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Oct 13, 2014

NC Politics in the News - October 13, 2014

 
ECONOMY & ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
In less than two years, North Carolina’s governor and legislature have helped to revive the state’s economy. The economy is growing and adding jobs, improving the well-being of North Carolina residents.
 
North Carolina’s new private economic development and marketing agency opened its doors Monday at 15000 Weston Parkway in Cary, taking over roles historically performed by the state Commerce Department.
 
EDUCATION
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill celebrated its 221st birthday Sunday.
 
ELECTIONS
U.S. Senate candidate Sean Haugh relishes his current job delivering pizzas because it brings joy to hungry families anticipating his arrival.
 
Four of the seven seats on North Carolina’s Supreme Court, including that of the chief justice, are up for grabs in next month’s election.
 
Republican Congresswoman Renee Ellmers and Clay Aiken, her Democratic challenger for North Carolina's 2nd District seat, were certainly feisty in their first and only debate Monday, riffing off both current events as well as well-honed one-liners from early in President Barack Obama's presidency.

ENERGY
Revenue from offshore energy projects could be used to pay for beach nourishment and dredging projects, Gov. Pat McCrory said in Wilmington Thursday. But for now, those dollars remain largely hypothetical.
 
HEALTH CARE
There is no one-size-fits-all approach to Medicaid reform, particularly with privatization, officials from three states that have done such reforms told a legislative subcommittee on Monday.
 
IN THE COURTS
The N.C. Supreme Court surprised parties in several lawsuits Friday by snatching their cases away from the state Court of Appeals.
 
The legal battle over the state’s school voucher program has skipped a customary step and moved straight to North Carolina’s Supreme Court.
 
In seemingly contradictory voting-rights actions just a month before November's elections, the Supreme Court has allowed new Republican-inspired restrictions to remain in force in North Carolina and Ohio while blocking Wisconsin's voter identification law.
 
The court's decision means counties can begin issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples Monday morning, and governing the state means simply moving forward for McCrory.
 
REGUALTION
A state legislative oversight committee soon will look into whether state regulations need to be updated as passengers increasingly arrange rides using a smart-phone application rather than a phone call to a taxi company.
 
When Doug Erickson noticed that rent-by-owner website Airbnb.com was gaining popularity in Wilmington, he decided to list his downtown bed and breakfast.
 
TRANSPORTATION
The NCDOT is sending Charlotte $150 million in bonus money in exchange for taking toll lanes on I-77.
 
 
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