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Mar 24, 2014

NC Politics in the News - March 24th, 2014

 

POLICY WATCH
North Carolina spends more than a third of its $20.6 billion annual General Fund budget on K-12 public education every year, making it the biggest expenditure of state taxpayer dollars that the General Assembly oversees.
 
Four years after the passage of the Affordable Care Act, North Carolina lawmakers are again drawing battle lines over the controversial overhaul of the nation's health care insurance system.
 
Farmers who raise crops and cattle along the Dan River may soon get the news they’ve been wanting: Researchers are close to saying the polluted river is safe again for agriculture.
 
Legislators could consider funding a drone program and a drone governance board in next state budget.
 
POLICY IN THE COURTROOM
North Carolina regulators said Friday they have asked a judge to withdraw a proposed settlement that would have allowed Duke Energy to resolve environmental violations by paying a $99,000 fine with no requirement that the $50 billion company clean up its pollution.
 
A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit over state lawmakers' decision to redraw the voting districts for the Wake County Board of Education.
 
PERSONNEL CHANGES
Wake County District Attorney Colon Willoughby is leaving office at the end of this month to work in private practice at McGuire Woods. 
 
The N.C. Association of Educators went out of state to find a new executive director, picking Rachelle Johnson from Ohio to lead the organization.
 
ELECTION 2014
Colorful hats aren’t the only things that make Alma Adams stand out in her race for Congress: She’s the only woman running against six men.
 
Democrat Michelle Pace Wood said over the weekend that she is official in the race to fill the unexpired term of the late Sen. Martin Nesbitt.
 
Flip on TV and prepare to hear an ad attacking Democrat Sen. Kay Hagan — evidence of the multimillion-dollar air war launched months ago by Americans for Prosperity, a conservative group backed by the billionaire Koch brothers.
 
A new poll shows Republican Thom Tillis with his biggest his best lead so far in the U.S. Senate race.
 
 
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