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NC Voter ID Upheld, Budget Priorities Revealed, And HB2 Controversy Continues At Legislature Opening

General Assembly
Dave DeWitt
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A federal district court judge upheld North Carolina's voter identification measures in a 485 page decision issued yesterday.

Judge Thomas Schroeder found that the photo identification law, elimination of same day registration and out of precinct balloting did not disproportionately burden minority voters.

Host Frank Stasio talks with WUNC capitol bureau chief Jeff Tiberii about the decision. 

Meanwhile, Governor McCrory unveiled his proposed budget plan. Stasio talks with the governor's budget director, Andrew Heath, about the $22 billion proposal.

And lawmakers return to Raleigh for the opening of the legislature's short session. Politicians were met by protestors on both sides of the HB2 debate. Capitol police made 54 arrests.

Stasio talks with with a panel of lawmakers including: Chris SgroPaul Stam, Floyd McKissickGrier Martin, Chuck McGrady and Mike Woodard about their budget priorities and their perspectives on HB2 effects and efforts to repeal. 

Will Michaels is WUNC's General Assignment Reporter and fill-in host for "Morning Edition"
Laura Lee was the managing editor of The State of Things until mid February 2017. Born and raised in Monroe, North Carolina, Laura returned to the Old North state in 2013 after several years in Washington, DC. She received her B.A. in political science and international studies from UNC-Chapel Hill in 2002 and her J.D. from UNC-Chapel Hill School of Law in 2007.
Anita Rao is an award-winning journalist and the host and creator of "Embodied," a live, weekly radio show and seasonal podcast about sex, relationships & health. She's also the managing editor of WUNC's on-demand content.
Longtime NPR correspondent Frank Stasio was named permanent host of The State of Things in June 2006. A native of Buffalo, Frank has been in radio since the age of 19. He began his public radio career at WOI in Ames, Iowa, where he was a magazine show anchor and the station's News Director.
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