Politics & Government

The State of Things
9:52 am
Thu January 31, 2013

Pulitzer Prize-Winner Discusses Definitive Volume On Civil Rights

The King Years: Historic Moments in the Civil Rights Movement
Credit taylorbranch.com

A conversation with author Taylor Branch

  Taylor Branch's trilogy on Martin Luther King, Jr. -- "The King Years" -- is widely considered the seminal work on one of the 20th century's most important figures. But at 2,300 combined pages, the three volumes can be a bit daunting for even the most interested reader.

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Politics & Government
2:34 pm
Wed January 30, 2013

Massachusetts Senator Is NC Native

William ''Mo'' Cowan
Credit Massachusetts Governor's Office

Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick has named William "Mo'' Cowan, a former top aide, to serve as interim U.S. senator for Massachusetts until a special election is held to fill the seat left vacant by John Kerry.  Cowan is a North Carolina native and Duke University graduate, and will be Massachusett’s second African-American U.S. Senator.

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The State of Things
10:59 am
Wed January 30, 2013

What To Expect From The General Assembly

Big changes are coming during this year's legislative session. Republican leaders and Gov. Pat McCrory are expected to push legislation that would significantly alter policies in education, energy, governmental regulations and health care, among others. Host Frank Stasio previews the session with WUNC Capitol Bureau Chief Jessica Jones.

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Politics & Government
9:36 am
Wed January 30, 2013

Hagan Welcomes Immigration Reform Proposal

North Carolina Senator Kay Hagan
Credit www.hagan.senate.gov

Senators from both sides of the political aisle have come to a compromise on federal immigration reform.  North Carolina Senator Kay Hagan is welcoming an immigration proposal from a group of eight of her colleagues. Their proposal seeks to revamp the system that allows immigrants into the country as well as create a citizenship pathway for the millions of immigrants currently in the country illegally. 

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The State of Things
11:42 am
Tue January 29, 2013

Unemployment Changes Coming

  The General Assembly is expected to consider legislation this week that will reform the federal unemployment insurance program. Republican leaders say the changes will help pay back a growing debt the state owes the federal government.

Advocates for workers say they are unnecessary and will push thousands of residents over a financial cliff. News and Observer reporter Mandy Locke joins Frank Stasio to discuss the changes and how it may affect tens of thousands of North Carolina residents.

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Politics & Government
5:14 pm
Fri January 25, 2013

Progress Energy Wants to Cut Solar Rebates

Progress Energy Carolinas wants to cut its rebates for customers who install solar panels at their homes. Right now, Progress gives rebates of one dollar per watt, up to a maximum amount of ten thousand dollars. But the company plans to cut those rebates in half. Jeff Brooks is a spokesman for Progress Energy Carolinas.

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Politics & Government
5:32 pm
Thu January 24, 2013

Deputy Budget Director Distances Himself From Tax Code Idea

It’s clear that North Carolina’s political leaders want to make big changes to the state’s tax code, but exactly what route they’ll choose to follow has been called into question. At a journalist roundtable yesterday, deputy budget director Art Pope distanced himself from an idea put forward by state Senate leaders to potentially eliminate North Carolina personal and corporate income taxes and increase sales taxes.

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Politics & Government
10:16 pm
Wed January 23, 2013

Wake County Commissioners Propose School Board Changes

A majority of Wake County commissioners are seeking changes on the way the county's school board operates.

Republican commissioners narrowly outvoted Democrats on the proposed changes.  G-O-P commissioners want to change the election procedure for school board members.  Their proposal would have five districts represented on the board with four at-large seats.  School board members each represent a district right now. 

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Politics & Government
6:09 pm
Wed January 23, 2013

State's Deputy Budget Director Has Concerns About Eliminating State Income Taxes

Governor Pat McCrory's deputy budget director says he has concerns about some Republican legislative leaders' idea to possibly eliminate North Carolina personal and corporate income taxes. Art Pope told a reporters' roundtable at UNC yesterday that he personally believes shifting the burden to consumption taxes would be regressive. And he says the governor is searching for logical ways to reform the tax code.

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Politics & Government
4:00 pm
Fri January 18, 2013

North Carolina Buses Leave For Obama Inauguration

The Raleigh-based Martin Luther King Committee has chartered six buses heading to Washington D-C for President Obama’s Inauguration.

The buses will pull out in the morning – leaving from Raleigh, Durham and Charlotte.

Phyllis Coley, the founder of Spectacular Magazine, helped organize the trip.  She will ride the Durham bus.

Phyllis Coley:  "I’m going for the second time, because again, the same way I felt the first time, I don’t think that I will see another African American president sworn-in in my life-time."

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