Government

Harnett to lead NC Republican Party

June 8, 2015

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

The North Carolina Republican Party elected Concord businessman Hasan Harnett chairman Saturday. Harnett, the state party's first black chairman, succeeds Claude Pope, who has led the party since 2013. Republican state leaders had endorsed Gastonia attorney Craig Collins.

UNC Chapel Hill could face severe sanctions

June 5, 2015

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

UNC Chapel Hill could face severe penalties after the NCAA accused the university of having a lack of institutional control in its probe of the academic scandal involving student athletes. The NCAA's notice of allegations reported that athletes in several sports received special treatment. UNC has 90 days to respond to the allegations.

Legislators override governor's veto of whistleblower bill

June 4, 2015

(WRAL.com)

The state House and Senate voted Wednesday to override Gov. Pat McCrory's veto of a bill that will give business owners the right to sue employees who take photos or videos of unethical workplace practices.

NC Appeals Court ruling favors educators

June 3, 2015

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

The N.C. Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday that the state legislature's 2013 budget plan that would have phased out teacher tenure by 2018 is unconstitutional. The decision backs a 2014 Superior Court ruling. N.C. Senate president Phil Berger and House Speaker Tim Moore issued a joint statement that said they are working to "explore appeal options."

Senate overrides governor's veto

June 2, 2015

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

The N.C. Senate voted 32-16 to override Gov. Pat McCrory's veto of a bill that would exempt magistrates from performing marriages if they have a religious objection. The House is expected to hold an override vote Wednesday; a three-fifths majority is needed for the bill to become law. Senators also approved a bill that extends the waiting period for abortions from one day to three.

Newton to run for attorney general

June 1, 2015

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

State Sen. Buck Newton plans to announce Monday that he will run for attorney general in 2016. The Wilson Republican co-sponsored the senate bill that would exempt magistrates from performing marriages if they have religious objections. (Gov. McCrory vetoed the bill last week.) N.C. Attorney General Roy Cooper is expected to run for governor in 2016.

McCrory vetoes anti-whistleblower bill

June 1, 2015

(WRAL.com)

Gov. Pat McCrory vetoed a bill that would allow businesses to sue employees who record videos or take photos in unauthorized areas in order to expose workplace practices. The bill was intended to prevent undercover investigations at agriculture facilities. McCrory said the measure could prevent honest employees from reporting illegal or unethical activity.

McCrory to veto magistrate bill

May 29, 2015

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Gov. Pat McCrory said Thursday he will veto a bill that would allow magistrates to opt out of performing same-sex marriages if they have a religious objection. McCrory has vetoed three bills; two were overridden in both the House and Senate.

Gov. McCrory considers workplace bill amid protests

May 28, 2015

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Opposition to House Bill 405 is growing, particularly among animal-rights advocates including the Humane Society of the United States. The legislation would allow employers to sue workers who take unauthorized photos or videos of their workplaces, potentially avoiding embarrassing investigations into workplace conditions.

NC House votes to allow magistrates to opt out of performing marriages

May 28, 2015

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

The N.C. House voted in favor of a bill that would allow magistrates to opt out of performing same-sex marriages if they have a religious objection. A final vote on the legislation, which has already been approved by the Senate, is expected Thursday. Gov. Pat McCrory has expressed concern over the bill and said previously he won't sign it.