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Sep 8, 2014

NC Politics in the News - September 8, 2014

 

ECONOMY
Robeson County is expected to see a boom in economic growth as a result of a proposed 550-mile natural gas pipeline that will originate in Harrison County, W.Va., pass through Virginia, and end here.
 
The group representing hundreds of North Carolina towns and cities wants Gov. Pat McCrory to recall legislators to Raleigh to beef up economic incentives and revive expiring film production and historic preservation tax credits.
 
State legislators’ decision not to allow North Carolina to offer more economic development incentives has jeopardized an attempt to lure at least one major employer to Buncombe County, a local recruiter says.
 
ELECTIONS
Friday is the first day for voters to request and submit mail-in absentee ballots for the Nov. 4 general election.
 
Sen. Kay Hagan accused Republican challenger Thom Tillis of shortchanging education as a leader of the North Carolina Legislature on Wednesday night, and he cast her as a rubber stamp for President Barack Obama in the first debate of a close and costly race with national stakes.
 
Thom Tillis, the Republican running for a North Carolina Senate seat that could well decide the majority in the Senate, has been pilloried since last week’s debate by Democrats who see him as a condescending “man-splainer” who played into gender stereotypes.
 
Third-party candidates are chiefly a worry for Republicans. Many of these long-shot hopefuls are libertarians who tend to appeal to conservative voters, who otherwise might lean GOP.
 
POLICY
Across the country, roughly 10 million construction workers spend each day in a dangerous and fickle industry. They hang drywall, lay carpet, shingle roofs. Yet in the eyes of their bosses, they aren't employees due the benefits the government requires.
 
In a sponsorship program launched this week, the state Department of Transportation hopes to generate a few million dollars a year from the sale of advertising and naming rights that will stick corporate messages and logos on highway shoulders, rest areas, ferry boats and DOT websites.
 
Charter schools have expanded quickly in the past three years, and now the growth is poised to take on a new, virtual dimension.
 
Scores from end-of-grade tests will look better this year, but a change in state policy — rather than improved student performance — is responsible for the jump.
 
North Carolina taxpayers could spend more than $10 billion by 2022 to provide medical care for low-income residents of other states while getting nothing in return, a McClatchy Newspapers analysis shows.
 
 
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Jeff Barnhart, Senior Vice President
 
Franklin Freeman, Senior Vice President
 
John Merritt, Senior Vice President
 
Johnny Tillett, Senior Vice President
 
Kerri Burke, Vice President
 
Bo Heath, Vice President
 
Sarah Wolfe, Assistant Vice President
 
Katy Feinberg, MWAdvocacy