Politics & Government

Politics & Government
8:54 am
Wed February 5, 2014

Clay Aiken Announces His Run For Congress

Teacher and former American Idol contestant Clay Aiken has announced he'll run as a Democrat for North Carolina's second Congressional district.
Credit Judy Butler Flickr user mystuff1 / Wikipedia Creative Commons

Teacher and former American Idol contestant Clay Aiken announced he'll run as a Democrat for the state's second Congressional district.

In a campaign video, he described his humble beginnings, growing up poor in North Carolina. He said he's got leadership experience.

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Politics & Government
8:33 am
Wed February 5, 2014

Fracking Commission Seeks To Cut Water Contamination Liability For Drilling Companies

A rig and gas well operation on the Marcellus Shale in Scott Township, Pennsylvania.
Credit WCN247 via Flickr

The head of the commission appointed to write North Carolina’s rules for hydraulic fracturing for natural gas asked lawmakers Tuesday to halve the area for which drilling companies would be responsible in case of water contamination.

James Womack, chairman of the state’s Energy and Mining Commission, asked that drilling companies be held liable for contamination up to 2,500 feet from excavation sites. Under Senate Law 143, which was signed in 2012, mining companies are liable up to 5,000 ft.

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The State of Things
12:03 pm
Fri January 31, 2014

The State Of The Union: What It Means For North Carolina

Political Junkie Ken Rudin
Credit kenrudinpolitics.com

In his annual address to the nation, President Obama discussed raising the minimum wage for federal workers and closing the gender wage gap. He also praised North Carolina's innovation hub.

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Politics & Government
11:40 am
Fri January 31, 2014

The Political Junkie: Unexpected Result Of State Of The Union

Ken Rudin joins host Frank Stasio most Fridays to talk politics. This week, Ken will be part of a panel discussing President Obama's State of the Union speech, and some of the unexpected results:

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Politics & Government
8:35 pm
Thu January 30, 2014

Student Running For Carolina Student Body Presidency Profiled By New York Times

Emilio Vicente, a candidate for Student Body President at UNC-Chapel Hill
Credit Emilio Vicente campaign

Late last week The Daily Tar Heel, UNC-Chapel Hill's student newspaper, wrote an article titled "5 Students Enter Race For SBP." (SBP is student body president.)

"As of Tuesday night, five students are in the running for UNC Student Body President.

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Politics & Government
7:36 am
Wed January 29, 2014

New Nonprofit CEO Slows Partial Privatization Of NC Commerce Dept.

Richard Lindenmuth began work in his position of interim CEO of the Economic Development Partnership in early January.
Credit NC Department of Commerce

Gov. Pat McCrory’s plan to move parts of the state’s business recruiting functions to a private nonprofit have been delayed, as the new organization’s managers are setting up a plan for the transition and finding costs to cut, officials said Tuesday.

Parts of the state Commerce Department will be transferred to the Economic Development Partnership no sooner than July this year, according to a department letter given to legislators Tuesday. Two of the department’s divisions had been scheduled to be moved by June and three more by December.

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Politics & Government
2:00 pm
Tue January 28, 2014

For Real Time Updates On Road Conditions, Launch App

The ReadyNC app is for Android and iPhone
Credit State of NC

There's a new app for Iphone and Android that could help North Carolinians in this week's winter weather. It's called ReadyNC.

This app does not replace 9-1-1. Rather, it's a place to look for local weather or road conditions, or to find a local shelter if needed.  The app is even designed to offer real-time flood conditions on local waterways.

The app launched not long ago, so this will be its first big test.

If you search for the app on iTunes or the Apple App Sotre, look for "ReadyNC" (No space.)

Links:

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The State of Things
12:34 pm
Tue January 28, 2014

Political News Update

  A federal judge struck down a North Carolina law that required abortion providers to show pregnant women ultrasounds. Governor McCrory announced he does not support an appeal of the ruling but Republican legislators are calling on Attorney General Roy Cooper to push forward with an appeal. Plus, what will be the political implications for moving the presidential primary date? And new unemployment figures are released: how does North Carolina fare? Host Frank Stasio talks with News & Observer political reporter John Frank.

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Politics & Government
8:00 am
Sat January 25, 2014

Live By The Coast? Insurers Want Permission To Raise Rates Dramatically

Calabash is a small fishing town in Brunswick County, North Carolina
Credit Town of Calabash

Aaah, the coast. Those salt breezes. The tasty fresh seafood. The high insurance rates? Not if some mayors and business owners across North Carolina's coastal region have their say. The groups are banding together to contest a proposal to increase home insurance rates in counties that line the coast of North Carolina.

The industry group for insurance companies in North Carolina has requested the state's permission to increase rates up to 35 percent in coastal counties. In other parts of the state, the rise in rates would average 25 percent.

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The State of Things
12:21 pm
Fri January 24, 2014

Political Junkie Ken Rudin

The field of contenders for the senate seat held by democrat Kay Hagan continues to grow. North Carolina Speaker of the House Thom Tillis leads the GOP primary competitors according to a new poll. And American Idol Clay Aiken considers a congressional bid against 2nd district incumbent Renee Ellmers. Host Frank Stasio talks with political junkie Ken Rudin about the latest campaign news and the upcoming State of the Union address.

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