate of eight percent in New York before a court ordered the state review its practices, the study found.

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Politics & Government
10:27 am
Fri November 7, 2014

Thanks To Voters, Booze More Widely Available In Many Parts Of North Carolina

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Voters in about a dozen rural counties approved loosening the restrictions on alcohol sales  this week. Consumers will now be able to purchase malt beverages and mixed drinks at area ABC stores.

Most of the changes occurred to the west. Over the years the state has "gone wet" (allowed alohol sales) from east to west.

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Politics & Government
7:32 am
Thu November 6, 2014

Governor Pat McCrory Warns GOP Against Complacency

Governor Pat McCrory says he's pleased with last night's Republican victories in both statewide and Congressional elections, although he told WUNC earlier today that some of those victories were unexpected, especially on the state level.

"I was very surprised, frankly, based upon our surveys and others, that we didn't lose any seats in the Senate- in fact, we gained one,  and we lost very few seats in the House," said McCrory.

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The State of Things
12:15 pm
Wed November 5, 2014

Election Analysis On The State Of Things

Voter Sticker
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Republican State House Speaker Thom Tillis defeated incumbent Senator Kay Hagan in one of the most-watched and most expensive races in the country. Hagan's defeat was one of several nationwide that gave Senate control to the GOP.

At the state level, the Republican party maintained control of both houses of the legislature.

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Politics & Government
6:59 am
Wed November 5, 2014

Dems Push Republicans Off Wake County Board of Commissioners

The four Democratic winners, Matt Calabria, John Burns, Sig Hutchinson, and Jessica Holmes, pose with Congressman David Price
Credit Reema Khrais

After sweeping all four open seats, Democrats now have full control of the Wake County Board of Commissioners.

“It looks like we did it. The people of Wake County have chosen to move forward,” said John Burns, a business lawyer from Raleigh. He unseated Coble.

Democrats Matt Calabria, Sig Hutchinson, John Burns and Jessica Holmes each captured about 55 percent of the vote, defeating Commissioners Joe Bryant, Paul Coble, Phil Matthews and Rich Gianni.

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general assembly super majority 2014
2:16 am
Wed November 5, 2014

NC Republicans Will Not Need To Negotiate With Democrats To Pass Laws

North Carolina General Assembly's Legislative Building
Credit Jorge Valencia

North Carolina Republicans maintained their super majority in the state House and Senate after Tuesday night’s election, meaning they will continue to have the ability to override gubernatorial vetoes and pass laws without a single vote from Democrats.

In the Senate, Republicans gained one seat, raising their majority to 34 seats in the 50-member changer. In the House, Democrats gained as many as four seats, likely lowering the Republican majority to 73 seats in the 120-member house.

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Politics & Government
2:06 am
Wed November 5, 2014

Tillis Defeats Hagan

Thom Tillis
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A little more than a decade ago, Thom Tillis was a resident of the town of Cornelius in northern Mecklenburg county. He wanted a bike trail near his house, and, despite knowing nothing about politics, he lobbied the local parks commission. Soon, he won election to it, then the town council, then the State Legislature three times, until he became speaker.

And then last night, he won a seat in the U.S. Senate.

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Politics & Government
1:27 am
Wed November 5, 2014

North Carolina Republicans Gain A Seat In U.S. House Delegation

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Mark Walker is one of three new members of the U.S. House from North Carolina. The Tea Party-backed Republican handily beat Democrat Laura Fjeld. He’s a former preacher with no political experience. Walker will fill the seat held by Howard Coble for 30 years.

"It’s a very sobering thought to say the people of North Carolina, this particular district, have said we want you to be our voice in Washington D.C.," said Walker. "And I’m even trying to wrap my mind around the responsibility that that really is."

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Politics & Government
6:09 pm
Tue November 4, 2014

North Carolina Votes 2014 - Here's How The Night Unfolded

Here's what NC's early vote looks like Full story: http://wapo.st/1x8ulLQ
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This is our election night blog. Complete election results can be found here.

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