Politics & Government

Politics & Government
8:36 am
Tue September 30, 2014

President Clinton Scheduled To Stump For Hagan

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President Clinton is scheduled to be in town today to stump for the Democratic incumbent Senator Kay Hagan. She's running in a close race against her challenger, Republican state Speaker of the House, Thom Tillis.
 

President Clinton will appear at a private lunch held at the Carolina Inn. The Hagan campaign wouldn't give more details on who exactly will attend, but the guests are presumably big donors to the Hagan campaign.

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Politics & Government
8:35 am
Tue September 30, 2014

Why Many NC Voters Don't Know Who They'll Elect To The Supreme Court

Justice Robin Hudson (center) and Judge Eric Levinson spoke with at a Supreme Court candidate forum in Raleigh in September moderated by Donna Martinez (left).
Credit Jorge Valencia

With five weeks to go before Election Day, candidates for the state’s highest court are trying to get some attention. And they’re spending more time raising campaign funds because the legislature eliminated state funding for judicial races last year.

Campaign ads for the Supreme Court are usually pretty civil. They're kind of like one from Justice Bob Hunter, in which a narrator says: "In the North Carolina Legal system, one quality must stand out: Fairness." In the video, three young people hold a sign that says "fairness" and a then flip it over to say, "Bob Hunter!"

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Politics & Government
5:00 am
Tue September 30, 2014

Why Unmarried Women Could Determine Your Next U.S. Senator From NC

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The race between Democratic Senator Kay Hagan and her challenger, Republican state Speaker of the House, Thom Tillis, is one of the most closely watched in the country. That’s because Republicans need to win only six seats in the U.S. Senate to gain a majority.

The most recent polls put Hagan slightly ahead. Groups rooting for Hagan are trying to get more women to the polls this year.

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Politics & Government
4:38 pm
Fri September 26, 2014

State Board Of Elections Fields Complaints About Americans For Prosperity Mailings

The state Board of Elections has received thousands of calls about incorrect voter registration information sent out by the state chapter of Americans For Prosperity, a national conservative group.

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The State of Things
12:06 pm
Fri September 26, 2014

Appeals Court Hears Voting Laws Challenge

Voting sign
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In just more than month, North Carolina voters will head to the polls. But the regulations around the voting processes remain in limbo. The North Carolina legislature passed laws to change the system, including the elimination of same-day registration. But the federal government and advocacy groups have challenged those regulations for this upcoming election. An appellate court heard the arguments yesterday. Host Frank Stasio talks with WFAE reporter Michael Tomsic about the proceedings.

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The State of Things
11:47 am
Thu September 25, 2014

How To Crowdsource A Constitution

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In 2008, even the most remote countries were susceptible to the global economic crisis. 

In fact, in terms of debt to gross domestic product ratio, Iceland experienced the largest banking collapse in the world. The country owed foreign investors 50 billion euros - six times the size of Iceland’s entire GDP. 

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Politics & Government
3:20 pm
Wed September 24, 2014

Republican Congresswoman Renee Ellmers Meets Her Democratic Challenger, Clay Aiken

Republican Congresswoman Renee Ellmers of the state's Second Congressional District and her challenger, Democrat Clay Aiken, appeared in a candidates forum in Cary this morning.

The brief breakfast forum, hosted by the Cary Chamber of Commerce, marked the first time Ellmers and Aiken had ever met. Ellmers said she came away with a good impression of her opponent.
 

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Politics & Government
7:53 am
Mon September 22, 2014

Raleigh’s New Houses, Historic Districts; What Should The Rules Be?

Moore Square is one of Raleigh's historic districts.
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Raleigh's Historic Development Commission is hosting a public meeting tonight about the city's historic preservation rules. Experts and the public will weigh in on the city's design guidelines for appropriate building projects in historic districts.

Martha Lauer is a city planner and also directs the Raleigh Historic Development Commission.

“The city would like to see changes in its local historic districts managed so that the character in each district is protected,” she said.

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Politics & Government
10:22 am
Sat September 20, 2014

Wake County District Attorney To Dismiss Hundreds Of 'Moral Monday' Protest Cases

Raleigh's top prosecutor's says he'll dismiss hundreds of cases against people who were arrested for protesting at the state Capitol last year.
Credit NAACP

In the above interview, host Catherine Brand speaks with Capitol Reporter Jorge Valencia about Raleigh's top prosecutor's decision to dismiss hundreds of cases against people who were arrested for protesting at the state Capitol last year.

In talking about the decision, District Attorney Ned Mangum referenced a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling that struck down a Massachusetts law limiting protests outside abortion clinics. He says the District and Superior courts in Wake County have cited the case to dismiss some protest cases here.

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The State of Things
12:34 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

Assessing The State Ethics Commission

The NC Ethics Commission has received more than 500 complaints in the last seven years. Only two have been referred for prosecution.
Credit Steph Guinan / Carolina Public Press

The State Ethics Commission is a small group of officials that has the large task of looking out for public corruption. 

Commissioners investigate everything from public officials’ investments to possible conflicts of interest in state government. But a 2012 report gave North Carolina a “C” when it comes to ethics enforcement. 

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