Government

Mel Watt's congressional seat to be filled in regular election

January 7, 2014

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

After Democratic Rep. Mel Watt was sworn in as director of the Federal Housing Finance Agency, Gov. Pat McCrory announced the special election to fill Watt's seat in N.C.'s 12 Congressional district will be held along with the state's regular elections, leaving the seat empty until November.

Lassiter leaves McCrory foundation, joins board of new Commerce nonprofit venture

January 6, 2014

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Charlotte businessman and former member of Gov. McCrory's transition team John Lassiter announced he is leaving his position on the board of the Renew North Carolina Foundation as he steps into a new role as a member of the board that will oversee the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina Inc., the new nonprofit that will take over business recruitment for the Commerce Department.

Snafus, delays plague rollout of State Health Plan

January 3, 2014

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

More than 100,000 state employees still do not have insurance cards to obtain medical care, even though the new coverage year began Jan. 1. Also, thousands of state retirees were affected by a billing glitch that failed to deduct health insurance costs from their pension checks in December.

Washington Post lists Berger among its "emerging stars"

January 2, 2014

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

The Washington Post included state Senate leader Phil Berger on its list of "emerging stars"  in its GovBeat blog, calling the Eden Republican "the undisputed driving force" behind changes the state legislature made this past year, including new voter laws, tax cuts and social issues.

Government changes small business owners should be aware of in 2014

December 31, 2013

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Local and national small-business advocates say entrepreneurs and owners of small businesses need to be aware of how government rules and changes will impact them, with some 800 federal regulations set to be implemented in 2014.

State tax overhaul goes into effect Jan. 1

December 30, 2013

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Major state tax changes will take effect Wednesday, including a lower 5.8% flat rate for personal income tax and an expansion of the state sales tax to include service contracts.

Board of Elections won't hear complaint against Watauga BOE members

December 24, 2013

(The Watauga Democrat)

At a meeting last Friday, the State Board of Elections acknowledged ongoing problems with the Watauga County Board of Elections but voted 5-0 not to pursue a formal hearing of a complaint against two board members. An Oct. 8 petition from a group of local Democrats requested the removal of Republicans Bill Aceto and Luke Eggers, citing unethical actions related to changes in polling sites at Appalachian State University.

Fayetteville-area veterans unhappy with federal compromise which cuts retirement pay

December 23, 2013

(The Fayetteville Observer)

A retirement-pay reduction scheduled to begin in 2015 has many soldiers and retired soldiers in the Fayetteville-Fort Bragg area upset with Congress, who passed the pay cut as part of the federal budget compromise earlier this month.

Crisco files campaign paperwork for Congressional bid

December 20, 2013

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

While he hasn't made a formal announcement regarding his intentions, former Commerce secretary Keith Crisco filed paperwork with the Federal Election Commission for a committee called Crisco for Congress. The Asheboro native would run next year for the 2nd District seat currently held by U.S. Rep. Renee Ellmers.

Charlotte mayor working to improve city's relationship with state lawmakers

December 19, 2013

(The Charlotte Observer)

Newly elected Mayor Patrick Cannon is making efforts to repair relationships between the Democratic-led city of Charlotte and the state legislature, which is controlled by a Republican majority.