McCrory to ask legislators for 2% teacher pay raise

May 8, 2014

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Gov. Pat McCrory said Wednesday he will propose a 2% raise for all teachers this year and will also recommend a long-term plan that would base pay on performance, market competition and leadership.

Results of congressional primary could take a week

May 9, 2014

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

It could be a week or longer before the final results are available in the 2nd Congressional district Democratic primary. After Tuesday's voting, Clay Aiken had 369 more votes than Keith Crisco, but 276 absentee and provisional ballots have not yet been counted. Aiken should maintain the lead, but the race could be close enough for a recount if the difference is no more than 1%.

Tillis, Hagan to vie for U.S. Senate seat

May 7, 2014

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Preliminary results from Tuesday's primary election show Thom Tillis earned 45% of the Republican vote, followed by Cary obstetrician Greg Brannon with 27% and Charlotte pastor Mark Harris with 18%. As expected, incumbent Sen. Kay Hagan easily won the Democratic primary with 77% of the vote.

Aiken has slight lead over Crisco in close race

May 7, 2014

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Tuesday evening, fewer than 400 votes separated former Commerce Secretary Ketih Crisco and Clay Aiken in the Democratic primary for the 2nd Congressional district. The winner will face U.S. Rep. Renee Ellmers, the Republican incumbent from Dunn.

McCrory calls for UNC scholarships for military veterans

May 7, 2014

(The Fayetteville Observer)

Gov. Pat McCrory proposed a scholarship program that would give recently discharged military veterans in-state tuition to UNC system schools. Funding, expected to be about $5 million, will come from the North Carolina Education Lottery.

NC legislative committee puts open enrollment bill on hold

May 6, 2014

(The Charlotte Observer)

A bill that would let students in North Carolina choose to attend any school has been postponed. The Joint Legislative Program Oversight Committee said the bill needs additional review. Republican Sen. Fletcher Hartsell proposed the bill, which he said was modeled after the Douglas County school system in Colorado.

North Carolina faces $445 million budget shortfall

May 5, 2014

(Winston-Salem Journal)

State revenue is predicted to come up $445 million short of what the legislature needs to carry out this year's budget when the fiscal year ends June 30. Gov. Pat McCrory says the state has almost $600 million in reserves to handle the shortfall. Democrats blame last year's tax overhaul, which reduced income tax rates, for the deficit.

Study: Outside groups funding NC political ads

May 5, 2014

(Asheville Citizen-Times)

Outside political groups are spending big money to influence voters in North Carolina, and N.C. has aired more political ads for U.S. Senate candidates than any other state, according to a Wesleyan University partnership that tracks campaign spending. 

More than 357,000 in NC signed up for subsidized insurance

May 2, 2014

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

North Carolina had the fifth-highest number of health insurance enrollments under the Affordable Care Act and 91% of those were subsidized. Only two states had higher subsidization rates. According to federal data, 28% of the state's enrollees are 18 to 34 years old, the same as the national average.

Moral Monday demonstrations to resume May 19

May 1, 2014

(Asheville Citizen-Times)

William Barber, president of the N.C. chapter of the NAACP, said Wednesday that Moral Monday protests will resume May 19, right after the General Assembly reconvenes for its spring legislative session.