Elections-law trial begins

July 14, 2015

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

NAACP leader William Barber was among seven witnesses who testified in Winston-Salem Monday during the opening day of a federal trial challenging 2013 changes to the state's elections law. The NAACP, the U.S. Justice Department and other groups say the changes discriminate against minority and young voters.

McCrory says changes to tax system should wait

July 13, 2015

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

The N.C. Senate's budget bill calls for cutting the personal income tax rate from 5.75% to 5.5% beginning in 2016, but Gov. Pat McCrory says it's too soon after the previous tax reform to make more cuts.

Report shows counties spent $144M in business incentives

July 10, 2015


Counties in North Carolina paid about $144 million in economic-development incentives over the last five years, according to a report released Thursday by the John Locke Foundation. The report found no difference in per capita spending between rural and urban counties.

Greesnboro to sue state over council changes

July 9, 2015

(News & Record, Greensboro)

Greensboro City Council voted 8-1 to sue North Carolina over a law passed last week that eliminates at-large council seats and drastically changes the district's boundaries.

Case involving former SEANC director will head to grand jury

July 9, 2015

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Wake County District Attorney Lorrin Freeman says she expects the case involving Dana Cope, former executive director of the State Employees Association of N.C., soon will be brought before a grand jury. Cope is accused of embezzling thousands of dollars from the state association since 2010.

Senate proposal includes changes to downtown tax districts

July 8, 2015

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

A provision in the N.C. Senate's proposed budget could give residents the power to end municipal service districts, special tax districts that fund events and services to promote business development.

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.