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Oct 20, 2014

NC Politics in the News - October 20, 2014

ECONOMY & ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

At groundbreaking ceremonies, ribbon cuttings and company-wide announcements, governors in North Carolina have for decades appeared alongside corporate executives to herald the coming of new jobs.
 
Companies in the most impoverished counties, where jobs can make the biggest impact on the local economy, receive incentives the least often.
 
North Carolina government coffers took in slightly less than what state officials projected during the first quarter of the fiscal year.
 
ELECTIONS
One reason Republicans will maintain control is the startling lack of seats being seriously contested.
 
As if North Carolina judicial candidates did not have a difficult enough time becoming household names, the race for one of four N.C. Court of Appeals seats this November has 19 candidates trying to distinguish themselves.
 
The candidates for North Carolina's U.S. Senate seat and their political allies aired 12,514 political spots on broadcast television, costing an estimated $9.6 million in the first 12 days of October alone, according to data provided to WRAL News by Kantar Media.

From the Koch brothers and Art Pope to George Soros and Michael Bloomberg, wealthy donors are making North Carolina’s U.S. Senate race one of America’s first $100 million contests.
 
HEALTH CARE
Given N.C. Department of Health and Human Services’ forecasting struggles throughout the 2014-15 state budget process, most committee members expressed skepticism about whether what they will be told will prove realistic and accurate.
 
Saying that North Carolina’s medical examiner system has “serious and significant performance issues,” lawmakers Monday recommended major reforms, including requiring training for examiners and increasing their pay.
 
North Carolina has taken a number of steps to be prepared in the event a case of Ebola is diagnosed in the state, Gov. Pat McCrory and Health and Human Services Secretary Aldona Wos (vahsh) said Monday.
 
IN THE COURTS
A Superior Court judge sided with the city of Charlotte in a ruling issued Monday that bars the Charlotte Airport Commission from running the city’s airport without prior approval from the Federal Aviation Administration.
 
A federal appeals court has dealt the victims of contaminated drinking water at Camp Lejeune a setback, ruling that a state law passed this year cannot retroactively validate their health claims against the US government.
 
The plaintiffs in a legal challenge over the pending sale of Hofmann Forest aren’t sure what to think as their case makes an unexpected move to the state’s highest court.
 
INTERNATIONAL POLICY
In a trans-Atlantic debate over cigarette packaging, North Carolina's governor poses a rhetorical question to the Irish and French governments: Would Guinness be recognizable labeled simply as "beer?" Or would champagne sell as well in a bottle lacking its distinctive curves?
 
STATE POLICY
The line at the door of the Federal Aviation Administration gets longer each day as companies continue to ask permission to fly unmanned aircraft vehicles, or drones, usually equipped with some type of camera system.
 
 
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