In race for the House District 19 seat, Representative Ted Davis, Jr. (R-New Hanover County) and Councilwoman Emilie Swearingen (D- Kure Beach) responded to questions on topics ranging from coastal insurance rates to plans for beach nourishment.
Swearingen said she would continue to fight the proposed rate increase if elected.
Davis said he would recommend reforms to the rate bureau, making sure that the model used to determine rates would use historical data from the state.
Kosikowski also asked the candidates about compensation for victims of the state's eugenics program, which forcibly sterilized thousands of people from 1933 and 1974.
In a new report released Thursday, the N.C. Justice for Sterilization Victims Foundation confirmed an increase in the number of verified victim, bringing the new tally to 186 individuals in 61 counties. 168 of those victims are still alive.
Swearingen said she supports efforts to compensate victims.
Davis wouldn't commit on supporting or opposing compensation.
In the race for the District 20 seat in the house, both Commissioner Rick Catlin (R-New Hanover County) and Tom Gale (D) said they support compensating the victims.
In terms of the film incentive program, Kosikowski asked the candidates if they would support continuing the program, which has been credited for attracting several movies and TV shows to New Hanover County.
Davis and Swearingen, both say they strongly support the incentives.
Gale supports the incentives but Catlin said he has issues with providing tax incentives to an industry in order for that industry to compete in the market.
Part of the 20th district includes Figure Eight Island. On the use of terminal groins at there, Gale is against the plan, saying it will damage the environment and lead to the need for more man-made structures along the coast; Catlin supports it, saying it will protect homes on the island and won't damage the inlet.
Monday, June 17 2013 7:45 PM EDT2013-06-17 23:45:30 GMT
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - Gov. Pat McCrory says he's unsure if he and legislative leaders can agree on a final North Carolina state government budget before the new fiscal year begins in about two weeks. McCroryMore >>
Governor Pat McCrory said Monday he still hopes to have a budget bill signed by July 1, but he does have concerns with the plans passed by both the state House and Senate.More >>
Monday, June 17 2013 2:18 PM EDT2013-06-17 18:18:56 GMT
PINEHURST, N.C. (AP) - Former North Carolina Gov. Jim Holshouser has died. He was 78. Holshouser's family said he died Monday morning at a hospital in Pinehurst after a period of declining health. A nativeMore >>
Many of North Carolina's political leaders are honoring former Governor Jim Holshouser, who passed away Monday at the age of 78.More >>
Wednesday, June 12 2013 7:16 PM EDT2013-06-12 23:16:08 GMT
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - A bill designed to clear the way for executions to resume in North Carolina is headed to Gov. Pat McCrory's desk after receiving final legislative approval. The Senate on WednesdayMore >>
The state Senate on Wednesday approved a bill that repeals the Racial Justice Act, which inmates on death row used to have sentences reduced to life in prison.More >>
Wednesday, June 12 2013 3:23 PM EDT2013-06-12 19:23:31 GMT
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - The North Carolina Senate is advancing a tax overhaul that repeals corporate income taxes without a major expansion of sales taxes. The bill that the Senate Finance Committee endorsedMore >>
The North Carolina Senate on Thursday is expected to hold a first floor vote on a tax reform plan that repeals the corporate income tax and lowers taxes for many state residents.More >>
Friday, June 7 2013 2:18 PM EDT2013-06-07 18:18:01 GMT
RALEIGH, N.C. (WECT/AP) - House Republicans are moving forward what they call another step toward tax reform in North Carolina with legislation that would lower income tax rates and subject more servicesMore >>
The state House on Friday gave initial approval to a bill that reforms North Carolina's tax code, replacing the three-tiered personal income tax with a flat rate.More >>
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