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Politics & Government
10:00 am
Tue August 26, 2014

President Obama To Speak To Veterans In Charlotte Today

President Barack Obama will speak to veterans at the American Legion's national convention on Tuesday.
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President Barack Obama is coming to North Carolina to speak to the American Legion convention, where Sen. Kay Hagan says she will talk to him about Washington's commitment to the state's military veterans.

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Politics & Government
7:40 am
Tue August 26, 2014

NC Board Of Elections Rejects Early Voting Site For Appalachian State University

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Appalachian State University will not have a early voting site on campus for this year's general election. 

The state Board of Elections denied a request from Watauga County Board of Elections member Kathleen Campbell, who submitted a separate early voting plan from the two other members. 

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The State of Things
11:12 am
Mon August 18, 2014

Meet the 'Encyclopedia to the Legislature' Gerry Cohen

Gerry Cohen, former Special Counsel to the North Carolina General Assembly in his office (2014).

  

Gerry Cohen is probably the most important North Carolina politician you don't know.

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The State of Things
11:54 am
Fri August 15, 2014

The Power of Stories In Events Like Ferguson

A book exploring the intersection of stories and politics.

  

Stories shape how we think about ourselves and the world around us, and insights from science, history, and biology confirm that humans are storytelling animals. 

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Politics & Government
2:37 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

It's Not Your Imagination: Political Moderates Are On The Decline In NC

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Last week voters in North Carolina chose Baptist minister Mark Walker over Phil Berger Jr. in the 6th District Republican primary runoff.  Walker was arguably the more conservative of the two candidates.   A new study in the Journal of Politics finds that political moderates are less likely to run for Congress. The study looked at state legislatures around the country.

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Politics & Government
11:07 am
Mon July 14, 2014

Lawmakers To Spend At Least Another Week On State Budget

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House and Senate leaders are back in Raleigh today to try to resolve large differences in their spending plans for the year. 

They're now two weeks past their deadline, as they've been at odds over how much to pay teachers and at what cost. Senators want to give large raises of about 11 percent, but they would pay for them in part by cutting more than 6,000 teacher assistants. 

House leaders have been adamant about providing more modest raises without laying off any educators or impacting the state's Medicaid health insurance program.

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Politics & Government
5:08 pm
Tue July 1, 2014

State Legislators Embroiled In Budget Stalemate

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Today is the first day of the new fiscal year, but there’s no state budget adjustment in sight. That’s because legislators can’t agree on two big issues: Medicaid funding and teacher raises. Last week, the House passed a partial spending plan that would’ve given teachers average raises of five percent despite the absence of a larger budget deal, but last night the Senate rejected the measure.

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Politics & Government
4:37 pm
Mon June 30, 2014

Are The Arrests Actually Harming The Moral Monday Movement?

A woman is arrested at the state capitol as part of the Moral Monday protests.
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The Moral Monday protests from Raleigh have garnered national attention over the past year. A key component of the protests has been media attention on arrests. Dozens were arrested this year for various non-violent offenses, a move some say is becoming an overt aim of many protestors.

Amy Laura Hall is a professor of ethics at the Duke Divinity School.  She has participated in the Moral Monday protests from the start, but she says the tactic of getting arrested -- or "orderly submission" as she calls it -- is flawed.   

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The State of Things
10:09 am
Tue June 17, 2014

Sales Tax For Education

North Carolina General Assembly
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North Carolina counties are bracing themselves for statewide education cuts under consideration by the General Assembly. Guilford County schools stand to lose between $6 million and $21 million from the state. 

In an effort to mitigate the loss, the Guilford County Board of Commissioners is considering a referendum on increasing the sales tax rate. Host Frank Stasio talks with News & Record reporter Kelly Poe.

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Politics & Government
4:14 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

NC Senate Committee Recommends Candidate Who Could Tip Balance Of Worker’s Compensation Commission

A North Carolina Senate committee has recommended a conservative member for the state commission that hears worker’s compensation claims, a placement that critics say would make a majority of the board more likely to side with businesses.

In a 20-minute hearing Wednesday afternoon, the Senate Commerce Committee recommended Charlton Allen to the state Industrial Commission, a six-member board that is similar to a court and makes decisions when workers file compensation claims against their employers and on the state’s eugenics compensation fund.

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