Government

McCrory introduces modified $21 billion budget as legislative short session begins

May 15, 2014

(The Fayetteville Observer)

The state General Assembly reconvened on Wednesday to make adjustments to the state budget, but legislators also will address topics including coal-ash cleanup and expanding Medicaid. Gov. Pat McCrory proposed a $21 billion budget that gives raises to teachers and state employees but reduces funding to the UNC system.

McCrory's coal-ash plan one of first bills filed in legislative session

May 15, 2014

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

On the opening day of the state General Assembly's short session, senate leader Phil Berger and Republican Sen. Tom Apodaca filed a bill that included Gov. Pat McCrory's plan to regulate coal ash. The bill proposes handling storage and disposal of coal ash on a case-by-case basis and hiring 19 people to monitor coal-ash activities.

Aiken confirmed as winner of Democratic congressional primary

May 14, 2014

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

A day after the unexpected death of his opponent Keith Crisco, the final tally of votes confirmed that Clay Aiken will be the Democratic nominee in the 2nd Congressional District with 40.86% of the vote. he will face the incumbent, Republican Rep. Renee Ellmers in November's election.

Keith Crisco dies unexpectedly after fall on Monday

May 13, 2014

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Keith Crisco died from injuries suffered after a fall at his home on Monday. The former state Commerce secretary and longtime Asheboro resident had planned to concede his Congressional campaign today to Democratic primary opponent Clay Aiken. Crisco was 71.

Berger may hold most political power in NC

May 12, 2014

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

As he begins his fourth session as leader of the state Senate, many people believe President Pro Tempore Phil Berger, Eden attorney and BNC's Mover and Shaker of the Year (cover story, January 2014), is the most powerful politician in North Carolina.

Berger offers preview of state legislative session

May 9, 2014

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Senate leader Phil Berger said increasing pay for teachers will be a priority during the state legislature's upcoming session. Berger said other issues the legislature will address are balancing the budget, easing regulations and drilling for natural gas. He also announced his full support for House Speaker Thom Tillis in the race against Democratic U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan.

McCrory to ask legislators for 2% teacher pay raise

May 8, 2014

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Gov. Pat McCrory said Wednesday he will propose a 2% raise for all teachers this year and will also recommend a long-term plan that would base pay on performance, market competition and leadership.

Results of congressional primary could take a week

May 9, 2014

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

It could be a week or longer before the final results are available in the 2nd Congressional district Democratic primary. After Tuesday's voting, Clay Aiken had 369 more votes than Keith Crisco, but 276 absentee and provisional ballots have not yet been counted. Aiken should maintain the lead, but the race could be close enough for a recount if the difference is no more than 1%.

Tillis, Hagan to vie for U.S. Senate seat

May 7, 2014

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Preliminary results from Tuesday's primary election show Thom Tillis earned 45% of the Republican vote, followed by Cary obstetrician Greg Brannon with 27% and Charlotte pastor Mark Harris with 18%. As expected, incumbent Sen. Kay Hagan easily won the Democratic primary with 77% of the vote.

Aiken has slight lead over Crisco in close race

May 7, 2014

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Tuesday evening, fewer than 400 votes separated former Commerce Secretary Ketih Crisco and Clay Aiken in the Democratic primary for the 2nd Congressional district. The winner will face U.S. Rep. Renee Ellmers, the Republican incumbent from Dunn.