Politics & Government

Politics & Government
5:55 am
Wed June 13, 2012

House Tentatively Passes Budget

Lawmakers in the state Senate have tentatively passed a 20.1 billion dollar spending plan as part of this year’s budget adjustment. The Republican-penned plan spends about 127 million dollars less than the House plan approved last month.

Jessica Jones: Republican Richard Stevens is the co-chair of the Senate Appropriations Committee. As he addressed his fellow senators earlier today, Stevens said the good news about these last few days of the fiscal year is that almost every department has stayed within its budget.

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Politics & Government
2:00 pm
Mon June 11, 2012

State Senate Releases Version Of Budget

State Senate leaders have unveiled their budget proposal. Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger says the $20.1 billion-dollar plan contains adjustments that allow more money to be replaced in medicaid. But the Senate version spends nearly $130 million dollars less than the House budget on education. One place the Senate budget does spend money is on the Republican's Excellence in Public Schools Act that Berger sponsored.

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Politics & Government
6:05 am
Thu June 7, 2012

Bill Advances That Would Strip Racial Justice Act

A bill that would strip away much of the state's landmark Racial Justice Act passed a state House panel today.

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Politics & Government
6:10 am
Wed June 6, 2012

Senate Committee Passes Fracking Bill

A controversial bill that would allow hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, in the state passed an important legislative committee yesterday. Fracking uses horizontal drilling methods to access trapped pockets of natural gas. The bill’s sponsors say it will bring much-needed money and jobs into the state, but opponents of the measure say there aren’t enough safeguards.

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Politics & Government
6:05 am
Wed June 6, 2012

GOP Star Paul Ryan Courts Triangle Voters

Paul Ryan
Asma Khalid

North Carolina is battleground territory in this year's presidential election. And so both parties are sending in the political heavyweights.

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Politics & Government
6:10 am
Tue June 5, 2012

New Policy To Control Feral Cats In Wake County

In the past, Wake County euthanized all unwanted cats. But not anymore. The county is adopting a new approach to control its feral cat population.

Asma Khalid: Feral cats are unsocialized. They can't live indoors. This new policy allows private animal groups the right to trap, neuter, vaccinate and then return these alley cats to the outdoors.  The Wake Audobon Society opposes the plan. It fears more outdoor cats will mean fewer birds. But, Pam Miller says that's not true.

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Politics & Government
1:18 pm
Fri June 1, 2012

GOP Meets In Greensboro

State Republicans have gathered in Greensboro for the weekend.

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Politics & Government
7:55 am
Fri June 1, 2012

John Edwards Found Not Guilty On One Fraud Count; Mistrial Declared On Other Counts

John Edwards' campaign finance case ended in a mistrial. Jurors came back yesterday and acquitted the former senator and presidential candidate on one charge and said they were deadlocked on five others. WUNC's Jeff Tiberii has been covering the trial since it started more than a month ago, he joins us from our bureau in Greensboro. 

What was it like in the courtroom when the jury's decision was announced?

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Politics & Government
5:50 pm
Thu May 31, 2012

Gaming Bill Tentatively Passes House

A bill that would introduce Las Vegas-style live gambling to the Eastern Cherokee reservation has tentatively passed the House. Governor Bev Perdue struck a deal with leaders of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, but lawmakers must change state law in order for the arrangement to move forward. Republican Thomas West is a sponsor of the bill.

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Politics & Government
9:45 am
Thu May 31, 2012

Presidential Campaigns Saturate Triangle Airwaves

The findings of a new analysis are no surprise to anyone who's flipped on the TV recently, the Obama and Romney campaigns are saturating local airwaves. Three of the country's top ten political advertising markets are in North Carolina.

Asma Khalid: Analysis from NBC News/SMG-Delta shows the presidential campaigns are spending a lot of money in Raleigh Durham, it's the number five market in the country for the concentration of political ads. Dominico Montanaro is deputy political editor at NBC News.

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