Government

McCrory defends House budget proposal, criticizes Senate leaders

July 15, 2014

(The Charlotte Observer)

Gov. Pat McCrory criticized a state Senate proposal to raise teacher pay by 11%, saying the measure is "not financially reasonable." McCrory also compared GOP Senate leaders to former Democratic leaders Marc Basnight and Tony Rand in an interview with WFAE's Mike Collins on Monday.

McCrory to serve in national leadership role

July 14, 2014

(WRAL.com)

Gov. Pat McCrory will serve on the executive committee of the National Governors Association for 2014-15. McCrory was selected at the association's recent meeting in Nashville, Tenn.

McCrory says he will veto budget proposed by NC Senate

July 11, 2014

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Gov. Pat McCrory threatened to veto a new budget proposal from the state Senate that includes 11% pay raises for teachers. McCrory instead supports a House proposal that would give teachers a more modest 6% pay raise. The Senate plan would cut teacher assistants and remove thousands of people from Medicaid.

NC Senate postpones vote on coal-ash legislation

July 11, 2014

(The Fayetteville Observer)

The state Senate postponed voting on the Coal Ash Management Act of 2014 until Monday. The legislation addresses cleanup of coal-ash storage sites across North Carolina.

Budget update: Senators walk out, House drops lottery proposal

July 10, 2014

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Members of the N.C. Senate walked out of budget negotiations Wednesday morning after discovering House members had invited non-legislators − school superintendents and teachers − to speak during the meeting. Later in the day, the House agreed to drop its plan to raise money by increasing the advertising budget for the state lottery.

NC Senate drops plan that ties teacher raises to tenure

July 9, 2014

(The Charlotte Observer)

State Senate negotiators agreed to drop a proposal that would require teachers to give up tenure to receive pay raises. The state House and Senate still have not agreed on the size of teacher pay raises or how to pay for them.

Support for Libertartian nominee could influence Senate race

July 8, 2014

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Polls show Sean Haugh, North Carolina's Libertarian candidate for U.S. Senate, could draw eight to 11% of votes. While not enough to win the race, support for Haugh could affect the outcome of the race between Democrat Kay Hagan and Republican Thom Tillis.

Legal battle over NC voting law begins

July 8, 2014

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Challengers to North Carolina's new voting law brought their legal fight to a U.S. district court judge in Winston-Salem on Monday. The law ends same-day voter registration, reduces the number of early voting days and requires that all voters show a photo ID.

College students join NAACP in challenge to voter ID law

July 7, 2014

(The New York Times)

Seven college students will join the NAACP, the American Civil Liberties Union and the Justice Department in a challenge to North Carolina's voter ID law passed last year. The law tightens restrictions for voting, requires that voters show photo identification and eliminates the use of student ID cards as an acceptable form of photo ID. A hearing today could decide whether to delay the law until a judge determines if it is constitutional. 

State Medicaid office still troubled

July 7, 2014

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Gov. Pat McCrory's efforts to fix North Carolina's broken Medicaid program have fallen short, as the understaffed agency has dealt with troubled computer software programs that provide unreliable data.