Government

Coal-ash bill to become law without McCrory's signature

September 10, 2014

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Gov. Pat McCrory will allow the coal-ash bill approved by the state General Assembly to become law effective Sept. 19 without his endorsement. McCrory says the bill undermines the authority of the executive branch by giving the legislature six of nine appointments to an oversight commission.

Hagan declines invitiation to third U.S. Senate debate

September 10, 2014

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Sen. Kay Hagan has declined to participate in an Oct. 21 debate sponsored by Time Warner Cable News, The News & Observer and The Charlotte Observer. A spokeswoman from Hagan's campaign said she will participate in the second televised U.S. Senate debate, scheduled for Oct. 7.

Speedway Motorsports case heads to NC Supreme Court

September 9, 2014

(Independent Tribune, Concord)

The state Supreme Court will hear arguments Tuesday by Speedway Motorsports, which wants to sue Cabarrus County over $80 million in tax breaks company president Bruton Smith says he needs to help build a drag strip and make additional upgrades to Charlotte Motor Speedway (cover story, August 2013).

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.