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Oct 27, 2014

NC Politics in the News - October 27, 2014

 

ECONOMY & ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
North Carolina's unemployment rate is down slightly, but so is the number of people working.
 
Gov. Pat McCrory at a meeting of the Coastal Resources Commission on Wednesday urged coastal experts to submit proposals for programs and policies that could later be used to lobby the federal government for increased funding for projects in North Carolina.
 
EDUCATION
Before the group tasked with creating new academic standards for North Carolina’s public schools starts to rewrite them, the members want to understand what they’ll be replacing.
 
Law school is getting a makeover in an era of plunging applications and slimmer job opportunities.
 
For 18 years, thousands of students at the prestigious University of North Carolina took fake "paper classes," and advisers funneled athletes into the program to keep them eligible, according to a scathing independent report released Wednesday.
 
ELECTIONS
More than three-quarters of the growth in voter registrations in North Carolina this year was among unaffiliated rather than signing up as a Republican, Democrat or Libertarian.
 
Thom Tillis got the stage alone Tuesday night in North Carolina's tight U.S. Senate race, the only candidate on a statewide television program in which he discussed views on abortion, global climate change and differences with absent Democratic incumbent Kay Hagan.
 
The State Board of Elections said Friday that 1,425 names on the voter rolls of North Carolina belong to people who likely do not meet one basic requirement to cast a ballot: U.S. citizenship.
 
Partisan interest groups have invested millions of dollars in the races for four seats on the N.C. Supreme Court, an arm of government that is supposed to be above hyper-partisanship.

ENERGY
Apple isn’t the only tech company with data centers in North Carolina. Google’s is just down the road in Lenoir. Facebook has one in Forest City. Disney and AT&T are nearby, too. When those companies were looking to build those facilities, North Carolina was attractive for two major reasons: huge tax incentives and cheap electricity.
 
HEALTH CARE
Shrinking revenue streams, particularly the squeeze on federal and state reimbursement rates, are compelling more health-care systems to enter some form of merger or cost-savings partnership, according to Standard & Poor’s Ratings Services.
 
INSURANCE
North Carolina's insurance commissioner on Monday began deciding whether to allow homeowners coverage costs to rise by as much as 35 percent even as more insurers demand even higher rates in agreements with customers.
 
North Carolina's largest health insurer says rates will rise by more than 13 percent on average next year for buyers of individual Affordable Care Act policies.

TRANSPORTATION
Instead of wishing and hoping for the whopping $4 billion they would need to build a fast-train shortcut between Raleigh and Richmond, leaders from North Carolina and Virginia want to find a less costly way to start rolling sooner with slower trains – and build up speed later.
 
 
Please contact the Raleigh McGuireWoods Consulting team if you have any questions or comments:
Harry Kaplan, Senior Vice President
 
Jeff Barnhart, Senior Vice President
 
Franklin Freeman, Senior Vice President
 
John Merritt, Senior Vice President
 
Johnny Tillett, Senior Vice President
 
Kerri Burke, Vice President
 
Bo Heath, Vice President
 
Sarah Wolfe, Assistant Vice President
 
Katy Feinberg, Vice President, MWAdvocacy