Jessica Jones http://wunc.org en Attorneys Seek Speedy Resolution Of Same-Sex Marriage Cases http://wunc.org/post/attorneys-seek-speedy-resolution-same-sex-marriage-cases <p></p><p>ACLU attorneys challenging the state’s constitutional ban on same-sex marriage in North Carolina plan to ask a U.S. District Court judge in Greensboro for swift resolution of the issue. This comes after the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4<sup>th</sup> Circuit struck down Virginia’s constitutional ban on same-sex marriage on Monday. Since that court has jurisdiction over North Carolina, supporters of same-sex marriage here say it’s only a matter of time before this state’s ban crumbles as well.</p> Wed, 30 Jul 2014 02:43:20 +0000 Jessica Jones 39850 at http://wunc.org Attorneys Seek Speedy Resolution Of Same-Sex Marriage Cases House and Senate Leaders Agree on Basic Budget Framework http://wunc.org/post/house-and-senate-leaders-agree-basic-budget-framework <p></p><p>Leaders of the state House and Senate have agreed on a framework for a budget for the fiscal year that has already started. They're expected to spell out the details this week.<br /><br />Late Saturday afternoon, Speaker of the House Thom Tillis and Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger both tweeted that their chambers had agreed upon a budget framework. They said they'd release more details this week.</p><p></p><p>The spending plan is expected to include teacher raises of about 7 percent and save teacher assistants' jobs.</p> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 09:00:00 +0000 Jessica Jones 39710 at http://wunc.org House and Senate Leaders Agree on Basic Budget Framework Governor McCrory Says He Could Veto State Budget http://wunc.org/post/governor-mccrory-says-he-could-veto-state-budget <p></p><p>Governor Pat McCrory says he will consider vetoing a budget bill if he doesn't like what House and Senate budget negotiators come up with. The governor gave a brief interview just outside the Old Capitol earlier this afternoon.</p><p>Leaders in both houses still don't agree on some final key issues, which include how big teacher raises should be and how many teacher assistants to keep in classrooms. Governor McCrory said he met with the House caucus earlier today to spell out his priorities.</p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 20:09:18 +0000 Jessica Jones 39625 at http://wunc.org Governor McCrory Says He Could Veto State Budget Senate Tentatively Passes Medicaid Overhaul Bill http://wunc.org/post/senate-tentatively-passes-medicaid-overhaul-bill <p></p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 21:28:59 +0000 Jessica Jones 39577 at http://wunc.org Senate Tentatively Passes Medicaid Overhaul Bill State Lawmakers Plod Along Without Budget In Sight http://wunc.org/post/state-lawmakers-plod-along-without-budget-sight <p>Senate lawmakers considered a number of items today, while many House lawmakers took the time to pay homage to the late Republican Representative Jim Fulghum.<br /><br />There's still no official word on whether budget writers might be close to an agreement on a spending plan for this fiscal year. So in the meantime, lawmakers are publicly pursuing other measures.</p><p>In the morning, a Senate Rules Committee approved a bill that would restore Fayetteville's red-light cameras, but the committee shelved another that would have allowed license-plate scanners on highways.</p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 19:56:59 +0000 Jessica Jones 39496 at http://wunc.org State Lawmakers Plod Along Without Budget In Sight 'A Consummate Professional': Lawmakers Celebrate Retiring Special Counsel Gerry Cohen http://wunc.org/post/consummate-professional-lawmakers-celebrate-retiring-special-counsel-gerry-cohen <p>One of the most respected and beloved figures at the General Assembly is about to retire.</p><p>Gerry Cohen will soon finish his current job as the special counsel for the state legislature, where he was first hired as a staff attorney back in 1977. Later, he became head of the bill drafting division, where his encyclopedic memory and reputation for fairness made him a favorite among Democrats and Republicans alike.</p><p></p><p>Gerry Cohen’s office at the state legislature is filled with boxes of mementos and papers dating back several decades.</p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 12:31:27 +0000 Jessica Jones 39444 at http://wunc.org 'A Consummate Professional': Lawmakers Celebrate Retiring Special Counsel Gerry Cohen U.S. Senator Kay Hagan Criticizes State Legislature http://wunc.org/post/us-senator-kay-hagan-criticizes-state-legislature <p></p><p>Democratic U.S. Senator Kay Hagan was in Raleigh Friday afternoon to discuss a bill she and others have introduced in the U.S. Senate that seeks to restore womens' access to employer-covered contraception. The bill was defeated this week but Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says he plans to bring it up later this year.</p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 20:51:09 +0000 Jessica Jones 39228 at http://wunc.org U.S. Senator Kay Hagan Criticizes State Legislature Senate Measure Overhauling Medicaid Headed For A Vote http://wunc.org/post/senate-measure-overhauling-medicaid-headed-vote <p>A measure put forth by the state Senate to overhaul North Carolina's Medicaid program is headed for a vote in the chamber next week.</p><p>The proposal would allow both provider-led and managed care plans to serve patients who qualify for the health insurance program.</p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 08:49:24 +0000 Jessica Jones 39161 at http://wunc.org Senate Measure Overhauling Medicaid Headed For A Vote N.C. Senate Lawmakers Unveil Details Of Medicaid Plan http://wunc.org/post/nc-senate-lawmakers-unveil-details-medicaid-plan <p>Lawmakers in the North Carolina Senate have proposed a plan that sheds more light on how they’d like to manage the state's Medicaid program. But it differs significantly from plans put forward by the House and by Governor Pat McCrory. The Senate’s proposal would allow hospital and doctor-led health plans to see Medicaid patients as well as managed care plans run by insurance companies.</p> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 21:17:39 +0000 Jessica Jones 39110 at http://wunc.org N.C. Senate Lawmakers Unveil Details Of Medicaid Plan Senate Budget Writers Make Concessions, Come Closer To A Deal http://wunc.org/post/senate-budget-writers-make-concessions-come-closer-deal <p>Leaders in the state Senate have offered an eight percent pay raise for teachers as they inch closer to putting together a budget.<br /><br />Senate leaders unveiled their offer to House budget negotiators late Tuesday afternoon. Senators had previously wanted to give educators raises of 11 percent, but House leaders said such a large increase would require cutting too many other areas.</p> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 22:11:32 +0000 Jessica Jones & Reema Khrais 39051 at http://wunc.org Senate Budget Writers Make Concessions, Come Closer To A Deal