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New Year In North Carolina Politics: Lawsuits, Medicaid Expansion And Power Struggles

North Carolina legislative building
Dave DeWitt
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WUNC
N.C. General Assembly

Late last year, the North Carolina General Assembly held a flurry of special sessions. Legislators passed laws stripping incoming Governor Roy Cooper of power, eliminating the State Board of Elections, and shifting power from the State Board of Education to incoming Republican School Superintendent Mark Johnson. All of those laws now face legal challenges in the courts. Host Frank Stasio talks with WUNC Capitol bureau chief Jeff Tiberii about the latest.

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.
Jeff Tiberii first started posing questions to strangers after dinner at La Cantina Italiana, in Massachusetts, when he was two-years-old. Jeff grew up in Wayland, Ma., an avid fan of the Boston Celtics, and took summer vacations to Acadia National Park (ME) with his family. He graduated from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University with a degree in Broadcast Journalism, and moved to North Carolina in 2006. His experience with NPR member stations WAER (Syracuse), WFDD (Winston-Salem) and now WUNC, dates back 15 years.
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.