Government

State Republican Party provides support for Charlotte mayoral candidate Peacock

October 9, 2013

(The Charlotte Observer)

The N.C. Republican Party, with financial support from the national party, has hired five field organizers in Charlotte to identify voters and get them to the polls to support Republican mayoral candidate Edwin Peacock. Volunteers have been recruited to make phone calls and knock on doors in the city where just 23 percent of registered voters are Republican.

State WIC program runs out of money due to federal shutdown

October 9, 2013

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Due to the partial federal government shutdown, North Carolina has run out of funding for the national WIC program, which provides food and nutritional benefits to women and children under 5 living near or under the povery line. About 80 percent of the 264,000 enrolled in the program have already received benefits for October and will not be immediately affected.

Wake County approves $810 million school construction bond

October 9, 2013

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Voters in Wake County approved an $810 million school bond that will allow the public school system to begin one of the biggest construction programs in its history, including 16 new schools and renovation projects at six existing schools. The bond will be financed by a property tax increase of 5.53 cents per $100 of assessed value.

Legislative meetings in Raleigh today will address DHHS concerns

October 8, 2013

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Dr. Aldona Wos will discuss technology glitches in the new NC Tracks computer system and explain her hiring practices at an all-day meeting today in Raleigh. Health-care providers and technology-company representatives will be there to address problems with the new technology that has caused delays in medical services payments and food stamp delivery.

Environmental group appeals ruling in Outer Banks bridge project

October 8, 2013

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

The Southern Environmental Law Center is appealing a court ruling that would allow the North Carolina Department of Transportation to replace the 2.4-mile Bonner Bridge which crosses the Oregon Inlet in the Outer Banks with another parallel span. The group instead recommends a 17-mile bridge that would cost an estimated $1.1 billion to construct.

VP Joe Biden will fundraise for Hagan

October 8, 2013

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Vice President Joe Biden will be in Durham on Oct. 21 to speak at a fundraiser for U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan. Hagan will seek re-election in 2014; four Republicans have already announced they are seeking their party's nomination to oppose Hagan.

First guilty verdict handed down in Moral Monday cases

October 7, 2013

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

A labor organizer from Rocky Mount was the first demonstrator arrested during the Moral Monday protests to be tried and convicted of charges related to his arrest. Saladin Muhammad was arrested on May 13 and found guilty on Friday of second degree trespassing, failure to disperse on command and posting or displaying signs in violation of building codes.

Furloughed civilian defense workers to return to work this week

October 7, 2013

(The Fayetteville Observer)

Many of the 7,200 civilian workers at Fort Bragg will return to work this week after being furloughed since the partial shutdown of the federal government began last week. The Department of Defense issued a directive Saturday after reviewing the Pay Our Military Act, which allows the military to eliminate furloughs for employees in areas such as health care, commissaries and maintenance during a government shutdown.

AG Cooper talks of gubernatorial run in 2016

October 7, 2013

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper told Democratic Party activists in Asheville he is planning to run for governor in 2016, though he acknowledged it is too early to make a formal announcement. Cooper said he wants to restore the state's reputation as a progressive Southern state after policy changes made this year by state GOP leaders.

GOP leaders who oppose Cleveland County casino will hold 2014 convention at Harrah's

October 4, 2013

(The Shelby Star)

Economic development leaders in Cleveland County are puzzled by the state GOP's choice of Harrah's Cherokee Casino Resort for its 2014 convention, considering many Republican leaders' opposition to a similar proposed development there by the Catawba Indian Nation. In an announcement this week, state GOP chairman Claude Pope called Harrah's "a model for economic development."