Dec 3, 2012

NC Politics in the News - December 3, 2012


As the dust continues to settle from the 2012 General Election, the NC FreeEnterprise Foundation remains active analyzing the election results, tracking the recounts and monitoring the aftermath. More pieces of the political landscape are falling into place, but a number of items remain unresolved, particularly the state Senate District 1 race between Democratic incumbent Sen. Stan White and Republican Rep. Bill Cook, who currently leads by a mere 21 votes.
Election officials are resuming their work on the result of a North Carolina state Senate race more than three weeks after Election Day.
Phil Berger of Eden is on the way to remain the North Carolina Senate’s top leader for another two years.
State Rep.-elect Rick Catlin of New Hanover County wants to lead the 31 Republican freshmen in the state House during the 2013-14 legislative session, which begins in January.
State lawmakers along the coast want to form a special caucus to stay on top of issues and advocate for legislation focused on the coast.
State Rep. Larry Womble, D-Forsyth, was cleared Monday of the criminal charge stemming from a car crash almost a year ago that seriously injured him and killed another man.
Working groups run by Governor-elect Pat McCrory's transition team have begun meeting with various departments throughout state government, although the membership and operation of these groups is somewhat ill-defined. 
Duke Energy has chosen outgoing N.C. Congressman Heath Shuler to quarterback its office of federal affairs in Washington, D.C., starting Jan. 4, returning to the city where he started his professional football career.
Duke Energy CEO Jim Rogers will step down as head of the largest U.S. electric utility by the end of 2013 as part of a settlement with the North Carolina utilities regulator that ends an investigation into the company’s takeover of in-state rival Progress Energy.
Jim Rogers, CEO of Charlotte-based Duke Energy Corp., said there’s been a turnaround in the last five years tied to the “shale gas revolution,” and the utility has increasingly turned to electricity production from natural gas.
House Speaker Thom Tillis says the legislature needs to meet in order to fix a problem with funding for group homes that care for the mentally ill and other disabled people.
North Carolina insurance regulators are clearing the largest rate increase in nine years for dwelling policies that cover residential rentals and other properties that are not owner occupied.
The same state lawmakers who passed a law making it impossible for workers to find out whether their employers carry workers’ compensation insurance are now promising to reverse course.
With the election of a Republican governor and supermajorities in both chambers of the General Assembly, observers expect to see changes in the state’s approach toward education.
Gov.-elect Pat McCrory and Republican legislative leaders are asking the Democrat-dominated Council of State to block Gov. Bev Perdue’s plan to lease the Dorothea Dix Hospital campus to the city of Raleigh for a park.
Pat McCrory's career as Charlotte's longtime mayor, a transportation consultant and two-time candidate for governor means he has plenty of ideas about fixing North Carolina's road-building woes as he moves into the Executive Mansion.
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