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Oct 29, 2012

NC Politics in the News - October 29, 2012

 

Surry County’s representative to the North Carolina Senate died early Monday morning following what sources described as a routine back surgery.
 
When the NC FreeEnterprise Foundation released our Partisan District Ratings for the North Carolina Senate several months ago, we noted that under the new Republican-drawn maps, Democrats would have a tough time narrowing the margin in the chamber, let alone winning back a majority.
 
As we did with the N.C. Senate earlier in the week, the NC FreeEnterprise Foundation is outlining the state House races we think merit the most attention in this edition of About the Capital. As with any election, there are always surprises on election night, which prompts us to include a relatively broad range of districts across the state that are interesting and have signs of being competitive.
 
A quick look at fall campaigns for seats in the North Carolina General Assembly.
 
Republican leaders who secured majorities in both chambers of the North Carolina Legislature for the first time in 140 years after the 2010 elections appear poised to preserve much of those gains in 2012, thanks in part to redistricting.
 
 
A collection of North Carolina videos and advertisements from the 2012 Election.
 
Democrat Walter Dalton and Republican Pat McCrory clarified their positions on economic and education policies they spared over in two prior debates while staking out positions on topics that haven't gotten as much attention.
 
Advocates for children and people with AIDS are worried how Gov. Beverly Perdue's administration intends to pay for preschool for thousands more 4-year-olds this year.
 
North Carolina residents pay nearly 10 percent of their income in taxes, placing the state squarely among the 20th-most taxed in the nation, said the nonprofit Tax Foundation in its most recent Annual State-Local Tax Burden Ranking.
 
It will soon be illegal for a student to bully a teacher online in North Carolina, under an expansion of the state’s cyberbullying law that goes into effect Dec. 1 and may be the first of its kind in the country.
 
Two weeks ahead of an election deciding whether he keeps his job, North Carolina's insurance commissioner told companies on Tuesday they'll have to prove they should be allowed to increase homeowner's premiums by a statewide average of 17.7 percent.
 
John Felmy, chief economist of the nation’s politically formidable oil-and-gas lobby, ticks off a litany of things fracking critics get wrong, or don’t get at all.
 
 
Please contact the Raleigh McGuireWoods Consulting team if you have any questions or comments:
 
Harry Kaplan, Senior Vice-President
 
Jeff Barnhart, Senior Vice-President
 
Franklin Freeman, Senior Vice-President
 
John Merritt, Senior Vice-President
 
Johnny Tillett, Senior Vice-President
 
Bo Heath, Vice-President
 
Kerri Burke, Assistant Vice-President
 
Sarah Wolfe, Research Assistant
 
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