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Domecast No. 149: Apple and the teachers

The short session has begun. Teachers converged on Raleigh demanding more education funding. Lawmakers called for incentives changes, even as Apple considers North Carolina.


Domecast No. 148: Primary election upsets

Our reporter panel picks apart the results of Tuesday's primary election and talks about Gov. Roy Cooper's budget.


Domecast No. 147: Tuesday's Republican showdowns

On this week's roundtable, we talk about some key Republican primaries to watch on Tuesday. And we spotlight local politics and activism in Durham, with reporter Dawn Baumgartner Vaughan as our guest.


Domecast No. 146: Celebrating a new home for The N&O

It's the last Domecast taped in The News & Observer's venerable building on McDowell Street in Raleigh. (The N&O is moving to a new location just a short distance away.) We celebrate with a special Headliner of the Week.


Domecast No. 145: Hundreds kicked off state insurance, and beekeepers swarm to lawmakers' grants

This week, the state treasurer's office responded to an audit on eligibiity for the State Health Plan by removing 601 people deemed ineligible. A white candidate said he was a member of the African-American community. And we learned that a House member resigned from a state commission shortly after allegations surfaced about his treatment of women. All that, and why lawmakers were talking about bees this week. Jordan Schrader hosts, with Colin Campbell, Danielle Chemtob, Will Doran, Lauren...


Domecast No. 144: A war of words over the pipeline, and Hurricane Matthew recovery

Democrats in the General Assembly sent a letter to county commissioners and school board leaders over the pipeline fund, prompting a response from Republicans. Meanwhile, our reporter visited one North Carolina town still recovering from Hurricane Matthew. Colin Campbell hosts, with Will Doran, Lauren Horsch and Andy Specht.


Domecast No. 143: Lawmaker responds to nurse controversy, and updates on industrial hemp in N.C.

North Carolina Rep. Beverly Boswell was in the spotlight this week after the state nursing board asked her to stop claiming on her campaign website and Facebook page that she was a nurse. Meanwhile, legislators got an update on a study of North Carolina's industrial hemp program. Colin Campbell hosts, with Will Doran, Lauren Horsch, Andy Specht and Danielle Chemtob.


Domecast No. 142: What does Pennsylvania 18 mean for NC?

This week North Carolina Republicans reacted to the political earthquake in Pennsylvania. The legislature required mandatory harassment training. Republicans upped the ante on Gov. Roy Cooper's pipeline fund. Cooper proposed tighter gun laws. And he also appointed a board to oversee elections and ethics. Our reporter panel talks about what's next. Jordan Schrader hosts, with Colin Campbell, Will Doran, Lauren Horsch and Andy Specht.


Domecast No. 141: Taking over the world

Fill out your bracket for Headliner of the Week. Which competitor advances out of this Final Four: Basketball diplomacy? Beer on boats? Sockless feet? Or food served in Brooklyn that is allegedly barbecue? Find out in our headliner segment. But first, we talk about an ethics complaint against the House speaker; police body cam footage; Duane Hall refusing to quit; and more. Jordan Schrader hosts, with Colin Campbell, Lauren Horsch, Will Doran and Andy Specht.


Domecast 140: A lawmaker accused of harassment, and a candidate filing frenzy

State Rep. Duane Hall faces allegations of sexual misconduct and calls to resign, but so far has been silent about whether he'll stay. Meanwhile, the candidate filing period is over and there's an unprecedented level of competition for state legislative seats. Jordan Schrader hosts, with Colin Campbell, Will Doran, Lauren Horsch and Andy Specht.


Domecast No. 139: Debate over guns reignited in N.C., and 2018 filing deadline looms for candidates

Local high school students push for gun control reform at a town hall as the North Carolina legislature makes plans to address school safety. With the candidate filing period nearing a close, our reporter panel breaks down who is running, who isn't and who has yet to decide. Jordan Schrader hosts, with Colin Campbell, Danielle Chemtob, Will Doran and Lauren Horsch.


