Government

WRAL will include Harris in Senate debate

April 9, 2014

(The Charlotte Observer)

Raleigh's WRAL television station will include Charlotte Republican Mark Harris in its televised U.S. Senate debate on April 23. The station had previously invited Thom Tillis, Greg Brannon and Heather Grant but excluded Harris, citing weak poll numbers.

Clodfelter likely to continue efforts to keep airport in Charlotte's hands

April 9, 2014

(The Charlotte Observer)

Dem. Dan Clodfelter, who will be sworn in as Charlotte's new mayor today, has shown steady support for keeping Charlotte Douglas International Airport under the city's control.

Environmental commission sides with Duke Energy, appeals judge's ruling

April 8, 2014

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

The state Environmental Management Commission appealed a March 6 ruling that gave it the authority to force Duke Energy to immediately halt pollution at coal-ash ponds. The Charlotte-based utility filed its own appeal of the Superior Court judge's ruling last week.

Charlotte City Council expected to choose Clodfelter as mayor

April 7, 2014

(The Charlotte Observer)

While the final vote won't be held until tonight's meeting, It appears that at least six of 11 members of the Charlotte City Council will vote for N.C. Sen. Dan Clodfelter to replace former Mayor Patrick Cannon.

Draft bill approved for state economic-development partnership

April 4, 2014

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

A joint legislative committee approved a draft version of a bill to create a private, not-for-profit economic development agency for state business recruitment efforts. Once finalized, the state General Assembly will vote on the bill in May and after it is passed, Commerce Secretary Sharon Decker said the corporation should be operating by year-end.

Pittenger seeks advisory board for small businesses

April 4, 2014

(The Charlotte Observer)

Rep. Robert Pittenger wants to create an advisory board to advocate for small businesses at the federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. A former small-business owner, Pittenger says small businesses need to have "a seat at the table" as the federal bureau develops new regulations that may impact their businesses. 

NC Board of Elections identifies hundreds of cases of potential voter fraud

April 3, 2014

(The Charlotte Observer)

State elections officials said hundreds of voters may have cast ballots in two states in the 2012 general election. A cross-check of voters among 28 states found 765 voters who had the same first and last names, dates of birth and last four digits of Social Security numbers as voters in other states, and 35,750 voters with matching names and dates of birth.

NC plans to pay off unemployment debt by end of 2015

April 3, 2014

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

North Carolina expects to pay off debt it incurred after borrowing money from the federal government post-recession to pay unemployment benefits by the end of 2015. At its highest point, the state's debt to the federal government was $2.8 billion; it currently owes $1.65 billion but that figure should drop to under $1 billion by mid-year.

Charlotte mining servers to comply with federal subpoena in Cannon case

April 2, 2014

(The Charlotte Observer)

A broad federal subpoena was issued to the city of Charlotte after former Mayor Patrick Cannon's arrest on corruption charges last week. The directive includes "any document at all relating to Mr. Cannon" between 2010 and March 26, according to the city's attorney.

NCDOT may consider new mileage tax to increase revenue

April 1, 2014

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

The state Board of Transportation will be asked to consider implementing a mileage fee that would tax drivers on the number of miles they drive rather than by gallons of gasoline purchased. One report suggests the state could raise $495 million a year by taxing one-half cent per mile driven.