Government

Decker says skills gap, influx of jobless newcomers keeping unemployment rate high

November 13, 2013

(The Charlotte Observer)

Commerce Secretary Sharon Decker said the combination of a skills gap and a large number of jobless people moving to the state are keeping the unemployment rate high. Decker made the remarks at an appearance in Charlotte Tuesday, where she also touted the state's new public-private partnership for job recruitment. 

Ann Coulter endorses Brannon for U.S. Senate

November 13, 2013

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Conservative author and political commentator Ann Coulter said via Twitter she supports tea party favorite Dr. Greg Brannon for U.S. Senate. Coulter also slammed N.C. House Speaker Thom Tillis for his stance on immigration.

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.