Feb 24, 2014

NC Politics in the News - February 24, 2014


Gov. Pat McCrory, on a trip to Washington for the National Governors Association, said he wanted pay raises for all teachers, flexibility on Affordable Care Act and approval for seismic testing for oil and gas.
Thousands of North Carolina students’ plans to attend private school next year were put on hold Friday when a judge halted the state’s controversial private school voucher program.
Kroger closing two stores in Southeast Raleigh prompts legislators to study how to help communities with limited access to fresh, healthy food.
The Feb. 2 Duke Energy spill dumped tons of toxic coal ash into the river, but the same material is used to make drywall and spread in farmers fields. The EPA is in the process of deciding whether the material - which often contains arsenic, mercury and other heavy metals - should be regulated as "hazardous" waste. Meanwhile, other ponds are close to water supplies throughout the state.
Gov. Pat McCrory on Saturday said coal ash ponds for power plants should be moved farther away from rivers and streams in North Carolina, and the ash should be placed in lined facilities.
A federal judge on Friday settled only part of the issue of whether documents will have to be turned over in a trio of lawsuits challenging North Carolina’s voter identification law. 
The director of the state's NC FAST system, launched this year to streamline the delivery of social services, is leaving in March for a job in the private sector.
The N.C. Republican Party's executive committee has named former state Rep. Carolyn Justice of Hampstead as vice chairwoman of the party.                
Democratic candidates for a Charlotte-area congressional seat are sparring over an issue key for public school advocates: The use of public money for private education.
With one week of filing left, some state legislative races are looking more interesting than others. The N.C. Free Enterprise Foundation, a business-backed political group that analyzes state politics, identified a handful of Senate and House races to keep an eye on, predicting competitive primaries or general election contests because of incumbent departures.
More endorsements have come in the Republican U.S. Senate race, this time for Thom Tillis and Mark Harris.
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