Clinton, Bush top fundraisers in NC

July 20, 2015


North Carolina political donors have given the most money to Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Jeb Bush, according to a new report that tracked donations to presidential candidates from Jan. 1-June 30, 2015. The report tracks money given through traditional fundraising and doesn't include PACs and nonprofits.

McCrory holds closed-door sessions with House, Senate caucuses

July 17, 2015

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Gov. Pat McCrory met separately with members of the N.C. House and Senate in closed-door sessions on Thursday to discuss the state budget and his $2.8 million bond proposal.
Also: Uncertainty hangs over programs as state budget is delayed, Greater Wilmington Business Journal

Foley resigns from state elections board

July 16, 2015


Paul Foley resigned from the State Board of Elections after it was disclosed that he pressured staffers for details in an investigation involving one of his law firm's clients, video sweepstakes executive Chase Burns. Gov. Pat McCrory had asked Foley to resign; he stepped down early Thursday after initially refusing to do so.

Senate sales tax proposal divides NC lawmakers

July 15, 2015

(The Charlotte Observer)

Critics say a Senate plan to redistribute sales tax revenue could hurt midsize and small communities adjacent to larger metro areas. Mecklenburg County officials have said the plan could cost it more than $200 million in revenue over four years.

Elections-law trial begins

July 14, 2015

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

NAACP leader William Barber was among seven witnesses who testified in Winston-Salem Monday during the opening day of a federal trial challenging 2013 changes to the state's elections law. The NAACP, the U.S. Justice Department and other groups say the changes discriminate against minority and young voters.

McCrory says changes to tax system should wait

July 13, 2015

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

The N.C. Senate's budget bill calls for cutting the personal income tax rate from 5.75% to 5.5% beginning in 2016, but Gov. Pat McCrory says it's too soon after the previous tax reform to make more cuts.

Report shows counties spent $144M in business incentives

July 10, 2015


Counties in North Carolina paid about $144 million in economic-development incentives over the last five years, according to a report released Thursday by the John Locke Foundation. The report found no difference in per capita spending between rural and urban counties.

Greesnboro to sue state over council changes

July 9, 2015

(News & Record, Greensboro)

Greensboro City Council voted 8-1 to sue North Carolina over a law passed last week that eliminates at-large council seats and drastically changes the district's boundaries.

Case involving former SEANC director will head to grand jury

July 9, 2015

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Wake County District Attorney Lorrin Freeman says she expects the case involving Dana Cope, former executive director of the State Employees Association of N.C., soon will be brought before a grand jury. Cope is accused of embezzling thousands of dollars from the state association since 2010.

Senate proposal includes changes to downtown tax districts

July 8, 2015

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

A provision in the N.C. Senate's proposed budget could give residents the power to end municipal service districts, special tax districts that fund events and services to promote business development.