Government

New sheriff in town overseeing North Carolina budget

January 8, 2016

Gov. Pat McCrory named Industrial Commissioner Chairman Andrew "Drew" Heath to succeed outgoing Budget Director Lee Roberts, who is returning to the private sector. The governor also appointed Jeff Epstein as Secretary of Revenue to replace Lyons Gray, who was appointed to serve on the North Carolina Utilities Commission.

McCrory met privately with Duke Energy officials

January 7, 2016

(WRAL.com)

Gov. Pat McCrory and other top state officials hosted Duke Energy executives at a private dinner at the Executive Mansion in June, amid legal issues concerning the company's handling of coal-ash pollution, according to a WRAL report. Officials did not provide information about what topics were discussed at the meeting.

Senator: Corning incentives a 'stick in the eye'

January 6, 2016

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

N.C. Sen. Andy Wells, a Hickory Republican, says state incentives for Corning Inc. to move about 500 workers to Mecklenburg County is a "poke in the eye with a stick" for Catawba County. North Carolina has pledged up to $2.35 million for the New York-based company to move the headquarters of its Optical Communications business from Hickory.

Charlotte committee backs toll lanes for I-77

January 5, 2016

(The Charlotte Observer)

Charlotte City Council's transportation and planning committee voted 3-2 in favor of building toll lanes on Interstate 77. The vote signals the full council is likely to support the project, which is already underway in north Mecklenburg County. The full council is scheduled to vote on Jan. 11. Charlotte's support of the project is key to a regional committee vote on the issue, scheduled for Jan. 20.

State GOP leaders question report over FBI probe

January 5, 2016

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

N.C. House Speaker Tim Moore and other Republican leaders say the FBI hasn't contacted them regarding a potential investigation reported last week by a Charlotte TV station. The report didn't provide details of the FBI investigation, though it suggested Moore and others could have been involved in possible violations of campaign finance law.

$2B bond referendum fast approaching

January 4, 2016

(Rocky Mount Telegram)

It's been 15 years since North Carolina voters approved $3.1 billion in bonds for education projects. Now, backers of a $2 billion bond referendum have about 10 weeks to drum up support for the March 15 vote. This time the bond package is more diverse: It includes more than $1.3 billion for the UNC and community-college systems plus various infrastructure and construction projects, including money for parks, the N.C. Zoo and the National Guard.

A third of N.C. lawmakers face virtually no competition in 2016 races

December 22, 2015

(WRAL.com)

About a third of the candidates seeking state House or Senate seats are all but guaranteed victory in 2016 because of lack of competition. There are 50 state Senate seats and 120 state House seats. Nine Senate Republicans and four Senate Democrats face no challengers, as do 22 House Republicans and 19 House Democrats. N.C. State University Prof. Steven Greene called it "an embarrassment for democracy."

Pittenger tops N.C. delegation with $14.1 million net worth

December 22, 2015

(The News and Observer)

Rep. Robert Pittenger has a net worth of about $14.1 million, while Sen. Thom Tillis is worth about $8.9 million, according to the opensecrets.org website. Other North Carolina politicians reporting hefty wealth included Reps. George Holding, $6.6 million; Virginia Foxx, $5.2 million; Mark Meadows, $4.2 million and David Price, $3.4 million. Reps. Mark Walker and Renee Ellmers said they have negative net worths.

Eastern District U.S. Attorney Walker to resign in January

December 22, 2015

(The News and Observer)

Mark Walker, U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina, will resign effective Jan. 7. A Democrat from Waynesville, Walker was nominated to his post by President Obama in 2010 and took office a year later. He has overseen several grand jury investigations that have looked into state government offices, including the Department of Environmental Quality, and the state Department of Health and Human Services. The district covers 44 counties.

New Charlotte city council giving city manager close look

December 22, 2015

 (The Charlotte Observer)


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