Government

A third of N.C. lawmakers face virtually no competition in 2016 races

December 22, 2015

(WRAL.com)

About a third of the candidates seeking state House or Senate seats are all but guaranteed victory in 2016 because of lack of competition. There are 50 state Senate seats and 120 state House seats. Nine Senate Republicans and four Senate Democrats face no challengers, as do 22 House Republicans and 19 House Democrats. N.C. State University Prof. Steven Greene called it "an embarrassment for democracy."

Pittenger tops N.C. delegation with $14.1 million net worth

December 22, 2015

(The News and Observer)

Rep. Robert Pittenger has a net worth of about $14.1 million, while Sen. Thom Tillis is worth about $8.9 million, according to the opensecrets.org website. Other North Carolina politicians reporting hefty wealth included Reps. George Holding, $6.6 million; Virginia Foxx, $5.2 million; Mark Meadows, $4.2 million and David Price, $3.4 million. Reps. Mark Walker and Renee Ellmers said they have negative net worths.

Eastern District U.S. Attorney Walker to resign in January

December 22, 2015

(The News and Observer)

Mark Walker, U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina, will resign effective Jan. 7. A Democrat from Waynesville, Walker was nominated to his post by President Obama in 2010 and took office a year later. He has overseen several grand jury investigations that have looked into state government offices, including the Department of Environmental Quality, and the state Department of Health and Human Services. The district covers 44 counties.

New Charlotte city council giving city manager close look

December 22, 2015

 (The Charlotte Observer)


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Elizabeth City State leader resigns unexpectedly

December 22, 2015

Stacey Franklin Jones resigned as Elizabeth City State University's chancellor, a post she had held since October 2014. A release from UNC System spokeswoman Joni Worthington did not given any reasons for the resignation. Elizabeth City State has suffered a 50% decline in enrollment over the past five years, sparking talk of a possible closing. Thomas Conway, vice chancellor and chief of staff at Fayetteville State University, will take over as interim chancellor on Jan. 1, Worthington said.

Asheville plans to improve greenway system

December 22, 2015

Asheville plans to build more greenways in the next four years than it has in the past 30 years, city officials say. The expansion involves a $17 million plan for expanded greenways, including federal and state spending. Plans call for an unbroken connection from Beaucatcher Mountain to the Asheville Botanical Gardens and the French Broad River.

Bank of America employees, families giving big to politicians

December 22, 2015

Individuals connected to Bank of America have been among the top contributors to presidential candidates through Sept. 30, with employees and immediate family members giving $242,575 to the candidates’ campaign committees. That’s the third-highest among all U.S. companies and organizations, according to the most recent federal data from the Center for Responsive Politics. Donations from individuals tied to New York-based investment bank Goldman Sachs rank first at $401,109, while Florida-based personal injury firm Morgan & Morgan gave $280,326. In the 2012 presidential election, when people associated with Bank of America ranked second for donations, trailing only employees for the University of California system and their families.


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New unit to crack down on cheating businesses

December 21, 2015

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Gov. Pat McCrory ordered the state Industrial Commission to establish a new unit to investigate complaints of employee misclassification. When companies illegally treat employees as contractors, it costs the state millions in taxes. A News & Observer investigation last year found that the practice in the construction industry cost millions in lost state and federal revenue. 

Commission to vote Friday on changes to Common Core

December 18, 2015

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

The 11-member Academic Standards Review Commission is expected to vote Friday on recommended changes to the state's curriculum for K-12 schools. Suggestions include replacing Common Core standards in K-8 math classes with Minnesota's standards.

Minutes reveal little about UNC chancellor pay raises

December 17, 2015

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Minutes from a controversial UNC Board of Governors meeting were released Wednesday, though they offer little insight into the reasoning behind the group's decision to give raises to a dozen UNC System chancellors.