NC politics

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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NC News
5:22 pm
Wed July 9, 2014

State Budget Negotiations Take Major Step Backward

The smiles were absent on Wednesday when House Senior Budget Chairman Nelson Dollar (left) and Senate Majority Leader Harry Brown (right) clashed over the state budget.

Lawmakers in Raleigh Wednesday took a major step in their budget negotiations.  A step backward.

If there was any sense of congeniality and cooperation at the state capitol it was not found in room 643, where House Senior Budget Chairman Nelson Dollar called to order select members of the House and Senate  to negotiate the now overdue state budget.

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Charlotte Observer
10:14 am
Wed July 9, 2014

Senate Drops Plan To Kill Teacher Tenure

N.C. Sen. Jerry W. Tillman, R-Randolph
Credit N.C. General Assembly

North Carolina’s teachers will no longer face the choice of getting a pay raise or keeping their tenure.

Senate budget negotiators Tuesday abandoned their proposal to eliminate tenure in exchange for an 11 

percent pay raise.

Though major issues remain, the offer removes another obstacle toward adoption of a state spending plan and adjournment of the legislative session.

Tenure allows public school teachers due-process hearings but does not prevent low-performing teachers from being fired. As many as 75 

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Local News
4:02 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

Possible Breakthrough In State Budget Impass

On Wednesday North Carolina’s House and Senate made a major breakthrough on the state’s budget. There’s no finalized deal yet but one of the major issues looks to have been resolved.

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Business
12:11 am
Thu June 12, 2014

Are NC Film Incentives Worth It? Part 2: Running The Numbers

Filming of Iron Man 3 in Wilmington. The blockbuster was the first film in North Carolina to hit the $20 million dollar film incentive cap.
Credit Courtesy of the Wilmington Film Commission

The curtain is poised to come crashing down on North Carolina’s film incentive.

Wednesday, the House Finance Committee adopted a plan which would slash the amount a production company could receive, from $20 million to five million.

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Local News
9:38 am
Wed May 14, 2014

Because Of Senate Run, Tillis Only State Lawmaker Who Can Take Lobbyist Money

House Speaker and U.S. Senate candidate Thom Tillis

By now you may have heard Thom Tillis is running for U.S. Senate. With the short legislative session beginning in Raleigh today, he also returns to his political day job, Speaker of the House. This sets up an interesting ethical question.

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Local News
3:01 am
Wed May 7, 2014

Hagan Vs. Tillis: Let The General Election Commence

Thom Tillis and his family at his victory party in Charlotte.
Credit Tom Bullock/WFAE News

The 2014 race for North Carolina’s U.S. Senate seat is set. Thom Tillis will take on Kay Hagan this November.  Tillis won the Republican primary last night. He garnered 45 percent of the vote, avoiding a runoff.

Tillis' supporters started gathering in a ballroom in uptown just as the results started trickling in. Soon, there were a few hundred supporters on hand, all waiting to hear from the man they believe can take down the junior senator from North Carolina.

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Local News
2:23 pm
Fri May 2, 2014

Watchdog Groups Say WCNC Failed To Follow Political Ad Rules

The ad in question is called "Bad Company"
Credit Youtube

Charlotte’s NBC affiliate has failed to properly disclose information on political ads.  This is the claim being made by two national watchdog groups.  And they’ve asked the Federal Communications Commission to take action. 

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Politics
9:17 am
Tue March 18, 2014

The Awkward World Of Judicial Stump Speeches

Credit Tom Bullock/WFAE News

In seven weeks, North Carolinians will go to the polls for the state  primary elections.  This means candidates for all kinds of offices are out wooing voters and raising money. For those trying to become elected judges - the process is a bit strange.  And even the candidates worry it may hurt the credibility of the state’s highest courts. 


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