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Republican Lawmakers Slow The Pace

Jan 28, 2015
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North Carolina lawmakers officially kicked off the new session two weeks ago, but the work of filing bills and committee meetings began in earnest today. Since gaining control in 2010, the Republican majority has pushed major legislation aggressively from the outset. But in their fifth year, the pace has slowed, intentionally.


Bureau of Ocean Energy Management

The Obama administration has released its latest plan for oil and gas drilling off-shore the United States. It excludes restricts Alaska, but opens up parts of the Atlantic Ocean, including off the coast of North Carolina.


Sun. Headlines: Fire Destroys Claremont Landmark

Jan 25, 2015

Fire destroyed a 50-year-old hardware store in Catawba County Saturday afternoon.  Firefighters from 10 area departments responded to the blaze at Claremont Hardware and Farm Supply, which started around 3:20 p.m. The Hickory Daily Record reported smoke was visible from I-40, about five miles away.  Fire officials are trying to determine the cause.

NC LAWMAKERS BACK TO WORK

The legislature was back in session Wednesday.  As expected, Tim Moore of Kings Mountain was elected House Speaker and Phil Berger of Eden Senate President Pro-Tem. 

The two outlined their priorities at a press conference. Berger said the legislature intends to build on issues the Republican legislature has tackled over the past four years. 

State legislators have descended on Raleigh for the start of the 2015 legislative session. Today’s session is largely ceremonial. The only votes scheduled are to elect leadership of the General Assembly. But there is a lot lawmakers would like to get done this year, which is why WFAE’s Tom Bullock joins Morning Edition host Marshall Terry for a preview of the so-called long legislative session.

A federal appeals court has struck down North Carolina’s law that says abortion providers must show pregnant women an ultrasound of their fetus.

The three-judge panel of the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals was unanimous: North Carolina’s law violates the First Amendment.

The ruling says the law is “quintessential compelled speech” that “forces physicians to say things they otherwise would not say.”

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In nominating Tim Moore of Kings Mountain to be the next House speaker, Republican members of the House of Representatives decided to be led by another lawmaker from the western part of the state. And like outgoing speaker Thom Tillis, Moore spread his campaign money. He gave $253,000 to other legislative candidates.

“No one, including me, enjoys raising money," Moore says." So I would certainly say whoever is going to be speaker, majority leader, and these other caucus offices needs to be someone who has the ability and the willingness and the time to go out and raise that money."

Moore will be formally elected speaker when the General Assembly convenes in January. Medicaid expansion is getting more attention leading up to the session. Governor McCrory has said he may propose expansion, and the idea is gaining traction in other states where Republican leaders have rejected it. But incoming speaker Moore isn’t interested in joining them.


State of North Carolina

Carnivorous plants, tiny metal spheres and cell phones. These are the focus of some of the new laws that go into effect December 1 in North Carolina.  

tim moore
North Carolina General Assembly

North Carolina Republican legislators have nominated a new House Speaker. State Representative Tim Moore of Kings Mountain, in Cleveland County, is in line to take over as the House leader after US Senator-elect Thom Tills steps down.   Republicans picked Moore from among six candidates during a meeting Saturday in Asheboro. 

Republican Senate Candidate Tillis: A Primer

Oct 28, 2014
North Carolina General Assembly

On Thursday, WFAE will take a similar look at the Democratic incumbent, Senator Kay Hagan.

The Republican challenger in the U.S. Senate race, Thom Tillis, has had a hand in every new law in North Carolina the past four years. As Speaker of the North Carolina House of Representatives, Tillis decides what bills the House votes on. Along with Senate leader Phil Berger and Governor Pat McCrory, he has led a conservative shift, which has touched nearly every aspect of state law. But, Tillis says, he has had one overarching focus:

“Working to get our economy back on track by repealing regulations that didn’t make sense and reducing taxes so businesses have more money to grow,” Tillis says.

Democratic Senate Candidate Hagan: A Primer

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