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Obama moves ahead on immigration overhaul

| November 21, 2014 | 1 Comment

by Kevin Hall and Lesley Clark, McClatchy Washington Bureau,  published in News and Observer, November 21, 2014. President Barack Obama moved Thursday to halt deportations for nearly 5 million undocumented immigrants, defying congressional Republicans who called his unilateral action an affront to the constitutional separation of powers. Obama’s actions reversed his own statements that he […]

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House Speaker to be nominated Saturday

| November 21, 2014 | 0 Comments

by Mark Binker, WRAL, November 20, 2014. The race to become one of the most influential players in North Carolina government comes down to the choice of 74 House Republicans in a closed-door meeting this Saturday in Randolph County. Six lawmakers are vying to replace Thom Tillis as House speaker. The post controls the flow […]

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6 vie to become House Speaker

| November 14, 2014 | 0 Comments

by Lynn Bonner, News and Observer, November 13, 2014. Ambitious Republican legislators are clamoring to fill the top job in the state House left vacant by U.S. Sen.-elect Thom Tillis. The House speaker is one of the most powerful people in state government, making the call on when, how and whether bills come to votes. […]

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Cooper campaigns for nonpartisan redistricting

| November 12, 2014 | 2 Comments

by Lynn Bonner, News and Observer, November 11, 2014. Attorney General Roy Cooper said this week that Democrats should push for a nonpartisan redistricting commission as a remedy to political polarization. Cooper, a presumptive Democratic candidate for governor in 2016, made the suggestion at a meeting of the Wake Democratic Men’s Club on Monday night. […]

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Obama calls for tougher Internet regulations from FCC

| November 11, 2014 | 2 Comments

by Associated Press, published in WRAL Techwire, November 11, 2014. President Barack Obama on Monday embraced a radical change in how the government treats Internet service, coming down on the side of consumer activists who fear slower download speeds and higher costs but angering Republicans and the nation’s cable giants who say the plan would […]

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NC Democrats turn focus to rebuilding for 2016

| November 11, 2014 | 0 Comments

By Laura Leslie, WRAL, November 10, 2014. Last week’s defeat of U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan has shaken up North Carolina Democrats. Some critics are blaming the state party for not doing enough to help her, while others say the party did better here than in other Southern states. The North Carolina Democratic Party has had […]

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Tillis’ switch on Medicaid draws fire

| October 24, 2014 | 0 Comments

by Jim Morrill, News and Observer, October 23, 2014. In last spring’s Republican primary, U.S. Senate candidate Thom Tillis ran an ad touting his fight against an expanded Medicaid program. “Thom Tillis has a proven record fighting against Obamacare,” the narrator said. “Tillis stopped Obama’s Medicaid expansion cold. It’s not happening in North Carolina, and […]

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Stop dwelling on the past

| October 2, 2014 | 1 Comment

By Rick Henderson, Carolina Journal, October 2, 2014. ALEIGH — As incumbent Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan and Republican challenger Thom Tillis have battled to represent North Carolina for the next six years in Washington, their messages have focused on the past — Hagan’s tenure in the Senate, and Tillis’ leadership of the state House. But […]

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Why Hagan won

| October 2, 2014 | 1 Comment

By Gary Pearce, Talking About Politics, October 1, 2014. Yes, there’s still five weeks to go. Yes, anything can happen. But the story of this race is likely to be that Thom Tillis lost it when he stayed Speaker in this year’s legislative session. Apparently Tillis stayed on so he could raise money. But he […]

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Art Pope ranks No. 15 on political power list

| September 9, 2014 | 0 Comments

by Mary Cornatzer, Under the Dome, September 8, 2014. Former state budget director Art Pope is ranked No. 15 in the U.S. Billionaires Political Power Index. The ranking as the title indicates assesses the country’s top billionaires in terms of their overall political influence. The list was compiled by Darrell M. West, author of “Billionaires: Reflections […]

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