Nov 19, 2012

NC Politics in the News - November 19, 2012

North Carolina House Republican Caucus unanimously nominated House Speaker Thom Tillis, R-Mecklenburg, for a second term Saturday at an organizational meeting in Raleigh.
Election boards across North Carolina spent Friday canvassing the results of the Nov. 6 general election, and one local legislative race saw its outcome change, with a recount likely.
In the race for North Carolina lieutenant governor, Democrat Linda Coleman narrowed considerably Republican Dan Forest's lead Friday as county officials completed final tallies from last week's elections, opening up her option to seek a statewide recount.
A road map to rid North Carolina of its $2.4 billion debt to the federal government for jobless benefits and to place the state's unemployment insurance system on sturdier financial footing is getting sketched out by legislators and business leaders.
North Carolina and the federal government will jointly run a new one-stop shop to help people buy affordable health insurance, Gov. Beverly Perdue said Thursday.
About 2,000 people with mental disabilities are in danger of losing their lodging in group homes on Jan. 1, their evictions triggered by changing Medicaid rules.
Scores of disabled people who live in group homes rallied outside the Legislative Building on Wednesday, saying they will likely be on the streets in two months if lawmakers don't take action.
Republican legislative leaders are upset with how outgoing Democratic Gov. Beverly Perdue's administration is spending money to expand pre-kindergarten for thousands of additional children through next summer.
Pressure could increase on North Carolina utilities regulators to justify decisions to charge customers hundreds of millions of dollars more as part of a case the Supreme Court heard Tuesday.
Workers in North Carolina will again bear more of their health-care costs in 2013 as employers pass them a bigger slice of premium fees, according to a survey released today by Mercer.
Should college be a meandering journey of intellectual exploration or a straight line to a good job? What’s more worthwhile for today’s undergraduate – Aristotle or aerospace engineering? Biotech or British lit?
North Carolina has a governor from someplace other than the coast for the first time in more than a decade. But
one week after the election, the effect that could have on coastal issues remains largely unclear.
Republicans next year are expected to take control of every county board of elections in North Carolina for the first time in 20 years.


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
Katy Feinberg, Strategic Communications