NC Politics in the News – September 15, 2014

September 15, 2014

Pardon Our Dust

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WINSTON-SALEM JOURNAL: McCrory won’t call special session
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.
STAR NEWS: Film industry eager for details on new grant program
Film and television productions hoping to apply for the state’s new $10 million grant program will be left wanting a little while longer.

NEWS & OBSERVER: NC Commerce Secretary Decker heads to Japan amid uncertainty on job recruitment
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 rel=”noopener noreferrer” state.
TRIANGLE BUSINESS JOURNAL: Duke Energy commits $500 million to N.C. solar power expansion
Duke Energy Corp. (NYSE:DUK) is making a $500 million commitment to a major expansion of solar power in North Carolina.
CITIZEN-TIMES: Legislative session sets stage for campaigns
The General Assembly’s not-so-short session gives politicians on the campaign rel=”noopener noreferrer” trail plenty to brag about and critics plenty to fire at.
WRAL: Wake County among the hot spots on the legislative map
As Sen. Chad Barefoot, R-Wake, and Sarah Crawford, his Democratic challenger, have knocked on doors across their district this summer, they have run rel=”noopener noreferrer” into sultry 95-degree days and voters who are cool to this year’s political rhetoric.
WRAL: Congressional races out of national spotlight
While there are at least a dozen North Carolina legislative campaigns that could be really close this fall, political observers say there are rel=”noopener noreferrer” few surprises on tap in Tar Heel State congressional campaigns.
NEWS & RECORD: McCrory takes last stand on ash law
Gov. Pat McCrory refused Tuesday to sign the state’s tough new law on coal ash rel=”noopener noreferrer” ponds, in part, because it sets up an oversight commission that he believes is not accountable and erodes his authority to execute laws.
WINSTON-SALEM JOURNAL: Legislative committee learns of $64M Medicaid surplus
A $63.6 million budget surplus for the state’s rel=”noopener noreferrer” Medicaid program in fiscal 2013-14 — after years of shortfalls — gave beleaguered state health officials the chance to express a sigh of relief Tuesday.
WRAL: Ethics disclosure statements offline after privacy complaints
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.
THE STATE: McCrory tells UNC board he wants faster paths to degrees and jobs
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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