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10:38 pm
Sun February 15, 2015

NC Lawmakers Look To Restrict Land Seizures With Constitutional Amendment

A proposed amendment to North Carolina’s constitution seeks to restrict when state and local governments can seize private land. The amendment passed the state House of Representatives last week, is on to the Senate, and would ultimately require voter approval in 2016, but the actual effect is uncertain.

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8:05 pm
Wed February 11, 2015

NC Senate Passing Gas Tax Raise As A Cut

A chart of changes the bill will cause to gas tax revenue (higher revenue also means a higher gas tax) this fiscal year, and over the next four, based on data from the North Carolina General Assembly's Fiscal Research Division. All numbers in millions.
Credit Ben Bradford / WFAE

Republican sponsors called it a tax cut, but a bill awaiting one final vote in the North Carolina Senate would ultimately raise the tax. And, those same sponsors are counting on the revenue it will bring in.

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1:54 pm
Thu February 5, 2015

Most NC Schools Receive Bs, Cs

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Nearly 60 percent of CMS schools scored a C or below on new state report cards that include letter grades for the first time. The grades are mostly based on students’ scores on standardized tests.  Twenty percent is based on the growth of those scores from year-to-year. 

State school board member John Tate of Charlotte said the scores don’t accurately show the hard work of teachers and students at some high-poverty schools.

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6:02 am
Wed February 4, 2015

Why This State Of The State Speech Might Be Different

Governor Pat McCrory will deliver his 2015 State of the State address tonight.

Wednesday night, Governor Pat McCrory will give the annual State of the State address. This is, of course, an annual event. But this speech could have more influence on North Carolina politics than in years past.

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Local News
11:55 pm
Wed January 28, 2015

Republican Lawmakers Slow The Pace

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North Carolina lawmakers officially kicked off the new session two weeks ago, but the work of filing bills and committee meetings began in earnest today. Since gaining control in 2010, the Republican majority has pushed major legislation aggressively from the outset. But in their fifth year, the pace has slowed, intentionally.

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11:28 pm
Tue January 27, 2015

Long Road Ahead For Oil Drilling Off-Shore North Carolina

The Obama administration is proposing to offer leases in this section of the Atlantic to oil and gas companies for drilling.
Credit Bureau of Ocean Energy Management

The Obama administration has released its latest plan for oil and gas drilling off-shore the United States. It excludes restricts Alaska, but opens up parts of the Atlantic Ocean, including off the coast of North Carolina.

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Local News
5:16 pm
Wed January 14, 2015

Jobs, Education, Regulatory Changes Continue To Be Legislative Priorities

The legislature was back in session Wednesday.  As expected, Tim Moore of Kings Mountain was elected House Speaker and Phil Berger of Eden Senate President Pro-Tem. 

The two outlined their priorities at a press conference. Berger said the legislature intends to build on issues the Republican legislature has tackled over the past four years. 

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Local News
10:41 pm
Tue October 28, 2014

Republican Senate Candidate Tillis: A Primer

Credit North Carolina General Assembly

On Thursday, WFAE will take a similar look at the Democratic incumbent, Senator Kay Hagan.

The Republican challenger in the U.S. Senate race, Thom Tillis, has had a hand in every new law in North Carolina the past four years. As Speaker of the North Carolina House of Representatives, Tillis decides what bills the House votes on. Along with Senate leader Phil Berger and Governor Pat McCrory, he has led a conservative shift, which has touched nearly every aspect of state law. But, Tillis says, he has had one overarching focus:

“Working to get our economy back on track by repealing regulations that didn’t make sense and reducing taxes so businesses have more money to grow,” Tillis says.

Democratic Senate Candidate Hagan: A Primer

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8:00 am
Wed September 3, 2014

First Hagan-Tillis Debate Tonight; What To Watch For

Kay Hagan and Thom Tillis
Credit Courtesy of Kay Hagan and Thom Tillis

Senator Kay Hagan and Speaker Thom Tillis meet in Raleigh tonight for their first televised debate. Political debates can make or break candidates no matter the office, and this one comes when polls show the candidates are in a statistical tie.

Both Hagan and Tillis have spent the last few days preparing for tonight’s oratorical prizefight. That’s why we asked the press secretary from both camps to help us with the pre-game. Meghan Burris is with "Team Tillis," Chris Hayden is with "Team Hagan."

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Local News
9:15 am
Wed August 20, 2014

Lawmakers Create 3-Judge Panel System For Constitutional Challenges

Sen. Buck Newton

Republican legislative leaders have suffered some legal setbacks in their efforts to revamp state government. Perhaps most significantly, a judge ruled the state could not take tenure away from teachers.

So, the General Assembly responded by changing the court system. Beginning next month, any constitutional challenge to laws the General Assembly passes will be heard by a 3-judge panel appointed by the chief justice of the North Carolina Supreme Court.

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