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Apr 21, 2014

NC Politics in the News - April 21, 2014

 

POLICY WATCH
A key state lawmaker said Thursday that a rosier-than-expected budget forecast for the Medicaid program could mean that there’s enough in the 2014-15 budget to provide modest raises to all state workers.
 
Gov. Pat McCrory said Wednesday that raising pay for beginning teachers tops his education budget priority list for the upcoming year.
 
North Carolina’s top education officials now say charter schools must publicly reveal salaries, reversing a March announcement that the independent public schools are exempt from that requirement.
 
After more than a year and a half of intense study, state regulators have finished their list of safety rules for natural gas drilling in North Carolina.
 
Gov. Pat McCrory announced on Wednesday a plan to add positions to enforce environmental regulations and close or convert all of the state’s 33 coal ash ponds.
                                             
A federal grant funded an initiative to get healthier foods in corner stores. A North Carolina legislative committee also is studying ways to help alleviate food deserts, which are defined as any places where residents live more than a certain distance from a grocery store.
 
 
ELECTION & CAMPAIGN
As the May 6 primary election draws near, national attention is fiercely focused on North Carolina’s U.S. Senate race — already one of the most expensive and hotly contested in the country.
 
House Speaker Thom Tillis now plans to join three other North Carolina Republican U.S. Senate candidates in a second televised debate next week.
 
The second Congressional District is a mix of old and new North Carolina, a fertile battleground for the Democratic primary.
 
With strong backing from women’s groups, state Rep, Alma Adams of Greensboro out-raised her Democratic rivals and holds a wide financial edge in the race to replace Mel Watt in Congress.
 
A new conservative-leaning advocacy group in North Carolina plans to promote recent Republican policies in state government while challenging criticism from Democrats and their allies who've opposed the GOP agenda.
 
 
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