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9:41 am
Thu February 5, 2015

SOTS Analysis: McCrory's Address Has 2016 Campaign In Mind

Michael Bitzer

Wednesday night, Governor Pat McCrory laid out his political priorities in the State of the State Address.  Michael Bitzer is a political scientist with Catawba College.  He joins Morning Edition host Marshall Terry for his take on the speech.


Politics
9:23 am
Thu February 5, 2015

McCrory's Vision Gets Lukewarm Response From GOP Lawmakers

Credit NC.gov

Teacher pay, tax incentives, road construction, Medicaid. These were some of the priorities laid out by Governor Pat McCrory during his State of the State address.  WFAE’s Tom Bullock reports on the speech and reaction to it.


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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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4:39 pm
Tue February 3, 2015

Obama Budget Includes Charlotte Street Car Funding

A rendering of the Charlotte street car.
Credit City of Charlotte

The Obama Administration’s new proposed budget includes funding for Charlotte’s street car project. City officials have banked on receiving that money to build the street car, but it’s still no sure thing.


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Local News
5:02 pm
Mon February 2, 2015

State Tax Changes Threaten Hole In Charlotte Budget

A City of Charlotte slide at the annual retreat shows budget shortfalls under three scenarios: restoration of revenue lost by the cut of the business privilege license tax, restoration of 50 percent of the revenue lost by the cut, and no restoration combined with a redistribution of the sales tax.
Credit City of Charlotte

State tax changes could chew a sizeable hole in the City of Charlotte’s pocketbook, staff told City Council members at their annual retreat Friday. Two changes—one last year and one proposed this year—have them worried.


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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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10:03 am
Mon January 26, 2015

Sen. Tillis Introduces His First Measure

Credit North Carolina General Assembly

It was a week of firsts for North Carolina’s new U.S. Senator, Thom Tillis. The senator filed his first legislation, an amendment Thursday that would open much of the East Coast to off-shore drilling for oil and gas.


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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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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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Local News
7:38 am
Tue December 2, 2014

Meck Commissioners Appoint Fuller As Chair In Heated Session

Supporters of Cotham held signs calling for her appointment to the commission chairmanship.
Credit Ben Bradford / WFAE

The new session for the Mecklenburg County Board of Commissioners kicked off Monday evening, but it was old divisions that dominated the meeting—starting with the election of the board’s chairman.


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