Dec 17, 2012

NC Politics in the News - December 17, 2012


A dedicated public servant has passed away, just months after voters decided to return him to Raleigh.
The North Carolina House Republicans Caucus selected its leaders Saturday for the 2013-14 General Assembly session, finalizing the group's structural organization and paving the way for committee assignments in the coming weeks. 
Senator Phil Berger makes more 2013 committee chairman appointments:
Agriculture/Environment/Natural Resources: Senators Andrew Brock & Brent Jackson
Appropriations subcommittee on Health & Human Services: Senators Ralph Hise & Louis Pate
Commerce: Senators Rick Gunn & Wesley Meredith
Health Care: Senators Ralph Hise & Louis Pate
Last week, Gov.-elect Pat McCrory acted like he was Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski and he had just landed the nation’s top high school basketball recruit.
Dan Forest isn't waiting until North Carolina's public inauguration to become North Carolina's next lieutenant governor.
As Sen. Bob Rucho sees it, taxes have a lot in common with the cholesterol floating about his body – some kinds are good, others are bad. 
North Carolina patients are likely to pay more for routine health care if their doctors are employed by a hospital, an investigation by the Observer and the News & Observer of Raleigh has found.
Gov. Beverly Perdue won't release her solution to ensure certain group home residents losing Medicaid coverage can keep a roof over their heads until probably next week. It may give her time to address another problem involving Alzheimer's disease and dementia patients.
Earlier this year, we reported a story on the state's ongoing efforts to convert local mental health agencies to managed care providers. Many people, especially families of those with developmental disabilities, are wary of the changes because the switch means agencies will be acting more like insurance companies than public safety net entities.
Sick people would have a harder time getting a cold medicine in North Carolina if a legislative committee that wants to reduce the number of meth labs in the state has its way.
More than half of the people in North Carolina who receive unemployment benefits – an estimated 100,000 people – could lose those benefits at the end of this month.
The U.S. Department of the Interior is moving ahead to designate three sites off of the N.C. coast for possible development of offshore wind energy, including two sites off the southeastern coast, state and federal officials said Wednesday.
The N.C. Supreme Court outlawed Internet sweepstakes gaming in the state Friday. How long sweepstakes parlors will have before they have to close is not clear, at this point.
New test results show North Carolina students are outperforming their international peers when it comes to science and math.
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