14 magistrates opt out of performing marriages

July 8, 2015

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

About 2% of the state's magistrates have opted out of performing marriages since the General Assembly overrode Gov. Pat McCrory's veto of a bill that allows public officials to recuse themselves from the duty if they have religious objections.

Environmental groups seek to block coal-ash dumps

July 7, 2015

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

On Monday, three environmental-protection groups filed a petition to block permits allowing Duke Energy to build landfills for coal-ash storage in Chatham and Lee counties. The groups say the landfills will be harmful to people and should be regulated as solid waste landfills.

Senate budget includes $20M for Golden LEAF Foundation

July 6, 2015

(The Charlotte Observer)

The N.C. Senate's budget proposal includes a $20.1 million in annual funding for the Golden LEAF Foundation, the Rocky Mount-based nonprofit that was established to aid economic-development efforts in small towns and rural areas that were once dependent on tobacco production.

State may redistrict Greensboro city council map

July 2, 2015

(The News and Record)

The N.C. General Assembly is expected to consider a bill Thursday to add an eighth district to the Greensboro City Council. A conference committee approved the changes Wednesday despite opposition from Greensboro lawmakers and Mayor Nance Vaughn.


DENR warns legislators about impact of bill

July 1, 2015

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

The N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources is urging state lawmakers not to support a Senate bill that would eliminate air-quality monitors throughout the state and loosen other regulations for air and water quality and recycling. Supporters of the bill say it promotes more business-friendly policies.

House, Senate leaders agree to 45-day budget extension

June 30, 2015


The N.C. Senate is expected to approve Tuesday a measure that will allow the state to continue funding programs at current spending levels until Aug. 14. The House approved the budget extension Monday night. The budget deadline is 11:59 p.m. Tuesday.

McCrory to wait on Medicaid expansion

June 29, 2015

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Gov. McCrory said he won't push for an expansion of Medicaid in North Carolina until more research is available from states that have already expanded the health-benefits program. A U.S. Supreme Court ruling last week validated subsidies offered by states, including North Carolina, that allowed the federal government to run their ACA health exchanges.

Industry groups wary of Senate budget plan

June 26, 2015

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Leaders of the N.C. Biosciences Organization and the N.C. Technology Association support the state Senate's proposal to lower corporate and personal income taxes, but say provisions such as ending the R&D tax credit and cutting funding for the N.C. Biotech Center will stifle innovation.
Related: Hospitals, colleges lobby against Senate tax plan; NC Senate provision could raise bank taxes


Senate budget cuts retirement health plans for future state employees

June 25, 2015

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

The N.C. Senate's budget proposal would eliminate retiree health coverage for any government employee hired after Jan. 1, 2016. Current state employees, who are eligible for free health-care coverage after 20 years of service, would not be affected.
Also: McCrory signs bill giving vets in-state college tuition,
McCrory hits trouble with plan to pay for roads by borrowing

McCrory calls for DMV to stop issuing plates with Confederate flag

June 24, 2015

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Gov. Pat McCrory said Tuesday the state should stop issuing specialty license plates featuring the Confederate flag. McCrory joins a growing list of southern leaders demanding removal of the flags and flag emblems after photos surfaced of Dylann Roof, the South Carolina man accused of killing nine people at a historically black church in Charleston, posing with the flag.