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2:02 pm
Thu January 10, 2013

GOP Legislative Leaders Make Clear Who's In Charge

When the North Carolina General Assembly gaveled the two chambers into session, the leaders of the House and Senate took to their respective podiums to deliver their outlook on the upcoming biennium session of the legislature.

And it was clear that both leaders had distinct visions for their chamber’s work.

House Speaker Thom Tillis of Mecklenburg delivered an address aimed at both sides of the political aisle.

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Local News
9:28 am
Thu January 10, 2013

Gov. McCrory Wants To Sign Unemployment Insurance Changes Into Law

N.C. Gov. Pat McCrory talks to a group of elected officials in Charlotte.
Credit Michael Tomsic

Governor Pat McCrory said one of the first bills he plans to sign into law will overhaul the state’s unemployment insurance system. McCrory is in favor of a Republican legislative plan that cuts benefits and raises taxes on some businesses.

When the economy tanked, North Carolina’s unemployment insurance system got way out of balance. Businesses fund it, and they weren’t putting enough in to cover the massive demand for benefits as unemployment soared.  

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Local News
9:02 am
Thu January 10, 2013

McCrory Could Re-shape NC Utilities Regulation

Governor Pat McCrory will appoint three utilities commissioners and the state's top advocate for utility consumers in the coming months. His choices would re-shape the regulatory landscape for Duke Energy, where McCrory worked for 28 years.

Governor Pat McCrory has been busy in recent weeks filling his cabinet and top staff positions. And in at least three cases he's appointed former colleagues from his 28 years working at Duke Energy. That's led some to worry McCrory will follow the same pattern when he turns his attention to four impending vacancies at the North Carolina Utilities Commission, which is Duke Energy's primary regulator in the state. WFAE's Julie Rose takes a look now at this regulatory body McCrory has the opportunity to radically reshape.

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Local News
3:30 pm
Tue January 8, 2013

N.C. Legislative Committee Approves Changes To Unemployment Insurance

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A North Carolina legislative committee approved a plan Tuesday to cut unemployment benefits and raise taxes on some businesses. Republicans behind the plan say those are necessary steps to pay back more than $2.5 billion the state owes the federal government.


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Politics
11:36 am
Wed January 2, 2013

Republican Hudson Hires Top Aide From Democrat Kissell's Team

Congressman-elect Richard Hudson has hired a top district aide from the staff of his Democratic opponent Larry Kissell.
Credit Tanner Latham

North Carolina's new members of Congress will take the oath of office Thursday in Washington, including Republican Robert Pittenger who was elected to fill retiring Representative Sue Myrick's seat in Charlotte and Republican Richard Hudson who beat Larry Kissell to represent the 8th District.

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Local Politics
7:01 pm
Fri December 21, 2012

Cabarrus Co. Register Of Deeds Controversy Appears Near Resolution

Ben Small was elected Register of Deeds but has been unable to hold the position because he has not been able to obtain a $50,000 bond required by state law to hold the position.
Credit Courtesy of Independent Tribune

After more than a month of controversy, Cabarrus County will finally have a new Register of Deeds. The county's Republican Party announced a new nominee for Register of Deeds on Friday. 

The Register of Deeds keeps the records of births, deaths, marriages -- all kinds of important public records. The man who was elected to that office in Cabarrus County, Ben Small, had a shortcoming.

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Politics
4:17 pm
Thu December 20, 2012

McCrory Appoints Millionaire GOP Fundraiser Art Pope To Head Budget

At a press conference Thursday morning, Governor-elect Pat McCrory appointed millionaire, conservative activist Art Pope to be his deputy budget director--the governor's top aide on budget issues. Pope is an experienced legislator, but the appointment is likely to be a lightning rod.

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Politics
12:30 pm
Thu December 20, 2012

A Look Back On The Career Of Congresswoman Sue Myrick

Sue Myrick
Credit Myrick.House.gov

Congresswoman Sue Myrick retires next month, after nine terms representing North Carolina’s 9th congressional district. Myrick cruised into Washington during the historic Republican sweep of the 1994 midterm elections. She offered a reliably conservative voice in Congress, and didn’t ‘hold back’ on the issues she felt most passionately about.   WFAE’s Mark Rumsey has this profile of Myrick’s congressional career:

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Politics
4:35 pm
Mon December 17, 2012

Haley Appoints Congressman Tim Scott To Fill DeMint's Seat

Tim Scott
Credit www.TimScott.house.gov

South Carolina Congressman Tim Scott will become the first African-American senator from the state. Governor Nikki Haley chose him Monday to replace Senator Jim DeMint, who is resigning to run a conservative think tank. WFAE’s Michael Tomsic was at the announcement in Columbia. Here’s a transcript of his segment with WFAE’s Mark Rumsey:

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Politics
1:50 pm
Mon December 17, 2012

Gov. Nikki Haley Has Picked U.S. Rep. Tim Scott As SC's Next Senator

Scott is the only black Republican in Congress. The decision announced Monday makes him the South's first black Republican senator since Reconstruction and only the fourth black Republican ever in the U.S. Senate. 

He takes over for Jim DeMint, who announced earlier this month he would forgo the remaining four years of this term to take the helm of The Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank. His resignation takes effect Jan. 1. 

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