In New Hanover County, dormitory students who cannot state their street address will not be allowed to cast a regular ballot in the coming election. The New Hanover County Democratic Party is challenging this procedure, saying it disenfranchises student voters.
In 2013, the North Carolina legislature eliminated medical expense deductions from the tax code. The issue was the primary focus of a recent political debate held at a senior living community in Porters Neck. The loss of the medical deductions was particularly contentious between the candidates for State House District 20, which covers the northern portion of New Hanover County.
Democrat Betsy Jordan challenged incumbent Rick Catlin for being part of the legislature that passed the 2013 budget:
Democrat Ernie Ward is challenging Senator Bill Rabon for North Carolina Senate District 8, which encompasses Brunswick, Pender, and Bladen County, along with a small portion of western New Hanover County. Ward, who is a veterinarian and author, moved to North Carolina in 1992. At that time, he says education, job creation, and the environment were prioritized by the legislature, but that’s declined in recent years. He aims to change that by focusing on education, infrastructure, and research.
At the recent Coastal Energy Summit, experts and policy makers were looking offshore for future development. But whether it be wind, oil, or natural gas, those resources are located in federal waters, meaning the profits from the leases go to the national government. Governor Pat McCrory is part of a coalition which aims to bring revenue from offshore energy to the state.
When the Obama administration approved the guidelines for seismic testing this summer, it paved the way for energy exploration off North Carolina’s coast. Governor Pat McCrory says the tests are necessary to update 30-year-old data on the region’s oil and gas reserves.
Governor Pat McCrory’s 25-Year Vision for Transportation was unveiled last month, but this is just one of four long-term plans that the Governor has in mind. Governor McCrory shared his broader strategy during the Greater Wilmington Business Journal’s first annual Coastal Energy Summit.