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The Party Line
5:41 pm
Mon July 14, 2014

Unified Statehouse Is Clearly Divided

Michael Bitzer

The past few days have testified to the old political saying: there are two things you never want to watch being made — sausage and laws. 

And in the attempts to pass a readjusted state budget for the fiscal year that began July 1, the North Carolina General Assembly has also played into another old saying: Actions speak louder than words.

In trying to resolve their fundamental differences on the $21 billion state budget, the state House and Senate formed what is often referred to as the “third chamber” of legislatures: A conference committee.

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Local News
5:30 pm
Mon June 30, 2014

Drivers Ed Courses Could Rise Under Senate Budget Plan

Credit Government & Heritage Library, State Library of NC / Flickr/https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

Teenagers and their families may have to shell out more for drivers education courses if a Senate plan to cut funding for that program goes through. 


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Local News
6:00 am
Mon June 16, 2014

Lawmakers Tell Board That Reviews Charters To Change Its Mindset

At this charter advisory board's first meeting last year, they discuss criteria to use to review charter applications.
Credit Lisa Miller / WFAE

Groups that want to open charter schools in North Carolina are reviewed by a board largely consisting of people who operate charters. That board was put in place to weed out the bad applications from the good. But it has been taking some heat lately. Some lawmakers think it may be doing too zealous a job partly because it only recommended a few charters this year. 

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Local News
9:24 am
Thu June 12, 2014

CMS Teachers, Parents Urge Commissioners To Pay For Raises

Teachers and parents attended a public hearing to show their support of a raise for CMS employees paid for by the county.
Lisa Miller WFAE

Mecklenburg County commissioners are weighing whether to give CMS employees a raise out of the county’s pocket be that by paying the district an extra $26.7 million or asking voters to approve a quarter cent sales tax. A few hundred teachers showed up to a public hearing last night to make their case. 

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Local News
10:23 am
Fri June 21, 2013

Report: US Airways Merger Could Increase Prices, Jeopardize Charlotte-Douglas

A US Airways jet
Credit USAirways.com

The merger of US Airways and American Airlines could have a greater impact than those airlines have previously stated, both on airline prices and on Charlotte’s status as a hub for US Airways traffic, according to a new government analysis of the merger.


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Local News
7:24 pm
Mon May 20, 2013

North Carolina Senate Begins Discussing $20.6 Billion Spending Plan

Republicans in the North Carolina Senate have proposed a $20.6 billion budget for next year.  That’s essentially the same size as Governor Pat McCrory’s proposal. Spending in major categories would be mostly flat except for health and human services and natural and economic resources.  However, Medicaid spending would grow 11 percent compared to this year. 

The Senate’s Plan For Education

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The Party Line
11:55 am
Fri December 7, 2012

McConnell Shoots An Airball

Michael Bitzer

When introducing students to the idea of “politics,” I often use the idea of a “game”: think of politics with players, rules, teams, fields to play on, equipment, goals, strategies and objectives.

Most politicians describe their involvement in “game-like” ways as well. And sometimes their actions fit into game descriptors, and in that vein, a recent move by the Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell could be called a serious “air ball.”

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