Cannon in trouble again after voting in midterm election

November 5, 2014

(The Charlotte Observer)

Former Charlotte mayor Patrick Cannon could go to prison sooner than expected after violating his bond by casting a ballot during the early voting period. Cannon lost his voting eligibility when he pleaded guilty to and was later convicted on corruption charges. He is expected to begin serving a 44-month prison sentence later this month.


Adams handily defeats Coakley for seat in US House

November 5, 2014

(The Charlotte Observer)

Dem. Alma Adams earned more than 75% of the vote to defeat Republican challenger and former TV news anchor Vince Coakley in the contest to replace Mel Watt in the 12th Congressional District. 

Ellmers claims third term after defeating Aiken

November 5, 2014


Incumbent Rep. Renee Ellmers earned 59% of the vote to Democrat Clay Aiken's 41% to retain her seat in the 2nd Congressional District.

UNC Chapel Hill faces new probe by accrediting body

November 4, 2014

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools will launch a new review of UNC Chapel Hill that will focus on the findings of the Wainstein report, which showed 18 years of academic fraud including no-show classes taken by more than 3,100 students. Following a 2012 review, SACS required the university to allow those students and graduates to take courses to make up for the bogus classes free of charge.

NCDOT seeks to make money from highway shoulders

November 4, 2014

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

The state Department of Transportation will consider charging higher fees for gas, food and lodging logo signs along interstate exits and charging rent for telephone, cable and power companies that run cables and pipes along highway shoulders.

1.1 million turn out for early voting

November 3, 2014

(News & Record, Greensboro)

Nearly 1.1 million North Carolina voters took advantage of early voting, about 200,000 more than in the last midterm election four years ago. Democrats accounted for 48% of all ballots cast, while 32% were from Republicans and 20% from unaffiliated voters. Saturday was the last day for early voting. 

McCrory mulls Medicaid expansion

October 31, 2014

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Gov. Pat McCrory said he is considering whether or not to expand Medicaid, a move that would allow about 500,000 low-income residents to qualify for the health insurance program. The federal government has said it would cover 100% of the state's expansion costs through 2016 and at least 90% afterwards. 

Roy Williams defends ethics at media event

October 30, 2014

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

UNC basketball coach Roy Williams said Wednesday if the university fires him, it will be because he didn't win games and not because of the academic scandal that included 167 basketball players enrolled in no-show classes since Williams arrived at the university in 2003. According to the Wainstein report released last week, Wayne Walden, the men's basketball academic counselor who enrolled players in the classes, said he never shared his concerns about the classes with Williams.

NC Democratic Party accused of 'voter shaming' tactics

October 29, 2014

(, Raleigh)

Voters in at least four N.C. counties have reported receiving letters from the North Carolina Democratic Party that use social-pressure tactics to motivate them to vote. Some letters included a "report card" based on individual voters' prior voting history.
Related: NC Democratic Party, Sierra Club try shaming tactics to get out the vote

Libertarian Senate candidate Haugh admits to smoking pot

October 28, 2014

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Libertarian U.S. Senate candidate Sean Haugh admitted that he smokes marijuana to alleviate arthritis pain. In an effort to draw votes away from Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan, conservative group American Future Fund has launched a pro-pot Internet campaign urging young voters to support Haugh instead of Hagan.