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Governor Pat McCrory unveiled his budget plan yesterday.

Education tops the governor's priority list but critics say it doesn't go far enough. Meanwhile, in Washington, Senate democrats are calling for a vote on North Carolina native Loretta Lynch's confirmation as attorney general. Both North Carolina senators have pledged to vote against her confirmation. 

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In the Netflix hit series, House of Cards, Kevin Spacey plays a politician from Gaffney, South Carolina named Frank Underwood.

The fictional president has a heavy southern accent, but some question its authenticity. Vox.com produced a popular video analyzing Spacey's "r-dropping."

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Feb 13, 2015

The governor and the legislature are at odds over changes at the Department of Transportation concerning layoffs and the gas tax. 

Plus, President Obama chose North Carolina native Loretta Lynch to fill the attorney general position, but her confirmation hearings have been delayed. 

Host Frank Stasio talks with political junkie Ken Rudin about these stories and other political news around the state.

The North Carolina General Assembly is back to work in Raleigh and lawmakers are filing dozens of bills.

The shooting of Michael Brown set off a series of protest nationwide and had Americans questioning the role of police in their communities.
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  From the streets of Ferguson to the halls of Congress, 2014 saw many pivotal moments in the country's narrative. 

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With the start of the legislative session fast approaching, lawmakers begin to announce their proposals for the new year. One state representative says banning racial profiling tops the list. Political Junkie Ken Rudin gives us the latest on that and other politics around the state.

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  Governor Pat McCrory joined 16 other state leaders in a lawsuit against the President over his executive action on immigration. The group contents Obama overstepped his authority. Republicans in Congress have threatened to shutdown the government over the policies.

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  Governor Pat McCrory says there are big problems with legislature’s approach to Duke Energy’s coal ash cleanup.  He will not sign the measures they passed, but he will let them become law. He is expected to challenge them later. Plus democratic Senator Kay Hagan says she will not participate in the Time Warner Cable debate with her challenger, North Carolina House Speaker Thom Tillis. Organizers say the debate will proceed without her. Host Frank Stasio talks with political junkie Ken Rudin about coal ash, the debates and other political news around the state.

  Governor Pat McCrory signed off on false information on his ethics disclosures. He says it was an error by his counsel and not a violation of the ethics law. But questions remain about the misinformation regarding his shares in Duke Energy. Host Frank Stasio talks with political junkie Ken Rudin about the situation plus the latest in other political news.

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Four decades ago, Richard Nixon became the first United States president to resign. For many historians, the Watergate scandal marked the beginning of the end of Nixon’s tenure. And his departure from the White House marked the beginning of a loss of public trust in government.

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When Howard Lee was elected as mayor of Chapel Hill in 1969, he made history. Lee was the first African American elected to run a majority white city in the south since Reconstruction. The post marked the beginning of Lee’s long career in public service. Host Frank Stasio talks with Howard Lee and political junkie Ken Rudin.  A timeline from UNC-TV traces Lee's long career in North Carolina politics and policymaking.

The unexpected primary defeat of House Majority leader Eric Cantor by his tea party backed challenger has pundits assessing the future of the GOP. What does Cantor’s loss mean for Congress and for the state of the Republican party? Plus, NC House Speaker Thom Tillis juggles his work as a legislator with his run for United States Senate. Host Frank Stasio talks with political junkie Ken Rudin about the latest.

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In 1964, the Supreme Court held that the voting power of each individual should be equal. But do current voting districts reflect the principle of “one person, one vote”?

Two former North Carolina mayors have joined a coalition seeking to put the power to draw voting districts in the hands of a non partisan commission.

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It’s been a busy week for North Carolina politics.

The race for North Carolina’s congressional seat in the 2nd District is set. Former American Idol star Clay Aiken will face incumbent Republican Renee Ellmers in November.

State lawmakers also returned to Raleigh this week. They got started with new rules about protesting at the General Assembly.

Host Frank Stasio talks with the Political Junkie, Ken Rudin about North Carolina politics.

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North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory endorsed U.S. Senate candidate Thom Tillis this week. Tillis is also backed by former Florida governor Jeb Bush. Tillis’s rival Greg Brannon received the endorsement of Senator Rand Paul. Will big name endorsements give one candidate enough lead to avoid a run-off in the race for the U.S. Senate seat held by Democrat Kay Hagan?  Just days away from the primaries, political junkie Ken Rudin takes a look at the state’s hottest races. Host Frank Stasio talks with Rudin about the factors that will matter next week at the polls.

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Outside money continues to flow into the Senate race in the Tarheel State. Republican Thom Tillis faces challenges on the airwaves as  incumbent Kay Hagan runs ads linking Tillis to sexual scandal. And the field for the 12th congressional district is large. The race for the seat long held by Mel Watt includes six democrats and two republicans. Host Frank Stasio talks with political junkie Ken Rudin about the House and Senate races. 

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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.

  

Patrick Cannon resigned from his position as Charlotte Mayor after being arrested on public corruption charges this week. Political Junkie Ken Rudin tells us about other public corruption cases in politics. Host Frank Stasio talks with Rudin about the charges and other latest developments in North Carolina politics.

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  Everybody is gushing over Zach Galifianakis's  mock interview with President Obama:

A wake county jury says United States Senate candidate Greg Brannon misled investors. How will it affect his race? And Governor McCrory’s shopping trip ends with an employee being fired. Host Frank Stasio talks with Political Junkie Ken Rudin about these issues and other political news around the state.

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Political Junkie Ken Rudin reminds us of the significance of this day in North Carolina political history: February 7, 1984 was the filing deadline for the U.S. Senate seat sought by two Tar Heel State giants: Governor Jim Hunt (D) vs. Senator Jesse Helms (R), who was seeking his second term.  Helms would go on to win a narrow victory in the fall.

Host Frank Stasio talks with Political Junkie Ken Rudin about that epic face-off, Clay Aiken's shift from music to politics and the effects of the farm bill on North Carolina. Today at noon on The State of Things.

Representative Mike McIntyre announced that he will not seek another term. The blue dog democrat likely faced a difficult battle to retain his seat in the state's 7th district which was redrawn by Republican legislators in 2011. Host Frank Stasio talks with political junkie Ken Rudin about the future for conservative democrats and other political topics in the state. 

The U.S. Senate passed a bipartisan budget deal this week. The measure prevents another immediate government shutdown but the fight on Capitol Hill over spending and taxation is far from over.

And a tweet by North Carolina Republican Bob Rucho sparks national controversy. Host Frank Stasio talks with political junkie Ken Rudin about the latest developments in politics, nationally and in North Carolina. 

As the world mourns the passing of South African President Nelson Mandela, political expert Ken Rudin reflects on Mandela’s legacy. He’ll also offer an update on the race for the United States Senate seat currently held by democrat Kay Hagan. Host Frank Stasio talks with Political Junkie Ken Rudin about the latest in the world of politics.

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United States Senator Kay Hagan faces a tough battle to keep her seat in 2014. Some polls indicate Hagan’s lead over several Republican challengers is diminishing. GOP Strategist Karl Rove travelled to the state this week to raise money for one of those challengers: North Carolina House Speaker Thom Tillis.

Host Frank Stasio talks with political junkie Ken Rudin about the Senate race and other North Carolina politics.

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Some North Carolina Republicans could face Tea Party challenger who think incumbents are not true conservatives.

Both U.S. Representatives Renee Ellmers and Robert Pittenger are under attack for not hewing close enough to the Tea Party line. Host Frank Stasio talks about the fallout of these battles with political junkie Ken Rudin.

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