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Michael Lee sworn in as state senator Video included


During a swearing-in ceremony Wednesday afternoon, Wilmington attorney Michael Lee became a state senator until January, although he hopes the upcoming election will extend his tenure. More>>

Changes to film grant program will go in front of lawmakers


It appears lawmakers are moving forward with a grant fund that will replace the current Film Incentive Tax Credit that has been in place to lure film and television productions to North Carolina. More>>

Lewis criticizes McCrory decision elevating Martin to NC Chief Justice


Governor Pat McCrory's decision to elevate Senior Associate Justice Mark Martin to be the new Chief Justice of the North Carolina Supreme Court is being met with criticism from Judge Ola Lewis of Brunswick County, who is opposing Martin for the seat in the November General Election. More>>

House, Senate extend "short session" into another week


Some House Republicans joined Democrats Friday, opposing a move to bring up a sales tax and economic development bill to the floor for a vote. The defeat forced leaders to schedule a Monday session. More>>

Lawmakers could end 2014 "short session" soon


With proposals on extending the state's Film Incentive Tax Credit and Historic Development Tax Credit still pending, state lawmakers could adjourn the short session until after the General Election in November. More>>

Film incentives, coal ash not on agenda as lawmakers prepare to reconvene


As House and Senate lawmakers prepare to reconvene the "short session" on Thursday in Raleigh, bills dealing with extending the state's Film Incentive Tax Credit and Coal Ash Management are not on the scheduled agenda. However, there is a way the items could be discussed. More>>

Local Judge enters race for seat on NC Court of Appeals


Judge Marion Warren of Brunswick County has entered the race for a recently-opened seat on the North Carolina Court of Appeals. Warren currently serves the 13th Judicial District which includes Bladen, Brunswick and Columbus Counties.  More>>

Senate to debate budget plan that includes teacher raises and film grants


Lawmakers in the state Senate are scheduled to begin debate Thursday morning on a compromise $21.2 billion budget deal. The proposal includes a proposed pay raise for teachers in public schools, and a "Film & Entertainment Grant Fund" to replace the refundable tax credit that expires at the end of 2014. Click on the links inside this story to read the specifics of the proposals. More>>

NC Senate passes bill to reform Medicaid, bill goes to House


State lawmakers in the Senate on Thursday passed a bill to partially privatize Medicaid by changing how the program is administrated and financed. More>>

Hagan's lead grows over Tillis in new PPP poll of Senate race


Incumbent Kay Hagan has stretched her lead slightly over Thom Tillis in the highly-watched race for one of North Carolina's seats in the U.S. Senate. Hagan's lead is now seven points over Tillis with less than four months to go before Election Day. To see the specifics of the poll, click on the link inside this story. More>>

Rouzer has cash lead in NC7 race over Barfield, Casteen


Former state Senator David Rouzer has a wide advantage over the other two candidates in the race for the 7th Congressional District race in North Carolina.  More>>

Senate committee approves coal ash bill despite Duke Energy objections


A state Senate committee on Tuesday gave approval to a coal ash bill mandating clean up deadlines for Duke Energy's coal ash ponds across North Carolina. Click the link inside the story to read the text of the bill. More>>

NC House budget gets money to Eugenics victims sooner than expected


A proposal inside the state House spending plan could bring compensation to victims of North Carolina's Eugenics program months earlier than they expected. The proposal could free up funding as early as October of 2014, instead of waiting until July of 2015. Click on the link inside this story to read the full proposal. More>>

Teacher raises included in NC House $21 billion spending plan


Members of the state House on Tuesday introduced a $21 billion budget proposal Tuesday morning, which increases teacher pay but includes no mention of film incentives, which are set to run out at the end of the year. Click on the link inside the story to see the entire proposal. More>>

Anti-Tillis ad taped during primary election night party


The first post-primary political ad of the Senate campaign in North Carolina appears as if it was taped while GOP candidate Thom Tillis was giving his victory address. More>>

NC7 candidates release fundraising totals for 1st quarter


Seventh Congressional GOP candidates David Rouzer and Woody White are trumpeting their fundraising efforts as their primary campaigns head toward the May 6 primary election. More>>

Legislative analysts say film-industry study is incorrect


A preliminary review from analysts at the N.C. General Assembly claims a film-industry sponsored report released last week incorrectly concluded that the state's film incentives create positive returns. More>>

Check your lawmaker's effectiveness, attendance and voting record


The North Carolina Center for Public Policy Research used several parameters to rank the most effective members of the state House and Senate for their work done in the 2013 session. More>>

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