State Politics

Political news from around NC (and beyond).

WUNCPolitics Podcast
WUNC

Today on the WUNCPolitics Podcast, a conversation about what's at the heart of all politics, the most effective legislators in American history, and challenges with the proposed American Health Care Act.  

NC Legislature
W Edward Callis III

Senate Republicans rolled out their latest proposal for tax policy changes Thursday morning, days after House Representatives introduced their Tax Reduction Act of 2017.

photo of the NC legislature
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A new bill in the North Carolina Legislature proposes changing the juvenile penal system to raise the age of adult prosecution for most offenses. The state is currently one of only two in the nation where 16 and 17 year olds are routinely charged as adults.

Roy Cooper
Brian Batista / WUNC

Governor Roy Cooper says the future of the state is promising. The Democrat delivered his first "State of the State" address during a joint session of the General Assembly Monday night.

WUNCPolitics Podcast
WUNC

Today on the WUNCPolitics Podcast, special elections, reporting in Washington, and cracking curses.

exterior of the NC State Legislature
Jeff Tiberii / WUNC

This week in state politics, Republican lawmakers advanced three bills that would strip the Democratic Governor of judicial appointment powers.

exterior of the NC State Legislature
Jeff Tiberii / WUNC

State lawmakers have advanced a measure that would remove some judicial appointment powers from Gov. Roy Cooper.

They also continued touting a bill that would change opiate prescription guidelines and proposed, yet again, to send 16-year-olds and 17-year-olds who are alleged to have committed nonviolent crimes to juvenile courts instead of being tried as adults.

Host Frank Stasio talks with WUNC Capitol Bureau Chief Jeff Tiberii about this week’s activity at the legislature.

Drew Gintis and his dog
Photo Courtesy of Marsha Gintis

Drew Gintis was a teenager when he started wrestling at Athens Drive High School in Raleigh.

And he loved it, even though he lost every match his freshman year, said his mother, Marsha Gintis.

“[He] worked so hard and by his junior year he had a 21 and 2 record,” she said. “His dream was to go to states.”

Michael Regan (left) is introduced by Governor Roy Cooper as his nominee to be the next Secretary of the Department of Environmental Quality.
Jeff Tiberii / WUNC

Michael Regan developed a love of the environment as a child. He grew up in Goldsboro, but spent a lot of time on a family farm down east in Bladen County.

"Hunting and fishing and bonding with my father and grandfather," Regan said.

exterior of the NC State Legislature
Jeff Tiberii / WUNC

This week in North Carolina politics, Democratic Governor Roy Cooper introduced his budget proposal. It recommends 5.1 percent growth in state spending; raises for teachers, principals and state employees; and calls on the Legislature to expand Medicaid.

WUNCPolitics Podcast
WUNC

Today on the WUNCPolitics Podcast, Governor Roy Cooper's budget proposal, a bright red coat, more HB2 bluster and a surprise visit to the press room at the State Legislature.

North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper
Jeff Tiberii / WUNC

Gov. Roy Cooper has rolled out his budget proposal for the next two years. The governor emphasized setting aside money for teacher salary increases, expanding Medicaid, and investments in economic development. The recommendation is largely a symbolic gesture as Republican majorities in the legislature will ultimately approve the state budget. Meanwhile, a bipartisan effort to repeal House Bill 2 has stalled because of opposition from both parties.

 

In a district full of coifed hair and pressed shirts, a frayed rug stands out. On Capitol Hill, the office of U.S. Rep. Walter Jones is filled with home state relics – large framed pictures, crisp newspaper clippings, and shiny military medals; along with a faded North Carolina seal, buckling under a coffee table.

WUNCPolitics Podcast
WUNC

Today on the WUNCPolitics Podcast, a couple of news roundups and a trivia question.

The first is a discussion with conservative and liberal voices about the week in politics.

exterior of the NC State Legislature
Jeff Tiberii / WUNC

The week in North Carolina politics, lawmakers and Governor Roy Cooper continued their spat over confirmation powers.

Image of bathroom sign
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State lawmakers have filed a bipartisan bill to repeal House Bill 2 with some conditions.

The proposal got immediate backlash this week from other Democrats and LGBT rights groups who want a clean repeal of HB2, and it is not clear whether it has enough votes to pass.

Meanwhile, a committee in the state Senate has voted to issue a subpoena for Secretary of Military and Veterans Affairs Larry Hall after he failed to show up at three confirmation hearings.

Image of bathroom sign
The LEAF Project / Flickr Creative Commons

State lawmakers are making another attempt to repeal House Bill 2, the controversial state law passed last year that requires people to use the public bathrooms that correspond with the sex listed on their birth certificate.

Donald Trump speaks at press conference
AP/Evan Vucci, File

North Carolina Republicans could have a bigger role in the Trump administration's policies than they anticipated.

President Trump recently approached Rep. Mark Meadows, chair of the House's far-right Freedom Caucus, about revamping the tax code. Presidents usually take such matters to the House's Ways and Means Committee in the early stages of the process.

WUNCPolitics Podcast
WUNC

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.

Rusty Jacobs / WUNC

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

WUNCPolitics Podcast
WUNC

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.

A judge's gavel
Wikimedia

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
Jeff Tiberii / WUNC

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.

An image of former state senator Josh Stein
Courtesy of Josh Stein

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

WUNCPolitics Podcast
WUNC

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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kenrudinpolitics.com

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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Rosalynde Fenner

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

WUNCPolitics Podcast
WUNC

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.

An image of the book cover for 'We Hold These Truths'
Project Z Books

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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