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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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Politics & Government
11:40 am
Tue January 15, 2013

Civil Rights Groups Urge DMV To Grant Immigrant Driver's Licenses

The North Carolina ACLU is urging the state DMV to continue issuing driver's licenses to some immigrants. 

The state's Department of Motor Vehicles has suspended its practice of granting licenses to immigrants allowed in the country under a federal policy, Immigrants registered under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals initiative are allowed to stay in the country if they meet certain guidelines such as having arrived in the country before age 16, graduating high school or attending college or serving in the military.

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Politics & Government
10:45 am
Mon January 14, 2013

Governor McCrory Sworn In Publicly

North Carolina’s new governor, Republican Pat McCrory, was sworn in this weekend as the state’s highest office holder. The former mayor of Charlotte took the oath of office publicly on Saturday, though he took the oath privately the weekend before. The ceremony- which also included the swearing-in of ten Council of State members- was held on the grounds of North Carolina’s historic Old Capitol building.

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Politics & Government
4:51 pm
Fri January 11, 2013

Virginia Governor To Attend McCrory's Inauguration

North Carolina's new Republican governor will have a fellow G-O-P chief executive at his public swearing in ceremony tomorrow.

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Politics & Government
3:58 pm
Wed January 9, 2013

State Lawmakers Elect Leaders

State lawmakers convened in Raleigh today for the official first day of the 2013 legislative session. In the Senate, lawmakers re-elected Republican Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger for another two years. In the House, Speaker Thom Tillis- also a Republican- will also serve for two more years. He told lawmakers he's looking forward to this session.

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Politics & Government
3:30 pm
Mon January 7, 2013

McCrory Dissolves State Judicial Commission

Governor Pat McCrory has signed his first executive order on his first weekday in office. He held the first news conference of his term this morning.

Pat McCrory: "My first order actually rescinds the judicial nominating commission. We're going back to the original constitutional authority granted to the governor, giving the governor the authority to appoint vacancies on the bench."

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