Government

NC DOT plans toll lanes for Charlotte's Independence Blvd.

November 17, 2014

(The Charlotte Observer)

The N.C. Department of Transportation plans to add toll lanes to Independence Boulevard as early as 2016. Drivers would use NC Quick Pass, an electronic toll system that incorporates electronic transponders mounted to windshields that is already being used for Wake County's Triangle Expressway.

Governors McCrory, Martin and Hunt file lawsuit over commission appointments

November 14, 2014

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Gov. Pat McCrory, along with former governors Jim Hunt and Jim Martin, filed a lawsuit challenging the state legislature's authority to create commissions that perform executive branch functions, such as the new coal-ash commission and a proposed Medicaid board. The lawsuit names Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger and House Speaker Thom Tillis as defendants.
Related: NC coal-ash commission set to meet for first time

US Dept. of Labor lowers unemployment tax increase for NC employers

November 13, 2014

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

The U.S. Department of Labor has granted North Carolina a waiver that reduces the federal unemployment tax increase for the 2014 tax year from $77 per employee to $21 per employee. The waiver will save N.C. employers more than $180 million in 2014, according to a statement from Gov. Pat McCrory's office.

AG Cooper promotes nonpartisan legislative districts

November 12, 2014

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

N.C. Attorney General and presumed Democratic gubernatorial candidate Roy Cooper said this week that Democrats should push for nonpartisan redistricting of the state's legislative districts.
Related: Duke study puts Congressional districts under microscope

Decker says NC close to maxing out JDIG funds

November 11, 2014

(Winston-Salem Journal)

N.C. Commerce Secretary Sharon Decker said Monday that North Carolina may run out of grant money for corporate expansions and relocations before the state legislature convenes on Jan. 28. Gov. Pat McCrory said last week he would call a special legislative session to consider increasing the cap on the state's Job Development Investment Grant program only if necessary for bringing new jobs to the state.

UNC professors call for changes regarding student athletes

November 11, 2014

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Faculty leaders at UNC Chapel Hill met Monday to discuss forming a new oversight committee for athletics and developing an ethics code for faculty. 

Greensboro native Lynch nominated for attorney general

November 10, 2014

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Greensboro native Loretta Lynch was nominated by Pres. Barack Obama to be the next attorney general, replacing Eric Holder. Lynch, 55, is currently U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York.

Cannon placed on house arrest after voting

November 7, 2014

(The Charlotte Observer)

Former Charlotte mayor Patrick Cannon will be under house arrest with electronic monitoring until he reports to a West Virginia federal prison on Nov. 18 to serve a 44-month sentence. Cannon, a convicted felon, appeared before U.S. District Judge Frank Whitney on Thursday to explain why he violated the terms of his bond by voting in the recent election. 

Cannon returns to federal court Thursday

November 6, 2014

(The Charlotte Observer)

Former Charlotte mayor and convicted felon Patrick Cannon will return to federal court Thursday to explain why he cast a ballot in this year's election despite losing his voting privileges. Cannon was sentenced on Oct. 14 to 44 months in federal prison on corruption charges. He is scheduled to begin serving his sentence in a West Virginia prison on Nov. 18.

Tillis unseats Hagan as GOP reclaims control of Senate

November 5, 2014

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Thom Tillis defeated U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan despite a strong Democratic turnout in early voting and polls that consistently favored Hagan. With all but 10 precincts counted, Tillis received 48.85% of the vote compared with Hagan's 47.23%. Libertarian candidate Sean Haugh received 3.75%. Republicans gained Senate seats in at least six other states.