Politics & Government http://wunc.org en Political Junkie Ken Rudin On May Primaries http://wunc.org/post/political-junkie-ken-rudin-may-primaries <p></p> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 17:00:00 +0000 Laura Lee & Frank Stasio 33934 at http://wunc.org Political Junkie Ken Rudin On May Primaries State Health Officials Predict Medicaid Shortfall Smaller Than Previous Years http://wunc.org/post/state-health-officials-predict-medicaid-shortfall-smaller-previous-years <p>Officials with the state Department of Health and Human Services say they still expect a Medicaid shortfall of between $120- and $140-million this year. They spoke before state lawmakers today in a committee meeting at the General Assembly.</p> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 21:24:52 +0000 Jessica Jones 33999 at http://wunc.org State Health Officials Predict Medicaid Shortfall Smaller Than Previous Years Primary Heats Up For North Carolina’s 2nd Congressional District http://wunc.org/post/primary-heats-north-carolina-s-2nd-congressional-district <p><font face="Tahoma,sans-serif" style="font-size: 15px;">As the primary election draws near, Host Frank Stasio is having a series of conversations with candidates running to unseat <a href="https://www.reneeforcongress.com/">Republican incumbent Renee Ellmers</a> </font><font face="Tahoma,sans-serif" style="font-size: 15px;">in North Carolina's 2nd District</font><font face="Tahoma,sans-serif" style="font-size: 15px;">.</font></p> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 16:35:00 +0000 Meghan Modafferi, Anita Rao & Frank Stasio 33438 at http://wunc.org Primary Heats Up For North Carolina’s 2nd Congressional District John Edwards Resumes Career As Trial Attorney http://wunc.org/post/john-edwards-resumes-career-trial-attorney Former U.S. senator and Democratic presidential hopeful John Edwards has returned to a North Carolina courtroom to help represent a 4-year-old Virginia boy in a medical malpractice case.<br /> <br />Edwards is one of three attorneys representing the parents and guardians of a boy with brain damage and physical injuries they say occurred in December 2009.<p>In 2012, Edwards faced six felony charges in a case involving nearly $1 million provided by two wealthy political donors to help hide his pregnant mistress Rielle Hunter as he sought the White House in 2008.<br /> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 05:56:00 +0000 editor 33938 at http://wunc.org John Edwards Resumes Career As Trial Attorney NC Governor Lauds State's Tax Overhaul To 'Build North Carolina's Future' http://wunc.org/post/nc-governor-lauds-states-tax-overhaul-build-north-carolinas-future <p>Governor Pat McCrory held a press conference today to celebrate a new report suggesting the state's economy is benefiting from tax cuts enacted last year.</p><p>The conservative American Legislative Exchange Council's "Rich States, Poor States" report ranks North Carolina sixth in the nation for its economic outlook.</p> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 21:20:11 +0000 Jessica Jones 33868 at http://wunc.org NC Governor Lauds State's Tax Overhaul To 'Build North Carolina's Future' 'Nobody Should Die In North Carolina Because Race Played A Role In Getting The Death Sentence' http://wunc.org/post/nobody-should-die-north-carolina-because-race-played-role-getting-death-sentence <p>Monday afternoon, the state Supreme Court heard the cases of four former death row prisoners whose sentences were commuted to life in prison under the Racial Justice Act.<br /><br />State lawmakers repealed the Racial Justice Act last year. That act allowed death row inmates to use statistical evidence of racial bias to challenge their sentences. The cases heard today are still pending.</p><p>Attorney Danielle Elder represented the state in court this morning. She and other prosecutors argue that a previous ruling was based on jury selection statistics that were too broad.</p> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 19:51:08 +0000 Jessica Jones 33791 at http://wunc.org 'Nobody Should Die In North Carolina Because Race Played A Role In Getting The Death Sentence' Syrian Doctor In Cary Pushes For Free Syria http://wunc.org/post/syrian-doctor-cary-pushes-free-syria <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="font-family: Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: normal;">When Mazen Hamad talks with his brother over internet chat, he can see through the open window of his brother’s living room. On the screen, Mazen sees bombs raining down outside of his brother's apartment in his home country of Syria. Dr. Mazen Hamad narrowly escaped the Hama Massacre more than 30 years ago; today he supports the Syrian revolution from North Carolina. </span></p> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 15:28:19 +0000 Nicole Campbell & Frank Stasio 33776 at http://wunc.org Syrian Doctor In Cary Pushes For Free Syria State Supreme Court Hears Racial Justice Act Cases http://wunc.org/post/state-supreme-court-hears-racial-justice-act-cases <p>This morning, the state supreme court will hear the cases of four defendants who were removed from death row under the state's racial justice act. The court will review whether the now repealed-act should apply to these defendants.<br />&nbsp;</p><p></p><p>State lawmakers repealed the Racial Justice Act last year. It allowed death row inmates to receive life imprisonment if they could show that racial bias contributed to their sentences.</p> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 09:00:00 +0000 Jessica Jones 33687 at http://wunc.org State Supreme Court Hears Racial Justice Act Cases Political Junkie Ken Rudin http://wunc.org/post/political-junkie-ken-rudin-2 <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p><p></p><p>With less than month to go before the May primaries, congressional candidates are making their final appeals to voters. But how big a role does money play in these last stages of a campaign? Host Frank Stasio talks with political junkie Ken Rudin about the state’s hottest House races and the role of finances.</p> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 16:21:49 +0000 Laura Lee & Frank Stasio 33659 at http://wunc.org Political Junkie Ken Rudin Unemployment In North Carolina http://wunc.org/post/unemployment-north-carolina <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="font-family: Tahoma; font-size: 16px;">The state's unemployment rate is on a downward trend, but the meaning of those numbers is the subject of debate. Some believe it is a sign of a comeback while others believe it is skewed statistic. Debate over unemployment extends to the federal level, as an unemployment bill with a North Carolina-specific provision struggles to reach a vote in the United States House.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 16:15:20 +0000 Meghan Modafferi & Frank Stasio 33581 at http://wunc.org Unemployment In North Carolina