Government

Western NC election results

November 6, 2013

(The Asheville Citizen-Times)

Esther Manheimer has been elected mayor of Asheville. Results from other Western North Carolina counties and towns are reported.

 

Today is election day across North Carolina

November 5, 2013

(The Charlotte Observer)

Although no statewide races are on this year's ballot, voters across the state will be electing officials at the local level today and voting on bond issues. Voters in Charlotte will be electing a new mayor, with Democrat Patrick Cannon and Republican Edwin Peacock III vying for the office.

Public school teachers protest state legislative actions

November 5, 2013

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Teachers across North Carolina held events to protest decisions made by the state General Assembly, such as not giving pay raises for the fourth time in five years and ending tenure. Teachers and their supporters held "walk-ins" and wore red in protest.

McCrory appoints three to Medicaid advisory board

November 4, 2013

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Last week, Gov. Pat McCrory appointed two experienced hospital administrators and the leader of Monarch, a nonprofit mental health services company, to an advisory committee for the state's Medicaid program.

Watt's nomination to lead FHFA fails to advance in Senate

November 1, 2013

(The Charlotte Observer)

The U.S. Senate blocked the nomination of Charlotte congressman Mel Watt to lead the Federal Housing Finance Agency. Many Republicans feel Watt is too supportive of lower requirements for obtaining mortgages, and want to fill the position with someone more experienced in housing finance.

Final tax-free holiday for energy-efficient appliances begins

November 1, 2013

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

North Carolina will hold its last tax-exempt weekend for energy-efficient appliances, beginning today and running through Sunday. The N.C. General Assembly passed tax changes that is ending the program, which the state Department of Revenue estimates cost the state $1.6 million in lost tax revenue last year.

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.