Government

NC Senate leaders move to block Catawba casino

October 31, 2013

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Earlier this month, a group of N.C. Senate leaders sent a letter to Washington's Bureau of Indian Affairs arguing that the Catawba Indian Nation's application to put Cleveland County lands in a federal trust in unlawful. The South Carolina-based tribe wants to open a casino resort on the16-acre site in Kings Mountain.

Rural Center begins new existence with $7 million in funding

October 30, 2013

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

The N.C. Rural Economic Development Center learned this week its budget will be diminished to about $7 million as the state Commerce Department takes over its grant-making responsibilities. 

National conservative group targets Hagan with new TV ad campaign

October 30, 2013

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Conservative political advocacy group Americans for Prosperity began a $1.6 million TV ad campaign Tuesday criticizing Democratic U.S. Senator Kay Hagan for supporting the Affordable Care Act. 

Gov. McCrory rejects proposal to reconsider expansion of Medicaid

October 29, 2013

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Reacting to a news conference on Monday by a group supporting Medicaid expansion, Gov. Pat McCrory said he will not call a special legislative session to allow more low-income residents to sign up for the federal health insurance program. The state legislature voted this year to reject Medicaid expansion, an optional part of the Affordable Care Act.

Commerce unveils plan for new job recruitment strategy

October 28, 2013

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

N.C. Commerce Secretary Sharon Decker shared details of the state's new job recruitment strategy with a group of Triad business leaders last week. Department of Commerce workers in industrial recruiting, marketing and travel and tourism divisions will transfer to a new public-private nonprofit corporation beginning early next year.

State GOP leader helps McCrory recruit for government jobs

October 28, 2013

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

The executive director of the N.C. Republican Party is helping Gov. Pat McCrory fill state government jobs by sending weekly notices to county GOP leaders advertising the open positions, a practice that some say raises concerns about the politicization of the government workforce. 

Buncombe precinct chair resigns after "Daily Show" appearance

October 25, 2013

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Don Yelton, member of the N.C. Republican Party and Buncombe County precinct chair, resigned that position yesterday following an appearance in a recorded segment on "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart." The state GOP found Mr. Yelton's racially charged comments in the five-minute segment, which focused on North Carolina's new election law, to be "completely inappropriate and highly offensive" and called for his resignation. 

Hagan wants to extend "Hire a Hero" bill

October 24, 2013

(The Charlotte Observer)

U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan spoke in Charlotte Wednesday to promote the bill known as "Hire a Hero," which gives businesses tax credits for hiring long-term unemployed veterans or those with service-related disabilities. The bill was originally passed in 2011,  but is set to expire at the end of 2013. Hagan wants to make the measure permanent.

Former state Commerce Secretary Crisco considers run for U.S. Congress

October 23, 2013

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Keith Crisco, former state Commerce Secretary under Gov. Beverly Perdue, says he is considering running for the Democratic nomination for the 2nd congressional district, challenging Republican Rep. Renee Ellmers. 

Tillis loans $250,000 to his own Senate campaign

October 23, 2013

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Thom Tillis reported last week he had raised over $1 million for his U.S. Senate campaign, the most among candidates running for the Republican nomination. His latest campaign report indicates $250,000 of the money came from a personal loan from the North Carolina House Speaker himself.