Domecast No. 138: Uproar over a pipeline, and Mickey Michaux reflects on his career

Gov. Roy Cooper announced his intentions on a class size bill that also would seize the fund he negotiated with the Atlantic Coast Pipeline. The legislature leaves town without GenX action. A lawmaker calls for armed teachers in schools. Our reporter panel talks about all that and more, and we hear from Rep. Mickey Michaux about politics and his friendship with Martin Luther King Jr. Jordan Schrader hosts, with Colin Campbell, Danielle Chemtob, Will Doran, Lauren Horsch and Andy Specht.


Domecast No. 137: A mega bill puts Democrats in a bind

This week, a compromise emerged in the long-running fight over class size, but it also included provisions that reshaped election boards and seized control of a fund negotiated by Gov. Roy Cooper with the Atlantic Coast Pipeline. Our reporter panel breaks it down and we hear from Sen. Erica Smith about Democrats' reaction to the deal and more. Jordan Schrader hosts, with Lauren Horsch, Will Doran, Andy Specht and Danielle Chemtob.


Domecast No. 136: Mega donor funds GOP; pipeline fund questioned

This week, we learned more about GOP donor Greg Lindberg and how his campaign contributions might help Lt. Gov. Dan Forest. Critics lined up against an environmental fund controlled by Gov. Roy Cooper and tied to the approval of a permit for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline through North Carolina. The reporter panel talks about all that plus a GenX lawsuit, taxes for tractors and a "No Gay No Way" campaign to pressure Amazon to reconsider Raleigh as a destination for its second headquarters....


Domecast No. 134: Lawmakers return, but no laws made yet

Judges struck down North Carolina's congressional maps, and now we wait for the Supreme Court. Legislators resumed session and considered a measure to deal with GenX water pollution, but Senate inaction doomed it for now.


Domecast No. 133: Digging out of the snow and headed for session

North Carolina state government made it through the winter storm and is getting ready for state lawmakers to return to town. Our reporter panel talks about what to expect next week on judicial reform, water pollution, redistricting and constitutional amendments. And we tackle the important issues, like what governors wear during emergencies.


Domecast No. 132: Why a candidate moved into a funeral home

This week, we talk about budget predictions, a possible election do-over, and a candidate moving to a new district by living in a funeral home. Gov. Roy Cooper says looming tax cuts pose a threat to North Carolina's budget, and there are wedding bells in the future for a lawmaker. Jordan Schrader hosts with Colin Campbell, Will Doran and Lauren Horsch.


Domecast No. 131: A Cooper snub prompts a walkout

The same week the Democrats notched an improbable victory in Alabama, a slew of North Carolina Democrats hoping for similar success here announced campaigns for the legislature. Also this week, N.C. Sens. Richard Burr and Thom Tillis helped derail President Trump's nominee for an EPA job. And the legislature continues to talk about changes to how judges are elected. Find out why Democratic lawmakers walked out of a hearing on the topic this week. Our reporter panel talks about all of that...


Domecast No. 130: Al Franken, Roy Moore draw NC reaction

This week, some North Carolina Republicans and Democrats took sides on what should happen to politicians at the national level who are accused of sexual harassment. Candidates for the legislature announced their bids this week, while a group of incumbent lawmakers got a chance to ride cars with self-driving technology. We talk about all of that, plus whether a new crime lab is likely to help fix backlogs in testing of rape kits and other criminal evidence. And as always, we pick a...


Domecast No. 129: Get to know the Woodhouse family

Dallas Woodhouse is the boisterous political operative who frequently speaks for North Carolina Republicans. News & Observer correspondent Bryan Anderson is our guest to tell us what makes Woodhouse tick and what a Thanksgiving with his politically divided family is like. Our reporter panel also discusses new political maps, water pollution and federal tax reform. And as always, we choose a Headliner of the Week. Colin Campbell of the N.C. Insider hosts along with Lauren Horsch of the...


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