Nov 12, 2012

NC Politics in the News - November 12, 2012


Gov.-elect Pat McCrory promised Thursday to scrutinize the efficiency and accountability of government departments and programs, while vowing to work across political and geographical boundaries to create more jobs and bring “a mayor’s attitude” of problem-solving to Raleigh.
Pat McCrory on Thursday will set foot in the Capitol for the first time as governor-elect. A block north, he will see a major challenge facing his administration: the N.C. General Assembly.
General Assembly leaders are laying out a business agenda they say is an extension of the work they did in the past legislative session, the first under Republican control in more than a century.
Both candidates in the close race for lieutenant governor appear to be preparing for days or weeks of vote-counting before an official winner is declared.
The vote margin separating Rep. Mike McIntyre and challenger David Rouzer in their race for Congress has shrunk slightly.
On Election Day in 2008, North Carolina's Republican Party was, to outward appearances, adrift in the political wilderness.
North Carolina faces a deadline next week in the slow march to full implementation of the federal health care overhaul.
When he was Charlotte’s mayor, Pat McCrory helped implement a 25-year plan that set priorities for transit investment to guide the city’s growth.
Republicans bent on lower taxes and smaller government might be willing to huddle up and help fund renovations at the home of the Carolina Panthers. That’s the word from one of the most influential GOP politicians in the state: House Speaker Thom Tillis.
On election night, many observers were pointing out that Republican lawmakers had a "veto proof" majority in both the state House and Senate. But with a Republican governor in Pat McCrory, vetoes may not be quite the problem they were for the GOP during the past two years.
Ray Covington and his family own more than 1,000 acres of timberland in Lee County, considered to be a natural gas-rich pay zone and prime fracking territory.
In the week that North Carolina's largest movie production ever wrapped filming in Wilmington, a panel of film-industry leaders told a group of film festival attendees that the state's "bread and butter" remains small budget and independent films.


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