Politics & Government

The State of Things
10:12 am
Thu February 21, 2013

Gauging The Reaction To State Of The State Speech

Governor Pat McCrory Delivers State of the State Address
Credit nc.us

Gov. Pat McCrory is the first Republican Governor in North Carolina for 20 years. So, many looked with anticipation to his first State of the State address this past Monday to see what kind of governor he would be.

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The State of Things
9:51 am
Thu February 21, 2013

How Media Consolidation Kills Democracy

Michael Copps
Credit commoncause.org

The gradual consolidation of media companies into the hands of just six corporations is bad for democracy. At least, that’s what former FCC commissioner and chairman Michael Copps thinks.

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Politics & Government
5:19 pm
Wed February 20, 2013

House Passes Tougher Penalties For Meth Producers

State lawmakers in the House have passed a measure that would make it a felony for convicted meth producers to possess pseudoephedrine, a key ingredient needed to produce methamphetamine.

Republican representative Craig Horn says the bill would help the state fight against the illegal drug, which he says is produced in every county across North Carolina.

Politics & Government
8:00 am
Wed February 20, 2013

House Wants To End Earned Income Tax Credit

Credit www.ncleg.net

State lawmakers have tentatively approved a measure that would end a popular tax credit for low and middle-income residents.  House legislators passed the bill 75 to 41 yesterday.

It would allow the state's earned income tax credit to expire after this year as scheduled. Most low and middle-income families who qualify don't receive the maximum rebate of $294. But it's a popular policy, especially among families whose meager paychecks make it a struggle to save money.

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Politics & Government
7:48 am
Wed February 20, 2013

State Auditor Finds Industrial Commission Failed To Ensure Injury Compensation

State Auditor Beth Wood
Credit NC Auditor's Office

WUNC`s Gurnal Scott reports on the state auditor`s report on the N.C. Industrial Commission

North Carolina's auditor says the state's Industrial Commission is failing to guarantee if companies can cover injured workers' compensation claims.

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Politics & Government
6:39 am
Tue February 19, 2013

State Of The State: McCrory Calls For Tax And Education Changes

Gov. Pat McCrory focused on the economy, education and tax reform in Monday night's State of the State address.
Credit Governor's Office

Jessica Jones reviews Gov. Pat McCrory's State of the State address

Republican Governor Pat McCrory delivered his first State of the State speech to North Carolinians Monday night. He promised to make state government more efficient through a series of cost-cutting measures.  He also pledged to improve North Carolina's economy and its educational system.

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Politics & Government
4:38 am
Tue February 19, 2013

Raleigh Planners Working For A 'Walkable' Capital City

Hillsborough Street, Raleigh
Credit City of Raleigh

Raleigh city leaders are planning a more pedestrian-friendly city for the future.  Planners have been drafting a new unified development ordinance.  They say the guidelines in it will transform parts of the city with development that will encourage less travel by car to get around.  

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Politics & Government
7:00 am
Mon February 18, 2013

McCrory's First State Of The State Address Is Tonight

Credit Governor's Office

Governor Pat McCrory will lay out his vision for North Carolina in his State of the State speech this evening. It will be the governor's first opportunity to tell North Carolinians how he plans to govern the state.

In his inaugural address, Governor McCrory said he'd like to overhaul state government and North Carolina's educational system, but he hasn't filled in the details. He's expected to tick through a number of topics, from education to off-shore energy exploration. And he's sure to have a big audience.

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Politics & Government
4:56 pm
Thu February 14, 2013

House Lawmakers Pass Bill To Block Medicaid Expansion

Credit Dave DeWitt

State lawmakers in the House have passed a bill that would block an expansion of North Carolina's Medicaid program. It passed on third reading Thursday. Republican lawmakers are opposed to enlarging Medicaid to help cover about 500,000 uninsured residents under the Affordable Care Act. Representative John Blust says the state would end up covering too many costs.

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Politics & Government
10:17 pm
Mon February 11, 2013

State Lawmakers Begin Budget Process

Budget subcommittees will begin meeting in Raleigh on Tuesday as state legislators begin their work to put together a roughly 20 billion dollar budget. A number of appropriations subcommittees are scheduled to meet this morning as the official public beginning of the budget-making process.

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