State Politics

Political news from around NC (and beyond).

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Today, we introduce a new, regular on-air feature at WUNC. Every Friday at 4:50 p.m., we will air WUNC's The Week In State Politics. Capitol Bureau Chief Jeff Tiberii will be joined by two guests who represent different points on the political spectrum to discuss political issues of statewide - and nationwide - importance.

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Governor Roy Cooper has put the HB2 ball back squarely in the legislature’s court, or so he hopes.

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Today on the WUNCPolitics Podcast, a conversation about the budget surplus, options for a compromise on repealing HB2,  President Trump’s immigration order, and what we might expect with the upcoming budget proposal.

WUNC Capitol Bureau Chief Jeff Tiberii sits down for a one-on-one conversation with North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper.

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The battle between the executive and judicial branches continues, both at the state and national levels. A three-judge panel halted the state Senate review of Governor Cooper's cabinet appointees, and the country awaits a ruling by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals on President Trump’s travel ban. Host Frank Stasio talks with WUNC capitol bureau chief Jeff Tiberii about the latest.

Composite photo of House Speaker Tim Moore (R-Cleveland) and Senate Pro Tem Phil Berger (R-Rockingham).
NC General Assembly

Speaker Tim Moore and Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger are blasting a three-judge panel's granting of a temporary restraining order blocking the senate from proceeding with confirmation hearings on Governor Roy Cooper's cabinet nominees.

North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper
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Just a month into his first term as governor, Democrat Roy Cooper already sounds a little exasperated when talking about the legislature’s Republican leadership.

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North Carolina Attorney General Josh Stein has joined a legal challenge to President Donald Trump’s travel and immigration ban.

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With the General Assembly underway and the 115th Congress having convened, this week's episode of the Politics Podcast offers two scoops of political insight. For perspective from the District, Geoff Bennett of Time Warner Cable joins the program to discuss President Trump's Supreme Court nominee, and other happenings on The Hill.

Then, Senate Leader Phil Berger (R-Rockingham) sits down to discuss an assortment of topics, including the legislative agenda, House Bill 2, Governor Roy Cooper, and rural-urban divide.

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The U.S. Senate convened early this morning to move forward on the confirmation of Betsy DeVos as Secretary of Education. In a rare move,  Senator Majority Leader Mitch McConnell scheduled the vote to advance the decision for 6:30am. Critics say DeVos lacks any educational experience and is unqualified to serve. DeVos is one of several controversial nominations by President Trump. Host Frank Stasio talks with political junkie Ken Rudin about the confirmation and the latest in political news.

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  Note: This program is a rebroadcast from January 25, 2016.

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Today on the WUNCPolitics Podcast, the General Assembly returned to to the Capitol this week and got back to the work of legislating by filing a flurry of bills, setting the stage for months of debates and legal wrangling.

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In 2008, writer David Mitchell watched with the rest of the country as Barack Obama became the first African-American elected president. While Mitchell’s friends were optimistic, he was skeptical. He saw the election as a historic movement but was wary of how it would change American politics.
 

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In his first five days in office, President Donald Trump has signed several executive orders, including a directive to build a wall on the Mexican border and a measure designed to begin the repeal of Obamacare. 

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Legislators filed  dozens of bills on the first day back since session officially opened, including a proposal to develop a plan to change how the state funds public schools.

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On this episode of the WUNCPolitics Podcast, Host Jeff Tiberii speaks with NPR Political Reporter Asma Khalid.

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As Donald Trump prepares to take his oath of office, he’ll preside over a divided nation. A recent Gallup poll found three-fourths of Americans believe the country is split over the most important values – the highest percentage ever.

WUNC and NPR host "A Nation Engaged: A Pre-Inuguration Conversation.

North Carolina legislative building
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Phil Berger and Tim Moore were formally elected to leadership roles on a ceremonial opening day of the long legislative session at the General Assembly in Raleigh. Berger (R-Rockingham) has served as the Senate Pro Tem since 2011 while Moore (R-Cleveland) gets a second two-year term as Speaker of the House.

Composite photo of House Speaker Tim Moore (R-Cleveland) and Senate Pro Tem Phil Berger (R-Rockingham).
NC General Assembly

State lawmakers return to Raleigh Wednesday for the ceremonial start of the long session.

The U.S. Supreme Court has temporarily halted special legislative elections in North Carolina.

A federal three-judge panel ruled last summer that 28 state legislative districts in North Carolina are unconstitutional. That ruling declared the seats illegal racial gerrymanders and ordered state lawmakers to redraw boundaries by March 15th, with special state elections to take place in November.

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State legislatures are filled with white collar professionals – attorneys, business owners or career politicians – and fewer working-class professionals like teachers, laborers or service industry workers. This has led some reformers to suggest that if legislatures increased leaders' salaries, political office would become more accessible to middle- and working-class candidates.

Governor Roy Cooper
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Governor Roy Cooper will have one of the toughest jobs in politics in 2017, governing one of the most divided states in the country.

Governor Roy Cooper
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Governor Roy Cooper laid out his vision for North Carolina in an inaugural address Saturday morning.

He said he wants to expand Medicaid, focus on economic problems instead of social issues, and called on lawmakers and residents to rise above partisan politics.

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Outside of the nation’s capitol, the epicenter for partisan bickering may just be Raleigh in 2017.

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For more than 70 years, programs around the United States forcibly sterilized tens of thousands of American citizens.

 Donald Trump
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Members of the Senate Armed Services committee met this morning to address cybersecurity and threats to the United States. President-elect Donald Trump denies any interference by Russians in his election. 

And new members of Congress took their oaths. What are the legislative goals for 2017?

Host Frank Stasio talks with Time Warner Cable News Washington Reporter Geoff Bennett talks about the inquiry and the latest political news from Capitol Hill.

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A new report from the Electoral Integrity Project, based at Harvard University and the University of Sydney, indicates that North Carolina can no longer be considered a functioning democracy. 

Headshot of Roy Cooper
Courtesy of Roy Cooper

Governor Roy Cooper has made cabinet picks for the department of environmental quality and the department of transportation.

The new Democratic governor tapped Michael Regan to lead the N.C. Department of Environmental Quality. Regan was most recently the Southeast regional coordinator for the Environmental Defense Fund. Before that, he worked in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency under presidents Clinton and Bush from 1998 to 2008.

Ken Rudin
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It has been a wild year in American politics. A crowded field of presidential hopefuls whittled to two candidates: Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton.

After months on the campaign trail, Clinton won the popular vote by the largest margin in history but Trump received more Electoral College votes. Meanwhile, President Obama finishes his eight-year stint in the White House. What legacy will he leave? Host Frank Stasio talks with political junkie Ken Rudin about the year in politics.

NC students Miguel Rodriguez and Hunter Schafer at the North Carolina General Assembly urging lawmakers to repeal #HB2 on December 21, 2016.
Jess Clark / WUNC

A day after state officials failed to repeal North Carolina's House Bill 2, Charlotte Mayor Jennifer Roberts tells WUNC city officials do not have immediate plans to reinstate the city ordinance that led the General Assembly to pass the law in the first place.

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