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Dec 10, 2012

NC Politics in the News - December 10, 2012

 

The number of people with extensive experience in the North Carolina General Assembly has dwindled quickly in the House and Senate chambers.
 
It’s hard to tell the campaign season is over in North Carolina. Consider the political discourse in the month since the election: Political TV ads. Legal battles. Backroom deals. Robo-calls to voters. And more name-calling.
 
At times during a 30-minute interview last week, House Speaker Thom Tillis sounded like the same man who pursued the Republican agenda aggressively over the past two years and traded frequent barbs with Democratic Gov. Beverly Perdue on issues of the day.
 
State Sen. Stan White has conceded the 1st District election to Republican challenger Bill Cook after a limited hand-to-eye recount showed Cook's lead was unchanged.
 
The incoming leader of House Democrats said today he and his colleagues will continue to challenge the Republican majority at the state legislature to do what is best to improve people’s lives in the state.
 
A raft of new laws addressing crime and punishment take effect on Saturday, including a move widening a three-year-old North Carolina statute criminalizing cyberbullying to protect school employees.
 
A General Assembly committee is considering a plan to cut jobless benefits and raise business taxes in a reform of North Carolina’s unemployment insurance, or UI, program.
 
Gov. Bev Perdue signed a new executive order Wednesday that will enable her to fill a seat on the N.C. Supreme Court in the waning days of her term.
 
North Carolina has become the sixth state in the country to require students to take an online course before they graduate.
 
With a warning from budget-writing legislators in the background, the North Carolina school board on Wednesday delayed action on rules that would make it much more difficult to open a taxpayer-funded charter school offering online-only classes.
 
North Carolina’s alternative energy companies are confident that the state will continue raising quotas for utilities’ use of solar power and other renewable resources, despite a leading legislator’s suggestion that they be frozen at or near current levels.
 
The vision for a major urban park on the edge of downtown achieved a long-sought breakthrough Tuesday when the state and city approved an agreement to preserve 300 acres at the Dorothea Dix Hospital campus.
 
Duke Energy formalized deals Monday that ended separate investigations by North Carolina regulators and the attorney general into whether the utility misled officials before a merger that made it the country’s largest electric company.
 
Competition, when it comes to group health insurance, remains pretty much Blue Cross Blue Shield of N.C. -- and the rest of the pack in the Triad and statewide.
 
 
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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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