Government

McCrory condemns plain-packaging laws for cigarettes in France, Ireland

October 16, 2014

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Gov. Pat McCrory asked officials in France and Ireland to reconsider new cigarette-packaging restrictions that would replace company logos with standardized lettering and anti-smoking slogans and photos. The regulation is "a direct assault on intellectual property and trademarks," McCrory said in a letter to the French ambassador.

GOP can appeal NC's same-sex marriage ruling

October 15, 2014

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

A ruling by U.S. District Judge William Osteen Jr. that declares North Carolina's ban on same-sex marriages invalid will allow Republican legislators Phil Berger and Thom Tillis to pursue an appeal. 

Republicans bet more on Tillis campaign

October 15, 2014

(The Charlotte Observer)

As polls show an increasingly close race for U.S. Senate, the National Rebublican Senatorial Committee will bump up its contributions to Thom Tillis' campaign by $6.5 million. That's in addition to the $3.9 million the group has already committed to Tillis' campaign.

Judge orders early voting site at App State

October 14, 2014

(Winston-Salem Journal)

A Wake County Superior Court judge ordered the state Board of Elections to include at least one on-campus early voting site at Appalachian State University. The Watauga County elections board removed the long-standing voting site prior to the May primary. Opponents of the plan to remove the voting center say it makes it harder for students, who are more likely to vote Democratic, to cast ballots.

Latest HPU poll shows tight Senate race

October 14, 2014

(High Point Enterprise)

A High Point University poll released Monday shows U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan and N.C. House Speaker Thom Tillis in a dead heat, each with 40% of likely state voters. Libertarian candidate Sean Haugh has 7%, and 13% of voters are undecided or declined to answer. 

Former Charlotte mayor awaits sentencing

October 13, 2014

(The Charlotte Observer)

Former Charlotte Mayor Patrick Cannon will be sentenced Tuesday on corruption charges. Cannon, 47, was arrested March 26 and pleaded guilty in June to accepting bribes totaling $50,500 from a local businessman and undercover agents between January 2013 and February 2014. The maximum sentence is 20 years, though prosecutors promised not to ask for a sentence of more than four to five years  in exchange for Cannon's guilty plea.

Commission receives more than 100,000 public comments on fracking rules

October 13, 2014

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

The N.C. Mining and Energy Commission has received more than 100,000 public comments on proposed safety rules for hydraulic fracturing. Three hearing officers will review the comments and make recommendations on fracking standards to the full commission on Oct. 30. The state legislature is expected to begin reviewing the rules in January.

NC GOP leaders hire California attorney to fight marriage ruling

October 10, 2014

(The Charlotte Observer)

House Speaker Thom Tillis and Senate President Phil Berger hired California law professor John Eastman, a conservative supporter of traditional marriage, to defend North Carolina's ban on gay marriage.
Related: U.S. District Judge William Osteen gives legislators until noon Friday to submit their arguments 

US Supreme Court rules against same-day registration, out-of-precinct voting

October 9, 2014

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

The U.S. Supreme Court blocked an Oct. 1 federal appeals court ruling that reinstated same-day voter registration and out-of-precinct voting in next month's election. The decision upholds 2013 changes to North Carolina's voting law, which Republican legislators say will help prevent voter fraud. 

Senate candidates square off in second debate

October 8, 2014

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Gay marriage, national security and unemployment were a few of the topics covered at Tuesday's heated debate between U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan and N.C. House Speaker Thom Tillis. The candidates will face off again Thursday in a third and final debate in Wilmington, the only debate that will include Libertarian candidate Sean Haugh.