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Apr 7, 2014

NC Politics in the News - April 7, 2014

 

POLICY WATCH
But on the general question of whether the state should continue an incentives program, the answer is yes. Perhaps the formulas used to compensate production firms though credits need to be tweaked.
 
State employment officials have begun discussions with the U.S. Labor Department to determine what steps the state can take to resolve an issue over the availability of hearing notices for unemployment benefit.
 
The law ended same-day registration during the early voting period, which North Carolina implemented only six years earlier. Sen. Bob Rucho, R-Mecklenburg, said it's a security issue. People shouldn't be able to vote before election officials can confirm they're eligible, he said.
 
Data suggesting potential voter fraud in North Carolina’s 2012 elections still don’t justify wide-ranging and restrictive changes approved by Republicans last year that are now the focus of court challenges, voting rights advocates said Thursday.
 
A North Carolina judge has denied Duke Energy's motion seeking to shield records related to groundwater pollution leeching from 33 coal ash dumps in the state while a separate federal criminal investigation is ongoing.
 
Local officials and residents can use the NCDOT website to see how their transportation projects are rated and all the information that was used to compare them.
 
The city of Raleigh has offered $38 million for the old Dorothea Dix hospital property from the state of North Carolina.
 
 
PERSONNEL CHANGES
In a special April 3 election, Buncombe County Democratic leaders picked community activist Terry Van Duyn to serve as the area’s new North Carolina senator.
 
A top public safety official in the McCrory administration unexpectedly announced he is leaving this week. W. Ellis Boyle, the No. 2 at the state Department of Public Safety, resigned after weeks of talks with agency Secretary Frank Perry.
 
The Charlotte City Council will choose a new mayor to replace Patrick Cannon, who resigned last month in a public corruption scandal.
 
With hours to go before the vote, State Sen. Dan Clodfelter appeared to be the favorite to be named Charlotte’s next mayor. The City Council is scheduled to meet at 6 p.m. Monday to make a selection.
 
 
ELECTION & CAMPAIGN
There is less than a month before the primary election and tensions are escalating in the race, but Republican candidates still kept it mild at a Durham County forum Sunday that drew the three top contenders.
 
North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory (R) hasn't made an endorsement in the GOP primary to face Sen. Kay Hagan (D-N.C.). But he does see one of the candidates as the most electable. McCrory, in an interview with The Washington Post on Thursday, said that candidate is state House Speaker Thom Tillis (R).
 
Few North Carolina Supreme Court justice candidates become household names. Some of the most seasoned lawyers in this state acknowledge their own difficulties knowing who’s who in the statewide judicial races often relegated to the tail-end of the ballot.
 
 
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