Politics & Government

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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Politics & Government
10:27 pm
Mon March 10, 2014

Plagued By Money Drama, NC Democrats Try A New Fundraising Tool

North Carolina Democratic Party leaders are raising money to maintain the party headquarters at the historic Goodwin House on Hillsborough Street in downtown Raleigh.
Credit North Carolina Democratic Party

The new executive director of the North Carolina Democratic Party is looking to revamp how the party raises money -- as it faces more than a year of leadership turnover, fundraising troubles and distancing from the re-election campaign of U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan.

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Politics & Government
4:28 pm
Mon March 10, 2014

Memorial Service Planned For Senator Martin Nesbitt

Sen. Martin Nesbitt
Credit NCGA

Democratic state Senator Martin Nesbitt's memorial service will take place Tuesday.

Senator Nesbitt died last week of stomach cancer. He stepped down from his post as Minority Leader of the Senate just two days before he died at his home. An ambulance drove him there from UNC hospital. Until Nesbitt's death, the public did not know just how sick he was.

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Politics & Government
11:16 am
Mon March 10, 2014

Do You Live In North Or South Carolina? Some Aren't Sure

Longleaf Pines in North Carolina
Credit USFWS/Jack Culpepper

Imagine that you've lived in North Carolina, near the South Carolina line, for generations. Maybe your grandfather worked the land, your father too, and now you. And one day, a state official comes to your door tell you that you actually live in South Carolina. You'll need to change your driver's license. Rather than Governor Pat McCrory, you will now be paying attention to what Governor Nikki Haley is proposing. You've become a Sandlapper, not a Tar Heel.

That's exactly what is happening now.

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Politics & Government
10:45 am
Sat March 8, 2014

Some Wait Three Weeks For Initial Unemployment Checks

Dale Folwell is Assistant Secretary of Commerce and heads the Division of Employment Security.
Credit NC Commerce

Thousands of jobless North Carolinians have been waiting for several weeks to get their first unemployment check.  State officials say they hope to have that back-log under control this month.

Assistant Commerce Secretary Dale Folwell heads the employment agency responsible for making sure the unemployed get their checks.

“Anytime there’s one case in our backlog, that’s one too many," said Folwell.

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Politics & Government
10:12 pm
Fri March 7, 2014

Conservative Think Tank Gets UNC Prof’s Email Records, Says He Used Tax-Payer Money For Politics

Francis DeLuca (left), Gene Nichol
Credit LinkedIn, UNC School of Law

Officials at the University of North Carolina have given a conservative think-tank hundreds of emails from a professor who has been an outspoken critic of the state’s Republican governor and statehouse leaders.

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Politics & Government
5:40 pm
Fri March 7, 2014

Democratic Minority Leader And State Senator Martin Nesbitt: A Remembrance

Credit NCGA

Democratic state Senator Martin Nesbitt has died. He passed away only two days after he stepped down as Senate minority leader, citing an illness. The public didn't know that the veteran lawmaker from Buncombe County had been diagnosed the previous week with stomach cancer.
 

Senator Nesbitt was a true public servant who was deeply respected by both Democrats and Republicans.
As Senate Minority Leader, Martin Nesbitt could always be counted on for a colorful quote, whether it was about the recent shrinking of the state’s Rural Economic Development Center:

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Politics & Government
10:10 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

State Senator Martin Nesbitt Dies at 67

State Sen. Martin Nesbitt died Thursday of stomach cancer. He was 67 years old.
Credit NCGA

North Carolina state senator Martin Nesbitt died Thursday of stomach cancer just days after stepping down as the Senate's minority leader.  He was 67 years old. Nesbitt was first appointed to the state House in 1979 to finish the term for his mother, Mary Nesbitt, after her passing.  He rose to appropriations chairman and top budget writer in the 1990’s and began serving in the Senate in 2004. Nesbitt's peers elected him Senate Majority Leader in 2009.  After the Republican takeover in 2010, he was elected Minority Leader. 

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Politics & Government
3:43 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

U.S. Senator Mike Lee Endorses Greg Brannon In NC Senate Race

Republican U.S. Senator Mike Lee from Utah
Credit U.S. Senator Mike Lee

A senator with Tea Party credentials has endorsed the primary campaign of Republican U.S. Senate candidate Greg Brannon.

Utah Senator Mike Lee was elected to the U.S. Senate in 2010. The Tea Party favorite gained enough support in that state's primary nominating convention to block a long-serving establishment candidate, then-Senator Bob Bennett, from getting on the ballot.

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Politics & Government
8:39 am
Wed March 5, 2014

“Kitten Season” Is Coming, And Animal Services Says That’s A Problem

March through November is 'kitten season,' a time when animal shelters are inundated with newborn litters that need homes.
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Orange County Animal Services is looking for ideas from the public to handle the pet-overpopulation problem.

Director Bob Morotto said many cats are "unaffiliated" with a specific owner and haven't been spayed. They have high mortality rates and can spread disease to domesticated cats.

Morotto said the coming warm weather means "kitten season" is around the corner.  That's when cats begin having litters on litters, causing the population to spike.

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