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.

Mecklenburg County names Diorio as its first female manager

December 18, 2013

(The Charlotte Observer)

Mecklenburg County commissioners voted unanimously to make Assistant County Manager Dena Diorio the new county manager effective Jan. 1., the first female to hold the position. She will replace Harry Jones, who was fired in May after thirteen years in the top position.

State sues online lenders over illegal interest rates

December 17, 2013

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

N.C. Attorney General Roy Cooper said the state has issued four lawsuits against online lenders he says were charging illegally high interest rates of up to 343%. South Dakota-based Western Sky Financial, which lured borrowers through TV advertisements it aired in North Carolina, said its loans did not have to comply with state laws because it was based on an Indian reservation.

Approval rating for Gov. McCrory climbing

December 16, 2013

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

The approval rating in December for Gov. Pat McCrory is 42%, up from a low of 35% in September, according to a  poll of registered voters from Public Policy Polling. The Democratic firm reported McCrory's overall performance rating was still negative, with 47% disapproving of the governor's actions.

Judicial Watch gets involved in lawsuit over election law changes

December 16, 2013

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Judicial Watch, a conservative watchdog organization, filed a motion on Friday to intervene on behalf of state lawmakers in a lawsuit filed in August by voter-rights advocates seeking to overturn sweeping election law changes.

Commerce will name new recruitment agency CEO by year-end; 61 workers impacted

December 13, 2013

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Commerce Secretary Sharon Decker said 61 state workers will be affected when the department moves its business recruitment and marketing operations to a private nonprofit, costing the state up to $1.8 million in severance payments. Decker said some of the workers may find other jobs in state government and some may work for the new agency. She also said she expects to hire a CEO for the nonprofit by the end of the year.

Close to 9,000 state residents have enrolled on federal health insurance site

December 12, 2013

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

As of Wednesday, almost 9,000 North Carolina residents had signed up for health insurance through, according to federal officials. Nationwide, about 365,000 have enrolled for private health insurance on the exchange.