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Aug 25, 2014

NC Politics in the News - August 25, 2014


NEWS & OBSERVER: Sanford hearing reveals passions on both sides of fracking issue
Before a public hearing Friday evening on fracking, pro-drilling activists said they hoped it would be a more cordial environment than the first hearing in Raleigh.
WRAL: McCrory threatens fight over coal ash commission
Gov. Pat McCrory says he's likely to sign the coal ash cleanup bill lawmakers sent him on the last day of session, but he also suggested his administration could take state lawmakers to court over it.
NC GOVERNOR PRESS RELEASE: Teacher Advisory Committee Presents Testing Recommendations to Governor McCrory
Members of the Governor’s Teacher Advisory Committee presented nine major recommendations on testing standards and assessments to Governor Pat McCrory today at a meeting at the Executive Mansion.
JACKSONVILLE DAILY NEWS: Governor McCrory, North Carolina Selected for Workforce Academy
Governor Pat McCrory and the state of North Carolina have been selected for a nationally recognized program that will support its efforts to strengthen the state’s workforce.
In May, Governor Pat McCrory signed an Executive Order establishing an Aviation Development Task Force for the state.
The General Assembly adjourned Wednesday. But with so many major issues still unresolved, the chatter in Raleigh is that there's a good chance Gov. Pat McCrory could call legislators back for a special session before the November election.
WRAL: Tillis looks back on speakership
On what could be Speaker Thom Tillis' last day on the dais as the House adjourned for the year, the Cornelius Republican talked to reporters about the victories and regrets of his four-year tenure at the head of the House and about his campaign for U.S. Senate.
Complex laws requiring lengthy debate usually come up during the state General Assembly’s long session during winter.
THE VOTER UPDATE: 2014 ‘short session’ longest of past 10 years
When state lawmakers returned to work in the spring, few legislative observers would have predicted Aug. 20 for this year’s adjournment date, especially since the previous so-called “short session” of 2012 saw legislators leave Raleigh before the July Fourth holiday.
North Carolina Sen. Kay Hagan is all but tied with Republican challenger Thom Tillis in a midterm showdown likely to help determine control of the Senate, a USA TODAY/Suffolk University poll finds.
When voters go to the polls in November, they'll decide whether North Carolina will join 49 other states in giving criminal defendants another option to a jury trial.
WRAL: State board won't restore early voting site for Appalachian State campus
The State Board of Elections voted 4-1 Thursday to reject a bid to reopen a Watauga County early voting location on Appalachian State University's campus for the fall general election.

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