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7:23 am
Tue January 27, 2015

Gillespie Joins NC House Speaker Moore's Staff

Mitch Gillespie
Credit ncleg.net

A former legislator recently reassigned from a post in the state Department of Environment and Natural Resources is returning to the General Assembly, this time on new House Speaker Tim Moore's staff.

Moore announced Friday he's hired Mitch Gillespie of Marion as a senior policy adviser. He's among a dozen people on Moore's staff at the start of his two-year term.

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Politics
7:14 am
Thu January 22, 2015

Idea Slowed to Shift NC Medicaid Program Oversight to Panel

Momentum has slowed for a proposal to shift control of North Carolina's Medicaid program from the Department of Health and Human Services to a new eight-member panel of health experts.

The General Assembly's government watchdog oversight committee met Wednesday but didn't vote as previously expected on legislation recommended last week by one of its subcommittees.

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Politics
1:49 pm
Thu January 15, 2015

Stam Announces "Religious Freedom" Legislation; Gay Rights Group Calls Foul

North Carolina House Speaker Pro Tempore Paul “Skip” Stam (R)
AP PHOTO/TED RICHARDSON

A North Carolina gay rights group is voicing concerns over news that a so-called “religious freedom” bill could be introduced by the state legislature.  Equality North Carolina Executive Director Chris Sgro says the law wouldn’t be about religious freedom at all.  He says one goal would be to give magistrates a way to opt out of performing same-sex weddings – which are now legal in North Carolina.  And he says history has shown that businesses are opposed to these sorts of laws.

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Politics
7:29 am
Wed January 14, 2015

McCrory Visiting Britain for 1st Overseas Trade Trip

Governor Pat McCrory
Credit Associated Press

Pat McCrory is on his first announced overseas trade mission as North Carolina's governor, visiting Britain on a short economic recruitment trip.

McCrory spokesman Josh Ellis confirmed the governor arrived there early Tuesday morning and would remain there until Thursday. Ellis says the governor's activities include meeting with executives of companies Ellis declined to name because they involved competitive economic development matters.

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Politics
7:16 am
Wed January 14, 2015

Moore, Berger Primed to Lead NC House, Senate

Rep. Tim Moore
ncleg.net

The North Carolina General Assembly is heading back to work with a new group of 170 legislators for the next two years.

The legislature scheduled its one-day organizational session to begin Wednesday morning.

Republicans who remain in charge of the House and Senate are expected to elect their favorites to run the chambers — Phil Berger of Eden as Senate leader and Tim Moore of Kings Mountain as House speaker. Lawmakers will go home until Jan. 28, when they'll begin in earnest to file bills and debate legislation.

Politics
7:35 am
Tue January 13, 2015

Groups File Ethics Complaints Against McCrory, Sanford

NC Governor Pat McCrory
Credit Associated Press

Advocacy groups have filed ethics complaints against North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory and U.S. Rep. Mark Sanford of South Carolina over six-figure stock payouts they received while in office from an online mortgage broker.

Progress North Carolina Action filed a complaint Monday against McCrory with the North Carolina Ethics Commission. The complaint against Sanford was filed with the U.S. House Ethics Committee by Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington.

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Politics
7:26 am
Tue January 13, 2015

NC Rep. Edgar Starnes Leaving House to Work for Cowell

Edgar Starnes
Credit ncleg.net

The House majority leader for the past two years is leaving the North Carolina General Assembly to take a job with the office of State Treasurer Janet Cowell.

Rep. Edgar Starnes says he'll resign his seat at noon Tuesday, the day before lawmakers return to Raleigh for a one-day housekeeping session. Starnes said Monday he'll become a senior policy adviser for Cowell and serve as her liaison to the Republican-led legislature.

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Politics
9:29 am
Wed December 31, 2014

2014 Political Stories Top End of Year List

As 2014 comes to a close,  Mt. Xpress reporter Jake Frankel offers his take on some of  the top regional stories of  the year.  He spoke  with David Hurand

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Politics
4:06 pm
Wed December 17, 2014

Former Assistant Buncombe D.A. Called to Testify

A former Assistant District attorney in Buncombe County has apparently refused to answer questions in a law suit that is being heard before a federal judge.  The suit was brought against the county and former Sheriff Bobby Medford.  Medford is serving time in federal prison after being found guilty on several corruption charges unrelated to the law suit.  Asheville Citizen Times reporter  Jon Ostendorff has been following thecase.   He spoke with David Hurand.

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Politics
5:28 pm
Wed November 12, 2014

There's a New Sheriff Coming...

One of the more important but frequently over looked mid-term election races took place in all 100 North Carolina counties. The race for Sheriff has long been part of North Carolina's political history.  This year five of eighteen incumbents ran unopposed.   Jon Elliston spoke with David Hurand about some of the surprising results in contests for Sheriff in Western North Carolina.

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