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1:52 pm
Tue May 5, 2015

In Their Words: Sen. Ralph Hise

Sen. Ralph Hise (R-Spruce Pine)
Jasmin Singh/northcarolinahealthnews.org

WCQS has been speaking with area lawmakers over the past few weeks in an effort to bring you their views, in their words.  You can find links to other conversations at the bottom of this article.  Today we're focusing on Senator Ralph Hise, a Republican of Spruce Pine.  Hise's district spans six counties in western North Carolina: Madison, McDowell, Mitchell, Polk, Rutherford, and Yancey.  He took the time out of a busy schedule to speak with us.  Due to that schedule, the conversation unfortunately had to be far shorter than our previous talks with lawmakers, and so this one is more narrow

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Politics
6:54 am
Tue May 5, 2015

Equality NC Opposed to Magistrate, Religious Freedom Bills

Emily Jan/NPR

Representatives of Equality North Carolina are preparing to return to Raleigh for this year's Day of Action event at the Legislative Building and to talk with legislators.

A lot has happened the state's leading gay rights group held its formal lobbying day at the General Assembly last year.

Gay rights activists have been heartened since October court rulings legalized same-sex marriage in North Carolina, although the U.S. Supreme Court is now examining whether gay couples have the right to marry.

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Politics
6:37 am
Tue May 5, 2015

NC Lawmakers Rely Less on Gas Tax With Road Money Proposal

David Schaper NPR

Some North Carolina lawmakers have a remedy for the state's transportation funding shortfall. They want to rely less on the gasoline tax and more on higher car sales taxes, driving and insurance fees.

The House Transportation Committee wants to talk Tuesday about legislation filed by the panel's chairmen. No votes are scheduled. The meeting will likely prove a barometer for Republican leaders as to whether colleagues are interested in pressing forward.

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Politics
2:00 pm
Tue April 28, 2015

In Their Words: Rep. Chuck McGrady

Rep. Chuck McGrady (R-Henderson)
The News & Observer of Raleigh

We’ve been talking with area legislators over the past few weeks.  It’s part of an effort to bring you their views, in their words.  Today the focus is on Representative Chuck McGrady, Republican of Henderson County.  On a day when McGrady was preparing for a busy week known as "crossover" - in which most bills have to pass one chamber and "cross over" in order to be considered still alive this session - he took the time to speak with us about issues ranging from taxes, politics, the environment, social issues, and more.  The full conversation is above.  Below are some parts of the intervie

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Politics
6:58 am
Tue April 28, 2015

Bill Demands NC to Set Iran Energy Divestment Policy

wral.com

North Carolina government would have a defined policy of refusing to earmark public funds with anyone investing in Iran's energy business in a measure that's passed one General Assembly chamber.

The Senate agreed Monday it wants to follow a 2010 federal law giving state and local governments authority to prevent investment in companies operating in Iran's energy sector. The divestment is designed to discourage Iran's ability to build nuclear weapons.

The bill directs the state treasurer to adopt a divestment policy consistent with what it had already created on its own.

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Politics
7:02 am
Fri April 24, 2015

NC House OKs Extending Wait Time for Abortion

wral.com

 The North Carolina House has decided it wants to extend the time a pregnant woman must wait before having an abortion from 24 hours after contacting a provider to 72 hours.

The House voted 74-45 Thursday to expand the waiting period before women can undergo the procedure. The passage followed an emotional but civil debate about the issue that's gotten more attention from the Republican-led legislature over the past four years.

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Politics
6:43 am
Thu April 23, 2015

Reports: North Carolina Out of the Running for Volvo Plant

Volvo Car Group plans to invest about $500 million to build its first auto factory in the U.S. in a bid to revive sales, which have tumbled over the past decade. Reports say North Carolina is no longer on the short list for the location of the factory.
News & Observer

Multiple reports are out that North Carolina is no longer in contention for a Volvo auto plant.  The company had announced a $500 million plant it was considering multiple states for, including North Carolina.  Now the News and Observer of Raleigh reports multiple anonymous sources have reported only South Carolina and Georgia are still in the running.  Governor Pat McCrory says the state is out of money to offer incentives and is imploring the legislature to offer more.  The House has passed what h

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Politics
2:11 pm
Wed April 22, 2015

House Committee Approves Longer Wait Time for Abortion

wncn.com

Women would have to wait longer in North Carolina before obtaining an abortion in a bill that a House committee is recommending.

A woman now must wait 24 hours after receiving information in person or over the phone from an abortion provider before having the procedure. The House Health Committee recommended a bill Wednesday expanding the waiting period to 72 hours.

Sponsor Rep. Susan Martin of Wilson says the measure is designed to protect the health of women but give them time and information to make an informed decision.

Politics
6:53 am
Wed April 22, 2015

More NC Abortion Restrictions Up for Committee Debate

Credit Corey Lowenstein/Raleigh News & Observer/MCT via Getty Images via Huffington Post

Republicans at the North Carolina legislature want to add to the state's abortion rules by extending the waiting period and scaling back when workers at two public medical schools can perform them.

The House Health Committee was slated Wednesday to hear a measure that's being opposed by abortion-rights advocates.

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Politics
6:24 am
Tue April 21, 2015

Supreme Court Orders Review of NC Redistricting

wral.com

 The Supreme Court has thrown out a North Carolina court ruling that upheld Republican-drawn electoral districts for state and congressional lawmakers.

The justices on Monday ordered the state Supreme Court to consider anew whether the North Carolina legislature relied too heavily on race when it redrew voting districts following the 2010 census.

The high court issued a similar ruling last month involving a complaint from black Alabama Democrats that the Republican-dominated legislature illegally packed black voters into too few voting districts.

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