Government

New bill would end state tax break for youth sporting events, State Fair

November 13, 2013

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

A draft bill led by Republican lawmakers contains a measure that would end the sales tax exemption for tickets to attractions and events including youth athletic contests, agricultural fairs including the State Fair, state museums and some events organized by nonprofits.

Winston-Salem radio host to enter race for Hagan's Senate seat

November 12, 2013

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Winston-Salem radio host Bill Flynn announced his intent to run for the Republican nomination for Democrat Sen. Kay Hagan's seat, joining N.C. House Speaker Thom Tillis, president of the Baptist State Convention Mark Harris and two other candidates, Greg Brannon and Heather Grant, on the GOP ticket.

Candidates already lining up for Coble's congressional seat

November 11, 2013

(The News & Record, Greensboro)

Rep. Howard Coble just announced his retirement from the U.S. House of Representatives late last week, and already there are rumors of at least five potential candidates for his office.

Critics say McCrory's impromptu style distracts from his political message

November 11, 2013

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Gov. Pat McCrory takes an improvisational approach to speaking, often eschewing prepared speeches and teleprompters, that opponents say gives the former Charlotte mayor a credibility problem.

Rep. Howard Coble won't run for a 16th term

November 8, 2013

(The News & Record, Greensboro)

U.S. Rep Howard Coble announced he will retire from Congress after the current term. The Greensboro Republican will have served 15 terms when he leaves office next year. Coble said ongoing health issues would limit his ability to campaign effectively. 

Tea party critical of Pittenger

November 8, 2013

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

U.S. Rep. Robert Pittenger received a letter this week from the Virginia-based Tea Party Leadership Fund PAC expressing its disappointment that the Charlotte Republican voted to end the federal government shutdown last month. 

NC Democrats say local wins are reaction to GOP legislature

November 7, 2013

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

After winning several key races at the local level in Tuesday's elections, North Carolina Democrats claim the results are a reflection on the current Republican state legislature.

Former Wake school board member Debra Goldman back in local politics

November 7, 2013

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Former Wake County school board member Debra Goldman, who ran into controversy when she voted against GOP colleagues on a student assignment plan, was elected to the Ronda town commission in Wilkes County on a write-in vote.

NC WARN to present challenge to Duke-Progress merger to NC Appeals Court

November 6, 2013

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

On Wednesday the N.C. Court of Appeals will hear a challenge to the merger between Duke Energy and Progress Energy from Durham advocacy group NC WARN, even though state officials approved the $32 billion deal eleven months ago.

Governor launches teacher advisory committee

November 6, 2013

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Gov. Pat McCrory held the inaugural meeting of the Governor's Teacher Advisory Committee at Cary's SAS campus. The committee is comprised of 24 K-12 teachers from across the state who will share  their recommendations on teacher pay, testing and technology.