Aug 13, 2012

NC Politics in the News- August 13, 2012

State authorities are stepping up their campaign against home builder D.R. Horton in a bid to pressure the Texas company to return underground fracking rights to hundreds of homeowners in North Carolina.
A new law that excludes some cars from state-mandated emissions tests will cost garages about 10 percent of their annual revenue from inspections, a state report says.
North Carolina is in the midst of an effort to remake the state’s public safety net for those with mental health, substance abuse and developmental disabilities.
The long-time director of the legislature's bill drafting division is changing jobs and will move to the newly created position of special counsel next month.
The retired chief deputy in the Randolph County sheriff’s office will replace a longtime legislator in both the North Carolina House and on the November ballot.
Sen. Tom Apodaca of Hendersonville had successful heart surgery Thursday at Mission Hospital in Asheville, he said in a statement.
Gubernatorial candidates Walter Dalton and Pat McCrory have agreed to participate this fall in two statewide debates organized by the North Carolina Association of Broadcasters.
“…for many past election cycles, the campaign finance picture in the Old North State was relatively stable. With the exception of a handful of years in recent decades, Democrats leveraged their majorities in the state legislature and control of the Governor's mansion to substantially out-raise and outspend their Republican counterparts. In the 2010 election, however, that all changed. As the GOP gained control of both chambers of the General Assembly for the first time on over a century and the state became a virtual level playing field for both major political parties, the campaign fundraising picture has been altered dramatically.”
“…with a few exceptions, the House Democratic caucus had traditionally held a large fundraising advantage over Republicans, which they wielded effectively during campaign season. As the GOP assumed control of the chamber in 2011, however, Republicans turned the tables and are now leveraging their majority status into a fundraising windfall, though not to the same degree as the GOP majority in the state Senate, which had 3.5 times as much cash at the end of June as their Democratic counterparts.”
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