North Carolina General Assembly

Local News
3:56 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

Gov. McCrory Supports 6 Percent Raise For Teachers

As state budget negotiations continued today in Raleigh, Governor Pat McCrory said he would support a House plan to give teachers an average six percent raise.

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Local News
8:14 pm
Wed June 11, 2014

NC Senate Passes Airport Commission Bill

Credit Chris Ford / Flickr

The North Carolina Senate has passed a bill that could strip control of Charlotte Douglas Airport from the city council and end a year-long legal impasse in the state’s favor—all less than two days after the legislation became public.


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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Fri August 30, 2013

NC Legislators Answer Citizens' Questions In Public Forum

anelists (from left), Rep. Bill Brawley, Rep. Beverly Earle, Rep. Ruth Samuelson, Sen. Dan Clodfelter, Sen. Malcolm Graham, discuss questions from the audience during Wednesday night's community forum.
Robert Lahser Charlotte Observer

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 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.

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The Party Line
11:28 am
Tue July 23, 2013

GOP Lawmakers Evoke Controversy In Raleigh, But Go Home To Safe Districts

­With several months of Moral Monday protests under way, the North Carolina General Assembly may be feeling the heat of the dog days of summer, especially in terms of public opinion.

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Local News
11:58 am
Mon July 8, 2013

GOP Legislative Boundaries Upheld

A three-judge state panel has ruled unanimously in favor of legislative and congressional district boundaries drawn by North Carolina Republicans in 2011. Democratic voters and civil rights groups sued, arguing the lines were racially biased.  The Superior Court judges ruled today that the boundaries do not impair the constitutional rights of North Carolina citizens.

Republican Senator Bob Rucho of Matthews led the redistricting effort. He says the GOP's goal was strictly to follow the law in drawing the boundaries.

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Local News
4:19 pm
Wed July 3, 2013

Amid Cries Of 'Shame,' Senate Gives Final OK To Abortion Clinic Rules

Credit Jim Morrill / Charlotte Observer

RALEIGH - Senate Republicans have given their final approval to legislation requiring additional rules surrounding abortions in North Carolina, even as hundreds of protesters against the bill watched from the gallery.

The Senate voted 29-12 Wednesday for the measure that would direct regulators to change abortion clinic rules so they're similar to those for ambulatory surgery centers. The bill would still need House approval, which couldn't happen until at least next week.

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Tue June 25, 2013

Moral Monday Protests

A Moral Monday protest at the North Carolina General Assembly
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For the last several Mondays, planned protests have been happening at the North Carolina General Assembly and resulting in hundreds of arrests. These "Moral Monday" demonstrations have brought out thousands of people over the course of the last several weeks, who are protesting policies on many topics, from education, to taxes, and healthcare and more. The coalition of groups coordinating the protests, led by Rev. Dr. William Barber of the NC NAACP have implied that the protests won't stop until changes are made in the legislature. We'll talk about the Moral Monday movement, about the policies that are being challenged, about the number of people voluntarily being arrested in the protests and the chance these demonstrations will make change, when Charlotte Talks.

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Politics
6:02 pm
Mon June 10, 2013

New Details On NC House Budget

North Carolina House Republicans presented Monday afternoon their proposed budget for the next two years. In total, the budget spends $20.6 billion.

“In the first year we spend around $12 million less than the Senate and around $188 million less than the governor,” said Rep. Nelson Dollar, the chairman of the House Appropriations Committee.

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The Party Line
11:07 am
Thu April 4, 2013

Religion Resolution Aptly Introduced On April 1st

Michael Bitzer

As you may have heard by now, a joint resolution has been introduced into the North Carolina General Assembly that proclaims religious liberty, especially as it relates to a court case coming out of Rowan County. 

The resolution goes through a number of points, which all deserve some explanation; first, the resolution begins:

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The Party Line
3:50 pm
Tue March 12, 2013

GOP Lawmakers Should Consider Voter ID Compromise

Michael Bitzer

With the GOP-led NC General Assembly beginning a “deliberative” consideration of requiring photo identification when voting, the heated rhetoric on both sides has only inflamed the passions of both supporters and opponents to Voter ID laws.

Anecdotal examples of people claiming to have voted multiple times are charged by one side, while the other side decrying the proposed legislation with charges of “we will fight them in the streets.”

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