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2:19 pm
Thu March 19, 2015

Good Or Bad Government? 'Blank Bills' And The NC Senate

When left and right agree. Chris Fitzimon, Director of NC Policy Watch (left) and Mitch Kokai, political analyst with the John Locke Foundation (right) both see problems with 'Blank Bills'.
Credit Courtesy of NC Policy Watch and the John Locke Foundation

All 50 members of the North Carolina Senate have each introduced a nearly identical bill. The bill is usually comprised of just 41 words. The details of the proposed legislation could easily fit in a tweet.

These are what's known as ‘blank bills.’

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Politics
4:30 pm
Wed February 25, 2015

Sex With Lobbyist Not A ‘Thing Of Value’ Says State Ethics Commission

Credit Courtesy of the North Carolina State Ethics Commission

A lobbyist is sleeping with a politician. Does this count as a gift under state law? An act of goodwill? A way to gain access? No this isn’t a political joke, at least not to the North Carolina State Ethics Commission. They were asked these very questions and recently ruled consensual sex between politicians and lobbyists is A-OK.

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Politics
11:19 am
Tue February 10, 2015

Glitch Takes General Assembly Website Into The World Of Redirects And Credit Cards

This is the website for North Carolina's General Assembly? Kind of.
Credit Screen grab of NCLeg.net

The website for North Carolina’s General Assembly can be a bit confusing to navigate. Today, well, let’s just say, "bless their hearts."

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Politics
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.
Credit NC.gov

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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Politics
6:46 am
Wed January 14, 2015

What To Expect From The 2015 State Legislative Session

The 2015 legislative session starts today
Credit NC General Assembly

State legislators have descended on Raleigh for the start of the 2015 legislative session. Today’s session is largely ceremonial. The only votes scheduled are to elect leadership of the General Assembly. But there is a lot lawmakers would like to get done this year, which is why WFAE’s Tom Bullock joins Morning Edition host Marshall Terry for a preview of the so-called long legislative session.

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Politics
7:00 am
Thu October 9, 2014

Digging Into Thom Tillis's Favorite Attack Stat

Graphic in a Crossroads GPS ad attacking Kay Hagan's voting record.
Credit Via Youtube

Throughout the campaign for US Senate you’ve heard this line again and again from Speaker Thom Tillis:

"Senator Hagan has voted with President Obama 96 percent of the time. She’s served as a rubber stamp to President Obama’s failed policies."

Tonight when Hagan and Tillis meet for their third and final debate, you’re almost guaranteed to hear that statistic again. We were wondering why this has become the go-to attack for Tillis, so Tom Bullock to join Morning Edition host Marshall Terry for our Thursday political chat.

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Politics
9:52 am
Wed October 8, 2014

Attacks Aplenty In Hagan-Tillis 2

Senator Kay Hagan and Speaker Thom Tillis at their second debate.
Credit Courtesy of the North Carolina Association of Broadcasters

The candidates were not on a first name basis last night as Senator Kay Hagan and Speaker Thom Tillis took part in their second debate. The tone was more formal… the rhetoric more biting. 

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Local News
5:10 pm
Wed August 6, 2014

Art Pope Resigns As NC Budget Director, Lee Roberts To Take Over

State budget director Art Pope announced he will resign next month, after 20 months in the job.
Credit www.artpope.com

Art Pope, perhaps the most controversial member of Governor McCrory’s administration, is leaving his job as state budget director. Governor McCrory made the announcement Wednesday and also introduced Pope’s replacement.


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Local News
4:10 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

Cut To State Income Tax Costing Far More Than Expected

Chart showing the updated cost to North Carolina due to last year's income tax rate change.
Credit Fiscal Research Division

Last year’s cut of the personal income tax rate is costing North Carolina far more than originally projected.  This according to new figures released by the General Assembly’s Fiscal Research Division.

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Local News
9:52 am
Tue July 15, 2014

NC Budget Stalemate Enters Third Week

The stalemate over North Carolina’s budget enters its third week. Some progress has been made in the negotiations. But at a committee meeting Monday leaders of the House showed just how far they are from a deal with their Senate counterparts.

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