Mar 10, 2014

NC Politics in the News - March 10, 2014


Martin Nesbitt of Asheville has stepped down as the Senate's minority leader because of a recent medical diagnosis requiring treatment, and Sen. Dan Blue of Raleigh is taking his place.
N.C. Sen. Martin Nesbitt, a longtime Buncombe County legislator often described as a mountain populist and respected regardless of political party, died Thursday. He was 67.
Mann's appointment comes at a critical time for the Democrats, who have seen their influence drop to historic lows. The Republicans hold the governor's chair and vast majorities in both houses of the General Assembly.
One candidate has the money. One has the profile. And one has an issue that motivates a lot of voters. The Republican primary in N.C. House District 98 is a high-profile contest to succeed a high-profile lawmaker: House Speaker Thom Tillis, a GOP candidate for U.S. Senate.
North Carolina Democrats say they've got the energy and voters on their side heading into the 2014 legislative elections because of what Republicans in charge of state government did in 2013.

Gov. Pat McCrory wants to tweak North Carolina's tax code some more to encourage venture capital investments here, he said Tuesday, during a morning talk at the N.C. Farm Bureau's annual convention.
State agencies are trying to determine how best to meet the Affordable Care Act mandate to begin providing health coverage to all employees who work 30 hours or more each week without breaking their budgets.
North Carolina's film incentives may finally become a permanent fixture in the state's economic development pitch to television and movie producers. Or it could get written out of the script.
A Superior Court judge on Thursday ruled in favor of conservation groups requesting that Duke Energy stop contaminating groundwater at its 14 coal-fired power plants statewide, including the Belews Creek Steam Station in Stokes County.
Despite a fast-approaching winter storm, some 650 people packed the Charles Mack Citizen Center in downtown Mooresville Thursday night to hear Governor Pat McCrory and participate in the Mooresville Graded School District’s fifth annual Career Bridge Seminar.
Amid requests from Union County parents for help, the State Board of Education passes a resolution saying it has no authority on student assignment but wants local school boards “to deliberate with extensive input from parents.”
State and local government agencies in North Carolina should be allowed to fly drones for various purposes, from search and rescue missions to agricultural research, a study group examining the issue recommends in a new report.
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