NC Legislature en Bill Would End ‘Protest’ Petitions, Limit Use Of Mug Shots <p>A bill originally designed to regulate car headlights has morphed into a 32-page measure that would affect cities, property owners and the media.</p><p> Thu, 19 Jun 2014 15:03:30 +0000 Jim Morrill 53240 at Bill Would End ‘Protest’ Petitions, Limit Use Of Mug Shots NC Republican Redistricting Deters Legislative Opponents <p>If you don’t like what your elected leaders are doing, you have recourse in the next election. You can kick ’em out of office.</p><p>But that’s hardly a reality in 2014 when it comes to the North Carolina General Assembly. More than half of the 170 House and Senate seats will be decided in the May primary because they have no opposition in the general election. So, we are pretty much assured there being no significant changes in the Republicans’ veto-proof majority.</p> Thu, 20 Mar 2014 20:25:51 +0000 Kevin Kniestedt 47358 at NC Legislators Answer Citizens' Questions In Public Forum <p>Voter ID, changes in education, the debate over Charlotte-Douglas International Airport and more - the most recent North Carolina legislative session has been historically active. Whether you endorse the Republican-led agenda or reject it, many citizens have questions for our legislators. Charlotte Talks joined forces with The Charlotte Observer and WTVI&nbsp;to present a public forum. North Carolina Legislators from Mecklenburg County answered citizen questions about some of the most important issues facing today. We air that conversation, when Charlotte Talks.</p><p> Fri, 30 Aug 2013 04:00:00 +0000 34285 at NC Legislators Answer Citizens' Questions In Public Forum North Carolina Budget And 'End Of Session' Roundup <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Earlier this month, we </span><a href="" style="line-height: 1.5;">discussed</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> some of the issues going on in the state legislature, but just barely scratched the surface in our discussion about taxes, Moral Mondays, and the negative national attention our state government is receiving these days. On this edition of Charlotte Talks, we'll gather political reporters and experts to talk about what's been going on since, in the final days of the legislative session. We'll cover the budget and some of the budget items that are raising eyebrows around the state like cuts in education and the closing of prisons around the state, and we'll talk about tax reform, the election bill, and Medicaid changes. Join us for that discussion, when Charlotte Talks.</span></p><p> Mon, 29 Jul 2013 04:00:00 +0000 31974 at North Carolina Budget And 'End Of Session' Roundup Governor Pat McCrory's First 100 Days <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Our new Governor has barely settled in but has already made news by giving a substantial raise to his new cabinet appointees. He also repealed </span>Gov<span style="line-height: 1.5;">. Perdue's Executive Order that was aimed at reforming the Judicial appointing process. Governor </span>McCrory<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> has also weighed in on the Trolley and stadium upgrades for the Carolina Panther. Other items on his to do list include compensation for victims of a mid </span>20th<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> century sterilization program - an issue that he supported as a candidate - and he must manage how to implement The Affordable Care Act. Other topics include how he will handle traditional east/west NC relations in terms of roads, infrastructure, etc. We'll meet with our usual band of Political Science gurus to gaze into our new Governor's first 100 days in office, when Charlotte Talks.</span></p><p> Mon, 15 Apr 2013 04:00:00 +0000 25075 at Governor Pat McCrory's First 100 Days NC GOP Wields Its Newfound Power In State Government <p>Heading into the new year, Republican lawmakers were in prime position with veto-proof majorities in the House and Senate, and a Republican in the governor’s office.&nbsp; So far, they haven’t been shy about flexing their political muscle.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">They’ve introduced bills to require voter ID, repeal the Racial Justice Act, eliminate teacher tenure, and even double the amount of time a married couple has to be separated before they can be granted a divorce.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">And then there’s the resolution that would've said the U.S. Constitution’s ban on establishing a religion doesn’t apply to North Carolina. House Speaker Thom Tillis announced there wouldn't be a vote on it.</span></p><p>Michael Bitzer, professor of Political Science at Catawba College and <a href="">WFAE's political blogger</a>, speaks to Duncan McFadyen&nbsp;about the GOP initiatives.</p><p> Tue, 09 Apr 2013 16:08:37 +0000 Duncan McFadyen 24910 at