Government

Art Pope named to most powerful billionaires list

September 9, 2014

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Former state budget director Art Pope is ranked No. 15 on a list of the country's top billionaires who wield the most political influence. Charles and David Koch of Koch Industries tied for first place on the list, compiled by Darrell M. West. West is the author of an upcoming Brookings Institution Press book titled "Billionaires: Reflections on the Upper Crust."

Education a central theme in US Senate race

September 8, 2014

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

In advertising campaigns and at last week's debate, education has become a dominant subject in North Carolina's U.S. Senate race between Republican House Speaker Thom Tillis and Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan.

McCrory to donate political money tied to paving company

September 5, 2014

(Winston-Salem Journal)

Gov. Pat McCrory says he will give to charity more than $10,000 in campaign contributions obtained from a 2012 fundraiser hosted by the owners of Monroe-based Boggs Paving. Company President Carl "Drew" Boggs pleaded guilty on Aug. 28 to charges he received $88 million in government contracts by exaggerating the role a minority contractor would play in the work.

U.S. Senate candidates Hagan, Tillis face off in first debate

September 4, 2014

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan and N.C. House Speaker Thom Tillis sparred over teacher pay, birth control and the nation's military strategy in dealing with ISIS in an hourlong debate Wednesday evening.

Study shows not expanding Medicaid could cost NC $10.2 billion

September 3, 2014

(The Charlotte Observer)

A recent analysis shows North Carolina taxpayers could spend $10.2 billion by 2022 to help pay for medical care for residents of states that decided to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act.

Finance industry PACs support Hagan

September 2, 2014

(The Charlotte Observer)

A tally of campaign contributions in the North Carolina Senate race shows that incumbent Sen. Kay Hagan has received $962,000 from finance industry PACs since 2008, more than her Republican opponent Thom Tillis.

DENR refutes claims over coal-ash ponds

August 29, 2014

(News & Record, Greensboro)

The N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources denied environmentalists' claims that the agency hasn't been enforcing the federal Clean Water Act at Duke Energy's coal-ash ponds at its power plants in Chatham, Rowan and Wayne counties.

Wilson asks FCC for permission to expand municipal Internet service

August 28, 2014

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Wilson is asking the Federal Communications Commission to override North Carolina's telecommunications law and allow it to expand its Greenlight high-speed Internet service to nearby communities. The city wants to expand the service to about 7,600 households in Wilson County and about 1,000 households in neighboring counties.

Southeastern NC legislators frustrated after short session

August 28, 2014

(StarNews, Wilmington)

Legislators from Southeastern N.C. left the General Assembly's short session frustrated as film incentives were significantly reduced and prospects of gaining more than 1,000 jobs and a proposed tire plant were diminished when legislators voted against establishing a $20 million "closing fund" for corporate recruiting.

Wilmington leaders want legislature to reconvene over film incentives

August 27, 2014

(StarNews, Wilmington)

Wilmington and New Hanover County leaders plan to send a letter to Gov. Pat McCrory requesting he reconvene the General Assembly to discuss changes to the state's film incentive program, which they say will cost the area jobs. Legislators changed the current incentive, which has no cap, to a $10 million grant. North Carolina gave out $61 million in tax credits in 2013 to film productions.