This Week in NC Politics

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Even for relatively chaotic North Carolina, it was a wild week in state politics.

There was a major vote that caught many by surprise, court-ordered redistricting carried on, and a judicial pioneer passed away.

Rob Schofield, of NC Policy Watch, and Mitch Kokai, of the John Locke Foundation, discuss those stories, as well as an incident involving a state senator, a journalist, and a phone that went flying.

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A major court ruling is forcing state lawmakers to redraw North Carolina General Assembly districts for 2020. And Hurricane Dorian interrupted early voting in two special congressional elections.

Rob Schofield from NC Policy Watch and Becki Gray from the John Locke Foundation discuss this week in state politics.

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With a state budget impasse about to enter its third month, legislators in Raleigh are adjusting their approach.

This Week in State Politics saw several "mini budgets" advance at the General Assembly.

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As the state budget impasse plods along, there was news about jobs, a judicial nomination, and healthcare for small businesses.

Rob Schofield, from NC Policy Watch, and Mitch Kokai, with the John Locke Foundation, have a review of the Week in State Politics.

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Mass shooting and the lack of any policy action leads this week's review of the political news.

Becki Gray of the John Locke Foundation and Rob Schofield of the N.C. Justice Center discuss the impediments to change, and also whether they hold any optimism about the state legislature considering gun proposals in the short-term. Also, a report out this week indicates the interim president of the UNC System failed to disclose millions of dollars he earned while serving on private corporate boards.

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When local elections officials from across the state met this week for a training, the head of the state board cracked an inappropriate joke. He resigned a day later, and left in limbo a question about what kinds of voting machines will be certified for 2020.

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As the budget stalemate lingers in Raleigh, rumors of another gubernatorial candidate came to fruition this week.

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An impasse over the state budget hinges on Medicaid. And with the most powerful players in North Carolina politics still at odds, an agreement is nowhere in sight.

On This Week In State Politics, Rob Schofield, of the Progressive NC Policy Watch, and Becki Gray, of the Conservative John Locke Foundation, discuss the standoff, other policy on the move at the legislature, and the latest in a saga of a House lawmaker facing criminal charges for Cyberstalking his wife.

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Local and state officials have refused to hand over documents related to North Carolina's pursuit of tech giant Apple. And members of the state elections board have questions about the voting machines that some voters use.

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Lawmakers made impassioned speeches at the General Assembly on Wednesday over a controversial social bill.

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Republican state senators have made a habit in recent years of including notable policy within it's budget.

In our weekly review of state politics Becki Gray, of the John Locke Foundation, and Rob Schofield, of NC Policy Watch, discuss the latest Senate maneuvering as they review this week in the political world, while they also consider whether impeachment proceedings of President Donald Trump should begin.

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This week, the executive director of the State Board of Elections was fired.

Becki Gray, of the John Locke Foundation, and Rob Schofield, of NC Policy Watch, discuss whether the political ousting was par for the course or an unseemly maneuver.

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Becki Gray of the John Locke Foundation and Rob Schofield of NC Policy Watch discuss what policy did, and did not, move this week at the General Assembly.

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Education was top of mind in Raleigh this week. There was a major teacher rally, as well as the passage of a House spending plan.

Becki Gray of the John Locke Foundation and Rob Schofield of NC Policy Watch discuss highlights - and lowlights - from this budget proposal, while also offering reactions to the educators who demonstrated at the legislature.

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While state lawmakers were on a spring break for most of the week, snippets of the House spending plan have started to emerge.

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Governor Roy Cooper issued his first veto of the calendar year, and a leading Republican figure announced he will walk away from his post. Becki Gray and Rob Schofield discuss the Governor's veto of a late-term abortion measure, as well as the departure of Dallas Woodhouse, during their weekly review of state politics.  Other topics include two new Court of Appeal judges, and a major teacher rally in the planning stages.

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What comes next for the North Carolina Republican Party? On Tuesday, a leading GOP figure was charged by federal prosecutors for wire fraud, aiding and abetting, and lying to the FBI.

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Becki Gray of the John Locke Foundation and Rob Schofield of the North Carolina Justice Center find plenty of agreement this week in North Carolina politics.

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It was a controversial week in the University of North Carolina system. As the chancellor at East Carolina stepped away, a sitting member of the Board of Governors criticized the chair of that body, and legislators voted on future BOG members.

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The week in state politics included an appointment to the North Carolina Supreme Court, a new ranking on average teacher pay, and a surprising compromise between craft brewers and the North Carolina Beer & Wine Wholesalers Association.

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There was plenty of dramatic testimony during an evidentiary hearing related to election fraud this week.

On this review of North Carolina politics, WUNC Capitol Bureau Chief Jeff Tiberii speaks with Becki Gray, of the John Locke Foundation, and Rob Schofield, of N.C. Policy Watch, about the drama stemming from the 9th Congressional race, as well as the latest proposal to establish improved political maps.

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There will be a new election in North Carolina's 9th Congressional District. The unanimous decision from the North Carolina State Board of Elections comes after four days of dramatic hearings into suspected election fraud.

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State lawmakers are easing into the long legislative session.

On this week's review of North Carolina politics, Becki Gray, of the John Locke Foundation, and Rob Schofield, of N.C. Policy Watch, discuss some of the policy movement so far at the General Assembly.

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In this week's review of North Carolina political happenings, Billy Ball, of N.C. Policy Watch, and Becki Gray, of the John Locke Foundation, discuss an unexpected vacancy on the state Supreme Court, as well as a Roy Cooper fundraising event that has garnered plenty of criticism from the GOP.

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It was a frenzied week in Chapel Hill, where UNC-Chapel Hill Chancellor Carol Folt announced her resignation, and at the same time authorized the removal of what remained of the Silent Sam Confederate monument.

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A new slate of state lawmakers was seated at the General Assembly this week, and there are more than three dozen new faces now in office.

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The new year brings some political changes for North Carolina, both in Raleigh and on Capitol Hill.

The state will be without representation in one of it's Congressional districts for an undetermined amount of time. And the Governor now carries the threat of a veto which packs a more significant punch.

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Another bustling year of North Carolina politics is, almost, in the books.

Becki Gray, of the John Locke Foundation, and Rob Schofield, of NC Policy Watch, join WUNC Capitol Bureau Chief Jeff Tiberii to review 2018, from a disgraced lawmaker to the continued influence, or lack thereof, President Donald Trump has on local elected leaders.

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North Carolina failed again to land another major job expansion project this week, when Apple announced plans to bring thousands of jobs to Austin, Texas.

Becki Gray, of the John Locke Foundation, and Billy Ball, of NC Policy Watch, discuss just how significant the loss is, and what more - if anything - leaders in the state try to do.

This week's conversation also an update on an investigation into election fraud in North Carolina's 9th Congressional District, and a legal ruling in a lawsuit filed against the nation's largest pork producer.

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