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THE RANT: Vetoes, overrides further muddy political waters

The governor's vetoes and the push to override them are just the latest dose of political infighting in Raleigh.

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Legislature overrides death penalty bill veto

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The Legislature is cancelling Gov. Bev Perdue's veto of legislation rolling back a state law giving North Carolina's death row prisoners a method to seek a reduced sentence because of racial bias. Full story...
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NC fracking bill one step closer to law on override

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The Senate has voted to override Gov. Beverly Perdue's veto of a bill that would authorize fracking in North Carolina, but the House still must go along to cancel her objections to the measure on environmental and other concerns. Full story...
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NC legislature approves bill to expunge felonies

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A bill to allow certain North Carolina felons to get a fresh start has advanced through the Senate and is now en route to the governor. Full story...
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NC House to take up law for minors who murder

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The North Carolina House Judiciary Committee has approved a bill to get the state into compliance with a recent US Supreme Court decision regarding sentencing for minors convicted of murder. Full story...
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Perdue vetoes bid to start gas fracking in NC

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Governor Bev Perdue has vetoed a bill that would legalize a form of shale gas exploration called fracking in North Carolina but wouldn't allow permits to drill for at least two years. Full story...
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Brisson, Hill set to join Republicans to override Perdue's budget veto

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Republicans in the General Assembly will need some help from across the aisle to override Gov. Bev Perdue's veto of the state budget, and it looks like they may already have half the votes they need from our area. Full story...
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Perdue vetoing Republican budget adjustments

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video North Carolina Gov. Bev Perdue is vetoing the Republican budget bill for the second year in a row. Perdue announced her decision Friday on the budget adjustments for the coming year that's been on her desk since last week. Full story...
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Perdue vetoes death penalty bias law rollback

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Gov. Bev Perdue is vetoing legislation that rolls back a landmark North Carolina law allowing death row inmates to prove their sentence resulted from racial bias. Perdue's veto on Thursday is the second time she's stepped in to defend the Racial Justice Act. Full story...
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NC lawmakers won't act on part of US health reform

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North Carolina lawmakers have no plans to meet a deadline to create a new one-stop shop to help individuals and small businesses find affordable health insurance despite a landmark US Supreme Court ruling. Full story...
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Perdue tries to get lawmakers moving on budget

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Democratic Gov. Bev Perdue is trying again to persuade Republican legislative leaders to negotiate with her so that changes for next year's North Carolina state budget will take effect on time. Full story...
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NC legislators seek to comply with federal ruling

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North Carolina House members are trying to use the last days of the legislative session to comply with The US Supreme Court decision striking down automatic life sentences without parole for youths convicted of murder. Full story...
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NCDOT letters inquiry heading to ethics panel

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The flap over letters sent to legislators that appeared to reverse a high-ranking North Carolina Department of Transportation official's previous statements on two toll projects is heading to the State Ethics Commission. Full story...
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NC lawmakers make pitch for Perdue to sign budget

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The leaders of the North Carolina Legislature want Democratic Gov. Bev Perdue to sign their state budget adjustment plan into law soon so school districts, local governments and businesses have more certainty about planning for the coming year. Full story...
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For now, Perdue won't discuss plans on budget bill

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Gov. Bev Perdue is asking Republican legislative leaders to try harder to find more money for public education after she says their budget bill falls short. Full story...
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