Jul 21, 2014

NC Politics in the News - July 21, 2014


Completing North Carolina’s extended budget negotiations appears largely hinged on setting a number for teacher pay raises.
Senate Republicans offered a Medicaid overhaul on Wednesday that’s more sweeping than a House plan because it would recruit private managed-care companies to coordinate patient services and shift North Carolina’s Medicaid agency to a new department.
NEWS&OBSERVER: McCrory rift with Senate may stall budget
Simmering tension between Republican Governor Pat McCrory and GOP Senate leaders, particularly President Pro Tem Phil Berger, has complicated a session that lawmakers hoped to adjourn by July4.
Lawmakers in North Carolina agreed Wednesday to come up with an alternative to the Common Core State Standards in math and reading.
North Carolina’s poet laureate resigned Thursday, less than a week after her appointment as criticism of the governor for choosing a writer with just two self-published books of poems continued.
Rep. Jim Fulghum, R-Wake, died Saturday evening after a short battle with cancer, his family told WRAL News on Sunday. He was 70.
John Bryant, the second-highest vote-getter in the May GOP primary, won the runoff and will face Democrat Nancy “Lorrin” Freeman in November.

A harsh Republican Party fight for a shot at an open North Carolina congressional seat goes to Mark Walker.
U.S. Senator Kay Hagan, D-N.C., and Speaker of the House Thom Tillis, R-Mecklenburg, who is challenging Hagan for her seat, have agreed to dates for two debates sponsored by the N.C. Association of Broadcasters.