Oct 8, 2012

NC Politics in the News - October 8, 2012

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North Carolina’s candidates for governor, Walter Dalton and Pat McCrory, engaged in a sharp-edged televised debate Wednesday, offering barbed exchanges on taxes, businesses, fracking, race and voter ID that reflected the state’s political polarization.
McCrory's campaign rolled out Wednesday a list of nearly 150 Democrats in 72 counties that are leaders of a coalition aimed at electing him governor next month.
The Republican-controlled state legislature steered environmental protections in a new direction this past session, speeding up energy exploration and cutting back regulations.
North Carolina's population has nearly doubled since 1970, fueled by an economic expansion that brought an influx of Midwesterners, Northeasterners and nonwhites and turning the state from a Republican presidential stronghold into a battleground.
The N.C. League of Conservation Voters' annual scorecard awards an unprecedented 44 state legislators zeroes for their votes in the 2012 session. The League had previously handed out only four zeroes since 1999, and none since 2001.
North Carolina voters overwhelmingly want people to present some form of identification at the polls before casting a ballot, according to a WRAL News poll released Tuesday.
Calling the state’s health care costs artificially high, N.C. Attorney General Roy Cooper says he will examine whether to use antitrust laws or new legislation to reduce them.
Because of mounting opposition from environmental lawyers and Republican legislators, all five toll roads and bridges under development by the state Department of Transportation now face big challenges in the General Assembly or the courts – or both.
The state Department of Transportation says it will spend six months and $1.6 million to assess the economic impacts of its proposal to pay for a $4.4 billion widening and overhaul of Interstate 95 by collecting tolls from drivers.
Merit pay in schools - or performance-based teaching, as legislative and education officials describe it - was part of the discussion Tuesday as representatives of all three layers of North Carolina's public education system laid out their budget priorities.
The North Carolina Rate Bureau has notified state insurance commissioner Wayne Goodwin that it’s seeking a statewide average 17.7 percent premium hike on homeowners property insurance policies written in the state.


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