Senator Bob Rucho http://wfae.org en GOP Legislative Boundaries Upheld http://wfae.org/post/gop-legislative-boundaries-upheld <p>A three-judge state panel has ruled unanimously in favor of legislative and congressional district boundaries drawn by North Carolina Republicans in 2011. Democratic voters and civil rights groups sued, arguing the lines were racially biased.&nbsp; The Superior Court judges ruled today that the boundaries do not impair the constitutional rights of North Carolina citizens.</p> Mon, 08 Jul 2013 15:58:03 +0000 Julie Rose 30872 at http://wfae.org City-Funded Study Gives Momentum to Airport Authority Measure http://wfae.org/post/city-funded-study-gives-momentum-airport-authority-measure <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The effort to turn the Charlotte airport over to an independent authority has more momentum now that <a href="http://www.charmeck.org/city/charlotte/Documents/Airport%20governance%20study/20130425%20Memo%20and%20CLT%20Airport%20Governance%20Draft%20Final.pdf" target="_blank">a city-funded study</a> recommends that action. City leaders who commissioned the $150,000 report still urge caution - an idea that elicits laughter from the chief sponsor of legislation to change the airport’s management structure.&nbsp;</span></p><p></p><p> Fri, 26 Apr 2013 19:14:36 +0000 Julie Rose 26098 at http://wfae.org City-Funded Study Gives Momentum to Airport Authority Measure Counties Poised To Weigh-In On Charlotte Airport Controversy http://wfae.org/post/counties-poised-weigh-charlotte-airport-controversy <p>The five counties bordering Mecklenburg would suddenly have a voice in Charlotte Airport management if <a href="http://www.ncleg.net/gascripts/BillLookUp/BillLookUp.pl?Session=2013&amp;BillID=sb81&amp;submitButton=Go" target="_blank">Senate Bill 81</a> passes. That's the measure sponsored by Matthews Senator Bob Rucho to pry the airport from Charlotte's grasp and place it in the hands of a 13-member regional board.</p><p>To date, none of the counties included on that board have taken a clear stance on the move, but that may soon change.</p><p></p><p></p><p> Wed, 27 Mar 2013 13:27:38 +0000 Julie Rose 24043 at http://wfae.org Counties Poised To Weigh-In On Charlotte Airport Controversy NC Treasurer Urges Caution On Airport Authority Bill http://wfae.org/post/nc-treasurer-urges-caution-airport-authority-bill <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">"Proceed cautiously" is the North Carolina treasurer's advice to lawmakers trying to place control of the Charlotte airport in the hands of a regional authority.</span></p> Tue, 26 Mar 2013 16:58:05 +0000 Julie Rose 24011 at http://wfae.org NC Treasurer Urges Caution On Airport Authority Bill Airport Authority Bill Moves Forward http://wfae.org/post/airport-authority-bill-moves-forward <p>A bill to place the Charlotte Airport under control of a regional authority surmounted a major hurdle Tuesday afternoon - state senators voted 33 to 16 in its favor. WFAE's Julie Rose spoke with All Things Considered Host Mark Rumsey&nbsp;about the progress of the measure.</p><p>RUMSEY<span style="line-height: 1.5;">: Julie, this bill is moving fairly quickly – despite pleas from Charlotte's mayor, city council and even Governor </span>McCrory<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> himself to slow down. What's driving this?</span></p> Wed, 13 Mar 2013 01:32:56 +0000 Julie Rose 23119 at http://wfae.org Plan For Charlotte Airport Authority Moves Forward http://wfae.org/post/plan-charlotte-airport-authority-moves-forward <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A bill to hand control of the Charlotte Airport over to a regional authority passed the Senate Finance Committee Wednesday and now heads to the full Senate for approval. The move comes over the objection of Charlotte city leaders and several Mecklenburg County lawmakers.&nbsp;</span></p><p></p> Wed, 27 Feb 2013 21:30:11 +0000 Julie Rose 22250 at http://wfae.org Plan For Charlotte Airport Authority Moves Forward The Mayor Said What About The Airport? Not What Rucho Says http://wfae.org/post/mayor-said-what-about-airport-not-what-rucho-says <p>Formal debate over the future control of Charlotte's airport begins in earnest Wednesday at a 1 p.m. hearing of the <a href="http://www.ncleg.net/gascripts/Committees/Committees.asp?sAction=ViewCommittee&amp;sActionDetails=Senate%20Standing_77" target="_blank">State Senate Finance Committee</a>. Senator Bob Rucho of Matthews co-chairs that committee and is sponsoring the measure. Speaking on <a href="http://www.wfae.org/post/airline-merger-and-possible-airport-authority-changes" target="_blank">WFAE's Charlotte Talks Tuesday</a>, Rucho argued a separate "airport authority" is the best way to keep Charlotte officials from drawing down airport coffers to pay for city services.</p><p> Tue, 26 Feb 2013 22:04:59 +0000 Julie Rose 22169 at http://wfae.org The Mayor Said What About The Airport? Not What Rucho Says Aviation Director Mum As Tussle Over Charlotte Airport Intensifies http://wfae.org/post/aviation-director-mum-tussle-over-charlotte-airport-intensifies <p></p><p>A power struggle is afoot over Charlotte's airport. The city council has long overseen it, but soon Republican lawmakers from Mecklenburg County will introduce a measure that would strip control of the airport from city hands. The plan has sparked anxiety and accusations as WFAE's Julie Rose explains.</p><p></p> Thu, 07 Feb 2013 21:33:05 +0000 Julie Rose 20988 at http://wfae.org Aviation Director Mum As Tussle Over Charlotte Airport Intensifies