Boone businessman reactivates Citizens for Change PAC

October 23, 2013

(The Watauga Democrat)

A local business owner is reviving Citizens for Change, a political action committee he formed in 2006 in response to building regulations enacted by the Boone Town Council. Jeff Templeton, who owns a  Christian travel agency, reactivated the committee which has been inactive since 2009, to promote candidates it supports for the 2013 Boone municipal elections.

Gov. McCrory tells Washington group NC may be forced to expand Medicaid

October 22, 2013

(The News & Record, Greensboro)

Gov. Pat McCrory told a conservative policy group in Washington he may be forced to expand Medicaid in North Carolina. McCrory made the comment in a speech to the Heritage Foundation. A spokesman for the governor said he was referring to changes in Medicaid's "presumptive eligibility" rules which will give hospitals more leeway to include patients in Medicaid-eligible categories. 

AG Cooper shows he is ready to take on bigger leadership role in Raleigh

October 21, 2013

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Attorney General Roy Cooper has become more vocal in his opposition to the new Republican agenda in Raleigh, speaking to Democratic groups around the state and indicating he is planning for a gubernatorial run in 2016. Cooper says he can ensure attorneys from his office will defend changes such as new voter laws and the amendment banning gay marriage while he remains personally critical of them. 

Furloughed employees head back to work after federal shutdown ends

October 18, 2013

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

With the federal government's shutdown over, about 2,200 workers from the state Department of Health and Human Services who had been furloughed or seen hours reduced returned to work full time on Thursday. Other smaller state agencies and the North Carolina National Guard, which had announced furloughs of 950 guard civilians and uniformed members, also got back to business as federal funds were restored. 

Biden postpones trip to North Carolina

October 18, 2013

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Vice President Joe Biden's planned trip to North Carolina next week has been postponed, according to a spokesman. Biden was scheduled to speak at a Durham fundraiser for U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan. It is not known when the event will be re-scheduled.

Sen. Rand Paul endorses Brannon for U.S. Senate

October 17, 2013

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, a national tea party movement leader, endorsed Greg Brannon for U.S. Senate, providing a boost to the candidate's campaign. Brannon will face House Speaker Thom Tillis and Charlotte pastor Mark Harris in the Republican primary. A fourth candidate, Wilkesboro nurse Heather Grant, has filed to run but has not been actively campaigning.

Rep. Ruth Samuelson will not seek a fifth term

October 16, 2013

(The Charlotte Observer)

Charlotte Republican Rep. Ruth Samuelson said she will not run for re-election in 2014. Samuelson, who was thought to be a top contender for House speaker, plans to pursue business opportunities and spend more time with her family and faith community.

Smokies to reopen for five days

October 16, 2013

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

North Carolina and Tennessee are contributing money to reopen the Great Smoky Mountains National Park for five days during the busy fall tourism period. The park, closed since the partial government shutdown began over two weeks ago, will be open today through Sunday. North Carolina's $75,000 share will come from tourism advertising dollars.

State's bond rating may be downgraded if US defaults

October 16, 2013

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

According to state Treasurer Janet Cowell, the partial government shutdown and potential default could hurt the federal government's bond rating and the effect could ripple down to the state level. Cowell said the large military presence here and dependence on federal funds could affect the state's AAA-bond rating.

New Hanover County spent $68,000 in failed effort to remove commissioner

October 16, 2013

(StarNews, Wilmington)

New Hanover County spent nearly $68,000 in legal fees in its failed attempt to remove Commissioner Brian Berger from the board earlier this year. The commissioners voted to remove Berger in May, but when he appealed the decision to the N.C. Superior Court they hired a Greenville lawyer to defend the county. The court reinstated Berger in September.