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Capital Tonight Dec. 27: House Speaker Thom Tillis

Capital Tonight anchor Tim Boyum sits down with NC House Speaker Thom Tillis to talk about his perspective at the year ahead as Republicans take full control of state government.

Capital Tonight Dec. 26: Senate Pro-Tem Phil Berger

On Capital Tonight: Anchor Tim Boyum sits down with N.C. Senate Pro-Tem Phil Berger to talk about the upcoming long session of the General Assembly.

Lawmakers head home for holidays without fiscal cliff deal

WASHINGTON — Lawmakers in DC are heading home for the holidays without a deal on the fiscal cliff. Friday, House Speaker John Boehner said he’s still pushing for his bill even though House republicans unexpectedly put off a vote Thursday night on legislation that would raise taxes on people earning over $1 million a year.

He says there was perception that his bill would increase taxes on everyone, including the middle class. But he says that’s not true.

"We had a number of our members who just really didn’t want to be perceived as having raised taxes," said Boehner. "That was the real issue."

Now President Obama must work with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to avoid the hundreds of billions of dollars in tax hikes and spending cuts that are due to go into effect Jan. 1.

Capital Tonight Dec. 18: NFIB-NC director Greg Thompson, on fiscal cliff impact on small business

On Capital Tonight: We look at the potential impact of the fiscal cliff on small business with Greg Thompson of the NFIB of North Carolina, and, John Hood and Chris Fitzsimon debate Governor-elect Pat McCrory’s cabinet choices.

Haley names Rep. Tim Scott to replace DeMint in Senate

COLUMBIA, S.C. – South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley announced Monday that Rep. Tim Scott will be appointed to fill the U.S. Senate seat vacated by Republican Jim DeMint, who is leaving in January to lead the Heritage Foundation.

The 47-year-old congressman will become the seventh African-American to be a member of the Senate. Scott served one term as a congressman, one term in the South Carolina House and 13 years on the Charleston County Council.

Right out of the gate, Scott showed why he is a Tea Party favorite.

“If you have a problem with spending, there’s not enough revenue to make up for it. We have a spending problem, ladies and gentlemen of America, not a revenue problem,” Scott said.

Catawba College political science professor Dr. Michael Bitzer says Scott may represent the new face of the Republican Party.

“This cold be the first opening salvo of the Republicans, basically expanding themselves beyond what they were in this year’s election. They can’t be the party of old, white men anymore,” he said.

Haley defended this decision against any racial implications, saying Scott was the best person for the job.

“He earned this seat. He earned this seat because of the person he is. He earned this seat because of the results he has shown,” she said.

Scott will become the first black Republican senator from the South since Blanche Bruche, of Mississippi, in 1881. Scott’s departure means there will no be no black Republicans in the House of Representatives.

Scott will hold the seat until a special election can be held in 2014 to elect the person for the final two years of this office. Meanwhile, a primary election will be held in a couple of months to find a replacement for Scott’s congressional seat.

Capital Tonight Dec. 10: Ronnie Chatterji, on the fiscal cliff

On Capital Tonight: We kick off our Fiscal Cliff week with Duke University’s Ronnie Chatterji on how the fiscal cliff was created and what are the issues surrounding the negotiations.

Capital Tonight Dec. 14: Prof. Michael Bitzer on politics of fiscal cliff

On Capital Tonight: Catawba College Prof. Michael Bitzer explains the gridlock politics behind fiscal cliff negotiations, plus, Loretta Boniti recaps the week On Jones Street.

Connecticut school shooting could be one of deadliest

The shooting at Newtown, Conn. elementary school could end up as one of the deadliest school shootings in history, on a tragic list that includes Columbine, Jonesboro and Kent State.

11 Deadliest U.S. School Shootings

1. April 16, 2007: A gunman opens fire in two buildings at Virginia Tech University in Blacksburg, Va. Thirty-two people were killed, including the shooter.

2. December 14, 2012: Twenty-seven people were killed when a gunman opened fire at a Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut, killing 20 children, six adults, and then himself.

3. Aug. 1, 1966: A shooter, Charles Whitman, takes a rifle to a tower on the campus of the University of Texas–Austin and kills 16 people during a shooting rampage that lasts for almost 1.5 hours before Whitman is killed by police.

4. April 20, 1999: Shooters Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold stroll into Columbine High School and in a shooting rampage of gunfire and use of homemade bombs kill 12 students, one teacher, and lastly, themselves.

5. March 21, 2005: Ten people were killed, including the shooter, when Jeffrey Weise, 17, goes on a shooting spree at Red Lake High School in Red Lake, Minn. Weise killed nine people, including his grandfather, before killing himself.

6. Nov. 1, 1991: Seven people were killed including the gunman when when Gang Lu, 27, a grad student at the University of Iowa, takes a gun and kills four members of his department, another university employee, and then himself. Lu was apparently angry since his dissertation was not nominated for an academic award.

7. Oct. 2, 2006: Six people were killed including the gunman when Charles Carl Roberts IV, 32, killed five girls ages 7-years-old to 13-years-old execution-style before turning the gun on himself in a one-room Amish schoolhouse in Nickel Mines, Pa. Five other girls were critically injured.

8. March 24, 1998: Five people were killed, including four students and a teacher, when Mitchell Johnson, 10, and Andrew Golden, 8, took seven guns to school near Jonesboro, Ark. Johnson and Golden pulled the fire alarm and started shooting as everyone exited the school. Nine others were injured. Johnson and Golden were released from a juvenile detention center in 2005.

9. Jan. 17, 1989: Five children were killed, 29 children were injured, and one teacher was injured when Patrick Edward Purdy entered a schoolyard and started shooting with a semiautomatic rifle at Cleveland Elementary School in Stockton, California. Purdy then killed himself.

10. Oct. 28, 2002: Four people were killed, including the gunman and three teachers when University of Arizona nursing student Robert Flores, 40, shot an instructor in her office on campus and then entered a classroom and killed two more teachers before killing himself.

11. May 4, 1970: Four people were killed after National Guard troops killed four students that were holding an antiwar protest on the campus of Kent State University in Ohio.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Capital Tonight Dec. 11: Fiscal Cliff Week: Taxes and spending cuts

On Capital Tonight: Fiscal Cliff Week continues as our experts debate spending cuts and tax hikes.

Capital Tonight Dec. 7: Rep. Larry Hall

On Capital Tonight: Rep. Larry Hall, D-Durham, talks with Tim Boyum about leading his caucus in the N.C. House in the new session as minority leader. Plus, Loretta Boniti wraps up the week’s action On Jones Street.