Government

House, Senate move closer to budget compromise

July 3, 2014

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

N.C. House and Senate budget writers reached a compromise on Medicaid spending but remain deadlocked over how to improve teacher pay. The House plan gives teachers an average 5% pay increase and maintains teacher tenure while the Senate plan proposes an 11% pay increase and ends tenure.

Senate blocks McCrory's "Carolina Comeback"

July 2, 2014

(The Charlotte Observer)

Pat McCrory's attempt to rebound from a tough first year in office has been stymied by the N.C. Senate.

Rucho pushes for a veto override

July 2, 2014

(The Charlotte Observer)

N.C. Sen. Bob Rucho is pushing for lawmakers to override Gov. McCrory's veto of of a bill on unemployment insurance. The bill, among other things, would require benefit recipients to report more job searches and show photo ID.

Senate rejects budget without a vote

July 1, 2014

(News & Observer, Raleigh)

In a rare legislative maneuver, the N.C. Senate rejected the House's education-focused budget on Monday without even holding a vote.

McCrory vows veto of charter-schools bill

July 1, 2014

(The Charlotte Observer)

Gov. Pat McCrory said Monday that he would veto a charter school bill, if it's approved by the General Assembly, because of a provision that would keep secret how much employees are paid. 

Panel rejects complaint against Moffitt

July 1, 2014

(Asheville Citizen-Times)

A second regulatory panel has rejected a claim made by the Democratic opponent of N.C. Rep. Tim Moffitt of Buncombe County. Brian Turner says Moffitt offered him a state job to pull out of this fall's election. 

Session stalemate stalls Tillis campaign

June 30, 2014

(News & Observer, Raleigh)

The stalemate that has stalled North Carolina's budget has also become a drag on Thom Tillis' U.S. senate campaign.

Ex-FBI agent goes to work for Board of Elections

June 30, 2014

(News & Observer, Raleigh)

The FBI agent who arrest former House Speaker Jim Black and U.S. Rep. Frank Ballance Jr. is now an investigator with the state Board of Elections.

DENR orders Duke Energy to fix more leaks at power plants

June 27, 2014

(The Charlotte Observer)

In letters sent to Duke Energy on Thursday, the state Department of Environment and Natural Resources asked the utility to evaluate and fix leaks at four dams at its Dan River, Cape Fear and Roxboro power plants. The agency sent 14 such "letters of deficiency" to Duke last week, including one regarding its Lumberton plant where the state found "numerous gushers, drips and stains."

McCrory introduces new education-focused budget bill

June 26, 2014

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Gov. Pat McCrory and N.C. House Speaker Thom Tillis introduced a new measure which would separate a teacher pay plan from the overall state budget. The bill, similar to the House's plan, would give teachers a 5% pay raise, allow them to keep tenure and does not eliminate teacher assistant positions.