Politics & Government

Politics & Government
6:12 pm
Wed February 6, 2013

Bill That Retools Boards And Commissions Advances

A bill that would immediately fire members of some of the most important state boards and commissions has advanced in the state Senate. Senate Bill 10 would sack members of the Utilities, Environmental Management, Industrial, and Wildlife Resources Commissions, among others. Democrats call it a blatant power grab, but Republicans say it will streamline state government.

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The State of Things
10:15 am
Wed February 6, 2013

Making Changes At The Legislature

A discussion about changes at the Legislature

Republicans are looking to make big changes to how industries like energy, telecommunications and transportation are regulated. First on the agenda: fire most board and committee members and replace them with people hand-picked by Governor McCrory and the legislature.

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Politics & Government
4:32 pm
Tue February 5, 2013

Bill Would Eliminate And Retool State Boards And Commissions

A bill approved today by the Senate Rules Committee would eliminate and retool a number of key state boards and commissions. It would end members' terms on the Utilities Commission, Industrial Commission, and Coastal Resources Commission, among others. The bill's sponsor, Republican Senator Bill Rabon, says it will allow several key boards to be run by political appointees. Democratic Senator Josh Stein says the measure is a power grab.

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Politics & Government
10:57 pm
Mon February 4, 2013

House Lawmakers Pass Unemployment Overhaul

North Carolina House lawmakers have tentatively passed a bill largely along party lines that would lower benefits for unemployed workers. The measure would reduce the maximum weekly allowed benefit from $500 to $350. It would also reduce the maximum amount of time a laid-off worker could receive benefits from 26 weeks to between 12 and 20 weeks. Democratic Representative Paul Luebke said this is the wrong bill to be passing at a time when unemployment in the state is high.

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Politics & Government
5:10 pm
Mon February 4, 2013

State Lawmakers Consider Changing Unemployment Benefits

State lawmakers in the House plan to take up a bill this evening that would reduce unemployment benefits for laid-off workers.  House Bill 4 is expected to reach the floor for lawmakers to consider tonight. The measure would speed up repayment of North Carolina’s 2.57 billion dollar debt to the federal government. The state borrowed that money to help pay unemployment benefits to a rapidly growing number of people who lost their jobs during the recession.

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Politics & Government
5:17 pm
Fri February 1, 2013

Bill Would Make Baring Female Breasts In Public A Felony

A bill filed at the state legislature would make baring female breasts in public a felony. The bill comes as some lawmakers have received complaints about a topless rally in Asheville last summer. Many attorneys say it's fair to infer from state statutes and court decisions that bare breasts are like other so-called "private parts" of the body- and if they're revealed, charges of indecent exposure could be filed.

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Politics & Government
3:55 pm
Thu January 31, 2013

Medicaid Audit Reveals Overspending

Beth A. Wood, State Auditor
Credit www.ncauditor.net

A state audit of North Carolina's Medicaid system has found that it spends much more on administration costs than other states of a similar size. State auditor Beth Wood says the seventy-page audit of the Department of Health and Human Services details how the state has overspent its Medicaid budget by more than 1.4 billion dollars. 

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Politics & Government
10:57 am
Thu January 31, 2013

State Lawmakers Begin Legislative Session

North Carolina House of Representatives, North Carolina General Assembly
Credit www.ncleg.net

Aside from a few lobbyists checking their cell phones, the halls of the General Assembly were quiet and free of protestors Wednesday. But in the House, legislators wasted no time getting down to business. An unemployment insurance bill many are watching closely will be discussed in a committee meeting today. It seeks to lower unemployment benefits so employers won't have to shoulder insurance increases.

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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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