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Sep 15, 2014

NC Politics in the News - September 15, 2014

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

Gov. Pat McCrory announced Friday he won't ask North Carolina legislators to return to Raleigh this year to consider legislation left behind by this year's General Assembly session, particularly economic incentives and tax credits.
 
Film and television productions hoping to apply for the state's new $10 million grant program will be left wanting a little while longer.

North Carolina Commerce Secretary Sharon Decker is leading a delegation of North Carolinians in Japan this week, with an emphasis on recruiting visits with companies she hopes will add jobs in the state.
 
Duke Energy Corp. (NYSE:DUK) is making a $500 million commitment to a major expansion of solar power in North Carolina.
 
ELECTIONS
The General Assembly’s not-so-short session gives politicians on the campaign trail plenty to brag about and critics plenty to fire at.
 
As Sen. Chad Barefoot, R-Wake, and Sarah Crawford, his Democratic challenger, have knocked on doors across their district this summer, they have run into sultry 95-degree days and voters who are cool to this year's political rhetoric.
 
While there are at least a dozen North Carolina legislative campaigns that could be really close this fall, political observers say there are few surprises on tap in Tar Heel State congressional campaigns.
 
POLICY
Gov. Pat McCrory refused Tuesday to sign the state’s tough new law on coal ash ponds, in part, because it sets up an oversight commission that he believes is not accountable and erodes his authority to execute laws.
 
A $63.6 million budget surplus for the state’s Medicaid program in fiscal 2013-14 -- after years of shortfalls -- gave beleaguered state health officials the chance to express a sigh of relief Tuesday.
 
The North Carolina Ethics Commission has temporarily shut down an Internet portal designed to let voters review ethics disclosure forms filed by elected officials due largely to complaints from some of those who have to file the disclosures.
 
Gov. Pat McCrory said Friday that he supports the UNC system goal of producing more degree earners, but he wants students to have faster pathways to diplomas that lead to good jobs.
 
 
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