Politics

Local News
6:01 pm
Wed July 3, 2013

Abortion Safety Expert Says N.C. Senate Bill Addresses Problems That Don't Exist

The North Carolina Senate passed a bill Wednesday with new restrictions and regulations for abortion clinics. Republicans behind the bill say those are necessary steps for women's safety. WFAE's Michael Tomsic looked into that claim.


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Local News
5:05 pm
Mon June 10, 2013

NC Tax Proposals Could Hurt Nonprofits

North Carolina State Legislative Building
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  Proposals to overhaul North Carolina's tax code could discourage people from giving to charities, turn nonprofits into tax collectors, and make it more difficult for some organizations to provide services. Those are a few concerns the N.C. Center for Nonprofits raised Monday.


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Local News
3:09 pm
Fri June 7, 2013

N.C. House Moves First On Tax Overhaul

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The North Carolina House tentatively passed its version of a tax overhaul Friday. The Republican bill is one of three major tax overhauls the General Assembly is considering. 

Republicans and some Democrats in the state legislature agree North Carolina needs to do something about its tax code. The current one is based off a model from the Great Depression, and it includes the highest income tax rates in the Southeast.

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Local News
4:47 pm
Fri May 31, 2013

N.C. Considers Three Tax Proposals

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WFAE's Mark Rumsey and Michael Tomsic discuss the bills to overhaul North Carolina's tax code.

North Carolina lawmakers and Governor Pat McCrory are considering three different bills to overhaul the state's tax system. Republican leaders in the Senate introduced the latest and most ambitious one Thursday. There's also a bipartisan Senate plan and a Republican House plan.

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Local News
5:13 pm
Tue May 7, 2013

N.C. GOP Leaders Unveil Plan To Cut, Expand Taxes

Senate leader Phil Berger

"The largest tax cut in North Carolina history." That's how Republican state senate leaders describe the tax plan they unveiled Tuesday. But that plan also expands the sales tax to many more services.


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Local News
5:08 pm
Wed April 24, 2013

FAA Furloughs Mean 'Sporadic' Delays At CLT

A control tower at an American airport.
Credit Flickr/Glenn Beltz

Passengers at the Charlotte airport can expect short delays to be an ongoing but somewhat random problem. Delays have increased since the Federal Aviation Administration started furloughing workers Sunday because of the sequester.


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Local News
2:46 pm
Wed April 17, 2013

Most Of The NC House Supports Bill To Take Politics Out Of Redistricting

More than half of the North Carolina House has signed on to legislation that aims to remove politics from the redistricting process.  Supporters want to get the bill passed, while neither Democrats nor Republicans know who will be in charge when the process starts again in 2020.


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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Mon April 15, 2013

Governor Pat McCrory's First 100 Days

Governor Pat McCrory

Our new Governor has barely settled in but has already made news by giving a substantial raise to his new cabinet appointees. He also repealed Gov. Perdue's Executive Order that was aimed at reforming the Judicial appointing process. Governor McCrory has also weighed in on the Trolley and stadium upgrades for the Carolina Panther. Other items on his to do list include compensation for victims of a mid 20th century sterilization program - an issue that he supported as a candidate - and he must manage how to implement The Affordable Care Act. Other topics include how he will handle traditional east/west NC relations in terms of roads, infrastructure, etc. We'll meet with our usual band of Political Science gurus to gaze into our new Governor's first 100 days in office, when Charlotte Talks.

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Local And State Elections
4:46 pm
Thu April 11, 2013

Haley Campaign Has $2M For SC Gov Election Rematch With Sheheen

South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley
Credit governor.sc.gov

South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley hasn't officially said she's running for re-election, but her campaign this week reported having $2 million cash on hand. She raised a quarter of that just in the last three months – much of it from out-of-state donors.

 

Winthrop Political Scientist Scott Huffmon says Haley is leveraging her national profile to position herself for a rematch of the 2010 race in which she narrowly beat Democratic State Senator Vincent Sheheen.

 

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Local News
9:17 am
Thu April 11, 2013

Hundreds March In Charlotte For Immigration Reform

People at the front of the march carry megaphones, flags and signs.
Michael Tomsic

Hundreds of people marched two miles through Charlotte Wednesday to voice their support for immigration reform. The Latin American Coalition helped organize and lead the march.


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