State Government en Charlotte Has Few Legal Options If State Creates Regional Airport Authority <p>North Carolina lawmakers are considering a bill that would strip control of the Charlotte airport from the city and create a regional authority to run it instead. The measure concerns Mayor Anthony Foxx. But it’s gained the support of others, including the chairman of the airport’s Advisory Committee.</p><p>It got us wondering – does the city have any legal recourse if it loses its airport? To answer that question, we turned to UNC-Chapel Hill public law and government professor Frayda Bluestein. She spoke with “Morning Edition” host Duncan McFadyen.</p><p> Wed, 20 Feb 2013 15:58:34 +0000 Duncan McFadyen 21771 at Charlotte Has Few Legal Options If State Creates Regional Airport Authority Republicans Start The Year In Control Of NC House, Senate, And Governor's Mansion <p>Republicans now hold the North Carolina Governor’s Mansion and have majorities in both the state House and Senate for the first time in more than a hundred years. This week, Pat McCrory was sworn in as governor and the General Assembly convened its 2013 session. So now, the question is, “what will the GOP do now that it has control in Raleigh?”</p><p>Professor Michael Bitzer talks to <em>Morning Edition </em>host Duncan McFadyen.</p><p> Fri, 11 Jan 2013 17:58:15 +0000 Duncan McFadyen 19281 at New Cyberbullying Law Draws Praise From Teachers, Concern From The ACLU <p></p><p>A new cyberbullying law goes into effect December 1&nbsp;in North Carolina. It’s called the 2012 School Violence Protection Act, and it makes it a crime for students to post anything online with the intent to intimidate or torment a school employee. It unanimously passed the state Senate and fell just a vote short of that in the House.</p> Fri, 30 Nov 2012 15:52:13 +0000 Duncan McFadyen 16809 at Republicans Hold Edge In State Government Power <p></p><p>While the national electorate returned a divided govern­ment to Washington, D.C., state capitals reflect a new norm in unified political party control, with North Carolina being a prime example.&nbsp;</p><p align="center"><strong>Blue = Democratic Unified Party Control; Red = Republican Unified Party Control; Purple = Divided Party Control (Nebraska’s unicameral legislature is non-partisan)</strong></p><p>In 15 states, Democrats control both the legislature and the chief executive, while in 23 states, the GOP controls both branches of state government.</p> Wed, 28 Nov 2012 18:02:14 +0000 Michael Bitzer 16652 at Republicans Hold Edge In State Government Power